Young's St. George's Ale | Young & Co Brewery PLC

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Young's St. George's AleYoung's St. George's Ale

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mark on 01-07-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 90
Reviews by SargeC:
Photo of SargeC
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep copper color with a golden head and minimal movement.

Smell: Mild hops and malt.

Taste: Basic ale. Nice hop and malt balance with just a hint of butterscotch.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Creamy body that improves as it warms.

Drinkability: Good session ale. Enjoyable when served colder than ale should be, but just as good when presented traditionally.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a thin white head that is gone pretty quickly,big metallic aroma with some sweet caramel and just a touch of English hop herbalness faint but noticable.Flavors are malt driven lightly sweet caramel and biscuit malt upfront with some definent metallic notes finish with just enough herbal/hop to make it quite quaffable.This is rather full in body like the label says and flavorful well done.

Note:the bottle label says 5.2% alc not 4.3%.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a nice light brown with lots of orangish coloring and a good head.

Smell – The first hit is of strong Englishy yeast, lightly toasted malts, and grassy hops. The spices and fruit come a fraction of a second later, and they are spectacular. There’s nothing really big here, even as the ale warms, but it’s exceptionally well-balanced at the nose.

Taste – The big yeast, dark spices, and hoppy grass are all very rough on the tongue. If that’s how you like it then good, but if you’re looking for something with a boring, flat taste this will knock your head back.

It’s almost too easy to leave out an observation of the malts, but they are lightly-toasted and offer a much-needed base of operations to the rest of the ingredients. All and all you have quite an array of flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is short of medium-bodied but very potent in the mouth. The yeasty bitterness is just slightly offset by the fruits. If you want some excitement in your mouth but don’t want to spend more than five dollars, this could be the nightcap you’ve been waiting for.

Drinkability – This is a quaffable EPA that isn’t shy about flexing its sharp flavors. Like LBB pondered, it would be incredible on-cask.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled version, with new graphics, logo etc. Comes with best before dating, which informs me that this is a fresh sample. Pours typical light almond amber. Some tiny bubble sheeting left on the glass as well as some spotty lacing later. Bready malt nose with a touch of hops as well. Medium bodied, tasty British style (read balanced) ale. Nice smooth buttery malt carries the load with a respectable layer grainy hops in place to make this one a pleasant quaffer and a nice session choice. Some nutty, smokyness also picked up late.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.72/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold pour with a bubbly white head. Fuggles and goldings prevalent in this one, with floral yet musty spice in the nose. Hoppy and crisp, but a watery mouthfeel. Typical English bitter finish. Tasted old, in a stale rather than aged way. Expected more, got less.

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Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Young's with the new bottle design. Clear medium bronze appearance, fluffy big-bubbled head that stick nicely and leaves very attractive lace. Slightly orange aroma with a bit of a buttery nut tone to it. Light-medium mouthfeel, carbonation slightly high at the beginning. Interesting and definitely slanted toward the hop, flowery and bitter green pepper with a touch of juiciness coming through. In a way, the malts are best expressed in the aroma, which lends the primary balance to the beer. Gets a bit flat at the close, with a dryish bitter snap finishing things up. Very quaffable brew, nicely fruity and a touch astringent.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of foamer
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Bon Accord, Glasgow

Pours an amber with a cream-coloured head which leaves nice foam on the glass. Some sweet malts and citrusy hops in the nose. Initial sweet malt followed by a mild citrusy hop bitterness with fleeting fruity notes leading to a mild hoppy finish. Smooth and creamy from the cask-conditioning. A nice session ale although given the choice of session beers I would rather go for the Young's Bitter.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Young's- St. George's Ale

Appearance- orangey/ yellow with a slight brownish hue. Thick white head and plenty of lacing on the glass.
Smell- caramel/ bready malt. A touch of earthy hops.
Taste- bread dough. Vanilla caramel with slight hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel- actually quite smooth. Too easy to drink down.

Overall- a smooth creamy Ale that goes down too easy. A little on the light side though.

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Photo of Sammy
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Recommended chilled, but had at cellar temperature and then at room temperature. White head on pale yellow body.Medium bodied with cask-like carbonation. Cheesy and malty aroma. Easy drinking but not very tasty, medium with a bit of old ale flavour. Does refresh.

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Photo of jahsausage
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My beers' head has been hanging around for ages, a good sign of majority malt brewing, the beer itself might not last much longer! A beautifull example of english ale, the sort of thing that you would love to death if it was on tap somewhere near you but feel a bit gipped having payed extra for in the bottle.

Pours amber with an impressive head, impressionswise it is a starlet of beers, smell is well, "biscuity" to me, then it goes well, not downhill but well a bit flat. Not to get into one of the proverbial "interesting always vs consistently drinkable" arguments but this beer is squarely in the latter.

Maybe its the alcohol or the warming brew but it is tasting a lot better as a I continue, I think that this beer is an amazing example of an unexciting style (if that makes any sense atoll)

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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD of 18 Feb 07, looks like I'm a little late

Pours an efferevescent orange/amber with a 2 fingers deep rocky eggshell white head. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Fruitty & a hint of iron

T: Fruitty & some citurs hops up front. Some breadyness follows along with some piney hops as this warms. Finishes up with a nice citrussy & peppery hop snap

MF: Medium bodied with healthy carbonation (helps bring out the hops)

Very easy to drink, not a bad take on the style, just figured a little more flavor would be forthcoming

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Photo of dgallina
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce stylish brown bottle. Dated best-before 18-Feb-2007, so somewhat past it's prime in early May.

The beer pours cloudy golden yellow with a bit of initial head that quickly disappears, leaving a little lace behind. The smell is straight-forward for an English pale; toasted biscuit malts and somewhat restrained leafy hops. The hops have perhaps mellowed a bit since the beer is somewhat old. The flavor is anchored by chewy and lightly toasted biscuit malts, but these are rapidly overshadowed by a burst of leafy and fruity hops. Slightly buttery apricot notes are dominant. Bright, light, and very crisp yet smooth in the mouth; altogether quaff-able and quenching.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle of St. George's Ale pours a clear amber color with a good amount (say, half-inch) of foam, that settles into a thin white layer of bubbles; no lacing. The aroma is wine-like, with a bit of pear and hints of vanilla bean and honey. The body is nice and full and mouthfeel is quite smooth. The fruity and somewhat spicy middle gives way to a fairly bitter finish that leaves a lasting bitterness on the tongue; a very nice effect. There's not much hop spiciness here, but I don't really expect that in a British ale. Fortunately, there's enough character built on fruity esters, complex malt flavor and assertive hop bitterness. A fairly complex brew that remains quite drinkable. I really like the long finish and how the bitterness builds on the tongue with each sip.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of goochpunch
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a copper amber with a sufficient fluffy rolling head that settles to about 1/2" and leaves great lacing patterns. Nose is a nice mixture of herbal hops, toasted malt, fruity esters and a big presence of buttery shortbread. Well rounded buttery, floral, toasty, bready, and nutty flavors, however, this all seems to get just a tad muddy and run off in the finish. Gets a little boozy in the finish as well (this is 5.2% rather than the 4.3% listed on this site). Really, just starts out strong then peters out. Mouthfeel is of moderate body and has pleasant carbonation. Aside from the minor setbacks in the area of flavor, this is a really great drinker, and it's a shame it isn't cheaper.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a brown/orangish color with a white head which goes away pretty fast. It smells like grapefruit, hops, a bit of spice, and some toasted caramel malt. The taste is a good combination of hops and caramel, with it starting out with a slightly sweet malty taste and having a hoppy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium, kind of creamy. The drinkability is pretty good, the combination of sweet and bitter (both mild) makes this pretty easy to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty decent beer, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours mdeium brown/orange color with thin white head. Very effervescent with big bubbles racing for the top. Aroma has smoke and peat, think single-malt scotch-like. Alcohol is not present in the mouthfell and taste has very sweet malt flavors. Small but solid amount of bitterings on the finish. High quality botle-conditioned ale

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Photo of BeerSox
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L tapered bottle into mug.

Clear pale amber color with a very thick very light tan head. Good retention with sticky lacing.

Biscuity malty aromas with mild butterscotch diacetyl. Some musty qualities to the scents.

Sweet malt flavors lead off, with slight hop bitterness at the end. Hints of nutty flavors.

Light bodied with strong carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish.

It's a good beer but there is nothing special about it. The thing that stuck out the most about it was the light butterscotch flavors.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep amber body with a slight haze almost approaches a light brown. Head is a light tan with huge quickly popping bubbles that fade before the first sip.

Nose is sweet with a nice balance of hops and wheat. There are even notes of vanilla and creamy citrus.

Enters the mouth super silky. Very mellow and well balanced. You get a smooth gel of wheat, vanilla, and a hint of honey. The finish is realatively clean with a decent hoppy bitter. The mouthfeel is well received and not a bit unenjoyable. A very drinkable beer that could be a fridge favorite.

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Photo of scottoale
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the newer style 500ml. brown bottle with an ABV of 5.2% and a best before date of: 08 FEB 06, pours a deep coppery amber ale with a 1/2inch, off-white head. It also sports a new label with modern graphics, than the one shown here. Not much lace, if any.

Sweet, full malt nose, kind of bisquity and doughy, with hints of tea and tobacco, a very pleasant smelling ale.

Smooth and balanced malt flavor, just as it smells, with just the right amount of bitter to it's finish. Very nice flavor with full body and a smooth, but lively mouthfeel. Mellow carbonation plus a moderate amount of alcohlic content, make this an easy drinking beer suitable for sessions.

Nice ale, cheers!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this beer in a London pub, in cask condition while watching a World Cup match (football) last summer. I was not impressed and thought it might just be a celler, landlord, pub problem. Now I have tried a bottle, I am not so sure, I think it is a beer I do not really like or enjoy drinking.

Quarter inch thick, off-white head sat atop a light amber beer ina pint sleeved glass, looked OK.

The aroma and taste were of sweet malts, a fizzy hoppiness and nothing else, not great in my opinion.

Very poor mouthfeel, no lasting flavours or aftertaste.

Not a beer I will be searching for, or even trying again.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found in a Moscow supermarket, the dark brown half liter bottle has a blue and gold label featuring a ram's head at the top and an axe forming the "T" in St. Below the name is the claim "full-bodied English ale." The Russian import label identifies only purity law ingredients. Best before 10/05/06, I opened it on 4/21/06.

Pours clear copper under a thick 1.5 finger dirty white head with good retention and nice contour. Although initially sticky in the head, there's only a few spots and strings of lace as we go down the glass. The nose is mild but pleasant, with distinctly floral hops. The mouth is fiarly light and very well carbonated. Mild, perhaps even watery flavor, with just the slightest hint of some sweetish malt. The hops are nice adn smooth, with a touch of carnation to go with a refreshing bitter. The aftertaste is slightly dry. This one is mild all around. "Full-bodied," eh? Hardly.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear reddish amber brew with a splotchy white head.

Smell is malty and fruity with a mild hop leaf scent.

Taste is mild bit of sweetness and then creamy. Reasonably malty with a decent bitter finish. Tasty herbal hop flavor with vanilla and oak flavors. Flavor never gets dull always a new flavor element jumping out at you.

Mouthfeel is good and creamy.

Drinkability? 5 Cases Please! Tasty flavorful without any harshness at all. I could drink this all day.

From the Label bottom left "ALC by VOL 5.2%

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Photo of brushpig
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found a bottle at Sam's wines and liquors.

Nice copper/amber body hue with a frothy white head, and good carbination.

The aroma was light, yeast english malts and spices

Very nice smooth flavor, a good english ale with a light bitter finish.
fruits, spices and malts.

Very drinkable beer, more flavorful than a lot of ales out there, but still not to heavy.

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Young's St. George's Ale from Young & Co Brewery PLC
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 94 ratings