thouse (53) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Love this beer. Great price. Belgian style with a lot of character, Drink this with all of the finer things in life. hophead1234 (46) - - APR 13, 2015
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. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Bomber. Can smell the rose hips in the nose. Murky light gold, almost white, with practical is and a huge white head. Awesome flavor with hops. Berta4519 (27) - New York, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Very refreshing (for 9%) light notes of lemon and rose hip with a tart bitter finish. A unique beer that was done well ChadPolenz (1800) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into an official Southern Tier goblet. It was bottled on 5/6/13 and cost $7.99 ($0.36 per ounce).
superspak (5497) - Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Appearance: Bright pale yellow hue. Mostly clear but with significant haze. Forms a large, bright white, soapy head that mostly dissipates but does leave some lacing on the glass.
Smell: A sweet aroma of bright, clean citrus, especially orange and lemon.
Taste: One of downsides to constantly reviewing beer is that they become repetitive after a while. I always appreciate the unique and unusual brews even if they donít blow my mind. Southern Tier Compass is a perfect example, as itís reminiscent of a San Diego double IPA, but the inclusion of rose hips makes it noticeably spicy and herbal.
The palette opens with light sweetness, almost candy-like in nature. It reminds me of Sprees or Smarties or even Fruity Pebbles cereal. I taste some orange juice flavor as well. Thereís a dry bitterness that grows quite quickly through the middle and then becomes extremely sharp at the apex of the swig. As itís going down, the rose hips make themselves known. Itís a slightly odd taste, since itís bitter like hops, but with a kind of herbal character hops donít produce. This flavor threw me off at first, but after a short while I grew to like it and appreciate how well it blends with citrusy Centennial hop character. Thereís a lingering taste of orange juice combined with a perfume-like flavor. It took me a bit to become accustomed to this palette, but once I did I really appreciated its originality and found the taste to be pretty darn delectable.
Drinkability: The label describes the beer as a bottle-conditioned sparking ale, which is a nice way of saying highly effervescent. Indeed, there is champagne-like bubbles here, but the beer itself is comfortable in the mouth and easy to get down for the most part. Though technically a beefy brew at 9% ABV, Southern Tier Compass feels like a lighter beer since its body and mouthfeel are disproportionately thin. I had no trouble drinking the entire bottle relatively quickly.
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/03/2013. Pours lightly cloudy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge bright lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, pear, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, bread, light honey, clove, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of bright hop notes with the rose hips and a light-moderate malt presence; with big strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, floral, grass, pepper, pine, bread, clove, light honey, and herbal earthiness. Good amount of spicy/earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, pine, grass, pepper, clove, bread, light honey, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of bright citrus hops and rose hip additions; with a light-moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, lightly prickly, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic spiced hoppy golden ale! All around awesome balance and complexity of bright hops with the rose hip additions, with light malt balance; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. commonshawn (1194) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Tap. 10oz. Gold color. Citrus floral. Effervescent mouthfeel. Sharp, tart bite. Like your sipping prosecco. Lively flavor. Very unique beer that sparkles in more ways than one. Temptation (257) - - FEB 26, 2015
Precious brilliant golden colour, it looks like champagne. Sparkling, white and shortlasting head. Elegant mouthfeel, plenty of nuances like citrics, pine, caramel or raw grain. The overall is perfectly balanced and delicious. Superb beer, really excellent. coolfunnj (374) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2013
lemony grapefruity aroma,kind of champagne like too if that makes sense..a cloudy yellow ale with thin off white head and light lacing..tastes tart,a bit sour.very citrusy and a minty spicy flavor balanced by yeast,maybe some apple..light-med body delicate carbonation..overall,refreshing and very saison like so should be a great warm weather refreshing ale i will be buying this again closey22 (1914) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Gold with bubbly white lasting head and steady steam of bubbles up through it; flowery spicy aroma; Flava is slightly flowery, earthy with notes of tea; feels medium with fizzy zing