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Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

467 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
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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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
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-21-2013 20:39:12 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-21-2013 20:36:16 | More by kjkinsey
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JSkone09

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-21-2013 19:53:40 | More by JSkone09
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Jmamay22

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light colored orange with white foamy peaks. Nice lacing left behind in my empty glass as well. The beer smells of pear, grapefruit, clove and white pepper. A very faint enjoyable mustiness.

The beer begins spicy with notes of grapefruit and give way to a floral fruity accent possible due to the rose hips. Lighter bodied with effervescent carbonation. Very lively. Comes off as a fruity, off dry Belgian pale ale and less America in my opinion. The spices contribute well to a finishing flavor that rounds out each sip nicely. Altogether a well done beer with some unique floral qualities not often found.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 18:09:08 | More by Jmamay22
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, hazy gold with yeast sediment clearly evident both suspended in the liquid and settled at the bottom of the glass. Streams of carbonation are clearly visible. The head is initially puffy, but recedes a bit quicker than expected, settling to an even, thin lacing around the sides of the glass.

S: Lively aromas of sourdough bread, cracker, biscuit, minerals, lemon, lime, grapefruit, fresh herbs, kumquat, bitter orange, and rose hip tea present themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, kumquat, lemongrass, rose hips, white pepper, and sage present themselves immediately, but are soon joined by notes of sourdough bread, minerals, biscuits, and crackers. The finish is hoppy, fruity, and bitter with rose hip, lemon, lime, and grapefruit flavors supported by bread yeast and biscuit.

M: Medium-to-full in body, sticky, and resinous in the mouth. Carbonation is crisp and firm. Alcohol presence is well concealed, but makes it presence known with a slight prickle of heat on the fade. Very drinkable for an ale of this strength.

O: Although Compass could be a bit better balanced and more focused, it is still an intriguing, flavorful, approachable ale. The way the rose hip flavors merge with the yeast and hop notes is truly wonderful. As is, this is a beer that nudges greatness, but falls just a little bit short of the mark. Recommended for fans of hoppy American ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 18:04:07 | More by mrfrancis
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tuka

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-21-2013 03:58:00 | More by tuka
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-20-2013 23:43:44 | More by acurtis
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Dreamer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-20-2013 23:01:41 | More by Dreamer
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CSQ1111

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-20-2013 20:06:12 | More by CSQ1111
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-20-2013 04:02:35 | More by kbuzz
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mborden

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-19-2013 12:30:20 | More by mborden
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-17-2013 21:49:38 | More by Cramerican
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barczar

Kentucky

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden lemon with particulates flying throughout and a frothy white head with big bubbles that leaves no lacing.

Grain and citrus are initially evident in the aroma, with floral notes and resin surfacing late. Grapefruit and lime accent a lightly malty backbone.

Flavor is floral, becoming citrusy and bitter, with malt creeping in, and ending fairly dry. The rose hips really do come through. More tropical notes of mango accompany grapefruit, lemon, and lime. The cracker-like planet malt dries things out at the finish.

Body is moderate, with spritzy, high carbonation and modest alcohol warmth.

Interesting brew. Very refreshing, with just enough bitterness to counter the flavoring hops. Malt serves mainly to dry out the finish. The lemon notes are slightly overwhelming for my palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 20:47:40 | More by barczar
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-17-2013 16:28:10 | More by JAHMUR
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wiltznucs

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-17-2013 00:16:42 | More by wiltznucs
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gpblackgt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-16-2013 21:46:39 | More by gpblackgt
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Xthul

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-16-2013 01:42:19 | More by Xthul
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-15-2013 19:33:21 | More by GeoffreyM
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Boston_Steve

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-15-2013 11:37:19 | More by Boston_Steve
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 11:12:26 | More by Gavage
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a DFH shaped pint glass. Bottled 5/3/13.

A - Considerable chalky sediment is visible at the bottom of the bottle. I pour unhurriedly so as not to disturb to much of the muck on the first pour. It has a the typical cloudiness of unfiltered ale amongst the golden body. About a finger or so of quickly dissipating soapy head. Sporadic patches of lacing.

S - Extremely floral and vibrant aroma. The tangy lemon is overwhelming. Sweet spices, pepper, and cloves, give this a Belgian-like aroma. The addition of rose hips are obvious in the nose.

T - The lemon from the nose is not quite as pronounced in the flavor. Citrus upfront, followed by a sweet floral slap in the face. I suppose that is the rose hips, but I don't really care for it. It seems a bit unbalanced. Light, Ritz cracker malts work well. I enjoy it less as it warms and some of the floral notes intensify. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as it gets warmer as well. Slightly astringent linger.

M - Tingly effervescence and a light body for the high ABV.

O - I keep going back and forth on this beer. Some sips I really enjoy the citrus zestiness and some are a floral boozy mess. I guess overall it falls somewhere in between. The mouthfeel and aroma are excellent. I have been meaning to get this beer for a while and I wish I had pulled the trigger earlier. I think that this beer was probably best when super fresh. The fresh citrus hops could have helped balance some of the floral flavors that I did not enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 02:35:41 | More by NoLeafClover44
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minilogo37

New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by the guy at the store (who was actually giving away tastings of something i cant remember the name of, nothing special). I appreciate the APAs, and wasn't disappointed. Very smooth for 9.0 ABV. Could drink this anytime, and will be on the lookout for it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 00:14:12 | More by minilogo37
Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.