Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1004   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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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.

humpah (339) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2017
0,5l bottle from Alko shared. Pours golden color with small head. Aroma of sweet fruits, citrus, malts, spices, caramel. Taste is sweet, a bit spicy, slightly bitter with medium body.

pforei (338) - USA - JAN 6, 2008
Light gold amber, moderate head. Sweet honey caramel malt aroma with plenty of lemon, orange, grass, and dusty yeast. Taste is similar with a high pitched bitter dry finish. Thin to medium body.

1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2003
draught - nice orangey gold color with small lasting head. Hopped up for a Brittish ale.

Teran (332) - 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.

Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 6, 2007
KInd of musty aroma with some hints of citrus fruits. Didn’t know what to expect with the flavor. Pours orange with a bubbly head. Looks like an IPA. Hazy. Hard to describe the flavor. The mustiness is there but somehow it finishes clean. kind of biscuity and pale ale-y. A thin and easy-drinking kind of ale.Pretty well balanced while still being flavorful. Overall I enjoyed it. A good change of pace.

foduck (330) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2002
Kind of piney hoppy aroma, golden brown like the description says. This gets a little better as it warms, some of the toasty malt flavors come through which accompany the hops nicely. However this is not really a stand-out beer. Nothing special about it, just a pleasant moderately strong ale.

BenOver (329) - SLOVENIA - FEB 7, 2016
Pours crystal amber colour with a minimum head, which seems quite stable. Aroma is bery malty and sweet, also some gentle hops cam be sensed. Taste is very carbonated, very light bpdied at first, then a veru nice sweet taste runs through your mouth and finishes with a gentle hoppy finish.

Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Hated this at first, glad i gave it a second chance. Nice amber color. Says it’s a Strong Ale, I say more of aPale with some balls. Classic English malt, what you would expect. The Hops get a little gamey as they impart an off-putting(at first) earthy hop element. Very reminisent of ORVAL with the dry hopping.

rmasa (324) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2010
Copper color, medium-sized white head; aroma of roquefort cheese, fruits and hops; medium body, smooth carbonation; sweet caramel malty flavor with good spicy hoppy finish. Close to perfection in terms of balance and a great example of british ale.

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