Landlord Pale Ale - Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited

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Landlord Pale AleLandlord Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
92
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186 Reviews
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Reviews: 186
Hads: 369
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 84
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 08-18-2002

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Reviews: 186 | Hads: 369
Reviews by uno99:
Photo of uno99
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this pint pulled for me several times on a recent trip to England. Best pint was at the Blue Bell in York.

A: Bog standard Pale Ale appearance. head is exceptionally whispy and laces well. Color is deep straw.

S: Just exceptionally balanced here. A little stone/hearth a little hops, a little sweetness, a little mushroom and a little light fruit.

T: So understated, yet flavorful and bold. The perfect social pint.

M: Nice and smooth, a little dry, but sweet center

Overall, Having this on cask for the first time was an exciting beer moment.

I wish the bottled version was good, but it is sadly lacking. It's not even bottle conditioned. (649 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't get to excited about trying a 4% English ale often but I was glad to get my hands on some Landlord today.Poured into imperial nonic a clear rich brass color with well defined one finger white head that left spotty lacing as it settled.Sweet biscuit malt mixed with fruity esters,a noticable iron element as well to to good a English pale.A great creamy feel to the beer,I can only imagine this on cask whooo!sweetish biscuit flavors with fruity tones on the palate with a decent herbal green hopped finish.This beer is worthy of the awards it has one,I would drink this all night,I may never try this other than out of the bottle wich is a shame. (654 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I just bought a case of these, expensive as they are in Australia, for the very reason that they were fresh (i.e. had been delivered that day) and I wanted to know if it's shelf life in Australian bottle shops that causes the difference in taste of this ale between Yorkshire and Australia, or if it's the shipping.

Conclusive result: it's the waves shaking up the bottles that give this beer its deeper, more harshly bitter hop taste after it's travelled a long way from Keighley.

I've reviewed this many times before, on and off BA. All I'm going to say this time is that this is still my world-favourite beer, but anyone who doesn't like it hasn't consumed it in England. The closer you get to the brewery, the better it gets.

Pity it doesn't travel that well... but it's still great. (796 characters)

Photo of innominat
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of trics90
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of stephenlee
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.36/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. A classic Yorkshire ale.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with good carbonation. Forms a large head of frothy off-white foam that hangs around for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with notes of yeast, faint leafy hops and a distinct whiff of diacetyl.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild bitter finish. A dominant note of buttery diacetyl, along with hints of grain, toffee, dry yeast and subtle aromatic hops. Quite dry, with a stewed hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but rather astringent. Dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter caramel malt and diacetyl.

OK, if not amazing. I've had this on cask before and remember it being better. The diacetyl hit certainly detracts from the character. Otherwise, it's well balanced and drinkable. Worth sampling (on cask if possible). (913 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this one in England from the bottle, but poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: orange-gold, very little head, disappated quickly, hazy
Aroma: caramel malt, hoppy, strong hop esters,
Taste: very hop forward for an English Pale Ale, subtle malt background with bitter hop punch, caramel taste,
Mouthfeel: prickly carbonation, average finish,

Overall: This is a great English Pale Ale, but actually verges closer to the American style of pale ales because of how hop forward it is. Most English pale ales are more balanced and earthy, but this one definitely has bitter hops shining through more than anything. The slight caramel hints from the malt help to round out the bitter hop punch, making this a tasty brew that falls somewhere between the English and American pale ale style. (790 characters)

Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Superb session ale indeed!!!! Make sure you let it warm up a bit if you store it in your fridge, the zesty hop bitterness in particular really starts to develop as it warms, extremely tasty brew, satisfying bitterness, excellent!!!! (232 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Landlord looks to have strong character and a sturdy bill overall. It's a thick, deeply hazed copper-bronze color. The yellow-tinted head is strong, rising over one finger and staying for the entire session as a heavy 3/4 finger that leaves very good deposits of lacing.
The nose is earthy and nutty with mineral notes and a noble hops presence in more earthiness and a very much herbal and spicy profile.
The taste follows suit in the profile, though it has more strength, and the focus is balance. Being an English style, I have to remember not to expect a beastly-hopped beer, not to mention that it's a pale ale, not an IPA. As such, it succeeds. Toasty and earthy malts mingle well with herbal and earthy/mineral hops bitterness for an extremely sessionable beer. My only issue is the slightly metallic note offers a strange sweetness.
The medium body leans light, and it actually goes smooth rather than relying on being heavily carbonated or bitingly crisp. Crispness is there, of course, but it does lack bite a touch in the beginning; this improves a lot as the session goes on. Just a little bit of chalky dryness comes into the finish. (1,147 characters)

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, with one ruddy looking fellow on the label. Everything about this just screams out 'English', and 'public house'. That, and calling a 4.1% ABV offering, um, 'strong'.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, cushiony, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent dripping paint splatter lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of punchy grainy, biscuity pale malt, a touch of bready caramel, a subtle drupe fruitiness, and crackling herbal, leafy hops. Very ESB-like, thus far. The taste is more biscuity, grainy pale malt, with a certain warming spiciness, almost rye-like in character, a hint of fresh tobacco, warm lemon juice, and earthy, floral, and herbal hops.

The bubbles are a tad frisky, but generally easy enough to get along with, the body on the good side of medium-light weight, and smooth amongst a low-key tackiness. It finishes off-dry, barely as that spicy, biscuity character just seems to carry on and on, to the overall delight of this crowd.

A heck of an enjoyable version of the style, the peppiness of the decidedly un-American hops taking this thing all the way through, complex flavours abounding. And with the rather low ABV, this is obviously the definition of a session-worthy brew, the kind you hope to keep seeing reappear on the well-kept bar in front of you. Sigh. (1,392 characters)

Photo of bittergreg
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

when well kept, the standard for Northern bitter.

fluffy, paper white foam over hazy brass

yeast, hops, touch of malt on nose

hops throughout, fine malt backbone, creamy yeast

just a slight touch thin

drink this one all day, all night

to know a beer is to drink 5 a day for 5 days. landlord makes a strong case for a sixth day (334 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of sfprint
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exp: 4/2013
A: a soda like rose.
S: grapefruit.
T: Grapefruit beer! But real grapefruit. Rather delicious but doesn't really remind me of a pale ale.
M: Sharper than most sodas, a nice crispness.
O: Really nice, very easy to drink. A perfect summer beer. (255 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask in London. Not quite the complex beer I was hoping for, but still a fine session ale. Appear a hazy amber with a short white head. The taste is a more typical sweet caramel malts with sugar candy. The aroma is the real treat here with a mix of toast, toffee, and lemon rind. Certainly worth a try. (305 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy dark straw body.
The aroma is lots of dark fruits and grain. Really nice.
The taste has a mild sweetness to start, then lemon, slightly metallic, bitterness to finish.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
Great smelling and tastes good too. (281 characters)

Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear with a nice low head. Nice hop aroma - floral and fresh earth. Cannot detect underlying malt.

Bitterness is light but assertive, complementing a nice fruity sweetness and some light malt flavour with no caramel. Bitterness and hop flavour dominate overall. Medium-bodied, carbonation ok but perhaps faintly high for the style. A good clean finish.

Overall definitely re-drinkable, bitterness shines through without threatening to become fatiguing on the palate. Perhaps a trifle more malt would have improved it. (530 characters)

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Seaba
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of bditty187
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear, tawny-gold bronze in hue, the liquid is classic looking. Slightly off-white head, at the zenith the foam was two-fingers in height. Damn this head is sticky! It slowly faded to a frothy cap, clumpy in spots. A thinner cap lasted the entire consumption, which is outstanding. The subsequent lacing was widespread, chunky in spots, unorganized but beautiful. This is a damn good looking pint!

The nose has a light tea aroma and a fair amount of butter and caramel. Light toasty maltiness too, softly woody, some hay notes, and a kiss of orchard. Firm potency, I can easily smell the nuances of this beer. Honestly, I was expecting more. It is the embodiment of a British Pale Ale, no doubt. I thought there would be a crisper hoppy aroma. My disappointment is minimal as the bouquet is well-rounded and inviting. That is all that matters.

I really like the palate. A Saaz hop bite really hits the back of the throat, it is an eye-opener. Whoa. I wasn’t expecting this based on the nose, I’m glad this beer had it in her. Spicy at the finish and sweet at the start; in the middle is a medley of hay, wood, grain, caramel, butter, dried orange peel, bread, crackers, and a vague fruity vibe way in the distance. There is plenty going on here, I understand the praise this beer gets. I can only imagine how much better this beer would be on cask. I just dirtied my shorts with that thought. The biting finish cuts the aftertaste short but that just makes me want to take another sip. This is a damn fine EPA.

Medium in body, it is a firm medium though, I like it. It isn’t fat, it is stiff. Hard carbonation; the mouthfeel fits this beer faultlessly. Stupendous!

This beer has really grown on me. I liked it. Then I really liked it. By the end, I loved it. My word… this is one tasty beer. It is the complete package, IMO. It is very flavorful, easy to drink, and low in alcohol. This is a session beer; it is the definition of a session beer, in fact. Check the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of Landlord. This is a great beer, simple as that. My sample arrived fresh from England via Howard and Lynne, thank you so much for providing me the opportunity to enjoy this beer. Highly recommended! (2,221 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Landlord Pale Ale from Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
92 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.