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Site: http://www.compassbrewery.com/CompassBrewery/Tannenbaum.html

Christmas beer, 6.0%

Comments: This is an unexpected christmas beer, with none of the classic spiced flavours or sweetness (not a touch of cinnamon in sight), but a medium bodied, sour, hoppy ale, with just a touch of spruce. Dark but not black in colour, with an off white head but little retention. Initial flavours are quite light, but these quickly shift into a sour profile, apparently coming from the use of German sour malts. Not a particularly heavy beer, which is a nice change from other Christmas ales. Hop is present but balanced well with the malts, giving a bitter but not overwhelming beer. The final flavour is where you are meant to taste the spruce needles, but I must confess that I can’t detect them except as a pleasant herbal aftertaste. A mellow beer, well worth the effort.

Overall score: 7.5/10

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Site: http://www.compassbrewery.com/CompassBrewery/Beer.html

Pale ale, 4.9%

Comments: A beer somewhere between the american and british styles of pale ale, with a reasonably high hop level, but quite a lot of malt character as well. Light tan colour, fine white head and good retention. Initial flavours are mainly from the malt and the aroma hop, with quite a sweet aroma. There are some slightly odd estery flavours, which leave the beer a little off balance, emphasising the sweetness over the bitterness of the hop. Aftertaste is quite mellow, with a touch of hoppiness remaining. This isn’t a bad beer, but I probably won’t be looking out for it.

Overall score: 5.5/10

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Site: http://www.compassbrewery.com/CompassBrewery/Baltic_Night.html

Stout, 4.8%

Comments: A lightweight stout, probably more of a porter in many ways, with definite malt flavours and a round but light mouthfeel. Low brown head and little retention. The flavour of this is initially driven slightly sour, but this rapidly gives way to chocolate malt flavours, giving a moderately bitter beer without excessive sweetness or heaviness. Hop bitterness is certainly present, but plays second fiddle to the malt here. If you’re looking for a light bodied stout, this is certainly worth a shot.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.compassbrewery.com/CompassBrewery/The_Kings_Shipment_IPA.html

IPA, 6%

Comments: A very sweet IPA, with plenty of malt and a touch of hop. I found the flavour very malt driven, with the hop taking a back seat, both in bitterness and aroma. This left the beer quite unbalanced, and not what I would normally expect from an IPA. That being said, I’m sure it could work, if paired with the right sort of food (perhaps a firey curry could take the edge off the sweetness).

Overall score: 5.5/10

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Group Site: http://fathersfolly.blog.com/
Brewery Site: http://www.compassbrewery.com/CompassBrewery/Bespoke_Beer.html

Note: Apparently Father’s folly is a dad’s social group in Oxford, and has produced this beer through the Compass Brewery.

Dark ale, 5.0%

Comments: This is a pleasant, easy drinking dark ale. Definite bittering with a blend of Columbus, First Gold and Brambling Cross hops (according to the bottle), but with limited aroma hopping. Pale, crystal and dark malts were used and give clear malt flavours, however without the burnt flavour common in many stouts or porters. Overall I found this beer a little thin for a dark ale, but the bitterness compensates for this, giving a light flavour overall.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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