Compass IPA | Bristol Brewing Company

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Compass IPACompass IPA
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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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Added by russpowell on 01-13-2009

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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of TrentRundell33
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

Photo of Mackbekeza
4.58/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty, a must try if you are in Colorado!

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Photo of Dcbelkot
4.55/5  rDev +28.9%
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 Huffaroma
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of trking
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
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 joshtheford
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of wroberts42
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of corywalston
4.24/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EvanRobertson
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sporklift87
4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12fl oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a borderline dark copper like color with a very lightly tan 2inch head. The head is frothy with medium sized bubbles resting on top. Very great head retention that last throughout the beer leaving behind scattered soapy lacing on the sides of my glass.

Smell is mixed between citrus and pine like hops. Tangerines seems to be the dominant citrus smell I'm getting with some pine. Sweet caramel malt can be noticed also.

Very easy going citrus flavor with the taste of tangerines and some slight honey, then the sweetness of the caramel malts balance it out very nicely.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is one easy drinking IPA that could be an everyday beer. I highly recommend this for its drinkability.

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4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at old Chicago tonight, cool to see something new from these guys!

Pours apricot/caramel with a finger of dirty beige head. Good lacing & average head retention.

S: Citric hops & caramel

T: Mild grapefruit, caramel & pear up front. More grapefruit & a bit lemony hops as this warms, plus a touch of grassyness, pears & pineapple as this warms. Finishes crisp with nice biscuitty malt undertones

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & good balance

Drinks very easy, nice crisp IPA, not super hoppy, but a nice balanced IPA, was truly shocked at how much wife liked this one

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
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 keng1343
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
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 aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of LittleDon
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An imperial pint served at the Bristol Brewery taproom.

Hazy yellow with a dense white head that goes on and on. Lots of lace. Citrus aroma with a touch of caramel. Nitro makes for a great mouthfeel but mutes the flavor, both front and back. Citrus in the front and bitterness in the back, but with the zing of most IPAs. Creamy and smooth, but is this the way IPAs should be?

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Photo of Lorihall1
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stampfler07
3.92/5  rDev +11%
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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Compass IPA from Bristol Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 135 ratings