Younger's Special Bitter - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 279
Hads: 361
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 46
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-31-2002

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Photo of confer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle with the Fathead Ale label. Picked it up on a trip to Pittsburgh.

A- Color is deep gold and cloudy. Fluffy head lingers for a while.
S- Smell is sweet and candy-like.
T-Very mellow flavor with a small hop bite in the finish.
MD- There is a lot of carbonation. This beer goes down real easy. Nothing jumps out it is just a solid Bitter. (358 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (979 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into pint glass nov5 2009

A cloudy peach with lots of bubbles, the giant head has crazy retention and cakes my glass with lace. the thick foam forms a peak that just stays there well down the glass, this is one sexy looking beer

S lots of bread/biscuit with some mild hops and a fair bit of toffee

T lots of caramel and toffee with the same bread and hops that I smell, quite a nice balance between the malt and hops

M not as bitter as one would think but it still has a nice mild bite too it and a creamy feel

D well worth drinking and I'm thinking I will be drinking this again, it's a smooth easy drinking beer

another lovely beer from Rouge, well rounded and well made. this is one of the better bitters I've drank in recent memory and I hope you het the chance soon (797 characters)

Photo of berley31
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with an average-sized, creamy, frothy white head. Diminished to about 1/2-finger size over time. Body is amber-colored and hazy. A very nice looking beer.

S: Nice aroma of bitterness, with a bit of malt thrown in there for balance.

T: This is a great-tasting beer. Some caramel malt in the flavor, with a bitter finish. But the bitterness isn't too heavy at all, it's very nice and makes a beer that is actually quite smooth and easy to drink.

M: Medium-bodied and quite creamy, with average carbonation.

D: My first Rogue beer, and a great one to start with, in my opinion. One of the better bitters I've had so far, and quite easy to drink. (656 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue bomber, $6.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours typical darker almond amber, khaki head, that goes all tiny bubbly, and leaves a mess of fine fine lace and a nice shimmering and lightly frothy film. Orange peel, and lighly musty nose. Well hopped Biter, nice malty under coating, thoroughly tasty and enjoyable Rogue brew. Pac NW all the way, with the healthy hop attack shining through. Softly citric and quite appealing. Clearly quality, nicely done. (459 characters)

Photo of goatgoat
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint. Notes from 2 nights ago.

The cap pops off like a rocket, grazing my cheek. Glad it wasn't my eye, I expect to see this foaming over, but it sits... waiting.

Pours with a few fingers of frothy tan head, a slightly hazy orange-ish amber.

Aroma is lemon, grass, earl grey tea. Slightly soured earth. Fairly fruity.

Taste was nicely balanced, walking a good line between malt and hops, it followed the aroma. Carbonation was a bit high and fizzy.

Overal and nicely balanced brew, though it was a little underpowered for the steak I had with it. (572 characters)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light brown color with a 1.5-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright citrus hops with husky lightly toasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly toasted grainy malt flavors up front with good amounts of citrus and lighter amounts of pine hop flavors. The hop flavors fade away right before a solidly bitter ending. As the beer warms the malt flavors intensify and take on a sweeter caramel malt flavor with hints of toffee.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have a few more.

Overall this was one of the better Bitters I remember having, however it's worth noting that all of my favorites have had more hops than are standard for the style. Even without all the hops, the solid malt bill would make Rogue's take on the style worth a shot. (989 characters)

Photo of zplug123
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of nighthawk
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear copper with some carbonation visible, and the usual large, tightly bubbled and rocky head that retains excellently and leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a nicely subdued sweet floral and citrus hop. I say subdued mostly in comparison to Rogue's usual smack-you-in-the-face hop aroma. Some nice biscuit and butterscotch complement nicely.

Hops are a bit more subtle in the taste, and lean more floral. Added in is the noticeable PacMan yeast flavour, some biscuit sweetened with caramel and a grassy bitter finish that's a touch on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, fairly smooth with just a light bubbling from the carbonation.

Goes down smoothly, and is a nice, subtle change of pace from Rogue's usual flavour, hop and alcohol hammering. (831 characters)

Photo of TwubMoore
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Solid three finger thick head that clung to the side of the glass all the way down. A nice golden amber color.

Smell: If I was at all disappointed in this beer, which I wasn't, it was with the aroma, which was extremely light. There are some light herbal scents the emanate, but I was hoping for some fruit in the nose.

Taste: This beer is clean and crisp. The lower ABV allows for the flavor of the beer to hide the alcohol. The mild to moderate bitter flavor finishes nicely.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was light, but not watery. This beer definitely stands up for itself, but isn't trying to pick a fight with anyone.

Drinkability: I definitely enjoyed drinking this beer. I enjoyed the moderate bitterness that wasn't trying to punch me in the face. I can definitely see myself enjoying this beer on a hot summer day while relaxing at a cookout or as a session beer. I will definitely be trying another one of these in the future. (948 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a light to medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft doughy malt and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a smooth biscuity malt, a touch of caramel and a spicy and grassy hop. Good doughy aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a good lingering hop.

Overall a well balanced and delicious ale. (451 characters)

Photo of blaje
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of bomber, this beer is light amber in colour. Pours translucid and forming a medium head quickly fading away. Carbonnation appears to be medium.

Nose: Delicate, I was expecting a more aggressive hop smell. Lightly floral.

Mouth: Again, as with the nose, I was expecting something more aggressive, more punchy on the hop side. This beer is more like an English bitter then an american bitter. Bitterness is nice. Malt is very present, in fact, more then expected. This make the hops a bit "hidden", tempered down. Sweet and fruity on the final.

Conclusion, A nice English bitter style of beer. More malty then it's American cousin. A bit off-balanced, but still very enjoyable. (684 characters)

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing that happened upon opening up this beer was that it instantly begun gushing ale. Seeing as how it had been sitting in the fridge for a few days, there was really no apparent reason for its abrupt explosion. I guess that is why they call this one "Younger's".

After cleaning up the initial disaster, this got poured into a mug. A cloudy amber color results, with some decent frothy head, which evaporates sporadically. What remains laces down the glass. Smell was of some caramel malts. Taste was bitter, obviously, with some floral sweetness. No real excessive carbonation.. potentially used it all up earlier. Leaves the mouth dry with a slightly sour aftertaste. A decent bitter overall. (706 characters)

Photo of Shadman
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last of the Rogue Feb Beer Club Selections.

Tarnished copper in colour with a rich head that settles into a noce cap. Loads of lacing as has been the case with most Rogue brews.

Can certainly pickup the hop, along with sweet toasted malts. Quite appretizing.

Smooth, med-light in body. Nice caramel malt start that gets overwelmed a wee bit by the sharp citrus hop that follows. Bit of butter toffee flavor seeps into the picture after the hop invasion. Citrus rind tends to hang on in the finish for a long time. No hint @ all of the 5.3% ABV.

Carbonation is low, as one would expect in an English Bitter, leading to a smooth mouthfeel.

Decent attempt, well crafted, but Rogue got a tad carried away with the citrus hop for it to be a top-notch English bitter. If there was an American Bitter then this would score a lot higher. (835 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper blond color with a nice one-finger head that lingers in my pint glass.

Aroma is full of mild hop bitterness and bready malt. A bit of sweetness in the nose as well.

Taste is mildly bitter upfront with the flavor of bready malt. The hops really make this beer what it is with Williamette and Kent Golding hops.

Smooth and lightly bitter. Has a nice finish from the Kent Golding hops. Easy to drink and reminiscent of a classic English Bitter.

A nice example example of how Americans can make a decent english bitter. The alcohol content is not listed but it feels smooth and easy to drink, which are qualities that you won't see in typical American beers that use a lot of hops or specific hops. (715 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown glass pry-top w/out freshness date.

Appearance: A moderately hazy amber/brown with light tan head and no lacing.

Nose: Hop-candy. Pale malty sweetness combined with light citrus and a slight floral note. Candied orange comes to mind.

Palate: Medium-bodied and much more malty than I anticipated. Slick mouth-feel is then overtaken by hop-sharpness on the finish. Medium-caramel malt notes (like an alt) mingle with the citrus qualities of the hops and a little fruitiness from the yeast, and then are taken by the dry, bitter hops, and a little dried cannabis-like note on the finish.

Notes: A slightly off-balance bitter, if only because it seems like it's just an exaggerated recipe. It's both big on the fruity notes and big on the bitter. Tasty and sessionable. (780 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as the Fat Head's Ale at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh on tap. Came in light brown body with minimal head that died and left no real lacings. A citric/leafy hop aroma would be the best way to characterize the smell. A little oily/buttery slickness in this thin-bodied beer, but the hops do come through in a herbal, tea-like punch and there is a moderately dry backbite. An easy to down beer that I recommend. (413 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a good and refreshing hoppy ale. 22oz poured into a glass..

Nice amber orange color with a parchment colored head.. light lacing.

Nice sweet smell along with some citrus/pine hop notes.

Tastes like a fresh water hearty pale but with a nice citrus/pine zing. Nice sweet caramel malts.

Great carbonation, and not thick by any means... very easy to drink... and slightly mild in the Alc. dept. maybe 5.5% if you are lucky. Go get one or three! (450 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (665 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 12 oz.

Poured brown color with full off-white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing.

Roasted malt aroma.

Medium body with soft carbonation.

Well balanced malt flavor with a medium pleasing bitter finish of moderate duration.

Very enjoyable drinkable brew and one of the best rated active bitters. (315 characters)

Photo of madtappers
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at the Rogue Public House in Portland. Got to say this is one of my new favorites from Rogue. Beer is very, very drinkable, a good beer for "domestic" drinkers and beer advocates alike.

Pours golden with a very light floral aroma, pure white head. Drinks with no bitter or malt after taste, great on the tongue.

Side note goes well with the rogue house chili as well! (390 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with a minimal white head. Aroma is full of peppry hops, caramel malt, rosemary, and the normal Rogue yeast sweetness. Taste is spicy hops with some citrus anda sweet caramel malt backing. A bit bitter in the finish. Kind of thin. Not your normal bitter, but definitely another great beer from Rogue. (318 characters)

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery in Newport and on Cask at The Horse Brass in Portland, This review is for the normal "on-tap" serving

Poured a copper red color, this head that didn't last very long, decent lacing down the glass, smelled floral and hoppy, tasted hoppy but pretty malty also, med bodied beer, not one of my favorites but its very drinkable. (355 characters)

Photo of prosper
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively clear copper colour, with a minimal head. Just as a proper pint should.

Almost no aroma of any sort. There's some lightly-toasted grain as well as some faint earthy hops, in balance with a malty sweetness.

The taste is fantastic, and exactly what should be for a special bitter: moderate citrusy-earthy hops (on the cusp of 'too much'), lots of nutty/toasty grains, and some faint caramel sweetness that is overbalanced with a hoppy bitterness. There's a minerally profile to the water that adds a very british edge to the bittering

Mouthfeel is proper, moderate carbonation and a thin to medium body.

Drinkability is very good, I could drink this stuff like water. (688 characters)

Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.