Compass Rose India Pale Ale
Service Brewing Company

Compass Rose India Pale AleCompass Rose India Pale Ale
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American IPA
Ranked #2,638
Ranked #14,839
3.9 | pDev: 10.26%
Service Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
Very Good
Compass Rose India Pale AleCompass Rose India Pale Ale
Notes: The Nautical Compass Rose has helped Mariners find their way for centuries. Our Compass Rose IPA honors those who have dedicated themselves to building the proud tradition of our navy.

A refreshing IPA that launches with intense aromatic notes of sweet grapefruit and pear, balanced by a fresh grain breadiness and finishing with tropical notes of passion fruit and orange peel.
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 133
Photo of PhilCarta
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed greatly on a hot summer day at the rooftop bar at Savannah's Perry Lane Hotel. It went down so quickly and easily that I almost forget to critically analyze. The second glass helped that: a mild IPA with good hopping, medium carbonation and, thankfully, quite dry.

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Photo of BigGold
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this my first beer from Service Brewing at Daniel Reed’s Public Kitchen & Bar, Savannah, poured from 12-oz. can into tumbler.

Compass Rose India Pale Ale drinks more like a buttery, creamy English-style IPA.

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Photo of iguanodon
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

[Original rating 2015-06-11] Draft at Cotton Exchange in Savannah GA. Clear orange gold with a thin white head. Aroma of pine and citrus. Taste is bitter hops with a strong bitter aftertaste. Bonus: when it started raining and the group I was with decided to leave the waiter let me have a to go cup. Savannah rocks.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased this off the single can/bottle beer rack at Legacy.
Pours with a slight haze in an otherwise clear pour. Amber, copper with a near snow white head that has some very good
retention along with some heavy rings of lace.
AROMA: Pear scents and light pepper along with distant grapefrruit.. There is also some sweet bread malts. NICE!
TASTE: Boy that's good! Great balance, this is an IPA that is right up my ally. Definite but not overpowering hops, great malt balance. Finishes dry.
For me, one of the best IPA'S Ive had.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm trying this at the house my Bestie rented on Hilton head island. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of pine and citrus peel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nose of biscuits, malts, caramel, faint floral, nutty, stone fruit, buttery. Taste sweet malt, fruit, light floral, caramel, nuttiness, faint bitterness. Medium body.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - 4.25 - great light amber color with an off white head. Left plenty of lacing.

Smell - 4 - nose of crisp floral hops, with a light malty sweetness.

Taste - 4.25 - amazing floral hoppiness, not overpowering but enough to grab your attention. A hint of honey in there with the malt.

Feel - 4.25 - medium bodied with crisp and smooth carbonation feel.

Overall - 4.25 - the smell wasn't much out of the ordinary but the taste was phenomenal.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty, heavy with not much hop punch. Bitterness on the back end with a very dry finish. It felt like a chore to drink this. Not necessarily awful, but nothing really there to go back to.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured a rich golden color from can into tulip. nice fluffy off white head, good lacing. light citrus on the nose, light in the flavor. great malt backbone. i keep a healthy bit of this in the fridge.

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Photo of Ellijay55
4.94/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an extremely drinkable beer. Taste and feel are exceptional and it has the characteristics of a session beer without the loss of flavor. I've been to the brewery in Savannah and that was great. Now I've had their beer in cans and there is not a loss in the experience of a great beer.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly deep copper amber with a full fluffy ecru colored head. Nice lacing with each sip. Nose is the typical American pine and citrus. Lots of orange and grapefruit.

Nice flavor. I pickup mostly grapefruit that balanced by some breads rich malt. Firm bitterness. Not the most complex beer, but well brewed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

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Photo of shivtim
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solid looking IPA. Nice foamy head. Smell is excellent. Sticky hops, hints of bready sweet malts, more hops and pine. Taste is ok. Hop profile is nice, but there's a bit of a metallic/artificial flavor. Feel is thinner than expected. Not a bad IPA, smells great but the rest isn't quite there.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Juicy, Bread Loaf, Oranges, Quaffable

A handsome brew that shows off a stunning clarity and rings of lace all the way down the glass. Really juicy with ripe pears and orange rind plus a fresh, grainy breadiness. Lot of balance in this IPA, and still enough hoppiness to remind us that it is what it is. You may not experience the “wow” factor until you’ve quaffed this one back quicker than anticipated and find yourself wanting another.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 6.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #99 (APR 2015)

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Photo of FranklinPaine
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a keg site (or should I say taste?) unseen from City Growler and was pleasantly surprised! Super fresh IPA that is malty yet assertive and full of citrus flavor. This IPA is crisp, round, and packed full of flavor. One of my local favs now. I rank it up with Jekyll Hop Dang Diggity & Creature Comfort Tropicalia. Damn good! Must try!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a hazy amber with a nice head. Nose tells you hops are definitely evident and the taste immediately follows with a nice hoppy kick. Enjoyable!

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Photo of MOSullivan2
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I plucked a can of this off a 6-pack and poured it into a proper glass. From jump street, the color of this beer is gorgeous. Burnt orange would do the trick, with a nice white head. There's a good bit of fruit on the nose. The highlight is clearly the taste. Huge grapefruit flavor with an almost quenching finish. Great beer from start to end, glad I have some more.


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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My local, in-person trader, tone77, headed due South for a while and returned with a bunch of CANs for me in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm)! It is like a twist on the old t-shirts in that my buddy visited the south and all I got was a bunch of CANs. In this case, that's okay by me.

From the CAN: "How Do You Serve?"; "The Nautical Compass Rose has helped Mariners find their way for centuries. Our Compass Rose IPA honors those who have dedicated themselves to building the proud tradition of our navy."; "Like a ship charging across friendly waters, this Ameri[CAN] IPA balances a medium-bodied malt presence with a bitterness that does not overpower. With its hop forward taste and refreshing citrus and floral notes, this is a brew for the high seas."

I am under advisement that these CANs have some age and should therefore be Crack!ed and Glugged gently. I CAN CANply with these directions and so I shall. The Crack! revealed a brimful CAN and so I would proceed cautiously anyway. Once the Glug was underway, I got a finger of fizzy, foamy, tawny head with moderate retention. I noted a slight chill haze as in the previous semi-aged AIPA, so I decided to allow it to warm a bit and see what might happen in terms of its clarity. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13), but the haze persisted. The nose was much more dank on this one, but the caramel malt was beginning to assert itself. I just returned from a Chicago junket during which I primarily used public trans. It was incredible to me just how openly marijuana was being smoked, although as a job-seeking asthmatic, I could not partake. It did reinforce my memory of its smell, though, and this beer had it. Earthy, resinous, green, mmm. Mouthfeel was medium to full, big, but not not quite creamy. This was a hophead's dream! Man, it was really dank with a slight cheddar cheese bite. I was getting the munchies just from drinking it. I began to crave Cheese-Its. I CAN't believe that it is only 6% ABV! It really reminds me of a DIPA. Finish was literally breathtaking, thanks to its inherent dryness. I needed a hit from my inhaler as a result. They really hit the mark with this one, although it might be a bit much for the beach cooler. I'd save it for the backyard, the porch or even the kitchen.

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Photo of Irbycp
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, an excellent beer. Smell like pineapple and passion fruit. First sip gives very nice tropical favors, but fades a bit- in a good way- after. Very nice silky feel. Tropical is is the rage in GA right now, but this is a great beer for any time.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright orange color, 1.5 inch off white head

S: Citrus, grapefruit hops, malts in the background

T: Big grapefruit taste, slight maltiness at the end for some balance

M: Medium, hop resin coats the mouth

O: Really good beer from a newer Georgia brewery. I ran into this at a race I ran that the brewery sponsored earlier this month and loved it. Really excited my local beer store started carrying it.

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Photo of upsbeernut
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice lacing on the tulip glass. very citrus forward like sweetwaters ipa or two hearted. Very underated and a little overpriced, but a very nice beer to have two since im a ipa addict. Reminds me of Stones ipa. Very Grapefruit forward and goes down way too fast. Savannahs Service brewing knew what they were doing. Please rate this a little higher.

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Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hops. Taste is hoppy, tropical fruits, citrus, medium bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of AFCPar-tie-ers
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Hop slap in the nose and mouth region! Quintessential IPA...if you dont appreciate the genre, wait until your flawed opinions are statistically insignificant.

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Photo of Zach136
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can - no date.

Appearance: Clear, medium amber, one finger head, good lacing.

Aroma: Malt forward, with some tropical fruit notes.

Flavor: More hop forward on the palate. Medium intensity tropical fruit and pine with medium+ bitterness. Big toasty malt bill.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, bordering on sticky.

Solid beer, a bit too malt forward and sweet for my personal tastes.

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Compass Rose India Pale Ale from Service Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 133 ratings