Landlord Pale Ale | Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited

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Landlord Pale AleLandlord Pale Ale

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 197 | Ratings: 416
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 tempest
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask in London. Not quite the complex beer I was hoping for, but still a fine session ale. Appear a hazy amber with a short white head. The taste is a more typical sweet caramel malts with sugar candy. The aroma is the real treat here with a mix of toast, toffee, and lemon rind. Certainly worth a try.

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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 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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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 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 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 Nickls
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Lighter gold in color, with a wonderful pure white head. The lacing would not stop throughout the sample

S - Hops are the dominant aroma, and tended to overshadow the malts (but the malt was still there)

T - Great hop bitterness, and the hops were a bit more flowery in aroma. Some fruitier malt tastes.

M - Slicker mouthfeel, with a light medium body. Next to no carbonation

D - Hugely drinkable, and sessionable.

Overall, this was a great brew, and I was excited to have the chance to taste it on cask while in the UK. It was bone dry in the finish, which was a big surprise for the style. Wonderful stuff!

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Photo of WHROO
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a pot...clear crisp amber with rocky creamy 2 finger head.
Good carbonation, big lively bubbles. The head held with lacing average to good.
Aroma was sweet with caramello malts, but also a little fruit citrus (hops) & woody notes. Not too strong though.
Taste wasn't as sweet as the smell, but very much enjoyed. Malts, bits of spicey pepper & mostly the hop bitterness to finish. Considering this is only a 4.1ABV it did feel stronger.
Mouthfeel was definately alive due to the good carbonation & spices on the tongue. Crisp & definately enjoyable.
Drinkability is definately up there as well.
Looks fine, smells nice, punchy taste for a Pale Ale...crisp & now I want another one!!!

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Photo of Baileyuk
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for bringing this from England. Was a little on the cool side but i could not wait any longer.

A - Poured out of the bottle with a fantastic head, some of which remained throughout the pint. Golden Brown color, almost clear but by no means cloudy. Lacing was fantastic also.

S - An apple smell came through as it warmed. Also could smell the main feature malts with a side of hops. Not a ton in the smell but everything was good. Reminded me of England with a classic aroma.

T - Hops are more present than a lot of English ales, very well balanced with malts for sure.

M - Carbonation was good, light to medium body. Flavors continue to develop as the beer goes down.

D - With the abv and great taste this ones a keeper. A great beer that I look forward to again!

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

The famous Timothy Taylor Landlord. The first beer recommended to me upon landing. Found a 500mL bottle in a Sainsbury's - best before May 2009. Poured into a stein. 4.10% abv. Between fridge and room temp.

Golden-copper body - fizzy white head, going to thin cover and collar. No lace...

Nice hoppiness to this one for an EPA. Metallic, grapefruity hop notes with sweet maltiness. Grainy. Real.

Superbly well balanced palate - surprisingly full body for the appearance with plenty of hop character. Refreshingly astringent, subtly sweet.

Damn good EPA.

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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 kmacphail
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have only tasted this once before, however I felt that in comparrison to the other reviews on the website I must have received a bad pint. So on a recent trip away I noticed a bottle in a shop and decided to give it a try.

The beer poured nicely into the glass a orange-golden colour with a decent head that quickly became a thin film.

The scents were mainly dominated of hops, however this was a fresh smell and also had a hint of wheat, quite pleasant.

This theme continued to the taste; an initial burst of hops followed by a mild taste of spices and then followed by a further hop infusion in the aftertaste.

The body was a bit on the weak side for me, however this is a thoroughly drinkable beer. I would certainly try it again, I would like to see it on cask to give a real comparsion to the previous pint I sampled.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a rare excursion to the north I had opportunity to try one of their premier brewers. Being an ardent southerner, I have to say I was shocked at the outcome. As our barman drew the pint, the glass was full of thick creamy, sudsy head. This settled down to leave about a quarter inch thick creamy head with fine bubbles. The aroma jumps out at you: floral hop, malt. On the palate it is smooth and creamy, no effervescence despite the liveliness in pouring; full-bodied and rich, a good balance of fruity bitterness. This would be my choice to replace Alpha King.

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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 MMansfield
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased bottle at Cristall & Luckett's in Bedford, NS.

Appearance: Pours a red/deep amber colour. Very clear. Fluffy white head retains very well.

Aroma: Floral, sweet & grassy. Herbal tea like hop quality. Caramel malt.

Taste: Sweet with a good dose of caramel malt. Bitterness is medium. Finishes a little dry. Quite hoppy for an English ale. Some grapefruit in the finish comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Creamy & soft. Drinkability extremely high.

Final Statement: Probably the nicest beer I've ever had from England to date. An outstanding English pale ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of emerge077
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh from London, BBE Aug 08

A huge billowing head forms when pouring, looking like a poofy, convex soufflé of foam. It also resembles whipped egg whites. Coloration is a topaz amber jewel tone, a slightly darker shade. Many rings of sticky lacing, and foam that remains until the glass is gone.

Aroma is grassy Saaz hops, that becomes more of a bready as it sits a bit.

Bready with touches of herbs and light fruit. A touch buttery or biscuity. Apple and citrus rind, mixed with a dry bitter hop flavor in the aftertaste. It lingers for a long time, which invites more sips, if not gulps. Light feeling, but very well balanced and medium-bodied. So simple, but utterly drinkable, with enough hops to keep things interesting.

Since this particular bottle came a long way to get here, i'm trying to sip slowly and savor it. It's possibly the most memorable British ale i've had. This is the first thing i'll be looking for on cask when I finally make it to the UK.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bditty187 for this bottle.

Pours a very clear, bright copper with a one finger head that fades to a soapy cap. The lacing is a bit tattered, but sticks nicely to the sides of the glass.

Smell; mildly herbal aroma upfront, with some hints of buttered bread and a touch of caramel. There's a little hop presence in the aroma, but it's way in the background.

Taste; this is a little more hoppy than I was expecting after the aroma. The initial sips have a pretty decent hop bite, and then herbal flavors come out along with a touch of hay and bread dough. I wasn't sure how much I would like this after the first few sips, but it definitely grew on me as I drank it.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a fairly crisp carbonation, and with the low abv the drinkability is good.

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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 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 LittleCreature
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured 2 fingers of frothy off-white head which took its time reducing, looking quite bumpy. The colour is a very clear and deep amber, looks to be moderately carbonated.

Smell - 4.0
There was a definite skunked smell upon opening, which took a couple of minutes to disappear (the best by date has been scratched off). Not a powerful smell, but very smooth and very nice. Scents of fruity and floral hops and a definite malt sweetness.

Taste - 4.5
I wondered why this was called a 'strong' pale ale, when it's only 4.1% ABV. Now I know; this is a strong tasting ale, particulary impressive for the low alcohol volume. Some fruitiness, bitter toffee, malt and a very bitter, hoppy finish. Impressively complex.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Carbonation is moderate. Weight in the mouth is average, but it goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability - 4.0
The low ABV scores points, but for me this is a little too bitter to want to session with. Getting through the one was no struggle however!

A truly exceptional English pale ale. I never expected to taste such strength and complexity at such low ABV (it's almost a midstrength!). It's expensive in Australia, but definitely worth it for a try. Not quite as drinkable as LCPA, but it's actually tastier, which is a great achievement.

Edit: second and third tastings have revealed that this is a remarkably balanced beer, and not as bitter as first thought (although clearly more bitter than the average EPA, which is a plus). Brilliant stuff!

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Photo of Daredevil
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very 'earthy' brew ... full-bodied, with loads of hops, however little malts to match ... a brew which accompanies food well I guess, however not the Lamb kofte I had taken in the pub in Greenwich ... perhaps an Efes lager would have been more suitable ...

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Photo of Stephen63
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light amber with creamy head that lasted a good way down the pint.

S - Hoppy, fruity and flowery aromas.

T - Very pleasant and consistent with the nose, a nice summer drink.

M - Light and velvety.

D - Strength is good for a session beer and this is a very pleasant drink that you could stick with for an evening.

Good example of a pale ale.

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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 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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Landlord Pale Ale from Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
4.1 out of 5 based on 416 ratings.
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