Landlord Pale Ale - Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 83
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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 by woodychandler:
Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight from the Hunger n Thirst bottle shop and into my glass, the Landlord is no longer identified as "Strong", but he and I still have business to conduct.

From the bottle: "Timothy Taylor's Est. 1858"; ""Championship Winner"; "Lanlord is the classic pale ale, brewed in the traditional way from the famous Knowle Spring water, using only the finest malt and leaf hops. This full flavoured brew has been crowned Supreme Champion Beer of Britain four times at the Great British Beer Festival; no other beer in the U. K. has won as many awards."; "Timothy Taylor started brewing at Keighley in 1858, and his business continues as a family company at the original brewery, maintaining the tradition of excellence he established."

My aggro pour created a massive three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was a button-bright deep-copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose smelled of biscuit malt and grassy hops. My mouth began to water in anticipation! I queued up the Dead Kennedys' "Let's Lynch the Landlord" as musical accompaniment and away I went. Mouthfeel was slick, almost oily, and the taste was spot-on. A beautiful blend of the malt and hops, each allowing the other to have its moment on the tongue. It was a mellow drink, to be sure, almost tea-like, but very soothing and comforting. Great lacing appeared in my glass as I drank. I feel lucky to have scored the last one on the shelf yesterday. Finish was semi-dry with the malt not being overly sweet and the hops not being overly aggressive. A nice way to begin my afternoon.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
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).

Photo of dwren89
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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!!!!

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of bittergreg
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
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

Photo of sfprint
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of bditty187
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Photo of Mandrake
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright and clear copper, with a very large and incredibly thick white head that lasts forever and leaves gobs of thick lacing. Perhaps the thickest head I've ever come across on an English Pale, helped by lots of effervescent carbonation billowing up from the bottom of the glass. Smell is quite hoppy for a British beer. Clean and oily Saaz hops abound, floral and citrusy, with a tropical fruity note and a hint of butter as well. The hops are definitely the first thing you notice about the taste too, but it's perfectly balanced by a rich and complex malt profile with lots of fruitiness and a slight diacetyl note that lends it a rounded smoothness and keeps it from becoming an IPA. Slick and crisp mouthfeel, with plenty of body, and fantastic drinkability make this the ideal session ale. I can't decide whether I prefer this to Fuller's London Pride, but I know that it's one of my all-time favourites. If I had a regular source for this at a reasonable price I've no doubt it would become a frequently revisited friend. As is I'll make do with what I can get, and be grateful for it.

Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass

A- pours a dark golden amber color with a small foamy white head that retains nicely long after the pour, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- subtle but complex floral and fruity hop aromas up front, underlying malt gives aromas of biscuit and caramel, with notes of bread and toasted nuts. It finishes woodsy with an herbal tea aroma, quite complex

T- big malty bill up front with highlights of caramel and toasted bread crust, there's a nice nuttiness that kicks in mid-palate with some earthy tobacco and herbal tea, fruity and floral hop bitterness on a dry finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- by far the best English Pale that I've had, nice balance of bready caramel malt with herbal and floral hop, I can see why this is considered the standard

Photo of puboflyons
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle marked L2306-09:25. Sampled on May 31, 2014.

The pour is light copper-amber with a very slight haze leading up to a robust off-white head that eventually fades down to a ring. Good lacing as it fades.

Bitters are such a UK phenom and maybe it is the water but they are very distinctive as far as I am concerned. This one fits the aromatic bill with its toasted malts, UK sugar sweetness, and clean yet subtle hop bite.

Light to medium texture but smooth.

The taste is unique to Britain. I feel like saying "Jolly good" as I sip this one down. Good sweet malt character, sweetness, and a mild bitterness to end. Enjoyable.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with an amazingly persistent thick head.
Aroma is restrained, with sweet caramel malt, light fruity notes, a hint of honey and somewhat grassy hops.
Similar flavours with more caramel and grassy notes, some toffee and a mild bitterness.
Low carbonation and body, very drinkable.

Photo of emerge077
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh from London, BBE Aug 08

A huge billowing head forms when pouring, looking like a poofy, convex soufflé of foam. It also resembles whipped egg whites. Coloration is a topaz amber jewel tone, a slightly darker shade. Many rings of sticky lacing, and foam that remains until the glass is gone.

Aroma is grassy Saaz hops, that becomes more of a bready as it sits a bit.

Bready with touches of herbs and light fruit. A touch buttery or biscuity. Apple and citrus rind, mixed with a dry bitter hop flavor in the aftertaste. It lingers for a long time, which invites more sips, if not gulps. Light feeling, but very well balanced and medium-bodied. So simple, but utterly drinkable, with enough hops to keep things interesting.

Since this particular bottle came a long way to get here, i'm trying to sip slowly and savor it. It's possibly the most memorable British ale i've had. This is the first thing i'll be looking for on cask when I finally make it to the UK.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange/yellow/golden and caramel swirl wiht a modest head that leaves a hodge-podge of lace on the glass.
Aroma of caramel and light fruits and a roasted grain araom with some moderately spiced notes.
Flavor of caramel and biscuity malt and some slightly bready notes and a distinctively sharp butshort bitter note.
Mouthfeel is smooth to start moving to a hard water middle and finishing with a gritty but very tasst yeast hit.
Drinkability is very quaffable, very good beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a 10oz pint glass at Churchkey DC.

Head on the pour is really fluffy and white, growing large but in control. As it settles it clumps and leaves giant valleys and hills glancing up on the glass. Major clinging thick lacing, that sits on top of a gorgeous crystal clear amber orange to ruby red body. Looks just great with some slow rising tiny carbonation.

Nose is a wonderful toasty spice brown. Hints of sweet clove and cinnamon. Dry malts and a sense of crispness mixing in with nutmeg. A nutty dense character takes over, and some hiding fruit esters.

Mouthfeel is alright, missing silkiness, but perhaps that wouldn't fit this style, regardless the palate just explodes. Mild cream at first with some mild brown sugar. Hop tea finish, crisp malt and cracker strangely mix with also a sweet soft graham and also a faint dry hop sense, and some grainyness. Finish lingers, every taste gets a turn.

This beer feels incredibly large, yet in control. It's wonderfully balanced between hop, malt, sweetness, bitterness. At 4.1% the beer even seems larger than you would expect. This is a brew I feel I could just drink all night and not care for anything else. Fantastic stuff.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy, yeasty looking orange. Very visible carbonation. One inch head, nice lacing.

Smells very floral, and slightly fruit, green apples, pears, and oranges.

Tastes incredible. The aforementioned floral and fruit flavors mix very well, alongside some tasty yeast bitterness and tea/leaf flavors. I love the flavors that English yeasts bring to the table. The malt is relatively sweet and crackery, slightly nutty, even.

Very strong carbonation keeps this refreshing. Medium bodied, very drinkable and dry.

One of the best English ales I've tried. So glad to have tried this one.

Photo of ToneControl
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The best bottled approximation of real english Cask-conditioned ale that I have ever tasted.
It has a lovely malty smell as well as the above-average hop content. The head forms proper deep shapes, unlike typical "foams".

Occasionally, even properly chilled bottles overflow on opening, so be ready. I had a few "sour" bottles once, but 98% of the time, this has been the best buy I can find in the bitter style.

I like to pour it into the glass, to lose some of the fizz - it then tastes more like cask beer. Also - do not drink this beer too chilled - I think about 11 C is correct.

Photo of MarkBlackout
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice mild brew.. there's something quite satisfying in the mouth feel that pushes this beer into top-of-its-style territory. Round..drinking oatmeal comes to mind..but the body is from the fine carbonation rather than Han any real viscosity. I think. Thanks to Rose at Stone y's!

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin, slightly off-white head that dissipates into a thick ring around the glass. Nice aroma of sweet caramel and biscuit malt, light fruit. Flavor is mild, but complex, with light citrus and light pear and apple juice, biscuit and caramel malt, finishing with hints of tobacco, molasses and light tea inflected, grassy hops. Sharp, peppery carbonation. Amazing variety of flavors in this low ABV pale ale. Nicely done.

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Landlord Pale Ale from Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
91 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.