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RATINGS: 208   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.


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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1491) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1342) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (2711) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8537) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (28) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1340) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5867) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (3906) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Sweet, floral-candied aroma. Bomber. Mostly clear, perhaps a bit misty, pale greenish gold. Sweetish, citric candy flavor, medium-low hopping/bitterness. Lightish body. Grainy, flowery aftertaste. New Leaf Market, on firesale @ $1.99/bomber.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3267) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy pale gold with a moderate white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left light lace. Pleasant aroma of floral hops along with a bit of orange. The flavor is malt with some floral and citrus hops. A bit of sweetness as well throughout which I like. Mild-moderate bitterness at the finish. The 9% abv is very well hidden. Enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Howlader (422) - - JAN 29, 2014
22oz bottle split with a friend. Decent enough belgian style, somewhat harsh though (not in a good way)


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