Compass Brewery’s The King’s Shipment IPA

Compass are a new one for me – and based on this bottle, I’ll be buying more from the Oxford-based brewer. At 6%abv, this IPA is firmly in the ‘UK-style’ camp; the relatively light amber colour of the beer belies a treasure trove of big, strapping flavours within. There’s plenty of marmalade-tangerine citrus on the nose, and that profile comes through in the sip – after a big, boiled-sweet hit that sits just on the right side of sweetness.

The finish is tartly sweet and juicy; only fleetingly bitter – and very moreish. Unfussy, tasty and richly satisfying, I can certainly recommend it if you’re a fan of Fuller’s Bengal Lancer and English IPA’s of that ilk. Good beer!

Reviewing their website, I must say that I like what Compass are doing; decent, non-generic flavour profiles, hints on food matching and even a couple of recipes. Their (admittedly small – but that’s no bad thing) core range sound delicious, well-thought and executed, and make me want to buy more. Simple as that – good work, guys.


About leighgoodstuff

Blog: I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass. If you'd like to submit a piece for Tavern Tales, or contact me about any Freelance writing you think I would be suited to, then don't hesitate to contact me via email here.

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