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
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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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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 186
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 Pt. .9 oz bottle purchased for LaBodega in Riverside, CA in April 2006 for $2.99. Best by August 2006.

Pours a deep amber, quite translucent, with very pretty ruby highlights when backlit. A bit of head when first poured, but low carbonation results in it settling quickly and producing just a thin cover.

Aroma is quite strong- can smell from several feet away. Malty, rich, bready, slightly sweet. Just a bit of hop sour in the nose.

Simple yet elegant, full, rich flavor. Now this is a beer! Dark bread, creamy mouthfeel. Hard to describe what's happening in the flavor, but all I can say is that it is very good. Malty goodness at its core. A kiss of oily hops at the end to keep it interesting. And I will tell you, it just slides down my throat as easy as can be.

A real winner.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have passed this brew up so many times just because of the name, but I finally decided that it couldn't be all that bad. Turns out it's one of the most smooth and sessionable beers I've ever had.

Pours to a dark amber color with a thin even off-white head. Seems to be quite lively in the glass, but doesn't produce a harsh carbonated mouthfeel.

The smell was the only disappointing factor of this brew for me. It smells like caramel malt with a bit of diacetyl. The taste is very similar to the smell. Sweet and tasty... did I mention smooth?

The mouthfeel is very mild as one would expect. This is a very highly quaffable brew that I'd recommend to anybody, especially for somebody just breaking into the craft brew scene.

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Photo of nortmand
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Partial to this one, as it was one of the first times I thought "Damn that was a good beer" after I drank it.
Pours brownish red, with some light tan foam.
Fruity, almost berry chocolate smell. Very light chocolate.
Taste is slightly astringent, with a nice, mellow fruity maltiness and a tinge of bitterness backing it up.
Smooth, lightly carbonated mouthfeel.
Very drinkable. Would love to have this on tap some time, as this may be one of the ultimate session beers.

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Photo of Mark
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

another smooth drinkable ale from this fine company, British ale rules. Not a easy to find as Ram Rod. Since I reviewed this last, I have found a place that carries it! A good example of a mild ale, luckily from, IMHO the best brewery. This beer is a deep amber, head is thick and lace is above average. Very smooth and hops are subdued yet flavorful. Sweetish aroma and nice rounded mouthfeel. I have upped my rating of this great ale, I had totally shortchanged it earlier. another gem from Young's

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For my first mild I didn't know what to expect so my review might be a little skewed. The aroma hit my nose right as I poured, a sweet English maltiness and that beautiful mineral water-like complexity. The appearance was exellent as it poured a clear rich amber-brown with a very persistent rocky white head. The flavor surprised me as I was expecting it to taste like a pale ale but it was siginfigantly different as the hop flavor is not there but the malt and the water character were allowed to shine. Very clean and drinkable flavor I could have pint after pint of this as it is very refreshing and flavorful. The mouthfeel is full but it is still refreshing and drinkable without being viscous. You can easily take big drinks of this ale and have the feeling of your thirst being quenched. An extremely high quality ale with a low alcohol level like this one is very refreshing after a few months of Winter Warmers and Barleywines. It probably only gets better if it is on cask.

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Photo of auntfloyd
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a dark, clear copper color, with about one finger of white head. The nose is fresh malt and grass, sweet, and with a hint of hops. The flavor is similar, with sweet malts, caramel, and honey predominating. The mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is high.

Apparently this ale will be no more now that the Ram brewery has been closed. It's a shame, as this is one of the finer English ales you're likely to taste.

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Photo of Loki
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 1Pint .9 oz bottle

Poured a dark red, amber color with a big, think head and mountain ranges of lacing all around the glass. Wonderful to view.

Aromas of floral and bitter hops, malt, and subtle spice.

The taste bitter at first then proceeds to a roasted malt sweetness that slides back to a slightly hoppy bitter finish. Medium body with a very smooth texture and wonderful drinkability. A textbook English mild and a fine import! I could drink this all day, and perhaps I just might!

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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 BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ran across on old bottle of "Dirty Dicks" in my cellar hidden behind a case of wine. So I popped the cap and poured this ale that was a deep amber with a reddish hue, with a little bit of tan foam and some lace. The smell or roasted malts and what I beleived to be a hint of candy or whatever. The taste was of roasted malts and a touch of caramel, with maybe a hint of chocolate. Very pleasant for this bitter ale. Don't know how long it was hidden, but it was still very drinkable!

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Photo of Eirerate
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an interesting beer!

Poured from a bottle into a mug and noticed a rather cloudy split color appearance. Poured a nice two finger head with decent retention through out.

The smell is very malty with just a touch of hops thrown in.

Maybe started a bit too cold with this one because as it warmed up a bit the flavor seemed to rise to a whole new level. I found the malt just delightful and I enjoyed this beer through and through.

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Photo of Suds
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a terrific, drinkable beer! The head is shallow and white, but the beer itself is a dark brown color with almost ruby undertones. Great balance. Smell is of toasted malts, and the taste is doughy but very, very smooth.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with caramelized malt, dark fruits, buttscotch and some hops.

T: The taste is fruity and sweet (I thought this was an “English BITTER”?) with flavors of berries, apples, caramel, honey and butterscotch up front. A good hops character follows to provide a nice balance. The fruitiness and hoppiness combine for a bitter-sweet after-taste.

M: Very smooth with a little bit of crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: I was drawn in by the fact that this beer had been retired and there were 4 bottles left on the shelf. I definitely was not expecting the beer to be this tasty. It goes down easily and is not very filling. Overall, I haven’t been much of a fan of the beers that I’ve had from the UK and I’ve never had a beer in this style before, so I really wasn’t expecting much. Now that I’ve tried this one, I find it a bit disheartening that the first British beer that I’ve liked has been retired whether it’s for good or just temporarily.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark amber, good tall head (2-3 inches) that dissipates. Lots of nice lacing.

Odor: crisp, a bit hoppy, not much else

Taste: lightly hoppy, a hint of caramel, slightly bitter, hop aftertaste.

smooth, mildly bubbly mouthfeel

excellent drinkability, totally relaxing and remarkably enjoyable.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm the smell that I get as I pour this gem is loaded w/ flavor. First things first, the beer is a dead on amber hue w/ light carbonation below a tan head that leaves behind chunky lacing and holds its own throughout this gobble session.

Malts are pretty balanced, meaning they aren't too sweet and they have enough earthy tones to keep it in check. The yeast is the big factor in this brew in my opinion, it brings out this fruity presence that is mostly the darker variety. Hops are present, I don't pick up much as far as citrus goes, these hops are their for one purpose and that is to provide a bitter edge, they perform admirably. Freshly baked bread, combined w/ some toasted crust give this that grittyness that it needs.

Notes: A complex offering. I'd love to try this from a cask.

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Photo of Realale
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany. Fine cream-colored head settles to a thin complete cap.

Mouth-watering nose of candied fruit and rich bready malt. Quite minerally in the mouth, with a substantial malty base from which the fruity notes express themselves. Light carbonation gives very nice mouthfeel, and highlights the light body of this fine mild ale.

Lacks the complexity of a well-kept cask mild, but the best dead bottled version I've tried.

500 ml bottle. Best before end of May, 2003.

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Photo of clabaugh
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel amber with a rocky head colored a faint beige. Tremendous lace.

Smell: Succulently malty with bold caramel aromas. Floral hops, which release exceptional notes of honeysuckle and pear rind.

Taste: Unambiguously malty and full of caramelly character. Roasted nuttiness, clean, floral hops, and some pleasing diacetyl. A rather tasty milieu.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, cool, crisp, and refreshing. Smooth and supple, with some mild carbonation. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Plentiful flavor, and offers a well-rounded sensual experience. Keep 'em coming.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This English Mild pours a clear copper body with a small, but lasting, offwhite head. Active carbonation is apparent and a moderate amount of patch lacing is left on the pint glass.
Aroma is well balanced between sweet ale malts and floral hops.
Mouthfeel is light medium bodied, with even carbonation and a refreshing smoothness. Slight mineral note seems to be calcium.
Very British in taste, with subdued caramel sweetness and leafy floral hop bitterness. Nice balance. Bready malt notes work very well with the floral hops bittering.
Clean and refreshing. Perfect with a few slices of sharp cheddar cheese. Very sessionable with the low abv, but priced kinda steep.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear chestnut bodied with a supple chalky white crown.
Wafts of buttered biscuits and perfumed hops, touched with pangs of metal.
Begins with that same toasty biscuit sensation from the nose. Apple preserves and caramel on top. Toffee and dilute butterscotch. Ghostly mild chocolate impression. Adequately and appropriately hopped, in a lightly herbal metallic manner.
On the gentler side of medium bodied. This is a drinker, without question. And a well-done Dark Mild.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the color of strong, concentrated iced tea with a bubbly little white head. Sweet, malty nose with a Euro hop background. Some dried fruit. A little buttery in the nose as well. The flavor is sweet upfront with a lot of fruity esters. Some herbal Euro hops come in and lend a surprisingly amount of assertive bitterness to the soft malt. Very nice, drying finish that cleans up the palate, leaving a lingering flavor of dates and toffee. Mouthfeel is light but not watery, making this a would-be excellent session brew. Unfortunately, the price tag makes this one hard to have more than one a night.

Side note: I remember seeing this beer in other states at the listed 4.1% ABV years ago. Only recently have I been seeing this beer pop up in Texas. Oddly enough, this bottle is listed 5.2% ABV. Don't know what that's all about.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another tasty Young's brew. It pours a deep reddish brown and had a decent head that dissipated quickly to a thin white cap that left tons of sticky lace on my glass. There is a nice toasted grain/cracker aroma with a bunch of hops. The flavor is very mellow and a decent maltiness is balanced with a lot of hops that carry to the finish and create a dry, bitter bite on the tongue. Young's might be a little more expensive over on this side of the pond, but it's brews are worth every penny.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear ruby red in appearance. Thin, sticky ivory white head. Leaves some nice lace. Aroma is of caramel and sweet malt. A slight herbal hop pressence is noted as well. Taste has seet malt, but not as much as the nose suggested. Nice hopping. Herbal, earthy.....a bit oily. All in all, a nice combo of malt and hops. Creamy texture. Easy drinking. Would make for a nice session brew.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ML. Bottle Best before Feb/05

Appearance: Clear garnet with a very healthy, frothy, creamy, off-white head that sticks to the glass leaving plety of lace.

Smell: earthy with a pleasant aroma of hops leaf and malt.

Taste: mild sweetness and a background toasted malt flavour. Yeast flavours are a bit more pronounced coming thru as bready. It mixes well with an hop flavor. Bitterness complements the level of malt character by providing just the right amount of balance. Short slightly dry earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with some malt chewiness. Creamy on the palate,

This is a perfect session ale. Nothing about it is overpowering , yet it really hits the spot. Most enjoyable. Dare I say it a lawnmower 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 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 bahumutx
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark red-orange color with a nice head that dissipated slowly. There is a small head that stays on the beer.

Smell: Smells of hops and malt. Can’t really pick out any specific smells.

Taste: Starts off with a slight hop taste and then has a malt sweetness in the middle and finishes with a biscuit taste. The hops and malt are well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth almost creamy Mouthfeel. Has the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A perfect session beer especially with the ABV.

This is my first beer from Youngs and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Look forward to trying some of their other offerings.

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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