Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 638
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 19
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Knapp85 on 05-27-2013

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral, herbal and woody hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has notes of rose hips towards the finish. A light to moderate amount of bitterness strands out and lingers through the aftertaste.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't extremely bitter, but seems to be bitterer than it really is because of its lighter-bodied nature. The flavors imparted by the hops seem rather unique. It hides any traces of alcohol very well from the taste. (857 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw with an amber tinge; the head retains well and leaves a modicum of lace

Smell: Doughy and sugary, with tangerine, tropical fruit and rose petal tones

Taste: Doughy, up front, with the tangerine and tropical fruit (papaya, coconut and lychee) with rose hip flavors developing in the middle; white pepper and sage tones arrive, after the swallow, but the finish contains much of what was tasted up front

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty interesting beer that disguises the high ABV very well; nice for a change of pace but I don't think I would want this very often (639 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an imperial pale ale of sorts, in tap at the screamin eagle in inlet, ny. the pour is bright yellow and just about perfectly clear, with a huge white foam head that only relaxes a little. the appearance is great. the nose is too, well hoppy with a mix of bitterness and citrus, not super bright, but not an oily bitter bomb either. very light malt base in smell and taste allows the big hops to come through. this isn't as interesting hop wise as unearthly or even the regular ipa, but it is quite refreshing for its size. lots of alcohol comes through the mouthfeel, hot on the way down, and its exacerbated by vibrant carbonation and not much malt body or sweetness to mellow things out. not a beer I need more than a pint of, but it gives me a nice buzz and is a good addition to the southern tier lineup overall, just a bit understated compared to some of their rock stars. (877 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,671 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a small growler, the color was a pale yellow with a thin white head on top. The retention was minimal and the lacing was very light as well. Some nice clarity on this beer along with some carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The smell of the beer is pretty standard, the rose hips don't really shine too bright in my opinion. There is some earthy malt on the nose and not a whole lot of hops really. The taste of the beer reminded me a lot of a pilsner, it was light and fairly refreshing. Mostly malt was all I was really getting from this brew. The mouthfeel was light bodied, gently carbonated and very easy to drink. Overall I was hoping for something a little more... not sure if what way but I hoped for something a little more impressive here. (764 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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. (428 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (375 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bomber shared with tenderbranson69, enjoyed chilled from a goblet.

The color is very hazy golden with some floaties from bottle conditioning, thick white frothy cream rests with thick webbing of lace. The smell is very citrus-y grapefruit and mandarin orange with a light yeast scent with some tropical fruit odors and mild floral aroma with a mild green tea element. The feel is yeasty iwth a slightly dry and yet spritzy carbonated and mildly astringent essence. There is mild bitterness and gentle alcohol with a light nutty malt texture in the finish.

The taste has a pretty fresh floral earthiness and dry nutty yeasty flavor but the citrus element from the hops is complimentary with mellow earthy tea-like flavor. The taste is a lot more yeast than hops which is not necessarily a bad thing, but there is a slight warming of alcohol which doesn't really improve the overall drinkability. I think this is a good beer but the rose hips combined with the bottle conditioning yeast makes a dry astringent taste linger and hampers the probability of repeated samples. (1,073 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazed amber with a finger of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & alright lacing

S: Tropical fruit, breadyness

T: Pineapple, some grapefruit, breadyness & a little dryness up front. Grassy hops, mix in with pineyness, a little dryness & grapefruit peel. More pineapple, grapefruit, & slight breadyness in the finish, along with boozeyness

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, nicely balanced, warming

Sparkling ale? Not sure you can have one at 9.0 ABV, but if you can this is damn tasty & drinkable. Southern Tier, you have made me happy again! Get this 4 or six packs (606 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,855 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: 22 oz brown glass bottle with a busy label and a branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at my local H-E-B grocery and served cold into a snifter (as no tulip was on hand) at low altitude in Austin, TX.

Reviewed live as an"imperial sparkling ale" - whatever that means.

9.0% ABV. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers in width. White colour. Fairly frothy. Decent thickness and creaminess. Has a decent complexion and consistency. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Retention: ~3 minutes.

BODY: Quasitransparent translucent dark orange-copper. Murky. Not real vibrant. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible within.

Looks above average, but not unique or special. Closest to a pale ale or IPA in terms of appearance.

AROMA: Pale malts. Wheat. Floral hops. Stale citrus fruit. I do find the rose hips when I search for them; I only know the aroma from when I used to chew vitamin c tablets with added rose hips; it's a subtle note but an interesting one. Muted lychee skin. A kiss of doughy starchy malt. Light hints of honey and a bit of crackery malt.

It's a bit sweeter than anticipated; I expected the hops to dominate but they seem pretty neatly balanced. A pleasant albeit reticent aroma of light intensity.

No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. If you told me this was a 5% pale ale in a blind tasting, I'd believe you. Given that they describe this as an imperial sparkling ale, I anticipated a heavy crystal malt presence, but none emerges.

The presence of crackery and doughy character is odd given the aroma isn't very dry. Maybe that indicates good integration of those notes?

TASTE: Very pleasant and mellow. The malt base is unintrusive, providing a clean neutral foundation upon which the hop notes can shine. The malts I notice are (in order of emphasis) pale malts, wheat, honey malt, and a bit of crackery malt. Hopwise, I notice floral hop character the most, backed by vague citrus (orange peel I guess), a kiss of papaya, and subtle rose hips (again, I'm judging by my familiarity with vitamin c tablets).

Other reviewers are noting an herbal hop character - I find none. The faint doughiness noticed in the aroma is extremely subtle and buried here, but it's a blip on the finish, and does add a little more nuance to the beer.

What shocks and impresses me is the complete absence of any noticeable alcohol; this drinks like a 5% pale ale, and is expertly balanced, with no naked hop bitterness. The malts are well suited to the hops.

I find no crystal malt; I definitely expected some given the purported style.

Overall, I'm really pleasantly surprised with the quality here. This is a complex, subtly executed brew which boasts impressive depth of flavour without feeling unnecessarily complicated or busy. Great flavour amplitude; the constituent notes blend together seamlessly to form a very cohesive - almost gestalt - whole. As a result, it's hard to deconstruct the beer - which while taxing for a reviewer, is a good thing for the discerning drinker.

TEXTURE: Crisp, slightly overcarbonated, smooth, wet, refreshing, and quenching. I'm taken aback by the absence of any noticeable alcohol heat or booziness. In spite of the subtle crackery malts and doughy yeast notes, it's not really dry at all- except maybe a biteen on the open, which has the effect of parching the palate briefly and then instantly refreshing it, which teases the drinker into consuming more. Aptly medium-bodied, and of appropriate thickness to support the flavour profile without coming off overbearing or oppressive.

Overall, this beer boasts a great presence on the palate and this texture complements the taste quite well, with evidence of custom-tailoring.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or rough.

OVERALL: Southern Tier can label their beers any style they want so long as they keep making them this good, as far as I'm concerned. This was a pleasant surprise and surpassed my expectations. I'd definitely recommend this to friends. It's dangerously drinkable for its relatively high ABV, and offers plenty of flavour. This will impress the discerning drinker. One of the better brews I've had from Southern Tier in recent memory. I'll have to seek out more of their work.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/03/2013. Pours lightly cloudy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge bright lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, pear, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, bread, light honey, clove, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of bright hop notes with the rose hips and a light-moderate malt presence; with big strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, floral, grass, pepper, pine, bread, clove, light honey, and herbal earthiness. Good amount of spicy/earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, pine, grass, pepper, clove, bread, light honey, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of bright citrus hops and rose hip additions; with a light-moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, lightly prickly, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic spiced hoppy golden ale! All around awesome balance and complexity of bright hops with the rose hip additions, with light malt balance; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,559 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed straw yellow. A fluffy white head leaves lacing.

The smell is floral (from the rose hips), some bread, a hint of citrus. Not exactly robust, but pleasant.

The taste is of citrus (grapefruit) - The medium bitterness is balanced by sweet malt. Floral dryness mixes with peppery alcohol in the finish.

It has a nice silky texture. Medium body. The alcohol cleans up the palate (though not in a raw way), so the flavors don't hang around very long.

A unique, slow-drinking strong pale ale. Floral aroma with a balanced citric bitterness in the taste. I don't understand where the "sparkling" part comes in, but I suppose that that's not important. (670 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a 1" head that lasts a while before fading.

Smell: strong citrus and a nice floral hop aroma creates a nice smelling beer.

Taste: caramel, biscuit, big lemon zest, some grapefruit, a hint of black peppercorns, and a big floral flavor. Bitterness is moderate, and alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp and lightly dry at the end.

Overall: an easy drinking big beer. Very citrus and floral centric, so nicely refreshing. (523 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier : Compass

Look: Pours a bright golden color. A careful pour yields just a small amount of sediment. Bone white head forms and leaves a good amount of lacing. Looks like a big IPA.

Smell: Sweet malts, citrus, tropicsl fruit, fragrant herbs. Sweet and citrusy but also with a light flowery element.

Taste: Has a lot of tropical flavor of papaya, orange citrus, honey, and resin. There certainly is a solid bitterness. Pine, herbal and grassy notes are also part of the hop bite, with perhaps a bit from the rose hips used in brewing. Just a hint of alcohol flavor but really well concealed and deceptive in its ways.

Feel: Medium bodied, well carbonated, and somewhat sticky to the palate.

Overall: This is a really nice ale. Diverse ingredients, coming off as a west coast imperial pale ale. Refreshing, yet it dries in the finish. I would have no problem with buying another bottle or draft of this. Delicious. (930 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting and quite pleasant beer. Rose hips can certainly be overdone, in which case they taste like Grannie's soap. In this case they provide some nice aroma and a top note which are both nice, with the citrus of the hops being most prominent in the flavor. The pour is a little scary, with abundant white floaties suspended in the golden brew with a nice white head. Not a big deal, just protein, but still....On the other hand, the rose and citrus meld beautifully, the nose is enticing, and there is a long citric bitterness that nicely rounds things out. I enjoyed it. (579 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, dark banana yellow color with a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Pretty good retention with streaks of lace left behind.

Earthy, slightly floral aroma with grassy and piney hops, pale malt, flower petal and bready yeast.  Some wheat beer character with bread, banana and citrus peel.  Subtle potpourri presence blended into a hoppy wheat beer-like aroma.

Medium body with tight carbonation and crisp hop bitterness along with rose water and a pale malt backbone.  Hints of biscuit and cracker along with malted wheat, banana bread and subtle peppery spice.  Basically a decently hopped light wheat beer with strong flower petal bitterness.  Easy to drink with a well masked ABV but not terribly interesting.   The flower presnce is too strong for my liking, overpowering the hops and wheat beer elements.  Also the malt profile could have been a bit more prominent.   (942 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Compass doesn't exactly shine like the north star; sediment from bottle conditioning makes this initially clear ale a rather cloudy affair. It does, however, retain its light and golden complexion, blurriness notwithstanding. For a "sparkling" ale carbonation looks curiously scarce. Head too (which is hardly surprising given the skeleton crew of bubbles).

There's enough tropical fruitiness in this bouquet to conjure to mind a blue sky and even bluer water. White linen and sandals. Tiki torches and bikinis. The initial impressions of lemon, lime, passionfruit, and pineapple were impressive (though they do subdue in time). Still, this beer, at least on first impression, should meet the approval of hopheads everywhere.

For those wondering about the rosehips, there's no way you'd notice them if you weren't tipped off by the label. And even then maybe not. The flavour is well suited to the citrus in the hop bill but can't stack up size wise; this kind of delicate, effervescent floral quality is easy to appreciate in an herbal tea but here is steamrolled by high alpha acids and a thick, biscuity malt profile.

In fact, advertising this as a "sparkling ale" is a bit misleading given its dense maltiness; the ale is distinguished every bit as much by its grain as its hops. There's more than enough cereal grain and breadiness to soak up virtually every drop of that 9% alcohol and each sip concludes with a lasting, unmistakable biscuity taste. Still, it's mighty quenching and not at all bloating.

Southern Tier make big beers in small batches that are best enjoyed in small doses. But it's unlikely you'll have any issues finishing a bomber of Compass; in fact, if you're like me, you might want a second. I certainly didn't find as interesting as it's billed to be - there's really no rose - but it's still a generously hopped, substantially malted pale ale which makes it pretty good in my books. (1,918 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a pale golden amber with a big three finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing; lots of active carbonation. Pale but looks good. Aroma of nice floral citrus, complex with grapefruit, orange; some light tropical notes and citrus hops. Flavor follows aroma with nice complex and floral citrus; tangerine, lemon and grapefruit with a some sharp citrus rind hops. The flavor drops off a bit and seems a bit attenuated for a big beer, but finishes strong with a long citrus hops aftertaste. Light to medium bodied, but nice mouthfeel from the active carbonation. A really interesting and novel lemony pale ale. Somewhat dangerous because the base flavors are not that intense and it drinks like a pale ale of half its ABV. The light rose lemon is still on the back of my tongue as I write this. Another off-beat but very well done ale from Southern Tier. Great brewery. Glad I only have one bomber of this, because I could easily drink many glasses of this and end up very sorry the next day. (1,037 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Light wheat-gold body. White sediment, even on a careful pour. White, loose foam head has ok retention and low lace.

S - Sweet nose. Orange, honeysuckle, rose, honey, touch of booze, white grape, lychee.

T - Soft and relatively brisk on the palate. Honey, wheat, orange zest, floral potpourri, dry pear.

M - Light frame with a soft, creamy smoothness. Low carbonation.

O - Dangerously outstanding drinkability at 9%. Nice flavor profile. (445 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 05/03/13. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around for a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells really floral, the rose hips really stand out in the aroma. There's also citrusy (lemon peel, grapefruit) hops and some peppery spice noticeable. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some pineapple and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, but I'd like to try a fresher bottle next time. (628 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (647 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid 8 bucks for the bomber from halftime beverage. Into a pint glass. 5/03/13 bottle date.

A - Yet another hazy Belgium pale ale this one being mildly carbonated giving me just a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a mild soapy ring.
S - Great smell the citrus hops are pungent and bright. Not much rose hips but it does have a fruity malt backbone and a dry yeasty edge.
T - Well it's good but not really wowing me. I love the combination of bittering rose hips and the citrus hops are clean and crisp like a fresh DIPA even though this bottle is a month old.
M - ABV is well hidden it drinks like a DIPA around 7 or 8%. Tasty.

Overall its a great dry hopped ale with some Belgium yeasts and its easy to drink. If I found it local and the price was a bit cheaper I might get it every week. Always a treat to try the latest ST. (828 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. Some sediment. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A light, sweet alluring aroma of citrus, hops, and a floral element.

T: Tasted of hops, a good amount of citrus, the advertised rose hips, and a hint of malt. Hard to know exactly what the style of this beer is by its taste, but it does taste good. Sort of akin to an imperial pilsner. Pretty good.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An oddball beer, but well worth trying. Drinkable. (612 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,039 characters)

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Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.