Compass | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3.85/5
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671 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
stbcbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Knapp85 on 05-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
671
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
80
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 671 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of JohnDon
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptainHate
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was a 2015 bottle given to me, along with others, by a friend cleaning out her beer fridge in anticipation of moving. It poured a slightly dark yellow with a large white head which slowly dissipated with moderate lacing in a Nonic glass.

I don't thing aging this served it well. I could barely smell any rose hips and citrusy hops which surely have faded with time and they were borderline nonexistent in the taste. In fact it tasted like a generic American Pale Ale which I'm sure was not Southern Tier's intention. The good news is that this is the last bottle I received that should be negatively impacted by aging.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.54/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

**
02/27/2015

Appearance is a slightly hazy yellow; small white head, fades quickly.
Aroma is floral, hoppy.
Taste is a little wheat/paste. Sweet/sour. Not bad. Needs some meat and potatoes.
Feel: pasty, sticky. medium body.

Peripheral attributes are weak, but overall not bad. Kind of all over the place; the different flavors and textures do not seem to blend well.

**

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Photo of descobar
2.16/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Disclosure: old 22 oz bottle probably from 2013. although bottle conditioned, not meant to age this long... so take review and low rating into account:
Look: pours deep golden, with thin white head with very low retention. the beer is now hazy with visible yeasty sediment. no lacing was observed.
Smell: stale oxidation, green apples (acetaldehyde?), bandagey, sweat, or some type of stinky cheese. none of it good.
Taste: once you get past the mediocre smell, the flavor has not deteriorated as much. mostly just malt sweetness and spices. the bitterness is almost absent. and there is a cheesy flavor there for sure.
Feel: medium body, moderate carbonation (should have been almost effervescent for a "sparkling ale". its texture is oily and with some creamyness. and... there is an astringency that borders on harsh.
The beer finishes short and sweet with only the aforementioned harshness lasting a bit longer.
Overall: I remember this being a decent beer. although I certainly expected some deterioration, it should have held out just a bit better given the high abv and the bottle conditioning. drank just enough to write this review, rest is getting dumped.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this years ago on draft. From my notes:

Murky bright yellow appearance.

White head; nice lacing.

Fresh flower & lemon nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pleasant citrus flavor; hint of flowers & strong marijuana. Substantial but easy to enjoy. A winner; great for summer.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wortman1998
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidSwords1201
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, some piney hops, some citrus and some spice.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of citrus, spice and caramel. Then a significant but subdued hops presence comes in. The malt character is on the thin side but brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent variation of style, it’s not a bad beer but it’s not something I would choose unless my options were quite limited.

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Photo of spedprof
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NSXAG
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CreekyJarls
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of worstfisherman1
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shigg85
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Josholson666
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(Review 6 days later) 22oz, bott. end of 2014. Shared at Beer club. It was sweet, and I liked it, but it is not worth buying again as a bomber.

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Photo of Fargrow
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of garymuchow
2.92/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

No bottle dating. I think this might have some age on it. In the aroma the hops are dull and it seems a bit oxidized (some cardboard). Lots of floaty stuff in a lighter golden body. I like the bitterness. It's smooth and consistent throughout the drink. Not a lot of fruit in the drink, but some. White caps leaves some nice rings.
Overall, this is pretty bad.

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Photo of gregcordle
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lukebell15
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BDeibs
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 671 ratings