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Landlord Pale Ale - Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited

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Landlord Pale AleLandlord Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
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280 Ratings
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 57
Gots: 13 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 08-18-2002)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some mild citrus zest and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with tea-like and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 06:45:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Served in a tulip.

Pours a dark golden color with a good white head and a cap filled with a bunch of large bubbles. The nose brings forward a slight malt presence as well as a bit of toffee and light diacetyl, though not at all to an unpleasant degree. The taste is pretty good with some mild fruit and caramel in addition to a nice bready character. Mild butter/toffee in the background. Feel is pretty good. Nice body and carbonation. All in all, at 4.1% this is a nice session beer I wouldn't mind sessioning again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:18:34 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of biscuit and cracker malts and earthy yeast in the nose along with some notes of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some hints of mineral water along with a light amount of bitterness. Hints of caramel also become apparent as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate, rather crisp and quite dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is perfectly sessionable but quite flavorful and is an excellent representation of the style. I would love to be able to try this on cask.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 22:47:29 | More by metter98
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Its with soothing malt sweetness and an elegant floral hop character that this distinctive ale carries fruity undertones and a crisp character that's satisfying with every drink. But here's a look deeper...

The unadulterated ale pours with a rich honey-amber color, equipped with an unfiltered and yeasty haze. With glimmers of golden highlights peaking through, the ale releases a creamy ivory-white head to cap the beer sturdily, retains 'til the final sips and trails with sunken rings of lace. Its a standard and prompt appearance.

Its delicate sweetness invites floral and fruity aromatics as the nose reaches deep within the glass. Its malty underpinnings ground the scent with medium caramel, biscuit, light bread crust and the nuttiness of pecan and cashew. Slight earthiness is mildly tobacco-like but is more so woody and herbal.

Its mostly malty, but slightly grainy taste is a testament to the beer's genuine rustic character. Malty-sweet to start, the beer kicks off with caramel, cookie dough and aspartame but then morphs into a marmalade-type fruitiness before weaving into a toasted character of bread crust, cashew and pecan before trailing with earthy tobacco, light earthen spice and tea-like herbs in its modestly bitter finish.

Medium-bodied the ale is classic with its malty-dry tendencies even on the front of the palate. Its light carbonation allows the weight of sweetness to rest comfortably against the tongue before finishing with minty warmth, minerally crispness and mild grain-derived astringency.

Its a delicious beer that sings the classic praise of British ale. Anyone who bellies up to a British bar and orders such Pale Ale as this will be greatly rewarded and satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 07:42:18 | More by BEERchitect
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 20:55:27 | More by oberon
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emerge077

Illinois

4.5/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 23:52:31 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from K&L.

Appearance: Clear copper hued body with golden highlights. Clarity is excellent and the head retains nicely.

Smell: Heavy on esters and caramel malt. Stonefruit, toffee, a pleasant level of diacetyl and a hint of acetaldehyde. Solid.

Palate: Crisp but malty on the tongue. Notes of toffee, butterscotch, toast, green apple and dried apricot. Mouthfeel is silky and full for the ABV. Minimal hop bitterness, but there's a slight hard water/mineral bite.

Overall: A really nice English pale. Complex and flavorful while remaining quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 05:34:51 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 04:55:00 | More by biboergosum
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 08:24:29 | More by RblWthACoz
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my mom, who located this in London, then carried it back to Toronto for me. This was the last beer I needed from the UK top 25. First list I've completed! Served in a Coca-cola pint glass (limited options at the in-laws). Best before April 2010.

A - Gorgeous three fingers of eggshell foam that had solid retention and tons of sticky lacing. Transparent golden orange color.

S - Smell is a little underwhelming - some zesty noble hops, and touches of lemon, honey, toffee, dough and yeast. Improves a fair bit as it warms, so don't drink it too cold.

T - Taste is actually a tiny bit better. Some zesty citrus and floral hoppiness at the onset that morphs into a touch of honey, butter, and lots of doughy malt. The aftertaste has a little sour fruit flavor to it and a touch of bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is terrific for the style - just enough carbonation to keep things lively, but not too tingly or harsh. Creamy softness and a lighter medium body. Not sure what else I could ask for here!

D - I can see why this is a popular session ale in England. Superb mouthfeel and low ABV make this a great brew for chugging. Wish I could try it on cask!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 02:48:30 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received recently in a trade. Part of my #1 beer for each style project, currently the #1 English Pale Ale, also a really interesting and good session beer.

Beer is brownish and mostly clear with a nice head of small and medium bubbles, minimal lacing, carbonation low but steady. Looks good.

It's mildly malty in the aroma, overall the volume on the aroma is low and weak, but still it's a pleasant almost buttery / caramely aroma.

Beer is medium to light in body with minimal carbonation in the mouth. The palate is clean and finishes with nearly no bitterness. The overall strength of the flavors are a little subtle but it's a good beer. There is some mild toffee notes with a little buttery but not diacetyl flavors. Overall I'd have it again as I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 19:34:56 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a 500ml bottle enjoyed chilled in a half pint glass.

The color is golden amber with gently hazed honey-like look and very thick frothy light beige cream fine bead and good retention throughout.
The smell has a lot of aroma from gentle herble hops with yeast that has light pear and sweet malt with mild caramel aroma and slight mineral accent from the yeast with a nice spice ester to augment.
The feel is light with malt up front and slight diacetyl smooths the gentle spice and medium high carbonation with a moderate amount of bitterness with semi-dry light sweet finish.

The taste is malt influenced with light sweetness and breadiness that leads to light herbal flavor from hops with light apple and pear from the yeast in the middle with hops that have a spiciness which accents the breadiness from the yeast and malt. The malt flavor also has a mild amount of caramel which blends well with the fruitiness in the yeast and contributes a slight sweet taste after the swallow. Overall I loved this -probably the best in this style of English Pale I have taste. I like the complexity for such a small beer -drinkability and worth repeated tastes, excellent flavor which is good for being a bottled English Pale.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 18:35:38 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a deep golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that stands tall and lasts. The aroma is good. It has an excellent mix of pale and biscuit malts along with a touch of crystal malt. It's light with a bit of sweetness and plenty of English yeast esters. The taste is good as well. It has a well balanced flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a light sweetness that's enhanced with the English ale yeast. It emits a wonderful fruity character. The hop character is well perceived; grassy with a slight floral bouquet. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a real tasty beer; true to style and quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 15:53:39 | More by WesWes
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 18:33:32 | More by StonedTrippin
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-22-2009 00:29:23 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-27-2011 15:32:01 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a light copper with a small bubbly white head, fair retention, no real lace.

S: Gorgeous marmalade and biscuity notes, minerality and sulphur.

T: Flavour is complex and is full especially for the ABV. Biscuity sweet malt, toast, black tea, with some great backing English hops, which give a nice bitter finish to the beer. The hops really don't quit which is impressive. Like all the things I love about London Pride taken to the next level.

M: Light-bodied, crisp with a great mid-palate. Bitter long aftertaste, great balance, soft easy carbonation.

O: This is really something special. If it's this good in the bottle, I can only imagine it'd be exemplary on cask back in England. A gem of a bitter, first time I've seen this in the States.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 03:38:29 | More by Halcyondays
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3 Pints taken in 'The Plough Inn' Allscot, Shropshire. A well known (to locals) Real Ale pub near Telford. A straight pint sleeve glass, unbadged.

Light brown with a hint of copper, topped with a fairly large white foaming head, which lasted for most of the pints (about 15 mins each).

Aroma of hops, malt and a flowery, fruity undertone.

Tastes dryish, hops and malt, with summer fruits swilling about as well.

Dry aftertaste, didn't last long, even after the third pint.

A very pleasant drink, a bit light in colour for me, I like a bronze, darker hue to my beers, but I have drank this beer in many different locations and enjoyed it every time we meet.

Serving type: cask

12-14-2006 11:49:41 | More by BlackHaddock
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plentiful lace on the glass from the modest but lasting head. Gold color and clear.

Classic, but mild, English pale ale aromas--lots of caramel without much hop. Some alcohol warmth to the nose as well.

Rich flavor and body. Plenty of the caramel malt taste but there's no sweetness. Better hop on the tongue but the swallow is well balanced. Simply put a very good traditional English Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:53:32 | More by smcolw
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3/5  rDev -27%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 06:54:01 | More by lacqueredmouse
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: cask

04-14-2009 09:53:52 | More by tempest
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisiting the bottled version of this legendary pale ale. BBE JUNE 2007, served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: dark amber, with a 3cm thick off-white, well-sustaining beer head, slowly retreating with uneven sheets of lacing behind; moderate fizziness with medium- and small-sized bubbles slowly ascending from the bottom.
S: enticing hop aroma abounds... hops resins, a slightly ashy note and cream present upfront, backed by lots of honey-ish & runny-syrupy malts and a mixed hop aroma (sweet lemon, tangerine, sultanas, flowery and peppery edge...). Overall, semi-sweet, lots of aromatic hops, smelling delicious...
T: a wave of floral and tea-ish hoppyness roams freely on the palate from the first second onwards, balanced with a mildly honey-ish malty backbone and soothing fruits (sour-sweet sultanas); the foretaste is slowly taken over by a bitter impact from the lightly peppery and orangey hops (reminiscent of Styrian Goldings) that eventually overwhelms the palate, leaving the tangy, even citric-zesty bitterness sneaking into four corners of the mouth. The bitterness and hop aromas linger superbly...
M&D: semi-effervescent on the mouthfeel, not sharp but more lively than being just smooth; medium-bodied, aromatic and flavoursome, this is a very quaffable pale ale indeed. Compared with my note of the bottled-version six months ago, this one is still good. But the draught version, when on form, is simply sublime with an edge that a filtered (+perhaps pasteurised) bottle can't possibly compete with.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 18:17:30 | More by wl0307
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 16:57:23 | More by woodychandler
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow to copper in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a thick quarter finger tall even layer over the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of earthy hops along with some lighter notes of fruity yeast along with both biscuit and cracker malts. Just the slightest hint of spice from the yeast as well.

T: Tastes very similar to the smell with the earthiness taking center stage. There are some caramel malt notes as the beer warms, joining the biscuit and cracker malts. Slight hints of the fruity yeast esters and spice.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and dry in the finish.

O: This beer is extremely easy to drink, extremely enjoyable, and infinitely sessionable. A great example of the style and very flavorful. This is definitely one to have again - I bet this is an amazing real ale (I will have to look for it the next time I travel over to the UK).

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 22:36:25 | More by dbrauneis
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

12-07-2013 20:18:33 | More by BillRoth
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Landlord Pale Ale from Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
92 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.