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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

401 Ratings

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 31
Gots: 8 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-01-2013 06:47:30 | More by matjack85
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-28-2013 11:05:04 | More by Chrily
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-27-2013 14:03:18 | More by Bix
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-23-2013 17:17:07 | More by phishbone23
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev 0%

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.

01-21-2013 03:39:27 | More by Derek
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

01-19-2013 08:14:53 | More by KalanM
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

01-14-2013 04:24:27 | More by spycow
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-28-2012 01:41:43 | More by cliff1066
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

12-20-2012 17:55:50 | More by Pecan
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

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

11-28-2012 19:50:18 | More by eduardolinhalis
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-05-2012 16:47:18 | More by kurgan3
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

10-22-2012 06:48:03 | More by schopenhauerale
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4/5  rDev +1%

10-19-2012 01:38:23 | More by BrazilianAussie
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

10-14-2012 18:50:37 | More by FLima
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4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

09-17-2012 12:49:00 | More by MrKennedy
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4/5  rDev +1%

09-15-2012 10:55:08 | More by cammo84
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-15-2012 00:08:37 | More by Viceroy
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-19-2012 22:54:09 | More by Wantedandlisted
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4/5  rDev +1%

08-09-2012 22:11:59 | More by rolltide8425
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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

Well, well, Wells & Young's, after being averagely impressed with their Banana Bread Beer it was a long wait between rounds (so to speak) and finally I succumbed to buying the Special London Ale with (topically) an Olympics being held in London right now ("Aussie, Aussie, Osterreich! Oy, Oy, Ja!", or something along those lines).

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint (Imperial, of course rebel scum).

A: Looks the part; white head, cloudy amber body.

S: Heavy toasted malt base with a smattering of the classic English hops (Fuggles & Goldings) which give it a fruity and earthy aroma, and a hint of musty yeast. Smells like a classic English pub ale.

T: First of all - read the best served at temperature on the back of the bottle; 10 to 12 degrees Celsius - this makes a difference. English pub ales are best drunk lukewarm, not ice cold, this really brings out the flavours: toasted toffee malt base with a slight grassy hop front note leading to a pine/resinous hop back palate. It's a smooth blend too, which really adds to the drinking experience, I'm almost done yet I really want another.

M: Mid to heavy body with a light carbonation. Heavier than most English pub ales but it is explained by 6.5% ABV.

D: Sold! It's a great old style English pub ale that we have here. Perfect example of the style and very enjoyable. I'll 'ave another.

Food match: The national dish of the United Kingdom; fish & chips... no wait, curry.

08-01-2012 09:38:19 | More by doktorhops
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-30-2012 20:54:55 | More by MacStinson
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-22-2012 18:54:18 | More by kobeer
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4.08/5  rDev +3%

Bottle: cool, chunky embossed 500mL brown bottle, decent old-school label. A stylish package that has me expecting a nice brew.

Appearance: amber in colour with a thick, frothy off-white head that drops to a lower, creamy head with fantastic retention and lacing.

Aroma: The aroma carries light caramel malts, with yeast character as a faintly tart and lightly fruity (berries, apple). Inviting.

Taste: Touch of caramel malts, bitter hops carry throughout. Fruit and citrus tastes, melon and mango, lemon and apricot.

Aftertaste: Strong bitterness carries through. Not sure about the aftertaste, as I am still getting used to this style. Certainly well made.

Mouthfeel: like most English ales, fairly low in carbonation. Slightly creamy body helps it go down pretty easy.

Overall: a nicely made higher profile English bitter ale. Reasonably expensive, but also reasonably brilliantly made :)

06-28-2012 07:33:56 | More by SmashPants
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-13-2012 22:31:41 | More by MacarthurParker
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

06-05-2012 05:55:59 | More by Halcyondays
Young's Special London Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
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