Young's Dirty Dick's Ale | Young & Co Brewery PLC

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Young's Dirty Dick's AleYoung's Dirty Dick's Ale

Brewed by:
Young & Co Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Retired following re-location of Young's brewing operation to Bedford (09/2006)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-14-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - amber, nice head, lacing left

Aroma - grainy, is that metal?

Taste - Nice start, malty, caramel roastiness. Balanced with hops but I'm getting a bit of a metal taste that took away from the taste overall.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, a bit thin.

Drinkability - a fairly good session beer, good and bad points.

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Photo of RodBurg
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I see it says this brew is retired. Well, I found one at a liquor store on my way home from work and decided to give it a try. The label intrigued me. Pours a clear dark copper with a thick head and some lacing.

Smells like biscuity malt and crisp hops.

Taste is very well balanced. Malt to start then a nice bittering by the hops. Very drinkable.

This one's a great sessioner. If I can find more I'll definitely buy again.

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Photo of kinger
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clever label, interesting sounding ale so I picked one up a while back. Overall nice and tasty. Pours a medium amber color with a slightly creamy head that ultimately dissipates to a film. Moderate lacing is left along the glass and the carbonation is steady. The aroma is malty with a nutty undertone. I find the aroma slightly weak to detect but once the beer warms up it begins to come out a little more. I like the overall flavor of this one, it is rather malty with a slight hop character. The flavor is subtle, but it works well. Solid English Ale with a smooth finish and a clean aftertaste. Decent brew, nothing that stands out but all around decent.

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Photo of mhewes
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date of 8/17/2007 on it.

A : Pours a nice ruby color with a decent heads that leaves some nice lacing on the glass

S : Big on the malt with some hints of fruit

T : Real smooth strong malt flavors with a touch of bitterness at the end. It does have a little bit of an alcohol character to it

M : Real creamy

D : It's a shame that it's retired. It's a really drinkable beer and I could see downing a couple of these a night.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I managed to snag this since retired brew in a beer distributor in Yonkers NY. Although the best before date was 17 Aug 07, I figured I'd give it a shot.
The beer poured a dark amber color reminisent of iced tea and it left a nice off white head with lots of lace on the glass. The smell was fragrant, but not over powering. I enjoyed the taste, but it was a litte thinner then I would have expected from this style of ale.
I would definitely recommend this one to anyone that can still get there hands on it. A great session beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find this at Wayne's Liquor yesterday knowing that the production of this beer has ceased. You can tell this is English with the slogan on the label, "one of the cheekiest ales around!" Or by looking at the "brewed in London" phrase where the ABV is listed. So on to the beer:

Light orange to caramel color, the head is compact. The diacetyl in this brew melds together nicely with the rest of the flavors, with moderate tones of caramel and a kick of hops. Light splash of fruity esters are hinted as well. At first, I wasn't impressed by this, but the more I got along the more I wished I bought another bottle. Allowing it to warm up does wonders to this beer.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a couple months back, even though this offering has been retired. Still, I figured I'd post my findings anyway.

A: Over three fingers of pillowy, white head surge forth on the pour, leaving pockets of lace thick along the sides of the glass. The beer's color is a ruby-red with hints of russet that is transparent.

S: Mild malt aroma that contains notes of grain and a very faint toffee-sweetness. Other than that, not much in the way of the bouquet, but this subtlety is enticing.

T: Ultra-smooth malt flavor rolls over the front of the tongue. As it makes its way back, a brief flash of mildly bitter hops (very much English in character) keeps the palate on its toes. If you weren't looking for it, you might just miss it; but the flavor itself is so spot-on that it keeps you coming back. Finish is mostly a grainy malt feel that slides away freshly.

M: Chewy and well-carbonated, rather creamy in texture and definitely pleasing in conjunction with the flavors this beer exudes.

D: Incredibly drinkable, this is a fine session beer. Flavor is ultra-mild, but still has enough subtle nuance for the palate to stay interested. All this coupled with a low abv makes for fine drinking. Unfortunately, this one has been axed, which is a shame.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up in Nashville a few weeks back; BA says it is retired, but there are still some bottles around TN. This is my BA one year anniversary review. I chose this beer because it was my profile picture for most of that year.

Poured into a pint glass Best before date - June 26, 2007

A - This beer pours a dark ruby with a two finger creamy off white head. Decent lacing.

S - Aroma is big on the malt, maybe some dark fruits in there as well.

T - This is a very malty beer that is fairly sweet. Definitely has the taste of figs, and finishes with a very light bitterness. However, there is an alcohol character to this beer that isnt pleasant, slightly medicinal.

M - Nice creamy mouthfeel, very lightly carbonated.

D - This would be very drinkable if it wasnt for the slightly medicinal taste. A very malty bitter, that seems closer to an ESB to me. If Young's was still making this beer, I would definitely recommend it; the band aid taste in my beer may have come from its age.

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3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a nonic. Best by date of August 17, 2007. BA has this listed as an English Bitter but at 5.2ABV it is awfully strong, even for a Best Bitter.

Pours a hazy amber with copper highlights. Surprisingly tall head, maybe 3" of a finely textured tan foam that settles to a thin but solid layer which persists down the glass leaving a little lace.

Aroma of malt, caramel, floral hop, honey and tangerine, very nice.

A woody, biscuity taste starts, surprisingly unsweet. Deep toasty malt flavor mingles with some herbal hops. Well-balnced just a little to the bitter side. Finish is long, easy, and pleasant.

Full body with moderate to low carbonation gives a rich creamy mouthfeel that avoids being too sticky. Goes down easy, dangerously drinkable.

It is unfortunate that Dirty Dick's is no more, though I probably wouldn't feel so bad if Young's would get some of their other bottled beers over to the USA.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is an amber-orange color with a one-finger tan colored head. The smell has a sweet amber maltiness about it, a slight fruitiness and just a whisper of hops. The taste also has an initial sweet maltiness and fruitiness but finishes slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, with a medium body and light carbonation. Very drinkable, easy to put down quickly. Overall a good beer, sad to see it go. I too had a best before date of 8/17/07 so I guess I was lucky to try it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness date of August 17, 2007. I must have had one of the last bottles produced. Pours between an amber and a brown with an orange tint. Head is slightly on the short side and fades to a cap. Some okay lacing. The smell is very fruity- almost like fruity pebbles, with orange, cherry, rapberry, and banana, as wellas some cereal grain. Unusual. The taste is more mellow and very smooth. Subdued fruit, a slight copperiness, and earthy, bitter hops on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth but substantial. A little different, I'm sorry to see it go.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this beer out into a glass mug. I was impressed with it from the onset. The appearance of the beer was a dark amber color with a fairly small white head with decent retention. The head reduces to a nice lacing that holds with the rest of the beer. The smell was very malty and had me enticed. The taste was slightly bitter and malty with kind of a nutty aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty thick and very smooth. Despite its thickness, this beer is nice and smooth and very drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GeneralZod
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


This beer has a dark redish brown to it. Highly carbonated and retained its head quite well. Looks very inviting.


It smelled malty, somewhat toasty aroma. It was ok, not memorable.


Really good. A lot better than expected. Could taste the maltiness. It is somewhat bitter in a good way.


Coarsed and very carbonated.


Is now one of my favorite ales. Very impressed.

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Photo of theformula
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper-y red body with large, light-tan head. Decent lacing.

Dark, toasty malts laced with yeast. Brown sugar and coffee notes. Kind of a brown ale aroma, methinks. Pretty interesting.

Medium-full body, thick but very smooth. Slightly carbonated. Body is a little heavy, a little like Rosie O'Donnel and not enough like Scarlett Johanson.

Deliciously dark and toasty. Lightly bitter hops. Nice coffee/caramel layer, maybe fig/raisin?

Quite nice. Similar to a Bass, but with more depth. Almost crosses into brown ale territory, but who cares. Good beer, but nothing extraordinary.

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Young's Dirty Dick's Ale from Young & Co Brewery PLC
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 198 ratings