Young's Special - Wells & Young's Ltd
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3.76/5 rDev -5.5%
A_Nice clear copper with a foamy off white head. No lace whatsoever which is the only fault I had.
S_Freshly baked bread aroma with slight hints of ginger.
T_While the aroma speaks to the malt the flavor leans to the hops. Nicely bitter throughout with mown grass dominating the front. Aftertaste is a nice bitter herbal mess
M_On the lighter side of medium with an upfront tight carbonation. Quickly fades to a nice dryness at the end
O_A good refreshing beer for a rainy afternoon.
08-05-2013 11:51:29 | More by sleazo
United Kingdom (England)
3.7/5 rDev -7%
Hand pulled pint in The Marquis of Anglesey, a Young's pub near Covent Garden, London.
Young's glass, a sleeve: mid-range amber body, white clinging head, typical UK looking bitter: nothing wrong, nothing outstanding.
The smell was a mix of biscuity toasted malts and the influence of Fuggles hops.
The taste was a good blend of Britsh ingrediants: Fuggles and Goldings being the hop elemnet, Maris Otter and Crystal malts the other main players.
The mouthfeel is almost smooth, but some grainy hints prevent that happening, it is after all a bitter and shouldn't be too soft on the palate.
Middle of the road beer for me, nothing 'Special' about it.
10-29-2011 09:53:27 | More by BlackHaddock
3.98/5 rDev 0%
On cask at The Lamb (Young's Ale House) near Russell Square, London.
A-Pours chestnut amber with a short, thin eggshell white head.
S-Biscuity malts, pale malts, mellow sweetness.
T/M-Thin, soft mouthfeel. Grassy hops come in first, followed by light biscuity malts. The dry hoppy finish lingers for a few brief moments.
01-11-2011 13:14:14 | More by DaveHS
United Kingdom (England)
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
Clear Amber in body with small fading head. Fades to a rim of bubbles.
Earthern soil like roasted malt dominates the nose. Hints of dark cherries and saltanas in the mix too...
Raw rush of roasted grains up front. Some subtle sweeter sugars, sultanas and dry sherry follow, then a whop of very dry english hops. Fuggles? Not an aromatic hop hit, but very dry with an astringency like strong black tea. Not bad at all.
A light bodied malt, a touch too astringent to be smooth, but hardly offensive.
Good drinkability. I'd be happy to do half a dozen pints.
Not in the same calibre as it's younger (excuse the pun) brother, the Bitter, but what is??
An enjoyable drop just the same.
09-13-2010 19:14:50 | More by Trizzle
3/5 rDev -24.6%
Copper pour with a medium white head and thick lacing. Malty aroma with a strong, bitter fuggles hop presence and bit of apple. Crisp fuggels hop with a sweeter malt back. Every now and then, a rank crystal-malt-and-vinegar bite would emerge. Some metal and a bit watery, but decent.
12-16-2008 19:50:07 | More by magictrokini
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
Cask at the Brick Store.
This one poured a clear golden amber with a decent head that clung on to the side of the glass and left some solid lacing. The smell was very light with a nice balance of sweet malts and mild hops. There was a also a decent fruity sweetness in the aroma as well. The taste was also dominated by the mild sweetness of the malts with a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was very creamy and smooth and was very drinkable overall.
05-21-2008 02:15:20 | More by gford217
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
A quintessential and traditional London bitter that I have loved for years. I had always considered it definitively bitter and quite dry. This time around though (is it me or is it the evolution of the style?) I was taken by the greater complexity and fruitiness earlier in the palate. Quite aromatic, and an array of flavours, malt, caramel, dried fruits, some bitterness in the aftertaste but not as much as I remember. High drinkability as are almost all English bitters.
03-03-2008 22:19:07 | More by AylwinForbes
4.45/5 rDev +11.8%
This ale poured a beautiful amber color into an English pint glass and had a small white head which settled into a lace.
The smell had sweet malt tones of caramel malt and a bit of hop aroma. The taste was supremely balanced with a sweeter caramel malt flavor that was blended near-perfectly with the hop flavors. The body was nice, full, and robust. The hop profile was stately and had a good smack of hop flavor and bitterness. It was measured very well though and blended nicely for a very drinkable ale. The consistency was medium/thick and the carbonation was medium.
Wow, this was a good beer. I'd call it more of an ESB in taste than simply a pale ale, but it had great features making it a good session ale and very drinkable beer. This beer is worthy of it's following and is one of my favorites.
02-10-2008 04:19:13 | More by jdmorgan
3.53/5 rDev -11.3%
I struggle with the highly bitter ales, so the barman at the Dog & Bull in Croydon recommended I try the Special. It was a solid choice. It typifies the style (English Pale Ale) to my taste, without going overboard in any particular flavour category.
Looks nice (typical copper colour with minimal head) and tastes nice (fresh, malt backbone and very lightly fruity - with only a slightly bitter finish). I did notice very little smell present (maybe my nose).
It is a good session ale for me while visiting a Youngs pub.
12-18-2007 10:35:24 | More by foles
4.22/5 rDev +6%
Young's is a sure bet usually, the only problem being uninspired publicans, lacking the right touch to keep the brews in perfect condition ... Young's (and other brewers) should have an eye on this ....
back to the brew itself ... medium to full bodied ale, wonderfully malty (by avoiding any excess on sourness, sweetness nor bitterness) and pretty dry .... as I said, a sure bet ....
08-03-2007 21:53:21 | More by Daredevil
3.98/5 rDev 0%
I was able to enjoy this at the Young's Brewery. It has an excellent aroma - very light and sweet. The head it not very thick, but a little fuller than the normal "Bitter." The taste is wonderfully smooth and has an excellent malty taste that is balanced with just a touch of hops. Much better than the Young's Bitter - this should be their primary beer. The color is a little more amber-yellow than you would expect, but overall, very nicely done.
04-11-2007 05:02:22 | More by jda007
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours a brilliant brass with a touch of amber - poured with no head or lace, all the way to the top of a Libby pint glass! Nose is all about the malt, tangy and fruity, with a just a trace of hop. Mouthfeel is light and slightly lactic/astringent, and while the body is on the thin side it feels appropriate for this brew. I find the taste truly exceptional: there's a slight but notable vegetal quality (think rhubarb plus celery) which emerges from behind a fruity foreground of ripe red apples and tart cherries - this is very far from a Bass! Medium dry finish, part tart part bittersweet. Easily sessionable and very, very drinkable.
12-14-2006 21:45:35 | More by Chaz
United Kingdom (England)
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
It's been a while since I last tried Young's Special on cask, and it's about time to do so as the Young's brewery is moving house soon... This time at a Young's house in the heart of Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill, the name of which I forgot... I only remember seeing the young, posh, and pretty constituting the majority of the clientele, utterly different from most Young's pubs I've been to...
A: dark amber, fluffy head with pretty good retention, low carbonation, great clarity, cool temp.--nice and fresh indeed!
S: sulphurous, eggy notes upfront, laced with dried grapefruit peels... the firmly Young's yeasty theme is constantly there. Traiditional smell.
T: the assertive entry of Fuggles hops sits on top of a lightly citric edge of Goldings... juicy, mildly biscuity flavour in the aftertaste as well as the surprisingly "vinous"-fruity edge~~ A minimal touch of peppery-spice stays deeply at the fringe too... The lingering finish show soothing bitter-sweetness balanced between traditionally-mixed hops and traditionally-tasted pale malts.
M&D: fresh and softly carbonated on the texture, medium-bodied, extremely well-kept. The experience this time round proves that Young's Special, when on great form with a lingering aftertaste and depth, can be a very enjoyable, quaffable session bitter. Not for somebody not into the "traditional" taste of English Bitters, though.
09-16-2006 15:11:51 | More by wl0307
3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
Served in my mini pilsner sampler at The Hops On Equinox 06. The ale poured a dark golden color with ½ white foam head, an attractive site for any pale ale lover.
The nose let off a mild fruity hop aroma.
At first sip I taste tangerine roll off of my tongue into a hoppy bitter taste, a quality I like in pale ales.
From first sip I knew this was great. The mouthfeel was very smooth and I found a remarkably true balanced light ale.
The drinkability is right up there, enough to make me go back for another even though I wanted to try other different brews at the festival.
05-02-2006 05:33:55 | More by bodybyadam
Young's Special from Wells & Young's Ltd
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