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Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

464 Ratings
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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | 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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Wxworkoff

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a growler of this after tasting in a flight...twice....upon visiting the brewery. Southern Tier is unique in the fact you can pick each beer you want to try in each flight...and I selected this in both flights I had there. Then I filled a growler, brought it home, and drank it out of a 12 oz 'sniffer'.

At the brewery, this is labeled as as a 'sparkling farmhouse ale'. I'm still confused as to what that means. As it goes with other farmhouse ales I've had...this is quite different. It drinks more to me as a bold APA or even a aIPA. Others have classified it as an American Saison...but it's too hoppy for that. Who cares, because this is the best beer Southern Tier makes. And that includes the crowd-favorite Pumking.

A: Golden straw-like. A tint of orange. Clear. Maybe that's where it gets its sparkling adage. A good frothly head when poured from the growler after 8 days. Think lining on the glass as you drink it, which eventually will fade back into the beer as the sips progress.

S: I get grapefruit, apricot and floral hops. Either way, the scent screams hops and IPA. Wasn't expecting it. As a hop-head, I rather enjoy it though. Sweet, but hoppy. It smells balanced, if that's possible.

T: Whoa. Tamed up from, dry, citrusy hops on the back end. Hoppier than I expected, but a clean hop finish. Honestly, it's clean, crisp, dry finish reminds me of a Stone IPA, except with a more citrusy feeling on the pallet. There's alcohol here, which demands sipping...but you feel it more than taste it. For very little malt or grain on the pallet, its very balanced.

M: Full and frothy. Drinking this too fast did fill me up. But it's not creamy or thick. It's light, but powerful. I sip it. Perhaps thats the best way I can put it.

O: A really pleasant surprise. To me, a hop head, this is the best beer ST makes. Hoppy, clean, refreshing. I will buy more.

Serving type: growler

08-03-2013 03:54:47 | More by Wxworkoff
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-02-2013 15:37:36 | More by JohnK17
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jman005

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-02-2013 02:53:23 | More by jman005
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Hobbit

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-02-2013 02:28:04 | More by Hobbit
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samibr

New York

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

08-01-2013 20:15:03 | More by samibr
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-01-2013 18:42:21 | More by tdm168
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ali1987

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-31-2013 23:47:43 | More by ali1987
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Lovely85

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-31-2013 23:43:33 | More by Lovely85
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-31-2013 23:30:12 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-31-2013 22:43:54 | More by kylehay2004
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 15:40:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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Acuity

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-31-2013 05:19:31 | More by Acuity
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, grapefruit citrus and a note of tart earthiness. In the taste, orange citrus hops and a dryness of earth. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry earth and citrus hop in the aftertaste. Quite earthy and dry, offset against the citrus hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 16:54:59 | More by OWSLEY069
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-26-2013 03:34:09 | More by Kahlerbock
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Pjev11

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-26-2013 01:01:00 | More by Pjev11
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-25-2013 22:37:12 | More by PatGreer
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djgustafson

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-25-2013 21:16:35 | More by djgustafson
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 04:23:57 | More by superspak
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metter98

New York

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 03:28:58 | More by metter98
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abcramer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-24-2013 04:29:45 | More by abcramer
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-23-2013 02:40:05 | More by BeerHunter76
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-23-2013 01:39:25 | More by Kunstman
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bigred89

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-23-2013 00:57:31 | More by bigred89
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Nobcefus

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.3%

07-22-2013 14:06:13 | More by Nobcefus
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spoonhawk

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-21-2013 21:50:46 | More by spoonhawk
Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.