Organic Real AleMay 1, 2010 Overton, Hampshire, UK
Laverstoke Park Farm
Overton, Hampshire, UK
Imported by: C2 Imports
Los Angeles, CA
Available: CA, NY, FL, IL, PA, TX, NJ, MA, MI, VA
Laverstoke Park Farm is a 2,500 acre organic farm in Hampshire owned by former Formula 1 World Champion, Jody Scheckter. Beers have been awarded 2 gold stars 2 years in a row at Great Taste awards (ale) and been judged to be in top 4% for flavour by CARA (lager). The unique “Laverstoke Blend” of hops in our fields is the secret behind our award winning beer.
Original gravity: n/a
When I first spotted this label, I was skeptical. I am usually not a fan of the cutesy “kiddy drawing” look, even if it does feature a guy drinking beer with hops and barley growing around him. But one sip changed my mind. This is a very drinkable ale with a surprising hop presence. Despite the relatively abundant hop dosage, which lingers quite a while on the palate, there is still a grainy malt backbone, a bit of fruit and a big, frothy effervescence that sticks around as well. It’s a refreshing quaff that would taste great with a meal, after a long day of yard work—or even while coloring with the kids.
- Lisa Morrison
Laverstoke Park is an organic farm in southern England, owned by former Formula 1 driver Jody Scheckter. The two beers (there’s also an Organic Lager) are not brewed there, but at Hepworth & Co., although the malts and hops are grown on site. This is a bright golden, bottle-conditioned ale with a full, sweet, pale malt character overlaid with sappy, perfumed hops that also add a dash of citrus. The hops in the finish are reminiscent of a green-hop beer and rather intense, helping to dry the palate. Quite unusual flavors overall, but ones that grow on you.
- Jeff Evans
Lisa Morrison, aka The Beer Goddess, writes about beer whenever she can and also gets to talk about it on a weekly radio show in her hometown of Portland, OR.
Author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide and The Book of Beer Knowledge, Jeff Evans is an eight-time editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and one of Britain's best-known beer writers.
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