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Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

588 Ratings
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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 13
Gots: 54 | 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

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Beer added by: Knapp85 on 05-27-2013

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Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Town Hall Tap in Minneapolis.

Nice Imperial PALE ale, could almost be called a golden ale, very refreshing and nice hop to alcohol balance. Light bodied and allows for distinction in pale ale verse IPA styles.

Pale almost golden color with very good lacing

Floral and citrus tones in the aroma

Crisp grapefruity refreshing taste lots of effervescence in the carbonization

Light body mouthfeel yet very refreshing

Overall does not hit like a 9% ale is expected to beware and refresh!

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip (like the bottle states).

Appearance: pale slightly havy hold body with heavy bubbles, the white head rose pretty high...well over a finger's length. This beer foams a lot so be careful.

Smell: Light flower scent, feels hoppy but not potent.

Taste: Smooth and bitter, wet hop feel and on top of that sweet lemon touch to go with it. Floral but light, sweet malt...no complaints.

Mouth: Heavy carbonation, but not really that sticky. Little dry at the end but still good.

Overall: good beer that if you think about it, tastes like something between an american lager and an IPA. This brew tastes good, could use a little tweaking still worth buying. Salud!

Photo of Brenden
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A clear and bright medium yellow, with a look as effervescent as the bottle claims the beer to be, Compass grows a soapy pillow of pure white head just under a finger in height. It's retained pretty well, dropping with some time to a foam that leaves spotting on the glass.
There's lots of citrus with a bit of a floral edge and some more tropical fruits as well. The smell is lightly sweet, and certainly more than the taste is, backed by the somewhat dry, crackery malts.
The rose hips are all over the tongue, imparting its own particular bitterness that's got a hard (not harsh) edge. There is a soft sweetness underneath along with that of the fruits. There's more bitterness both herbal and raw/woody (stem) all the way through.
Again, this beer is every bit as effervescent as the bottle claims in a body that exemplifies the balance of softness and strength with fantastic depth. It's crisp, and every bit as it should be, without giving up smoothness.
This is an exceptionally unique beer, to say the least, but very well crafted.

Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Paul_Apsley
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, gold in color, cloudy, sediment

Smell: citrus hops and floral hops

Taste: citrus hops-grapefruit and lemon, floral hops--some candied sugar or sweet white grape taste as well

Mouthfeel: nice mix of sweet and bitter with a strong bitter aftertaste, light body, medium carbonation

Overall: Very interesting beer. This one hits all sorts of notes from very sweet to super bitter--very complex. I would pick this one up again. Liked this way better than Plum Noire.

Photo of hefferee
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of HollyHops
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an imperial pale ale of sorts, in tap at the screamin eagle in inlet, ny. the pour is bright yellow and just about perfectly clear, with a huge white foam head that only relaxes a little. the appearance is great. the nose is too, well hoppy with a mix of bitterness and citrus, not super bright, but not an oily bitter bomb either. very light malt base in smell and taste allows the big hops to come through. this isn't as interesting hop wise as unearthly or even the regular ipa, but it is quite refreshing for its size. lots of alcohol comes through the mouthfeel, hot on the way down, and its exacerbated by vibrant carbonation and not much malt body or sweetness to mellow things out. not a beer I need more than a pint of, but it gives me a nice buzz and is a good addition to the southern tier lineup overall, just a bit understated compared to some of their rock stars.

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Illos
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dapatte2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of outsider
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ThomasAWilson2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Gmann
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with honey highlights. A short wispy white that settles into a light ring. Some moderate yeast floaters.

The aroma is bright. Nice citrus hops, mainly grapefruit. Floral notes from the rose hips. Malt is very light so the hops really standout.

The taste is hoppy but mellow. Not very aggressive hops but quite flavorful. Nice citrus flavors, grapefruit and some orange. Perhaps a touch of lime and grass. The rose hips seem to compliment the hops and not add much extra flavor besides a floral presence. The malt is dry and crackery despite the large malt bill. It drinks quite light for a 9% beer.

The feel is light to moderate with airy carbonation. Lightly bitter on the palate. Finishes dry and crisp. ABV well hidden.

Flavor wise it is good but not great. I am impressed by how drinkable this big beer is. Drinks like a session.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.