Sunday, September 2, 2012

Timothy Taylor: Landlord Strong Pale Ale Review

Well, here goes for my first beer review. I looked into some other reviews to get an idea of what a review for a beer looks like and I found some good layout ideas, so here goes.

Beer: Timothy Taylor: Landlord Strong Pale Ale

Glass: Hefeweizengläser -- The only glass I had that fit it all in. Here's another image of the one I used. Note that this isn't the beer I tested, it's just an image of the glass. To remind you of the beer, here's another image of the bottle.

Color: Clear and red or amber in color. A thick, rocky, white head forms atop the beer and doesn't budge through drinking. Lacing is thick, sticky, and clumpy.

Sent: Malt base of caramel, toffee, and buttery biscuit. Earthy and leafy hop scents of tobacco and garden herbs. Tea leaves and lemon peel. Bready and slightly musty yeast. Fruity aroma that is mainly orange and citrus notes along with some tarty aromas and a little bit of acidity. There is some grassy notes.

Taste: Wave of caramel and toffee at the outset. Subtle coffee flavors, tastes of french roast. Grain and biscuit. Leafy and herbal hops are more prominent on the mid-palate. Very earthy and oily. Garden herbs and tobacco leaves. Tea with lemon. Minerals. Earthy/chalky yeast taste in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very lush, creamy, and silky. Filling in the mouth. Mild scrubbing carbonation. It has just the right carbonation to add some crispness and refreshment, but still stays dry. No detectable alcohol warmth. Great texture.

Overall: This one was a particularly nice beer and a great start to the morning seeing that is was very easy to drink and had a good, lingering fruity aftertaste along with a nice feel to it that was one of the more refreshing I've had.

That Shelton Brothers waited nearly 15 years to import Timothy Taylor Landlord to American soil should be enough to pique any brewer’s interest. Now the company has distributors in all 50 states, so it shouldn't be too tough to get your hands on a bottle anymore. Once tried, this highly drinkable English pale ale is worth coming back to again and again.

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