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%
 
 
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of GarthT
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper pour with a medium white head and thick lacing. Malty aroma with a strong, bitter fuggles hop presence and bit of apple. Crisp fuggels hop with a sweeter malt back. Every now and then, a rank crystal-malt-and-vinegar bite would emerge. Some metal and a bit watery, but decent.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pale brown/amber, great clarity, sudsy tan collection of bubbles, poor head retention

Aroma: hint of caramel, grainy malt, artichokey hops, strawberry blossoms

Flavor: full malty sweetness with a toasty caramel roundness, dries out fairly quickly from a vegetal hop flavor and subtle balancing bitterness, grassy/malty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: So, your Mamma calls you "special". Does that mean the rest of the world agrees with her? Probably not. Their Mamma's said they were "special" too. Same goes for this beer. Pretty standard, really.

To be fair, seeing that a lot of people seem to quite like it from the cask, I'll give it a try again if I see it at a pub somewhere.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful cask beer. Dark orange. Murky. Pours a thin white head that becomes a thinner white head. Smells like a typical bitter, but not too much there. Tastes nice. Like the smell, it's not too impressive. Pleasant, though. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable.

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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 endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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 Mitchster
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank at a Young's Pub on Wandsworth, London, next to the Young's Brewery. Lightly hazy mid-caramel with a sparse head leaving a thin scummy ring after a few seconds. Carbonation is mild, retention and lacing are poor. Aroma is very lightly hopped, but more so than the bitter and AAA, and a distant caramel. Taste is mild, an inkling of hop flavor, mild pale and amber malts, and fruity ferment. Long, round metallic note in the finish, which is wet and mild. Another decent session brew, but the metallic note subtracts from the drinkability a smidge.

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Photo of foles
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I struggle with the highly bitter ales, so the barman at the Dog & Bull in Croydon recommended I try the Special. It was a solid choice. It typifies the style (English Pale Ale) to my taste, without going overboard in any particular flavour category.

Looks nice (typical copper colour with minimal head) and tastes nice (fresh, malt backbone and very lightly fruity - with only a slightly bitter finish). I did notice very little smell present (maybe my nose).

It is a good session ale for me while visiting a Youngs pub.

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Photo of surfadelic23
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Barleyhoppers. It was taking a while for my oatmeal stout to pour, so I had this while waiting!
This has a very clear Reddish/brown color that is very clear. It had a quickly diminishing head. This smells nice with maltiness up front and as the ale warms up the hops come throught. Very well balanced with a nice hop flavor that follows up every sip. This one is so easy to drink, I had two!

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12oz bottle.

Pours a clear copper with a creamy ivory head. Some lacing. Fruity malt in the nose along with some spicy, cutting hops.

As you sip, lightly fruity apple flavors, some pale malt and then a middling persistent hoppiness, a slow burn of hops. Lightly metallic. Crisp up front and creamy going down. Real smooth.

Better than I expected. More like a English bitter than English pale ale IMO. Solid brew.

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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 Shaw
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this on-tap at my local pub, the Cock & Bull.

This is a light ruby-colored pale ale, very much in the British style of pale ales, rather than our American pale ales that have a golden color.

It has a light aroma of hops, which is surprising for an English ale in my opinion. Most of their ales are very non-agressive. The taste is good. Howie, the Cock & Bull's owner, said this ale is dry-hopped. It tastes like it, although much milder dry-hopping than American ales. This ale is a notch above the other exported English ales I've had in the USA, which says nothing to their character in their homeland. The beers I remember having in England were excellent.

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Photo of JavierGC
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | 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 EBeckett3
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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 sneu
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

500ml bottle

Pours with a light amber body. Head forms but soon disappates with very little retention

Smell, aromas of dry malt, little hop bitterness coming through, slight hint of clove also

Taste, malty body, fairly heady thick body, slight bitterness in the finish, not a great deal however

A pretty tasty ale, would make a good session ale

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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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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark clear copper hued pour that looks like an over brewed iced tea. A thin coating of a head with zero carbonation (could be the bar?) and zero lace (Same?)

Clean mixed fresh, ale fruit scents.

Perfect balance of hops upfront & malts. Fairly complex flavors continued to unravel. Reminded me of many other Pale Ales. Hmmm. Lingering yummy Kraft Caramel Squares aftertaste, leading to cidery Earthy notes.

Thin yet present feel.

To be on the generous side, this isn't a huge all nighter due to bitter malts which are more revealed as the temperature warms.

Last swigs: Fairly complex ale with hops and malts tango that leads to a cloying apples undertone. Interesting beer. YOUNG delivers.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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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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