Younger's Special Bitter | Rogue Ales

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Younger's Special BitterYounger's Special Bitter

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 01-31-2002

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Ratings: 367 |  Reviews: 279
Reviews by BlindPig:
Photo of BlindPig
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-¼” darker white head which fades fast. Has a amber copper color that was a little cloudy. Basically no lacing
S- Citrusy hops with bit of space and light malt in back maybe.
T- The spices in it are easy to detect. They are mixed in with a hoppy flavor and maybe a grapefruit and orange. Little malt taste also. Has a light bitter aftertaste.
M- Medium/light carbonation, Medium body maybe more to the thinner side.
D- I think I like it. Not bad by any means. There’s just flavors in it I can’t put my finger on and couldn’t tell if I liked it. It is better than ok. Also I was expecting a lot more bitter just based on the name.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, darkish-orange in color with a good head.

Smell – There’s a sweet caramel maltiness to this one. I can pick up some balancing, complex hops as well.

Taste – The hoppy bitterness comes on more distinct in the taste. The caramel malt is there as well, creating a nice balance.

Mouthfeel – A hint of carbonation adds interest to this smooth, creamy bitter. This felt good in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is a good standard for a bitter. Well done.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is a tremendously drinkable beer. The bitterness is nto in the finish as expected. It I ever present, applying itself with vitality and strength to every moment of every sip. I am very impressed with that as well.

In general, I would say that this is a rather mild bitter but it is oh so enjoyable. The nose is loaded with neat caramel malt character and rose petal floral notes. The taste is rich and malty, the carbonation is strong and defining, and the appearance is close to dead on. The head is chunky and extremely sticky. It appears to contain a decent mount of sediment though no sediment is apparent in the rest of the brew.

mmm… sessionable indeed and at a great price, at least in my area. Sweet, fruity underbelly plus a perfect all around mild bitterness makes this one hell of a session beer.

I’m please and will make frequent return visits to this one.

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Photo of Dmann
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a beer that has high expectations but fell just a little short. It poured a dark orange color with about an inch of white foam that left patches of sticky lace down the glass. The smell of this beer was quite lite, with a very sweet malty scent and slight scents of orange. The taste was a little weird with a thick malt hit in the beginning that threw me off and reminded me of Marsala wine, a decent breadiness in the middle and a slightly bitter hop finnish. The mouthfeel was good but the taste was just a little off to me. Try it for yourself.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rocky head recedes to a tiny thin ring that leaves minimal lace. Nice dark amber color with a bit of an orange tint.

Smell: I don't get much from this one. There's maybe a little biscuity malt there.

Taste: More malt than hops, although the hops do make their presence known from the beginning and become more pronounced as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Seems a little thin.

Drinkability: Goes down nice, no complaints here.

I really like this beer. It's much more balanced than the Brutal Bitter (which is good in it's own way). I usually don't eat when I'm drinking craft beer, but next time I may pair this one with a pizza. Overall, a very good brew.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very solid-all-around beer. The only disparaging thing I could really say is that the mouthfeel is a bit watery. Just a little thicker would do it. Very attractive head and a bright amber color. Nice to look at. Also very flavorful - tastes great. I could drink quite a few of these. High marks all around.

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Photo of Todd
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber/orange beer with very little head or retention ... a thin translucent, tight whisp floats on the beer that eventually goes still -- no head at all. Unfiltered offering, and there's sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Oh yeah. Malty. Lots of rich, caramel, fruity malt character in the nose, backed by a pleasant floral and citrus hop aroma. Wonderfuly inviting.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Fizzy carbonation, medium-bodied. Sharp hop sting in the start with a snappy citric bitterness, bit of "cheesey" hop flavour, too. Very bitter overall, astringent and assertive. Defining.

Malt character builds a foundation under the bitterness, providing sublte balance while still allowing the style to play through. Malt also provides a smooth body that pushes back on the coarse hops, keeping the palate in check. Sweet and fruity underneath with caramel and toasted malt flavours. Finish is leafy with residual hop flavours and a drying palate.

Notes & Drinkability: A bit disappointed with the head, but other than that this is an outstanding bitter and a no brainer as a session beer; flavourful and easy to drink. Spot on for the style. Lovely stuff here ...

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Photo of Duster72
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a copper color with a one finger head with moderate retention. Aroma is floral hops and complex malts. Taste is like a hopped brown ale. Chocolately and burnt malts meld with a hoppy floral presence. Nice bitterness level. Mouthfeel is fine. One 12oz serving was enough for me. I had to keep reminding myself to drink it because it just didn't call my name for some reason.

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Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with minimal white head and splotches of lacing. Not much on the nose, other than a hint of pine and sour citrus. Mouthfeel is light to medium-light bodied, dry and bitter, and ample carbonation. Taste has caramel malt, pine, and grapefruit, but is bitter overall. Very dry finish is clean and refreshing. Nice American example of the English style.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of magictrokini
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served into a nonic glass from a 22oz brown bomber with crimped-on cap.

Mirky,deep reddish,orange glows in the light, 1" off white head,very thick and creamy,good retention with spotty clumps of lace.Very interesting looking color to this beer.

A complex malty nose with lots of sweet carmell,burnt aromas,nutty/chocolaty.Woody,fruity,a slight hint of butterscotch,lots of earthiness,the malty aromas remind me of Ovaltine. A very good aroma to this beer.

Lots of English flare to the beer,a very malty taste sweet carmell/toffee, chocolately and nutty. Grassy,with a slight hint of citrus,a pleasing tart,bitter taste. A dry,crisp,mouthwatering finish.

Very creamy,a nice bit of cloyingness,a bit grainy,overall a very nice mouthfeel. The pleasing mouthfeel makes for a great drinkability. 22oz. went down very easy and could easily drink another.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of ADR
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a very hazy dark orange body with a creamy/bubbly light tan head. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The smell of green pine hops and a very dry pale malt note.

T- The taste of green hops is dry and makes my mouth pucker. There is a dry pale malt with a faint biscuit note. There is a faint orange note and a carbonic finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel.

D- This beer is dry as dust with a big hop flavor. Not much other flavor or interesting characteristics going on.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a coppery tan with a full head that stays a long, long time in the glass. Beautiful lacing as it goes down.
Slight citrus and wildflower aromas with a mild hop scent.
Mouthfeel is light but I don't consider it 'thin'.
Slightly buttery in the mouth with tiny bubble of carbonation.
Taste is of mild hops, flowers, and citrus.
Light citrus aftertaste.Drying sensation that is sort of cleansing to the palette.
Could use more hops, but overall very nice and drinkable.
Nice session brew.
"Not too filling...not too strong...just right"

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of zplug123
3.26/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
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