Compass IPA | Bristol Brewing Company

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Compass IPACompass IPA

Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled: Dec 2016

Pours a pretty nice slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, pretty nice citrus notes. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, citrusy. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty IPA.

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Photo of benjamminjones24
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice appearance, honey, amber look to it
Lite hops aroma, stale malts (if that's possible)
bitter is the first thing that hits with this one, little sweetness with the hops but super bitter to me
think a one and done on this for the time being.

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Photo of JCBears
2.69/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: pretty beer nice orange color a joy to look at. S: typical micro hop smell. Belly button T: typical hoppy micro US taste. M: sharp but good hovers on the pallet O: par beer for the place

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Photo of SamN
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good IPA looks, good thick honey color with a generous, soapy head. Surprisingly little aroma; some faint hoppy oily aromas of tangerines and citrus. Bitter, but not a buzzsaw. Mellow, lingering bitterness. Creamy feel, with smooth carbonation.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

January 17, 2015

Draft, taster

A – Light to medium amber, very light khaki foam.

S – Caramel malt and mango, light guava, some other tropical fruit.

T – Again, caramel and bread dough. Hops are fruity but a lot more bitterness contributed here.

M – Moderate carbonation, mild sweetness, but bends hard toward hop bitterness. Pretty dry, bitter finish.

O – Would like a little more presence of hop flavor to balance everything. Not bad, but kind of blends in with the crowd.

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Photo of Dcbelkot
4.55/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great beer ,a must have on nitro. Just wish they would serve food. The pretzels are good addition to the bar seen , the taco counter only lasted a short time. they need somthing to complement the beers. Maybe a local flair ? nachos with some spicy salsa?

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Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired as part of a variety box at Tipsy's Liquor in Littleton, Colorado. Expectations are below average given the brewery - which has yet to impress me. Bottled the third week of April.

Served straight from the refrigerator; I like me IPAs cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of fair cream and thickness, and above average retention considering the relatively high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent non-opaque caramel-copper. I'm shocked to see plainly some yeast particles floating about (in an IPA?).

Sm: Caramel, indistinct hops with pungent bittering character, clean malts, and cream. An average strength aroma.

T: Caramel and indistinct bland hops. No real floral character, no pine, no citrus, no bittering character, no nothing. Clean malts provide the bland foundation. No yeast or alcohol comes through. As boring an IPA as you'll find. Balances what few notes it has, but fails to amount to anything of note. Not complex or subtle at all. Has an okay body. Why brew this?

Mf: Smooth, wet, and anything but ballsy. Carbonation is adequate. Too thick for its lack of diverse flavour.

Dr: A drinkable but very forgettable IPA. Another meh brew from Bristol. My opinion of this brewery is steadily declining. Leave this one on the shelf. There are far better beers to be had in this price range, style, and locality.

Low C-

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Photo of stampfler07
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark golden with a large frothy white head and sticky lacing

S- Strong floral hop, slight hint of malt sweetness, light citrus

T- Moderate dry bitterness throughout, floral hop and noticeable citrus flavors, slightly warming, malt component doesn't come out until the end, slightly sweet with some dark breadiness

M- Moderate body, light carbonation

O- Hop-heavy IPA that has a good taste and aroma, nothing too out of the ordinary, but good

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Photo of trking
4.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bristol's Compass IPA is a burst o hops on the palate. It's refreshing but also approachable by diehard hopheads. Whenever I find myself in Colorado springs I swing by for a pint of Compass, nitro if they have it. Compass IPA is all that is IPA from the hoppy notes to the hoppy taste. Taster's note: try the Shawn and Tom on nitro.

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Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a nice copper-orange color, great clarity and with a thick, foamy head. Good lacing and rings...

A piney, grassy, floral hop scent stands out in the aroma. There is a nice malt sweetness in the nose, too.

Taste is malt-forward with a fine bitter finish. Good medium body to the mouthfeel.

A slightly above-average IPA offering. You know this is an IPA, no question.

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Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: copper hue. lots o' carbonation rising to the surface. pours about a finger and a half, frothy white head. settles slowly leaving little peaks and valleys.

s: sourdough and pine.

t: very hoppy. a little citrus.

m: mouth puckering hop bite, and a dry bitter finish.

d: sip and enjoy.

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Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, copper/orange color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of pine, floral, citrus hops, hint of earthy malt, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pine, floral, slight citrus hops, sweet malt, and slight earthy malt. Overall, good aroma, decent feel, and good blend.

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Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite fragrant with flowery hops. Lots of pine and resins in the initial taste. Browned biscuit flavors. Bitter but not outrageous. Fairly plain overall, but very sprightly sharp flavors give it some zing. Attractive orange-amber in the glass, pleasantly carbonated.

On the plus side, the long nose of hop aromatics is quite nice. From an apparently new twelve-pack with six different Bristol beers.

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Photo of MsRif
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at their brewery. I think average describes this brew perfectly. Poured a clear copper color with not much of a head to speak of. Spotty, but very minimal lacing from the tiny head that it didn't retain. Aroma of citrus, pine...bland. Tasted like it smelled with no additional flavor. Hoppy, but only mildly so. The flavor did not stay on my palate for more than a few seconds.

Light-bodied with light carbonation. I wasn't exactly impressed by this one...not bad, but average, and definitely not worth more than a sample.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a draft into a pilsner glass at Buffalo Wild Wings in Colorado Springs, Colo. Inch of head. Color was hazy, murky caramel. Lots of lacing. Lots of film on the sides throughout.

Smelled of buttery malts. Slightly bitter.

Similar to the nose. Tasted of a buttery balance with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Consistent, smooth taste.

Just an okay beer overall. I was hoping for better but I guess that’s what I get for hoping.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this one isnt going to win any awards for originality or creativity. it is a very generic ipa in terms of taste. not overwhelmingly hoppy as some can be, and well balanced. its medium body lends to its high drinkability, and while it most certainly isnt the most unique ipa on the shelf, it is incredibly well made. bristol got this one right. a great everyday beer.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. "Born on" date clearly marked. Thanks for taking this beer advocacy step Bristol!

Pours a sunburst orange color under a few fingers of white head that laces like crazy and retains itself in true IPA style.

The nose is sweet and very fruity, with the hops manifesting themselves as drizzled with sweet notes of pineapple, and very sweet evergreen. Slight notes of malt are detected, but the nose is mostly hops.

The flavor isn't particularly bitter as some American IPAs can be, but instead spares the palate a sand-blast scouring of hops in favor of hop flavor and malty accents. The hops are quite tasty and nicely balanced with each other. There is a substantial malt presence in this beer, but it doesn't overstep its bounds (this isn't a DIPA, and isn't meant to be!).

The mouthfeel is smooth and rich with just the right amount of carbonation. The body is medium. This beer is very drinkable.

Conclusion: It blows my mind how a beer this well-crafted can earn such low scores on this site. I know that it is because this "isn't hoppy enough" though. The American IPA is a diverse style, and the best are not necessarily the hoppiest. I love an insane DIPA that burns down the senses with hops. However I also an IPA that is highly drinkable and doesn't render my tongue numbed by bitterness. This is an example of that style: malty, hoppy, drinkable, refreshing and laid back.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub / tasting room

Poured a clear copper color with a small white head that left a bit of lace behind. Biscuity aroma, citrus and pine; not too strong. A bit thin and almost light-bodied, with pale malts up front, and a moderate hoppage, providing sensations of pine and citrus, and a decently dry finish. A bit lacking in overall flavor, but not exactly a bad beer.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought back Bristol Compass IPA from a trip to Colorado Springs. This beer was available at most of the liquor stores I visited there.

Compass poured a nice amber color, slightly hazed with a nice two finger eggshell head into an Anchor Steam pint glass producing good lace.

Aromas are pretty much doughy sweet malts, grapes/apples, and some grassy piney hops. Good, not great.

Flavors are nice - buttery, sweet caramel malt, pizza dough, a little vanilla in there, all balance out by a moderate grassy hop finish. I really like the balance of this brew.

Feel is great - perfect carb, medium body, fairly dry. Nice job.

Overall I really like this beer. This is not one of those hophead IPAs, folks. This is a great example of balance between hops, malt, and feel. A fine dinner brew (pizza, sandwiches, etc) or great by itself. Try their Laghing Lab as well - really good.

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Photo of tbern007
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at Falcon Brewery in Parker, CO.
An IPA with nitro is interesting. Tastes like a British version because even though there are lots of the C hops, they are muted and the beer is creamy.
Pours golden/amber with a nitro head. Good cascading, lacing.
Scent is hoppy.
Taste is of a good IPA that has been dulled down a bit.
I would probably give this much better review if it were not nitro.

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Photo of corby112
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on nitro at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a clear golden amber/copper color with a frothy two finger pillowy white head. Very good retention, only slowly settling into a lasting ring that leaves spots of soapy lace behind.

Floral hop aroma with subtle hints of earthy pine countered by tropical and citrus fruit notes. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel. Strong malt backbone with hints of caramel and biscuit.

Creamy medium body with a very strong malt presence that overpowers the bitterness and sweet fruit notes from the hops. Subtle dry earthy pine up front with hints of grass and sweet tropical notes. Hints of mango and orange peel but again, the malt is very prominent with hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear honey orange color with a 1 inch white head that lasts. Thick walls of foam coat the glass on the drink down. Smells of citrus zest, pine, and malt. Taste is of citrus zest/pine, sweet malt, and slight tropical fruit notes. Medium hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer is very thick and creamy from the nitro tap but it seems a bit flat. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and the first IPA I have had on nitro-tap. It would be interesting to compare this beer from a regular tap side by side. My first beer from Bristol.

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Photo of rawfish
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Old Chicago in Old Town Fort Collins. Arrives in a shaker pint with a thin film of white froth sitting on a dark amber with chill haze. The thin white cap doesn't settle any further and leaves some sliding tight lacing on the glass with each drink.

Very malty and sweet, caramel malts, toasted grans and some honey and molasses brought together with a shy hop aroma, citrus and wild flowers.

Drinks at first like an amber or at least an English pale ale with a slightly musty but full flavored amount of caramel malts accompanied by some toastiness and a buttered biscuit note. Transitions nicely to a very slight citrus and floral hop flavor just enough to be felt then fades away sweet and bitter. Doesn't dry at all but body is not enough to make the malts feel sticky. Bitterness barely pushes into the IPA range.

Thin but with a good amount of flavor packed into the beer. Average carbonation but doesn't assist the bitterness with any kind of drying.

A sessionable IPA...maybe too thin for being a regular but a good beginners step into the style, not over the top in flavorful hops to scare away the average consumer but with enough malty goodness to impress.

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Photo of katan
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a pint

A - Pours somewhere between gold and brown. Very hazy, thick, appears bottle conditioned. Head formation is strong, pearly white.

S - Orange, grapefruit, fruity nose. All hops. No yeast to be detected, malts are an afterthought.

T - Starts off with a hair of sweetness. Meets orangelike hops flavors that could be mistaken for sweetness. Mid-stream starts to get more balanced, some piney notes. Finishes with a clean bitterness which sticks to the tongue big time in the aftertaste. Some nuttiness comes through.

M - Solid/moderate beer body, strong carbonation. Light and fluffy from the carbonation. Oily and sticky finish.

D - Moderate drinkability - easy for an IPA. Strong bitterness appears after a few drinks, starts to overwhelm the palette. Potentially sessionable.

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Photo of iSip
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I been enjoying some great IPA's lately, and it's not a bad rut to be stuck in. I like a big bold hop taste grab me when I reach for an IPA. The Compass IPA has a malty sweetness throughout, and is pretty mild in the hop department. It's not a bad beer, but I prefer more zing in my IPA's. My view aside, this would be a likeable pour for most.

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