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Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

527 Ratings
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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 12
Gots: 48 | 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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3.79/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

OWSLEY069, Jul 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

djgustafson, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

superspak, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

metter98, Jul 25, 2013
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Photo of Jmamay22
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Jmamay22, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

mrfrancis, Jul 21, 2013
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Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.