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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

412 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 33
Gots: 13 | 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 brett606
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

brett606, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

JamLand, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Jetulio
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... amber/copper beer with head colour white of 1 finger
Aroma... malt, esters, hops. Fresh and not too strong smell with a little touch of malty aroma
Taste... fruits and herbal in a light style, bitterness appears soon lasting all the time,
Mouthfeel... medium body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice ale, bitterness is present in a classical English style, refreshing beer too.

Jetulio, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden honey color with a nice head that fades to lacing.

S: Aroma of sweet fruits, some malt sweetness with a bit of hops and spice in the background.

T: Taste of some caramel sweetness with some fruit and bit of spice. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Moderate body, smooth texture and well balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer, very nice for the style.

soju6, May 31, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Ciocanelu, May 27, 2013
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

pin, May 21, 2013
Photo of tonton
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

tonton, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev +1.3%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +1.3%

innominat, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of brheuer
3/5  rDev -24.1%

brheuer, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of KStark
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

KStark, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of matjack85
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

matjack85, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Chrily
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Chrily, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Bix
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Bix, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of phishbone23
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Derek
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery-bronze with an off-white head, good retention, leaves some lace.

Subtle aroma of fruity esters, British hops and some underlying malt sweetness.

I expected a little more bitterness for balance, but the sweetness from the malt is still pleasant. Some modest fruity esters, with only a hint of hops in the flavour.

Moderate body has a very slight residual sweetness.

Overall it's a nice British brew. Though for something this strong today, I'd expect a little more hops & bitterness.

Derek, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of KalanM
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

KalanM, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

cliff1066, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Pecan
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in an English pint glass.

A: Pours a dark orange to amber color. Clear. Forms a medium bubbled and aired white to yellow color. Many lacing are formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet grains. Toffee and caramel malts. Flowery citrus hops. Bready and fruity Ale yeasts

T: Slightly sweet malts. A bit fruity too. Toffee, caramel malts, grapes, brown bread. A little bit metallic. End is hoppy and bitter. Not extremely, just as a good ESB should be :)

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Grainy and bitter aftertaste. Great balance

O: Excellent drinkability. Great British ale. Recommended

eduardolinhalis, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of kurgan3
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

kurgan3, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

schopenhauerale, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev +1.3%

BrazilianAussie, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Little foam but good carbonation. Dark brown colour. Herbal hops are predominant in its aroma. As expected, a bitter taste, but also quite refreshing at the same time. Sweetness from malt with some fudge twist. Some citric notes can also be identified.
All in all, a very balanced beer with high drinkability but with lots of taste. Excelent beer.

FLima, Oct 14, 2012
Young's Special London Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.