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Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 12
Gots: 49 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Gagnonsux, Jul 12, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label tells it like it is. A cloudy light straw color with slightly floral and citrusy nose. The mouthfeel - for an imperial beer - is incredibly light and bubbly. The taste is biscuity with an understated but nicely balanced citrus quality. I don't taste any alcohol despite the 9% abv. This is a slightly unusual beer. Drinks like a light pale ale but has a much more complex and original flavor. This is a great summer beer but you'd have to be careful with its sneaky abv.

Qbdoo, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

King_KongDCO93, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

BushwyckCraft, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

twonder23, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

RRC03, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Mikus, Jul 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

AMarkle6524, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jdelbalzo99, Jul 07, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

IrishColonial, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Base of bottle says DOB 04/01/14.

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.

Immortale25, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

CB_Crowe, Jul 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

daron7, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Mark5252, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Domvan, Jul 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Cook82, Jun 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

JackOGreen, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

calcutron, Jun 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Karibourgeois, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

outoffocus, Jun 29, 2014
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alostplot, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

broadwaypub, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

MSandahl23, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If not previously noted, listed as an Imperial Sparkling Ale, which I am not sure of the proper category. Another less reputable site had it as a Belgian strong ale. It seems to be a cross-breed to me.

To rate it out of category, it was very enjoyable (4.25 overall), but for an APA, it's a bit light. I might almost think it might be a decent alternative to a saison (of which I am not the biggest fan).

The beer does have very good carbonation that plays on the tongue throughout. To me it has a light spiciness as well, but that could be me mistaking the sparkling part of the beer. There is a light citrus note, and a little dry tug at the end of the taste that are more in the pale ale realm.

This is an interesting try if your looking for something different, a little on the light side, but not without some depth.

cjgiant, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

danoble1, Jun 27, 2014
Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.