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


on tap

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RATINGS: 960   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 27, 2005
Pours a reddish brown with a small white head. Smells like apples, esters, hops, flowers, and honey. Tastes alcoholic, sweet, and thin with a slightly dry finish. Not very carbonated with a light to medium body. I was expecting a more prominent hop profile based on the commercial deScription.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbbrew (204) - Hawaii, USA - AUG 30, 2007
bottle. copper pour. minimal head. best by date of july 2007. sweet nose, bitter aftertaste. definately a metallic taste in my bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2003
Although curiously lacking in aroma - I detected rusty iron and some grassiness, nonetheless, the flavor is rich, malty and has elements of honey and citrus. The color is a beautiful amber, head negligible, carbonation smooth and almost draught-like...nice mouthfeel. The best thing of all though is how this ale fills your mouth with spicy, herbal hoppiness English-style, the hops are present from start to finish but are elegant and well-integrated into the overall character of the beer. Heavy-handed NW U.S. brewers could learn a few things about sublety from this brew, IMHO, at least when they are trying to make an English style ale. Yeast adds a fruitiness and fullness as well. This is a fine English ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
Bottled. Have had this many times, and I am surprised I have not rated it yet. A mid brown colour with a small head. Hoppy, but not very hoppy, orangey aroma. Fairly sweet maltiness, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Pours a nice clear amber golden color with slightly off white head that shrank. Nose is hoppy and filled with sweet robust fruit flavors. Easy drinking with full body and good bitterness. The fuggles are easily discerned in this brew. Its easiness to drink makes this a new favorite, not only in its style but at its price and availability as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Pours hazy medium amber with a small fizzy white head. Aroma is or cookies, perfume and red wine, with a hint of solvent character. Flavor is well balanced but has a bit of medicinal flavor. Light to medium body, watery and softly carbonated. Not so great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillieV (197) - Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2008
1pt bottle: pours light amber color with a nice head that very slowly disapears. Mild hop flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cruzan59 (197) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2008
1pt 0.9oz bottle from Bayville Package Store, Fenwick Island, DE...amber pour, white head...aroma of malts, hops, floral...taste is hops, citrus, grass, bit metallic...really good, but the aftertaste was like wet sponge...I think I got too much sediment off the bottom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2002
Excellent beer! This must rank as the best Youngs beer i’ve had (close with double choc stout!). Its strong without being overwhelming. To me, it’s perfectly balanced, and finished with delightful toffee flavours. It look so inviting, with its dark golden colour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2003
Copper red, sparkling, thick beige creamy head. Malty, fresh, flowery nose. Medium body, bit dry, creamy. Bitter, caramel-like malty, sweet. Sweet, bitter, dry and prettty long finish.

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