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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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We rely on age-old tools in the brewery despite being surrounded by high technology. As a sort of compass, we use the six pointed brewer’s star to help navigate uncharted brews. The cardinal points of water, malt, grain, yeast, hops and a brewer make the baseline. From there anything goes. Sometimes the journey is as important as the destination.

You’ll notice a slight bitterness in Compass derived from our use of rose hips accentuated by high effervescence. Drink it cold from a fluted or tulip glass. And by all means, avoid sea serpents.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
abcfan (807) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2014
This is like summer in a bottle. Although it is a little over a year old, it held up well. Aroma is full of citrus hops. The wheat and pilsner malts create a crisp finish, no alcohol present. Well done for a 9% brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2107) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Interesting beer, but good! This is like a cross between a sparkling champagne and a Belgian Tripel. The Compass pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a substantial, bubbly and sticky head. The nose is quite tart and a little sour, with a ton of fruity notes, along with some fresh-cut grass, wild yeast and floral hops. The body is very spritzy and carbonated, and I can almost taste the individual active bubbles. The flavors are a little tart and sour as well, with fruity notes and light hops. I taste a definitive profile of bready and fruity malts, along with a hint of alcohol, especially toward the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edwardbass (621) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
Bomber. Pours clear yellow with a big white head that dissipates quickly, with champagne-like bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass the whole time. Aroma is a bit of grass and some alcohol. Tastes is lemony-citrus and subdued, sweet malt, with a little black pepper spiciness. The bitter aftertastes of lemon sticks around for a good while. Very highly carbonated, a bit too much for me. A very good beer, though not something I have a strong desire to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1626) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2014
Hazy yellow pour with a white head. Aroma is earthy and funky with a nice citrus and bitter finish. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1377) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2014
Pours a cloudy, amber color with a white head. Aroma is of floral hops, earthy tones, lemon, and some yeast. Flavor is sweet at first from the lemon and citrus. Finishes with the yeast and earthy tones with a little warming on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (4171) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Hazy pale urine color, thin white head. Aroma is a huge amount of citrus and floral hops. Edible flowers.

Flavor is really floral. Over the top flowers and grass. Pilsner malt baseline with some citrus flavors. (Mango and tangerines) lightly acidic notes. Small traces of yeast. Lighter in body with a dry texture.

I don’t know what to really feel about this brew. The citrus and floral notes are really bright and bold, yet I feel like it has too much floral character. Nice too try and some palates may enjoy this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10112) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Lightly cloudy yellow with a bright white head. IPA meets saison. Hoppy, floral, earthy. This is really a neat beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (268) - Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2014
I went out of my comfort zone to get this beer (what the f@#k are rose hips anyway)? Not usually a fan of Belgian beers, but here goes. It was on sale for $3.99 at the Wine and Cheese Place, so I thought I’d give it a try. The first thing I noticed about this beer was its one of a kind aroma. This is one of the best beers I have ever smelled and certainly the most unique. It smells of honey, many types of citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, lemon), some hops and light malt. It pours a dark yellow, it’s cloudy and it looks unfiltered. The foam is bright white and leaves lacing on your glass. Bubbles rise from the bottom to the top after it is poured. The taste is bitter up front, but fades into a refreshing blend of citrus and light spice. I would characterize it is a hoppier version of a shandy. Very refreshing. I will be remembering this one for the summer. The palate is also unique. It is effervescent and leaves a long aftertaste. Bonus points for originality. I’m very glad I tried this one. I don’t like everything from Southern Tier, but I do love how they always take chances and refuse to be defined. This one is a must try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1533) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Pours a hazy pale yellow with a whipped eggwhite head. Aroma is flowers and a little perfume. Taste is sweet pale malt, tartness and hop cone bitterness. Bitterness lingers on the palate after the swallow, along with some alcohol warmth. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7323) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2014
22 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Pours a hazy, pale bright gold with an inch-plus of white head that laces the glass and lasts as a thin layer. Aroma of bready and pale malts, straw, lemon, grass, and herbs. Flavor of lemon, apricot, straw, pale and bready malts, grass, tangerine, and faint flowers. A dash of baking soda on the finish. Light-medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that starts dry and gets fuller, smoother, and fruitier. Moderate carbonation. Drinks less than 9% and doesn’t show a big Belgian character. Nice beer.

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