Compass | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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668 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Knapp85 on 05-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
668
Reviews:
133
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
81
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 668 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of jwc215
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed straw yellow. A fluffy white head leaves lacing.

The smell is floral (from the rose hips), some bread, a hint of citrus. Not exactly robust, but pleasant.

The taste is of citrus (grapefruit) - The medium bitterness is balanced by sweet malt. Floral dryness mixes with peppery alcohol in the finish.

It has a nice silky texture. Medium body. The alcohol cleans up the palate (though not in a raw way), so the flavors don't hang around very long.

A unique, slow-drinking strong pale ale. Floral aroma with a balanced citric bitterness in the taste. I don't understand where the "sparkling" part comes in, but I suppose that that's not important.

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Photo of RavioliBoy
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of irishkyle21
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Jadjunk
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"We rely on age-old tools in the brewery despite being surrounded by high technology. As a sort of compass, we use the six pointed brewer's star to help navigate the uncharted brews. The cardinal points of water, malt, grain, yeast, hops and a brewer make the baseline. From there anything goes. Sometimes the journey is as important as the destination. You'll notice a slight bitterness in Compass derived from our use of rose hips accentuated by high effervescence. Drink it cold from a fluted or tulip glass. And by all means, avoid sea serpents!" Available in 22 oz. bottles and on seasonal draft as an early summer release.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Southern Tier tulip glass. Served above 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a lemony white color over a densely hazy gold body with ample lively carbonation and fine sediment. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Pale malts, soft cracker and delicate wheat with a mild body. Hop aromas of grass and fruit with a moderate bitterness, strengthened aromatically with the strong bitter qualities of the rose hips. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Clear and easygoing malt profile of pale and pilsner malts with a touch of grain for body, finishing on a note of dry cracker and grain with a strong bitterness from the rose hips in addition to lighter grassy and fruity hop profiles. Drinks very clean and easy with a nice balance of malt and bitter flavors. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is lightly oily, softly chewy, briskly dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style and medium overall. Balance is slightly bitter and grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A very enjoyable American Pale Ale with a great bitterness presence from the rose hips which make for a decent substitute or addition alongside hops. The hop profile was very simple but allowed the malt profile to stand equally bold as it was. Aside from the startlingly high ABV, this beer is a solid drinking APA and a great warm-weather beer. 3.75

Southern Tier Brewing Company's
Imperial Compass
3.73/5.00

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Photo of KAP72
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sdeese21
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jshusc
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophead123
5/5  rDev +28.2%
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 REEK
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost clear golden. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Light nose of rose hips and citrus over biscuit.

Light body that has smooth moments. Very well carbonated with a lively prickly effervescence from the middle on.

The flavor profile is laid back, but nicely balanced and has a bit of complexity. It begins with a mild mixture of slightly sweet citrus, that never separates. The middle effervesces into a mild bitterness that has both rose hip and hop qualities over a biscuit sweetness. The finish is dry and prickly had leaves you with a slight pucker. The 9% ABV is completely covered.

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Photo of founddrama
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really dry. Almost no malt character, but also not characterized by hops either. I like it, but I've got no real comparisons. Easy to love this beer. Not overly hoppy. This one is big on flavor, and NOT a one-trick pony. That said: bottle says "sparkling ale" and as such is expect a lot more carbonation. Rose hips!

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Photo of nsCato
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iwhoopedbatman
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nothing extreme. Well balanced. I really liked this beer.

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Photo of 4ster
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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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Photo of nicholas2121
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
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 jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmeGT
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much depth to this one

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Photo of HawbakerBrewery
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Pours to a heavy head at first. Head is snow white and leaves a fairly persistent lacing. The color is a vibrant yellow gold with light haziness. The color is very similar to that of a Wit. Definitely has a malty back to it, with good strong citrus hop bitterness up front. Aftertaste reveals the 9% ABV to the sinuses. The body is lighter than expected. This does not sit as heavily as something like an imperial stout. The aroma is pretty citrus like with a pungent maltiness, letting you know to expect big flavor. Price is not bad either. 22 oz. bomber sold for $6.99 plus tax.

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Photo of Miket13
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 668 ratings.
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