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Young's Dirty Dick's Ale - Young & Co Brewery PLC

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Young's Dirty Dick's AleYoung's Dirty Dick's Ale

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198 Ratings

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Young & Co Brewery PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Retired following re-location of Young's brewing operation to Bedford (09/2006)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-14-2001)
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Ratings: 198 | Reviews: 187 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Dusty278:
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2.88/5  rDev -21.7%

Appearance - amber, nice head, lacing left

Aroma - grainy, is that metal?

Taste - Nice start, malty, caramel roastiness. Balanced with hops but I'm getting a bit of a metal taste that took away from the taste overall.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, a bit thin.

Drinkability - a fairly good session beer, good and bad points.

09-17-2008 05:02:20 | More by Dusty278
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

Relatively easy to find and thats good so we can taste a good tradiomal brown ale.Good rich brown/amber color,quite a head for the style I rhink but it goes real quick.Toffee is very prevalent in the aroma(Ifind a lotta English dark ales have that trait),along with some biscuit malt.Malty sweet with some hop to throw in there.Real easy to drink I like that the most with this,and its not watery!

03-21-2003 06:53:44 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance – Clear, dark orange body with a huge head that went down moderately and laced the glass.

Smell – This smells like the billing: a mild, maltry ale. It’s almost like a macro in strength, but there’s a bit more quality to the aroma.

Taste – Yes, this one is very mild. There’s a sweetness that I can’t quite make out and a hint of bitter hopping, but mostly the toasty malt tones lead the way here. Again, I should stress, the flavors are very mild.

Mouthfeel – Light, fluffy carbonation fills the mouth. I thought this was the one weak spot of the beer.

Drinkability – This went down well, mostly due to its effective mix of light malts, some sweetness, and a tinge of hop bitterness. I wouldn’t choose to buy it again, but others might enjoy it.

09-04-2003 00:47:12 | More by RoyalT
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.23/5  rDev -12.2%

This was a nice red/orange color with a thick white head, and some slight lacing. It had a fresh, grainy odor, with a little spiciness to it. Actually a pretty good taste, with some initial sweet/hoppiness, followed by a pleasantly bitter hops taste. A pretty good beer, not outstanding, and certainly not bad

04-01-2006 14:16:58 | More by lordofthewiens
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Presentation: 500ml custom Young's brown bottle. No recognizeable freshness date. Stated to be release in March-April of 2000, on the website.

Appearance: Clear ruby/brown/amber with a very healthy, frothy, creamy, off-white head that sticks to the glass.

Smell: A slighy musty smell with a pleasant aroma of hop leaf and malt.

Taste: Light to medium bodied with some malt chewiness. Creamy on the palate, a bit oily (hops). Malt is a bit thinner than most Young brews, but it's still rather complex with light roasted flavours, mild sweetness and a background toasted malt flavour. Yeast flavours are a bit more pronounced coming thru as bready. It mixes well with an earthy raw hop leaf flavour. Hop bitterness complements the level of malt character by providing just the right amount of bitterness to balance. Aftertastes of residual earth/yeast notes and oil notes on the upper mouth.

Notes: 4.1%abv. This is a perfect session ale. Nothing about it is overpowering or stands out as a tastebud landmark, yet it really hits the spot and leaves plenty of room for more. Most enjoyable.

The brew is named after Young's famous pub in Bishopsgate, London, which celebrated its 250th anniversary in 1995. Dirty Dick, whose real name was Nathanial Bentley, was an 18th century regular at the pub, whose reluctance to wash became legendary.

01-14-2001 14:07:03 | More by Todd
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New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

Sampled: Bottle, cellar temperature, pint glass

Deep amber color, fluffy head that thins out quickly to a thin white layer that likes the side of the glass. Caramel malt and toasty/biscuity aroma. Very nice.

I have to agree almost entirely with the previous review as far as flavor profile - he nailed it. Very flavorful for its strength. A touch more bitterness would make it an ideal session beer to my taste. As is, I'd only drink a dozen as opposed to fifteen... <g>

03-31-2002 01:16:33 | More by sponberg
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

This English Mild pours a clear copper body with a small, but lasting, offwhite head. Active carbonation is apparent and a moderate amount of patch lacing is left on the pint glass.
Aroma is well balanced between sweet ale malts and floral hops.
Mouthfeel is light medium bodied, with even carbonation and a refreshing smoothness. Slight mineral note seems to be calcium.
Very British in taste, with subdued caramel sweetness and leafy floral hop bitterness. Nice balance. Bready malt notes work very well with the floral hops bittering.
Clean and refreshing. Perfect with a few slices of sharp cheddar cheese. Very sessionable with the low abv, but priced kinda steep.

02-06-2005 14:59:25 | More by merlin48
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

16.9 ouncer bottle, with freshness dating notched onto the label. Pours a dark nutty brown, initially, tons of medium sized bubbles clinging to the glass. Moderate oatmeal head, leaving copious amounts of lacing. Nose is a wiff of cherries, strangely, and some malt in the background. This is a mild, malty brew. Smooth and balanced, clasically British in its approach and attitude. Decent sessioner, to bad we could get this stuff on tap.

04-13-2005 02:50:01 | More by Billolick
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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Amber in color with a thin head that is gone quickly. The smell is of well balanced hops and malt. The flavor is more of the same. As it warms, the malt comes to the forefront to make it even better, in my opinion. The mouthfeel is thin, the flavor is long lasting, which balances it out. Overall, a very drinkable beer, but not outstanding.

08-26-2002 07:32:12 | More by ryanocerus
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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Perfect head, appealing ruby/brown color. Overall unassuming, but delightful chewy sugary malts, with biscuit and cracker elements. Some earthy hint of potato. Slight hop bitterness makes your mouth want more. This is not Young's finest but their standard is so remarkable that this is still excellent. Hate to say it, but this mild is, well, a little mild. Not tons of flavor and a bit watery in the mouth. Can't see it standing up to anything but the blandest food. However, it seems ideal as an after-work beer, perhaps in autumn when things start to get chilly.

06-04-2002 15:01:58 | More by Thrasher
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Are those all 3.5's? That's how it seemed. Slightly better than average all around. Aroma of sweet malt and roasted marshmallow. Copper color with a thin, beige head that lowers itself quickly. Honey-copper colored. Flavor is sweet, and honey laden. Grassy hops, some light brown sugar, with nuances of pear and apple. Little bits of caramel, some sweet yeast. A slight metallic tang detracts. Good mouthfeel, a little slick with some tingly carbonation.

09-14-2003 02:37:56 | More by far333
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

Just the right pour, nice 1/4 inch head of good character. Cinnamon dark brown color. Aromatic, a little bread, a little mint and "red hot" smell. Flavor is understated, the malt portion is mostly brown sugar with just a little prune, but the hops lend a nice balance. Easy drinking, not incredibly memorable. Look and color are nice, flavor is restrained. Would love to down a few pints at a pub...

08-26-2002 07:52:09 | More by ADR
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West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: Pours a deep amber tone with a nice decently lived cream colored head lacing forms in complete circlular patterns around my glass very nice looking ale. Aroma: Mild toasted nut tone, rose like floral quality, and a nice formed sweet caramel presence here, absolutely nothing is overdone very good and clean nothing's off here. Taste: Starts sweet with the malt profile then definitely has a sweeping cleanliness across the palate followed by an aftertaste of hop bitterness very nice session ale would like to sample on cask that would be key. Mouthfeel: Very solid texture a bit thin but overall a quality made lighter bodied ale here. Drinkability: Meant to be drank in number by the imperial pint, nothing is overdone but it lacks any special fireworks that make each beer their own for simplicity I love it for a challenging brew I will pass on this one.

10-07-2003 16:41:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark coppery brown body that is crystal clear and shows of the slow gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a smooth creamy light egg shell color that last and last with large bubbles pushing through the surface.

S- The smooth smell of lightly toasted malt with some note of fresh pale malt come through even during the pour. The smell of green floral hops adds a great balance to the malts.

T- This beer has a soft malt taste with a slight nugget taste that follows. The hops had a bitterness that doesn't really show off a hop flavor just a bitterness. There is a light toast note to the malt but the nugget taste starts to taste like a tart earthiness but very faintly as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with some creaminess to the texture.

D- This beer started off really looking and smelling wonderful but it just didn't have the flavor richness and depth to back it up. I have had good low ABV beers that still show the malt and hops but this one just fell a bit short.

02-25-2006 01:13:49 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

A very nice presentation- reddish brown with crystal clarity.
The head is creamy tan. A definitie nuttiness and sweetness in the nose.

Though not intense in flavor there is a well rounded fullness here.
The finish is clean and this mild ale, though not my favorite style, is certainly an excellent choice for a session brew.

04-12-2004 01:49:15 | More by brewQ
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

"One of the Cheekiest Ales around"

I usually don't drink anything with the words "DIRTY" or "DICK" in it but I like beer so I gave it a try.
- "Not that there's anything wrong with it!"

Appearance- Light amber/ red with a moderate size off white HEAD. small bubbles with a quick dissappation.
Smell- Malt, A faint hoppiness, and a nut aroma. Can't have a DIRTY DICK without some NUTS!?!
Taste- malty, slight bitterness. Slight nutty flavor with a crisp bitterness POKING through.
MOUTHFEEL- carbonated and bubbly. A little bitterness.

Overall, A good session beer. This will be the only Dirty Dick in my mouth!!!

02-23-2004 19:17:27 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

Clear mahongany amber color with white head that fades to a nice thin layer. I've already drank most of this and just started reviewing. Pleasant aroma of sweet barley grains and maybe some subtle campfire. Taste is of toasted smokey malts and a little bit resinous. Very mild flavors with extra carbonation. Medium body, a little oily and quite smooth.

Good for drinking large amounts fast. Nice malts.

03-17-2006 23:30:45 | More by tastybeer
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a clear amber with a large tan foamy head. A very nice looking beer,full of color and a head that lasts and leaves great lacing. The smell is full of sweet malt,dark fruit,bread yeast,and some alcohol. The taste is much like the smell,full of sweet roasted malt, a surprisingly high amount of hops,and some candy flavors like carmel. The m/f is light and the flavors mix very well. It's too bad that this is retired because this really is a quality beer that could be a session brew.

04-08-2007 00:56:16 | More by jmz62565
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

Clear chestnut bodied with a supple chalky white crown.
Wafts of buttered biscuits and perfumed hops, touched with pangs of metal.
Begins with that same toasty biscuit sensation from the nose. Apple preserves and caramel on top. Toffee and dilute butterscotch. Ghostly mild chocolate impression. Adequately and appropriately hopped, in a lightly herbal metallic manner.
On the gentler side of medium bodied. This is a drinker, without question. And a well-done Dark Mild.

10-02-2003 00:22:11 | More by cokes
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev 0%

Dirty Dick's was a dark brown-amber color with a thin, creamy-beige head and a nice, malty nose. After the first few sips, it had a very nice overall flavor with no trace of bitterness and a soft mouthfeel. As I drank more, my appreciation for the beer waned a touch, as it was a touch too malty for my taste, and grew upon its own aftertaste to almost a suffocating level in my mouth without a hint of crispness to clear it out. Still, I really did enjoy this beer and appreciate its finer points.

09-24-2003 14:15:11 | More by RockyTopHeel
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Clear, deep russet in color with a nice, creamy ivory head that holds fairly well and leaves good lace. The aroma is very lightly fruity, lightly caramel, and slightly metallic (Fuggles?), which can be off-setting at first, but may also become quite charming and desireable. The body is light, with a gentle carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is softly fruity with a gentlly caramel & lightly toasty maltiness, balanced by a light hop flavor and more than adequate bitterness. The finishes is dry with a lightly lingering toasted malt note. A beer that is at once both subtle and bold! A highly drinkable beer because it never blinds the palate and continually offers fruitiness, maltiness, or bitterness. Very well done!

09-19-2002 20:03:33 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

This is a delicious session beer that is easily drinkable in large quantities, and the moderate alcohol content (4.1% by volume) helps with this.The beer is a brown ale, lightly so in color with mild carbonation and head and a slightly dry malty nose. The beer pours to a deep mahogany color with a substantial, thick and meringue like head formation. The nose is pasty and malty, the palate rather mild and drinkable, soft malty, lightly nutty with notes of toffee and molasses. The beer finishes slightly sweet but is a very drinkable English mild.

08-17-2005 04:19:34 | More by Rootdog316
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-28-2012 01:39:34 | More by cliff1066
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Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%

Don't let the name put you off :o) as this pours with a nice looking white head that leaves a nice lacing as it recedes down the glass. Clear brownish-amber liquid. The nose is clean and biscuity maltiness. Taste is light malt flavor with a seltzer-ish sensation on the palate, with more hoppiness than I was expecting from this beer. It finishes on a light and dry note...a very drinkable session ale for those seeking a lighter style ale, although I'd prefer something with a bit more balls.

02-09-2003 14:48:38 | More by beerluvr
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

If this had any taste it wouldn't be half bad. Poured a brownish color with little or no head. How could it have a head, being as flat as a board. It was so uneventful, must go good with all the rain over in England. Not event a hint of hops. Did I say how bland it was? Bland, bland, bland.

02-24-2003 06:40:15 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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Young's Dirty Dick's Ale from Young & Co Brewery PLC
83 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.