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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Bristol Brewing Company proudly announce the graduation of Edge City IPA to six packs and confer upon it the name of Bristol’s Compass IPA! This is an ale with zip. Our IPA brings together copious amounts of Columbus, Chinook and Cascade hops in a tasty combination that lingers through the finish and beyond. Big hop flavor with malt in a nice supporting role.

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3.6
lb4lb (2602) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours a nice light cloudy amber with a big whitish head. Smell is fruity and nice, but a bit mild. Taste is crisp and hoppy with a nice balance but a bit of a hoppy lingering bitterness and light sweet maltiness. Overall pretty solid IPA. much more enjoyable than their DIPA that I had a while back. Good beer.

3.1
GarrettB (1607) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2012 I absolutely adore the Bristol Edge City Double IPA, and so had high hopes for the single version. But I guess that in a tribute to the Henckel’s knife tradition, one IPA is inferior to two (in Henckel’s cutlery, "one man" on the logo means a cheaper knife, compared to the more luxuruous "two man" Henckels.) Bristol’s Edge City IPA inflates with a thick pillowy head, the foam a wood-shaving tan, with a jacuzzi’s worth of bubbles stirring in the bright orange and brown body. Later the head recedes into a wrinkled, condensed blotch that floats peacefully in the center of the glass like a hermit. A spritz of lemon greets the nose soon after the pour, with a hoppiness that can be found in almost any American IPA - generic in every sense of the word. Even worse, the taste is bland, with the hoppiness lending a biting rusting flavor, and all the other tastes feel watered down. There’s some sweetness from the hops, namely an orange pith, but the balancing is all wrong. Go with the Double. March 29th, 2011 - Tasting notes update. Note, this is now called Compass IPA, but used to be called Edge City IPA. Light, slightly sweet aroma. Touches of flowers and light hint of hops and rust. Sightly creamy in the nose, too. Way hoppier and drier in the beginning and mid-taste. Settles down and emphasizes more of the malty grains and a milder, less bitter but still hoppy mid-taste. Aftertaste is long, mild but satisfying, leaving an outline that is distinctively hoppy, but isn’t gross out about.

3.5
DietPepsican (1592) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2008
So, my girlfriend is in the middle of cleaning and I see her walking around with a beer and she popped this without telling me. What a jerk. I had a sip to rate it, thanks santa! Pours cloudy amber with a small white head. Caramel, toffee, candy sugar, and hop aroma. Flavor was orange citrus and marmalade, caramel malts, plum, and a slight medicinal bandaid thing. Finishes bitter.

3.4
drjay44 (3734) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Nice nose, good color, pleasant mouthfeel, good finish. Typical of the style.

3.9
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Bottle an extra in a trade. Pours a dark amber body with 2 finger off white head. Aroma is sweet honey pine, soft hoppy floral aroma. Flavor is sweet pine honey but a good malt backbone that i’m digging as hoppy as it is. This works and the etoh isn’t overbearing, a good citrus fruit flavor as well. Solid beer easy drinking. A perfect session ipa, i really like it.

3.3
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2009 Bomber. Pours a slight chill hazy copper with a nice head that lasts a while. Aroma is sharp citrusy with pine notes, and some light doughy cracker malts. Pine and orange peel-type hops, almost a harsh resinous character in the flavor but has a crisp pleasant bitterness at first- gets a bit tacky as you drink more but nice.

3.6
uhclem (429) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2008
22oz. Hazy orange-peach pour. thick off-white head and good lacing. Nose is pine and fruity/spicy, but nicely muted. There is an undertone of mustiness. Taste carries in the fruit and spice. Medium mouthfeel. Aftertaste is pleasant and lingers.

3.5
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Nipe IPA, lighter than the typical US version though. Clean, almost honey color. Tell-tale piny hops. Light floral. Clean palate, tasty and refreshing.

3.4
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2008
22. Pours crystal clear coppery medium amber with towering, thick, massively surging, fluffy white head and thick sheets of lace coming down the glass as it settles. Easily a 5:1 fluff:beer ratio on first pour. Piney hops, crackers, a little bit of staleness due to diacetyl. Medium body, moderate carb. Biscuit, oranges, and a brief flash of resin near the end comprise the mid-palate. Mild resin and orange pith finish. Decent.

2.5
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2008
bottle. murky copper pour iwth spotty head. lacing. ciitrus and caramel aroma. wet cardboard w/earthy funk. hops are disappointingly weak. flavor is quick and leaves you wondering what just happened. not thin but flat flavor. dry finish. Didn’t even finish the bottle.


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