Timothy Taylor's

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English Pale Ale
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Ranked #3,466
4.1 | pDev: 10%
Timothy Taylor's
England, United Kingdom
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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Photo of TheDoctor
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.


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Photo of JamFuel
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber with thick, fluffy head.

Smell is crackery and floral with notes of citrus, rye and a soft sweetness.

Taste is crisp and floral with notes of citrus, rye, Saltines and a hint of honey. Moderate bitterness and supremely balanced. Taste really belies the ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a superb session beer and the epitome of an English pale ale.

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Photo of spectru
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear medium amber, white head recedes to a lacy persistent 1/8th-inch; Mild pleasant aroma, not particularly discintctive; Slightly tangy, moderately carbonated; Mild pleasant flavor; Not bad, I can see why folks would like this beer definitely a session beer at 4.1 ABV, but at $5.49 for a 21oz bottle, it's too pricey to become a regular.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a little bit of haze to the body and a finger of frothy ivory foam atop. I really like the look of this beer!

Smell: richly malty with just a dash of sweetness; hops are very light but floral in character. Mild, but enticing.

Taste: a good malt flavor with just the right amount of bread, biscuit and toast character to it. The hops are earthy in character and quite bitter; the overall effect is quite bracing. A tasty example of the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and decent creaminess.

Overall: this is a highly quaffable beer, especially at 4.1%. I'll admit that this isn't usually my style of beer, but this beer has a lot of character and balance, and I could see myself putting away a few of these, of an afternoon.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Long time want I realized recently was available relatively fresh in my market. Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Samuel Smith nonik.

Clear amber body with a smattering of champagne foam. Average retention; soapy lacing.

Bright aroma with light malt and citrus-kissed, wildflower-tinged hop notes.

Unapologetic bitterness opens the palate leading into a dry crackery finish with surprising malt complexity. Some grass and quinine emerge at times. The yeast reminds me more of a lager strain than an English ale strain.

Medium-light bodied with good carbonation.

A good example of the style, but I suspect this one is best enjoyed on cask.

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Photo of dcotom
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic English pale ale! Poured from 500 ml bottle into a Becker. Beautiful pour: clear, deep golden color, with a thick, creamy white head that eventually settled to a thick cap leaving scads of lacing. Malty aroma, with notes of biscuit, caramel, and honey, hints of fruity yeast, and a pleasant floral overtone. These carry over to the palate, with grassy hops and an exquisitely bitter finish rounding out the profile. Very complex and delicious, and quite sessionable at 4.1% ABV. This one is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Nass
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like the label artwork, it looks classy & elegant. I'm tasting slight honey, biscuit, slight bitterness on the backend, cracker, pear, slight green apple. This is the best English Pale Ale that I have had & I have had about 5 other ones, so that should tell you something & it's also the most expensive that I have had as well. I would definitely want to have this again. Cheers! A-

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Photo of bmaslakov
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very clear reddish straw body with a small white head. Chamomile, meadow flowers, and fresh cut grass are nicely supported by some lightest honey. Taste is simple and enjoyable, mildly bitter, with good hops balance. Really nice one.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.22/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L- The clearest beer I have poured in a long while. Mid chestnut, pours with small white head that clears to lacing.
S- Fresh, tricky as I believe I'm congested right now [I'll give it 3/5 as I can't judge the +ves, but detect nil negatives]
T- mild balanced flavour into dry finish. Very pleasant, no 'sledge-hammer' elements of any kind.
M- Feels light, and at 4.1% that makes sense. Refreshing on the palette.
O- Very sessionable. Refreshing, light, could fill my tank with this all evening.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

16.9 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Sprayberry Bottle Shop in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, orange amber-hued body with a medium-small, near white head.

Smell: Lightly toasted maltiness, a teensy tiny hint of diacetyl, some estery fruitiness and earthy, dried floral, herbal hop tones.

Taste: Toasted bread, a brushing of toffee sweetness. Moderately fruity. Herbal, earthy and a bit spicy. Lightly bitter. Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor has a steely hard water minerality throughout. Carbonic bite on the tingly finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation, a bit prickly on the tongue.

Overall: Not diggin' it.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle L7128 18:13. Nonic pint (imperial).

A: pours a dark copper orange with a slight haze and one finger of beige head. A little spotty lacing, not much.

S: green, dank, earthy, woodsy hops. Sweet, candied orange esters. Same smell as three frogs, as Sam Smiths IPA. Is that smell the type of hops, or just that the beer is old?

T: dry arrival, immediately hoppy and spicy. Malty light middle. Full-on earthy, green, dank, grassy, floral, bitter ending. Floral bitterness lingers. Is this a pale or an IPA? Decidedly English woodsy, floral, dank, medicinal hop character. Hops really stand out; I get less of the ester character than expected.

M: fuller bodied than expected for a 4.3% beer! Lighter end of midweight. Fairly high carbonation. Mildly astringent, as expected for something so bitter.

O: when will American brewers learn to do this? This beer is loaded with flavor and texture at 4.3% ABV. It is hoppy enough to wake up your senses, but balanced enough to pair with food, and low enough ABV to session. I expected it to be watery at this ABV, but it really wasn’t. So glad I had this. It was $5.50 for the 500ml, which is really pricey, so it is a poor value, though. I also cannot decipher the date code, so can’t tell whether it was bottled on the 128th day of 2017. If so, this is old as hell and still tastes great. I knocked off a quarter point for value and dating.

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Photo of bret717
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Pours golden, crystal clear liquid with a thin head that sticks around.

Aroma- slightly sweet crackery malt and floral hops

Taste follows the nose, with a rich malty fullness that peaks about halfway through, then floral hops come in on top of that and finish things out with a mild bitterness that lingers for a bit

Feel- light to medium bodied, crisp, easy drinker

Overall- exceptional pale ale with full rich maltiness balanced by light flowery hops.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a tumbler

Pours a deep and rich hazy amber color with a lovely full creamy off white head, lots of retention and lacing, lots of carbonation streaming up the glass's middle, love the appearance. Toasted, bready malts, spice, toffee, subtle aromas of floral and orange hoppy notes, smells promising. Follows the nose with mild hop notes of citrus and floral, great balance of malts like bread along with caramel, toffee, and a touch of spice, well balanced and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation and smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

This surprised me, great balance of hops and malts, I could definitely drink quite a few of these as the ABV is perfect for multiple servings, definitely going to pick this up again if it comes around.

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Photo of JonnyGoldsbrough
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Timothy Taylor Langford | Draft @ Fat Badger, Harrogate

Classic Yorkshire bitter. Overshadowed by boltmaker - locals still drink landlord though.

Deep amber. Inviting. Nice head.
Lacking. Nothing decernable.
Big flavor for ABV. Hoppy and well balanced. Not a complex beer.
Perfect balance of carbonation and easy drinking.
Yorkshire bitters aren’t my absolute favourite, but for its type it’s hard to beat. Balanced would be the word I would choose to describe. On a cold winters night, get cozy next to the fire and grab a pint of Landlord, you won’t be disappointed.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle.

Deep amber color and slightly hazy. A pillowy white head sits on top and leaves patchy lacing on the glass.

Very mild aroma initially, but I think I might have poured it too cold. Both the aroma and flavor really open up as the beer warms. Toasted malt and caramel, balanced by a subtle fruitiness that has an orange and almost berry-like quality to it.

Smooth finish. Light bitterness that gives it a dry feel. Medium-light bodied.

Really nice pale ale, and a nice change of pace from the more hop-forward American versions. If this were on-tap, or better yet, on cask, I could see myself drinking pint after pint of this.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark amber color. had on cask so no head as i drink

s: caramel, strawberry, and a touch of noble-like hops

t: just like the aroma. Caramel and a nice smooth (but faint) earthy hop taste

m: light mouthfeel, no carbonation (had on cask)

o: solid and sessionable. light, but has a nice flavor to it

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Photo of Charliethebrit
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I ama bit spoilt. I have had this straight out of the barrel in Yorkshire. I was in a pub there, ran by one of the best landlords in Britain (no pun intended). All of a sudden he said "ay lads, there is a new barrel of Landlord on". has a was a mad rush for the bar, I mean everyone.
Just like straight out of the barrel version, the bottled does not have much head. It is hazy, which is great, as too many other breweries over filter and take out all the goodness. Not much nose. It does have a slight caramel hint and the hops are very English, kind of subtle. So this is an easy drinking pale ale, reminds me of the real thing (barrel), but still outstanding and refreshing any time.

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Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From elcervecero. In Ikea's pint glass. Watching Game of Thrones 7x02. Odd profile that I havent enjoyed much but neither disliked. Dry, earthy and mineral. Well adjusted bitterness but with neutral flavor hops

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean gold color with not much activity. Creamy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with moderate legs. Flavors of walnuts, butterscotch, toffee, ginger, nutmeg, sweet grains and herbal hops. Slick and smooth full body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, nice biscuity feel, sharp barley and bread, ending with some leafy spices. A rich pale ale with lots of personality, good freshness and accessibility. Great maillard effect of caramel, highly sugary but quite thick on the tongue, so the balance is pretty fine. Feels English all the way, though I had better American Pale Ales, let's say it's not that hard to beat. Still highly enjoyable, this is a high quality craft.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours copper-like and with a big head, somewhat uncharacteristically for a British ale. The aroma is metallic and with some suggestions of flowers, but also a lot of toffee. The flavor is bitter upfront followed by some balancing sweetness that reminds of candied apples. Very little carbonation.

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Photo of phishgator
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 500 ML bottle. Poured a nice pale color and decent white foamy head. The carbonation was solid and the earthy hops came through. There was a dryness that I would say was probably from the hops as well. A well balanced and made english style pale ale.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a burnt orange/copper color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that slid off fairly quick. Stringy soapy lace. The aroma had some estery sweet floral hops over top of buttered biscuits, somewhat cracker-like/touch of herbal. The flavor was moderately sweet pulling the malts in front to even the keel of the overall taste surrounding the hops. Aftertaste was quaint, somewhat malty, buttery and soapy. Finish was quick and malty. The palate was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt low but expected. ABV felt good. Overall, pretty good bitter with the diacetyl controlled enough to not be distracting. Probably be a good one for Americans to give a shit before delving into the world of Bitters.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear copper color with about an inch off-white head that stuck around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like dried fruit, candied oranges, caramel, and earthiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some floralness and bready malt flavors. Nice lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I think Landlord is a good, easy drinking English Pale Ale. I'd like to try this again in the future, definitely worth picking up. I liked it! $5.39 a bottle.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle (Best Before Jan. 2018)

L- Pours a beautiful copper coloured liquid topped by a 1/2 finger lumpy white head. Good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

S- Sweet, bready malts and a nice, solid hop bite (cascade, I believe?).

T- Slightly sweet malts accompanied by a nice earthy and citrus hop presence. I'm also getting a hint of apple every now and then.

F- Silky medium body and low-ish carbonation. The perfect balance for a fine English Pale Ale.

O- I've had a ton of English Pale Ale's in my years of drinking beer, but never one that was actually from England; Timothy Taylor's Landlord changed all of that. The way everything comes together in this brew is just exceptional: The appearance is gorgeous, the aromas and flavours are simple yet punchy, and the beer itself is ultra drinkable (some might even say sessionable). If you can get it in your area, do yourself a favour a pick up a couple bottles!

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Photo of GregorioMagno
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Amber in colour with a persistent white head. Beautiful lacing.

Aroma: Rich malts, light yeastiness, light caramel and English hops.

Taste: Roasted malts, raspberries, dried fruits, biscuit, lasting, steady bitterness throughout provided by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Slightly dry, full body, lasting hoppy finish.

Overall: This is probably my favourite cask ale in the UK, highly drinkable and (thankfully) fairly common around the West and North Yorkshire pubs I like to go to!

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 506 ratings