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Young's Special London Ale - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Young's Special London AleYoung's Special London Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

421 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 40
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-14-2001

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Ratings: 421 | Reviews: 327
Photo of stephenlee
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Decko
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy Amber poured into an IPA glass. Head diminished but left about a finger's width in the glass. S - nice fruity aroma with hops coming through. T- beautifully balanced beer with light fruitiness and hops in just the right proportion. Hard to believe it is over 6% BV as I couldn't detect the alcohol coming through. M - again spot on with carbonation limited enough to keep a smooth almost creamy feel. O - overall this was a lovely beer which could be a great session beer even given the strength. I'll be drinking more of this.

Photo of SteenLarsen
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite English ale. Ahh those Golding hops. stars with a ligth bitter taste which turns into a comfortable but not too sweet aftertaste.

Photo of bakero
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerinabottle
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vinicole
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris_Burton
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I tried this I want really sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it and vowed to have it again someday. A few months later and I'm drinking my second bottle.

Upon pouring it gave a large foamy head which went down to about a finger. The body was a hazy amber. Moderate citrus aroma and taste with a sweet spiciness, almost a marmalade like flavour with a spicy, bitter dryness from the liberal use of hops. Mouthfeel is perfect - just the right amount of fulness and carbonation for the style. The result is a cross between a traditional British bitter and modern crafty American pale ale, although I'm not sure if that was the intention.

All in all, I'll confess I've not always been blown away by Young's brewery in the past, not because their beer is bad but simply not that memorable either. This is a clear exception, and well worth seeking out if you enjoy traditional English ale with a bit more omph than usual.

Photo of Iamhook
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of MaSaiani
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of GregaR
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Flavio_Gama
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Igormatos
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Fernando_Bastos
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Gastrick
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Citrus, floral, nice hops, lively small bubbles.

I can't believe this is 6.4 abv, more quaffable than any session beer I can think of.

I do like this brewery, but this surpassed my expectations.

Photo of tjdrewry
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Sellen
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of hoppecatania
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks amazing. Highly carbonated due to bottle conditioning. Deep orange marmalade colour. Spectacular lacing and 3 dimensional foam right to the end. Smells like candied fruit. A rather Belgian smell in fact. Similar to a tripel or Belgian strong pale ale.. The taste is more candied fruit with spicy peppery hops. Floral to an extent and perfectly balanced. A little bitterness is present but it's wrapped in a yeasty fruity sweet parcel. This is super tasty but easy drinking with a nice abv that pushes the top end of "moderate". Warming and spicy. Hard to categorise. A great example of a modern British bottle conditioned ale.

My mark out of one hundred would be 82.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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Young's Special London Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.