Compass IPA - Bristol Brewing Company

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Compass IPACompass IPA

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BA SCORE
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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: russpowell on 01-13-2009

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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 40
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Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

It has a hazy orange color with clean white head. It's very fine texture makes it last quite a while leaving some lacing behind.

Aroma is weak by comparison with other IPAs but it has a subtle hoppy quality.

Flavor is nicely bittered with good balance. It has a nice variety of hops to it so it isn't all one-sided.

Mouthfeel is smooth and not over carbonated. It has medium body and a nice clean finish.

Drinkability is good but I wouldn't say it's an excellent IPA. It passes the test but there are much better examples out there.

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at old Chicago tonight, cool to see something new from these guys!

Pours apricot/caramel with a finger of dirty beige head. Good lacing & average head retention.

S: Citric hops & caramel

T: Mild grapefruit, caramel & pear up front. More grapefruit & a bit lemony hops as this warms, plus a touch of grassyness, pears & pineapple as this warms. Finishes crisp with nice biscuitty malt undertones

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & good balance

Drinks very easy, nice crisp IPA, not super hoppy, but a nice balanced IPA, was truly shocked at how much wife liked this one

Photo of stampfler07
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark golden with a large frothy white head and sticky lacing

S- Strong floral hop, slight hint of malt sweetness, light citrus

T- Moderate dry bitterness throughout, floral hop and noticeable citrus flavors, slightly warming, malt component doesn't come out until the end, slightly sweet with some dark breadiness

M- Moderate body, light carbonation

O- Hop-heavy IPA that has a good taste and aroma, nothing too out of the ordinary, but good

Photo of HopsRunner
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A very clear apple cider colored beer. I poured a nickle worth or foam but it quickly dissipated to a white film cover on top.

S: Smell is is bitter like its taste such as American IPA's are. The malt is very prevalent with a caramel smell.

T: Bitter. Tastes like an IPA should.

M: I would have to say it goes down easy and is quite enjoyable.

D: Overall It is a interesting taste. One of my choices to bring out to Indiana for school.

Photo of Dcbelkot
4.55/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great beer ,a must have on nitro. Just wish they would serve food. The pretzels are good addition to the bar seen , the taco counter only lasted a short time. they need somthing to complement the beers. Maybe a local flair ? nachos with some spicy salsa?

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle brewed during the fourth week of January, according to the notches. Pours a hazy copper color with a respectable off-white foam. Retention is average, as is the lacing.

Nose is citrusy hops, orange and grapefruit peel. Cascade, me thinks along with something else...there is some pine needle hop aromas in there as well. Caramely sweet malt background with a touch of honeyed bread dough. Not bad.

Piney hops are supported by plentiful sweet crystal malts. They play off each other fairly well, but I would not mind the beer being a bit more dry. Hops do a good job of providing plenty of both flavoring and bittering. Freshness is the key to this beer as the honeyed malts can get to be a bit much when the hops start to fade. Plenty of body and carbonation is medium-low. Drinks about right for a 6.7%'er. I think this is a fairly tasty IPA.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

January 17, 2015

Draft, taster

A – Light to medium amber, very light khaki foam.

S – Caramel malt and mango, light guava, some other tropical fruit.

T – Again, caramel and bread dough. Hops are fruity but a lot more bitterness contributed here.

M – Moderate carbonation, mild sweetness, but bends hard toward hop bitterness. Pretty dry, bitter finish.

O – Would like a little more presence of hop flavor to balance everything. Not bad, but kind of blends in with the crowd.

Photo of Monsteruss
2.17/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The Foam was med. bubbly, light tan, dissapated at med rate, and a little lacey. The color was a medium bright amber with a nice gold highlight in the light. The smell was of a typical microbrew - very dominate in hops and a sour bitterness of lemon. The tastw was very robust and a dominate hops base with hints of wheat and bitter. Mouthfeel - medium-bodied and heavy. Drinkability - not impressed, it's a beer I won't be getting any time in the future.

Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub / tasting room

Poured a clear copper color with a small white head that left a bit of lace behind. Biscuity aroma, citrus and pine; not too strong. A bit thin and almost light-bodied, with pale malts up front, and a moderate hoppage, providing sensations of pine and citrus, and a decently dry finish. A bit lacking in overall flavor, but not exactly a bad beer.

Photo of csiewert
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden amber with a slight amount of head that doesn't stay around long. Aroma is of citrus hops. Taste is sweet and hits with the hoppy bitterness late. Not much else to the taste... Lack some body. Finishes clean with a nice mouthfeel.

Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: copper hue. lots o' carbonation rising to the surface. pours about a finger and a half, frothy white head. settles slowly leaving little peaks and valleys.

s: sourdough and pine.

t: very hoppy. a little citrus.

m: mouth puckering hop bite, and a dry bitter finish.

d: sip and enjoy.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. "Born on" date clearly marked. Thanks for taking this beer advocacy step Bristol!

Pours a sunburst orange color under a few fingers of white head that laces like crazy and retains itself in true IPA style.

The nose is sweet and very fruity, with the hops manifesting themselves as drizzled with sweet notes of pineapple, and very sweet evergreen. Slight notes of malt are detected, but the nose is mostly hops.

The flavor isn't particularly bitter as some American IPAs can be, but instead spares the palate a sand-blast scouring of hops in favor of hop flavor and malty accents. The hops are quite tasty and nicely balanced with each other. There is a substantial malt presence in this beer, but it doesn't overstep its bounds (this isn't a DIPA, and isn't meant to be!).

The mouthfeel is smooth and rich with just the right amount of carbonation. The body is medium. This beer is very drinkable.

Conclusion: It blows my mind how a beer this well-crafted can earn such low scores on this site. I know that it is because this "isn't hoppy enough" though. The American IPA is a diverse style, and the best are not necessarily the hoppiest. I love an insane DIPA that burns down the senses with hops. However I also an IPA that is highly drinkable and doesn't render my tongue numbed by bitterness. This is an example of that style: malty, hoppy, drinkable, refreshing and laid back.

Photo of soju6
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper color. Has a decent head that lasts with good lacing.

S: Citrus & fresh grain aroma.

T: Starts with a citrus & mild sweetnees and has a nice bitter finish that lingers. Quite refreshing actually.

F Has a moderate body with a dry touch. The 6.7 ABV is not really noticable.

D This is an easy drinker. Reminds me of a nice ale at a pub in England.

Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, copper/orange color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of pine, floral, citrus hops, hint of earthy malt, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pine, floral, slight citrus hops, sweet malt, and slight earthy malt. Overall, good aroma, decent feel, and good blend.

Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired as part of a variety box at Tipsy's Liquor in Littleton, Colorado. Expectations are below average given the brewery - which has yet to impress me. Bottled the third week of April.

Served straight from the refrigerator; I like me IPAs cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of fair cream and thickness, and above average retention considering the relatively high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent non-opaque caramel-copper. I'm shocked to see plainly some yeast particles floating about (in an IPA?).

Sm: Caramel, indistinct hops with pungent bittering character, clean malts, and cream. An average strength aroma.

T: Caramel and indistinct bland hops. No real floral character, no pine, no citrus, no bittering character, no nothing. Clean malts provide the bland foundation. No yeast or alcohol comes through. As boring an IPA as you'll find. Balances what few notes it has, but fails to amount to anything of note. Not complex or subtle at all. Has an okay body. Why brew this?

Mf: Smooth, wet, and anything but ballsy. Carbonation is adequate. Too thick for its lack of diverse flavour.

Dr: A drinkable but very forgettable IPA. Another meh brew from Bristol. My opinion of this brewery is steadily declining. Leave this one on the shelf. There are far better beers to be had in this price range, style, and locality.

Low C-

Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite fragrant with flowery hops. Lots of pine and resins in the initial taste. Browned biscuit flavors. Bitter but not outrageous. Fairly plain overall, but very sprightly sharp flavors give it some zing. Attractive orange-amber in the glass, pleasantly carbonated.

On the plus side, the long nose of hop aromatics is quite nice. From an apparently new twelve-pack with six different Bristol beers.

Photo of Mackbekeza
4.58/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty, a must try if you are in Colorado!

Photo of Domingo
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up as I've been a fan of Bristol's beer for quite some time.
Pours a pretty normal amber color with head that clings to the glass.
Smells of floral hops, but there's a crackery maltiness to it as well.
Up-front you pick up grapefruity and floral hops. Not too potent, but it's the dominant flavor. The middle has some sweeter fruity flavors like peaches. The finish brings the hops back, and reveals a little bit of nuttiness.
Easy drinking and not too strong in terms of flavors or alcohol.
Probably more along the lines of a stronger APA. Compared to the Bristol one-off IPA and DIPA bombers I've had, this is definitely more of a hoppy session beer.
Still, it's not bad and I'd say it's one of the more drinkable IPA's I've had lately.
Good, but considering the area, it doesn't really stand out.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear honey orange color with a 1 inch white head that lasts. Thick walls of foam coat the glass on the drink down. Smells of citrus zest, pine, and malt. Taste is of citrus zest/pine, sweet malt, and slight tropical fruit notes. Medium hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer is very thick and creamy from the nitro tap but it seems a bit flat. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and the first IPA I have had on nitro-tap. It would be interesting to compare this beer from a regular tap side by side. My first beer from Bristol.

Photo of tbern007
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at Falcon Brewery in Parker, CO.
An IPA with nitro is interesting. Tastes like a British version because even though there are lots of the C hops, they are muted and the beer is creamy.
Pours golden/amber with a nitro head. Good cascading, lacing.
Scent is hoppy.
Taste is of a good IPA that has been dulled down a bit.
I would probably give this much better review if it were not nitro.

Photo of trking
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bristol's Compass IPA is a burst o hops on the palate. It's refreshing but also approachable by diehard hopheads. Whenever I find myself in Colorado springs I swing by for a pint of Compass, nitro if they have it. Compass IPA is all that is IPA from the hoppy notes to the hoppy taste. Taster's note: try the Shawn and Tom on nitro.

Photo of iSip
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I been enjoying some great IPA's lately, and it's not a bad rut to be stuck in. I like a big bold hop taste grab me when I reach for an IPA. The Compass IPA has a malty sweetness throughout, and is pretty mild in the hop department. It's not a bad beer, but I prefer more zing in my IPA's. My view aside, this would be a likeable pour for most.

Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a nice copper-orange color, great clarity and with a thick, foamy head. Good lacing and rings...

A piney, grassy, floral hop scent stands out in the aroma. There is a nice malt sweetness in the nose, too.

Taste is malt-forward with a fine bitter finish. Good medium body to the mouthfeel.

A slightly above-average IPA offering. You know this is an IPA, no question.

Photo of philbertk
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bristol Brewing Company--Compass IPA Handcrafted India Pale Ale--Hoppy, robust, divine. Enjoy! 2010 12 oz. Bottle purchased 11/23/2010 at Woodmen Wine & Liquor in 6-Pack for $8.69. Sampled on 11/23/2010 and 11/25/2010. 6.7% ABV. 55 IBU's. Sediment dusting. Thin white thin lace head. Hazy dark gold color. Sweet floral hop mild Cascade aroma grapefruit front. Thin textured dry sweet citrus caramel pine grass hint body. Mild hop spice clean sweet citrus end. (3.5 / 5.0)

Photo of corby112
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on nitro at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a clear golden amber/copper color with a frothy two finger pillowy white head. Very good retention, only slowly settling into a lasting ring that leaves spots of soapy lace behind.

Floral hop aroma with subtle hints of earthy pine countered by tropical and citrus fruit notes. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel. Strong malt backbone with hints of caramel and biscuit.

Creamy medium body with a very strong malt presence that overpowers the bitterness and sweet fruit notes from the hops. Subtle dry earthy pine up front with hints of grass and sweet tropical notes. Hints of mango and orange peel but again, the malt is very prominent with hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit.

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Compass IPA from Bristol Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.