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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7379) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Bottle. Orange/peach malt and orange peel aroma. Hazy golden yellow with small head. Sweet citrusy malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Very nice - more like an I2PA though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2167) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with lots of carbonation but little head or lacing. Aroma of the floral notes, sweet and bready malts, and a boozy ester. Boo booze on the taste but the floral and sweet notes are balanced well so nothing is overpowering. Pretty nice, bubbly and easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4315) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Pours gold into a tulip. Bright white head with good retention recedes to hug rim. Sweet flowery yeast and resin aromas. Soft with sweet doughy yeast and summer meadow upfront turning to resin and hay in the lasting finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Light citric hops, medium bitterness, lightly sweet malts, and a light bitter finish. Relatively low yeast presence. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2178) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Bottled. I didn’t really get the rose hips thing. Whatever. Golden pour, big head. Hops grapefruit etc. On the less harsh side of the spectrum for iipa

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3740) - - JUN 22, 2013
bottle. hazy light gold with a large, whipped, white head. big grassy, lemony hop aroma. lemonhead candy flavors with some vanilla, white grapefruit, white cake malt sweetness. light body with medium high carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Picked up this 22oz bottle just a few days ago. Poured a pretty fizzy, clear, light golden color with a medium sized foamy white head. Aroma was notes of highly floral hops, some resin notes, pedals, and a touch of light citrus in there. Flavor had grapefruits, oranges, herbs, and floral character. I should have expected this since it is Southern Tier, and because "Imperial" is in the title, but the 9% alcohol is pretty well masked. Interesting and pretty refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (608) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Cloudy yellow gold color topped by a big foamy white head. Robust citrus hop aroma is accented by an earthy yeastiness. Soft bitter, grainy malt flavor has notes of lemon and spice. Highly carbonated with a bitter dry finish. Complex and tasty. Highly recommended.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
McGarnigle (546) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Bomber. Who said this is Belgian? I don’t see the brewery saying so. Possibly the combination of citrusy hops and rose hips mimic Belgian yeast. It doesn’t have a big malt backbone, but lots of hop flavors and a slap of bitterness. Light in color and comes across much lighter than 9%. Very tasty and not just another hop bomb.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2492) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle from Spirits Berkeley. Pours a super carbonated mostly clear golden color with a pillowy white head. Aroma is of deep sweet/bitter hops, oily hop resin, mild sweetness, light floral/grainy notes. Taste is citrus rind, grapefruit, oranges, some odd herbal notes, light flowers, lots of carbonation in the body.


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