RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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.

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NachlamSie (3600) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Bomber from Lighthouse Beer & Wine. Have I mentioned yet that I hate it when there are no date indicators on containers of IPA’s? Anyway, Spiral Jetty pours a very cloudy light orange. Aroma is musty with some skunky undertones and cough drops, grapefruit and caramel. I’m not sure what to make of it. My first impression from the nose is that this may be old, but the flavor is still very bitter and lacks that cheesy, stale hop flavor. Wish there was a date stamp. Fresh citrus is all over my palate, leading me to say that this tastes way better than it smells. It’s fairly resinous and has a respectably full body. The finish is grassy.

jgb9348 (6592) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Slightly hazy copper coloured body with a thinnish off-white head. Nice aroma of hops, but not too overpowering and some floral hops too. Medum-bodied; Strong hops at first with a good malt balance, some light earth and a touch of sweetness, but relatively simple flavours. Aftertaste, clean with only some light floral hop notes showing through. Overall, an okay IPA, not too much hops, but some good flavours throughout. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 03-July-2011 for US$3.95 sampled at home in New Paltz, New York on 02-September-2011.

Shag (3061) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Drank in Suttree’s basement, wait Suttree doesn’t have a basement! Oh the beer just smells like a basement, nevermind. Also some citrus and band aid aromas, pheee ewwww! The flavor contains citrus but its more sour than bitter. This beer tastes old but I know it really isn’t. The place I bought this is a beer geek type place with high turnover of bottles. Overall how can the same people make Hopulent that make this?

jeremytoni (3085) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2011
From a bottle poured a copper color with a fair amount of head. Hoppy sweet flavor with a quick finish.

matthewjk (1138) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Quite respectable 22oz bomber - One of the smoothest ipa’s I have tried in a great while. Citrus dominates, but not distracting. well rounded. I could be persuaded to drink this more often.

kennydiaz (362) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Pours a nice dark golden color with a thin head. Has nice earthy hop taste. Not much going on overall.

msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2011
pour is a cloudy dark orange color with little to no head showing. Nose is very potent and can be smalled from a distance. It is of extremely citrus like hops. Taste is very sweet, much like a fruit, not that bitter or anything to bite-ish.

Suttree (6543) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Had this back to back with Epic’s Hopulent IPA, and I’m afraid this may have suffered some in the comparison. Maybe should’ve had this first. Or maybe it just isn’t hat good, I don’t know. This was kind of watery, and had more of a grassy, floral hop presence.

tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Sample at a tasting at Suttree’s. Pours hazy yellow with whitish head. The aroma is kinda weird hops and some unfreshness and pine. Flavor is green and botanical with some pine resin and an odd flat note. Meh.

hopdog (13267) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2011
22oz bottle. Poured a cloudy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, some grains, and floral. Tastes of citrus, floral, grains, and some caramel.

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