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 Hoppsbabo
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brought a bottle out to Korea with me to drink on Christmas day.

A: Pale copper, a bit on the pallid side. Large off white head which is firm, not creamy.

S: Nothing but woody spice.

T: Woody spice, honey and a touch of caramel balanced with satisfying bitterness. The bubbles disperse on the tongue and release a lovely snap of tart bitterness. In the finish there's a soft touch of white bread, subtle citrus and some tea leaves. It's just on the right side of dry and it's perfectly balanced on the whole.

M: Spot on. A slight creaminess brought round with lively carbonation.

O: I love that in England I can grab one of these from my local cornershop for under a couple of quid. This, along with Fuller's ESB, is an exemplar of English ale, not that Newkie Brown bollocks! Recommended with a ploughman's lunch in a pub. (828 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cooper color. Poured a two fingers head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin lacy.
Faint aroma of grain and floral hops, hints of soap, smell is not bad but it’s not its top quality.
On the other hand it has a delicious and flavorful taste and a great balance between malt and refreshing hops that lingers for long. Also it is bready with notes of fruits, caramel, honey and slightly toasted malts. Very mild and sweet aftertaste.
Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
Excellent. Very pleasant and smooth beer with a high drinkability, should’ve bought at least two… (580 characters)

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

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

Photo of Yojimbo1941
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Lovely copper color with amber hues and white head.

S - Caramel malt with earthy hop undertones. Sticky, honeyed aroma carries into a slight buttery/diacetyl wave. Hint of butterscotch.

T - Very even and pleasant flavor. Medium-heavy malt and biscuit with some more honey. Light citrus hop flavor which gains momentum with each sip. Reminds me of a British mild in some ways but lighter and more refreshing. Bitterness on the back end, but in a very relaxing way.

M - Medium. Slightly sticky, coats the tongue a bit, carbonation is perfect for the beer.

O - This is an absolutely stellar beer. Definitely an under-heralded British pale ale. I would Yakuza my pinkie for the recipe. (689 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had at Spuyten Duyvil in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. A clear, dark, bronze color. Big foamy white head with some good lacing.

S. Nice and malty and hop scent.

T. It has a dull soapy taste. There's some maltiness and it doesn't have a bitter bite.

M. Smooth and tart.

O. It doesn't necessarily have a pale ale hop bite, it's dimmed, but a restrained flavor. (363 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The more I drink English Pale Ales the more I become enamoured with their relative simplicity and charm. It is as such that I found Timothy Taylor and his smiling Landlord holding a pewter tankard of what one can only assume to be the fine beverage, and I hope to be as happy as that Landlord soon enough.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: This one presents itself with a clear amber body and a 1cm off-white head that stands fairly well, don't often see head on an EPA, it's a nice change of pace.

S: Floral hops, reminiscent of Fuggles if I'm not mistaken, abound with a mix of biscuit and caramel malts and an almost bread-like yeast thrown in for good measure.

T: Sweet upfront, slight buttery diacetyl with a chewy caramel malt middle followed by floral hops. Big flavours (as long as you drink it at the temperature prescribed on the back of the bottle) for what is essentially a mid-strength, in Australia anyway, beer. The malts begin to steal the show from the hops as it warms so bear that in mind.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation, as a good EPA should be.

D: Calling it a "Strong Pale Ale" might garner some negative reaction from boutique beer drinking quarters, however one thing to remember is that compared to most EPA's this is strong in flavour. It's certainly not as subtle as many pull tap ales I've had in the UK, so in that respect "Strong Pale Ale" is befitting of this brew. The only points I would deduct is cost, again there are UK breweries that do decent (if not better) ales at a lower cost, e.g. Harviestoun and Hook Norton are two off the top of my head, otherwise a great EPA here.

Food match: This beer makes me think of the traditional English roast pork with gravy, crackling, Yorkshire pudding, peas and roast vegetables. (1,787 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was obtained relatively fresh in July and stored cold until the sampling a couple days ago.

Pretty much a quintessential example of a British pale ale - Light coppery color with an off-white, soft foamy head. Bright estery fruitiness, mellow floral hop flavor and mild and slightly earthy hop bitterness. The malts come through more and more as it warms - light toasty and sweet flavors that , while slowly bringing more balance to the overall taste, still hold a backseat to the full-on blossom of the esters. Generously carbonated, but at a perfect level, enhancing and smoothing out the ale's medium-light body. Very enjoyable, if not particularly unique.

As a side note, my immediate impression of the taste was that it bore striking resemblance to the Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith. Having noticed that both breweries are located in Yorkshire, I'm wondering if the similarities can be attributed to having similar if not shared sources for all the ingredients, including yeast... (1,007 characters)

Photo of MarkBlackout
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (281 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper coloured beer with head fairly quickly dissipating to the rim. Strong, sweet but nevertheless fresh nose which has me mostly thinking of dried fruit.

Well carbonated with a herbal hop start, sweet middle and then more bitter again as the hops reassert themselves. There's nothing unsuaul going on here, it's just very well done. Could drink plenty of this. (364 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear amber color with a finger of creamy white head, recedes to a thick collar, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Has a very nice, if slightly mild, malty aroma, very doughy and saltine cracker-like. A bit of floral hops, but the malt is definitely dominant.

T- Big malty flavors, dough, crackers, a bit of caramel/toffee. Malty and slightly sweet until the finish, when earthy, floral hops take over for a bitter finish.

M- Medium-bodied, has a nice amount of heft for the ABV, smooth, soft, creamy feel.

O- A very enjoyable, easily sessionable beer. Very glad I was able to try this. (657 characters)

Photo of tony223366
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden caramel with crystal clarity and lots of good action from the carbonation and white fluffy head with great retention. Really fluffy. Looks great!

S: Aroma is spot on for a british pale ale. I get some almost apple fruitiness with a touch of spiciness from the hops. Really clean aroma with some light grain & caramel.

T: So, so good! I love BPAs. There's a lightly toasted malt with some nice light caramel and some light nuttiness. The water really comes out in a spicy way. That fruit is present in a sweet way.

M: Fluffy and medium bodied with an even clean mouth feel.

O: Great showing of one of my new favorite styles. Clean, utterly drinkable and sessionable. Another pint please! (701 characters)

Photo of sjtmbg
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic Yorkshire pale ale. Arguably lost some of its character over the years but when well kept still a classic. Is it my imagination or is it harder to find nowadays? It used to be a standard at our local but hasn't been there in months now.

Probably not as bitter as Americans would expect for a pale ale but probably defines what it means to say "well balanced". (368 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear and red/amber in color. A thick, rocky white head forms atop the beer and doesn't budge. Lacing is thick, sticky, and clumpy.

S: Malt base of caramel, toffee, and buttery biscuit. Earthy and leafy hop scents of tobacco and garden herbs. Hints of grass and elderflower. Tea leaves and lemon peel. Bready and slightly musty yeast. Quintessentially English.

T: Wave of caramel and toffee at the outset. Subtle tastes of french roast. Grain and biscuit. Leafy and herbal hops steal the show on the mid-palate. Very earthy and oily. Garden herbs and tobacco leaves. Tea with lemon. Minerals. Earthy/chalky yeast taste in the background. Drying finish of tea leaves and garden herbs, a twist of lemon, and toffee and grain malt tastes.

M: Medium bodied. Very lush, creamy, and silky. Filling in the mouth. Mild scrubbing carbonation. Great texture.

O: If I had to choose one beer to represent the entirety of British brewing, this very well might be the one I'd pick. Damn tasty, and so quintessentially British. Flawlessly executed and infinitely drinkable. I'm glad Timothy Taylor and Co. finally relented and decided to start exporting it. (1,198 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 mrfrancis
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden orange with a puffy, creamy white head.

S: Aromas of biscuit, minerals, black pepper, tobacco, caramel, toffee, and leather fill the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, minerals, lemon, chalk, pepper, tobacco, and leather wash across the palate. The finish is exceedingly dry and earthy with complex leather, toffee, and tobacco flavors.

M: Medium-to-full in body, dry, and chewy. Carbonation is crisp, but not forceful. Very drinkable.

O: This is an excellent English pale ale, one of the best I've tried really. Bass and Whitbread have nothing on this beer. Simply a fantastic brew and a near perfect example of what traditional English brewing is all about. (696 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear reddish-copper body. Thick two fingers of tan head. A thing of beauty.

Nose is tart English malt with a solid tang of low-alpha UK hops.

Flavor is solid (but still fairly light) coppery malt with a moderate blast of earthy hops. Balanced, tasty and solidly drinkable. I get the mineral references, but this is just about the most balanced pub ale I could imagine. A quaffer for sure.

Mouthfeel is zippy and coating. Tangy and satisfying.

Overall, this is a spot one English pint. I've brewed the NB extract clone of this one many times, but never had a bottle. It's fantastic!

Can't wait to try it on cask later this summer... (637 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of cpolking
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden orange in color, almost becoming copper. There is a half inch of just off-white head.

The aroma is malty, caramel, lightly nutty, with a fruity tart note.

The taste is toasted nutty malt, caramel, with a nicely dry hop bitterness on the finish.

It has just the right carbonation to add some crispness and refreshment, but still stays dry. This is an elegant pale ale, tasty. (409 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pretty standard amber in color, short lived two finger head with minimal lacing. Smells and tastes of buttered biscuits with a lighter amount of lightly toasted white bread. Nice blend of yeasty esters with a slight herbal and woody tone overall. Light body yet very crisp and refreshing, medium carbonation. A solid home run all around as it gets really close to textbook for the style. If only there was a better head... (444 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear medium orange with a great head. Nice lace and retention.

Love this toasted malt, biscuit, burnt sugar and mineral nose.

Great version of the style. Some toasty and mildly sweet malt balanced with nice hop bitterness. A little wood, a little fruit, a little burnt caramel. Nice bitter finish. This is very nice.

Medium body, appropriate carbonation.

A winner here. I could drink this every day. A great example of what English Pale Ale should taste like. (470 characters)

Photo of SMortiL987
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clear, golden orange with a white head which started off big, then faded. The head was still there but fairly thin. Small, tight bubbles.

S - Fruity, yet clean; almost lager like. Very crisp in the nose. A touch of grainy sweetness mixed with English hops; reminiscent of a pilsner.

T - Malt sweetness quickly gives way to earthy English hops. Nice touch of fruity esters in the background mixed in with the hops, which provides a pleasant balance. A touch of caramel and slight mineral in the after taste.

M - Light body but carbonation provides creaminess and prickliness on the tongue. No detectable alcohol warmth.

O - A flavor packed English bitter for a relatively low alcohol beer. Refreshingly bitter, makes you want to come back for more. Fantastic beer that I'm glad that I finally got to have. (816 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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). (1,076 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: great clear, darker amber color, incredible frothy head to the bottom of the glass
S: milder nose but what I would expect, biscuity with nice spicy hops
T: classic British pale ale, on cask it would be incredible but in bottle it's very good, biscuity, well-balanced spicy hops
M: incredibly drinkable
O: classic, great beer (327 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a classic example of a wonderful English pale ale/bitter that packs in a lot of character and complexity into a beer of relatively low alcohol, in a manner that is all too rare. This shows that one does not need a high alcohol content to have huge complexity and flavor.

Bright, pale copper, it has a very big off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin, lasting foamy top and some very nice lace. It looks beautiful.

Aroma is wonderful caramelized bread crust, hints of earthy wood and dry leaves, yeasty juiciness, some ripe apples and herbs. Overall, it has many “field” aromas.

Taste is similar, wonderful crisp firm juiciness and spicy-herbal-flowery herb/wildflower hop bitterness, with underlying caramelly maltiness of toasty grain that lingers, and some apple bread. It is beautifully balanced, lively, engaging, and outstanding. (851 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (865 characters)

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