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Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

528 Ratings
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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 112
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

ajzy, Jun 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

wonothesane42, Jun 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

themanilow, Nov 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

tanzbodeli, May 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

alostplot, Jun 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

TsarKaztic, May 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

GoGata, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of delta490
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

delta490, Jul 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Weekiwachee, Jan 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

rramsey, Jan 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

psoriasaurus, Feb 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Gww1864, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

sneaks2210, Jun 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Molson2000, Sep 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

funcooker78, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

jtennyson99, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Lawl3ss
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Lawl3ss, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Relayer10
4.4/5  rDev +14%

Relayer10, Monday at 01:09 AM
Photo of shand
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle says to drink it cold. Let's drink a cold beer. Compass pours out a stunning yellow with chunky sediment. The aroma is bright, hoppy, and extremely floral. I really love this aroma, as an advocate of both beer and perfumery, this strikes me just right. The beer is also tasty, it keeps on the brightness and floral aspects from the aroma, with a slight underpinning of wheat and spicy malt. The mouthfeel is on the light side and very well carbonated, and the drinkability is great. I really liked this new brew from Southern Tier. It's incredibly drinkable and has a beautiful nose.

shand, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Seanem44
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden straw color with a thick white one finger head.

S: Delicate with a light smell of wheat and rose.

T: Again, Light, delicate, smooth. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. I can taste the rose, which was kind of neat.

M: Goes down nice and smooth. Very refreshing.

O: This is 9.0 abv??? Can't believe it. Easy to sip. I was very impressed with this beer. Not my normal fare, but I would not hesitate to purchase again. Well worth the value for something different. If you can grab one, please do. I think you won't be disappointed. This one is a winner!

Seanem44, May 16, 2014
Photo of jucifer1818
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: a brilliant clear yellow liquid. lovely clarity with a heavy dose of bubbles streaming up the glass
5\5

s: this smells like one hell of a tropical fruit cocktail. saying that, lots of light tropical fruity smells, mixed in with a very small bit of rose fragrance mixed in. their is also a slight sticky sweetness that is apparent from large doses of wheat
4.5\5

t: wow, this one is what i would call the true "champagne" of beers, except that it is more balanced (and heavier on the body, and lower levels of alcohol). this beer has a very restrained and tart hoppy bitterness, that never pushes too hard to make it feel oppressive. alcohol is non-detectable.
4.25\5

m: its not as dry as campaign, but its still very dry for a beer of its size. the carbonation works well to compliment its dryness, and it never quite has the 'BITE' of overcarbonated beer
4.5\5

o:overall i think that this is a great beer for the folk who say "I don't really like beer". its far closer to a campaign in character really, but with everything I love about beer mixed in. I think that ill be having this one again.
4.25\5

jucifer1818, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of minilogo37
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

minilogo37, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of dank203
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

complex ale. grainy spiciness and citrus characters, grapefruit. It does taste like an American pale but less hoppy. unique flavors, not sure if I've evr had a rose hip but i'm detecting something different. theres a certain dryness to this beer as well

dank203, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ommegangpbr
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

ommegangpbr, Sep 10, 2013
Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.