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Organic Real Ale - Laverstoke Park Farm

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Organic Real AleOrganic Real Ale

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40 Ratings

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 16.3%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wl0307 on 08-04-2008

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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 24
Photo of AdamBear
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of brentk56
2.47/5  rDev -22.6%
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

Photo of farrago
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of avalon07
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of oberon
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of Caml
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Offa
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Photo of dedrinker
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of trbergman
2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
2.46/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of wl0307
2.43/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Organic Real Ale from Laverstoke Park Farm
75 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.