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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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. Spiral Jetty is our strongest Classic Series ale at 6.6% alcohol by volume, but certainly not our strongest beer.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Big orange golden with a frothy, lively white head. Resinous, grassy nose, some pine, a little funky citrus. Tropical, grassy hop flavor. A tad bitter in the finish. Solid IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2011
22oz bottle-shared by jtclockwork–pours a tight white head with trailing lace and slightly hazy yellow/gold color. Aroma is orange/lemon/pine, some light/medium malt. Taste is pine/herbal hops, secondary light/medium malt.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4333) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2011
This poured a dark yellow to orange color with a white head. Aroma was of nice citrus and tropical notes. Flavor was a bit of a letdown from the aroma, more maltieness and stale hops in the taste, the bright hops from the aroma are lacking. Maybe a bit old too.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtd6628 (357) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Ok at best. The color is a nice golden light copper. There is pratcitly no aroma. The taste starts off fine with a little bitterness but finishes with a few off flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
22oz bottle from beastiefan2k.
Appearance : Clear pale amber with a small head.
Aroma : Lots of malt with light herbal hops. Light floral notes. Light fruits and light honey.
Taste : Malt and herbal hops. Light fruits. Bitter finish with herbal notes. Rather bitter.
Overall : Interesting but nothing outstanding. An average IPA. Not much else to say.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8419) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Bottle shared with Jcwattsrugger. Pours apricot. White head. Nose and taste of hops, skunky hops, resin, pine and caramel malt. Moderate pine and bitter finish. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2011
shared bomber purchased at Whole Foods, Fair Lakes, VA. pours a deep orange with a 1 finger white head. citrus hop nose with orange peel. medium body with lots of citrus bitterness along with a touch of spice and light grape and banana notes. some sweet caramel malts seep through. lasting citrus bitterness on the finish with more spice and some deeper fruits.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Pours out a moderate orange color with a two-finger white head. Aroma is of light citrus fruits and some light malty notes. taste is light citrus, some peppery notes, light grass, some grain, light sweet malt, and a decently bitter finish. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is pine, herbal, and resin hops. Flavor is mostly pine and resin hops. The hops really linger in the finish. Medium body. A good IPA.


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