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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
22oz bottle into a tulip. From yesterday’s notes. A: Pours a hazy golden color with tons of sediment. The one finger white shaded head retains very nicely and leaves behind some lacing on the glass. The hazy look isn’t the most aesthetically impressive, but usually yields an enjoyable brew elsewhere. S: Aromatically, it’s mostly citrusy hops combined with an herbal component. Yeast seems to come through with a phenolic note, unfortunately. Otherwise, the nose is decent enough. T: First thing that hits the tongue is some citrusy hops. This builds up to a yeasty, bready finish with an herbal aftertaste. Some aspects work, some aspects don’t. M: The body has a light feel (not to be confused with an insubstantial one), but isn’t quite as crisp as some other unfiltered ales. Astringency is fairly heavy and distracting - probably my least favorite feature. Still, for a 9% pale, it’s both drinkable and devoid of booziness. O: A textbook average brew that’s only a couple of tweaks away from being really good. I enjoyed it for what it was, but wouldn’t buy it again.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanscourt (779) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Clean, crisp with a slight hop flavor. Finishes like rose flavored tea. Alcohol fairly apparent. Kind of neat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle: Poured a deep golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt notes with some citrusy hoppy notes and light rose hips notes. Taste is a well balanced mix between some citrusy hops notes, a sweet malt base and some light rose hips notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Good beer thought maybe a tad too sweet for my own taste buds.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (878) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber-gold with a foamy white head that leaves behind a lot of lacing. Hoppy aroma, lots of citrus, pine, sugar, spices, bready yeast, malt. Taste is crisp and bitter-sweet, of candied citrus peels, sugar, baking spices, bread, malt. Hides the alcohol well. Lingering bready citrus. Interesting and tasty!

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
outlawskies (962) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie gives 1.5. V. Sharp grass. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thb (689) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Foggy light copper. Minimal head that’s gone quickly. A little subdued aroma, actually, probably with the restrained fizz. It definitely promises lots of hops - especially citrus and pine. You do get the rose hips too. Have a sip and the big flavours come to the show - pine, grapefruit, yeasty funk. Bitter. Quite light bodied. Refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2274) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Light haze on this pale gold beer, good white head. Crispy palate. Light malt base, touch of cream. Light citrus, nice orange, grapefruit and mild lemon. Nice sweetish floralness. Something else fruity as well, the rosehips most likely. Light finish. Tasty and very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (745) - Dover, Delaware, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Bomber. Poured clear golden in color, with a medium white head a bit of spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of fruits, some grain and maybe some malts. Taste is quite sweet, quite Belgian... Fruity and regardless the high ABV very drinkable and enjoyable. Very good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bunget (561) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
650ml bottle. Hazy golden body, medium beige head with good retention. Aroma of peaches and mangoes, citrus zest, caramel, flowers and leather. Mild taste: honey, peaches, orange candies, medium amount of herbal hops. On the sweet side. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4508) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
pours hazy almost cloudy very pale golden with a small white cap showing minimal retention and lacing. pale spicy maltiness, citrusy, grapefruity, berry-like fruitiness, mostly cranberries though, its skin and astringency, woodsy and very herbal/spicy - aloe vera, subtle flowery and perfumey esters, warming alcohol, yeasty character - fruity and spicy. average to light carbonation - advertised as sparkling, curiously, light to medium body - oily, slighlty boozy and assertive grassy-spicy-citrusy finish. interestingly unique.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
Pale golden pour with a thin white head. The aroma is soflty sweet with a little bit of floral/herbal aromatics. Quite subtle on the nose with some light floral character and a bit of honeyed sweetness. A touch of spiciness. Fairly lean for a high gravity Southern Tier beer (which is a good thing). A little bit of white pepper, some soft fruit and a lean peachiness in addition to some soft spice. It ends in a bit of light fruitiness. Solid brew.


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