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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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. Spiral Jetty is our strongest Classic Series ale at 6.6% alcohol by volume, but certainly not our strongest beer.

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3.3
Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Hazy golden color with a beige head. Aroma of grainy malts and slight citrus hops. Taste is medium sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, slick feel, average carbonation, ok.

3.3
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Bomber. Pours initially very slightly hazy, but gets quite cloudy towards the end (despite a careful pour). The color is golden amber. A moderate head of smooth, eggshell tinted foam leaves some banded swaths of lacing behind. Aromas of orange rind, pepppery grass, and drying honeyhit up front, providing plenty of hop oomph and a bit of balancing malt. Dry white bread and fresh cereal also come to mind. Unfortunately, there is a slightly off yeasty twang in there somewhere as well. Flavors largely follow suit, very citrusy, pithy, and bitter, with a dry and toasty malt base and a subtle kiss of honey sweetness. The palate is mostly dry, with moderate carbonation and a tacky, gripping finish that holds the bitter pith in place for a long while. Overall, it’s a pretty decent brew, but that slightly off yeast twang is a little unsettling.

3.4
MrBunn (2836) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2011 Bomber. Body is a golden orange with little head (although I poured and wandered away for a few minutes). The nose has a lot of graininess... kind of a grain silo smell... with a little bit of oranges, skunky hops, and a faint chamomile herbal edge. Flavor is better than the aroma, but still has a fairly heavy handed grain assertiveness. It sits heavy with grainy malts for a second, then fades to oranges and then eventually grass.

3.5
bluejacket74 (1993) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2011
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.

3.4
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bomber from Gription79. This pours a rusty gold color with a thick off-white head. A thin layer mostly sticks around on top yielding tiny spots of lacing. Fairly malty in the aroma; bread and some caramel, that mix with fruity hops. Very quaffable; flavor is rather toasty, with doughy bread flavor, caramel, and grain. A little heavy on the malt side for me but it’s moderately hopped as well with resin and some light lemon. The finish is fairly dry with crisp bitterness. This isn’t nearly as good as the Hopulent IPA from Epic I had the other day but it’s still solid enough.

3.5
mansquito (6488) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Whole Foods Market, DC 650ml ($5): Pours a goldenish color with a not so substantial head. Grapefruit and piny hops, with a small malt backbone. Taste is the rez, a little bit of gumminess. Moderate amount of hoppiness. Slightly sweet in the back. Aftertaste continues through the end. Some flowers and stuff like that. Pretty good, and not quite like other IPAs, so that is a good thing.

2.7
Lowe1983 (1605) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Pours an amber color with white head. Aroma is pretty strong from the caramel malts, with a hint of the citrus hops. Flavor is of citrus and floral hops with some caramel malts. Watered down and no lingering flavor.

3.7
blipp (9373) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow amber with an off white head. Lemony and floral hoppy aroma, with peppery notes and pale malts. The flavor is well balanced, with lemony hops, floral and light piney notes, and pale crackery malts. Good stuff.

2.9
keepersj12 (3133) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2011
This was a strange brew for me. It poured a hazy amber with a lacing white head. The aroma was sweet with what seemed like Belgian yeast and also a little funky. The flavor had a bit of the Belgian and a lot of pepper. The bitterness kicks in but without any real character, just bitter. The finish is extremely dry and crisp. On the fence with this one.

3.2
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2011
22oz bottle. Hazy golden yellow color, minimal off white head. Little lacing. Zesty, peppery, fruity aroma, but its a bit weak.. Mild sweet/bitter taste. Brief aftertaste, maybe a bit too carbonated, or a bit too tingly. The price point was a plus - more 22oz bottles should be sold for 4$ or less.


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