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Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

556 Ratings
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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 12
Gots: 50 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

AlexFields, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Suds
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a light golden color...plenty of aarbonation and a little yeast haze. The smells refreshing in its own right...citrus...orange and lemon peel, yeast, a bit of fresh baked bread, and fresh cut grass. The taste is interesting....rose hips, says the label, and the floral nature of the flower fruit comes out here. Also some spice and firm hop bitterness. Full body, and some alcohol warmth. Nice.

Suds, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy bright orange, one finger head.

S-Mainly lemon and citrus, tad bit of malt, nice hop presence.

T-Nice balance, rather citrusy, lemon and orange. Nice bitterness with some caramel malt. Floral notes as well.

M-Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-Another solid beer out of ST. Not sure why it needed to be 9% but still very tasty.

rlee1390, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ChipMurray, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jpd7374, Aug 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Zach136, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

BlissJunkie, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

PaulMc, Aug 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

KVNBGRY, Aug 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

BA_Berto, Aug 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

HoppingAlong, Aug 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

ScaryEd, Aug 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

DerekMorgan, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

spw109, Aug 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

peabody, Aug 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Gregwa, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

thinwhiteduke, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mikeburd1128, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Wxworkoff
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.

Wxworkoff, Aug 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

JohnK17, Aug 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jman005, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Hobbit, Aug 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

samibr, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

tdm168, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

ali1987, Aug 01, 2013
Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.