Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 923   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. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Pours a nice coppery amber with a fair head. Aroma is fruity, malty and crisp like dry ice. A wonderful roasted malt character rolls into a fruit infused body that is tamed by the generous English hops. Leaves an inviting hint of a toffee/candy flavor on the tongue and throat that begs for another sip. I enjoy this brew each time. Should be part of any "high ale" afternoon brew session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Mine poured with very little head and a malt aroma. Color is orange/red. Malt flavor with a noticable alcohol that isn’t at all unpleasant. Semi-bitter citrus aftertaste. This ale has a distinctively stronger taste than most that is quite enjoyable. The English really have a handle on the use of hops that support the beer without overwhelming the malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - MAY 14, 2003
smooth nice light malt charactor, small hint of hops finnishes sweet and fizzy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewosk (137) - Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2007
A very good ale. Too soon to be gone. Nice amber color and good bitterness, which is what makes it all worthwhile. Plenty of great hop flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bosta (136) - SLOVENIA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours amber with a big creamy white head. Fruity hops aroma. Medium bodied, not to bitter, not to sweet. Can taste the 6,4% of alcohol. Moderate dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Hoppy, I don't quite pick up on the malty side that others have. Has bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2004
Cask at White Hart Margaretting Tye. This is very rare to find in cask. Full bodied and flavoured fairly sweet beer underpinned by the hops which I found to be a bit harsh. Would benefit from maturing a few weeks longer. Will be interesting to compare with the bottled version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
grikmok (132) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Poured to a dark golden ale with a thick off-white head. Aromas of hops. Initial flavor of balanced hops and malts. Slightly bitter towards the end of the pull with carbonation being the main sensation to the palate. Not a bad beer. Refreshing and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2002
Smelled and tasted a lot like apples. A little heavy on carbonation, but a good taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
locarboy (129) - USA - AUG 12, 2006
from a 500ml bottle. Nice bright copper color on the pour with a nice white head that left slowly and laced down the side of my imperial pint glass. Seemed a bit over carbonated for the style. Nice fresh hop aroma, like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh hops along with some fruit and alcohol. After such a heavenly smell I had a feeling it could not taste as good, but I was mildly surprised. A well balanced English ale that was satisfying. I’m definately buying it again.

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