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RATINGS: 269   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4045) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2011
22 oz bomber from Spirits Brick. Pours a sligjtly hazy golden orange with an a large tight foamy white head. Aroma is sligjtly honey sweet, citrus rind, lemon, pepper, bread. Fuller bodied that is creamy with average carbonation and a full finish. Flavor of citrus rind, lemon, grapefruit, crusty bread. Nice but I wish the hops were a touch more bitter and I’m surprised at how how full this beer is, not necessarily bad just different for an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2264) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Poured cloudy and copper. Nose was pine, citrus, grassy, and had a worty character (under attenuated). Taste was grain, pine, citrus, grass, and had some sweet caramel malts. There was some residual sweetness at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with golden yellowish hues when held to a light and a two finger frothy white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Large chunks of soapy lacing are left behind. Sweet citrus hop aroma with lots of floral notes and resinous oils. Earthy with hints of pine and sticky buds but the nose of this beer is full of sweet tropical and citrus fruit. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple along with some lemon and orange peel. Faint grainy, biscuit malt presence underneath. Medium bodied with a blast of bitter earthy hops up front but the dryness is quickly countered by sweet citrus notes, pale malt and alcohol heat. Floral and earthy up front with lots of dry, sticky pine flavor that lingers over the sweeter notes into the finish. Lots of sweet fruit notes mid-palate from the hops giving off hints of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and orange peel. Underneath there is a subtle grainy malt presence with biscuit and faint graham cracker notes. Some alcohol heat/boozy sweetness toward the end of the palate. Very well balanced and easy to drink. I’m happy that I found this one. Recommended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2011
(22oz bomber from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours a hazy golden color with 2 finger chunky white head. Carbonation is moderate though. Some nice lacing also is developing as the head dissipates. Aroma has some tart peach, rock candy, mango, and green apple. Quite nice. Taste is semi-sweet malt followed by some bitterness. Thin bodied with a dry, bitter finish. The hops dont overwhelm you and blast your palate. I gotta say, this is one really good IPA. I’ll definitely get more of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nsquishee (601) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Pale orange color with a lasting, foamy head. Smells of citrus, leather, and flowers. Pretty smooth with a bitter finish, though it tended to leave a bit of an unpleasant feel in my mouth. Very average IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (1912) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2011
22 oz. Bottle. Pour is hazy light amber with a white soapy head that dissipates to a thin film and thicker collar. Aroma is light herbal flowers and resinous. Taste is bitter hops that taste of herbal tea and flowers and finishes resinous and malty. Palate is thin with a chaulky dry mouthfeel. Tasty, but not overpowering. Good for a $3.99 bomber!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3318) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle; looked fairly clear while pouring, but settled into a murky amber color. Medium to large off white head. Aroma reminded me of some of The Bruery’s hoppier beers. Pine resin, herbs and spice, earth, yeast and bread. Flavor offered some variation on the normal IPA. Flavor mellow up front, with some bread and other mild flavors, near the end a strong earthy and resiny flavor. This gradually fades in the after taste. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9122) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Bottle @ home. Cloudy, yellow orange appearance with a nice fluffy, ivory head. Resiny, piney, marijuana hoppy nose over a good paler malty aroma. Resiny, earthy, dank hoppy, pretty nice, sweet pale malty flavor. Slightly bitter, earthy hoppy aftertaste. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9862) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Bomber poured a clear tarnished gold with a lasting off white head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, mustiness, pine and light grapefruit rind. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness and light pine with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering earthy finish.

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