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Spiral Jetty | Epic Brewing Company

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Spiral JettySpiral Jetty

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spiral Jetty India Pale Ale is the launching point in our series of hoppy IPA brews. Spiral Jetty IPA has an aggressive hop profile (five different hops used here with two in the dry hop) presenting citrus, floral, resinous or pine aromas and flavors typical of American hops and a nice pleasant, cleansing bitterness on the finish. The dominance of the hops helps to balance the complex malt flavors and the higher alcohol content.

Added by Wasatch on 05-23-2010

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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 279
Photo of gopens44
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Big foamy head that rescinded into a tighter, more thin fizzy layer. Color was a nice crystal clear copper.

S - Citrusy and grassy. Some nice pine notes tried to sneak out as well, but were held in check by the malt aromas.

T - Not nearly as hop forward as I had hoped. Just a touch of hop bitterness interlaced with a weak citrus presence that was once again, dominated by a toasted malt flavor.

M - Medium carbonation with a funky, greasy tongue feeling. Slightly bitter aftertaste and otherwise dry.

I tasted this at a tasting and was so excited by the little shot that I had, that I bought a bomber. From the bomber I realized that it was a touch bland and not very well balanced. Actually a big disappointment after having tasted what I had believed was a far greater product. Maybe I didn't properly cleanse my palate before tasting this one at the tasting. Before I got into the bomber, I hadn't had any other beer, so I am confident that I am reviewing what it actually tasted like.

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Photo of tchenery
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange in color with a fantastic frothy white head sitting on top. It's hazy and not at all transparent but doesn't have any sediment in it so far.

Smells of herbal and citrus hops. Very grapefruit smelling on the first whiff. This scent pretty much dominates. It's very strong.

Lip smackingly bitter. It's smooth but has a zing to it the whole way down. The grapefruit hoppy taste follows it all the way and even stays on the aftertaste. It's balanced with malt to a point where the bitterness is extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick and oily, but it's probably from all the delicious finishing hops they used.

Totally drinkable IPA. This was around $5 for a 22 oz. and will most definitely become one of my go-to's.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
2.55/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into goblet.
Pours a hazy golden/copper tone with minimal white head. Not a stunner by any means. Smell if floral and fruity with a little grassyness. Palate is malty with a toasted cracker base. Hop presence is in the form of orange zest and a hint of tangy lemon grass. Not bad tasting but not really my idea of an IPA. Really more of a mild pale ale. Crisp and fluid mouthfeel with only a little bitterness. One is enough.

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Photo of colts9016
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A frothy off white head that is one finger thick with okay retention. The color of the beer is a medium copper color with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with some haziness. The head left a little lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich floral, grapefruit, lemon, spruce, and pine aromas are present. The malt is lightly toasted, there are notes of yeast phenols and solvents.

Taste: The hops seem muted. The flavors are floral, grapefruit, lemon and pine. There are notes of toasted malt, yeast, phenols, and solvents.

The mouth feel is astringent and dry.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. The beer is just okay, nothing about it really stands out. I think that there is no real balance in the beer, at time the hops is overpowering and then the next it is slightly muted.

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Photo of bishopgary
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Not quite clear, deep golden upon pouring. Nice amount of head, slight retention.

S: Nice aroma, smells well hopped. There is also some nice pale malt notes, as well as some fruit and spice (pepper maybe). Unexpected complexity in this category.

T: Not sure if it has too much malt or not enough hops. The taste is good, but more like a typical pale ale rather than IPA. Flavors all seem to blend.

M: Medium body, maybe a bit too much at times. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

D: Easy to drink, unless you have your heart set on an outstanding IPA.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at Brewforia a few days ago... poured into my Old Guardian Goblet... 1" tight white head... nice lacing.. the brew is very hazy deep golden..

nose shows a fair amount of citrus with more than expected pale maltiness... pretty fruity..

The malt seems too much really... or maybe this could be an older bottle?? Descent bitter hop bit up front moves into a sorta muddy citrus/pale malt mash-up mid palate... body also seems too thick.. but the carbonation is about right.

Mehh... good... not great...


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Photo of chumba526
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is named after a art sculpture by Robert Smithson.

It appears a medium bodied yellow color with a small white head.

It smells very citrusy, a little grassy and a little sweet.

It tastes strongly of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. There is a mild sweetness and a noticeable bitterness. The bitterness is not extreme though. The beer has a nice balance to it. The sweet citrus flavor is balanced with just the right amount of bitterness.

The carbonation is moderate.

The drinkability is good. I could drink a few of these easy. It goes down smooth.

Overall this is close to a standard IPA. A very good standard IPA though. The first I have had from this brewery and I am impressed. Worth trying. To quote the band the dwarves I'm -still- not going to Salt Lake City though.

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Photo of sspendol
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent IPA with a good flavor, but not too hoppy. Slight citrus aroma and aftertaste makes for an easy to drink beer. Wish that there was a little more hoppiness and a little less citrus flavor.

From what thier literature says, all of their beers are only available in 22oz bottles. Would love to try one of their yet-to-be-released Exponential Series beers!

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. Bomber
Classic Series
$3.79 ea.

Pours a cloudy yellow color, carbonation, creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a slight malt note, citrus. The taste is hoppy, slight malt note, citrus. Medium body, the finish is dry and bitter. Barely Drinkable.

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Spiral Jetty from Epic Brewing Company
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