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Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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88
very good

129 Reviews
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Reviews: 129
Hads: 645
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 19
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 129 | Hads: 645
Photo of GPHarris
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly, white head into a tulip glass that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a hazy orange-golden color.
s - orange zest is the predominant aroma.
t - spicy hops with a hint of citrus and floral hops.
m - dry and bubbly.
o - really tasty beer and i thoroughly enjoyed it. (325 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting and quite pleasant beer. Rose hips can certainly be overdone, in which case they taste like Grannie's soap. In this case they provide some nice aroma and a top note which are both nice, with the citrus of the hops being most prominent in the flavor. The pour is a little scary, with abundant white floaties suspended in the golden brew with a nice white head. Not a big deal, just protein, but still....On the other hand, the rose and citrus meld beautifully, the nose is enticing, and there is a long citric bitterness that nicely rounds things out. I enjoyed it. (579 characters)

Photo of Portertime
3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a rich gold color with a bright white, foamy head. The label describes it as a sparkling ale but I do not see any additional carbonation or Champagne like qualities.

Smell: bright grapefruit hop notes, some pine, floral, and earthy.

Taste: I am able to distinguish the hop-like bitterness of the rose hips, which complements the grapefruit in the hops. The malt balances out nicely. (405 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a couple fingers of bleached white foam, very whipped up and airy, no density at all albeit retention level is good, even dissolve. Any lacing slides off the glass as if greased. The liquid is the color of goldenrod, while faint and transparent it has a certain luminescence to it too, there’s a faintly visible particulate floating about, the bubbles are active but widely dispersed, no beads. Salt, grains and grasses frame the core of lemon to lesser white grapefruit citrus in the nose, built for focused penetration, a slice more than a punch, its herbaceousness makes it a bit tough to get at the apricot, apple fruit scents and naked dough notes. It’s close to full-bodied, the carbonation somehow manages to be thick and clingy, helps it press into all your mouth pores. Lots of lemon and then some orange and lime mixed in, all of it sour and bracing. The greenness and pepper and salt stuff too keeps you puckering. More like pretzel dough or rye here than sweeter breads. Something like the bowl of seeds and spices by the door of an Indian restaurant, the kind you are supposed to slowly chew on. Lots of dry extract as it finishes. Peach, apricot, green apple, pear, all with more crackle and snap than juicy wetness. Not the easiest to drink. (1,266 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a medium golden with a half finger white head atop.Aromas of nutty pilsner malt,drunken fruit and herbal/grassy hops.Flavors are deeply influenced by the doughy pilsner malt and the dryer sparkling feel,some sweetness from alcohol dipped fruit and dough with a leafy/grass finish.I like the sparkling feel and I like the hoppy finish of this innovative beer,well done. (375 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. The head dosen't hang around long leaving a nice soapy lacing.

S - The aroma is orange peel, lemon, and floral hops.

T - The flavor is citrus (orange and tangerine), sweet malts, and some graininess upfront. The backend has some floral notes from the rose hips and a good bitterness from the hops.

M a- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A nice take on a Pale Ale. The flavors compliment each other nicely. I will Definetly revisit this one again. (561 characters)

Photo of Barticus
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say but WOW! Very refreshing beer and very drinkable with 9% ABV. How is that possible? I don't know, but thank you Southern Tier! The rose hips dominate the finish. Take the first sip, enjoy the hoppiness, let it sit on your palate, and the floral rose hips will show up... and linger... for a long time. (316 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a tulip
Bottled 5-14-13 (3 months old)

A- pours a surringly pale golden orange color. A bit of haze and some yeast floaties. A fluffy white head.

S- A sharp citrus. A crisp pine, some pilsner type malt. A very clean smelling beer.

T- A very citrusy beer. There is a lot of peach, orange and a ton of lemon. This beer is also quite floral. A fresh taste for being a few months old. The malt is plain but rather like a pilsner. A super crisp floral and fruity taste. Somewhere in between an imperial pilsner and an IIPA.

M- Bitter but not quite a double IPA. Very drinkable and refreshing considering the ABV.

O- A very nice brew. I will be picking up another next year. (693 characters)

Photo of jwk0408
2/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I love southern tier. I've loved every beer I've tried, until this one. It had a dish soap taste to me. I couldn't even finish it. Although I tried,I just couldn't get past that. I think I even cried when I poured it out. It was the third beer I have poured out. I just couldn't do it. To me, it doesn't reflect on southern tier. I still believe they are one of the best around. I will continue to buy anything they release. I hope to get to the brewery soon. For now, I have a pumpking on ice! Got to go. (505 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Hazy golden colour with a lot of sediment and a sizeable creamy head. Long lasting retention and dense lacing.

(4.0) S: Tart citrus fruits (mostly lemon), floral qualities, grains, sea salt, and a buttered bread backbone. Lots of citrus zest and a bit of musky/mothball-like aroma throughout (but not in a bad way).

(4.0) T: Orange juice, grapefruit zest, floral qualities, bread-like malt, and spices. This is real interesting with a definite refreshing quality from the carbonation and citrus fruits. Detecting some tropical fruits as this warms up. The alcohol is very well hidden. Lots of hop bitterness, healthy amount of dryness, and a malty sweetness that rounds this out nicely.

(4.0) M: Full bodied with a higher carbonation. Creamy and rich.

(4.0) D: Glad to have picked this up. Unique ale that crosses a number of styles but in the end it is well crafted and delicious. (896 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a tulip. From yesterday's notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with tons of sediment. The one finger white shaded head retains very nicely and leaves behind some lacing on the glass. The hazy look isn't the most aesthetically impressive, but usually yields an enjoyable brew elsewhere.

S: Aromatically, it's mostly citrusy hops combined with an herbal component. Yeast seems to come through with a phenolic note, unfortunately. Otherwise, the nose is decent enough.

T: First thing that hits the tongue is some citrusy hops. This builds up to a yeasty, bready finish with an herbal aftertaste. Some aspects work, some aspects don't.

M: The body has a light feel (not to be confused with an insubstantial one), but isn't quite as crisp as some other unfiltered ales. Astringency is fairly heavy and distracting - probably my least favorite feature. Still, for a 9% pale, it's both drinkable and devoid of booziness.

O: A textbook average brew that's only a couple of tweaks away from being really good. I enjoyed it for what it was, but wouldn't buy it again. (1,078 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a pale golden amber with a big three finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing; lots of active carbonation. Pale but looks good. Aroma of nice floral citrus, complex with grapefruit, orange; some light tropical notes and citrus hops. Flavor follows aroma with nice complex and floral citrus; tangerine, lemon and grapefruit with a some sharp citrus rind hops. The flavor drops off a bit and seems a bit attenuated for a big beer, but finishes strong with a long citrus hops aftertaste. Light to medium bodied, but nice mouthfeel from the active carbonation. A really interesting and novel lemony pale ale. Somewhat dangerous because the base flavors are not that intense and it drinks like a pale ale of half its ABV. The light rose lemon is still on the back of my tongue as I write this. Another off-beat but very well done ale from Southern Tier. Great brewery. Glad I only have one bomber of this, because I could easily drink many glasses of this and end up very sorry the next day. (1,037 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: clear straw yellow. Fat, creamy white head.
Smell: grapefruit and malt with a strong floral character (guess that's the rose hips).
Taste: less malt than in the nose. Clean, hoppy, mostly dry. Finish is slightly bitter with strong floral characteristic (again guess that's the rose hips).
Mouthfeel: sparkling as advertised. Lots of carbonation.
Overall: nice brew. Glad I tried. (391 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed as a pale ale, this makes me think very much along the line of an American version of a Belgian strong pale ale. This manages to be both light and strong at the same time. Easy to drink, yet at 9% one should probably be careful.
I would actively seek this out again. It's lively, refreshing, and just bitter enough to keep interest. (340 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Hazy dark yellow with a generous 2+ finger head, lots of carbonation & yeast particles floating about
S: Tons of citrus particularly grapefruit, floral & light malt notes
T: More mild than the nose would suggest but very intricate with pretty florals, light citrus & slightly sweet malt
M: Surprisingly light-bodied given the well-hidden 9% abv, nice carbonation
O: This bottle went down far too easy given its strength... I definitely like it (478 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bomber shared with tenderbranson69, enjoyed chilled from a goblet.

The color is very hazy golden with some floaties from bottle conditioning, thick white frothy cream rests with thick webbing of lace. The smell is very citrus-y grapefruit and mandarin orange with a light yeast scent with some tropical fruit odors and mild floral aroma with a mild green tea element. The feel is yeasty iwth a slightly dry and yet spritzy carbonated and mildly astringent essence. There is mild bitterness and gentle alcohol with a light nutty malt texture in the finish.

The taste has a pretty fresh floral earthiness and dry nutty yeasty flavor but the citrus element from the hops is complimentary with mellow earthy tea-like flavor. The taste is a lot more yeast than hops which is not necessarily a bad thing, but there is a slight warming of alcohol which doesn't really improve the overall drinkability. I think this is a good beer but the rose hips combined with the bottle conditioning yeast makes a dry astringent taste linger and hampers the probability of repeated samples. (1,073 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Clear medium yellow color. A bit of yeasties floating around. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is very good and plenty of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Citrusy hops - orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Moderate herbalness that I assume is the rose hips. Neutral maltiness and clean. Not super complex, but it smells great. Nothing to complain about.

3.75 T: Pleasant neutral maltiness sticks out more so than in the nose. Orange, grapefruit, and lemon citrusiness. Moderate, well integrated herbalness. Again this is a winner.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant creaminess.

4.25 D: Supremely and infinitely drinkable. No complaints. This is a winner. (726 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 22 oz. bomber into a shaker pint glass. No visible bottling date.

Look- Gold/pale amber with a sticky, sudsy head that falls fairly quickly. Cloudy, visible particulate.

Smell- Very Nice. Powerful lemon-white tea-fresh mint aroma that comes off as appealing rather than medicinal. Light sweetness and dry biscuit in the background.

Taste- Follows the nose, with a hint more dry spruce. Again- light honey, loads of citrus, and a hint of tealike bittering. Finishes clean, light bitterness and lingering orange blossom. Delicious.

Mouthfeel- Light feel, soft, minimal carbonation. Dry finish with a smoothness that's unexpected. 9% ABV is not apparent, drinks like a beer half as potent. A summer sipper that could definitely sneak up on you.

Overall- I'd definitely pick this up again, it's quite good and unique. Bravo to Southern Tier. (851 characters)

Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +26.9%
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! (499 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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! (683 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.86/5  rDev -2%
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. (407 characters)

Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.