Timothy Taylor's

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #1
Ranked #3,605
4.1 | pDev: 9.76%
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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Reviews by RaulMondesi:
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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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jwale73
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dull, hazy burnt orange with a loose, half inch, off-white head that gradually settles into a soapy froth. Nose is biscuity, with a hint of spice and a wet cardboard skunk. There’s also a suggestion of something sweet - perhaps honey. Taste consistent with nose with a trace of something metallic towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with an assertive carbonation that prickles the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall, not sure if this beer’s past it’s prime. It’s not bad, but definitely has some qualities that suggest it may be old.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My 2000th review. Bottle. Beer that has always intrigued me and randomly found on a shelf, fresh from across the pond. Landlord pours a clear, deep orange. Attractive, tan head. Very lacy. British yeast, which smells of apples. Caramel, toffee, biscuit malt. Floral hops and just a bit of sweet citrus hops, along with woody hops. The flavor is all of the nose but less sweet and more to my liking. More bitter than I was anticipating. Woody, slightly citrusy and grassy hops. Bakery-medley malt with caramel additions. Fruity and apple-dominated yeast. Gets better as it warms because a good Brit beer isn't served cold. Far more body than a beer of such light alcohol should be able to possess. Massaging bubbles. Landlord makes me want to shout "ALE" in a British accent. This is a definitive U.K. ale to me. Cheers to my #2000; this was a cool beer for the liquid inauguration.

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Photo of HevvyMetalHippie
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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 argon
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Caramel malts and a slight hop presence... but mainly that beautiful caramel shines through on the nose
T: Beautiful malt character shone through with just a restrained hop flavour and mild bitterness.
M: Medium mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation and finishes dry
D: After drinking not much else but APAs and IPAs it was a refreshing change and the catalyst to start tasting some malt driven beers. Could see a few of these going down quickly in a session. Nothing too much in your face... just really well balanced... something i'm keen to continue to experience.

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

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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 goalie35
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wattsox
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Feb 2012.

A - Clear copper body with a fairly tightly-bubbled head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a thinner creamy head and cling.

S - A fairly balanced aroma of yeast, malt and hops; the quintessentially English ale aroma.

T - Sweet biscuity malt takes the lead on the taste with fruit notes following, but not sweet. Finishes with a bitter hit on the end that begs for another sip.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth with a briefly lingering bitter finish.

O - Overall, this is an outstanding beer which is low enough in alcohol (4.1% ABV) to work perfectly as a session beer, or even on its own.

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Photo of Beer_Dolemite
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just an amazing beer of the type, light hops, good malt balance.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of quilty
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful British ale with unexpected hop highlights. Expensive, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of dansmcd
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - creamy white head, reddish amber body, sheet lacing.

S - I get straw from a damp stable and a faint maple syrup

T - malt, toffee and honey, quite sweet at first fading to a nice bitter finish.

M - very smooth medium body, moderate carbonation

D - a terrific English style PA that provides full flavour at 4.1%abv. Great session beer.

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Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
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

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Photo of doktorhops
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Curt3
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SMortiL987
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer on a whim as a friend had recommended it. Needless to say, it did not disappoint. Up until now I had only drunk one pale ale, which I did not find very nice. This, on the other hand I found much more palatable.

It pours well, leaving a fairly lasting head, with a faint but rather nice smell to it. It is bitter to taste, as you would expect, but there is something about it I love which just tones down the bitter, especially noticable on the finish. It feels smooth going down but with a lovely crisp finish.

Overall Landlord is an excellent, well rounded bitter, with very drinkable qualities to it. I will definitely be getting this one again.

Edit: I have to say on cask everything is better, it's such a great beer when it's well kept.

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