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Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

509 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

08-29-2014 03:10:05 | More by KrisDLSmith
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-29-2014 00:31:26 | More by buckyp
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Trish

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-27-2014 23:46:50 | More by Trish
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-25-2014 01:54:44 | More by liamt07
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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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AussieAbroad

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

08-23-2014 23:40:22 | More by AussieAbroad
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fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

08-23-2014 22:59:31 | More by fostachild
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours mustard yellow, lighter on bottom, hazy on top. Light white foam sits as a cap. Malty floral nose. Fresh bright citrus taste, buzzy carbonation. Fruitily floral. Some biscuit background. Insistent hop at the close. Boozy finish, hits hard.

08-23-2014 16:14:41 | More by KTCamm
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malfunxion

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-21-2014 14:02:45 | More by malfunxion
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ZachDow7


3.36/5  rDev -12.7%

08-17-2014 19:08:52 | More by ZachDow7
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -48.1%

08-14-2014 14:05:29 | More by ncstateplaya
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3/5  rDev -22.1%

08-14-2014 00:09:09 | More by ChrisKayler
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-13-2014 21:31:04 | More by jrenihan
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RKing44

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-12-2014 12:43:01 | More by RKing44
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-11-2014 22:01:34 | More by Bf_89
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jrand2621

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-11-2014 11:18:30 | More by jrand2621
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -4.9%

Bomber bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $9 or so

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, yeast, breads/grains, lemons, floral

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, hops, and floral notes. There is also some lemon zest and juice.

Overall - Definitely an interesting taste going on. A beer that scores points for being different, but not something I'd buy a whole lot of. Reminds me a bit of a lemon cough drop.

08-11-2014 00:36:35 | More by spinrsx
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

Picked this up in Totowa a while back, having never had this before. I was surprised at how strong it was for a beer of this style, but the alcohol was hardly noticeable and the flavors meshed well enough together to hide whatever remained. This reminded me a lot of the big bottle offerings from Brooklyn and like that other brewer from New York, this was a great beer from the Empire State!

Nice golden pour to this with some cloudiness and a full, frothy head that left nice rings of lacing as I worked my way through the glass I emptied it out into. Not a strong aroma to this but there was a nice floral tone that was more marked in the taste than in the nose. Good, light mouthfeel to it that felt like champagne and went down almost as easily as that. Nice carbonation and felt easygoing, which was amazing given the potency of this. There was a hint of citrus here but for the most part, this was pretty malty without being thick or chewy in any way.

I could feel a bit of a warming from the booze by the time I made my way through this, even though I split it with a friend. While not the best offering for the summer, there's a lot to like here and it's a testament to Southern Tier that they could brew a beer that was so strong, smooth, and easily enjoyable. Not a typical Pale Ale, this had good balance while being soapy to the taste and consistency. Worth a go one for anyone looking for something different during these dog days.

08-10-2014 20:49:42 | More by JerzDevl2000
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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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BraveMountie

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-09-2014 00:43:19 | More by andrenaline
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jzlyo

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

08-08-2014 23:01:06 | More by jzlyo
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Swill6186

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

08-08-2014 20:10:02 | More by Swill6186
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tylergoov

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-08-2014 16:22:35 | More by tylergoov
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev -8.8%

650 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $9.20 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass. A 9.0% ABV American pale ale. Sounds good to me.

Appearance - moderately cloudy rich golden color topped by over a finger of white head that rests on top for a good long while. Tons of effervescent bubbles are present and some trace sticky lacing stays behind.

Smell - mild yet inviting with a good dose of citrusy hops and some floral notes counterbalanced by a heavy dose of bready malts. Not the most aromatic, but really nice combination of the two.

Taste - mildly bitter with some earthy floral flavor and a touch of sweetness here and there. Can actually taste what I think rose would taste like if I were to go chew on a flower. The malty flavours are fairly subdued. Some alcohol flavor breaks through and leaves a sharp taste on the tongue. It's not too off putting, but in my opinion the beer would be better if it was not there. Boozy harshness is lessened as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - heavier than average body as to be expected for such a big pale ale and slightly sticky in the mouth. The high level of carbonation cuts through this to a certain extent to prevent the taste and feel from being cloying.

Overall - slightly disappointing, especially for the price. It's a well crafted APA, that does a fairly good job at hiding its enormous presence, but to me this is a beer that would be better served by being lower ABV and hiding the alcohol a little better and making the body a bit lighter. Would certainly drink if offered, but a bit to expensive for my tastes especially given that I'd enjoy others in the style even more.

08-08-2014 02:57:37 | More by DenisKolkin
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Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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