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Landlord Pale Ale - Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited

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Landlord Pale AleLandlord Pale Ale

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190 Reviews
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Reviews: 190
Hads: 382
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 14.39%
Wants: 91
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold body with a thick, big bubble foam head. Earthy, butterscotch-like aroma, caramel/crystal malt character; yeasty. Excellent blend of toasted malt sweetness with a crisp, smooth hop bitterness equaling things out. Medium body; crisp, semi-dry finish.

It always is a joy to experience a tasty yet mild ale with a relatively low ABV content. Landlord fits the bill to a 'T'. The malt sugars are warm and smooth throughout, providing a surprisingly big depth in rich, toasted flavor notes. The hops counterbalance things nicely, staying in the background for the most part, yet far from being meek and inconsequential overall; they do a nice bittering job without going overboard. If this were more readily available, it could very well become one of my go-to, session brews. A very fine ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of admiral
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid, flavoursome, session beer.

aroma: fruity/citrus mixed with malt. Restrained but pleasant.

taste: fruity/citrus palate which is well balanced with malt. Has some earthy/mineral notes along with some pepper/spice in the finish.

Great fruity/malt combination that goes well when drinking with a meal.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
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".


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Photo of SmashPants
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 16.9oz bottle into a Woodcock Brothers Imperial Pint glass. Served around mid 50 degrees.

Appearance- Amber with 2 finger fluffy off-white that lasted long and left nice lacing.

Smell- Fruity/biscuity malts. A lot of light stone fruits present. Very mild earthy hops. Malt forward as expected.

Taste- Starts out malty, but the fruit presence comes in and finishes lightly bitter. Mild hop flavor and plums and pear present themselves nicely. Well balanced for a Bittish pale.

Mouthfeel- Pretty well carbonated with extremely light body, but it still has a nice viscosity to it.

Overall- I'm not a huge fan of traditional style brittish beers, but this easily takes the cake. Truly a great Brittish beer that I would drink regularly.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of MRsojourner
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

amber/golden color with nice clarity and a slightly off white head that sticks around

smell is a beautiful mix of what I think is munich and caramel malts and fruity English yeast that is very inviting.

taste is an extremely balanced beer between the bittering hops and fruity yeast esters laid against a nice sweet caramel/biscuit malt background.

mouthfeel is medium and does not detract from the beer at all

overall this is a great beer that is wonderfully balanced between noble hops and fruit esters with none taking the center stage yet each coming alive in there own manner making one incredible show for a pale ale

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Photo of bennetj17
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Medium copper color, good clarity, thin off-white foam. Definitely an English style Pale, the aroma has a good mix of lightly toasted malts and some herbal hop balance.

The flavor is where this beer really shines. Such a rich taste for a lighter alcohol beer. The toasted bread malt gives hints of caramel sweeteness, balanced by a tea-like herbal hop bitterness. The finish definitely has a nice bite and keeps you coming back for more. The beer tastes full, yet clean, and the carbonation is really nice on the palate. I enjoy how that grainy malt character strikes the tongue up front and nicely contrasts the bitter finish to give an overall awesome balance.

Overall this surpassed my expectations. I'm pretty sure this bottle had been on the shelf at least a month or so, and with that it still tastes delicious. A good change-up from the American style Pale Ales I'm used to. Going back to pick up some more of these.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Landlord is an excellent English Pale Ale, satisfying in nearly every way, from appearance to aroma, taste, and feel. The only drawback is its price point, at over $5 per pint in the US. Still, one I'd enjoy from time to time if locally available.

Pours a 1.5cm-tall head of barely off-white foam, made up of very fine bubbles, resulting in a dense mass of froth atop the body of the beer. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting indefinitely throughout the glass. Lacing is also outstanding, with thick washes of residual foam clinging to all sides of the glass, renewed with each sip. Body is a modest copper brown color, lighter at the extremities, mostly transparent (10-20% opacity) with light bringing out a solid orange hue with yellow highlights.

Aroma of cracker-like malts, unleavened bread, light caramel, and fruit-like esters (pear, orange) with a slightly dry, herbal touch of hops.

Taste is of light caramel, cracker and slightly bread-like malts, English hop characters (dried leaves, spices, fruity tobacco, orange peel), black pepper, clean fruit esters. Front of palate finds sweet, cracker and bread-like pale and caramel malts with a slight nod towards the herbal/vegetative British hop character. Mid-palate of cracker-like pale malt, slight caramel sweetness from caramel malt, pleasant herbal and mulch-like hops with enjoyably modest bitterness featuring a peppery component. Back of palate is of complex hop components: a bit of dried leaves, spicy in an herbal and peppery way, fruity tobacco, dried orange peel, and bitterness with a modest hint of the pale and caramel malts in the background. Aftertaste of moderate, but quite noticeable bitterness with a cracker-like pale malts, slight caramel from caramel malt, and orange-like ester.

Beer is medium-light in body, with enough carbonation to immediately foam this up on the palate without any noticeable fizziness, which is kind of amazing. Closes dryly, with modest stickiness remaining on the palate and lips.

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Photo of soju6
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and biscuit malts, grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops, English yeast, and a bit of fruity esters.

T - Sweet caramel and biscuit malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and floral hops, some bitterness, English yeast, and some fruity esters.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a bready and lightly bitter finish.

D - Great English Pale Ale. Great balance.

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Photo of Hendry
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Apricot colored and slightly murky with yeast, minimal head with decent lacing. Nose is pure British: hops,malt,yeast: no surprise there.

The first sip sent me back 3 decades when Charles Wells Bomardier Ale used to be bottled in 6 packs with an attractive gold foil top: in 1982 $9 was a lot of money for a six pack and was only topped in price by Samuel Smiths that was sold in 4 packs.

Landlord is a distinctly hopped up British Ale that is a very nice example of the style, and makes me think that the watered down Newcastle Winter IPA that was introduced this past year was a cut rate lower case version of this strong pale ale.

The carbonation is lively but not overwhelming and the British malt coats your palate with a sweetness, while the above typical UK pale ale hop content shows up during the swallow. No alcohol detected whatsoever.

Decorated with multiple awards, Landlord is a better representation of a solid British Ale more so than other mass produced UK exports. Respect for the old school style and quality here, good effort and definitely worth a try if you appreciate what Britain has to offer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Fuller's pub pint. The pour is a clear orangy-apricot with one finger of billowy off-white head. On the nose I get some dry oyster crackers, a little must, not much hop aroma, and no diacetyl.

Nice medium body and dry flavor. It's dry without being hoppy (i.e., traditional). Flavors up front are dry and crackery with a well-balanced hop addition at mid-palate contributing a spicy complement. Finish is also dry. Good firm feel and not over-carbonated. Not overly complex or intensely flavored. Simply an appetizing beer that would be a good accompaniment to a sit-down lunch.

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Photo of dwren89
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber with a thin but lasting head. A light effervescence.
Bready malt aroma with English hops.
A good balance of digestive biscuit malt and hops.
Moderate feel.
A beer I have had many times both from the bottle and on draught.
I intend to have more.

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a very interesting aroma, with clear notes of caramel and hops. The taste is more hoppy than I was expecting. The light body, highly drinkable, and well-carbonated leaves us with a hoppy aftertaste. The Landlord is certainly a good session beer, though.

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Landlord Pale Ale from Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
91 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.