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Young's Bitter - Wells & Young's Ltd

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BA SCORE
86
very good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 15
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: swizzlenuts on 04-16-2008)
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Seumas

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having had this once wonderful ale on each of my three trips to England ('91, '01, '03), I have noticed a shift in balance of this session bitter from the hop to the malt. My first experience of the ale was at the Lamb on Lamb's Conduit Street in the City.

There was a glorious light citrus flavour (edging toward grapefruit) to Ordinary that made it eminently suppable. My second experience of Ordinary came in 2001 at the Brewery Tap in Wandsworth - a nightmare. The beer was heavily oxidized, thin and unrecognizeable as the ale I had so loved ten years earlier.

It was only my experience of the ale a week later at a free house in Canterbury (The Phoenix) that restored my faith in Youngs. While its taste profile had shifted to a more malty one, its old citrus taste was still hanging on.

During my most recent trip to England in February, I discovered that the taste profile of Ordinary had continued its shift to the malt. The predominant flavour of my most-recent pints has been a slight honeyed malt.

It's still quite drinkable, but not what it once was.

Serving type: cask

09-10-2003 03:36:57 | More by Seumas
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Young's number one seller is as classically made as you'll ever experience, atleast where it concerns Bitters.

It evocatively tastes and feels fresh and mineraly, claiming drinkability and balance from the very beginning; Yet, it almost feels like this character can be easily overlooked if one is to - for one reason or another - dispense insufficient attention to it. This grants this beer immense versatility, as it does not challenge for constant pontification but rather leaves the burden of choice to the drinker, to make this brew as complex as he / she desires.

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Young's Bitter from Wells & Young's Ltd
86 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.