Landlord Pale Ale - Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited

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Reviews: 186
Hads: 369
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 84
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of laituegonflable
2.6/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark orange kind of colour, good head and nice lacing. Boring, really, except for the head and lace. I always like something in lace that gives me head.

Hops and quite fruitgasmic on the nose. Nice dose of herbs, while at the same time quite sweet. Not sure what to make of it, but good characters.

Taste is hoppy on the front but kind of syrupy at the back with an unpleasant yeast character. Sort of lives up to its name (more so than the alc/vol does, bloody rort I say), but not really pleasant. Earthy, but not really rich or complex. The finish is the most complex part, but it's too sweet to be good. Mouthfeel kind of clings to your mouth.

I would expect a 'strong' ale to knock you out immediately. While this does have a 'strong' sort of flavour, it's not pleasant enough for you to drink enough to knock you out. A disappointment. (852 characters)

Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Amber colour, small head that leaves a good lace. Smell of lime, a bit like something rotten, sulphur, fruits and caramel. Rough palate. Taste of toffee, sulphur, floral. (170 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clear orange-gold colour, with a filmy white head of tight bubbles. Excellent lacing. Minimal carbonation. Looks decent, but a little bit insipid.

Funky barnyard aroma on the nose, wet yeast, wet straw and organic leavings. Some sweet grain aromas, but the funky unpleasantness cuts through, making it smell like mould has got into the grainbags.

Quite a strong biting bitterness gushing up through the palate, overwhelming any other flavours, which are initially just a hint of sweaty malt and seltzer water. It's very one dimensional, and the hops are the grittiest type of English flavours. Can't say I'm a huge fan.

It's drinkable enough, but it's very one dimensional. Like a standard English pale with the hops up, but not the complexity I expect in, say, an ESB. Just too much of the one character. Quite a shame given some of the excellent reviews of this brew on here. (885 characters)

Photo of hefevice
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, getting pretty close to use by date (3 months). Pours clear orange/amber with a good bubbly head that retains pretty well. Sweet malt and flowery hops dominate the aroma with a little grass in the background. Flavour is sweet at first, then the bitterness hits and stays around for a while in the aftertaste. Probably mild for hop-heads, but quite bitter for me. Carbonation is good and overall it goes down quite smooth. I think I need a bit more practice with this style. (486 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: standard 500mL brown bottle. I'm sure there is a lot of history behind the label, but I can't help but think it looks like a tacky, home drawn 'old boys' label that makes the beer look a bit cheap.

Appearance: pours a mid golden-amber colour with minimal carbonation. A small head pops up and settles to a flimsy cap. Great lacing - all together, it looks pretty decent but not mind-blowing.

Aroma: really not much here - a touch of English hops and some sweet malts. A bit surprised, considering the high priase from the Brits - perhaps it has suffered some on the trip over?

Taste: again comes through with a nice sweet malt and a touch of earthen and forest characteristics. Not as complex as I had expected, but certainly a very quaffable beer.

Aftertaste: the malt and earthen flavours linger for a short time, with a hint of hops bitterness.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with a low to medium carbonation.

Overall: after seeing the massive amount of love for this beer, I have to admit I was a bit let down. It isn't a bad English Pale, but I certainly wouldn't say it was full in flavour and not all that complex. Worth one every now and then, but at a cost of $90 a case ain't worth it. (1,207 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation-European style slim-line brown pop top with classy, old-style label. 500 ml bottle, with best-by date of March 2012. 4.1% abv.

Appearance-Poured into a tulip pint, this brew pours a light burnt orange hue with a nice ivory cap which soon fades to a thick film with decent stick.

Smell-(I swear, though I know it’s odd) I get peachy and stone fruit notes here, whether from the hops or the yeast, I can’t say. Either way, it’s very nice. Ghost of toasted white bread in the background.

Taste-Not quite as rich/full as I was expecting, based on the reviews and the reputation of this beer. Nice malty background with some stone fruit and earthy hop flavors as well. Pretty strong, clean bitterness.

Conclusion-Not a bad pale ale, just not quite the benchmark/game-changer I was expecting. B- (813 characters)

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 heygeebee
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

BB Oct 12

Pours a light copper, one finger coarse white head. Lots of bubbling.

Moderate aromas - earthy hops.

Taste is malt-driven. Biscuits, toffee, caramel. Significant hop bitterness follows, more hoppy than some EPAs.

Highly carbnonated. Unusual for style, and a certain sparkling mineral water element present.

Served a little too cold to start with. better as it warms. (381 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.46/5  rDev -16%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of redmagik99
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange amber, lots of light coming through, big head holds out briefly. Smells really diacetyly and sweet, a hint of hops. Thankfully less diacetyl (but still too much) and more hops in the taste. Pretty well balanced..a nice amount of pinappley, sticky hops have been used, but as an ipa lover I could always use more..Sweet bready malt comes in the middle followed by a lasting bitterness. light-medium bodied, High carbonation. In response to the last review, I don't think it was a bad pint - I've tried this beer on cask twice and both times it was bland and boring. The bottled version is much more complex and tastier (serving temperature?), but on the grand spectrum of beer, only average. At 4.1% of course it's drinkable, though I'm not sure where they came up with the idea of calling it "strong." A decent english pale ale, a little surprised that its rated number so highly on this site, but does it really have that much competition? (952 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint served in traditional pint glass

Poured a cloudy pale blonde, with a creamy 1 finger head, that reduces to a faint whispiness very quickly

Aroma is fruity, with hints of pineapple. not much malt here but lots of hops.

Taste is average. I couldnt particularly find anything interesting here. Lots of citrics again, no sweetness really finishing in a hoppy dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a slightly watery with medium carbonation

A typical english pale ale, perhaps slightly too bitter for my tastes, but a good example of a sessionable beer - perhaps just not my style. (588 characters)

Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a decent amber colour with a fairly big, white head which retains well.

S- Very sweet. Interestingly, this sweetness seems to balance well with some hops. It smells of caramel, yeast, citrus and hops. Quite good.

T- For a fairly rich smelling beer, the taste just flatlines. Simply put, I was expecting a whole lot more- what with the "strong" pale ale logo. What there is on the palate is merely a touch of sweetness upfront followed by a hint of citrus and then bitterness on the back. It's not bad. But it's not that good either.

M- Feels good on the tongue which is a big plus for this style. Nice sizzle and a decent body. Not superficially light.

O- Well, this beer seems to me to be a fair example of the phrase, "familiarity breeds contempt". It has little individual character and was maybe a little boring. Still, it was reasonably refreshing and had an intriguing aroma. The drinkability on this brew was low thanks to the aggressive carbonation. But for my money, the drinkability level is right next to the appearance level in terms of actual importance. Anyway, this was a good enough beer. (1,120 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a burnt orange color. A one finger white head forms and recedes in a second. Some patchy lace is left behind.
S: A floral hoppy bitterness. Though mostly an odd mineral/sulfer aroma that detracts for me.
T: Floral and grassy hops. An apple cider like dryness. A strong lingering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body with a crisp dryness. Pretty smooth and easy to drink. I can quaff a few with no problem.

A decent beer. Not the best I have had on cask, but still enjoyable. An odd nose, and not a lot going on. Though still worth a try. (541 characters)

Photo of bark
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale copper; the low white head leaves some fine lacing.

The smell is mild and a bit titter with some notes of yeast.

The taste is mild with some bitter fruity notes (apples, pineapples) and sour hints. The short aftertaste leaves some notes of cheese and nuts.

The carbonation is medium strong; the liquid smooth.

This is an OK pale ale. Nothing special, really. (384 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a strong pale ale at just over 4% abv? not sure if that really flies, but its more of a classic bitter anyways, a well hopped and very clean beer, especially for the style. radiant bronze color with a fluffy off white head an inch high in my wine glass. the nose here is bittering hops, some golding varietal i would guess, and a sturdy pale malt base. the flavor isnt quite as nice as the nose though, very little real hop flavor, but the bitterness is there. the malt really flavors the beer for the most part, slightly stale cereals as we are accustomed to in english pales and bitters, and its all well put together and fairly priced for sure, but there is a finish to this i just dont care for, intense minerality or copper flavor, taste like a handful of coins, unflattering, and with the bitterness is a bit yucky, especially when the beer warms up. but as the style goes, this is one of the better examples that makes it to our shores. medium bodied but real easy drinking still. reminds me of a grey day in london. (1,023 characters)

Photo of foles
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I decided it was time to start trying a few more English Ales, given that I live in London. I picked this one up in Sainsburys because 1) Ive heard good things about it, and 2) I like the name - Landlord!

The pour was quite nice, beer was copper coloured, and it gave a suprisingly large head. Unfortunately the head settled to look a bit skunky. It smelled a bit floraly, with a touch of bitter. The mouthfeel is malty, slightly bitter, and very fresh. The is a bit of a bite on the finish (as if it had more alcohol content) as well as a slight bitterness. The carbonation from the bottle was a bonus in my opinion - I'm not sure how I would manage with this from the cask. I might find out while in York this weekend.

Enjoyable, and im hoping this helps get me drinking more local ales! (791 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

500ml bottle, $5.49. I usually avoid English beers because I worry about freshness but I picked this up after gearing it's a good one. Light caramel color, decent head. Aroma is sort Of bready. Flavor is malty and pretty darn good. Pretty much what I was expecting from an English pale, not bad at all. (302 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-cask in London:

Pours copper with a thin white, lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is a bit raw - bitter with some green apple and a hint of buttered biscuit.

The taste is herbal with some grainy malt, a touch of green apple, with an aspiriny bitter finish.

The feel is light-to-medium.

Easy-enough drinkability with more of a bitter touch than typical. Still, this had a sort of green apple touch. Wondering if this was a slightly infected batch it was coming off of. Still, it had a nice bitterness to it. (519 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As an American recently moved to London, I'm still trying to find some go-to brews. I'm finding a lot of the bitters and pale ales just don't do it for me...mostly because I'm craving some fresh hop flavor per American microbrew standards. However, I've had some enjoyable, if forgettable beers in the process. Timothy Taylor's Landord is one of those. Not much nose...some hint of musty English hops and a little bready-fruityness. Overall flavor pretty good with balanced malt and bitterness. I get a little of that toasted bread characteristic others mention, but not that much. Overall, a pretty flavorful brew with good balance and full mouthfeel. However, like many pretty good beers in this style, I find it to be pretty forgettable. Kinda like a Sam Adams. That is to say, I'd be happy to drink some more, but can see myself dreaming about it at night. (870 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a cask at The Horniman at Haye's, London, England
Served in an imperial pint glass

The beer poured an absolute crystal clear, medium amber color with a small, frothy, off-white head that quickly dissipated.

Very mild nose. Slightly buttery and sulfury. Some sweet malts emerged as the beer warmed.

The flavor was surprisingly hoppy from start to finish. A touch of caramel malt sweetness appeared up front before the hops took over. The hops were eathy initially bit they became quite citrusy and bitter as the beer moved along the palate. The finish was crisp and dry with the hops turning even stronger and more bitter than before.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a soft, mellow effervescence. Quite standard for a cask ale.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer yet I did not find it remarkable in any facet. Perhaps its hoppy, American pale ale-like qualities help it earn such impressive scores. (912 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly, if I hadn't known this was a pale ale, I would have guessed that it was some German lager. I think the toasted aspects of it are really what I notice most. That being said, not quite sure how pale ale this comes across. Nice enough beer, refreshing, but seems to be lacking in some departments while bringing a bit too much in others. (344 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber colour with a thick and bubbly white head that stays consistent for the duration.

Strong, fruity aroma that is mainly orange and cirtus notes along with some tarty aromas and a little bit of acidity. There is some grassy notes and a touch of biscuit mixed with the malts.

Fruity to begin along with some mild acidity and tart. The summer fruits flavours are quite nice and I can also detect a bit of caramel.

Smooth with a tiny bit of acidity and a medium to full and creamy body. Carbonation is low and there is some fruity tart at the end with a wet finish.

This one was a particularly nice cask beer and a great start to the morning seeing that is was very easy to drink and had a good , lingering fruity aftertaste along with a nice feel to it that was one of the more refreshing cask beers. (812 characters)

Photo of fullsweep
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a glass.

Pours great, nice thick off-white head, sitting atop a light brown/blondish ale.

Smells nice but very mild. Picking up a bit of fruit and grain but not distinct.

First sip is very mellow, mild carbonation with fruity tastes coming through but not dominating. Picking up melon and bananas, possibly some white grape.

Mouthfeel is great, very smooth. Reminds me just slightly of a Belgian blonde but not quite as smooth.

Would definitely drink again. (488 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark copper color with a small head that fades to spotty lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus , caramel malt with bit of fruit in the background.

T: Taste follows siute with a citrus nip then some caramel sweetness and bit of fruit. Nice bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

M: Medium body, crisp and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer. it’s nice to have a traditional style beer once in a while. Worth a try. (434 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Timothy Taylor Landlord has a very thick, spongy, beige head, a clear, extremely bubbly, amber appearance, and heavy lacing rings left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of sweet, toasted bread crust and toffee, and the taste is of toffee, slight caramel, sweet, medium-roasted malt, and a mellow hop bitterness, which picks up in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, slick, and soft, and Timothy Taylor Landlord finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and very drinkable. Overall, I really like this. NOTE: bottle labeled only as "Pale Ale", not "Strong".

RJT (558 characters)

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