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


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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LeopoldT (90) - Lazarevac, SERBIA - MAY 8, 2011
dark golden colour, light head. frutty flavours with bananna aromas. extremely hoppy with sweet on the first sip, dry finish. medium bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jetulio (88) - Tarragona.SPAIN, SPAIN - JUN 18, 2013
500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass Appearance....... amber/copper beer with head colour white of 1 finger Aroma............... malt, esters, hops. Fresh and not too strong smell with a little touch of malty aroma Taste........ fruits and herbal in a light style, bitterness appears soon lasting all the time, Mouthfeel........... medium body and medium/soft carbonation Overall............ a very nice ale, bitterness is present in a classical English style, refreshing beer too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 4, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 A dark amber beer with a white creamy head mostly lasting. Aroma is malty, hoppy (fruity and spicy). Full body. Flavour is mainly sweet carmel malt with notes of fruit and mild spice. Dry and fruity bitter in the lingering finish. It is a very tasty beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
metsbcd (83) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 18, 2008
No idea how this beer has such a high rating. It has nearly no taste at all. Slight citrus-y aftertaste. It is very smooth, but almost too watery. Drinkable, but no flavor to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
masto (77) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2008
Hoppy flowery aroma. Hazy golden amber color and medium lacy sticky head. Sweet malty with generous flowery hops. Overwhelming dry hop finish. Balanced and original. Good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Daredevil (76) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2005 medium bodied ... earthy hops and flavors of grapfruit, pear and white pepper

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUL 9, 2003
Forms a good head and stays active. Clear, rich orange color. Zesty, hoppy spike in the aroma reminds me somewhat of my mom's banana bread, but not venture to wheat brew levels. Hop character is also assertive in the flavor, and mouthful dries quickly leaving behind a nice tingle. A good beer no doubt, but a great beer? Need to try it again, maybe let it sit for a while.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
bottle. orange pour with a long lasting white, lasting head. Light aroma of malt, light apricot, tobaco leaf and tea. Light malt flavor mixed with black tea . a tad bit on the musty side. Semi-dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 16, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 Substantial white foamy head and golden color. Light hoppy aroma. Smooth medium body. Flavor begins mildly sweet, changing to a somewhat dry and pleasantly bitter finish. Aftertaste lasts quite a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2005
Aroma: Fresh hops, creamy sweet malt, a little fruit, vanilla and butterscotch - soft and inviting. Taste: nice bitter/ full round caramalt, sweet too, best English drop I’ve tried I think - very drinkable with noticeable hop smack and a tingly zing across the palate. Long lingering bitter aftertaste - like an IPA! Will try again (next time not at 3 in the morning!). Extra points for new labeling.

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