Organic Real Ale - Laverstoke Park Farm

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24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 40
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laverstoke Park Farm visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 08-04-2008

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Photo of macpapi
3.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a pretty nice, full, white head and decent lacing.

Smell is mainly biscuit, butter, hints of apple, caramel, mowed grass, and floral hops. Not an overpowering but not a bad aroma.

Taste is pretty malty with the smallest bit of hop bite. There is a definite presence of caramel and buttery essence here. A bit the combination of fruit and floral flavoring to this one as well.

Medium carbonation and body to this one.

Overall, this is a pretty decent beer. Nothing too earth shattering here. Taste is pretty good, if a bit muted. This is definitely a more subtle beer, and it may not be one that many American craft brew fans would think is worth of emulation. On the whole, though, I think a beer like this one merits some level of appreciation. (786 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange with a fluffy ecru head. Crisp, clean flavors of caramel, grassy hops, even a bit of apple. Very earthy and, well, organic.

It doesn't exactly have big, bold flavors, but it's not bad. At 5% ABV, this would be a very nice lawn mower beer. Or a gateway into craft beer for the uninitiated. (311 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with very active carbonation, foaming a bit out of the bottle and then very effervescent in the glass, finally leaving a thin white head and lacing. Aroma of bready malt, apple and pear juice, light fruit and yeast. Flavor leans towards biscuit malt, light grassy hops and a touch of fruit juice, finishing slightly dry and herbally bitter. Medium bodied with quite pleasant peppery carbonation, which is still active in the taste although it has quieted in the glass. Flavors are light and not complex, but there is a nice dry malt flavor base. I look forward to trying the lager from this brewer. (671 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a nicely clean, clear golden straw color with about 3/4 inch of off-white head that had good retention and low lacing.

The aroma was very good, a nice mix of earthy grains, lightly sweet malts and just tangy enough hops. The flavor profile was similar, just a bit better developed. The grains had an interesting base flavor, and the maltiness balanced with the hops nicely to provide a well blended taste. The were just a bit sharper than they were in the scent.

The body was very good, smooth, even and full, without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability was very good indeed, several of these could down easily during a session at the pub or on the porch. Overall, a very nice beer. When you're in the mood for smooth, easy drinking brew that won't knock you out of the chair, this would be a great choice. (847 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium orange to light copper in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy off-white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a moderate aroma of pale bready malts and slightly doughy yeast. Light to moderate notes of spicy, herbal, and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate slightly earthy pale bready/biscuity malts with some notes of light fruit esters (primarily apple but there is also a hint of pear). After that, there are light to moderate flavors of spicy herbal hops with just a touch of earthy and grassy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fade somewhat quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a pretty decent English Pale Ale that I rather enjoyed, though judging by the best by date it was very fresh (there are 11 months remaining on the best by date). There is a nice combination of flavors from both the hops and the malts. Easy to drink and one I would enjoy again. (1,189 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of pale bready malts and fruity, earthy and doughy yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except flavors of biscuits and bread are discernible from the malts and the hops contribute a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is well balanced and definitely tastes organic with all of the different types of flavors from the hops and malts. (774 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.22/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma has a bit of skunk to it, as well as a lot of biscuit, earth and grass notes. The flavor is full of earthy and grassy notes, with a ton of nasty skunk notes. I am not sure how a brown bottle skunked, but this beer is gross. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (329 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a slightly cloudy dark yellow to amber color with a decent cap of foam. The barley mixes with light hops to produce a modest aroma. Sweetness dominates the favor along with husky grain. The hops drive through the center but never overwhelm. It stays balanced and is certainly true to the English style, from the hops to the sweetness. (345 characters)

Photo of airforbes1
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks and smells like yeasty version of sparkling non-alcoholic apple cider (like Martinelli's). The head was excessively and billowy and went over my glass, even though I poured it slowly. I also smell some banana.

The taste is reserved. I taste some fruity notes...maybe apple, banana, and orange. There is a very slight woody finish. I like it.

It's easy drinking and interesting, even though the taste profile doesn't blow me away. The cost (I paid $6.99 for a 500-mL bottle of this in South Carolina) would be the biggest deterrent to making a session of this. Even so, I'm glad I ticked this beer. (615 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-very bubbly transparent gold with a foamy white head that stays.

S-berries, corn, and honey. medium strength

T-comes in with bread and honey. not bad. this taste lasts awhile. no bitterness. just smooth with a lasting after-taste. strong flavors. slightly roasted.

M-dry medium to heavy carbonation with a dry finish

O-actually pretty good tasting. i could definitely have a lot of this. its fairly light and has no negative qualities. its a good quaffer. (461 characters)

Photo of brentk56
2.47/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clearly the best thing about this beer is the way it pours - a clear amber color with a massive and impressive head that leaves clumps of lace

Smell: Grainy and musty, with apple, hay and balm

Taste: Grainy and herbal with a very musty character that builds, after the swallow, into a rough finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another strike against the organic beer community; occasionally, I come across a good organic beer - this is not one of those times (512 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a huge, loose head which comes close to filling half the glass, delicate in a pastry dough sort of way, you're almost afraid to touch it, dissipates more around the glass sides than the center, bone white with close to zero lacing. Fuzzy orange color, a bit like zinc or rust water, not hard to see through, fair amount of loose bubbles floating around, more yellow around the rims. The nose brings a whiff of honey and fresh pine sap but it's more centered around raw grains, bitters and straw/hay, old dried up orange and grapefruit rinds, manages some apricot and peach to lessen the brunt before disappearing. Medium to full-bodied, the carbonation seems to spread it more widely across the palate than lift or agitate. More lemon to citrus bite, conversely more honey and pungent floral elements. The malts give it some cocoa powder and caramel, however, these are ground into a more homogeneous texture than distinct flavors. The dough has a semi-baked quality, this brought out more by salinity, pepper and forest floor scrub and earthiness. With each sip your mouth becomes drier and drier. Peach, apple, pear fruit feel cellar dried and aged. It grows on you some and shows better as it warms, easy to see this performing better with food than on its own. (1,270 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A slightly sweet, slightly grainy aroma. Kind of subdued.

T: Had a grassy, grainy quality that dominated the flavor, along with traces of light fruit and malt. The grassy-grainy aspect of the flavor is not an asset. Definitely too harsh.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a wildly uneven beer with some good characteristics and some not very good ones. I wouldn't call it undrinkable, but I doubt I'd buy another bottle. (624 characters)

Photo of oberon
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a dull brass color with a thin quick to fade soapy-like head atop,aromas are very tame,I picked up some light toast,sweet biscuit,and very faint herbal hops.The feel of this beer was just a mess,sharp and thin the beer was made extremely hard to finish,the beer never mellowed.Toasted grain flavors with a ever so light smack of leafy hop in the finish.Just a bad beer I wasnt expecting a world beater but a decent quaffing EPA,it wasnt that by any stretch,dont spend the money on this it is not worth it. (535 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate and easy drinking, this fruity, spicy, and bready ale hits all the halmarks of English pale ales and in superb balance.

This organic ale pours a copper, amber color with a modest haze. An off-white foam coats the surface with even a sturdy froath, retains well, and laces even better. A quentessential English ale appearance.

Aromas of caramel and malt set the tone for weaves of fruity esters and spicy or grassy hops. Yeasty, slightly briny, mild tobacco, and herbal notes round out the varying nose. Only a light plastic note detracts from the aroma.

Fruity, biscuity, and earthy- this beer screams English signature flavors through and through. Apples, pears, and date esters are accentuated by caramel sweetness, biscuity/bready taste, and a hearty true malt flavor. Rich malt flavors are balanced by spicy, earthy, grass flavored hops while contributing a smooth and balanced bitterness. If not for the slight annoyance of plastic flavor, the beer could be a masterpiece. An aftertaste of herbal teas, light tobacco and bread crust accompany a minty and bready linger.

Moderate throughout, the beer starts with a creamy, cask-ale like smoothness. Sweetness diminishes late and allows for a light minty cool effect from alcohol and hops, giving the impression of drying in finish. But the beer does hold onto some full aspects even in the bittering finish.

Where this pale ale is all that the style commands, I keep looking for those extra attributes that takes a fine pale ale to an extraordinary one. This ale has the potential to be what Fuller's ESB is. (1,576 characters)

Photo of Caml
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5l glass mug

A: deep gold, slightly cloudy with sediment, very lively carbonation and a towering, rocky head; currently sitting a solid inch above the rim of my glass.

S: slightly sweet, a touch of clove, and bready malt.

T: Largely follows aroma, light, sweetish maltiness, earthy Fuggles in the background, and a dusting of spice. Not bad.

M&D: Carbonation is definitely as active as it looks, hop flavor lingers more than outright bitterness, goes down easy. I'm glad this comes in .5l bottles. (503 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

A bright golden brew, the towering head rests on the glass quite well. Yeasty, floral, tart apple skin and sulfur notes in the nose. Moderate-sized body. Animal feed, dried grass, musty yeast, apple skin and a bit of herbal hops on the tongue. Fruitiness meets a quick buttery flavor. Malt goes husky and pulls the palate dry, a bit rough around the edges. We've seen this in organic beers, the roughness of the grain. Finishes with that dry husk tone.

A decent English session ale for the organic junkie that leaves you wishing for a bit more. Does well up against some Double Gloucester cheddar. (655 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Faintly hazy dark gold/pale amber, this has a big off-white head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is bright lemon, grain, apple, hint of grapefruit and yeast.

Taste is light and a bit thin, but balanced and tasty. It is citrusy-juicy, green wood with firm, caramelly malty base, yeasty, crisp with good balance of character and great balance of bitterness and sweetness. It has a good feel, firm & lively. Drinkability is very high. This is a nice light, but juicy-yeasty hoppy English pale ale. (490 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light honey golden color.

The aroma is a faint light malty one with a sulfur note normally associated with lagers.

Flavor is lightly malty with a familiar biscuit/ fruity note found in many English ales.

Medium bodied with a hop/malt balance that would make Germans happy and American beer nerds grouchy.

Slight sourness on the finish. This would be pretty refreshing on cask in its home town, but doesn't seem to travel well. (430 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint, this pours a nice saturated gold, hazed with suspended yeast particles later (as advised on the bottle for "cloudy with all the flavour"). Sticky lacing is present all around, and retention is good. Really can't fault this at all for appearance, looks like a nice English Pale.

Aroma is a little muted, likely due to being close to date. Some crystal malt sweetness comes through with a little apple.

Smooth and mellow, as many English Pales are, not getting any off flavors, though it's on the verge of mild staleness. Apple and mild caramel malt flavors are the order of the day. Mild hoppiness dries out the aftertaste, with a decent herbal compliment. Again no off flavors, so it goes down with little resistance.

I've got a feeling that old bottles are out there, based on other reviews. This was far better than the Cotleigh Tawny I had recently, but it's nothing earth-shattering. Seek out fresh bottles at all costs. (943 characters)

Photo of trbergman
2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500mL bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a pale amber with plenty of fizz and a three-finger, rocky, taupe head.

S - A bit of toffee and loads of fruity yeast.

T - Lightly bready and toffee malt, with fruity yeast esters and a gentle hop bite. Problem areas: too dry, plastic and phenolic off-flavors. Tastes like this was fermented too hot. I can get a sense of what's being attempted here, and if they cleaned up the defects this could be a decent beer.

M - Light-medium body, harshly astringent and overcarbed.

D - There are some pleasant flavors in the background, but they're overshadowed by ff-flavors and astringency. I wouldn't try this again without assurance that its issues had been remedied. (717 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chill hazed light amber colored beer with a tall white head.

Smells malty and herbal a sandalwood scent. No real hop scent except the sandalwood. Not a lot of smell here.

Malty with a bit of smoky taste to it, like a slightly scorched sugar. Seems a little sweet for a English Pale Ale, so of expect them to be dry and herbal. Kind of boring actually.

Mouthfeel is average.

Drinkability is OK but this is a pretty boring beer. It has no real flaw but was quite pricey. As I drank this I kept thinking "I've got Better Stuff in the refrigerator."

A try once type of beer. (575 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.46/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I drank this from a bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a medium orange with 2 fingers of white rising. The head is gone quickly with light lacing.

The aroma is super light with only a bit of hops.

The taste is really plan and flat. It starts off with no taste then goes to a stale bitter hops, that's the organic apparently.

The feel is really light.

This is the second organic beer I've had, and man do they both suck. (438 characters)

Photo of wl0307
2.43/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased at the Waitrose supermarket, this bottle-conditioned ale is said to be sourced from a local farm located between Andover and Whitchurch, North Hampshire. Coming in a standardised brown glass bottle, BB 08/10/09 and served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a lightly murky dark-golden hue, topped with a off-white froth dissipating to a light blanket on top of a very quiet body. Looking more like a pint of oak-aged scrumpy cider.
S: astringently sour-sweet and yeasty, featuring a salty-sourness like oxidised white grapes plus marinated pineapple and oxidised Chinese coarse-flesh pears... After the nose gets used to the sour level, a touch of pale malts and hop fruitiness sneaks through. But overall the aroma is muted, overpowered by the omnipresent unsettled yeastiness...
T: if ignoring the consistently cider-ish and oxidised-pear-ish astringent tartness throughout the drink, my palate can still pick up a lemon-zesty sour-bitter foretaste that precedes syrupy sweetness of malts, while a mildly spicy touch of hops lingers along with a very dry, root-herbal bitterness and a little pale-malt aroma in the end. If not for the yeasty intrusion, the flavour could've been slightly more enjoyable.
M&D: lightly effervescent on the texture, showing little structure for the flavour, overly strong with the yeastiness, and turning thin fast in each sip... This RAIB is yet another example of amateur bottle-conditioning, while the level of yeast-sediment simply doesn't work - it doesn't contribute more lively mouthfeel to the whole drink, but adds plenty of tart-fruit that is exactly like the one you get from nearly the end of a cask of real ale. (1,686 characters)

Organic Real Ale from Laverstoke Park Farm
77 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.