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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Reviews: 205 | Ratings: 438
Photo of DrMullet
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper/amber.
Smell is sweet malt and biscuit.
Taste is mildly sweet malt, followed by a bit of bitter citrus.
Smooth and balanced.
Classic English Pale Ale.

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

Clear deep copper gold--not pale.
Aroma of malt followed by hops--raisin toast.
Taste is well balanced, slightly bitter toasty fruit.
Nice tangy mouthfeel, but drinkable.
Overall a very good English pale ale.

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Photo of mynie
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I remember that Michael Jackson was fond of this beer, and that it's considered a paragon of English pales. I'd never seen it on an American shelf until today. It recently arrived in store, so hopefully it should be as fresh as a transatlantic voyage would allow.

Pours absolutely gorgeous. Really one of the best pale ale pours I've ever seen. Bright, appetizing amber with a large, rocky white head that's thick enough to hold up a penny.

Smells of very poppy, fruity malt and what for the style is an aggressive hop profile. It's straightforward, but very delicately brewed.

Tastes fantastic, absolutely something that could be considered a stylistic standard bearer, and a direct forefather of early APAs. Fruity, biscuity malt are balanced wonderfully with tangy, lightly bitter hops, and the body is creamy and firm. This would be a true delight on cask.

Excellent. Import price is a bit steep at 5.50 for 17 ounces, but I will probably revisit it nonetheless.

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Photo of Spike
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 500ml bottle.
L: Perfectly clear. Amber colour. Clouds of bubbles rising to two fingers of creamy head. Walls of white lacing.
S: Malt nose. Clean. No off notes.
T: Sweet, biscuity, malt base. Floral & honey hops.
F: Incredibly smooth & silky. Semi-sweet then bitter. Slight chewiness. Light carbonation. Short, lightly bitter finish. Slides down oh so easily.
O: Pouring a beer this rich and smooth from a bottle with no widget is a feat in itself even before you consider this has an ABV of only 4.1%. A classic, traditional English bitter. One of the best in the style. Super refreshing. Very quaffable. Not one to nurse and savour but intended to be drunk by the pint, in big gulps, with friends, smiles & laughter.

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Photo of Abinlp
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently had this on tap/draught in London. I'd heard of it before though I hadn't tried it. My English friend was highly excited to grab a pint for me. And I t did not disappoint. A pint of pure bitter/pale ale perfection, well...for my taste buds anyway. One I could easily drink all night. If you like the style, as I do, this is as good as it gets. I've only had two pints mind you, and I've read reviews on how it is occasionally inconsistent, so I can't comment on anything like that.

The color was a bright gold. The aroma was malty and a light citrusy hoppy smell (although I'm writing this a week after having it and that's what I recall). The taste was that wonderful biscuity maltiness that great British pale ales have in common.

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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 John_M
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the "welcome to your new home" basket I recently received from our realtor. It's been years since I last had a bottle of this, but damn if it still doesn't impress.

The beer pours a slightly brownish orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose there is considerable sweet malt, coupled with a lovely light vinegar (the stuff you get at an English pub for your fish and chips), a hint of dry citrus, and a whisper of dry sherry as well. The flavor profile is more of the same, with the sweet malt flavor forward and dominating. Even so, the finish is clean and fairly dry, with a light kiss of bitterness at the very end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, but damn if this doesn't deliver considerable flavor for such a low abv. beer.

Absolutely delicious, and it just goes to show what years of experience crafting great pale ales can bring to the table. Most of the time I want something with a bit more hoppy bitterness these days, but even for a hophead like myself, this was a beer that was easy to enjoy and appreciate. Really quite impressive.

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Photo of witster18
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Here's a perfect example of a beer that I know must be the result of the water. It's a perfectly subtle and utterly poundable pale ale that pours an amber hue, with a light whispy white head. The smell is faint citrus with peel. The taste is GLORIOUS. There's a fantastic chalkiness in the mouthfeel and some in the taste, even though it's actually an english session IPA with an ABV that may turn this into, not only the most poundable brew I've ever had, but certainly a RARE example of how a session IPA can be amazingly complex, subtle, and nearly impossible to recreate as a homebrewer. This beer is ACES! NOtes of Pinapple and lime zest. From the water, to the fermentation method, to my mouth... near perfection. Wowza. Take every American Session Ale and throw it in the trash. A weird mineralness to this one... one of the things I love about it.

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Photo of staubot
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Lots of carbonation out of the bottle. Two finger head died down pretty quick but left a nice cover. Smelled of biscuity malts with floral hints. Tastes like a solid Pale Ale with hops up from and some malts following. Slight bitterness a the end. I actually found it did not deliver enough on the smell for me to give it higher marks here. I good clean refreshing beer that meets its mark but just didnt find it "outstanding."

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

pale golden with generous foamy head, aroma is slighty hoppy with malt with a hint of pineapple, flavour is rich and rewarding,, strong malt with caramel, a little lemon, nice balance of sweet and sour, really nice beer, very drinkable.

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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 Act25
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chalky marmalade on lightly toasted dark bread
In London, it's an honor to review such a classic Pale Ale.
However, our taste is so attuned to more powerful IPAs and Stouts that a pale ale just doesnt hit the higher marks. (That's my jaded mouth.)

A - Pours a crystal clear dark amber copper with a two finger foamy beige head that reduces to a thick rim and leaves significant lacing is observed. Adorable.

S - Moderatearomas of earthy hops along with fruity yeast along with biscuit and cracker. A bit of spice and nut.

T: Taste follows smell with earthy tones. Gets sweeter and better as beer warms, with marmalade as the biscuit and cracker malts. That twinge of orange rind in marmalade on lightly toated dark bread.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and dry in the finish.

O: Infinitely sessionable. A great example of the style.

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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 Barnoloid
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An English classic. Pours a satisfying amber color with caramel tint. Nice white head that retains somewhat. The flavor profile is biscuit/cracker with some hints of pepper and tea. Fruitiness to the hops. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium to full body.

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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 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 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 Brutaltruth
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter. A brew suggested to us by our friend from across the pond---Ian, who upon seeing this mentioned it was what he often had at his local pub. Cheers mate, looking forward to having more quality brews again.

Pours a beautifully clear orange with a solid head of foam that dissipates to a thick ring and pooling layer of foam that leaves light lacing. Nose of caramel, subtle grassy hops, light citrus notes, and moderate grain notes. Flavors surpass the nose with solid sweet caramel malts and soft grain notes awash in subtle citrus flavors of orange and a touch of apple that fades to a background of lightly bitter and floral hop notes. A fantastic ale that is complex and highly quaff-able. Finishes moderately clean with a solid grain aftertaste and a hint of sweetness. Nice!


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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Amber with a low head retention. On the aroma I'm getting caramel, plum. Taste is of fruit, caramel, toffee, biscuit, cereal. Don't mind this at all.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For me, this just what I want in a cask ale. Perfectly balanced, nice light grainy maltiness with just enough hops to dry things out, and a long finish. Moreish, and lovely.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy dark straw body.
The aroma is lots of dark fruits and grain. Really nice.
The taste has a mild sweetness to start, then lemon, slightly metallic, bitterness to finish.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
Great smelling and tastes good too.

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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 patpbr
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Amber color with a foamy head, lots of carbonation bubbles and a head that dissipated quickly.
S - Grainy malts.
T - Very similar to the smell with hoppy flavors coming out.
M - Light body with a crisp dry finish.
O - Easy drinking and well rounded.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of bubbly surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Nice cereal grain malt aroma that reminds me of fresh oatmeal. And it's not sweet like fresh wort but rather has more of that straight grainy smell.

T- Flavor mirrors the aroma with a husky grain taste, slight earthy hop bitterness and biscuity malt. Extremely drinkable yet very flavorful and well-balanced.

M- Small hop bite with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- As far as the English Pale Ale style goes, this is quite outstanding. It would be tough to find a beer more tasty than this while still residing within the traditional style guidelines.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Sold amber colouration even heading towards dark amber. Streaming CO2 and a modest head of light foam that has low retention.

Smell - Funky malty smell which is bready like a half baked baguette or Dutch Suker Bole.

Taste - The flavour is pretty much exactly the same as the smell, an odd dough like flavour similar to half baked baguette and suker bole and also some mild hop bitterness that is almost invisible.

MF - Thin and mild to the point of being pretty dull. It is not bad just not exciting and a little poor for the style. Light bodied and boring.

Overall - Pretty solid and decent enough but not a particularly exciting beer.

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