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The Compass Alehouse (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Oakham - Below ZeroExcellent1
Old Dairy - Über BrewExcellent1
Iron Pier - English PaleExcellent1
Titanic - Plum PorterExcellent1
Saltaire - Winter AleExcellent1
Dark Star - Imperial StoutExcellent2
Kent - Brewers ReserveExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterExcellent2
Titanic - Plum Porter Grand ReserveExcellent1
Kent - MosaicExcellent1
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - ChironGood1
Spey Valley - Stillman's IPAGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good1
Manchester - King Cotton Best BitterAcceptable1
Iron Pier - BitterAcceptable1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dragon's Blood ESBAcceptable1
Alechemy - Five SistersNot Tried0
Vocation - Life & DeathNot Tried0
Left Handed Giant - DuetNot Tried0
Salopian - SiennaNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - JuicyNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Never A FrownNot Tried0
Northern Whisper - BlightyNot Tried0
Vocation - Heart & SoulNot Tried0
360° - BestNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Yu LuNot Tried0
Spey Valley - Spey StoutNot Tried0
Marble - PintNot Tried0
Kent - CobnutNot Tried0
Kent - OlicanaNot Tried0
Saltaire - Triple ChocoholicNot Tried0
Five Points - Brick Field BrownNot Tried0
Marble - Chocolate MarbleNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsNot Tried0
Summer Wine (SWB) - WingmanNot Tried0
Kent - Session PaleNot Tried0
Ilkley - Ruby JaneNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - HopfestNot Tried0
Kettlesmith - OutlineNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Compass Alehouse, Gravesend, Kent

Visits Details

28 Aug 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Now open until 10pm on Tuesday to Thursday evenings. Availed myself of a visit until 10pm close.
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90ExcellentPlummy indeed
Kent - Brewers Reserve5.00Excellent
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Hopfest3.80Not Tried
Kettlesmith - Outline3.80Not Tried
09 Jun 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. Only 3 others in. Expected an Iron Pier beer to be on but to no avail
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Chiron5.00GoodI am guessing this was Chiron as the blackboard simply said American Pale 5%. Don't know of any Thornbridge beers without an adopted name. Good taste but did lose head and condition rather quickly
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dragon's Blood ESB5.20AcceptableNot as clean tasting as I expected
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Ilkley - Ruby Jane4.00Not Tried
05 Apr 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 9pm close.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Good
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Summer Wine (SWB) - Wingman4.60Not Tried
Iron Pier - Bitter4.00Not TriedRan out
27 Jan 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close. For once quite unable to find a seat until about 1015.
Saltaire - Winter Ale4.90Excellent
Iron Pier - Bitter4.00AcceptableVery high levels of bittering not quite balanced with the other beer flavours
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70Not Tried
04 Jan 2018 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit and very welcoming. I took advantage of the fact that the cafe opposite will happily deliver bacon sandwiches to the pub.
Iron Pier - English Pale4.10ExcellentVery good. Possibly cuckoo brewed at the moment.
Marble - Chocolate Marble5.50Not Tried
13 Dec 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 9pm close. A rare occasion when none from the 2 couples, who own the Compass, were on duty.
Kent - Mosaic4.50Excellent
Oakham - Below Zero4.10ExcellentA sour hopped pale ale, as the palate got attuned some balancing sweetness came through
Saltaire - Triple Chocoholic4.80Not Tried
Five Points - Brick Field Brown5.40Not Tried
07 Dec 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Brief mid evening change of trains visit.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Excellent
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried
Kent - Cobnut4.10Not Tried
Kent - Olicana4.50Not Tried
24 Nov 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. Talk is of hopes to have first Iron Pier brews out in time for Christmas.
Spey Valley - Stillman's IPA4.60GoodCondition good but the lemon edge not to my taste, do people really want it or are breweries foisting it on us
Manchester - King Cotton Best Bitter4.20AcceptableWet dog traditional mid brown English beer. Unusually for this house poured flat and lost any condition it might have had almost immediately
Siren Craft - Yu Lu3.60Not Tried
Spey Valley - Spey Stout5.40Not Tried
30 Sep 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. Confronted upon entry by a band of pirates with tricorn hats, cutlasses, pistols, hook hands and an inflated parrot subsequently bitten to flatness by the eager Guv. The theme of the pub's earlier minibus trip to Folkestone, Dover and Barfrestone micropubs? Respect for those still standing and even some drinking malt whiskies!
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80Excellent
Vocation - Heart & Soul4.40Not Tried
360° - Best4.20Not Tried
23 Sep 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close during the pub's weekend 3rd birthday celebrations with initially 14 casks on tap on Friday. 10 by my arrival, 8 by my departure!
Dark Star - Imperial Stout10.50ExcellentVery last half out of the cask and oddly better than the one I had 15 minutes earlier, held head and better carbonation. The beauty and mystery of cask ale
Titanic - Plum Porter Grand Reserve6.50ExcellentThe last half screwed out of the cask and as good as ever
Dark Star - Imperial Stout10.50GoodNearing end of cask
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not TriedOthers said this was pouring flat and not top notch at all
Alechemy - Five Sisters4.30Not Tried
Vocation - Life & Death6.50Not Tried
Left Handed Giant - Duet4.80Not Tried
Salopian - Sienna4.40Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Juicy4.80Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Never A Frown4.30Not Tried
Northern Whisper - Blighty3.80Not Tried

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About The Compass Alehouse

The pub sign. The Compass Alehouse, Gravesend, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1AA.

Micropub which opened at lunchtime on Friday 26th September 2014. Located in Manor Road just a couple of minutes from the railway station and town centre. A shop conversion from an old dairy which had, most recently, been an estate agency. Real ales and ciders sold on gravity dispense from a largish several tier stillage in a temperature controlled cold cellar room. High tables and bench seating (some incorporating wood from church pews) partition the floor space in the front room. There is further drinking space around the kitchen area and a small yard garden and smoking area at the very back. Unisex toilet. All glasses are lined measure. Closed on Mondays.

We have visited this pub 53 times, seen 179 different beers and tried 82 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DA12 1AA