Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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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
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
Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.