RATINGS: 290   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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, its a pretty decent brew, but that slightly off yeast twang is a little unsettling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBunn (2764) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluejacket74 (1933) - 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 theres 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. Theres also a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, its a bit slick and is well carbonated. Its also smooth and easy to drink, I think its a solid brew. This IPA isnt going to blow you away with hops, but I liked it. Not bad for $4.99 a bomber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, 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 its moderately hopped as well with resin and some light lemon. The finish is fairly dry with crisp bitterness. This isnt nearly as good as the Hopulent IPA from Epic I had the other day but its still solid enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (5727) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lowe1983 (1544) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8530) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
keepersj12 (3083) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2011
On draft (guest)

To introduce Epic to the state of Ohio they tapped a few beers at Lizardville. Not needing much of an excuse to visit I dropped by to see what they had to offer. From affordable daily drinkers to limited edition specialties they seem to have it all. Heres to hoping that they can keep up the quality while continuing to grow at the same pace.

Aroma and appearance - The generous stark white head was as pure as freshly fallen flakes of snow in the dead of winter. A polished copper body underneath was hardly exotic but mostly what you expect from an IPA. Carbonated and lively it sparkled in the dim lights. Grassy hops keep it simple and effective. Bright sweet aspects tickle the senses.

Flavor and palate - Wheat, hops, and lemongrass are smooth on the palate. Delicate and light this goes down without a fight. Along the way a little sticks to the back of the throat. Not completely forgettable the experience is ideal for a daily drinker priced at the low end of the spectrum. If I didnt have a plethora of other local options this would be right up there.

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