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Compass IPA - Bristol Brewing Company

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Compass IPACompass IPA

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: russpowell on 01-13-2009)
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Reviews by Monsteruss:
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2.15/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

Monsteruss, Apr 22, 2009
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JamesStreet, May 12, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

GilGarp, May 03, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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

russpowell, Jan 13, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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

stampfler07, Apr 24, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

HopsRunner, Aug 19, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
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?

Dcbelkot, Jun 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

mtbdonn, Feb 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

kylemckinnis, Dec 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

minterro, Apr 14, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

twiggamortis420, Apr 07, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

67couple, Jun 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

crobinso, Sep 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

TrentRundell33, Dec 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Darhawk, Sep 18, 2014
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3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Rifugium, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of csiewert
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

csiewert, Dec 22, 2010
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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.

bmwats, Jan 27, 2012
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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.

allforbetterbeer, Sep 22, 2011
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3.49/5  rDev -2%

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Compass IPA from Bristol Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.