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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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very good

409 Ratings

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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 soju6
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of MrKennedy
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

500ml bottle from Vintage Cellars, Wynyard, into a Brooklyn tulip.

Pours an orange light amber colour with a white head of foam that sits at a level just above film on top. Sporadic lacing.

Smells of toasted malt, marmalade, light citrus with some orange. Unmistakeably English.

Tastes on the sweeter side with toffee, light caramel as well as some citrus with light orange. Vibrant.

Sessionable, yet there is a substantial body to it. Quite impressive. I think the citric flavour helps keeps it very drinkable and the solid malt base makes it feel very full bodied.

A classic. Impressed with this and how well it has held up especially given the journey. Was saving this for an English tasting night that didn't get off the ground. Been a good 5 years or more since i've had a glass of this and even better than i remember it to be. Super impressed.

MrKennedy, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of cammo84
4/5  rDev +1.3%

cammo84, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Viceroy
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Viceroy, Sep 15, 2012
Young's Special London Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.