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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1008   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jzi (314) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VueltaBirrista (94) - Murcia, SPAIN - DEC 23, 2016
La Special London Ale presenta un color ámbar oscuro, pero limpio y transparente. Produce al verter una amplia cabeza de espuma blanca con poca retención. Huele a malta tostada, caramelo y especias picantes que también acompañan todo el rato en boca. Se ataca de maravilla. Está bien carbonatada, con mucha chispa. Sabor dulce y terroso que va dando poco a poco paso a un amargo final elegante y agradable. Una típica ale británica, con algo más de carácter y alcohol que las tradicionales pale ale, que nunca decepciona.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kauge (1871) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle from Alcostock in Tallinn (€ 2.3); BB 24.03.2017. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber with persistent creamy top. Modest malty aroma, slight yeasty spicy sweetness, perhaps hintingly buttery. Tastes malty sweet with leafy-herbal hops. Creamy soft mouthfeel, carbonation modest. Tingling herbal bitterish finish. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JZiecik (21) - POLAND - DEC 12, 2016
Aroma: malty, caramel, bread, grass, herbs(?). Appearance: golden/amber, hazy. Taste: lightly bitter, light sweetness. Palete: medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FireGlider (542) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 20, 2016
Clear light orange color with small white head. Malty and bread aroma with some light fruity and herbal notes. Light hoppy bitter taste with strong malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hrc_Cro (501) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 8, 2016
0.5l bottle. Hazy dark golden color with small, but nice looking white head. Relatively high carbonation. Aroma of fruits, bread, malt and some herbal aroma, but all of that somehow weak. Taste is hoppy bitter and little sweet and sour. Slightly watery and no alcohol present, which is weird for ale with 6.4%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
dutchbeerpages (2403) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2016
Not enjoying this as much as I had hoped. Too much of a cloverhoney feel. Great for rhe palate, but it does make it too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msbernac (2429) - Krakow, POLAND - OCT 19, 2016
Bottle Aroma-bread, cereal Appearance-amber, clear, white foam, Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AssKicker (405) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - OCT 14, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2016 Belle orange/cuivrée, mousse faiblarde qui retourne vite fait de l?autre côté de la Tamise. Nez résineux bien agréable. En bouche c?est plutôt la débandade. Genre une pils en un peu plus caramélisée. Boarf. Édit : en se réchauffant, ça tape plus dans le résineux en bouche, et du coup c’est déjà plus plaisant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Calisky (2831) - ALSACE, FRANCE - OCT 8, 2016
Couleur ambrée, légère mousse blanche. Nez houblonné résineux, floral avec caramel. Gout caramel, houblonné bien épicé, mentholé, floral. Fin amertume florale herbeuse.

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