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


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RATINGS: 988   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KnutAlbert (6712) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2005
My favourite bottled beer, period. They have taken the magic from the Young’s cask ales and trapped it in a bottle, and by brewing it stronger they hav even more nuances in the flavour. The best bottled English ale you can find!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Huge frothy off white head atop a clear amber brew. Little lacing. Very piney aroma. I think I got sap on my fingers. Huge hops undertones. Wow, this smells fabtabulous. Mmm, smooth, medium bodied brew, Warms you slightly from the very instant it hits your tongue with a sweet malty flavor. Very fresh, very bitter. Nice. God I love bitter. I could drink this every day. This is goood stuff here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ComradeK (1114) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy amber gold, with a small, but long-lasting, head. The aroma is dominated by strong resin notes from the hops, with the slightest hint of malty toffee. The initial flavour is again resin hops, which fade into the slightest hint of caramel malt before returning with a vengeance in the finish, which is again dominated by bitter hops. There is a slight toffee aftertaste. A truly magnificent beer: rich, rewarding and complex. Well-worth savouring again and again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4001) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 24, 2012
bubblegum, basement aromas, spruce, hay, vanilla, licorice, amber, hazy, white foam, light sweetness, very bitter, full body, oily feel, long finish, bitter,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RealAleUpNorth (5) - - FEB 15, 2013 does not count
A perfectly balanced, strong ale. Malty, with rich fruit flavours. Exceptional , full bodied delight.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Teran (288) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 12, 2015
Dominant hops aroma, fruity taste, very nice delicately cloudy orange color, small ring of white head. Good carbonation. Full delight, never bored.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ravidesai (978) - Bombay, INDIA - AUG 28, 2001
Claims to be an iPA but tastes more like a hoppy English bitter ale. very enjoyable. nice malt/hop balance

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4773) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2001
Orange-red color, topped by a simply stunning thick-meringue head; nose full and flowery; flavor absolutely outstanding -- as many have commented, more hops than usual for an English ale, though still not a lot by USA standards-- but this is fine by me. Caramel, orange flavors seem to dominate, but there’s a lot going on. Another winner from Youngs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PorterCall (44) - (Formerly UK), DENMARK - JAN 19, 2006
Fantastic stuff. Orange amber colour slightly cloudy, good hoppy aroma, a well balanced beautiful taste. For those sad folk who have not enjoyed the pleasure of this ale get your laughing gear around it as soon as you can, lovely stuff. Would easily make my top ten ale list.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Allthatisevil (48) - alabaster, Alabama, USA - SEP 29, 2007
I picked this up @ the market after drinking the youngs special at the pub. I thought it was the same beer. I was happy it was not EVEN BETTER. I can’t wait to get to London again

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