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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1007   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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.

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3.3
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2003
Small off-white head and amber-red colour. Yeasty and hoppy(citrus, grass) aroma with a little fruit. Smooth, medium body. Taste; malty background with a yeasty and hoppy bite. Needs more balance.

3.3
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Hoppy, I don't quite pick up on the malty side that others have. Has bite.

3.3
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Citric aroma, copper color, lacey head. Initial creamy malt and lingering bitterness is a perfect match. Good beer.

3.3
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2004
On draft at the Abbaye. Great happy hour pint. A bit on the sweet side and a strong caramel (toffee?) finish.

3.3
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2004
(Best By 1/April/2005)Filtered 12oz bottle. Mild spicy nose. Clear amber body with a nice bead. Mostly malty with a subtle hoppiness towards the end of the palate. The bottle conditioned version is much better.

3.3
IslandHaole (1301) - Misawa, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2004
A clear orange color with a foamy off-white head. Hops in the nose..strong, yes...but not as assertive as the American Ales. Nice balance to it both in the nose and the taste too. A nice ale for certain.

3.3
frankR (149) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Nose of apples, thick white head, mostly diminishing. Some bland earthly tones in the body, with an uninterestingly bitter finsh. Rather diappointing.

3.3
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2004 Light amber in color with a dense foamy head. Some hoppy earthy flavour with a light bitterness and maybe some citrus.

3.3
guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Deep amber appearance with an aroma that was just a bit woody. Smooth and fruity up front, followed by a malty, slightly sweet taste. Good carbonation with a finish that was mildly bitter. (on tap at the ODBF)

3.3
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Some citrus in the aroma. Taste is crisp with a pretty good bitter hop and lemony citrus. Nothing really special, but still enjoyable.


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