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Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

454 Ratings
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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 13
Gots: 33 | 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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Reviews by barczar:
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barczar

Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden lemon with particulates flying throughout and a frothy white head with big bubbles that leaves no lacing.

Grain and citrus are initially evident in the aroma, with floral notes and resin surfacing late. Grapefruit and lime accent a lightly malty backbone.

Flavor is floral, becoming citrusy and bitter, with malt creeping in, and ending fairly dry. The rose hips really do come through. More tropical notes of mango accompany grapefruit, lemon, and lime. The cracker-like planet malt dries things out at the finish.

Body is moderate, with spritzy, high carbonation and modest alcohol warmth.

Interesting brew. Very refreshing, with just enough bitterness to counter the flavoring hops. Malt serves mainly to dry out the finish. The lemon notes are slightly overwhelming for my palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 20:47:40 | More by barczar
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A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Fruity hop aroma that has a considerable alcohol fume.

T- Moderate hop bitterness and there's that booze again, sinking its teeth in and not letting the rest of the elements of the beer shine through. Slightly sweet. Needs more malt and/or hop presence to counter the alcohol taste.

M- I can see why the label says "sparkling ale" since the carbonation is pretty heavy on this. It's almost too heavy considering the overbearing alcohol presence. Almost like drinking champagne. Lightish body.

O- This beer is overly strong in all the wrong places, leading to a lack of complexity. Is it just me, or is ST becoming more and more hit-or-miss? Kinda sad since they used to be one of the breweries I would describe as not making a single bad beer.

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Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.