Spiral Jetty | Epic Brewing Company

Spiral JettySpiral Jetty
BA SCORE
3.41/5
288 Ratings
Spiral JettySpiral Jetty
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,625
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
288
pDev:
14.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
34
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 288 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a hazy golden-amber color with a large, foamy, white head. The head has good retention and leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Plenty of hops in the aroma. They are most obviously fruity, including grapefruit and lime, but the aroma is more complex and includes floral, herbal and spicy notes. The taste does not parallel the nose in that the flavor is more purely citrusy, especially orange, and not nearly as bitter as one expects given the nose or the IPA classification. This is fine with me, and I enjoyed having a mildly bitter, orange-tinted aftertaste rather than the usual bitter grapefruit effect. There is some bready malt flavor present, but there must be a good bit of light malt in here to counter or mask so much of the bitterness.

M: medium carbonation is closer to being too high than too low; Medium-light body has a trace of watery feel. Crisp with a little sharpness.

O: a very drinkable, rather mild (for style), and markedly orangish IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer #63 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

The thing I find most odd about this beer is the burning boozy tone to it. Which seems out of place for only a 6.6% beer.

The flavor profile is nice and hoppy with good spicy tones to it and an earthy body. Unfortunately, that alcohol burn really just kills the whole thing. A shame really. At first I was thinking that this was a pretty nice beer. But the burn killed it.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampling a 22oz bomber poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. The beer pours a clear crisp, copper hue with bleached white head foaming up 2 cm and fading to a sturdy edge layer. Leaving large windowpane lattice as it recedes down my glass.
Aroma is a bit of grainy malt and then pine sap and grapefruit rind take over the nose. Not a robust nose but interesting enough, to keep me drinking the beer.
First sip reveals an average to light body with fine tingly carbonation. The texture is thin although I cant say it is watery. Just thinner than anticipated.
Flavor is grainy malt with a bit of caramel, followed by some general hop bitterness, maybe pine sap or citrus notes, but not very descript hop profile. The beer flavor is mild and not incredibly well developed. Overall the beer is easy to drink, but not overly memorable. I dont find it offensive or flawed, just not something I would seek out again. Something needs to be more robust on this beer, although it could pose as a good crossover IPA.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy golden colour, finger of head with decent retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Grainy grassy hops, sour citrus rind, and a wheat flavour on the finish.

T - The hop profile is grassy and mild, a bit bready, some sour citrus rind, a sourdough bread lingers on the finish with some earthy cedar notes.

M - Medium bodied, smoot and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty IPA, but the flavours are a tad mild. The bitterness is nice, but the malt profile provides a bit too much breadyness for my liking. Not bad, but not top notch and could use a hop boost.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -34%

Photo of vande
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jsprain1
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/mellow yellow, thick creamy 2 inch head and lots of sticy lacing.

Smell - Loads of citric hops, pineapple, peach, apples, oranges, some sweet yeast and sugars. Minor caramel malts at the finish.

Taste - Crisp hop bite, much like a regualr pale ale. Lemon and orange is a main flavor. Cirtic, tropical fruits like peach and mango. Some added sugars mixed with the sweet yeasts add more sweetness. A little malt adds some caramel and toffee notes. Alcohol comes in a little at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty easy on mouth for a ipa. Hops coat tounge and palette , slighty bitter it, but moreso sweet flavors really take over. The finish is dry, sweet, peppery and a little bitter.

Overall - Decent, flavorful and easy to drink ipa. A little weak in the hop profile but for 3.99$ a 22oz'er it is well worth a drink. A decent starter or something light for a bbq or to split with a friend.

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Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Travisnin
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of jminch
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slow to rise head that stays shallow, perhaps a finger, but lingers for the duration of the drink.

Beautiful opaque orange in the glass.

Smell is understated, slight hop smell, just a bit of citrus.

Taste is crisp like it might be sweet but no, the hops pulls through, and the colder the pour the more citrus that one notices. Slight pepper notes.

Finishes well, lingers long. Some yeasty/bread taste to compliment the hops but the spice seems to develop even better after swallowing.

One of my favorites from Epic.

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Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of fuzzcherry
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of polishkaz
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of jtd335
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of daliandragon
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge three finger off-white head that just sits. A very slow retreat, highlighting a pale opaque gold color and deep, sticky, lace. Nose is fresh floral and citrus and little else.

The flavor is more or less all one sided. Sometimes too much balance can be a hindrance but its not something this beer has to worry about. This is a lemon pine hop scorcher with nil on the malt-o-meter. Spicy and salty and tight bubbled throughout with a late splash of alcohol, this is good for what it is but not terribly complex or crafted. More efficient than good but hop heads will enjoy this.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head, solid lacing and head retention.

S: Sweet citrus, orange and pineapple. Fragant hoppy nose.

T: Meyer lemon, with some sweet pine, pineapple and tangerine. Appealing hop flavours, never that bitter.

M: Medium-bodied, soft and frothy, easy drinking.

O: This IPA is not an assualt on the palate, yet the flavours are vibrant and delicious. Well made, great price, it's nice to see a new IPA on the market and have it be sub-$4 a bomber.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden amber with an impressive fine-bubbled head that dissipates quickly, leaving little residue.

A mild tropical fruit aroma is more pronounced directly at the mouth of the bottle rather than in the pint glass. Flavour starts with caramelized malt sweetness and melds into a pleasantly bitter hop finish, with mango and other tropical fruit tones. The finish lingers decently and there is little burn or other sign of the high alcohol content (6.6% ABV).

A pleasant beer and one I'd happily drink again, but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of hopheadut
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of brentk56
2.81/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with an inch of foam; the retention is decent and a smattering of lace is left behind

Smell: The malt is as prominent on the nose as the hops, with a grainy, haylike character; the hops are earthy and piney

Taste: The grainy malt flavors dominate the front end, but once the hops get going they dominate the profile, bringing piney and earthy flavors that end up being rather astringent

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have tasted a lot of IPAs and it is rare that I come across one where I dislike both the malt and the hop flavors - this one has very little to commend it

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Photo of qthompso
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, light orange color. A solid two finger egg shell head.

A rather citrusy nose. The hop profile doesn't smell too overwhelming, as there are still some pretty noticeably bready aromas as well.

The taste isn't nearly as citrusy as it smelled. It's more piney than anything. Quite bitter. Really hoppy, great for the hop heads but it's a little bit one dimensional.

Pretty full mouthfeel. Highly carbonated, crisp finish.

A decent IPA. This one would probably be a popular one for those who look for nothing but hop bitterness in their IPA.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It is amber with a haze to it. It is topped with a couple inches of cream colored head.

S - I get slight hints of citrus with some caramel malt.

T - I can't tell if the hops have faded in this beer or they were never there. I get mild hops up front with a malty middle and a bitter finish. The reviews haven't been glowing so it is hard to determine.

M - Moderate to thin. A bit thin for this style in my opinion.

O - It started out with some promise. But that promise faded. It was cheap so I can't bitch about the price.

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Spiral Jetty from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 288 ratings
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