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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HoppyAlesToYou (156) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Perhaps a little hay, some floral and herbal notes, and citrus in the aroma, but none are particularly strong. It pours very well, with a fine white head upon a sparkling pale. There is light sweetness followed by medium bitterness in the taste, but not much more. A light body for a 9% ale, with a thin texture and fizzy carbonation, it drinks more like champagne than beer. While the flavor is a bit weak, the palate keeps it from being disappointing. May be well paired with seafood during a summer dinner with a sparkling wine drinker that is beginning craft beer exploration. Not sure it is properly classified as a Belgian Strong Ale. Aside from its high ABV, it seems more like a Golden/Blonde Ale to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2749) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2013
The aroma is sweet fruit, flowers, hay. The appearance s hazy yellow, white head. The flavor is flowers, fruit. The finish is floral hops, some pine. Medium in body. Different, and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1237) - Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle, this beer had aromas of grass, spice and citrus hops with lemon and other light fruit, there was faint malt with some orange pith and powder sugar sweetness, it had flavors of grass and citrus hops with light malt, very faint pear and pineapple fruit, faint spice and sugar sweetness, the finish had a nice citrus hop bitterness with little malt flavor and spice hints trailing afterwards, the mouth feel was light and it had a creamy feel, there was average to lively carbonation in this drink, a BSA with generous citrus and spice hops with little malt and light fruit, an easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3041) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy gold with an off white head. Aroma of lemon curd. Flavors of banana, lemon and a hint of toffee. Real tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9431) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours hazy light gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium-short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is rose hips, citrus flesh, floral hops, pear and apricot fruity esters, and biscuit malt. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, rose hips, apricot and pineapple fruity esters, supporting malt and a dry finish. Medium body and heavy carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle that I took to Max’s for Jen’s going away tasting. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Soft citrus, floral notes and a bit of musky yeast. Medium bodied, spicy musk, warm yeast. Soft musk into the finish, a bit of floral sweetness. Tasty enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamherbert (1261) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Glowing banana-yellow color, cloudy/hazy like pineapple juice. A big, thick meringue of white head. Gorgeous. First whiff of citrus hop and Belgian Brett funk. The hops take on more of a pine-oil character. When agitated there is more horsey-must coming out of nowhere. A little bit of vegetable-sulfurs (expected). Pungent funk flavor; heavy yeast. The hops takes a backseat to the funk in the flavor: there are some grassy and agave notes. The label says rose hips, so I guess that’s there too (reminds me of a tea I had once with rosehips). Has an almost sour finish, with a touch of lemon. Fizzy feel, lots of carbonation: prickly. It’s a worthy addition to the So.Tier Imperial lineup. Light and summery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jflopsu (501) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2013
A very hazy hello pour. Has a strong floral hop aroma. Taste is about the same with a bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2651) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white head. The aroma is light and earthy. A hint of lemon and sweet malt. The flavor has a hint of lemon, slightly sweet, a bit of grass. Very refreshing. This is a great summer beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle shared by Jay at Max’s tasting. Pours mostly clear light yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma and taste of citrus, flowers, tropical fruits, light malts and rose hips. Medium bitter finish.

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