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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
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Base of bottle says DOB 04/01/14.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Fruity hop aroma that has a considerable alcohol fume.

T- Moderate hop bitterness and there's that booze again, sinking its teeth in and not letting the rest of the elements of the beer shine through. Slightly sweet. Needs more malt and/or hop presence to counter the alcohol taste.

M- I can see why the label says "sparkling ale" since the carbonation is pretty heavy on this. It's almost too heavy considering the overbearing alcohol presence. Almost like drinking champagne. Lightish body.

O- This beer is overly strong in all the wrong places, leading to a lack of complexity. Is it just me, or is ST becoming more and more hit-or-miss? Kinda sad since they used to be one of the breweries I would describe as not making a single bad beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Slightly cloudy golden pour with a white one-finger head and lots of carbonation. Strong flowery hop aroma. Very nice mild citrus hop flavor with a bit of alcohol up front. Medium bodied with hints of citrus, grass, and pine backed with a honey smoothness. Finishes dry with a mild bitterness that fades fairly quickly and a touch of alcohol warmth on the back of the throat.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If not previously noted, listed as an Imperial Sparkling Ale, which I am not sure of the proper category. Another less reputable site had it as a Belgian strong ale. It seems to be a cross-breed to me.

To rate it out of category, it was very enjoyable (4.25 overall), but for an APA, it's a bit light. I might almost think it might be a decent alternative to a saison (of which I am not the biggest fan).

The beer does have very good carbonation that plays on the tongue throughout. To me it has a light spiciness as well, but that could be me mistaking the sparkling part of the beer. There is a light citrus note, and a little dry tug at the end of the taste that are more in the pale ale realm.

This is an interesting try if your looking for something different, a little on the light side, but not without some depth.

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Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 669 ratings
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