Organic Real Ale | Laverstoke Park Farm

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79
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40 Ratings
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Organic Real AleOrganic Real Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Laverstoke Park Farm
England, United Kingdom
laverstokepark.co.uk

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wl0307 on 08-04-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.23
pDev:
16.41%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
2
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of IPAchris
1.5/5  rDev -53.6%

Photo of Mora2000
2.22/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
2.43/5  rDev -24.8%
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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Photo of jrallen34
2.46/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
2.47/5  rDev -23.5%
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

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Photo of priesj
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of KornWallace
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of trbergman
2.65/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of oberon
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of McNealc31
3/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Hanzo
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Gusmotel
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Arch578
3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of SoCaliC8
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Zorro
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Andrew526
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of durwood64
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of dedrinker
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.36/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of macpapi
3.49/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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Organic Real Ale from Laverstoke Park Farm
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