Name: Timothy Taylor’s Landlord
Brewery: Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
Country of Origin: United Kingdom (England)
City & State: –
Style: English Pale Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.10%
First Brewed: 1953
The nose is citrus and floral hop perfume. The color is light amber, recalling the rich orangey brown of a Halloween pumpkin. The taste is balanced; hop fruitiness to the fore against underlying nutty maltiness. A long warming finish with a moreish bitter linger.
We haven’t reviewed a beer for a LONG time. We have just been busy, and I have been traveling like crazy. But I like traveling, so I am fine with that. There are only a few bottles left in the fridge, and this little landlord has been staring at me for a few weeks. Decided to drink it. This beer has apparently won several awards and even had the Madonna seal of approval. It must be good! Not sure she knows her way around a brewery, but I will take her word for it.
The label even says, “CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER.” I won’t get my hopes up, but am glad we are reviewing a “list” beer. Cheers!
In the Glass: The beer has a nice thin white head and a lovely orange color. The tasting notes mentioned a pumpkin. Yeah, I can see that. Speaking of pumpkins, I saw something on Facebook yesterday about pumpkin beers. NO!!! It’s still summer. Too soon for the spicy flavors of pumpkin beers. Let me have my blonde and amber ales for a few more months.
Nose: There isn’t much aroma here. I have had a few beers tonight, but nothing that would destroy my palate. I had a bottle of New Planet gluten free Blonde Ale (trying for an Untappd badge), and a bottle of Woodchuck cider. The New Planet beer was actually REALLY good. I was surprised. The lack or aroma on this doesn’t excite me. Let’s see if the flavor can.
Flavor: Whoa… That flavor was NOT expected. It’s not a huge hop flavor, but the immediate punch of carbonation is nice, and the flavors really take over the entire palate. I am getting some nice grassy notes and the finish is really long and bitter. This is ice cold, and I think will taste better cold. Because of my love for hops, I don’t typically like pale ales… They are never hoppy enough. But man, this is a really good beer.
Mouthfeel: At first, you are hit with an almost champagne carbonation that overwhelms your palate. But then, as you swallow, the bubbles calm and the bitterness takes over. I can totally see why this beer has won awards. I would drink this all day long if I could. It’s just a little bit too expensive here in the States. Hard to believe they have been making this beer since 1953.
Aftertaste: The finish is nice, and is quite bitter. Not bitters bitter, but hop bitter. They use a lot of unique, or at least to me, hops in this beer, and I am impressed with the overall complexity of the finish. The immediate carbonation is nice, but the finish is what makes me this beer delicious. I am impressed. Whoever Timothy Taylor is, please thank your landlord for me. Cheers!
Timothy Taylor’s Landlord – The bottle says: “Landlord is the classic apple ale, brewed in the traditional way from the famous Knowle Spring water, using only the finest malt and leaf hops. This full-flavored brew ha been crowned Supreme Champion Beer of Britain four times at the Great British Beer Festival; no other beer in the U.K. has on 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.”
Rating: 3.5/5 (I want to rate this a 3.75… Does that count?)
It’s been a while since we’ve done a beer. I know, I always say that. It’s like we go through phases. 1001 Bottles is questioning our existence. Ok, not really. We just can’t quite figure out what direction to. My vote was that even though stuff in the book will be hard to find, we keep trudging on. We’ll review both “off the wall” and “book” beers. So that’s what we’re doing. According to Ricky, this is a “book” beer.
I’ve been drinking some good beers tonight, so it’s kind of hard for me to sit down and focus on writing a review. But here goes. Let’s start with how it looks in the glass. It’s a dark brown-orange color, and kind of cloudy. Once again, I really know nothing about this beer, but if I had to guess, it looks like an amber. Of course, I’m probably totally wrong. It smells like… nothing. Bread, wheat, maybe? And when held up to the light, it looks a bit less orange. So I honestly have no idea what to expect. Enough speculating… let’s drink.
Ricky said it’s a pale ale. Interesting, because to me, pale ales are usually quite hoppy (although not as much as IPAs) and this one doesn’t really taste hoppy to me at all. It’s not bad, but not that special, either. It almost tastes like an amber, but there’s more of a wheat taste to it. Definitely not that hoppy. It’s not bad. It would make a decent session beer. But nothing to write home about. I might buy it again if I was looking for a session beer at a good price point.