Compass Rose India Pale Ale
Service Brewing Company

Compass Rose India Pale AleCompass Rose India Pale Ale
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IPA - American
Ranked #2,828
Ranked #16,441
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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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very straightforward IPA...

Lightly fruity as well as bitter, this IPA checks most of the boxes when it comes to expectations. The look is very appealing with a dark copperish color and foamy head with short staying power. Overall, this is good and will be enjoying throughout the 4th of July weekend.

Jul 03, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can with a canning date earlier this month and a BB date stamp of May 2020. Served in a lager glass where the high clarity of the clear, deep amber body showed off lots of fine grained carbonation bubbles. Very good head and lacing.
Hops with lots of caramel in both the aroma and the flavor. Given this, the relatively low bitterness is no surprise.
This has a very smooth medium-full body.
Overall: delicious

Jan 25, 2020
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pubscout from New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Service Brewing’s Compass Rose IPA...This is a great beer in every way— balance of bready malt and hops that don’t extinguish them. At 6.6%, it’s totally sessionable, and I tasted the pear, sweet grapefruit, passion fruit and the orange peel. While this baby would be a hit during anyone’s summer beach party or BBQ, it went perfectly with the missus’ homemade chicken soup on New Year’s Eve— even though it was way past the “Best By” date. I’d definitely buy a sixer if this, and if you follow the Compass Rose, you can, too. Big thanks to @kaseclosed!

Dec 31, 2019
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PhilCarta from Florida

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.

Jun 29, 2019
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BigGold from Mississippi

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.

Jan 26, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

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.

Oct 24, 2018
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jadpsu from Georgia

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.

Aug 21, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

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.

Aug 12, 2017
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

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.

Feb 05, 2017
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Mitchmoore12 from Texas

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.

Aug 09, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

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.

Oct 16, 2015
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ryanhooks81 from Georgia

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.

Oct 14, 2015
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Ellijay55 from Georgia

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.

Oct 09, 2015
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Jmamay22 from New York

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.

Oct 01, 2015
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shivtim from Georgia

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.

Sep 16, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

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)

Aug 25, 2015
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FranklinPaine from Georgia

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!

Jul 31, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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!

Jul 29, 2015
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MOSullivan2 from Georgia

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.


Jul 13, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 17, 2015
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Irbycp from Georgia

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.

Jun 04, 2015
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

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.

Jun 02, 2015
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upsbeernut from Georgia

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.

May 18, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 13, 2015
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AFCPar-tie-ers from South Carolina

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.

Feb 26, 2015
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