I have reviewed a few of Young's ales but this may be my last given the news last fall of their merger with Charles Wells and the closure of the captial's Ram brewery after 469 years. I understand their range is now being brewed at the Wells' brewery in Bedford. I trust this bottle is actually a relic of London Brewing past as this one carries a best before date of a month ago. The cold of the cellar stash has done its job, holding the ale's form well. Like Knut - I snabbed what I could after I heard of the ancient brewery's demise.
So what of the brew? As cheery as pint as there is. Orange amber ale under a frothy off-white head. Soft water with a medium-light body with some texture to it, a chewy feel. Grainy but also with a good bit of summer fruit: apricot, apple, pear. Some twig and green herb hop but at 4.3%, a level of lightish ale that requires a pretty subtle hand. A nice micro-burst of tangerine peel in the finish. As good a session beer as might have been. I wonder if the new stuff matches it?