Young's Special London Ale | Wells & Young's Ltd

Young's Special London AleYoung's Special London Ale
BA SCORE
77.8%
Liked This Beer
3.94 w/ 442 ratings
Young's Special London AleYoung's Special London Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,571
Reviews:
329
Ratings:
442
Liked:
344
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
11.17%
Alströms:
4.01
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 442 |  Reviews: 329
Photo of BaldEagle
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cebeci88
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lelepat
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die," this one will have to wait for my review as I can't find my notes.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 500ml bottle, bought from Villa Market in Bangkok. A beautifully crafted beer. The cover with the name of the famous locations in London is quite nice, making me missing that city a lot.

Look: Golden and lively, a lot of bubbling. Good head retention.
Smell: This is where this beer is extremely lovely. A lot of floral notes, with citrus. Faint hay smell, making it's strange that this beer is named London Ale, yet it reminds me of lying on a grass field in the spring.
Taste: Hoppier than some of the ESB that I've had, a little bit overbalancing the malt, but not too much. Again, floral and citrus notes. Spicy hoppiness at the end.
Feel: Medium body, great malt aftertaste.

Great brew, a little bit hoppy for my taste but the floral and hay notes make up for it. Will have it again.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint.
Pours clear (but not crystal) light copper beer with good rocky off-white head, excellent retention.
Smell - toasted malts, fruitcake, notes of floral hops.
Taste - biscuity, slightly fruity & metallic, honey, unexpected alcohol hues, nice grassy hops.
Medium body, medium carbonation.
A bit harsh to be excellent.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Humbaz
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrob21
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitschiguy
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 500ml bottle into an English pint glass.

Poured a nice reddish light brown/deep amber colour with a huge frothy white head. The head was very creamy on top with tight to medium bubbles at the sides. lasted all the way to the end with lots of lacing. Great looking beer.

The nose was complex with huge bready, toasted malts, dried fruit, fruitcake and some spice. Very nice.

Palate was complex also - very malty with lots of fruit flavours all over the mouth. Well-rounded. Medium to full-bodied. Some hoppy bitterness at the back of the tongue and sides of the mouth. Finish was fairly long, drying with some biterness.

Mouth was wonderfully smooth and full despite the fairly high level of carbonation. Very well-rounded.

Overall this is a really lovely beer. Huge flavours, complex, well-balanced and easy to drink despite being strong. It looks wonderful with a massive creamy, long-lasting head.

Despite being so easy to drink I wouldn't say this is a session beer - I felt a wonderfully warming, light-headed buzz after I'd finished it....

Truly outstanding. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wretchedabyss
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy Amber beer with medium head and patchy lacing. Aroma of malts, fruits and yeast. Taste is malts, caramel, dried fruit and some sweet cake. Medium to light bodied. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Lodisgrisen
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orangesol
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vinivini
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephenlee
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Decko
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy Amber poured into an IPA glass. Head diminished but left about a finger's width in the glass. S - nice fruity aroma with hops coming through. T- beautifully balanced beer with light fruitiness and hops in just the right proportion. Hard to believe it is over 6% BV as I couldn't detect the alcohol coming through. M - again spot on with carbonation limited enough to keep a smooth almost creamy feel. O - overall this was a lovely beer which could be a great session beer even given the strength. I'll be drinking more of this.

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Photo of SteenLarsen
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite English ale. Ahh those Golding hops. stars with a ligth bitter taste which turns into a comfortable but not too sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of bakero
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Young's Special London Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 77.8% out of 100 with 442 ratings
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