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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

409 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 31
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-14-2001)
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Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

Semi-aggressive carbonation that foams quickly when first pouring. Tawny bronze hue with a very faint haze from the yeast, light tan head drops down to a thin lace. Woody aroma with hints of hops and a musty grain showing some faded sugary sweetness. Thick and slick mouth feel, smoothness has to force its way through the viscous body. Juicy fruity and a tad buttery with a thick maltiness which brings a heavy hand of sweetness. Hops are bitter enough to counter the sweetness as well as a spicy alcohol. Ripe fruity flavours throughout. Drying husk toasted grain in the end. An eclectic strong ale that would be better paired with a rich meal than to drink it alone.

Jason, Jul 01, 2002
Photo of AaronRed
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%

Great brew. Nice copper tone, with creamy head. One look at this beer and you just know it is good. Hops delight, but some malty undertones that smooth this beer out. Just a pleasure to drink. Flavor never lets up, as this is a real ale. It goes well with food. Balanced, but with a kick.

AaronRed, May 26, 2002
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a bronze color with a nice tan head, good retention. On the nose the aroma was of some breadiness and mild malty notes. Mouthfeel has medium body, and fairly smooth feel. On the palate there is more bready, toasty malt flavors with a balanced hop finish. Good stuff...

WilliamPhilaPa, Apr 27, 2002
Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

A very well made beer; classic British Ale. Bottle conditioned with a nice English hop character. The beer itself is very clear despite the yeast. Great head retention. The beer's best quality is its apparent lack of flaws. On the downside, it's not a particularly exciting beer. This is a solid bet, I don’t think anyone would be disappointed.

Suds, Apr 26, 2002
Photo of Murph
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a nice golden orange color with a thin frothy head that quickly subsides. The aromas are malty with some slight hop undertones. The taste is of the malted barley with some rather aggressive (for the style) hops working in the background. A nice hop bite for an english ale. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy and the brew is nicely drinkable. This beer was a bit surprising as it does have a nice hop character to it that most english ales do not have. If you are just looking for a classic english ale then this is not the one, but if you are looking for a damn fine quality beer then it is a good choice.

Murph, Apr 19, 2002
Photo of rastaman
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%

i don't know what it is about youngs beers, but they all tend to have a sticky (akmost sweet) characteristic, but they all have decent hop character, but this was to sticky to be good, but its drinkable.

rastaman, Apr 03, 2002
Photo of BKotch
5/5  rDev +26.6%

This CAN BE one of the most awesome beers out there. So effervescent that it's hard to pour without letting the mammoth head overflow the glass. Extremely hoppy and yet delicately fruity. BUT I have had some of the skunkiest beers ever come out of an SLA bottle. I don't know if my dealer just doesn't move it fast enough or what . . . When it's fresh, though, it's a real treat. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

BKotch, Nov 19, 2001
Photo of John
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%

One of my favorite beer styles is English strong ale and this one's a classic. Great bottle conditioned, outstanding on tap.

John, Sep 25, 2001
Photo of Todd
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%

Presentation: Custom 500ml brown bottle. This is Young's Millennium Edition of the style, previously known as their Export Bitter. Best before 4/2001. Bottled conditioned.

Appearance: Pours with some highly active carbonation which induces a great big foamy, off-white, rocky head with great staying power and stick -- probably one of the best heads on a beer. Colour is a bright amber. There's a thin layer of sediment at the bottom, from its being conditioned in the bottle.

Smell: Has a really soft bouquet with notes of fruit, fresh hops and toasty malts with a slight earthy aroma. Lovely perfumy vapors.

Taste: Smooth on the palate, a bit slick. Medium bodied brew with some chewiness to it. Upfront there's a rather tasty malt character of caramel/toffee and toasted malts that mingles with a unique raw hop presence (leafy and oily). Fruit flavours and some citrus adds a lovely twang of bitterness, especially as it gets a boost from a tingly carbonation that refreshes the palate. It's all artfully balanced with the malt. Finishes sweet with some bready flavours (yeast).

Notes: Without a doubt one of the most enjoyable beers that I have ever had. All the makings of a world-class brew. It's balance is perfection, it's taste is liquid bliss. I got this one on sale at Bread & Circus for $2.99. I have to buy some more!

Todd, Jan 14, 2001
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Young's Special London Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.