Timothy Taylor’s Landlord Strong Pale Ale
Pours an inviting orange-gold color, with strong toasted caramel aromas. This English style Pale Ale is slightly more hop forward than most English Pale Ales, yielding a more bitter finish. However, the warm, toasty, caramel aroma and flavor evokes memories of pecan pie and toasted meringue. The sharp bitterness on the finish rounds out the flavor and steers it away from being too sweet to being just right. Considering that this beer only sports 4.1% ABV, it is a wonder that there is this much flavor in such a sessionable beer.
Well’s & Young’s Bombardier
Deep reddish copper hues and a creamy off-white head accentuate the brilliant clarity that this Extra Strong Bitter (ESB) exhibits. A fruitier taste than most ESB’s that yields to a slight toffee-like malt character and traditional earthy, floral hop character are the hallmarks of this ale. At 5.2% ABV, this ESB begs to be had more than just once.
Fuller’s London Pride
An old standby from one of the iconic London breweries. 4.7% ABV and dripping with English character, London Pride pours a light bronze with a mildly fruity and herbal nose. After getting over the initial beauty of the beer, one can expect flavors of toffee, caramel, toasted apple, and earthy hop character. A fine example of the English Pale Ale style.
Designed to be served by the pint in warm, cozy English pubs with roaring fires and candle-lit windows, English Pale Ales make a perfect complement to any pub grub. Roast beef, meat pies, and roasted chicken dishes are all made better when served with a frothy pint of English bitter. If not looking to pair with a full meal, bitters make an excellent partner to mixed salted nuts. If looking to serve with cheese, lighter pale ales, such as Standard or Best Bitters, will pair well with soft, spreadable cheeses such as camembert or brie. If looking to serve semi-hard cheeses like Gouda or classic English Cheddar, opt for an Extra Special/Strong Bitter or Strong Pale Ale.