Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Compass IPA | Bristol Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Compass IPACompass IPA
BA SCORE
3.54/5
Good
125 Ratings
Compass IPACompass IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
bristolbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by russpowell on 01-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,722
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
125
pDev:
13.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

 604 characters

Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

 366 characters

Photo of spycow
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -26%
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-

 1,575 characters

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

 400 characters

Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

 398 characters

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +15%
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

 603 characters

Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

 417 characters

Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

 413 characters

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of eawolff99
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy apricot color. Poured a 2 finger off-white to beige head that dissipated to a skim. Sticky patches of lace streaked the glass.

S: Grapefruit, big citric hops. Subdued sweet caramel malt.

T: Very consistent with smell; grapefruit and orange rind. Lightly sweet caramel and biscuity malt. Sharply bitter in the finish.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Nicely balanced IPA. Smooth and coating.

D: flavorful IPA thats not too sugary or not over the top on hops.

 476 characters

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of corby112
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

 745 characters

Photo of JohnParadee
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle brewed during the fourth week of January, according to the notches. Pours a hazy copper color with a respectable off-white foam. Retention is average, as is the lacing.

Nose is citrusy hops, orange and grapefruit peel. Cascade, me thinks along with something else...there is some pine needle hop aromas in there as well. Caramely sweet malt background with a touch of honeyed bread dough. Not bad.

Piney hops are supported by plentiful sweet crystal malts. They play off each other fairly well, but I would not mind the beer being a bit more dry. Hops do a good job of providing plenty of both flavoring and bittering. Freshness is the key to this beer as the honeyed malts can get to be a bit much when the hops start to fade. Plenty of body and carbonation is medium-low. Drinks about right for a 6.7%'er. I think this is a fairly tasty IPA.

 858 characters

Photo of rawfish
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

 1,181 characters

Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

 380 characters

Photo of JamesStreet
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

 474 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Compass IPA from Bristol Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 125 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.