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

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RATINGS: 986   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2002
Not bad but a disappointing beer. Nice bitter start but left a vinegary taste in my mouth. I will definitely try it again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2002
Clear mid-gold colour with small thin light beige head. Faint fruity/floral hops and lesser malt aroma. Start is bright, fresh and medium bodied with maybe a touch of caramel, candy, chewing gum and whiskey thrown in. This beer has more of a classic bitter type flavour than I expected. The first time I tried this I remember it starting well but ending poorly but this time I found it quite refreshing, it must have been the great outdoors. (Rated 8/5/02: Laycock village tourist car park UK)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 19, 2002
Goldend color with a medium white head. Noticable alcohol content wich makes it a little sweet. Nice hopps bitterness and overall a decent ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2002
I think this beer is a classic case of the whole being less that the sum of its parts. There’s some great grapefruit hops flavors and some nice sweet malt in here. However the flavors just never seem to mesh together. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t an unpleasant beer, it just never seems to come together in the end.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2003
milennium edition; Very much a pale ale. Crisp, clear, and clean, well balanced, however it is extremely dry. A little to dry for my tastes

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2003
Copper with a white head. Aroma is relatively sweet, with a bit of butteriness. Flavor is medium sweet, fruity, peachy. Is a touch of butter, but not too much. Some slight notes of toffee and chocolate. Medium bitterness. A well balanced beer, but nothing too exciting.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2003
Only slightly hazy copper color. Slight spice/citrus, but mostly a nice hops taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2003
Bottled at the Grey Lodge in Phila. Good beer was expecting a little more however. Hint of malt flavor the got bitter in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Orange gold with a strong white head and dry, spicy fruity aromas. Initially smooth, but leads to a pronounced, tart, spicy, and floral hop tone. There is also more fruit flavors and some caramel and crystal malts that bring a light toastiness. The finish is slightly dry, somewhat sweet, with hints of alcohol warmth, leaving a soft yet slightly cloying aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2005
Good looking amber ale with a small white head. Clear, some sediment in the bottle. Malty aroma, with just a touch of hops. Full malty taste, quite sweet, with a strong bitter finish. Good, but not as good as London Pride in the ’London’ beer category


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