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Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

509 Ratings
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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | 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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decrimsonvertigo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-07-2014 00:00:42 | More by decrimsonvertigo
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Csparks33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-06-2014 23:48:51 | More by Csparks33
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

08-06-2014 23:15:09 | More by biegaman
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-06-2014 03:58:06 | More by WeissBoy
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BigKahuna97


4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-04-2014 23:35:10 | More by BigKahuna97
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-04-2014 18:38:27 | More by evil_liver
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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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krome

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-02-2014 23:54:49 | More by krome
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dunlap926

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-02-2014 21:13:15 | More by dunlap926
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jgunther71

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-02-2014 19:35:13 | More by jgunther71
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-01-2014 16:14:37 | More by yancot
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vheissu15

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-28-2014 07:55:22 | More by vheissu15
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Aubs723

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-27-2014 21:24:14 | More by Aubs723
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.1%

07-27-2014 07:18:15 | More by valianes
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Mr_Hoptimistic

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-27-2014 02:22:41 | More by Mr_Hoptimistic
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Iparedman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-26-2014 22:06:42 | More by Iparedman
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AMCimpi

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-26-2014 17:30:24 | More by AMCimpi
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papajohn56

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-26-2014 02:52:27 | More by papajohn56
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-26-2014 02:16:04 | More by WillAndSarah
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RolandBlunts

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-25-2014 00:30:18 | More by RolandBlunts
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Nichols33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.1%

07-21-2014 00:32:37 | More by Nichols33
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PCATD

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-20-2014 17:32:27 | More by PCATD
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BFCarr

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-20-2014 17:00:27 | More by BFCarr
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.1%

07-20-2014 06:26:24 | More by Howlader
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addiwilliams

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-18-2014 23:37:15 | More by addiwilliams
Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.