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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Reviews: 279 | Ratings: 363
Photo of Squire
4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Several years ago this great Younger's Style bitter ale from Rogue was available in my location and I loved it. I can't get it anymore. It wasn't as hoppy or yeasty as Rogue's Brutal Bitter, but darn near as good, plus it sold in 12 oz bottles, whereas the Brutal Bitter was in 24 oz bottles. Both are great bitter ales in the best British tradition... and brewed in the US to boot.

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Photo of John
4.95/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has been a favorite of mine for quite some time and I should've rated it much sooner. Anyway, YSB is an exceptional beer. Beautiful, hazy, deep copper color and dense lasting head. The aroma is of multi-grain bread with citrus/grapefruit hop. Mouthfeel is slick and full with a hoppy finish that lingers in the nose. Named for the Horse Brass Pub (Portland?) proprietor who sold Rogue's first beers. This beer screams quality. An American classic.

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Photo of nortmand
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear amber pour with a nice yellow tan head.

Biscuit dominates the smell. Some nice hop resins as well.

Very light biscuit flavors intermingle with a teasing bitterness at first drink. By the back of the tongue, a rich bitterness lingers. Leaves a very bready biscuit aftertaste. Very pleasant.

Nice body, easily one of the most sessionable beers I've had.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Old Bay in New Brunswick 5/2/06... thanks Ego for the tip and and a killer crawfish etouffee to boot...

Appearance- A beautiful rich caramel brown beer was poured *perfectly* by our friendly, accommodating barkeep. Bone white head, just peeking over the surface, great sticky lacing for an ESB from Oregon.

Smell- Wow! This is one of those moments... the few, far between instances where I just want to smell this beer the rest of the night. Forget dinner, forget everything... this is amazing. Huge, caramel notes with a sweet, biscuity malt background... think Fuller's ESB cranked up to eleven, with nothing sacrificed, just amplified. Absolutely exceptional.

Taste- Sweet, malty, bready, so damn delicious... I've never tried this beer before, even in a bottle, so this is a real treat. The caramel notes come forth on the sides of the tongue and play off the sweetness of the overall beer, then subside with a mild, easy bitterness that quiets the palate for the next sip. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick, buttery, and way too drinkable... this beer was the bomb tonight. Seafoamy effervescence in the mouth was perfect for the big, juicy flavors here. Unmatched in my opinion, this is terrific.

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Photo of cggarcia
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have it on good report that the ABV is 6.5%. Anyway, I had the opportunity to try this on tap at the famous Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR. The beer is obviously brewed with the passion that best describes its namesake Bill Younger. The beer pours as you would expect from a bitter, but wow that first sip has has hops dancing and attacking your mouth. Luckily, the brewer balanced it out with a good dose of maltiness. A perfect beer for the Northwest tastes and climate. Just be careful the higher alcohol will sneek up on you!

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Photo of Jordan
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel, apricot, hops flavor and aromas. Golden amber with a slight haze. A mouthful of malts that soon fades into a dry bitterness. Complex and superbly crafted, must be Rogues trademark. Fine beer to say the least.

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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 Shiredave
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange amber color, dense tan head w/ lots of cling and staying power. Carbonation not visible through the haze.
Aroma is almost as good as it gets for me. Intoxicating mix of alefruit, caramel malt, crushed pine needles and wildflower hop that indicates the flavor to come. A union of British malt and US hops that deserves duel citizenship status.
And so, caramel malt, citrus and piney hop are the flavors you taste from start to finish. Body is light to medium with great mouth feel and explosion of balanced flavors.
Finish is again a dance between the fruity-sweet and bitter, the latter gratefully lingering.
As easy drinking as it gets. Gives the hop lover all he/she needs without being over the top. An essay in balance, which is not common from the Rogue people. Outstanding. But hey, we're talkin Rogue here.

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Photo of thecoldesquire
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredible beer.

Appearance: Amber with little head (which is appropriate for Brittish style bitters). Also could see bits of hop flowers floating in the beer.

Smell: very hoppy aroma

Taste: at first it hits you with the hops, but this is also a very malty beer. Incredibly well balanced.

Mouthfeel: some carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very easy drinking beer. That is assuming, of course that you like hops. Although it is nowhere near as hoppy as the big double IPAs, it could bee too much for yellow beer drinkers.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

as far as rogue 6 packs, i really only grab the honey cream. its a great hot weather brew. i was about to do the usual but i have been eyeing this bitter for quite awhile. what the hell, ill be crazy. so this stuff pours out a very nice deep copper with not much of a head. awesome color though. the aroma is hoppy but also has a very nice caramel like malt hangin right in there. flavor wise, this is a about as good as it gets. toasted/caramel malt, slightly sweet, it trades blows with a strong but not overpowering hop finish. awesome balance. satisfying medium bodied mouthfeel, it finishes a bit dry. this a superb bitter, great session drinking and down right tastey. im hyped. really hyped. like alot.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully balanced beer. Dark Copper color, a tad bit on the cloudy side. This beer is an awesome session beer. I so wish I could get this on a regular basis. The hops are in this beer, both flavor (flowery, slight citrus)& bittering, and they are perfectly balanced by the malt.

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Photo of blakesell
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber bottle into a Beligan style wine glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy caramel with little to no head to be seen and slight lacing around the sides of the glass.

Smell- Rich and caramelized, not near as hoppy as I was expecting from Rogue and more true to the style. Very impressive nose. Light floral hops. It smells very English and drinkable.

Taste- Slightly bitter but still smooth as an English bitter should be. Caramel and biscuity with light floral aspects. Slightly drying on the finish. This is really an excellent example of an English bitter.

Mouthfeel- This is where the beer shines most of all, a smooth refreshing mouthfeel with a light bitterness. Medium bodied, low in carbonation, I would love to give this a try on a cask.

Drinkability- Extremely drinkable and will be sought out again. I really wasn't expecting this great a beer from Rogue considering that Dead Guy doesn't do much for me and many of thier beers are a bit overhopped. But this was quite a pleasant suprise.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pored a one finger head. With some light lacing. Head maintained throughout the beer. A mix between a copper and caramel. Beautiful!!!

Smell- A very strong sweet hop presence with hints of caramel, grains, and bread dough.

Taste- A very complex brew indeed. Starts off with a great balance of sweet hops and malty bread. A great caramel flavor that helps bring out the malt even more.

Mouthfeel- A Mix between a rich and light bitter. Very complex palate.

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Photo of Elemental
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

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Photo of Greggy
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a massive head that starts very fluffy and eventually goes a little soapy. When receding, the beer leaves some lacing. The body is caramel colored with zero sediment. I'd like to see some sediment here as it would definitely raise the bar to a 5.

S- Nice earthy hops come across right away along with some nice fruitiness. I get a pine apricot and just a touch of mineral content.

T- Very nice thick mouthfeel to start with notes of caramel, apricot and some like pineapple or pine. The finish on this is slightly oaky, even tough I don't think it's oaked, with a dry mineral finish. Quite nice.

M- Very nice low carbonation and thicker mouthfeel with a great finish.

D- 4.8% = quite sessionable. Definitely one of the best bitters I've had to date. This would be a knockout if it had some sediment in there.

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Photo of JamesS
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent bitter. I picked it up in the Fathead's Ale version, from Fatheads in Pittsburgh, in a 22 oz bottle. It poured out great, a wonderful coppery color with a great head, and it had some of the best lacing I've seen from a bottled beer in a long time. Very nice smell, a true bitter, with enough malt to help even it out a bit. Wondeful taste, a nice balance of malts and hops with a slightly bitter side and slightly bitter aftertaste, just like it should have. Goes down fine and would be easy to have a couple of these in one sitting.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of ToddT
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear light brown color with an orange tint and a medium off white head. Head fades quickly but leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Caramel malts and East Kent Golding hops. Spot on in the nose for an English bitter.

T- Taste is spot on too, nice notes from the hops and perfectly balanced out with biscuit malts. Finish is dry and crisp with a final slight bitter note.

M- Light in body and decent carbonation. Very clean and crisp an easy drinker.

O- Outstanding take on the style, the 4.8% ABV is well hidden and this would be a great session beer for an evening out with friends. There is a nice story that goes along with the name of this beer too.

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Photo of madtappers
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

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

Rogue's "YSB", in the style of a classic English bitter, and from what I know its pretty on the money.

Pours a nice copper, somewhat opaque, with a creamy beige head. Notes of leafy hops, mint, citrus, fruit, sea-air, and black pepper in the nose, though the bouquet seems a little understated. On palate, earthy roasted caramel maltiness followed by assertive hop bitterness and an element of black pepper. Nice full and somewhat silky mouthfeel. The finish is mouth-puckeringly dry without being astringent.

What I love about good ESBs is that the hop edge is there but with such balance with the earthy maltiness that its not about the hops really anouncing itself in an overt way (Perhaps that has its place, but just not here, if I understand the style.) Well the YSB pulls that off brilliantly. Excellent balance here, making for a very quaffable ale. Up there with Troegs and Anderson Valley's Belks as one of the best American ESBs i've had. And fortunately, unlike Shakespeare Stout, this is one of the few Rogue brews I commonly see in a six pack.

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Photo of GJ40
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought a bottle of this in the Rogue Ale House in the Portland airport and took it home with me. It's a great place because you're already through security so you can load up and carry it with you.

This beer pours very nicely. It's got a light amber color and a thick, foamy head. The mild aroma seems to have an even mixture of malt, hops and yeast. The flavor is smooth and simple. I found this to be a very drinkable beer. It would be right at home in a London pub.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What I love about this beer is that it doesn't taste like a typical Rogue and it revels in its English hop and malt profile. Dark goldish brown with a huge storm tossed head this beer has Brit hop nose all over it. The beer is complex yet easy drinking with yeasty flowery notes on the finish. Very true to the style.

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Photo of Derek
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice bitter... not over-the-top like their Brutal, but certainly 'west-coast'.

A great hop nose follows through in the flavour. Plenty of EKG give it the British flavour, but it's super-sized. Very solid bitterness. I'd be happy to session this one.

Light to moderate body is smooth with just a hint of acidity.

RIP Don.

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