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Younger's Special Bitter - Rogue Ales

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very good

356 Ratings

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 38
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very good bitterness, though leaf hop sucking, balanced with orange citrus and malt, like blending with an American pale. Drinkable,but a bomber is too much even for the two of us. Orangey colour body with good creamy head. Willamette and East Kent Golding hops. Smooth mouthfeel.

Sammy, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.5%

djrn2, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

kjkinsey, May 15, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a thick, firm head that leaves lots of lacing behind

Smell: Malty aroma that has both toasty and caramel characteristics, along with a touch of diacetyl

Taste: Lots of malt up front, at one moment toasty and at another, more caramel; tea-like, almost lemony, bitter flavors arrive by mid-palate and mingle with the malt; after the swallow, the bitterness builds considerably, with an earthy, mineral character, but the sweeter malt flavors also persist into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty fine example of a style that is rarely brewed on this side of the pond

brentk56, Jan 19, 2009
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 BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-amber that is more orange than amber. The pale ecru colored cap is several fingers in height, is large-bubbled, stays for a bit, and leaves ragged looking rings of lace.

The nose is surprising in a good way. The beer smells like a well-hopped pale ale (or even an IPA), with lots of citric fruity hops. There's no doubt that I'm going to like this one.

Younger's Special bitter isn't quite as hoppy as an IPA, though it's close. There's a good bit of caramel malt on the bottom end, balanced by a lemon-orange-floral hoppiness on the top end. The flavor profile is similar to Goose Island Honker's Ale, though that beer use Styrian Goldings and this one uses East Kent Goldings. Medium mouthfeel for the style.

YSB is yet another quality beer from Rogue Ales. English Bitter isn't a style that I'm familiar with, but I enjoyed this one very much. Thankfully, it's available in my local grocery.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in a BIF and found it sitting in the back of my fridge, decided to open it up with dinner last night, Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/16/2009.
The pour was nice, amber in color with a rich white head on top. Very nicely done I have to say. Lots of carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the entire session. Aroma is a mix of nice caramel malts, hints of piney hops and a nice buttery, biscuit liken note as well. As I take the first sip a nice and smooth feel rolls across the tongue. Nice medium body and very well carbonated, it all comes across very nicely. Rich with a nice smooth finish that was not too dry at all. Long taste of smooth caramel malts and a nice rich finish left me looking for more and really helped this one go down quite quickly.
Overall this was a very, very nice ale to sip on for dinner. I would have no issue with having this one again any day.

mikesgroove, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark reddish-orange body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Either a component within the aroma or the combination of grapefruit, citrus, and sweet-smelling malts reminds me of shredded mild cheddar cheese.

Taste: Earthy, toasted malt flavors upfront with a bit of buttery caramel sweetness. Hops provide a gentle citrusy, spicy finish. Some yeast flavors manage to creep into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The kind of easy drinking you'd expect from this type of beer, although, as is often the case, I would've preferred a bit less carbonation.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium abber with not much head to it very light and fades quickly,the aroma seems more on the malty side lightly fruity and some caramel/nut tones.A nice mix here,more of a malt tilted brew wich is somewhat sprising coming from Rogue,nice biscuit malt flavor with some light sweetness finishing with some piney-like hop flavors.One of my favorite ones from Rogue wich sometimes overhop their brews in my opinion.

oberon, Dec 25, 2003
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy medium copper colour, with one finger of creamy off-white head, which leaves a thin spotty wall of lace around the glass. It smells of caramel, toffee, and some soft, earthy hops. The taste is caramel malt, some biscuit, and mild piney, earthy hops. The carbonation is a bit high at first, but quickly abates, the body is decently weighted and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, with a bit of piney hops hanging around, and generally smooth.

This seems like a very agreeable, sessionable English bitter, with a pinch of West Coast USA thrown in for good measure.

biboergosum, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -1%

i really dig this brew here. a well americanized take on a classic english stye.. caramel in color but nice and clear, and having almost a full inch of soft white head. the nose smells like desserty english malt, while the yeast is a burton or something similar. whats unique about this is the flavor in the middle. it has an almost holiday spice cake character, where cinnamon seems obvious, but maybe some molasses and clove too. not over spiced,or even spice per se, but that complexion is there for sure, before its all cleaned up in the finish. loading this much flavor and character into a beer with such low alcohol is a feat, unforced and natural in this beer, and very impressive. clean finishing, plenty of body, and the kind of beer i could gladly have several of given that its both sessionable and different. well done here by rogue, i prefer this to the massive imperial version.

StonedTrippin, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date, info about the beer or brewery. Thin layer of sediment stays intact during pouring.

Appearance: Good foaming action, attractive Brussels Lace is unwavering. Rustic tawny colour with a slight chill hazed that fades as the brew warms up a bit.

Smell: Deep sweet maltiness that is more caramel than toasted in the aroma. Hints of fruitiness from the yeast and well as a mild yeast note permeate from the liquid.

Taste: Medium bodied with lush crispness. Rich and fruity with a heavy hand of hops to counter the spread of malt sweetness over the palate. Fresh bursts of toasted and caramel malt come in several layers and give off a cake like maltiness. Hops range from woody to brisk citrus to slightly sharp bitterness and have no problem balancing the malt out. Faint fruity esters form middle to end with a flare of yeast and a lasting toasted grainy flavour.

Notes: Keep them coming, this one does me just fine. I could happily sip this brew all day long.

Jason, Oct 23, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber hue a nice creamy caramel hued head leaves nice even lacing as it dwindles. Aroma: Sweet caramel malt backbone wrapped with pine and earthy toned hops, along with a nice bready characteristic Pac Man yeast I presume. Taste: Extreme bitterness in the flavor but also sorts some good earthy and floral hop tones, a nice biscuit sweetness balances the hop barrage. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied some hop resins stick to the palate but pretty smooth overall. Drinkability: Healthy dose of hops with a nice malt character tasty ale.

WVbeergeek, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, nuts, some spice, a little citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: Just like the name implies, the taste is bitter up front with a strong flavor of pale hops. There's some background sweetness from flavors of caramel and a hearty malt character that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if your in the mood for a good session beer with some substance.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +1.5%

nickfl, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 22 oz cliff hanger ale comes via Ddarden hooking me up!

Poues orange/amber with 4 fingers+ of fluffy sand colored head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Herbal & piney hops, plus fruittyness once warmed

T: Piney hops & a little honey malt sweetness. Citrus hops start to bite as this warms along with some dryness. I also catch fruittyness, a hint of tobaacco, hop tea & brown sugar. Finishes with piney hops & fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & pretty darn good blalance

Drinks very easy, I do remember this being a little truer to its english-style roots & remember it being better then. Not a bad choice to session on. Not a huge fan of amarillo hops though..

russpowell, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bright bronze color, generous, nay, thick, nay, muscular head of creamy foam.
Aroma: nice hops, slightly citric, but with more caramel, perhaps a blend of both, in any case, this is a hoppier nose than many a bitter I've tried before, but this is Rogue, after all, so it's par for course.
Taste: Mmmmm!
Sometimes, that's all it takes, that's all I can say, or have need to...Mmmmm!
Not good enough? Well...brief bitterness on palate from hop entry, but soon smoothed, leaving nothing but smoothness in it's wake, utterly saturated with flavor, a yeasty, fruity, a trifle caramel-y, bright, yet clean flavor, with a quick, though tasty finish. Medium body, abundant character, allowing nothing but happiness to occur with each visit to the mouth.
That's what I was talking about...Mmmm!!!
Easily among my favorite session brew choices, a treat every time.

feloniousmonk, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish amber color with a thick off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent surrounded by their signature hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a nice malty palate with a bitter finish. It is filled with hops again in the taste. It's good, but I wish they would back off the hop flavor on this one so that the true malt character can be revealed. The mouthfeel is good. It's a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer goes down easy, but I don't think It's true to the style. That said. I could drink this until the cows come home.

WesWes, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good two-finger head with some lasting power. Moderate lace. Orange-amber color and nearly clear.

Very nice blend of hop and malt--powerful aroma. Inviting.

Good hop bite, but with a solid malt base. The aftertaste is strongly bitter and lasts a very long time. The body is solid with an appropriate amount of carbonation. In many ways, this could be considered the quintessential bitter...American style.

I'm giving this one some extra points for its bold flavors and pleasant smoothness.

smcolw, Jun 27, 2008
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Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.