Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 876   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Bottle Conditioned. Occasionally available in the cask.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Crystal malt; Fuggle and Goldings hops. Dry hopped with Golding and Target hops. Re-pitched with fresh yeast and wort in the bottle.
Young’s Special London Ale is the UK’s No.1 bottle conditioned ale. It is an unpasteurised, living beer, matured in the bottle for a fuller, more complex, multi-dimensional, fresher taste. Without artificial carbonation, the only fizz is the natural effervescence created by fermentation.
“A wonderfully balanced, deep-golden strong bottled ale, brewed from pure malt and a phenomenal amount of hops. A lively, fruity character with suggestions of banana and orange zest.”
CAMRA Champion Bottled Beer of Britain - 1999.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2008
16.9oz bottle-pours a foamy off white head and slightly hazy copper color. Aroma is light/medium malt, yeast, maybe some faint fruit-pear/citrus, then piney. Taste is light/medium malt-toffee that gives way quickly to spicy/earthy hops, some fruit, some alcohol. Good effervescence. Occasional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Special London Ale
Date: 09/05/2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta

Clear amber, whispy head, sweet malty aroma, sweet malt flavor, touch of spicy hops, nice character, just a hint of bitterness in the finish
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Date: 03/20/2007
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Score: 2.4 to 2.7

clear amber, creamy beige head, thick lace, light floral hop aroma, crisp dry caramel malt flavor with spicy hops, just a touch of sweetness from the rich malt, light bitterness lasts into the finish, a nice blend of flavors makes a very drinkable but not too exciting beer

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (10783) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Irma, Industriens Hus, Cph.
Pours hazy golden amber with a fine, staying, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, lots of malts, some toffee and good flowery hops. Medium carbonation, fine, lightly dry mouthfeel. Flavour is wonderful. Lots of toffee, a bit of burnt caramel, good, dryish flowery bitterness. A touch of metal perhaps, but the beer is maybe just served a tad too cold. Long, lingering aftertaste with a heacy hops presence. This is really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (10779) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2009
Cloudy golden with a small off-white head. Aroma of grassy hops with fruity notes. Dry and hoppy flavour with a touch of alcohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10608) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2009
50cl bottle found in fakta allerød. clear orange / light amber, small thick offwhite head. sweet, flowery, quite hoppy aroma, faint pine, faint grapefruit - very american for an english beer. nice. aroma is mild, balanced and lovely. flavor is dry, pine, flowery, hoppy, refreshing. very nice. overall definetly one of the best mainstream english beers i’ve had. thirstquencing, tasty and good ABV. nice!. ends rather discrete with a little hop bitterness and some malty flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10354) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
A malt aroma, and the hops aren’t that noticeable. Hazy apricot color, little head. Begins with llight malt, finishes with a bit of citrus and pine. Nearly chewy. Light carbonation. Really, really smooth feel. Finishes with a hint of citrus and toasty malt. Could drink this all day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2008
Clear deep golden with tiny white head. Sweet fruity with floral hops, caramel and malty notes. Ends mild bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours a golden orange colour with a big rather short lasting white head. Fruity bit caramellic and malty aroma. Flavour is fresh and fruity, dry, malty and with a slight spiciness. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10090) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Bottle. Dark amber hue with large off-white head. Good full aroma. Medium body and medium finish. Full flavor with good bitter finish. Well above average brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (10090) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2006
Bottle. Creamy white excellent mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Wonderfull heavy flowery hoppy aroma and flavor. Tastes like sommerflowers. Creamy palate. Wonderfull beer.

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