Young's Special | Wells & Young's Ltd

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wellsandyoungs.co.uk

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
Wants:
12
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drummerdwzp
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigGold
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had Young's Special in London, pulled from cask into pint tumbler. This amber English Bitter has good depth of flavor for a 4.50 ABV ale, more than holding its own against the rising tide of English craft beers.

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Photo of PorterThwarter
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JavierGC
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dmurray50000
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sellen
4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of vinicole
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hand pulled. Pale chestnut. Tight frothy head. Clear.
Light aroma of malt and hops.
Well balanced. Brown bread and hop. Bitter bight at the end.
Very smooth.
I can (and have) drink this all day.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of sleazo
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A_Nice clear copper with a foamy off white head. No lace whatsoever which is the only fault I had.

S_Freshly baked bread aroma with slight hints of ginger.

T_While the aroma speaks to the malt the flavor leans to the hops. Nicely bitter throughout with mown grass dominating the front. Aftertaste is a nice bitter herbal mess

M_On the lighter side of medium with an upfront tight carbonation. Quickly fades to a nice dryness at the end

O_A good refreshing beer for a rainy afternoon.

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Photo of KStark
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hand pulled pint in The Marquis of Anglesey, a Young's pub near Covent Garden, London.

Young's glass, a sleeve: mid-range amber body, white clinging head, typical UK looking bitter: nothing wrong, nothing outstanding.

The smell was a mix of biscuity toasted malts and the influence of Fuggles hops.

The taste was a good blend of Britsh ingrediants: Fuggles and Goldings being the hop elemnet, Maris Otter and Crystal malts the other main players.

The mouthfeel is almost smooth, but some grainy hints prevent that happening, it is after all a bitter and shouldn't be too soft on the palate.

Middle of the road beer for me, nothing 'Special' about it.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at The Lamb (Young's Ale House) near Russell Square, London.

A-Pours chestnut amber with a short, thin eggshell white head.

S-Biscuity malts, pale malts, mellow sweetness.

T/M-Thin, soft mouthfeel. Grassy hops come in first, followed by light biscuity malts. The dry hoppy finish lingers for a few brief moments.

D-Very nice.

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Photo of Trizzle
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear Amber in body with small fading head. Fades to a rim of bubbles.

Earthern soil like roasted malt dominates the nose. Hints of dark cherries and saltanas in the mix too...

Raw rush of roasted grains up front. Some subtle sweeter sugars, sultanas and dry sherry follow, then a whop of very dry english hops. Fuggles? Not an aromatic hop hit, but very dry with an astringency like strong black tea. Not bad at all.

A light bodied malt, a touch too astringent to be smooth, but hardly offensive.

Good drinkability. I'd be happy to do half a dozen pints.

Not in the same calibre as it's younger (excuse the pun) brother, the Bitter, but what is??

An enjoyable drop just the same.

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Young's Special from Wells & Young's Ltd
3.92 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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