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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
malbert (105) - odense, DENMARK - APR 19, 2002

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TipsyMcStager (1128) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
pleasant malty aroma. Pours golden brown with a slight cloudiness and foamy head. Palate is thin, very slight malts. Alcohol is not well hidden, interferes with hops resulting in a confusing finish. A slightly above average beer but not worth searching out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 5, 2003
Golden honey body with hints of red. Head is white, and medium thick. Smell is faintly sweet, spicy and hoppy. Taste is also pleasantly hoppy with an interesting array of spices that intermingle nicely with candied-malt and alcohol flavors. Aftertaste is dry and hoppy. A good seasonal ale. I'm just wishing now that I had waited until winter to drink it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Salisbury, Covent Garden, London. Brownish color. More hops than anything else. Not much to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Golden copper color with a small white head. Mild honey and malt aroma. Lightly nutty malt flavor, with a bit of hops in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Tried at The Salisbury, Covent Garden, London. Brown Coloring. Hops oh yeah... uneventful but not a bad one to try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalhead (623) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Best by date of 9-04. Light amber,little head. Mild fruity semi sweet nose. Nothin "special" about this. Good but unimpressive. I’ve had this several times and it’s always the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2004
I really did not think too much of this beer. Maybe I need to try it again, because people seem to like it. The taste was just wierd in my opinion. I really was not into it. The pour and the aroma were much better then the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Draft at DBF2005. Hoppy nose, some underlying malt. Clear golden body, small white head. Some sweetness in the flavor, ends on a bitter note.

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