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Younger's Special Bitter - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
88
very good

351 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 30
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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jtw5877

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2003 23:45:15 | More by jtw5877
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garymuchow

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 03:23:08 | More by garymuchow
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 04:00:11 | More by SheepNutz
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BeerManDan

California

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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2003 13:25:24 | More by BeerManDan
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fattyre

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2003 12:56:58 | More by fattyre
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2003 23:13:51 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 14:51:26 | More by BeerBuilder
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clvand0

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 21:21:30 | More by clvand0
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BierReise

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 14:14:20 | More by BierReise
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 06:22:13 | More by ADR
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 11:34:48 | More by pezoids
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Naerhu

Japan

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 04:18:23 | More by Naerhu
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dwarbi

New York

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.

Serving type: cask

05-04-2003 10:08:46 | More by dwarbi
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Thrasher

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2003 16:20:56 | More by Thrasher
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frank4sail

New Jersey

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".

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2003 12:23:18 | More by frank4sail
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far333

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2003 21:30:48 | More by far333
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mickeymac

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 08:20:45 | More by mickeymac
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2003 15:21:19 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 16:38:32 | More by Stubbie1
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Scooter77

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 07:32:38 | More by Scooter77
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nixhecks

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 16:29:14 | More by nixhecks
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Darkale

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice bitter. Beautiful slightly cloudy appearance, kind of a cheery orange-yellow. Aroma is hoppy and, I thought, slightly sweet. Very clean taste, nice hop buzz, slightly gritty mouthfeel. What a nice beer for a hot afternoon this would be. Head is not particular long-lived, moderate lacing. Crisp. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 16:07:14 | More by Darkale
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GreatPondBrewer

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Easily one of the best session brews you could buy. It poured dark copper with a kind of weak head, but some fine lacing. It smelled of powerful citrus and hop bitterness just like a bitter ought to. Taste was exactly how it should be. Crisp, clean and hoppy with some lemon and orange flavors tingling my tongue. I could easily find myself buying much more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 08:24:18 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a light tan/cream head. The head fades quickly. Caramel notes with strong hop florals dominate the aroma. The flavor is light and smooth, with a great balance of malt and hops. There's a touch of citrus in the finish. A light toasted maltiness makes this beer really appealing. The mouthfeel is decent, the drinkability very good. I'd like to get some of this as a session beer for the summer. A very balanced, smooth beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 15:34:30 | More by aaronh
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zerk

California

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a thin head. Aroma is grassy with a bit of a fruit undertone. Flavor begins with some toasted malt, then gets overcome by grassy herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body. This beer is a bit one-sided as far as the flavor goes. Would benefit from some more malt to balance things out. A decent beer, but not an ESB that I'm likely to seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2003 14:06:24 | More by zerk
Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.