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.

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Reviews: 205 | Ratings: 441
Photo of laituegonflable
2.6/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark orange kind of colour, good head and nice lacing. Boring, really, except for the head and lace. I always like something in lace that gives me head.

Hops and quite fruitgasmic on the nose. Nice dose of herbs, while at the same time quite sweet. Not sure what to make of it, but good characters.

Taste is hoppy on the front but kind of syrupy at the back with an unpleasant yeast character. Sort of lives up to its name (more so than the alc/vol does, bloody rort I say), but not really pleasant. Earthy, but not really rich or complex. The finish is the most complex part, but it's too sweet to be good. Mouthfeel kind of clings to your mouth.

I would expect a 'strong' ale to knock you out immediately. While this does have a 'strong' sort of flavour, it's not pleasant enough for you to drink enough to knock you out. A disappointment.

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Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Amber colour, small head that leaves a good lace. Smell of lime, a bit like something rotten, sulphur, fruits and caramel. Rough palate. Taste of toffee, sulphur, floral.

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

Nice clear orange-gold colour, with a filmy white head of tight bubbles. Excellent lacing. Minimal carbonation. Looks decent, but a little bit insipid.

Funky barnyard aroma on the nose, wet yeast, wet straw and organic leavings. Some sweet grain aromas, but the funky unpleasantness cuts through, making it smell like mould has got into the grainbags.

Quite a strong biting bitterness gushing up through the palate, overwhelming any other flavours, which are initially just a hint of sweaty malt and seltzer water. It's very one dimensional, and the hops are the grittiest type of English flavours. Can't say I'm a huge fan.

It's drinkable enough, but it's very one dimensional. Like a standard English pale with the hops up, but not the complexity I expect in, say, an ESB. Just too much of the one character. Quite a shame given some of the excellent reviews of this brew on here.

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Photo of hefevice
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, getting pretty close to use by date (3 months). Pours clear orange/amber with a good bubbly head that retains pretty well. Sweet malt and flowery hops dominate the aroma with a little grass in the background. Flavour is sweet at first, then the bitterness hits and stays around for a while in the aftertaste. Probably mild for hop-heads, but quite bitter for me. Carbonation is good and overall it goes down quite smooth. I think I need a bit more practice with this style.

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Photo of Nctide
3.22/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I wonder if there may be something off with this bottle. The aroma is a moderately sweet biscuit and not overwhelming but definitely present cardboard skunkiness. The taste starts with crackery malts and finishes with a bit of hop spice and an unpleasant metallic quality. The metal taste lessened on successive sips but still detracts from the overall impression.

After enjoying the boltmaker I was anxious to try this one. Oh well.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: standard 500mL brown bottle. I'm sure there is a lot of history behind the label, but I can't help but think it looks like a tacky, home drawn 'old boys' label that makes the beer look a bit cheap.

Appearance: pours a mid golden-amber colour with minimal carbonation. A small head pops up and settles to a flimsy cap. Great lacing - all together, it looks pretty decent but not mind-blowing.

Aroma: really not much here - a touch of English hops and some sweet malts. A bit surprised, considering the high priase from the Brits - perhaps it has suffered some on the trip over?

Taste: again comes through with a nice sweet malt and a touch of earthen and forest characteristics. Not as complex as I had expected, but certainly a very quaffable beer.

Aftertaste: the malt and earthen flavours linger for a short time, with a hint of hops bitterness.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with a low to medium carbonation.

Overall: after seeing the massive amount of love for this beer, I have to admit I was a bit let down. It isn't a bad English Pale, but I certainly wouldn't say it was full in flavour and not all that complex. Worth one every now and then, but at a cost of $90 a case ain't worth it.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation-European style slim-line brown pop top with classy, old-style label. 500 ml bottle, with best-by date of March 2012. 4.1% abv.

Appearance-Poured into a tulip pint, this brew pours a light burnt orange hue with a nice ivory cap which soon fades to a thick film with decent stick.

Smell-(I swear, though I know it’s odd) I get peachy and stone fruit notes here, whether from the hops or the yeast, I can’t say. Either way, it’s very nice. Ghost of toasted white bread in the background.

Taste-Not quite as rich/full as I was expecting, based on the reviews and the reputation of this beer. Nice malty background with some stone fruit and earthy hop flavors as well. Pretty strong, clean bitterness.

Conclusion-Not a bad pale ale, just not quite the benchmark/game-changer I was expecting. B-

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. A classic Yorkshire ale.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with good carbonation. Forms a large head of frothy off-white foam that hangs around for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with notes of yeast, faint leafy hops and a distinct whiff of diacetyl.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild bitter finish. A dominant note of buttery diacetyl, along with hints of grain, toffee, dry yeast and subtle aromatic hops. Quite dry, with a stewed hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but rather astringent. Dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter caramel malt and diacetyl.

OK, if not amazing. I've had this on cask before and remember it being better. The diacetyl hit certainly detracts from the character. Otherwise, it's well balanced and drinkable. Worth sampling (on cask if possible).

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Photo of stevoj
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A decent bitter, adequate beige head, good lacing, amber body, slight carbonation. Aroma is hops, pine and malt. Taste is fainter, but lingering palate is sharp and tangy. Delicious

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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 heygeebee
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

BB Oct 12

Pours a light copper, one finger coarse white head. Lots of bubbling.

Moderate aromas - earthy hops.

Taste is malt-driven. Biscuits, toffee, caramel. Significant hop bitterness follows, more hoppy than some EPAs.

Highly carbnonated. Unusual for style, and a certain sparkling mineral water element present.

Served a little too cold to start with. better as it warms.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with an amazingly persistent thick head.
Aroma is restrained, with sweet caramel malt, light fruity notes, a hint of honey and somewhat grassy hops.
Similar flavours with more caramel and grassy notes, some toffee and a mild bitterness.
Low carbonation and body, very drinkable.

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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 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 aeolianshredhead
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a decent amber colour with a fairly big, white head which retains well.

S- Very sweet. Interestingly, this sweetness seems to balance well with some hops. It smells of caramel, yeast, citrus and hops. Quite good.

T- For a fairly rich smelling beer, the taste just flatlines. Simply put, I was expecting a whole lot more- what with the "strong" pale ale logo. What there is on the palate is merely a touch of sweetness upfront followed by a hint of citrus and then bitterness on the back. It's not bad. But it's not that good either.

M- Feels good on the tongue which is a big plus for this style. Nice sizzle and a decent body. Not superficially light.

O- Well, this beer seems to me to be a fair example of the phrase, "familiarity breeds contempt". It has little individual character and was maybe a little boring. Still, it was reasonably refreshing and had an intriguing aroma. The drinkability on this brew was low thanks to the aggressive carbonation. But for my money, the drinkability level is right next to the appearance level in terms of actual importance. Anyway, this was a good enough beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and goldenrod in color with a thin white head. The aroma is lightly fruity....lightly malty and a bit of apple peal. The taste is balanced, clean, and refreshing. Just enough hops for flavor and balance, and complimentary malt. A bit of tartness, just under the surfance...fruit and a bit of bread. Understated and enjoyable.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a strong pale ale at just over 4% abv? not sure if that really flies, but its more of a classic bitter anyways, a well hopped and very clean beer, especially for the style. radiant bronze color with a fluffy off white head an inch high in my wine glass. the nose here is bittering hops, some golding varietal i would guess, and a sturdy pale malt base. the flavor isnt quite as nice as the nose though, very little real hop flavor, but the bitterness is there. the malt really flavors the beer for the most part, slightly stale cereals as we are accustomed to in english pales and bitters, and its all well put together and fairly priced for sure, but there is a finish to this i just dont care for, intense minerality or copper flavor, taste like a handful of coins, unflattering, and with the bitterness is a bit yucky, especially when the beer warms up. but as the style goes, this is one of the better examples that makes it to our shores. medium bodied but real easy drinking still. reminds me of a grey day in london.

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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 ArrogantB
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

500ml bottle, $5.49. I usually avoid English beers because I worry about freshness but I picked this up after gearing it's a good one. Light caramel color, decent head. Aroma is sort Of bready. Flavor is malty and pretty darn good. Pretty much what I was expecting from an English pale, not bad at all.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-cask in London:

Pours copper with a thin white, lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is a bit raw - bitter with some green apple and a hint of buttered biscuit.

The taste is herbal with some grainy malt, a touch of green apple, with an aspiriny bitter finish.

The feel is light-to-medium.

Easy-enough drinkability with more of a bitter touch than typical. Still, this had a sort of green apple touch. Wondering if this was a slightly infected batch it was coming off of. Still, it had a nice bitterness to it.

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Photo of Damian
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a cask at The Horniman at Haye's, London, England
Served in an imperial pint glass

The beer poured an absolute crystal clear, medium amber color with a small, frothy, off-white head that quickly dissipated.

Very mild nose. Slightly buttery and sulfury. Some sweet malts emerged as the beer warmed.

The flavor was surprisingly hoppy from start to finish. A touch of caramel malt sweetness appeared up front before the hops took over. The hops were eathy initially bit they became quite citrusy and bitter as the beer moved along the palate. The finish was crisp and dry with the hops turning even stronger and more bitter than before.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a soft, mellow effervescence. Quite standard for a cask ale.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer yet I did not find it remarkable in any facet. Perhaps its hoppy, American pale ale-like qualities help it earn such impressive scores.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly, if I hadn't known this was a pale ale, I would have guessed that it was some German lager. I think the toasted aspects of it are really what I notice most. That being said, not quite sure how pale ale this comes across. Nice enough beer, refreshing, but seems to be lacking in some departments while bringing a bit too much in others.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber colour with a thick and bubbly white head that stays consistent for the duration.

Strong, fruity aroma that is mainly orange and cirtus notes along with some tarty aromas and a little bit of acidity. There is some grassy notes and a touch of biscuit mixed with the malts.

Fruity to begin along with some mild acidity and tart. The summer fruits flavours are quite nice and I can also detect a bit of caramel.

Smooth with a tiny bit of acidity and a medium to full and creamy body. Carbonation is low and there is some fruity tart at the end with a wet finish.

This one was a particularly nice cask beer and a great start to the morning seeing that is was very easy to drink and had a good , lingering fruity aftertaste along with a nice feel to it that was one of the more refreshing cask beers.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a glass.

Pours great, nice thick off-white head, sitting atop a light brown/blondish ale.

Smells nice but very mild. Picking up a bit of fruit and grain but not distinct.

First sip is very mellow, mild carbonation with fruity tastes coming through but not dominating. Picking up melon and bananas, possibly some white grape.

Mouthfeel is great, very smooth. Reminds me just slightly of a Belgian blonde but not quite as smooth.

Would definitely drink again.

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Landlord Pale Ale from Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
4.1 out of 5 based on 441 ratings.
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