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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 Nickls
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Lighter gold in color, with a wonderful pure white head. The lacing would not stop throughout the sample

S - Hops are the dominant aroma, and tended to overshadow the malts (but the malt was still there)

T - Great hop bitterness, and the hops were a bit more flowery in aroma. Some fruitier malt tastes.

M - Slicker mouthfeel, with a light medium body. Next to no carbonation

D - Hugely drinkable, and sessionable.

Overall, this was a great brew, and I was excited to have the chance to taste it on cask while in the UK. It was bone dry in the finish, which was a big surprise for the style. Wonderful stuff!

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Photo of WHROO
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a pot...clear crisp amber with rocky creamy 2 finger head.
Good carbonation, big lively bubbles. The head held with lacing average to good.
Aroma was sweet with caramello malts, but also a little fruit citrus (hops) & woody notes. Not too strong though.
Taste wasn't as sweet as the smell, but very much enjoyed. Malts, bits of spicey pepper & mostly the hop bitterness to finish. Considering this is only a 4.1ABV it did feel stronger.
Mouthfeel was definately alive due to the good carbonation & spices on the tongue. Crisp & definately enjoyable.
Drinkability is definately up there as well.
Looks fine, smells nice, punchy taste for a Pale Ale...crisp & now I want another one!!!

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

Thanks to my brother for bringing this from England. Was a little on the cool side but i could not wait any longer.

A - Poured out of the bottle with a fantastic head, some of which remained throughout the pint. Golden Brown color, almost clear but by no means cloudy. Lacing was fantastic also.

S - An apple smell came through as it warmed. Also could smell the main feature malts with a side of hops. Not a ton in the smell but everything was good. Reminded me of England with a classic aroma.

T - Hops are more present than a lot of English ales, very well balanced with malts for sure.

M - Carbonation was good, light to medium body. Flavors continue to develop as the beer goes down.

D - With the abv and great taste this ones a keeper. A great beer that I look forward to again!

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Photo of Antilochus
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The famous Timothy Taylor Landlord. The first beer recommended to me upon landing. Found a 500mL bottle in a Sainsbury's - best before May 2009. Poured into a stein. 4.10% abv. Between fridge and room temp.

Golden-copper body - fizzy white head, going to thin cover and collar. No lace...

Nice hoppiness to this one for an EPA. Metallic, grapefruity hop notes with sweet maltiness. Grainy. Real.

Superbly well balanced palate - surprisingly full body for the appearance with plenty of hop character. Refreshingly astringent, subtly sweet.

Damn good EPA.

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Photo of redmagik99
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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?

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Photo of kmacphail
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have only tasted this once before, however I felt that in comparrison to the other reviews on the website I must have received a bad pint. So on a recent trip away I noticed a bottle in a shop and decided to give it a try.

The beer poured nicely into the glass a orange-golden colour with a decent head that quickly became a thin film.

The scents were mainly dominated of hops, however this was a fresh smell and also had a hint of wheat, quite pleasant.

This theme continued to the taste; an initial burst of hops followed by a mild taste of spices and then followed by a further hop infusion in the aftertaste.

The body was a bit on the weak side for me, however this is a thoroughly drinkable beer. I would certainly try it again, I would like to see it on cask to give a real comparsion to the previous pint I sampled.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a rare excursion to the north I had opportunity to try one of their premier brewers. Being an ardent southerner, I have to say I was shocked at the outcome. As our barman drew the pint, the glass was full of thick creamy, sudsy head. This settled down to leave about a quarter inch thick creamy head with fine bubbles. The aroma jumps out at you: floral hop, malt. On the palate it is smooth and creamy, no effervescence despite the liveliness in pouring; full-bodied and rich, a good balance of fruity bitterness. This would be my choice to replace Alpha King.

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Photo of foles
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
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!

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Photo of MMansfield
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased bottle at Cristall & Luckett's in Bedford, NS.

Appearance: Pours a red/deep amber colour. Very clear. Fluffy white head retains very well.

Aroma: Floral, sweet & grassy. Herbal tea like hop quality. Caramel malt.

Taste: Sweet with a good dose of caramel malt. Bitterness is medium. Finishes a little dry. Quite hoppy for an English ale. Some grapefruit in the finish comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Creamy & soft. Drinkability extremely high.

Final Statement: Probably the nicest beer I've ever had from England to date. An outstanding English pale ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of emerge077
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bditty187 for this bottle.

Pours a very clear, bright copper with a one finger head that fades to a soapy cap. The lacing is a bit tattered, but sticks nicely to the sides of the glass.

Smell; mildly herbal aroma upfront, with some hints of buttered bread and a touch of caramel. There's a little hop presence in the aroma, but it's way in the background.

Taste; this is a little more hoppy than I was expecting after the aroma. The initial sips have a pretty decent hop bite, and then herbal flavors come out along with a touch of hay and bread dough. I wasn't sure how much I would like this after the first few sips, but it definitely grew on me as I drank it.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a fairly crisp carbonation, and with the low abv the drinkability is good.

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Photo of bark
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
4.94/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this 500mL brown bottle into a nonic. Best before May 08.The body was a clear, light copper color. The beige head lasted a typical length then faded to a film. Sparse, random bubbles of carbonation rose to the surface. Minimal lacing remained.

Smell was earthy and malty. Rather underwhelming at first but later blossomed fully (it was difficult to let it warm because the beer was so compelling). Floral and mildly sweet. Fresh and outdoor clean.

Taste was earthy, rspy hops (Saaz?) Hints of black tea. Spicy, leafy hops flavors. Tasty bitterness with a parching finish. Malts are present but understated. Nice, almost balanced construction. Beautiful.

Mouthfeel was wonderfully prickly. More texture than I had anticipated in a British Pale Ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured 2 fingers of frothy off-white head which took its time reducing, looking quite bumpy. The colour is a very clear and deep amber, looks to be moderately carbonated.

Smell - 4.0
There was a definite skunked smell upon opening, which took a couple of minutes to disappear (the best by date has been scratched off). Not a powerful smell, but very smooth and very nice. Scents of fruity and floral hops and a definite malt sweetness.

Taste - 4.5
I wondered why this was called a 'strong' pale ale, when it's only 4.1% ABV. Now I know; this is a strong tasting ale, particulary impressive for the low alcohol volume. Some fruitiness, bitter toffee, malt and a very bitter, hoppy finish. Impressively complex.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Carbonation is moderate. Weight in the mouth is average, but it goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability - 4.0
The low ABV scores points, but for me this is a little too bitter to want to session with. Getting through the one was no struggle however!

A truly exceptional English pale ale. I never expected to taste such strength and complexity at such low ABV (it's almost a midstrength!). It's expensive in Australia, but definitely worth it for a try. Not quite as drinkable as LCPA, but it's actually tastier, which is a great achievement.

Edit: second and third tastings have revealed that this is a remarkably balanced beer, and not as bitter as first thought (although clearly more bitter than the average EPA, which is a plus). Brilliant stuff!

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Photo of Daredevil
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very 'earthy' brew ... full-bodied, with loads of hops, however little malts to match ... a brew which accompanies food well I guess, however not the Lamb kofte I had taken in the pub in Greenwich ... perhaps an Efes lager would have been more suitable ...

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Photo of Stephen63
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light amber with creamy head that lasted a good way down the pint.

S - Hoppy, fruity and flowery aromas.

T - Very pleasant and consistent with the nose, a nice summer drink.

M - Light and velvety.

D - Strength is good for a session beer and this is a very pleasant drink that you could stick with for an evening.

Good example of a pale ale.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I just bought a case of these, expensive as they are in Australia, for the very reason that they were fresh (i.e. had been delivered that day) and I wanted to know if it's shelf life in Australian bottle shops that causes the difference in taste of this ale between Yorkshire and Australia, or if it's the shipping.

Conclusive result: it's the waves shaking up the bottles that give this beer its deeper, more harshly bitter hop taste after it's travelled a long way from Keighley.

I've reviewed this many times before, on and off BA. All I'm going to say this time is that this is still my world-favourite beer, but anyone who doesn't like it hasn't consumed it in England. The closer you get to the brewery, the better it gets.

Pity it doesn't travel that well... but it's still great.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Stewart and Rosemary for importing two bottles of my favorite english ale straight from Britain!
Clear golden orange, topped with a densely bubbled, white head. Sticky cobwebs of lace cling to the glass. Good head retention. Very soapy hop aroma, with some earthy, woodsy fuggles in the background. Biscuity caramel malt, along with some pear fruitiness. The flavor opens with sweetly toasty pale malt, a lingering, biscuity sweetness pervades throughout. Makes for a supremely pleasant aftertaste. The malt is really stellar on this one. Great flavor profile, with the perfect choice of hops to finish things off. Spicy, almost peppery, a little soapy and very saazy, with a bass note of earthy englishness. Lighter on the palate and easy drinking, but full flavored enough to be in the upper 5%, low 6% range. My personal standard for session beer. I wish I could get this at my local.

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

*** Note *** I bought this from an online importer, who were clearing it due to being beyond Best By Date. In fact, it is 9 months beyond BBD. But they assure me the ale has been cold stored during this period.

Pours a hazy pale amber orange. Dense white head that leaves an attractive lace. So far so good.

Aromas of honey, malt, spicy... almost, almost curry powder, but not quite. Floral notes. Green fleshy fruit, like apple or pear.

Flavours of honey & citrus peel. Notes of ginger powder, and toast. Very much a breakfast ale.

Full & chewy mouthfeel. Medium bitterness rounding it off, with some sticky malt.

All up, a good beer. I will aim to try a fresher model next time.

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Photo of Nermal
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a nice lasting head giving way to lacing throughout the pint.
Amazing smell - hoppy with citrusy notes, bready malty undertones coming through.
The taste is upfront with a grassy, citrus bite with a hint of toffee before a very dry, bitter, hoppy finish that lingers on the palate.
Smooth and creamy in the mouth with maybe a touch too much carbonation for my liking - I seem to remember it being better in this respect on cask. Doesn't coat the mouth but fills it easily - plenty of body for a pale ale of this abv.
Drinkinability is pretty good, though the slightly lively carbonation from the bottle makes it more manageable as a session ale when served on cask.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of norwichboy
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a large white head that reduces to a small persisting head of foam that lasts well and leaves some nice lacing. Smell of citrus hops well balanced with biscuity malt, with honey and ginger notes. Lovely soft hops to taste, with a fantastic lingering length of bitterness. Mouthfeel oily, a little thin, but very very easy to drink and very satisfying to enjoy such a well made beer.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this ale with the JW (gangrel7) Poured into a straight pints a golden bronze with nice lazy carbonation, that leaves a thick solid head, about 1 - 1.5cm. It lasts the whole way down, plenty of lacing too.
Awesome aroma. First up I get a hint of malt, then that's disintegrated by fruity earthy English hops! Yummo. Big and aromatic (Goldings?), then the hops give way to the malt again, with hints of honey.
Sweet lord! How good is this beer? Damn good. Plenty of hop flavour, but it's no IPA. The hops are perfectly balanced with the malty goodness. Slight biscuityness, yet sweet malts just pervade on through, finishing dry with just a hint of yeastyness.
An awesome beer, now I know why everyone raves about the Landlord. Funny thing is that it's a "Strong Pale Ale" at 4.3%abv...

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Photo of Absumaster
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a amber brown color with a small head and low visible carbonation.
Smell was hoppy, with some floral notes, malty backbone and some fruity yeastness.
Taste was bitter and hoppy, with some floral and earthy notes. Not as fruity as I would expect from the smell. The dark caramel malt really give the beer it's balance.
Perfect stuff.

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