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Younger's Special Bitter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
88
very good

355 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
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 beerguy101
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber reddish color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Medium bodied bitter. Hoppy and malty. Full flavored bitter. Caramelized malts, good blend of hops. Some malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

beerguy101, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Theres a good looking off white head on top of this deep orange/amber body. Good amounts of lacing. The nose is caramel with some flowery notes as well. As for the taste, this is quite a good one. Its a very rich flavor, with nice caramel and some fruity flavors being topped off by a great hop bitterness. This is definately a nice beer.

Tballz420, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of 86MonteSS
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If I wasn't the poorest, sorriest college student there ever was, this is the kind of beer that would inhabit the entire top shelf of my fridge. It pours a Godly amber hue with a moderate yet long-lasting head. The distinctive Rogue flavor sits behind a powerful contingent of hops. A fantastic brew, and one that I shall enjoy as long this fast-paced brewery makes it.

86MonteSS, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of freed
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask conditioned imperial pint - looks cloudy and amber, big head that thins quickly. Nice balanced hop aroma, both field and citrus grove. Taste has a distinctly Rogue malt profile, nice chewy feel. Clean hop start and finish, nice for a bitter. Leaves the mouth asking for another sip.

freed, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of jtw5877
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber hue with a white head, a nice medium bodied beer with some nice english hopiness to it. In a day and age where cascade seems to run the show, its nice to enjoy a different flavor of hopiness. An enjoyable beer. A good gateway or session beer.

jtw5877, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My initial aroma shot is of a very pleasant floral and citrus aroma. The malt qualties don't present themselves later. Pours with large full head that breaks down slowly. Very clear orange amber color. With the flavor I'm again taken by the strength of the hops presence. The malt balances and smooths off the hops, thus preventing the drink from being to bitter, but aren't offering enough of a presence to make it a malt based beer. Even with warming the malt didn't make enough of a presence. Nice smoothness to the mouthfeel, making it an easy drink. A good tasting beer, but not a fine enough sample of style. Not sure why my sample is different than others. No dating on the bottle to give a hint as to that issue.

garymuchow, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a dark reddish-amber color with only half a finger of head, even with an aggressive pour. There is a little bit of lacing on the glass. The smell begins with hops up front, then some caramel and maple maltiness comes through. The taste is a good balance of sweet malts and bitter hops. Bits of toffee and grass are present. The body is fairly smooth, but just a bit oily. The drinkability is very nice for this great session bitter.

SheepNutz, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
2.28/5  rDev -42.3%
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 fattyre
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy deep orange color with a large rocky light tan head. The smell is sweet malt and a slight earthiness. The taste is mild maltiness balanced by a crisp earthy hoppiness with a silky rounded mouthfeel. A very enjoyable drinkable mild bitter that is fairly well balanced.

fattyre, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer, kind of subtle for a Rogue. Grassy smell and taste. Not overly bitter (but I had a Stone Ruination prior, so that may have blasted my taste buds!). This is an unusual offering, nice but not outstanding. Smooth, somewhat thin. It was somewhat refreshing to have a Rogue that wasn't overly dry and bitter, but this is not a standout, IMO.

JohnnyDuvel, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color with a thick, chunky off-white head. The aroma is somewhat fruity with a slight graininess, and a bit of malt. It has a spicy hop flavor, with a malty background that balances out the hops. It has a slight fruitiness in it as well. The finish is very dry; and it has a bitterness that sticks with you. Overall it is an average beer, with decent drinkability.

BeerBuilder, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
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 BierReise
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, another great ale from Rogue! This is fastly becoming my favorite brewery. Beautiful amber body with a generous frothy head. Aroma is piney and I think I smell almost a hint of caramel. Quite hoppy and pleasantly bitter. Has a smooth full bodied mouthfeel and finishes on the dry side. Great overall ale. This one could earn a regular spot in the fridge.

BierReise, May 27, 2003
Photo of ADR
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More Rogue in Minnesota, and this one's a winner...this may qualify as a Bitter here, but this seems more an ESB than the monster Brutal Bitter...

Spot-on accurate dark orange-copper color, clear appearance with a multi-bubble size skim yellow head that laces in spots. Slightly cinnamony biscuit aroma with a prickly hop lingering in the air. Very pleasant but sharpish shortbread malt flavor upfront, tea-like body, and tastes of spice and orange with an impressively balanced peppery hop finish. Bit of pine in the aftertaste. Very nice beer, excellent balance, matches ESBs for style but with a little more hop boldness (and a little less malt sweetness) than a Fuller's. A far better approach than the mutant Brutal Bitter...

ADR, May 22, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured an orange-amber copper color and was topped with a huge white creamy head. Sweet floral aroma matching with a beatiful malt presence. Light caramel and bitter hop tones in the flavor. Excellent bittering aspects – especially in the aftertaste. Got some sour malt and what could be described as rye bread, along with some light fruit flavors (apple, orange). An excellent and highly drinkable beer that was well made.

pezoids, May 19, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Color: pretty red opaque body with smallish white head.
Aroma: tree sap and apple-y fruit flavors.
Taste: Elegant bitterness on broad flavored malt back bone. Maltiness holds rich spice of the hops in line.
Mouthfeel: long after taste, body is not creamy, but round and gentle
Drinkability: Gimme a case.

Naerhu, May 11, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours with a bubbly head that pops away quickly. The beer is a dark orange-brown and looks pretty murky. It smells very hoppy, but there are enough other scents for it to overpower. You can taste the hops, but not too much, as is the case with many American bitters. Delicious bitter. So far, the best bitter I've had.

dwarbi, May 04, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It is great to see this in 6 packs. Hazy orange copper with puffy, appealing head and lace. Dead-on aroma with luscious British mustiness and caramel. Much hoppier than a British bitter would be, but fortunately not too tart and one of the easiest beers to drink on the face of the planet. This beer has it all; a robust, sweet malt quality that is salty, chewy and sugary all in one. A huge hop presence that does not overwhelm the beer (only Dogfish IPAs are such hoppy beers that are simultaneously restrained). A tantalizing yeastiness that makes you praise God for bringing back small, unfiltered microbrews. All around great. I am very jealous of our fellow beerdrinkers at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR, who get to enjoy this from a cask every day of the week.

Thrasher, May 03, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel malt nose with some hop flower deep in the sinus. Hazy orange color with a nice pale sticky head.. some lace follows as you gulp. Hop bitterness throughout in addition to a nice caramel malt base. Hints of orange rind bitterness as well. A decent hoppy bitterness to the finish as well. This is a "good".

frank4sail, Apr 30, 2003
Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange copper color, with a short, light brown head full of big frothy bubbles. The head disappeared quickly. Strong hop aroma and pungent hop flavor, but very balanced and not overpowering. Slight malt nuance. Bitter aftertaste that lingers after each swallow. Not much else comes through in the flavor, but this is the closest I've had to a true classic English style bitter.

far333, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of mickeymac
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a surprisingly hazy reddish orange. The smell of biscuit or crackers is present with a nice dose of hops backing it up. The smell is also a bit "biscuity," with just detectable notes of fruit. It's appropriately bitter for the style. Overall, it's a good beer but not one of the best from Rogue.

mickeymac, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz amber bottle. No freshness dating.

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy honey color. Minimal head formation. Sparse lacing of the glass.

Smell: Interesting mixture of citrus hops and a slight sweetness.

Taste: Ver nice. Not as "bitter" as I expected. The is only a token level of sweetness in this beer, but the hops weren't as overpowering as I anticipated.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability: I would think a hot, humid Virginia summer day would be a perfect match for this beer. A semi-persistent bittering aftertaste. Clean and refreshing. Well done.

OldFrothingSlosh, Apr 11, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange. Gives off a large white head and leaves a decent lace to the end. The hops hit you in the face. Floral and hints of orange. A typical Rouge beer. The taste is nice and hopie and hints of malts, dry finish. Very drinkable. Another fine beer from Rouge.

Stubbie1, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber/orange color with a 1/4-inch head that fades away almost immediately. Nose is bursting with floral hops, citrus peel, and a touch of caramel. The taste was quite hoppy, intermixed with orange zests. There was a bit of bittersweet flavor on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a fizzy bite from the carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer, another great brew from Rogue.

Scooter77, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright orange color, with a quickly dissapating head. Pleasant floral hop aroma. Hops of course dominate the flavors and provide a tasty bitterness and an earthy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is also really impressive, very smooth. Another winner from Rogue - I would recommend it to any pale ale fan.

nixhecks, Mar 22, 2003
Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.