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The Compass Alehouse (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Titanic - Plum PorterExcellent1
Saltaire - Winter AleExcellent1
Kent - Brewers ReserveExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterExcellent2
Kent - MosaicExcellent1
Moor - RevivalExcellent1
Oakham - Below ZeroExcellent1
Iron Pier - English PaleExcellent1
Spey Valley - Stillman's IPAGood1
Five Points - Green Hop BullionGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good1
Kent - KGBGood1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - ChironGood1
Manchester - King Cotton Best BitterAcceptable1
Iron Pier - BitterAcceptable1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dragon's Blood ESBAcceptable1
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, if not most, 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
Tonbridge - Capel Pale AleNot Tried0
Cellar Head - Amber AleNot Tried0
Brew York - TonkokoNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Side-Effects of Growing Up Rowanberry Saison (KeyKeg)Not Tried0
Pig & Porter - Lost ColonyNot Tried0
Ainsty - Ainsty AssassinNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Compass Alehouse, Gravesend, Kent

Visits Details

07 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. Extensive conversation with an ex BT employee about telephone exchange types and technology changes over the years, I could hardly keep up once it became technical.
Moor - Revival3.80Excellent
Kent - KGB4.10GoodPerhaps a bit more cloying than usual
Pig & Porter - Lost Colony4.80Not Tried
Ainsty - Ainsty Assassin4.90Not Tried
25 Oct 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Last knockings visit until 10pm close.
Five Points - Green Hop Bullion3.70Good
Tonbridge - Capel Pale Ale4.50Not TriedGreen hopped
Cellar Head - Amber Ale4.00Not Tried
Brew York - Tonkoko4.30Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Side-Effects of Growing Up Rowanberry Saison (KeyKeg)5.40Not Tried
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, if not most, 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, if not most, 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

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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 55 times, seen 187 different beers and tried 84 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DA12 1AA