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Compass | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Knapp85 on 05-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 669 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm excited about this one. From the pop of the cap with a bright popping noise and to the super intense smell that leaked from the bottle. Palest golden color I've ever seen with lots of active carbonation. Seriously super pale, like hard to understand how pale it is. Sticky bright white head, about a finger and half tall. Intense, intense super intense nose of hop resin, grapefruit and pine. Rose hips give a nice flowery presence to the nose.

Not as briskly carbonated as I thought it would be but damn this a fantastic beer. This is the lightest bodied 9% abv beer I've ever had. Slightly crackery dry malt flavor, lots of citrus flavor from the hops, almost lemon meringue like between the hops and the malt. Rose hips add a delicate flowery flavor to the delicate body. Pretty well carbonated for a 9% brew and not a touch of alcohol heat. Malt fades, rose hips dry them out near the back of the tongue. Bitterness isn't present at first but builds slowly as you continue to sip the beer. This beer is seriously fantastic, I'd say it's categorized incorrectly but honestly, taste more like a super flavorful and delicate pale ale then an DIPA. Amazing. This will be an amazing summer drinker.

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Photo of Patlee3324
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Town Hall Tap in Minneapolis.

Nice Imperial PALE ale, could almost be called a golden ale, very refreshing and nice hop to alcohol balance. Light bodied and allows for distinction in pale ale verse IPA styles.

Pale almost golden color with very good lacing

Floral and citrus tones in the aroma

Crisp grapefruity refreshing taste lots of effervescence in the carbonization

Light body mouthfeel yet very refreshing

Overall does not hit like a 9% ale is expected to beware and refresh!

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Photo of hophead123
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rose hips add a dascinating dimension to this, very complex beer

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Photo of lhibbard
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Awesome brew!! Very tasty.

A - looked sort of like pee when poured into a glass. Sparkly, clear yellow, with bubbly head that disappeared immediately.

S - First, second, and third whiff were all delicious hops. Piney, citrusy, bright hops. Not much malt in this one.

T - Very bright, light beer, perfect for a warm summer night. Very hoppy, with very little malt flavor, at first. As the beer warmed the malt came out. A nice peppery aftertaste.

Overall this is a very tasty brew. I will be talking about this one with friends and having more, soon.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Barticus
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say but WOW! Very refreshing beer and very drinkable with 9% ABV. How is that possible? I don't know, but thank you Southern Tier! The rose hips dominate the finish. Take the first sip, enjoy the hoppiness, let it sit on your palate, and the floral rose hips will show up... and linger... for a long time.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 34oz mug; cloudy bright banana yellow with a thick fizzy white head that fades relatively quickly into a thin but tight disc of foam. Smells like lots of clean malts, with crisp citrusy hops and just a hint of booziness. It smells great, but I'm a little worried that the high %abv will offset the crispness the style should have. My worries were for naught, however; not that I ever doubted Southern Tier. Although it's a huge pale ale, it's still a pale ale: clean, crackery-sweet malts fill out the big mouthfeel, and a perfect pinch of citrusy hops cleanse the palate at the end, leaving just some lingering bitterness (hops and rose hips here) and some slight sticky sweetness leftover from the malt. 9% is entirely hidden in the taste, this is drinkable as hell and delicious. Definitely worth picking up, another great addition to ST's Imperial series.

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

Photo of nsCato
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nicholas2121
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Compass brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company, with an ABV of 9.0% This Ale pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. The smell is hoppie with grains and malts. You also pick up on a mild sweetness in the smell. The taste is rich with hops. This brew has a nice balance of grains and malts at the end. Southern Tier Brewing Company did a nice job with this one , there is no bad aftertaste. You really can't pick up on the 9.0% ABV. The mouthfeel is hoppie, smooth, and refreshing. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. Compass is a nice smooth, but rich drinking brew. Overall I'm giving Compass a 4.5 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of jera1350
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color with some sediment and a bubbly head. Nose is incredible. Rose water, loads of citrus. Very fresh. The taste is lightly floral and has a huge fresh citrus punch, but without the bitterness that usually comes with it. Feel is lighter medium and crisply smooth. One of the most memorable beers I've had in some time. Incredibly well done.

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Photo of Wxworkoff
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a growler of this after tasting in a flight...twice....upon visiting the brewery. Southern Tier is unique in the fact you can pick each beer you want to try in each flight...and I selected this in both flights I had there. Then I filled a growler, brought it home, and drank it out of a 12 oz 'sniffer'.

At the brewery, this is labeled as as a 'sparkling farmhouse ale'. I'm still confused as to what that means. As it goes with other farmhouse ales I've had...this is quite different. It drinks more to me as a bold APA or even a aIPA. Others have classified it as an American Saison...but it's too hoppy for that. Who cares, because this is the best beer Southern Tier makes. And that includes the crowd-favorite Pumking.

A: Golden straw-like. A tint of orange. Clear. Maybe that's where it gets its sparkling adage. A good frothly head when poured from the growler after 8 days. Think lining on the glass as you drink it, which eventually will fade back into the beer as the sips progress.

S: I get grapefruit, apricot and floral hops. Either way, the scent screams hops and IPA. Wasn't expecting it. As a hop-head, I rather enjoy it though. Sweet, but hoppy. It smells balanced, if that's possible.

T: Whoa. Tamed up from, dry, citrusy hops on the back end. Hoppier than I expected, but a clean hop finish. Honestly, it's clean, crisp, dry finish reminds me of a Stone IPA, except with a more citrusy feeling on the pallet. There's alcohol here, which demands sipping...but you feel it more than taste it. For very little malt or grain on the pallet, its very balanced.

M: Full and frothy. Drinking this too fast did fill me up. But it's not creamy or thick. It's light, but powerful. I sip it. Perhaps thats the best way I can put it.

O: A really pleasant surprise. To me, a hop head, this is the best beer ST makes. Hoppy, clean, refreshing. I will buy more.

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Photo of Acuity
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of jubie921
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company. Poured from the bomber bottle into a pint glass, this "sparkling ale" 's head is 1.5 fingers thick and bubbly as the name would imply with spottier lacing, and a medium-gold clear body.

Smells like the rose hips used in the brewing of this select beer,along with the citrus hops mentioned on the label. Can't really detect much malts going on with this part of the review.

I'm tasting most of the components listed above, although now I'm getting malts of an earthier characteristic. These all compliment each other pretty damned well. I honestly can't notice the 9% ABV of this brew.

The mouthfeel of Compass is lively and crisp. Only a slight dash of a rose hip/hop combo that leaves pretty fast.

Overall, I'll give Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company a 4.25. This is quite a different taste and overall vibe for me, but I may pick up another bottle or so in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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