Young's Special - Wells & Young's Ltd
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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
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
4.4/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
04-04-2005 10:33:15 | More by bark
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
4.45/5 rDev +11.8%
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!
11-04-2003 05:49:25 | More by francisweizen
4.22/5 rDev +6%
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).
09-16-2002 22:00:07 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.9/5 rDev -2%
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.
05-23-2004 09:45:53 | More by UncleJimbo
3.55/5 rDev -10.8%
Drank at a Young's Pub on Wandsworth, London, next to the Young's Brewery. Lightly hazy mid-caramel with a sparse head leaving a thin scummy ring after a few seconds. Carbonation is mild, retention and lacing are poor. Aroma is very lightly hopped, but more so than the bitter and AAA, and a distant caramel. Taste is mild, an inkling of hop flavor, mild pale and amber malts, and fruity ferment. Long, round metallic note in the finish, which is wet and mild. Another decent session brew, but the metallic note subtracts from the drinkability a smidge.
04-28-2003 04:38:00 | More by Mitchster
3.8/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
06-09-2004 05:03:01 | More by blitheringidiot
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
4.88/5 rDev +22.6%
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.
01-03-2005 04:48:09 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.73/5 rDev -6.3%
I enjoyed this on-tap at my local pub, the Cock & Bull.
This is a light ruby-colored pale ale, very much in the British style of pale ales, rather than our American pale ales that have a golden color.
It has a light aroma of hops, which is surprising for an English ale in my opinion. Most of their ales are very non-agressive. The taste is good. Howie, the Cock & Bull's owner, said this ale is dry-hopped. It tastes like it, although much milder dry-hopping than American ales. This ale is a notch above the other exported English ales I've had in the USA, which says nothing to their character in their homeland. The beers I remember having in England were excellent.
12-18-2003 08:04:27 | More by Shaw
3.18/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
01-29-2005 18:12:34 | More by GreenCard
3.65/5 rDev -8.3%
From the 12oz bottle.
Pours a clear copper with a creamy ivory head. Some lacing. Fruity malt in the nose along with some spicy, cutting hops.
As you sip, lightly fruity apple flavors, some pale malt and then a middling persistent hoppiness, a slow burn of hops. Lightly metallic. Crisp up front and creamy going down. Real smooth.
Better than I expected. More like a English bitter than English pale ale IMO. Solid brew.
06-08-2005 23:41:15 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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 (Northern Ireland)
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
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
06-22-2004 19:50:45 | More by cypressbob
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
Young's Special from Wells & Young's Ltd
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