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Younger's Special Bitter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
88
very good

357 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 39
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-31-2002

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle. Does the man on the lable of the bottle look sad to anyone else?

He should not be because this is a great bitter.

Pours a burnt hazy amber. A decent head with no retetion and okay lacing. Not the stickiest of beers. The scents are sharp with fruit and biting hops. A nice sweet malt and some bread at the end. Very nice.

The flavors beckon the palate for more. Wonderful fruit flavors that are not too sweet. A real nice hop bite. Good malts with some caramel and bread. There is also a dry finish with just a hint of cherry fruit. Excellent!

A mouthfeel that is dry and buttery at the same time. Easy to drink many in one session. Well it does have alcohol in it, so not too many. A real easy drinker and a great bitter ale.

Photo of Elemental
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man this is an excellent beer, specially from a cask. Good amber colored appearance with a thin plate of foam floating on the top. From the cask this gives a wonderful lightly fruity aroma with a nice hop smell. The taste is well balanced between the malts and hops. Not to bitter for the style but bitter enough to get the taste buds going. Has an almost light honey aroma and taste to it. Not quite as good out of the bottle but still worth checking out.
Overall a Great Bitter!

Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Photo of Tballz420
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of 86MonteSS
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of freed
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of jtw5877
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.02/5  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.

Photo of BeerManDan
2.33/5  rDev -40.9%
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!

Photo of fattyre
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of clvand0
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of BierReise
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of ADR
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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...

Photo of pezoids
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Naerhu
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of dwarbi
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
4.69/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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".

Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of mickeymac
3.89/5  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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.97/5  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.

Photo of Stubbie1
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.