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Younger's Special Bitter - Rogue Ales

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356 Ratings

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 35
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-31-2002)
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Photo of chumba526
1.02/5  rDev -74.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I had this at Rogue's taproom in Portland.
The color is a murky brownish orange color with no foam or head of any kind; it looked completely flat: turns out it was when I tasted it.

The smell is of rotten sour malts. It also smells a bit nutty, a bit soapy. But mostly it smelt very stale: kind of smelt like old stale bread and old rotten yeast.

The taste is utterly disgusting. It tasted of off malts. A rotten nut taste as well is apparent. It tasted slightly sour with a gross honey aftertaste. There is also this disgusting rotten yeasty flavor to the beer.

Zero carbonation is in the beer and it was served at seventy degrees, I kid not. The overly warm temperature was hard to handle: cask should not be cold but it shouldn't be seventy degrees! No carbonation made the beer overly bad. I spit up the beer when I was drinking it. I am a huge fan of cask and this is the first cask ale I have tried that I could not drink.

Looking at other reviews I can only assume that Rogue is serving an improperly kept and old cask. It tasted like it could have been a good beer if fresh and properly stored. Rogue should spend less time on marketing and more time maintaining the quality of their beer! Rogue should be ashamed for serving this beer this way. Next time I'm in Portland I want to go to the Horse Brass and try a sample of it there to see if there is substantial difference.
If you order it at Rogue be sure to try a sample first.

chumba526, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of BeerManDan
2.28/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A nice hazy copper color when poured at the brewery while on tap. The taste, unlike the bottle version which had caramel and malts, this tap version had a awful sour after taste that made this YSB unpleasant and undrinkable. Drink the bottled YSB;and stay away from the tapped YSB!

BeerManDan, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of negroobserver
2.63/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

C: Ruby Red color with a golden hue.

S: Sweet. Light Malts. Light Roasted Scent. Light scent of hops. The beer has a funny pungent smell.

T: Malty.

M: Good carbonation. Smooth texture and slight alcohol/carbonation bite.

D: I didn't enjoy this beer at all becasue of the strange funky smell.


negroobserver, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: murky brown with slight amber hue, 1 finger white head, leaves nice lacing

Smell: malts and caramel, sweetness

Taste: caramel, sweet malts, mild citrus

Mouthfeel: lots of carbonation, medium body

Drinkability: not overly bitter, but not overly exciting, quite carbonated


THECPJ, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Magery
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh.

Everything about this beer was average. It seemed almost half-assed in a way, not what I was expecting from a Rogue beer. It appeared in the glass to have a respectable coloring, but again, just average. What got me was the taste, or lack there of. It was very mild although not very dissapointing as the bar tender had told me it was worth a try, but not too exceptional.

This beer doesn't do the bar/restaraunt or the brewer justice. There are much better products offered from both.

Magery, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of granger10
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was disappointed with Rogue's offering here. It poured a hazy amber color with a solid head that had decent retention. The smell was rather weak and all that I could get was hops. The body in this beer was what hurt it to me. No body! It almost tasted like many homebrews that I have had before, low consistency. Malts were faint and few. Maybe a slight caramel sweetness and grainy base. Hops were present but weren't that bitter, more flavoring hops in this case. It wasn't the worst beer (the flavors mixed well) and really was about average in terms of style, but I'm expecting more from Rogue.

granger10, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of Naes
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bitter pours a clear amber color with a small white head.
The aroma is a bit muted, but has a bit of hops with a slight sweetness as well; quite typical of an English style bitter.
The flavor is much sweeter than I was expecting. It starts out with a mild bitterness from the hops, but it is quickly overtaken by caramel m malt. It is more balanced than I was expecting.
Mouth feel is light in body and mild on the carbonation levels.
Overall, this is a good beer, but just a little too sweet for a bitter in my book.

Naes, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of sobeleg
3/5  rDev -23.9%

sobeleg, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of warrenc
3/5  rDev -23.9%

warrenc, May 28, 2012
Photo of bigdaddyvoodoo
3/5  rDev -23.9%

bigdaddyvoodoo, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of PatandDavid
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at Redbones. Clear dark amber when poured, it came with a decent piney aroma. It starts with a smooth malty touch which runs into a syrupy mouthfeel. Ends in a nice hop finish, but the mouthfeel isn't as dry as it could be. Not a bad beer, but slightly syrupy.

PatandDavid, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a medium brown color ale with a medium light brown head with better then average retention. Aroma of English hops is dominating with nice floral aspects. Taste is dominated by English hops and provides a lot of dryness. I thought the malt was a bit too discreet and some caramel malt would have brought some sweetness to balance the dryness form the hops. Body is quite full with some medium carbonation.

Phyl21ca, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep coppery color, short lasting head, light carbonation. Typical hoppiness for an ESB. A little malty overtones but after taste is clearly the hops.

jdhilt, Jun 21, 2002
Photo of Duster72
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a copper color with a one finger head with moderate retention. Aroma is floral hops and complex malts. Taste is like a hopped brown ale. Chocolately and burnt malts meld with a hoppy floral presence. Nice bitterness level. Mouthfeel is fine. One 12oz serving was enough for me. I had to keep reminding myself to drink it because it just didn't call my name for some reason.

Duster72, May 19, 2007
Photo of Foxman
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a rich amber, almost like a strong iced tea, head grows, then recedes just as fast, leaving a thin bubbly slick across the top of the beer. There's a spotty lace as the beer drains.

The aroma is the tart, slightly fruity hops of the style, with a genuine kick of yeast wafting northward.

The fruit in the hops arrives first on the tongue, followed by an almost doughy yeast flavor partnered with the slight malt sweetness, leavened by a hint butterscotch. It finishes almost peppery, perhaps from the hops/malt combo, heavy on the hops.

The body is on the light side of medium, seeming to slide from the front of the mouth back, the coating ebbing similarly and quickly. There's a definite dry hop finish sensation.

There's a hop/malt balance typical of the style here. The hops refresh, the malt fills in the blanks. I'd have one or two more, certainly. Again, it is indicative of the British bitter style, and while not a clone of any one specifically, it's a pleasant example. I wasn't overly impressed by any one component of this beer, but it seems a case of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.

Foxman, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light orange color with a minimal head and lacing and a somewhat citrus-like aroma. The taste told me that it was definitely a bitter and nothing else. If you like bitters, this is a good bitter - I enjoyed it and actually went back for seconds. A nice beer.

clvand0, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of zplug123
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 16 oz glass

A: Medium amber-copper color with excellent head retention and lacing.

S: Very faint and subdued malt and flowery scent, could barely detect

T: Fairly bitter for a light beer, crisp hops taste with biscuit/butterscotch undertone

M: Smooth and light bodied, definitely leaves a bit of a bite at the end of each sip

D: A good hoppy example of a bitter, would repeat a tasting if I was in the mood for hops and not the strength of an IPA.

zplug123, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

YSB has a brownish orange body and a creamy tan head. Both the retention and lacing are fairly good.

The aroma has a lot of English hops, with fruit and bitterness. Some toasted malts are noticeable also.

Toasted malts come through up front, with a bit of bread. Hops come next, with a fairly high amount of bitterness, some earthy flavors and some fruit. Somewhere in the middle a little bit of fruity yeast poles its head through also.

This beer is very dry from start to finish. The body is a little bit thin.

YSB is a decent bitter, but it has more bitterness than flavor.

Hojaminbag, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of John_Beeryman
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

John_Beeryman, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Bighuge
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a slightly hazy copper color. A thin egg-white head sits on top and is well retained. It's got that pungent hop aroma that I love about Rogue beers. This carries over into the taste as well. I also get some citric tones too. Seems to be an adequate caramel malt backbone. Thin and carbonated mouthfeel. This is a decent brew, but I much prefer their Brutal Bitter.

Bighuge, Sep 25, 2002
Photo of CortexBomb
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice burnt amber colour with a 1 inch thick frothy white head on top. Scent is an appealing blend of hops and malt without being aggressive about it, characteristic citrus tones abound.

The taste starts out with a strong back tongue bitter which takes on a lemony acidic sort of edge half way in and there are some definite...piney tones hanging around as well. Unfortunately, the interest really ends there, the finish is abrubt and dry with only the faint rememberence of the flavour left behind.

The flavour on this was disappointing in that Rogue's Brutal Bitter is one of my faves, while this stood out in no way from other bitters, or even the gamut of American style IPA's that have flooded the market for that matter.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, and there are hints of viscuity particularly at the end, but overall it is pretty light. The drinkability on it is fine, but as I said, it really doesn't stand out from the pack, so I doubt I'll be picking it up again.

CortexBomb, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of Px2GrafX
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear burnt sienna with caramel highlights in a pint glass. off white eighth inch head that drops to a ring but laces well. aroma is not very strong. clean light hop aroma with a lightly sweet aroma to compliment. not much else to say here. taste is not overly complex either. there's a medium bitterness mixed with high carbonation disguising any hop character. there is some fruit flavor, mild like peach or apricot, but these are quickly displaced by a metallic flavor. there is a yeasty and dry bitterness in the finish. mouthfeel is light and crisp and easily quaffable. high carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden. overall, this isn't more than an average bitter and one of my least favorite offerings from rogue. not terrible, but you might want to seek better.

Px2GrafX, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of StevieW
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 bomber bottle brought to Florida by Da Dos's friend Alfonse.
Rusty copper color, shiny. Creamy Biege head, lots of foamy bubbles. Lacing was more than enough down the glass. Head thinned quite a bit after a few minutes.
Smelled of florals, rose petals, and fresh cut grass. Lots of Hops, and slightly tart medicinal smell. Taste was hop concentrated to start, striking bitterness. Big and unbalanced almost. Crystal and carmel malt way in the background, lacked any bready biscuit sweetness and body. Medium to light bodied. Very good and drinkable, but I think the hop flavors were a touch overdone and aggresive. Tasted to me like a West Coast version of English Bitter, which it is, but I guess not what I had expected.

StevieW, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Copper with a reddish hue and a big pillowy beige head. Overcarbonated ! Leaves sporadic clumps of lace. Hoppy and fruity (apple-ish) aroma with light citrus character. Fruity apple-ish taste with a bitter finish (too bitter for my tastes) and again a light citrus character. Light bodied due to excessive carbonation.

Maybe this one was old (one bad thing about Rogue beers - no freshness dating) but I'd pass if offered again...

RBorsato, Feb 28, 2003
Photo of Lepley
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labeled Fat Head's Ale in a 22oz bottle.

A: Pours thick reddish-brown with a good amount of carbonation and about two fingers of tan head.
S: Not real potent, but smells hoppy, sweet, citrus, and a little fruity.
T: Malty, citrus, slight bitterness. I gave taste its weakest score because I felt that it lacked a big flavor other Rogue beers have.
M: Smooth, slightly watery.
D: This beer is decent. I wouldn't seek it out again. Like I've said about Rogue in other reviews, for me they're hit or miss.

Lepley, Aug 29, 2008
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Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
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