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Landlord Pale Ale | Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited

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Landlord Pale AleLandlord Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Landlord is the classic pale ale, traditionally brewed using the finest Golden Promise malted barley, whole leaf hops and pure Knowle Spring Water.

Landlord is a full flavoured pale ale with a complex and hoppy aroma.

Landlord has won more major awards than any other beer, including 4 times as CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain.

Landlord is a beer best drunk between 11C and 13C.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 08-18-2002

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
5/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of Offa
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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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 bittergreg
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

when well kept, the standard for Northern bitter.

fluffy, paper white foam over hazy brass

yeast, hops, touch of malt on nose

hops throughout, fine malt backbone, creamy yeast

just a slight touch thin

drink this one all day, all night

to know a beer is to drink 5 a day for 5 days. landlord makes a strong case for a sixth day

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Photo of falcozappa
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is presented in a pint glass with a chestnut colour and a creamy white head. It takes a little time to settle, as it should. A very nutty aroma, rounded out with some malts. Although there are very minimal hop flavours in the front (a little bit of hay on the finish), the overall mild, malty flavour make this a king amongst session beverages.

This is probably my all-time favourite beer, even though EPAs are no longer my favourite beer style. I must admit that maybe some local bias informs my opinion here.

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Photo of Hawkfish
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had more than a few pints when I was in London.

Simply, the best English pale out there. THE standard.

Amber color. Great lacing.

Biscuits, stone fruits, nutty maltiness, earthy Fuggles and Goldings hops.

Medium body, perfect balance of hops and malt.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-Cask at the Bow Bar in Edinburgh. This was "reet on-form" Darren, I can assure you, but I would still like to try it in it's natural habitat (Keighley, West Yorkshire), to see if it really is "jus' dat much better dere'! A dark golden/orange/glowing pumpkin looking brew with a modest head for a cask ale that leaves patchy lacing all over my IMPERIAL:-) Pint glass! Aromas are very "tea-like" and oh-so British, with the saaz aroma hitting my nostrils hard up front, leading into a lovely warm-bread maltiness and a slightly dry floral, fruity hop finish. Very nice. Taste is zesty and hoppy up front with some nice citrus flavors that melt into a bready malt flavor that leads into a hoppy, dry, zesty and slightly bitter finish. Yum. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, and just oh-so-right, drinkability is ridiculous. I can have QUITE a few of these if push comes to shove! Yes yes, it is as good as they say it is. One of the best English Pale Ales that I have ever imbibided, and certainly worthy of it's hype! One of the best cask ales going, like for sure dude, sha-mown! Darren, when are you taking me to West Yorkshire. I'm free this weekend!

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Photo of ToneControl
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The best bottled approximation of real english Cask-conditioned ale that I have ever tasted.
It has a lovely malty smell as well as the above-average hop content. The head forms proper deep shapes, unlike typical "foams".

Occasionally, even properly chilled bottles overflow on opening, so be ready. I had a few "sour" bottles once, but 98% of the time, this has been the best buy I can find in the bitter style.

I like to pour it into the glass, to lose some of the fizz - it then tastes more like cask beer. Also - do not drink this beer too chilled - I think about 11 C is correct.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of joecast
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

finally reviewing this again. loved it the first time, but havent seen a bottle around here for ages. this one is bb 8/09 500ml and 4.5%abv

clear copper appearance with lots of tiny bubbles streaming up through the beer. big frothy white head with heaps of lacing and incredible retention.

big sweet malty aroma. lots of floral hops too. pretty intense aroma, maybe a bit too much (i cant believe i just typed that). the two main components seem to be competing a little too much with neither really coming through clearly.

perfect balance of malt and hop flavor with a nice hit of bitterness to cleanse the palate. very flavorful yet refreshing at the same time. really dont know what else to say about the flavor, its just (imo) perfect for the style. they say snpa is the standard for an american pale ale. well, this is my epa standard.

ahh. im so glad they bottle this beer, i can just imagine how good it would be on cask. after nearly five years since my first tatse, i really savored this and it lived up to, if not exceeded, my memory.

---from my 2004 review---
i dont see this often (except my homebrew ipa), but a small head starts forming in the bottle as soon as the cap is popped.
pours clear amber in color with a smallish foamy white head.
good, full sweet hop aroma.
great balance of malt and hop flavors with a nice finishing bitterness. seriously easy to drink this stuff...

and before you know it, its gone!! damn, wish i had taken better notes on this stuff, but its just too good to put down.
cant find anything bad to write about it as it has just about everything it should (great look, smell, taste), and nothing it shouldnt. so go get one, sit back, and enjoy.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a 10oz pint glass at Churchkey DC.

Head on the pour is really fluffy and white, growing large but in control. As it settles it clumps and leaves giant valleys and hills glancing up on the glass. Major clinging thick lacing, that sits on top of a gorgeous crystal clear amber orange to ruby red body. Looks just great with some slow rising tiny carbonation.

Nose is a wonderful toasty spice brown. Hints of sweet clove and cinnamon. Dry malts and a sense of crispness mixing in with nutmeg. A nutty dense character takes over, and some hiding fruit esters.

Mouthfeel is alright, missing silkiness, but perhaps that wouldn't fit this style, regardless the palate just explodes. Mild cream at first with some mild brown sugar. Hop tea finish, crisp malt and cracker strangely mix with also a sweet soft graham and also a faint dry hop sense, and some grainyness. Finish lingers, every taste gets a turn.

This beer feels incredibly large, yet in control. It's wonderfully balanced between hop, malt, sweetness, bitterness. At 4.1% the beer even seems larger than you would expect. This is a brew I feel I could just drink all night and not care for anything else. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

IMO this is simply the ultimate pale ale. It pours a golden bronze color and has amazing carbonation, a galaxy of of bubbles of all different sizes. The head is thick and solid, like wipped cream, and it lasts through the whole pint. Lacing is copious.
The smell is out of this world. A perfect blend of biscuity malts, leafy hops, and subtle fruitiness, with hints of bubblegum, banana and honey.
The taste extremely full flavored. Fresh aromatic hops and nutty and bready malts in the front with a good dose of bitterness in the finish. The yeast imparts a crisp flavor, truly brilliant.
The mouthfeel is thick and somewhat grassy from the hops, and the carbonation leaves a delicate tingle on your tongue.
this is definitely the best Pale Ale Ive ever tried. So quaffable it hurts.

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Photo of uno99
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this pint pulled for me several times on a recent trip to England. Best pint was at the Blue Bell in York.

A: Bog standard Pale Ale appearance. head is exceptionally whispy and laces well. Color is deep straw.

S: Just exceptionally balanced here. A little stone/hearth a little hops, a little sweetness, a little mushroom and a little light fruit.

T: So understated, yet flavorful and bold. The perfect social pint.

M: Nice and smooth, a little dry, but sweet center

Overall, Having this on cask for the first time was an exciting beer moment.

I wish the bottled version was good, but it is sadly lacking. It's not even bottle conditioned.

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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 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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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 Mandrake
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright and clear copper, with a very large and incredibly thick white head that lasts forever and leaves gobs of thick lacing. Perhaps the thickest head I've ever come across on an English Pale, helped by lots of effervescent carbonation billowing up from the bottom of the glass. Smell is quite hoppy for a British beer. Clean and oily Saaz hops abound, floral and citrusy, with a tropical fruity note and a hint of butter as well. The hops are definitely the first thing you notice about the taste too, but it's perfectly balanced by a rich and complex malt profile with lots of fruitiness and a slight diacetyl note that lends it a rounded smoothness and keeps it from becoming an IPA. Slick and crisp mouthfeel, with plenty of body, and fantastic drinkability make this the ideal session ale. I can't decide whether I prefer this to Fuller's London Pride, but I know that it's one of my all-time favourites. If I had a regular source for this at a reasonable price I've no doubt it would become a frequently revisited friend. As is I'll make do with what I can get, and be grateful for it.

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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 kitschiguy
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into an English pint glass.

Look - Poured a beautiful reddish gold colour with a small but nice looking fine, white head.

Nose - Amazing - very expressive and malty with biscuit aromas, some light spice. Complex.

Palate - Very smooth and well balanced. Complex malt flavours, some orange and toasty flavours and a little spice. Complex Lovely.

Mouth - good and full but not as good as some other similar English Ales.

Some lacing. Medium carbonation.

Wonderful brew. Sessionable.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Hendry
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Apricot colored and slightly murky with yeast, minimal head with decent lacing. Nose is pure British: hops,malt,yeast: no surprise there.

The first sip sent me back 3 decades when Charles Wells Bomardier Ale used to be bottled in 6 packs with an attractive gold foil top: in 1982 $9 was a lot of money for a six pack and was only topped in price by Samuel Smiths that was sold in 4 packs.

Landlord is a distinctly hopped up British Ale that is a very nice example of the style, and makes me think that the watered down Newcastle Winter IPA that was introduced this past year was a cut rate lower case version of this strong pale ale.

The carbonation is lively but not overwhelming and the British malt coats your palate with a sweetness, while the above typical UK pale ale hop content shows up during the swallow. No alcohol detected whatsoever.

Decorated with multiple awards, Landlord is a better representation of a solid British Ale more so than other mass produced UK exports. Respect for the old school style and quality here, good effort and definitely worth a try if you appreciate what Britain has to offer.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Lovely amber orange with a frothy head cobbled together of large and small, cream-colored bubbles. Body is faintly hazed like stained glass.

Smell: Luscious toffee and burnt sugar, and lots of ripe fruit - strawberry, kiwi, orange, and pineapple, plus a tinge of herbs from the hops. Subtle but very complex.

Taste: Juicy with fruit, roundly bitter with surprisingly American-tasting hops, full of grapefruit and orange. Still, this beer is refined and very English; everything is balanced excellently, allowing its complexities to really shine with each sip. White wine, pecans, cotton candy, and butterscotch come to mind.

Mouthfeel: Yummy and smooth as any good real ale ought to be; a bit sticky and thick.

Drinkability: I could drink this all night, pretty much every night. It is my go-to real ale in London.

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Photo of Trizzle
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A classic. I've been waiting for a real fresh one to review and scored today at the Windsor castle Kensington.

Dark Amber brown clear body. Lively pour and settles like a nitro (not a nitro though) to leave a good 10mm head that leaves plenty of lace. Poured into an English 'jug' looks like a proper man beer.

Biscuit malt dominates the nose. Some yeast and fruity notes.

Flavour is sensational. Fruity but not sweet. Apple, banana some pineapple and mango. Dry cereal notes. Finishes long, dry and very very moreish.

Thin malt but this is the style. Goes down easy and at around 4% is the definition of a session bitter.

Along with Youngs, this in my opinion is one of the best bitters going when fresh on cask.

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Photo of Johnor3
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25 oz bottle, nice Amber frothy foam head. Smells of spicy grainy caramel, a very inviting experience. Tastes divine, washing over the tongue gently with notes of Apple, toasted grain, caramel, honey, and that little aftertaste that whispers "have another drink" seductively in your ear. The taste is wonderfully complex, yet incredibly smooooooooooth. It feels as smooth as it tastes in your mouth. Overall I would say this English Pale Ale will be on my shopping list again and again. Timmy Taylor's Landlord Ale was recommended to me by a friend who lives near the brewery. I was very glad that my American neighborhood craft beer store had some in stock.

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Photo of bditty187
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear, tawny-gold bronze in hue, the liquid is classic looking. Slightly off-white head, at the zenith the foam was two-fingers in height. Damn this head is sticky! It slowly faded to a frothy cap, clumpy in spots. A thinner cap lasted the entire consumption, which is outstanding. The subsequent lacing was widespread, chunky in spots, unorganized but beautiful. This is a damn good looking pint!

The nose has a light tea aroma and a fair amount of butter and caramel. Light toasty maltiness too, softly woody, some hay notes, and a kiss of orchard. Firm potency, I can easily smell the nuances of this beer. Honestly, I was expecting more. It is the embodiment of a British Pale Ale, no doubt. I thought there would be a crisper hoppy aroma. My disappointment is minimal as the bouquet is well-rounded and inviting. That is all that matters.

I really like the palate. A Saaz hop bite really hits the back of the throat, it is an eye-opener. Whoa. I wasn’t expecting this based on the nose, I’m glad this beer had it in her. Spicy at the finish and sweet at the start; in the middle is a medley of hay, wood, grain, caramel, butter, dried orange peel, bread, crackers, and a vague fruity vibe way in the distance. There is plenty going on here, I understand the praise this beer gets. I can only imagine how much better this beer would be on cask. I just dirtied my shorts with that thought. The biting finish cuts the aftertaste short but that just makes me want to take another sip. This is a damn fine EPA.

Medium in body, it is a firm medium though, I like it. It isn’t fat, it is stiff. Hard carbonation; the mouthfeel fits this beer faultlessly. Stupendous!

This beer has really grown on me. I liked it. Then I really liked it. By the end, I loved it. My word… this is one tasty beer. It is the complete package, IMO. It is very flavorful, easy to drink, and low in alcohol. This is a session beer; it is the definition of a session beer, in fact. Check the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of Landlord. This is a great beer, simple as that. My sample arrived fresh from England via Howard and Lynne, thank you so much for providing me the opportunity to enjoy this beer. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at Albion in Chester, UK. I have to note that they charged me less than 2 pounds for an incredible imperial pint. This one came with much hype, which made me nervous. If so many people call it the best beer in the world, including Longbeachbum and Madonna, will my review be tainted?

It certainly is a beautiful beer. It pours a clear orange yellow with a decent off-white head, excellent lacing
Slight citric hop nose with some grains mixing around, overall it is quite sweet smelling
Floral and citric hop mix in the beginning smoothed over by deliciously smooth malt goodness.
Medium bodied and amazaingly drinkable. This one lingers a bit with some light bitterness, but isn’t overly astringent.
Note: Had this in bottle form a few times, which isn’t even in the same galaxy as having the brew fresh and in the cask. In bottle, it was very hoppy and bitter. It is amazingly smooth and complex on cask. If this was available locally, I’d have trouble drinking anything else.

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Landlord Pale Ale from Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
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