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Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

509 Ratings
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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 43 | 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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Tafyob41

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-15-2014 04:11:02 | More by Tafyob41
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured a medium golden with a half finger white head atop.Aromas of nutty pilsner malt,drunken fruit and herbal/grassy hops.Flavors are deeply influenced by the doughy pilsner malt and the dryer sparkling feel,some sweetness from alcohol dipped fruit and dough with a leafy/grass finish.I like the sparkling feel and I like the hoppy finish of this innovative beer,well done.

09-22-2013 01:15:56 | More by oberon
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MadScientist

New York

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

A: A golden with decent clarity, although the bottle was shaken a bit just before opening stirring up a few floaters of yeast sediment.

S: A unusual herbal and citrusy nose with some pils malt aroma and a low phenol. There is a light dill aroma.

T: The flavor is dominated by lemon-citrus hops, an herbal character, some dill and rose hip tartness. There is a medium hops bitterness adding to the rose hips making for a beer that is moderately bitter. There is a medium-low wheat and clean malt sweetness. The finish is off dry and the aftertaste is of a lingering hop and herbal bitterness. There is some fruit esters and a light spice to the fermentation character as well.

M: A medium bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation. A light, tannic prickle from the use of spices.

O: A bitter and herbal beer that's a blend of the American Pale style with a Gruit. A nice beer for hops and bitter beer fans and well worth the reasonable price.

06-28-2013 01:14:41 | More by MadScientist
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sabitu

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

09-22-2013 00:18:20 | More by sabitu
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

Pretty beer. In a pint glass it was light yellow in color with a medium-sized white head. There was a bit of lace.

Mostly a floral and grassy aroma. Some fruit.

Mostly a floral taste. Some berries. Hops late.

A crisp, refreshing beer. Something good to drink on a warm summer day.

06-19-2013 22:08:18 | More by lordofthewiens
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-08-2014 17:55:28 | More by DWolf
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generallee

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 650 ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 9% abv and it also lists the malts and hops.

Appearance: It has a bright yellow color with some visible carbonation and a some very fine sediment floating around inside the beer. On top I got a tall soapy head which quickly settles down to a wispy thin film covering. It leaves some lacing near the top of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is fairly light but do get some nice citrusy lemony hops standing out with a touch of floral and pineapple like hop notes. There is a hint malt sweetness as well. This may be a bit crazy but I am also getting something, very very light that reminds me of a Flintstones chewable vitamin for kids.

Taste / Palate: It’s flavor matches the aroma perfectly. There is a good balance of light malt sweetness with juicy and floral hop flavor and bitterness. The feel is well carbonated and fairly light. Overall it is very drinkable for a 9% abv beer.

08-10-2014 01:01:00 | More by generallee
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-14-2014 22:40:08 | More by TimoP
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mverity

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

06-24-2013 00:35:09 | More by mverity
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mctizzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-08-2013 16:27:28 | More by mctizzz
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, gold in color, cloudy, sediment

Smell: citrus hops and floral hops

Taste: citrus hops-grapefruit and lemon, floral hops--some candied sugar or sweet white grape taste as well

Mouthfeel: nice mix of sweet and bitter with a strong bitter aftertaste, light body, medium carbonation

Overall: Very interesting beer. This one hits all sorts of notes from very sweet to super bitter--very complex. I would pick this one up again. Liked this way better than Plum Noire.

08-28-2013 18:50:09 | More by tigg924
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

06-02-2013 23:51:56 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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ryhn0

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

08-24-2014 17:05:11 | More by ryhn0
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottling date of 05/06/13.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Huge four finger off white head which slowly recedes into a smaller creamy layer. Leaves a solid amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A pretty hop forward aroma with good hints of fruit, yeast, and flowers. Big hop scent upfront with earthy hints of grass and citrus hints of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Big floral scent from the rose hips. Also some subtle fruit hints of white grapes along with a light hint of pepper. Bready malt hints of biscuit, wheat, yeast, and cracker. A bright, zesty, and fairly dry smelling aroma. Pretty good.

Taste: Like it smells, a zesty and floral hop forward taste with a nice dry biscuity malt backing. Big earthy and floral hops upfront with notes of grass, pine, and the rose hips. Lively citrus esters of orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and lemon zest. A little taste of white grape fruit. Solid soft dry bready malt presence with notes of biscuit, wheat, yeast, and crackers. Subtle pepper notes as well. A pretty nice lively and zesty tasting ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very crisp, juicy, and fairly bitter and drying. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A pretty interesting and nice "sparkling ale". Has the bitter hop profile of an American IPA with the lively yeast profile of a Belgian ale along with the malt profile of a pilsner.

06-14-2013 07:07:47 | More by MattyG85
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MVG666

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-08-2014 01:56:34 | More by MVG666
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far333

Connecticut

3.39/5  rDev -11.9%

Big pop and burst of carbonation upon popping the top off the bottle. Slightly opaque straw-yellow with an eggshell colored thick two-inch high head of meringue that lingers long. Seems overcarbonated perhaps? Aroma of lemon and sweet malt, some citrus.

Bready flavor upfront, some honey and lemon zest, fruity notes perhaps imparted by the hibiscus, orange rind hops, slight peppery bite and piney finish that lingers.

Interesting mix of flavors. Full mouthfeel, very creamy and viscous, not what I expected from a sparkling ale, whatever that is.

08-04-2014 03:06:01 | More by far333
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +22.1%

Poured into 34oz mug; cloudy bright banana yellow with a thick fizzy white head that fades relatively quickly into a thin but tight disc of foam. Smells like lots of clean malts, with crisp citrusy hops and just a hint of booziness. It smells great, but I'm a little worried that the high %abv will offset the crispness the style should have. My worries were for naught, however; not that I ever doubted Southern Tier. Although it's a huge pale ale, it's still a pale ale: clean, crackery-sweet malts fill out the big mouthfeel, and a perfect pinch of citrusy hops cleanse the palate at the end, leaving just some lingering bitterness (hops and rose hips here) and some slight sticky sweetness leftover from the malt. 9% is entirely hidden in the taste, this is drinkable as hell and delicious. Definitely worth picking up, another great addition to ST's Imperial series.

06-24-2013 02:46:44 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Cigar and beer pairing, L'atelier 52 ring gauge from Pete Johnson and his brother, hand rolled in Nicaragua at the My Father Cigar Factory in Esteli. The beer brewed under Phin and Matt of Lakewood, NY. From what I gather on the label the beer is a strong hoppy American Saison with rose hips, very rustic with only pilsner malt fine carbonation the proteins of the settled hops and rose hips are floating in the semi hazed golden beauty. Bright white head settles slow and leaves fine even patterned lacing. Aroma upfront with citrus and grapefruit going down amongst many other, biscuit tones from the pale malts and a pleasant kiss of floral/vegetal rose hips. There are terrified wheat additions which only complement the citrus based hops. Bottled on 5/3/13, spicy citrus ale with a lingering bitterness derived from those rose hips it's bitter but has a nice interplay of bright citrus and spicy yeast. The light biscuit toned pilsner malts set off as the canvas for the interplay between high alpha acids and the rose hips, everything else going on is fantastic 9% abv is well hidden. The body is medium to full a lot of texture from the hop oils, and lingering finish from the spice/bitterness from the rose hips pairs well with the effervescent carbonation looming with each sip. Overall the beer is at odds with itself the same pairings I enjoyed weigh heavy on the palate and kill the drinkability a bit, not the type of beer I would like to enjoy in number but with a fresh fish prepared just right fine dining there wouldn't be any better pairing as for the cigar. This lighter colored habano born seed wrapper has the right elements of pepper and spice to complement the drink just right. Definitely a worthy pairing with the type of hops and yeast, with those rose hops it adds to spicy Nicaraguan long fillers very happy with this pairing.

07-31-2013 15:40:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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jamisonspitzer

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-27-2014 00:18:00 | More by jamisonspitzer
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-20-2013 23:43:44 | More by acurtis
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eklie

New York

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

12-30-2013 18:03:05 | More by eklie
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BraveMountie

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-10-2014 00:34:31 | More by BraveMountie
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Brenden

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%

A clear and bright medium yellow, with a look as effervescent as the bottle claims the beer to be, Compass grows a soapy pillow of pure white head just under a finger in height. It's retained pretty well, dropping with some time to a foam that leaves spotting on the glass.
There's lots of citrus with a bit of a floral edge and some more tropical fruits as well. The smell is lightly sweet, and certainly more than the taste is, backed by the somewhat dry, crackery malts.
The rose hips are all over the tongue, imparting its own particular bitterness that's got a hard (not harsh) edge. There is a soft sweetness underneath along with that of the fruits. There's more bitterness both herbal and raw/woody (stem) all the way through.
Again, this beer is every bit as effervescent as the bottle claims in a body that exemplifies the balance of softness and strength with fantastic depth. It's crisp, and every bit as it should be, without giving up smoothness.
This is an exceptionally unique beer, to say the least, but very well crafted.

08-29-2013 14:36:09 | More by Brenden
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CloudStrife

New York

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%

22oz bottle split and poured into a tulip. DOB 05/06/13.

A: Pours an opaque light golden yellow with a one finger white head. Takes a few minutes for the head to dissipate as it leaves spots of lacing on the glass. Some floating sediment once you get to the bottom of the bottle.

S: First thing I notice is a pleasant hop aroma. A nice blend of citrus and earthiness. Rose hips add a bit of a floral character that compliments the hop. Some grassiness comes out as it warms up as well as yeast.

T: Balanced blend going on here, not an overwhelming hop as you would expect from the aroma. Rose comes through fairly strong and is an welcome compliment to the bitterness. Malt adds sweetness that masks the booze pretty well.

M: Light body with a bubbly mouthfeel. Crisp finish which reminds me of a champagne. Very easy drinking considering the ABV.

Overall a unique approach on the pale ale that comes through very solid. The citrus hops and rose hips compliment each other nicely. Would recommend giving it a shot.

06-12-2013 01:10:09 | More by CloudStrife
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DCHritz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-08-2014 01:10:48 | More by DCHritz
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Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.