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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Imperial Compass (Southern Tier)

Another gorgeous beer from the notes. I bought this bottle last year, but didn't get a chance to crack it open until yesterday. It was a day just leading up to a wonderful spring weekend. A whole chicken was just thrown on the grill after a nice long walk. Ah....spring. You really appreciate it after that crazy winter weather that has clung on through April!

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: This yellow beer was clear at first pour (before the yeasty bits were mixed in). It was effervescent with a white, bubbly froth for head. The foam clung to the glass. It smelled like grapefruit pith with a floral aroma that I could smell over the grill.

Taste: It was creamy, but the citrus acidity cut through it. It had a crisp lemony flavor, and the cloudy yeasty pour brought out more of a grapefruit bitterness. It was a great refreshing drink for spring. It would be a great summer brew.

From the bottle:
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 the high effervescence. 

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