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Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

557 Ratings
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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 12
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Knapp85 on 05-27-2013)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imperial Pale Ale in name only, this Imperial IPA claims roots in the American Pale Ale form, but just scaled up- but the final product has nothing to do with the balanced flavor of "Pale" but more so with the dry malt, highly hopped taste that is IPA- but in greater drinkability and strength- this will prove to be one dangerous beer!

Its hazy straw pour is everything "light" to the eye. A modest haze and a soft honey glow gives impressions of a timid ale. But its fluffy, frothy, and creamy head releases quickly from the beer's body below and further promotes the sense of drinkability and friendliness. Broken rings of lace with each sip signals the beer's quality.

Bright citrus overtones of fragrant grapefruit, orange peels, pineapple and freshly crushed herbs fill the nose with bright zest and zeal. A backing of the most timid of honey and cracker from malt supports the hops.

Yet in taste, its the soft powdered sugar seduction that takes place on the front of the tongue while a pile-on of red and white grapefruits, freshly zested oranges, an fresh-cut grass build on the middle palate. But finishing with a dry malt taste and a pleasant, soft bitterness the ale is herbal and minty in its closing taste.

Mid-light in body, the beer's ample carbonation and void of sweetness all keep the beer airy, fluffy, and cottony on the mouth. It simply wisps away with only a mild hint of minty warmth.

Its a beautiful ale that deserves a conflict in its stylisticic declarations and its marketing verbiage. This Imperial IPA does all that big pale ales should do- but it's a much drier and drinkable beer that never relinquishes its crisp and clean undertone.

BEERchitect, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle: Poured a deep golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt notes with some citrusy hoppy notes and light rose hips notes. Taste is a well balanced mix between some citrusy hops notes, a sweet malt base and some light rose hips notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Good beer thought maybe a tad too sweet for my own taste buds.

Phyl21ca, Oct 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Purchased at the LCBO for a pretty steep amount of $8.00 or so in a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 3.75- Opens well and pours a decent head that lasts. Unfiltered

S- 3.75- Good hops. Not much rose hips.

T- 3.5- Kind of like a sweeter IPA with a slightly unusual finish. Ok

M- 3.5- Pretty dry and open. Typical IPA

O- 3.67- Ok beer. Novelty more than anything else. Will not buy again

Food Pairing

This ok IPA went well with..... BBQ chicken breast marinated in..... BEER!!


DaveBar, Oct 17, 2014
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Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.