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Spiral Jetty | Epic Brewing Company

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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:
#42,115
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
288
pDev:
14.66%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 288 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of IIKaRuII
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice pint of this thanks to arnold's carry out.
Pours a deep straw like color, that has a beautiful cloudy appearance. a nice finger length head that leaves nice frothy bubbles that seem to fade at a slow pace leaving a nice lace.

smells a sweet pine, and grapefruit citrus. faint bit of sourness, and malt. has a fruity sweetness to it that is very inviting.

Taste is a heavy pine. but seems to linger a little dry. grassy, with a sweet orange taste. tangerine maybe?

Mouthfeel is very pleasent. not a terrible amount of carbonation, and that allows for the taste to linger a little longer. and i would say medium bodied.

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Photo of Lantern
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of beersis81
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy conistency. There as an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of hops, citrus, and malt. A typical IPA.

T: Tasted hops, malt, citrus (lemon), and slightly soapy quality as well. This last element does not do the beer any favors, but on the whole a solid flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a dry, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer, but not one I'd regularly return to.

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Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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

Bomber from NJ. pours unfiltered light grapefruit colour, slight off-white head, and lacey. Neutral aroma. average mouthfeel. Appropriate mouthfeel. Not initially drinkable, but over a long warm Fall night (yes it gets warm here sometimes) the light grapefruit, moderately hoppy beer, went down nicely. Kind of middling for the style though.

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Photo of richbrew
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BeerMe42
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to drink my anger away after watching a disgusting display of officiating in Iowa City today.Poured into an imperial pint glass a hazed peach color with a nice tight 1/2 finger clingy white head.Aromas of tangerines and light grapefruit intmingled with caramel/biscuit malt,not overly assertive but decent.A little light in the mouth and not overly assertive hops makes again for a decent beer but not great by any means.Fruity hop flavors and not overly bitter.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is nearly amber in color and nearly, but not quite, clear, though very bright. Held up to the light, it shines a bit of a brighter deep gold. A just off-white head rises to nearly two fingers high. Retention is fair, and it leaves a sturdy foam that drops some patchy lacing down the glass.
The aroma offers a nice hops backbone with ample malt support. Hops are primarily piny and resinous with a distinctly minty note underneath. There's a bit of lemon zest/rind throughout, and malt notes are primarily dry and crackery. Hops bitterness is also quite herbal and leafy.
Nothing really surprises in the flavor that wasn't detectable in the aroma. This is a well hopped IPA with ample malts support for good balance. It seems like it would be fairly dry but really isn't. More rind bitterness/zest really comes out in the finish.
The mouthfeel is quite crisp in a medium body, pretty consistent activity creating active carbonation but avoiding over-carbonation. It verges on semi dry, but a bit more dryness pulls into the finish.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Epic Spiral Jetty, bomber bought at Cranbury Buy-Rite in Cranbury, New Jersey. I had previously had this beer on tap at Capital Brewhouse in Richmond, Virgiinia.

My sheer interest in Spiral Jetty (where I spent my honeymoon seven-and-one-half years ago) and Robert Smithson drew me to this beer.

Appearance: Good looking IPA here, what with the foamy, two-figer lily-white head and the resiny-orange color. Good retention, at least one finger of that head remains throughout, and the lacing is quite sizable as well.

Smell: Not as good. Reminds me of my insoles after a heavy rain. Got it? Wet shoes. Astringent, herbal feel all around, a bit puckering. Dry hops, like a pine cone on fire.

Taste: More of the same, with that dry pine needle taste and whole-hop feel. Prairie grass. Soapy and bitter at the end with a tad of spicy honey. Water, please!!

Mouthfeel: Medium body and flavor, very adequate carbonation... super dry and puckering finish. A weird beer, as it straddles between an average IPA and a superbly hoppy brew.

Overall: Looks good, drinks good, got a great name... I dig it enough to buy it again. The wife loved it. And heck, it was only $3.99 for a bomber!!

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

A: Beautiful bright tangerine orange is capped off by a egg shell white frothy head that is resilient in stay. Tiny jet streams of micro-bubbles compose a slow and steady conga line of carbonation bubbles slowly snaking their way to the surface. The lacing is kept to a minimal with small speckled remains dotted across the glass on the coverage.

S: A bit underwhelming in both strength and complexity for aroma. Fresh oranges manages to squeeze out along with some light hints of grapefruit juice intermingling among some fresh wet greenery.

T: Strong hopping flavor-wise of dry flowery citrus, pine and dry grapefruit. Grassy tones come on the close out. Toasty orange peels, with a bit of spiciness, mandarin orange, and lemons come with a toasty bread malting that was hard to appreciate from the high level of hoppines.

M: Strong, perhaps its best point is full bodied with a good presence of tingling carbonation. Dry grapefruit pulp is left behind.

O: Overall a mouth puckering and dry hop experience, that will give the tongue a workout. High level of hoppiness is blunt, however seems to overshadow the smaller aspects of the drink and doesn’t leave much in the way of complexity instead of a powerful punch of citrus to the taste buds. Typical flavor, strong hopping, though doesn’t necessarily make for an interesting flavor that will keep me drinking only for shock value sake. Great if you’re a knockout ipa type of guy, a bit more less if your looking for some complexity among your hops and balance drinkability wise.

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Photo of stimulus
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky golden with lots of sediment and a 1/2 finger white head.
S: Mild grapefruit and citrus, and muted hop aroma.
T: A bit of citrus, hop flavor, and substantial bitterness on the finish.
M: Clean and fairly light bodied with good carbonation.
O: An average IPA, nothing special here, but not terrible either. A good introductory IPA for someone new to the style.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

$4.49 bomber from Bourbon Street, Greenwich.

Extremely hazy yellow gold body, topped by three fingers of whipped white foam. No lacing.

Aroma is almost all grapefruit and would benefit by being either bigger or more complex.

A sorta sloppy caramel beginning flops on the tongue. Mild undercurrent of citrus. Bitter bite that is not pleasant and lingers through the finish. Slight sour note at the swallow and finish.

Alright medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Overall a disappointing ipa with a unpleasant finish.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow almost orange color with a thick 3" head. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: loads of grapefruit and orange with a bit of a floral aroma.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, golden apple, and a floral hop bitterness creates a basic but flavorful IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with a hint of dryness late. Aftertaste is short lived and citrus focused.

Overall: a decent IPA that hits the spot. Just what one expects and it delivers.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 7/26/11

Hazy, golden orange color. The pour yielded no head, save for a few wisps; thanks for that, by the way. It stands to reason there was no retention or lace.

Juicy hop aromas: grapefruit, tangerine, peach and mango. Pine, too. Smells oily with a touch of sweetness. Smells clean and fresh. A diminutive malt presence hangs in back.

Tastes alright, albeit maltier than the aroma suggests. Think biscuit and granular bread notes. The hops do well in spite of the malts, though. Said hops don't seem as expressive but there is a sharp pine bitterness and zesty citrus. Bitterness is heavier upfront, clearing out for the finish. The beer is quite dry, too.

The feel is thin and watery, especially on the first few sips. Carbonation is vigorous and boisterously overpowers the body. The feel becomes slicker as it warms with some resin on the finish.

A few tweaks would make Spiral Jetty appeal more to my IPA preferences but it's leaning comfortable in the right direction as is. Worth a try, at least while fresh on tap.

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

Murky and thick looking mess....but a beautiful mess. Glowing orange body with a decent cap of dirty white head. Aroma is nice and pungent. And resiny as well. Those are the two characteristics that stand out the most. A little pine as well. The pine comes through more strongly on the palate. Interesting flavor. Pretty heavy with pine resin and pine needle, but solid. Bacbone of caramel malt stands firm. Medium-full body and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark gold color with about an inch frothy off-white head. The head stays around a long time, and there's also a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The brew smells mostly like pine and citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon peel), along with some caramel and bready malt. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but I think the hoppy and malty flavors are well balanced overall. There's also a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. It's also smooth and easy to drink, I think it's a solid brew. This IPA isn't going to blow you away with hops, but I liked it. Not bad for $4.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three finger thick, pale tan tinged head that leaves some wispy lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark copper-amber color that shows an almost clear, gold tinged, pale copper hue. The aroma smells of ample hops that is backed by a hay like, threshed grain like character. Specific notes of lime zest, wheat thins like grain (this is quite distinct), a sort of mint, herbal note, lots of cracker like grain notes, and just a general big citrus zest note that is quite distinct, but I can’t quite place it (ponzu, pomelo and lime juice). This is quite malt accented for an IPA, it is still hoppy, but I was expecting a full on hop onslaught.

Somewhat light bodied, which is exactly what I want in an IPA, there is a distinct, biting bitterness that has quite a bit of mintiness to it. There is a definite menthol character that lingers on the palate along with an astringent hop bite; though in truth the hop character is quite clean, meaning this does not have the raw hoppiness that some of the more aggressive IPAs have. The minty character mixes with a bright citrus character that leans towards tangelo, Curacao Orange zest and there is also a bit of dank hop character that really tastes distinctly of earthy, herbal freshly crushed hemp seeds. The malt isn’t quite as apparent as in the nose, but there is still easily apparent notes of dried hay / grass, cracker like malt, and just a general, fairly bit, fresh pale malt character.

This could use a bit more hop character, well if you are a raging hop head at least, but it is actually quite good anyway. I like that the crystal malt notes are kept to a low level here, this has more pale malt flavors than anything. Given my individual impressions of this beer, I wouldn’t expect to like this beer nearly as much as I do, but somehow the composition just works here; the flavor definitely works better than the nose though, the latter being a bit too malt dominated.

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Photo of Natural510
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, no dating

Pours a pale, cloudy orange-copper color. Minimal head & lacing at the top of the glass.

Scent is a weird, musty combination of grass, tangerine and butter.

Very grassy and buttery in flavor. Quite different from the typical pine/citrus/floral combination in most American IPAs. What fruitiness is there is kept in the background. The sweetness is kept to a minimum, with a tangy, herbal hop finish.

Body is full enough to represent the style and it is carbonated enough to be drinkable.

Very different take on an IPA. Everyone's taste buds are different, but this was all over the place and nothing gelled for me.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, bright gold color with very generous amounts of carbonation. The head stays pretty constant across the top.

S - Somewhat weak with faint citrus notes, faint caramel malt, there's not much going on in the nose here. Smells a little earthy.

T - Taste up front is herbally and earthy and the caramel malt blend is somewhat grainy in texture. At the very end of the sip there's a grapefruit bitterness that lends itself to a dry and slightly alcohol effervescent finish.

M - Thin, medium body, gentle carbonation on the tongue.

O - I'd be interested in knowing how fresh the bottle is and then revisit my review. It would be a nice touch if the fruit bitterness were more forward, it's there, but quite buried in the herbal taste.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a fairly lighter yellowish orange color with a thin white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves pretty solid lacing. Just a lot lighter in color than I expected.

S- Fairly light in smell too. Fairly light picking up piney, grapefruit, lemon and floral hops. A bit of caramel malts too.

T- Maybe I'm just flat out spoiled by some of the sick beer that is available to me but this one was a bit of a bummer. Hops are fairly light with a very strong bready malt taste. Not terrible, but not what I really dig.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Has a pretty solid price on it under $4 so that makes it nice. Again there is a lot better out there.

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