Timothy Taylor's Brewery

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Timothy Taylor's Brewery
England, United Kingdom
English Pale Ale
Ranked #1
Ranked #6,237
4.1 | pDev: 10%
Oct 05, 2022
Aug 18, 2002
Notes: The drinkers’ favourite, a 4.3% classic pale ale with a complex citrus and hoppy aroma. A recent survey revealed that Landlord has the highest proportion of drinkers who call it their favourite ale. And it has won more awards than any other beer, winning both CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain and the Brewing Industry Challenge Cup four times. The ABV in bottle is 4.1%.
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Had on cask. One of the beers I wasn't getting back on the plane until I tracked down, but was surprisingly prevalent! Worth the "hunt" though, wonderful beer! The feel is super light and clean, yet never thin at all, great yeast and hop interaction. Taste is centered around grassy and leafy hops, citrus and light white bread with english yeast rounding out. Nose is more malty with the yeast, but hops there too. The wife liked it
Oct 05, 2022
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
4.1% ABV in 500 ml bottle.
Pours a bright clear copper amber colour with two solid fingers of tight bubbly just slightly off white head.
Aroma of caramel malt, bready with slight fruity/citrus note, spicy earthy hops.
Palate starts with the slight sweetness of caramel and cereal malt, a bit bready with a bit of citrus and spicy hops - earthy bitterness at the back.
Solid medium mouthfeel with bright carbonation; deliciously drinkable and punches well above the noted 4.1%.
Absolute treat!
Oct 04, 2022
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Sep 28, 2022
Rated: 4.57 by GeoDude97

Sep 06, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 23, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by TrojanRB from Texas

Jul 22, 2022
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Rated by NatsumiT

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Very good!
Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by Roejogan from Canada (BC)

Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a pale orange amber with two fingers of foamy, barely off-white head. Caramel malt and earthy hops on the nose, somewhat muted. Beautiful flavours of caramel, earthy and gently spicy hops, and a hint of toasty biscuit in the finish. Perfect balanced between sweet and bitter. Supremely drinkable and extremely moreish, so much so that I've necked this pint in a matter of minutes. Overall, wonderful stuff. God bless you England. I can only imagine how good it must be on cask.
Jun 22, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

May 09, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by chippo33 from Vermont

Jan 19, 2022
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Reviewed by scott451 from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured 500ml bottle into a pint glass. A one finger fine white head on a clear copper. Excellent head retention.
Biscuit and mild hop smells.
Sweet malt. Bready.
Very smooth and balanced.
An excellent Pale Ale
Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
500 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for around $4 CDN and listed with best before July 2022. ABV listed at 4.1%.

Appearance - Pale coppery bronze color with a small finger of white head that last awhile. Good clarity and loads of effervescence.

Smell - Light bready notes, a hint of lemon, some leafiness, all very nice and together makes for an inviting and well rounded aroma.

Taste - Light and grainy, some subtle sweetness, then some earthy and leafy hops. Citrus pops here and there. Refreshing flavors and a nice simple reminder that this is beer. Makes you want to keep going back for more.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, crisp but not overly so and finishes semi dry but perfectly drinkable and I can seriously imagine quaffing many of these in some British pub while some football is being played.

Overall - Light and easy drinking, flavorful and robust simultaneously, this is a quintessential English Pale Ale. Well worth a tipple (or many tipples), I'll be looking for more of this while it hopefully lasts on shelves.
Dec 21, 2021
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Reviewed by BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A glimmering deep gold/light copper body, not quite clear with chill haze, capped by an egg white head, fine, with good retention of a couple minutes.
Clean pale and caramel malt aromas, of grainy crackers, toffee, mild fruity esters of ripe apple.
A comforting and flavourful blend of bready, toffee, and caramel malt notes, spice hops, and light orchard fruit; deftly balanced feel, refreshing and crisp, yet somehow soft, and finishing dry and mildly bitter; medium, prickly carbonation, and medium body.

A deceptively simple brew that enthralls with just about perfect craftsmanship. It's individual components are precisely playing their role, and clearly of highest quality. This would be my go to pub beer if I could have my wish.
Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a beauty dark gold colour, clear, with a thin and whispy head. Malty and a tad sweet on the nose. The flavour of this beer is sweet, with toffee and candy-like notes, and a finish of wet fallen leaves. Very smooth. There is no denying this is a good pale ale, but I wouldn’t call it my favourite.
Dec 5 2022
Dec 05, 2021
Rated: 3.8 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Nov 28, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by nullbort from Canada (ON)

Nov 27, 2021
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Jul 2022 and served barely chilled.

Pours a clear golden amber colour, supporting roughly one finger of foamy, frothy white head that melts away within the next several minutes. Lots of sticky, messy lacing is deposited in its wake, with its remnants including a thin, sudsy cap and a creamy-looking collar - quite attractive to look at. Doughy malts, graininess and honey sweetness on the nose, with hints of toffee, orange peel, apple flesh and tea-leafy hops.

A fantastic real ale, and shockingly flavourful at only 4.1%. Bready, doughy pale malts and light toffee sweetness at the forefront, with esters reminiscent of red apple and pear; later on in the sip, I get hints of orange zest, as well as a firm dose of leafy, slightly floral hop bitterness. Remains bittersweet into the aftertaste, with toffee, citrus peel and leafy hops persisting for a moment or two. Light in body, with moderately assertive carbonation that prickles the palate enthusiastically; a little bit more of a bite than I tend to expect from this style.

Final Grade: 4.34, an outstanding A grade. As its #1 ranking would seem to suggest, Timothy Taylor's Landlord is indeed one of the best strictly-to-style English pale ales I've ever had the pleasure of imbibing. Ridiculously quaffable and delicious to boot, this is a practically flawless session ale that I could see myself returning to on a frequent basis. Sadly, I have no reason to believe that this is going to be available long term - the LCBO brings in a lot of random imports, quietly delists them, and then I don't see them again for years. The takeaway here is I'd better stock up while I can, as English ales of this calibre are exceedingly difficult to find locally.
Nov 25, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Aug 22, 2021
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Reviewed by BigMac59 from Texas

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a nice dark honey to amber with a one inch head.
Nose is not strong but the bready malt smell comes through with a touch of citrus.
Taste is wonderful. The malt is nicely balanced with the hops.
Nice carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.
Overall a excellent Pale Ale.
Aug 20, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by bad_poetry from England

Aug 14, 2021
Rated: 4.38 by Daneve76 from Australia

Jun 07, 2021
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Rated by Juboman from England

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
My "go to" beer. I will travel some distance to pubs that serve this on draught. One of the best in England.
Feb 18, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Jan 01, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by TexanintheUK from England

Dec 26, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by MacStinson from Michigan

Sep 18, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Sep 15, 2020
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours clear, tan in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is English pale malts, meadow and crusty bread. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet. Nice tasting sessionable pale ale. Reminds me of my time in England. I will get this again. Well done.
Jul 06, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by BobsBrewReview from Missouri

Jul 01, 2020
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Reviewed by MarkCairns99 from Northern Ireland

4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A truly outstanding ale, well balanced with a wonderful wheat flavour and just the perfect malt taste. The best way I can describe this beer is as a liquid version of ‘straight out of the oven’ home baked bread! Had it on draught in London but actually I prefer the more carbonated bottled ale. This beer is an old favourite of mine!
Apr 25, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Mar 08, 2020
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Feb 29, 2020
Rated: 2.75 by stephenlee93 from England

Feb 14, 2020
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Yeah, this is a good one. But if you aren’t well versed in the beer game like Raul, upon your first sip you might think I’m trippin’. But nah, this one is straight up like Meghan Fox in yoga pants. Forget everything you know about American beers. Right here is the Queen’s liquid. Aroma isn’t too pungent, but it’s there. Then you just get a delicate floral drizzle down your gullet when you take a sip. Again, if you haven’t had many beers of this style, I’m not sure you would get it. Initial shock might be some messed up Picasso. But nah, this is 100% Monet.

Get it and get it good!
Feb 14, 2020
Rated: 4.14 by rangerred from Tennessee

Feb 07, 2020
Rated: 4.13 by insouciantx from New York

Jan 01, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle code but no date
Pours a medium-low frothy bubbly head with medium retention, little lacing, clear deep gold slight amber color

Nose brings mostly English herbal floral fruity hops, light sweet malt and caramel notes, grainy toasty notes, fruity esters

Taste sweet grainy malt out front, mild sweetness, some caramel and toasted grain, good balance as medium hop bitterness kicks in, moderate herbal floral hops, black tea, iced tea, some fruity esters, bitterness starts lighter and increases to medium on the finish which is a bit sweet

Mouth is med bod, medium to higher carb which is a little high for the style

Overall pretty solid English pale, good hops, nice malts, great balance, little too much carb but that's ok, enjoyable
Dec 13, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Dec 01, 2019
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Reviewed by James94 from England

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: Clear golden colour, nice lacing patterns, good head
S: Mild lemon, hops, general fruitiness with a sweet overtone
T: Biscuit, sweet hops, bitter finish
F: Smooth, if a little overcarbonated

O: 4.25
Nov 16, 2019
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Reviewed by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Serving: Bottle
Best before: Aug-2020 (Consumed Sep-29)

It pours clear and gold with a couple fingers of beige head. Good retention, okay lacing. The aroma is bread crust, light orange peel character, simple earthy hop bite. The flavor follows suit with a slight lingering bitterness, and I do mean slight. A nice effervescence gives it a little crispness, medium body, lingering malt finish. This is a very nice beer with a good balance between golden promise malt and some hoppy fruitiness/zip. It practically drinks itself and I don't know really know what more to say. It strikes me as kind of a semi-APA-ified, crispified version of a bitter or something. It is definitely a little assertive on the hop side with a pleasant fizzy bite to keep it more refreshing than it is filling. Very nice!


Got to try this one on cask as well a few days after my initial review of the bottle and while it is obviously the same beer I was pretty surprised at how much different it tasted. The look was similar. But the rest was mellower, richer, rounder and generally better with less of a bite. While I was a little surprised at the slight bite in the bottle the cask one was hoppy without being biting and the lower carb really affected it in this way too. The rating on here (and below) is for the cask version since that is obviously how it is meant to be drunk, but I've left my bottle scores and impressions (above) for posterity. Interestingly, I felt the that feel was about equal in both, but I really feel like the difference in feel is most of what accounted for the perceived differences in the beers, so make of that what you will. This may have been the single most educational beer in my life as far as understanding perceptions and the importance of carbonic acid goes.

Oct 08, 2019
Landlord from Timothy Taylor's Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 544 ratings