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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thorongil2 (1618) - , Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2014
(bottle) cloudy yellow colour with a small white head; aroma of grapefruit, lemon, honey; balanced flavour with a long medium bitter finish, very nice, very well hidden alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kabonski (39) - - AUG 28, 2014
I love this beer! Floral aroma, great appearance, citrusy taste, and a slight alcohol burn. What more could you ask for on a hot summer day!?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
[Bottle (650ml)] Pours a hazy bubbly copper-gold with a large semi-lasting foamy white head and some lacing. Aroma is sweet, fruity, floral and lightly hoppy along with some yeast and yes, rose hips. Nice flavour is lightly sugary sweet and yeasty along with some honey, light hops, fruit and a long tea-like bitter finish. Some alcohol but for the most part well hidden. Medium bodied. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6188) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2014
Keg at the Vintage. Pours light hazy amber, sweet toffee, fruity, flowery, light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (2649) - NORWAY - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy yellow body with a rather small white head. Aroma of spicy belgian yeast, apples, oranges and flowers. Taste is bittersweet, fruity hops, light peppery, herbs. Thick sweet fruity finish with bread and banana. Nice hoppy belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (7836) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle, shared with TylerDurden. Medium golden, not a lot of head generation. Lovely floral aroma, rosewater, cut flowers, sweet yeast. The palate fails to deliver on the aromatics, sweet candyish pale malts, doughy yeast, with a boozy finish that is coarse and edging toward hot. Not bad in smaller doses, but I struggled to finish even my half-bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (3844) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle from Valhalla’s Goat shared at brewdog.
lightly hazy pale blonde with floral rose/turkish delight aroma, gentle spritzy carbonation, medium body, light lemon zest and rich fruity finish. Clean and elegant

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle, thank you Colin! Nice golden yellow with an intriguing haze. Lovely effervescent fruity aroma strong citrus, floral, wild berry - lovely stuff. Taste - medium soft and carbonated body. Quite sweet, some berry, and lots and lots of alcohol. Almost a bit cloying. Lots going on but does not deliver on promise of the aroma - I think the nuances of the rosehips are better served a few points lower in alcohol percentage. Damn enjoyable though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2613) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
Served cold in a tulip glass as per instructions on the bottle. Bright light yellow body with some thin soapy head, not much retention or lacing and quite a bit of sediment. Citrus and kind of a diapery yeast, raw dough, slightly rotting strawberries, but I mean all this in a good way. I liked the aroma. Taste is semi-bitter, and a touch of tripel-esque spritziness, but not a bit too subdued. Abv well masked. Overall, an okay beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1424) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2014
I put this on as a wheat Ale though it has malts. It really did not fit any of the catagories offered by RateBeer. Light in color with a nice head, lots of cirus and sweetness, and dangerously smooth for such a big beer.
Earlier Rating: 6/19/2013 Total Score: 2.9
Not really that impressed, nice but not that distinctive from a pale ale. some subtile notes and drinkable.

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