Compass | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a heavily hazed golden orange color. Upon pouring there was a thick two finger white head. Even thought the brew was hazy one could still see tons of little carbonation bubbles streaming up through the brew. The big head faded slowly over time leaving very little lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is big of a citrus hop (lemon and grapefruit) smell mixed with aromas of a floral hop as well. Along with these hoppy smells are other aromas of maltiness and rose water mixed with a little bit of grass.

Taste – The taste starts out with a malty and bready taste with a strong showing of lemon mixed within. Flavors of yeast and a floral taste soon come to the tongue with a lighter hop of grapefruit joining in. At first the grapefruit is lighter, but it grows stronger as the taste advances while all the while the malty flavors begin to loss strength. In the end a light pine and grassy hop flavor join the now rather strong grapefruit hop to in the end create a malty and lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thicker side with a carbonation that is rather low for a champagne yeast beer. The tiny carbonation bubbles that are there are nice, but there are just too few with a body that is too thick for the style.

Overall – An alright brew, but nothing too extraordinary. The taste was rather nice, although eh body was a bit off for me.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of teromous
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very hazy, light gold colored body. There is a ton of visible carbonation even through the murky haze. Fairly thick white fluffy head, settling in just under a thumb's width. There isn't much in the way of lacing, despite the bold head.

S:Huge citrus hop aromatics, with a hint of pine in the back. This smells mostly of grapefruit and orange.

T: The hops are there, but very mild. It feels very appropriate for an APA. There's a first tinge of citrus hop bitterness and flavor, followed by a slight bread-crust flavor. The aftertaste is light bitterness. It is very extraordinary in that it keeps a high level of hop flavor without being too bitter. The malt can be tasted, resting slightly in the background. There is a hint of pine and mint in there on the aftertaste.

M: The mouthfeel is a lighter shade of medium. It feels overcarbonated, but that's a tough call. The bottle says "sparkling ale" so it's possible that a higher degree of carbonation was intended, so I won't count that against the mouthfeel. No alcohol burn, despite 9.0 which is great.

O: Some things to point out. The beer is hazy even when care is taken when pouring. If you drink this beer, be very careful because it has floaters. I would recommend this beer hands down, to anyone. I feel that as far as the flavor and aroma, it is a very good APA. On a personal note I was very pleased with the beer because it showed good craftsmanship while displaying restraint on bitterness. The ability to create such a fresh tasting beer without showing the 9.0% ABV was masterful. They hit this one out of the ballpark like the great Bambino. I wouldn't say it's 5.0 but it's nearly there.

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

Grabbed this one while I was out with my awesome wife in Annapolis.

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Apricot color with a very, very, very cloudy disposition. Soft white head that didn't add up to much.

S: Nice astringent hop scent with a nice grassiness as well.

T: Tasted like crushed Flintstone vitamins with a good bit of yeast. The yeast was subtle compared to the fresh clean linen-infused hop profile.

M: The bitterness wasn't ridiculous, and neither was the lacing.

O: Nice entry from Southern Tier. I may be in the minority here, but I'm glad they are now shying away from doing mere season entries and are now doing experimental stuff.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright, clear, gold color with a one fingered dense, soapy looking head.

S - Nose is delicate and light with citrus, rose, lemon earthiness, and grass.

T - Rose hips are evident from start to end with a delicate earthy, citrus finish.

M - Light medium body with little to no carbonation.

O - I LOVE Southern Tier but this one didn't do it for me. For a "sparkling ale", the sparkly was totally non-existent and a big "meh". HOWEVER, for a 9% beer the ABV is COMPLETELY hidden which makes this beer dangerously drinkable. Beware.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy (few bubbles) golden straw,
finger pillow head,

S: floral nose, lemon peel/grass, mild earthy malt

T: lemon peel, floral/herbal malt, semi-dry crisp
light bitter grassy hop finish

M: med/light, bubbly dry, hint of crisp mouth

O: Fascinating brew, well done ST. Always enjoy
breweries pushing my palate in new directions.
Wish I shared it with others. ABV is well hidden.


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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

AP: Golden colour with light amber hues. Head poured a frothy 2" white thick sea foam and slowly dissipated down to 1/2". Lacing clings to the sides of the glass.
AR: Oranges and tangerines with cereal and crackery grains. Lemon in the background with floral notes (honeysuckle) and a bit of rosewater. Hope this drinks like it smells.
T: Doesn't quite taste like the aroma, which is unfortunate. The aromas in the nose are muted as flavours. There is a very bready (sourdough) and yeasty taste with the orange being more bitter orange rind than fleshy fruit. A bit of pink grapefruit mixes in there as well. The malt base of bread, cereal and grains is dominant at first but gives way to the citrus hoppy flavours towards the end. It's good, but not as lively and tasty as the nose suggested.
M: For a 'sparkling Ale' it doesn't have a whole lot of bubbly carbonation on it. To me that's not bad as I prefer beers that are only moderately to slightly carbonated. It's crisp on the tongue and a bit acidic also.
OV: It's pretty good and would be a quaffable on a warm day or would pair well with lighter fare like chicken dishes, veggies, grilled salmon and spicy Asian food. I just wish the aromas I detected in the nose would shine more in the flavour profile. Worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a small growler, the color was a pale yellow with a thin white head on top. The retention was minimal and the lacing was very light as well. Some nice clarity on this beer along with some carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The smell of the beer is pretty standard, the rose hips don't really shine too bright in my opinion. There is some earthy malt on the nose and not a whole lot of hops really. The taste of the beer reminded me a lot of a pilsner, it was light and fairly refreshing. Mostly malt was all I was really getting from this brew. The mouthfeel was light bodied, gently carbonated and very easy to drink. Overall I was hoping for something a little more... not sure if what way but I hoped for something a little more impressive here.

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