Landlord Pale Ale | Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
England, United Kingdom
timothy-taylor.co.uk

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
205
Ratings:
438
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
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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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Photo of interzen
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle (BBE October 2015) into a nonic glass

Look: Very dark amber, almost coppery - fair amount of fizz in this particular bottle, so the head dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell: Quite fruity with a hit of hops and malt. Other than that, not really a lot to get hold of.

Taste: It's a fairly hoppy ale, and the hops are well up front - doesn't quite mask the citrusy flavours, but these are more noticeable in the aftertaste anyway, at least for me.

Feel: the initial fizziness didn't last long, leaving little in the way of noticeable carbonation. It's not a heavy beer by any means, and sits nicely between full-on pale (blonde) ales and porters/stouts. Fairly dry and hoppy finish, but not overbearingly so.

Overall: being a Yorkshire ale I feel I should stand up for Landlord but really there's no need to - it's a popular draught brew in several pubs hereabouts and is a deserved reputation as a good, solid pint. One of my favourites if I'm drinking out.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

I am amazed that I've not scored or rated TT LL I most have had a fair few cask pints & bottles whilst on Ba 

bottled it presents itself as a pretty average bitter but a standard really for mass produced English Ale

On Cask it can vary greatly, mainly because it has a pretty good rep meaning that some
**ahem** landlords will think the quality of the beer will make up for their lack of knowledge/ability
one of those that makes you wonder if they bottle conditioned........

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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 Jetulio
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

500 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass

Appearance......Copper /amber  beer with foamy and everlasting head colour white of 3 fingers aprox

Aroma...............   Hops, malt, bread and orchard fruits. 

Taste........ Some citric notes and then hop , touch of bitterness lasting in mouth all the time.

Mouthfeel........... medium/full body and soft carbonation

Overall............ a very recomendable pale ale, hops are present with style.

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

Timothy Taylor Landlord Pale Ale - 4.3% ABV - Purchased at The Foodery Northern Liberties in Philadelphia, PA.

A: Pours a very clear golden amber hue with four fingers of frothy white foam and lots of bubbles in the body. Sheets of lacing line the IPA glass. An impressive looking brew, almost perfect in appearance.

S: Sulphur, herbal-grassy-earthy hops, honeyed cracker, floral notes, grainy malt, orange jujube, hint of lemon, perfume. A vibrant and classically English nose. Awesome.

T: Herbal, grassy, and earthy hops, caramel, cracker-like malt, orange pekoe tea, slight sulphur, jujube, balanced and somewhat tannic bitterness with lemony afters. A delicious, nuanced bitter.

M: Medium-bodied, silky-smooth palate, crisp carbonation, spicy and prickly hop bitterness lingers long with a balanced, drying finish. Nice.

O: An archetype EPA that hits all of the right notes. I can definitely see why Landlord is considered the benchmark for the style, and I would gladly buy this again.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from 500 ml bottle into an English pub glass. Initially large off-white head that quickly dissolves down, leaving a nice light butterscotch bronze liquid, moderately bubbly and smooth on the palate. Aroma is floral earthy hops, that "forest floor" smell one can read about, with a subtle sweet grain maltiness that almost evokes "lager" in my perhaps addled mind and a grape-like fruitiness. Fairly sweet on the palate, light buttered toast and corn meal, light orange and Concord grape, with everything blurring together (in a good way). Overarching impression is one of juiciness and a front to back citric character, albeit nothing harsh or astringent. Nil alcohol taste. My example may be slightly oxidized but nothing that masks the beer's underlying complexity. Subtlety is indeed strength.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Dark amber colour with good lacing and carbonation.

The aroma is mild and of earthy floral hops.

The taste is malty and sweet with earthy floral hops and lingering bitterness. A pleasant flavour. Combining the best of English beer flavours without anything striking. Well balanced.

Overall this is very flavourful for the low avb and is a good representation of the English Pale Ale style. No one facet of the beer stands out but it's well balanced nature is its strength.

82/10

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

As an American recently moved to London, I'm still trying to find some go-to brews. I'm finding a lot of the bitters and pale ales just don't do it for me...mostly because I'm craving some fresh hop flavor per American microbrew standards. However, I've had some enjoyable, if forgettable beers in the process. Timothy Taylor's Landord is one of those. Not much nose...some hint of musty English hops and a little bready-fruityness. Overall flavor pretty good with balanced malt and bitterness. I get a little of that toasted bread characteristic others mention, but not that much. Overall, a pretty flavorful brew with good balance and full mouthfeel. However, like many pretty good beers in this style, I find it to be pretty forgettable. Kinda like a Sam Adams. That is to say, I'd be happy to drink some more, but can see myself dreaming about it at night.

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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 Chico1985
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty infamous English pale it seems, finally getting around to review it.

Appearance - Copper-colored beer with a white head. A mostly full cap is left by the end along with bits of lace.

Smell - On the faint side, but pleasant notes of tea leaves, honey, bread, light spices and fruits.

Taste - Nice improvement here, nice full-feeling malt profile of butter, toasted biscuit and toffee. Decent floral/herbal/citrus hop fix. Still getting some brown sugar-esque spice tones.

Mouthfeel - Very nice malt-driven feel while still providing some hop bitterness, light but ample carbonation, way fuller than you'd expect for such a low ABV.

Overall - Admittedly, I'm not the biggest English ale fan, this is probably one of the better examples I've had of a low ABV pale ale though. Flavor and mouthfeel are especially noteworthy considering the strength, plenty of tasty malt with a decent little hop dose as well, easy to throw back a 500ml of this.

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Photo of mcdaddyo21
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

. this great all round ale, i was well surprised with my chance purchase from sainsbury in newry, pours nice, looks well in the glass, great head retention and great balance throughout, i'm just sorry now i didnt get a few more, it will definately be on my shopping list next time

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Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass

A- pours a dark golden amber color with a small foamy white head that retains nicely long after the pour, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- subtle but complex floral and fruity hop aromas up front, underlying malt gives aromas of biscuit and caramel, with notes of bread and toasted nuts. It finishes woodsy with an herbal tea aroma, quite complex

T- big malty bill up front with highlights of caramel and toasted bread crust, there's a nice nuttiness that kicks in mid-palate with some earthy tobacco and herbal tea, fruity and floral hop bitterness on a dry finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- by far the best English Pale that I've had, nice balance of bready caramel malt with herbal and floral hop, I can see why this is considered the standard

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Photo of magpieken
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. BB Jan 15. Pours a pale amber colour with a pillowy off-white head which persisted. Restrained aroma of honey, fruity hops and sweet, caramel malt. Light sweetness at the start gives way to a mineral, light to medium bitter finish. Light to medium body. Nicely balanced and very easy drinking.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been a long time coming.

A clear copper with a dense, white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this looks spectacular. The nose is awesome. A beautiful , bready, caramel, toffee note with burnt sugar, butterscotch, honey, minty hops, a little bit of earthy hops, this is fabulous stuff. The palate opens with a wonderful balance of flavors. A prominent bitterness, fresh, earthy, mildly minty and mildly resiny is coupled with a melange of malt flavors. Toffee, butterscotch, burnt sugar, honey, and a little cotton candy are all present. Drying and bitter on the finish, there's a lingering earthy bitterness that's spectacular. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, a little higher than ideal, this beer feels great on the palate. A truly spectacular beer, I hope I get to try it fresh and on cask someday. Comes with highest recommendations.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

English pint bottle (date stamp L2306 08:41) poured into a Tulip Stout glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper. Thin off white head with some islands of lacing which eventually all died back to nothing by the end of the glass.

Smell: Floral, light metallic note, herbal/leafy hops.

Taste: Tea-like English bitter hops, nutty, hint of butter, hint of citrus and bergamot in the hops as well as the beer approaches room temp.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with some definite spiciness on the tongue that isn't carbonation. Just slightly thicker than water.

Overall / Drinkability: I suspect this beer would be far better on cask and fresh. I suspect it is past its prime by the time I got to it. Still, a full flavor English Pale Ale which I suspect would be amazing on cask. One bottle though in this case is enough for me. Went well enough with food (BLT, salad) but otherwise I view the overall experience as just ok. Drinkability was such that I finished it, but I'm not wanting another.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a 500ml bottle enjoyed chilled in a half pint glass.

The color is golden amber with gently hazed honey-like look and very thick frothy light beige cream fine bead and good retention throughout.
The smell has a lot of aroma from gentle herble hops with yeast that has light pear and sweet malt with mild caramel aroma and slight mineral accent from the yeast with a nice spice ester to augment.
The feel is light with malt up front and slight diacetyl smooths the gentle spice and medium high carbonation with a moderate amount of bitterness with semi-dry light sweet finish.

The taste is malt influenced with light sweetness and breadiness that leads to light herbal flavor from hops with light apple and pear from the yeast in the middle with hops that have a spiciness which accents the breadiness from the yeast and malt. The malt flavor also has a mild amount of caramel which blends well with the fruitiness in the yeast and contributes a slight sweet taste after the swallow. Overall I loved this -probably the best in this style of English Pale I have taste. I like the complexity for such a small beer -drinkability and worth repeated tastes, excellent flavor which is good for being a bottled English Pale.

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

From the bottle marked L2306-09:25. Sampled on May 31, 2014.

The pour is light copper-amber with a very slight haze leading up to a robust off-white head that eventually fades down to a ring. Good lacing as it fades.

Bitters are such a UK phenom and maybe it is the water but they are very distinctive as far as I am concerned. This one fits the aromatic bill with its toasted malts, UK sugar sweetness, and clean yet subtle hop bite.

Light to medium texture but smooth.

The taste is unique to Britain. I feel like saying "Jolly good" as I sip this one down. Good sweet malt character, sweetness, and a mild bitterness to end. Enjoyable.

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Photo of beergoot
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold body with a thick, big bubble foam head. Earthy, butterscotch-like aroma, caramel/crystal malt character; yeasty. Excellent blend of toasted malt sweetness with a crisp, smooth hop bitterness equaling things out. Medium body; crisp, semi-dry finish.

It always is a joy to experience a tasty yet mild ale with a relatively low ABV content. Landlord fits the bill to a 'T'. The malt sugars are warm and smooth throughout, providing a surprisingly big depth in rich, toasted flavor notes. The hops counterbalance things nicely, staying in the background for the most part, yet far from being meek and inconsequential overall; they do a nice bittering job without going overboard. If this were more readily available, it could very well become one of my go-to, session brews. A very fine ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight from the Hunger n Thirst bottle shop and into my glass, the Landlord is no longer identified as "Strong", but he and I still have business to conduct.

From the bottle: "Timothy Taylor's Est. 1858"; ""Championship Winner"; "Lanlord is the classic pale ale, brewed in the traditional way from the famous Knowle Spring water, using only the finest malt and leaf hops. This full flavoured brew has been crowned Supreme Champion Beer of Britain four times at the Great British Beer Festival; no other beer in the U. K. has won as many awards."; "Timothy Taylor started brewing at Keighley in 1858, and his business continues as a family company at the original brewery, maintaining the tradition of excellence he established."

My aggro pour created a massive three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was a button-bright deep-copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose smelled of biscuit malt and grassy hops. My mouth began to water in anticipation! I queued up the Dead Kennedys' "Let's Lynch the Landlord" as musical accompaniment and away I went. Mouthfeel was slick, almost oily, and the taste was spot-on. A beautiful blend of the malt and hops, each allowing the other to have its moment on the tongue. It was a mellow drink, to be sure, almost tea-like, but very soothing and comforting. Great lacing appeared in my glass as I drank. I feel lucky to have scored the last one on the shelf yesterday. Finish was semi-dry with the malt not being overly sweet and the hops not being overly aggressive. A nice way to begin my afternoon.

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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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Landlord Pale Ale from Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
4.1 out of 5 based on 438 ratings.
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