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Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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501 Ratings
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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 43 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-17-2013 16:28:10 | More by JAHMUR
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-17-2013 00:16:42 | More by wiltznucs
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-16-2013 21:46:39 | More by gpblackgt
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-16-2013 01:42:19 | More by Xthul
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-15-2013 19:33:21 | More by GeoffreyM
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev 0%

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.

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


3.89/5  rDev +1%

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.

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

New York

4.35/5  rDev +13%

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.

07-14-2013 00:14:12 | More by minilogo37
Photo of abernethyj

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-13-2013 21:08:40 | More by abernethyj
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-13-2013 20:22:52 | More by carterbt
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-13-2013 15:31:40 | More by jkd03c
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-12-2013 23:27:08 | More by dphillips
Photo of redbeerdviking


2.64/5  rDev -31.4%

This beer did not represent what I have come to expect from Southern Tier.

Appearance - Very light yellow in color, dare I say it, like a Budweiser, medium head, little to no lacing.

Smell - Fruity, especially citrus, with flowery undertones.

Taste - Started of strong and pleasing, like an APA should be, but moved to an overpowering citrus flavor, which tasted unnatural. The finish and aftertaste was that of roses or a similar flower.

Mouth- It's hard to get a grasp here, because it was just tapped at a newer restaurant, and it felt over carbonated. I wouldn't lay the blame on Southern Tier until I at least try it out of a bottle.

Overall, I can't give this an okay rating, because I really wouldn't want to drink it again. It had more of a pilsner or kolsch feel and taste to me, which aren't my favorite styles.

07-12-2013 05:24:13 | More by redbeerdviking
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-12-2013 03:33:46 | More by TobiasG
Photo of lhibbard


4.83/5  rDev +25.5%

Awesome brew!! Very tasty.

A - looked sort of like pee when poured into a glass. Sparkly, clear yellow, with bubbly head that disappeared immediately.

S - First, second, and third whiff were all delicious hops. Piney, citrusy, bright hops. Not much malt in this one.

T - Very bright, light beer, perfect for a warm summer night. Very hoppy, with very little malt flavor, at first. As the beer warmed the malt came out. A nice peppery aftertaste.

Overall this is a very tasty brew. I will be talking about this one with friends and having more, soon.

07-12-2013 00:36:03 | More by lhibbard
Photo of delta490


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

A- a really lovely rich, deep straw gold color. Nice head retention and lacing

S- aroma is great, with significant floral hop notes

T- the floral hops comes through loud and clear but balanced really well against the malt backbone

M- a little thinner, but not in a bad way with the flavors. Just a hint of carbonation on the finish

O- a great IPA

07-11-2013 22:20:26 | More by delta490
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-11-2013 19:03:54 | More by eargle
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

07-11-2013 12:40:07 | More by ssoulf
Photo of BEERMILER12


4/5  rDev +3.9%

DOB 05/03/13

A: Pours a cloudy and chill-hazed straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that semi-quickly fades to a very thin cap

S: Very pleasant, with big notes of citrus and fruity hops. Some pilsner malt in the background along with a hint of flowers/rose hips

T: Starts off with a nice citrus and fruity kick followed by a solid maltiness and floral notes. Finishes decently bitter with more fruitiness and a touch of wheat

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: Most certainly beyond the realms of an APA, but a solid brew regardless of classification. Very easy to drink even given the 9% and generously hopped as well. A nice surprise as the new large-format seasonal for ST, and one that I'd recommend

07-11-2013 05:19:31 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of argock


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date but purchased shortly after release. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Hazy golden with a soft and quickly dissipating 1/2-finger of white head. Numerous floaties even with a careful pour of the first half of the bottle. Does leave some nice lacing.

S: Comes off as a supercharged Centennial with loads of pineapple and grapefruit citrus, lemon-lime as well and a floral note. I don't really catch the rose hips. The malt is lightly grainy and bready. Yeastiness is there despite it being a sparkling ale with some more doughy, bready aroma.

T: Great flavor with hops leading the way with pink grapefruit, lemon, lime, and soft pineapple. Big citrus presence all the way. Borders on but doesn't reach astringent. Malt component is very background with only some mild bready, crackery flavor, accentuated by the yeast flavors that add some doughiness.

M: I am not sure why this is a highly carbonated ale, it seems like it would be tastier and easier to drink with lower carbonation. Deceivingly light body despite the ABV.

O: A unique beer that would be better with less carbonation. I love their past beer Hoppe -- probably my favorite of their bomber lineup (sigh). This is a showcase for Centennial hops and it works well int his way, but the yeastiness shouldn't be there and detracts from appearance, aroma, and flavor. If they can help that problem with the yeast character and decrease the carbonation, this would soar from quite good to exceptional.

07-11-2013 02:23:02 | More by argock
Photo of BMMillsy


4.19/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours hazy gold with a one finger fluffy head. Aroma of floral hops with notes of sweet citrus and a bit of earthiness. A little bit of the rose hip smell and a funky yeasty straw aroma. Sweet up front flavor fades quickly into a refreshing, effervescent bitter hoppy straw. Ends dry with a definite character from the rose hips. Lingering sweet floral flavor on the palate. Light and effervescent mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Easy drinking and can’t believe this is 9%. Hit right on what I was hoping for with this beer. A winner from Southern Tier.

07-11-2013 02:03:07 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of thampel09

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-10-2013 03:58:40 | More by thampel09
Photo of rangerred


3.85/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a a tiny white head. Just a small amount of lacing and ok head retention.

Aroma is extremely floral with a definite rose characteristic. A strong Belgian yeast character along with bread and lemon.

The flavor is even better with a more muted floral tone balanced nicely with bread and a touch of biscuit. Belgain yeast and lemon along with more tropica fruit. High bitterness but alcohol is very well hidden and abundant carbonation aids drinkability.

Overall, I really like this beer. Great drinkability with alcohol being well-hidden. A nice job by Southern Tier.

07-10-2013 01:14:45 | More by rangerred
Photo of dwoolley1

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-09-2013 21:53:36 | More by dwoolley1
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