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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Bristol Brewing Company proudly announce the graduation of Edge City IPA to six packs and confer upon it the name of Bristol’s Compass IPA! This is an ale with zip. Our IPA brings together copious amounts of Columbus, Chinook and Cascade hops in a tasty combination that lingers through the finish and beyond. Big hop flavor with malt in a nice supporting role.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2009
12ox btl bottled 1st week of June, according to the label. Aroma is dirty - some semi-rotten-vegetable smells and some urine-like sourness. Flavor is better - nothing unique, pretty standard light hop bitterness with a fair malt component to balance. Tastes OK, but the nose knocks this one out of the ’will buy again’ category for me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (661) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2009
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3734) - Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
That1Guy (2191) - Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Crushed at the Pumphouse Spring Beer Festival. Decent IPA. Some good bitter hops combined with some poopy malt in nose and flavor. Drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2588) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2009
(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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2009
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.

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