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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:
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Reviews: 201 | Ratings: 425
Photo of bennetj17
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Medium copper color, good clarity, thin off-white foam. Definitely an English style Pale, the aroma has a good mix of lightly toasted malts and some herbal hop balance.

The flavor is where this beer really shines. Such a rich taste for a lighter alcohol beer. The toasted bread malt gives hints of caramel sweeteness, balanced by a tea-like herbal hop bitterness. The finish definitely has a nice bite and keeps you coming back for more. The beer tastes full, yet clean, and the carbonation is really nice on the palate. I enjoy how that grainy malt character strikes the tongue up front and nicely contrasts the bitter finish to give an overall awesome balance.

Overall this surpassed my expectations. I'm pretty sure this bottle had been on the shelf at least a month or so, and with that it still tastes delicious. A good change-up from the American style Pale Ales I'm used to. Going back to pick up some more of these.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Landlord is an excellent English Pale Ale, satisfying in nearly every way, from appearance to aroma, taste, and feel. The only drawback is its price point, at over $5 per pint in the US. Still, one I'd enjoy from time to time if locally available.

Pours a 1.5cm-tall head of barely off-white foam, made up of very fine bubbles, resulting in a dense mass of froth atop the body of the beer. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting indefinitely throughout the glass. Lacing is also outstanding, with thick washes of residual foam clinging to all sides of the glass, renewed with each sip. Body is a modest copper brown color, lighter at the extremities, mostly transparent (10-20% opacity) with light bringing out a solid orange hue with yellow highlights.

Aroma of cracker-like malts, unleavened bread, light caramel, and fruit-like esters (pear, orange) with a slightly dry, herbal touch of hops.

Taste is of light caramel, cracker and slightly bread-like malts, English hop characters (dried leaves, spices, fruity tobacco, orange peel), black pepper, clean fruit esters. Front of palate finds sweet, cracker and bread-like pale and caramel malts with a slight nod towards the herbal/vegetative British hop character. Mid-palate of cracker-like pale malt, slight caramel sweetness from caramel malt, pleasant herbal and mulch-like hops with enjoyably modest bitterness featuring a peppery component. Back of palate is of complex hop components: a bit of dried leaves, spicy in an herbal and peppery way, fruity tobacco, dried orange peel, and bitterness with a modest hint of the pale and caramel malts in the background. Aftertaste of moderate, but quite noticeable bitterness with a cracker-like pale malts, slight caramel from caramel malt, and orange-like ester.

Beer is medium-light in body, with enough carbonation to immediately foam this up on the palate without any noticeable fizziness, which is kind of amazing. Closes dryly, with modest stickiness remaining on the palate and lips.

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Photo of soju6
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark copper color with a small head that fades to spotty lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus , caramel malt with bit of fruit in the background.

T: Taste follows siute with a citrus nip then some caramel sweetness and bit of fruit. Nice bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

M: Medium body, crisp and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer. it’s nice to have a traditional style beer once in a while. Worth a try.

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Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Landlord looks to have strong character and a sturdy bill overall. It's a thick, deeply hazed copper-bronze color. The yellow-tinted head is strong, rising over one finger and staying for the entire session as a heavy 3/4 finger that leaves very good deposits of lacing.
The nose is earthy and nutty with mineral notes and a noble hops presence in more earthiness and a very much herbal and spicy profile.
The taste follows suit in the profile, though it has more strength, and the focus is balance. Being an English style, I have to remember not to expect a beastly-hopped beer, not to mention that it's a pale ale, not an IPA. As such, it succeeds. Toasty and earthy malts mingle well with herbal and earthy/mineral hops bitterness for an extremely sessionable beer. My only issue is the slightly metallic note offers a strange sweetness.
The medium body leans light, and it actually goes smooth rather than relying on being heavily carbonated or bitingly crisp. Crispness is there, of course, but it does lack bite a touch in the beginning; this improves a lot as the session goes on. Just a little bit of chalky dryness comes into the finish.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a deep golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that stands tall and lasts. The aroma is good. It has an excellent mix of pale and biscuit malts along with a touch of crystal malt. It's light with a bit of sweetness and plenty of English yeast esters. The taste is good as well. It has a well balanced flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a light sweetness that's enhanced with the English ale yeast. It emits a wonderful fruity character. The hop character is well perceived; grassy with a slight floral bouquet. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a real tasty beer; true to style and quite delicious.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and biscuit malts, grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops, English yeast, and a bit of fruity esters.

T - Sweet caramel and biscuit malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and floral hops, some bitterness, English yeast, and some fruity esters.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a bready and lightly bitter finish.

D - Great English Pale Ale. Great balance.

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Photo of Hendry
4.58/5  rDev +12%
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 deadonhisfeet
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Fuller's pub pint. The pour is a clear orangy-apricot with one finger of billowy off-white head. On the nose I get some dry oyster crackers, a little must, not much hop aroma, and no diacetyl.

Nice medium body and dry flavor. It's dry without being hoppy (i.e., traditional). Flavors up front are dry and crackery with a well-balanced hop addition at mid-palate contributing a spicy complement. Finish is also dry. Good firm feel and not over-carbonated. Not overly complex or intensely flavored. Simply an appetizing beer that would be a good accompaniment to a sit-down lunch.

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Photo of dwren89
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this one in England from the bottle, but poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: orange-gold, very little head, disappated quickly, hazy
Aroma: caramel malt, hoppy, strong hop esters,
Taste: very hop forward for an English Pale Ale, subtle malt background with bitter hop punch, caramel taste,
Mouthfeel: prickly carbonation, average finish,

Overall: This is a great English Pale Ale, but actually verges closer to the American style of pale ales because of how hop forward it is. Most English pale ales are more balanced and earthy, but this one definitely has bitter hops shining through more than anything. The slight caramel hints from the malt help to round out the bitter hop punch, making this a tasty brew that falls somewhere between the English and American pale ale style.

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Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber with a thin but lasting head. A light effervescence.
Bready malt aroma with English hops.
A good balance of digestive biscuit malt and hops.
Moderate feel.
A beer I have had many times both from the bottle and on draught.
I intend to have more.

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a very interesting aroma, with clear notes of caramel and hops. The taste is more hoppy than I was expecting. The light body, highly drinkable, and well-carbonated leaves us with a hoppy aftertaste. The Landlord is certainly a good session beer, though.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some mild citrus zest and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with tea-like and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a bottle from The Foodery. Poured into a balloon glass. Landlord (the bottle does not say "Strong Pale Ale," just "Pale Ale," which I suppose is because this is for the US market) pours a hazy orange-red color that shows some active carbonation, topped by an egg-shell white head that is thick, sudsy, filmy, and appears to stick all over the glass. The head retention is really good and clearly the hops used here are working!

Smells just like a true English beer! Tea-like aromas that are earthy, slightly herbal, honeyish, with big floral hops and biscuity, toasty malts contributing to the aroma in complementary ways. Very appetizing aroma.

First impression is dry, lemony and very, very little residual sweetness. Mostly a well-balanced beer that leans towards bitter. However, there are rich, bready malts that taste like fresh baked bread coming through. There are also some earthy/floral hops in the finish, that carry notes of honeysuckle and roses across the palate. The drying finish refreshes the drinker and makes one desire that next pint!

Light to medium body. Landlord has an exceptionally dry finish that gives the impression that this beer has a lighter body than it really does. Carbonation is more active than a typical cask feel, and certainly has enough gas, but veers away from being active, or champagne-like.

Quite an excellent example of an English Pale Ale. Excellent head retention, traditional aroma and a crisp, bitter, dry taste that kept warm bready malts and English hops in balance. The only way I could see this beer improving would be to ease up on the super-dry finish and leave some residual sugars behind. Overall, quite an amazing beer though.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The color when poured was of a hazy golden yellow with a orange hue, with a fair amount of white foam and some lace. The smell was of citrus, mild hops and a hint of leather. The taste had a leathery, pepper, grapefruit and a hint of sourness. Not what I expected in this English Pale Ale. I will try it again. Like so many times the palete dosen't alway work.

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Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a frothy 2" ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Caramel malt, nutty toffee, butter, toasted bread form the aroma.

Flavor reveals lightly fruity esters, bready, toasted malt, and floral hops. There's a touch of a citrus underpinning, and the finish is fairly resiny, bitter and dry.

Body is a tad full, with moderate carbonation.

Bitter hops reign, with floral and earthy notes accompanying a bready malt character, just like they should in an epa.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
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 FLima
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cooper color. Poured a two fingers head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin lacy.
Faint aroma of grain and floral hops, hints of soap, smell is not bad but it’s not its top quality.
On the other hand it has a delicious and flavorful taste and a great balance between malt and refreshing hops that lingers for long. Also it is bready with notes of fruits, caramel, honey and slightly toasted malts. Very mild and sweet aftertaste.
Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
Excellent. Very pleasant and smooth beer with a high drinkability, should’ve bought at least two…

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Photo of sfprint
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exp: 4/2013
A: a soda like rose.
S: grapefruit.
T: Grapefruit beer! But real grapefruit. Rather delicious but doesn't really remind me of a pale ale.
M: Sharper than most sodas, a nice crispness.
O: Really nice, very easy to drink. A perfect summer beer.

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
5/5  rDev +22.2%
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 Amalak
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had at Spuyten Duyvil in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. A clear, dark, bronze color. Big foamy white head with some good lacing.

S. Nice and malty and hop scent.

T. It has a dull soapy taste. There's some maltiness and it doesn't have a bitter bite.

M. Smooth and tart.

O. It doesn't necessarily have a pale ale hop bite, it's dimmed, but a restrained flavor.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was obtained relatively fresh in July and stored cold until the sampling a couple days ago.

Pretty much a quintessential example of a British pale ale - Light coppery color with an off-white, soft foamy head. Bright estery fruitiness, mellow floral hop flavor and mild and slightly earthy hop bitterness. The malts come through more and more as it warms - light toasty and sweet flavors that , while slowly bringing more balance to the overall taste, still hold a backseat to the full-on blossom of the esters. Generously carbonated, but at a perfect level, enhancing and smoothing out the ale's medium-light body. Very enjoyable, if not particularly unique.

As a side note, my immediate impression of the taste was that it bore striking resemblance to the Old Brewery Pale Ale from Samuel Smith. Having noticed that both breweries are located in Yorkshire, I'm wondering if the similarities can be attributed to having similar if not shared sources for all the ingredients, including yeast...

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Photo of MarkBlackout
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice mild brew.. there's something quite satisfying in the mouth feel that pushes this beer into top-of-its-style territory. Round..drinking oatmeal comes to mind..but the body is from the fine carbonation rather than Han any real viscosity. I think. Thanks to Rose at Stone y's!

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Photo of charlatan
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper coloured beer with head fairly quickly dissipating to the rim. Strong, sweet but nevertheless fresh nose which has me mostly thinking of dried fruit.

Well carbonated with a herbal hop start, sweet middle and then more bitter again as the hops reassert themselves. There's nothing unsuaul going on here, it's just very well done. Could drink plenty of this.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear amber color with a finger of creamy white head, recedes to a thick collar, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Has a very nice, if slightly mild, malty aroma, very doughy and saltine cracker-like. A bit of floral hops, but the malt is definitely dominant.

T- Big malty flavors, dough, crackers, a bit of caramel/toffee. Malty and slightly sweet until the finish, when earthy, floral hops take over for a bitter finish.

M- Medium-bodied, has a nice amount of heft for the ABV, smooth, soft, creamy feel.

O- A very enjoyable, easily sessionable beer. Very glad I was able to try this.

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Landlord Pale Ale from Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
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