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Young's Special - Wells & Young's Ltd

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BA SCORE
88
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 13
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-2002

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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 33
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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of JohnW
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Would echo others thoughts of this beer, which I do enjoy, though maybe not quite as drinkable as their ordinary bitter. It is always reliable where I have enjoyed it, medium dark colour, nice creamy head that stays, good aroma, mixture of hops and malt, slightly sweet on the tongue, but more hoppy and bitter in the aftertaste. A good example of a decent English bitter, but not outstanding.

Not ever tried it from can or bottle so unable to comment on how it compares in those forms.


John W
Bham UK

Photo of surfadelic23
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Barleyhoppers. It was taking a while for my oatmeal stout to pour, so I had this while waiting!
This has a very clear Reddish/brown color that is very clear. It had a quickly diminishing head. This smells nice with maltiness up front and as the ale warms up the hops come throught. Very well balanced with a nice hop flavor that follows up every sip. This one is so easy to drink, I had two!

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of foles
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DaveHS
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

D-Very nice.

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NERAX 04

A beautiful coppery red with a nice head crowning the glass. A sweet fragrance drifts up. The fruity, appley malt is perfectly balanced by subtle crisp hops. Yummy. It's so nice to see such a well-known beer is so good. I'm ready for another.

Photo of Mark
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Though I almost always opted for the incredible ordinary bitter, this was a fine cask conditioned ale. It had a slighty deeper color and a bit more alcohol by volume. I found the finishing taste very nice but a cut below Young's ordinary. A very drinkable top shelf brew overall. One interesting note, I liked to observe others in the pub and what they ordered. It seems like I wasn't alone, this beer was not requested near as much as the ordinary

Photo of GreenCard
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pale brown/amber, great clarity, sudsy tan collection of bubbles, poor head retention

Aroma: hint of caramel, grainy malt, artichokey hops, strawberry blossoms

Flavor: full malty sweetness with a toasty caramel roundness, dries out fairly quickly from a vegetal hop flavor and subtle balancing bitterness, grassy/malty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: So, your Mamma calls you "special". Does that mean the rest of the world agrees with her? Probably not. Their Mamma's said they were "special" too. Same goes for this beer. Pretty standard, really.

To be fair, seeing that a lot of people seem to quite like it from the cask, I'll give it a try again if I see it at a pub somewhere.

Photo of saltydog
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on cask at Brewer's Arm in Lewes. Appearnce: Red/orange/brown. Crystal clear, light head. Aroma: nicely balanced between malt and hops. Flavor; Good Malt character. Crispness from hops. Again, well-balanced. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Nice crisp hop finish aides drinkability.

Photo of horndecker
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored, with a big rocky off-white head. I suspect that on-tap it'll put on an even bigger show.
The hops are prominent in the first whiff. Not sharp and biting, but earthy and somewhat floral. Then you smell a bit of fruit and toasty malt.
The taste begins with a bitter, slightly medicinal hops flush, followed by a bright malt flavor. There are flavors of honey and bitter orange. It finishes dry and a bit herbal, which imparts an earthiness to the aftertaste. It's medium bodied but seems incredibly mouth-filling. Nice and creamy. The pleasant herbal bitterness in the finish turns a bit bittersweet as it warms. Clearly a winner and one for the long haul.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very smooth, well-balanced beer, like all of Youngs Beers. It is malty, with a highly fruity nose and initial taste. Hoppy with a lingering bitter finish.
It is almost strange that at nearly 1% stronger than the "Ordinary Bitter" - it appears to have less taste, mouthfeel and body. Less popular and not as widely available as the Ordinary. A good beer, but not "Special", and simply outclassed by its weaker, but more refined younger brother (if you pardon the pun).

Photo of bark
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The colour is amber, the off white foam builds a slowly dissolving two finger thick head.

The smell is soft and fruity with lots of aroma hops, some bitterness and notes of pineapples, apricots some yeast and a weak touch of metal.

The carbonation is pleasant and fresh. I have noted that this beer (at least in cans) is rather sensible to a proper pour: When poured the wrong way, the mouth feel gets too strong and sharp.

The taste is fruity and a bit bitter with notes of apricots / peaches. The full-bodied flavours include some sweet mild malt and a growing bitterness. The aftertaste is long with notes of almonds (both bitter and sweet) and some gravy.

I think this beer is good everyday ale, quite similar to another of my favourite drinks, the Shepherd Neame Spitfire Ale.

Photo of dwarbi
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful cask beer. Dark orange. Murky. Pours a thin white head that becomes a thinner white head. Smells like a typical bitter, but not too much there. Tastes nice. Like the smell, it's not too impressive. Pleasant, though. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable.

Photo of cypressbob
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a light amber body. Head forms but soon disappates with very little retention

Smell, aromas of dry malt, little hop bitterness coming through, slight hint of clove also

Taste, malty body, fairly heady thick body, slight bitterness in the finish, not a great deal however

A pretty tasty ale, would make a good session ale

Photo of bodybyadam
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Elbows Up,
Adam

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a sucker for cask bitters and when I went to England last autumn I realised pretty quickly that this was one of my favorite examples. It is widely available throughout the Thames valley and is the dry hopped bigger brother of Young's Bitter, which is even more widely available and delicious in its own right.

I was looking through my collection of beer notes when I realised I never entered this beer into BA, so here goes...

On cask at the King's Arms in Oxford. This beer is a nice rusty orange color. The head is foamy with the typical wispy cask bitter head. Lacing is very thick and virtually drapes the glass. The aroma is of fresh grassy hops and a bit of doughy malt. The taste is very hoppy for an English bitter and incredibly crisp on cask. Malt is less prevelant than the earthy fresh hop flavors. The mouthfeel is thick and grassy with lots of fine bubbles. The finish is very bitter and dry, managing to linger for a long time. This sample was very fresh.

I highly recommend this to anyone in Southern England. Its hoppy enough but also very light and refreshing.

Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This smooth, and spicy ale was tasted at Nerax. I was impressed with everything from its deep and hazy golden color, sweet malt nose to the clean and bitter finish. It was medium bodied, and an excellent choice. I hope that casks of this ale find their way to Boston more often.

Photo of gford217
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a keg on a hand-pump (but not a true cask).

This ale poured a clear, red amber color with white foam that settled and clung to the glass, leaving lace. The smell was lightly malty with a touch of hop bitterness. The taste was malty with a touch of butter with some hop bitterness in the finish. There was a tanginess and a slightly fruity sweetness with a touch of caramel. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with medium body and low carbonation. It was relatively clean. This was a good session ale.

Photo of Trizzle
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark clear copper hued pour that looks like an over brewed iced tea. A thin coating of a head with zero carbonation (could be the bar?) and zero lace (Same?)

Clean mixed fresh, ale fruit scents.

Perfect balance of hops upfront & malts. Fairly complex flavors continued to unravel. Reminded me of many other Pale Ales. Hmmm. Lingering yummy Kraft Caramel Squares aftertaste, leading to cidery Earthy notes.

Thin yet present feel.

To be on the generous side, this isn't a huge all nighter due to bitter malts which are more revealed as the temperature warms.

Last swigs: Fairly complex ale with hops and malts tango that leads to a cloying apples undertone. Interesting beer. YOUNG delivers.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of Daredevil
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ....

Photo of francisweizen
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Young's special as sampled at the Lamb in London, UK. This brew is wonderful on cask. The dark amber beer has a nice white head. The aromas are very bready, malty, and nice. The taste is similar to the aroma. There are background hops, but this brew is all about the malts. The malt profile is wonderful and the mouthfeel is thick, but light at the same time. The drinkability is just wonderful as well. Mmmm....Special!

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Young's Special from Wells & Young's Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.