Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2009
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Weird. I had the Edge City IPA a couple of years ago and it was great, but I really didn’t like the Compass IPA.
Aroma- Diacetyl, crystal malt. Low hop aroma.
Appearance- Orange - Amber in color, ok clarity decent head.
taste- Diacetyl, caramel... very malty, not a lot of hop flavor or bitterness to speak of.
Palate- Medium body, moderate carbonation.
Overall- What happened? The Edge City IPA that I had did not taste like that! I really love Bristol, so I will try again.
scoth (528) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear copper with a medium beige head, fine and lasting lacing. Very floral bouquet with fresh-cut grass, pine, and grapefruit, as well as some caramel and apple underneath. Medium bodied, dry. Pine, grapefruit, caramel flavors, with a fairly strong bitter, floral and grassy finish.
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours copper with white head. Aroma is caramel malt, light hops and citrus. Flavor is caramel malt and faint hops and light citrus. Much better if you let it warm up a bit. This might me an old bottle as I am not getting an fresh hoppiness or big citrus flavor. It was in the cooler section so who knows. All this is now is a malty pale ale.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citrusy pine nose, some floral notes. Cloudy dark amber with a small head. Slight toffee sweetness with a grassy bitter bite. Light carbonation, medium body, minty hoppy deep finish. Almost seems like a "real" ale without the freshness? Not a top choice, decent, but there are way too many IPAs out there to try that are much better, even the lesser ones.
theisti (3297) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle (labeled as Compass IPA), purchased at the liquor store next to the Safeway in Fountain, Colorado. This appeared to be best beer available at the shop, so I gave it a try. Pour is mostly clear copper orange with nice settling and a 1 1/2 inch white head. Nice splotchy lacing as the beer falls. Aroma of dank citrus and pine hops initially, quickly followed by nice toasted biscuit maltiness behind that. Nice balanced and fresh nose. Taste is fresh, dank, citrus orange, bright pine hoppiness balanced with the toasted biscuit malt. Nice balance between the sweet and the bitter. Palate is medium thin, medium carbonation - really drinkable.
That1Guy (1971) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crushed at the Pumphouse Spring Beer Festival. Decent IPA. Some good bitter hops combined with some poopy malt in nose and flavor. Drinkable.
glennmastrange (2331) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Roasted note for the malt, pine for the hops, a hint of dough for the yeast, with a background note of apricot. Head is small, fizzy, slightly off-white, with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear, dark amber. Flavor starts moderately acidic and finishes lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium, watery, with a lively carbonation and finishes moderately astringent and dry. An okay IPA, but missing a few things I like in the style.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(on tap at bristol). Pours a copper color. White head, with medium to heavy lacing. Has a citrus aroma, with a hoppy citrus taste. Finish is smooth, with citrus flavor that lasts. Very soft carbonation.
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Santa!
Pours a nice copper color with a small white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, pine, malt. Flavor is pine, caramel, malt, oily resiny hops, grapefruit. Nice sweet yet bitter balance. Pretty nice IPA.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 Tap. Poured a clear copper-orange color with a moderate off-white head that faded to a soapy layer and left some nice rings of lacing. Aroma of bright citrus, such as orange and tangerine, some leafy hops, and a bit of pine. Smooth, lightly tart entry with a faint hint of toasted caramel and a nice fruitiness including orange, grapefruit, tangerine and apricot that transitions into an earthy leafiness with some soft hints of pine and a bit of tart fruitiness on the finish. Moderate carbonation and nice mouthfeel. Overall, an underrated IPA. I was pleasantly surprised.