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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 01-31-2002

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Reviews: 279 | Ratings: 363
Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very good bitterness, though leaf hop sucking, balanced with orange citrus and malt, like blending with an American pale. Drinkable,but a bomber is too much even for the two of us. Orangey colour body with good creamy head. Willamette and East Kent Golding hops. Smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

i really dig this brew here. a well americanized take on a classic english stye.. caramel in color but nice and clear, and having almost a full inch of soft white head. the nose smells like desserty english malt, while the yeast is a burton or something similar. whats unique about this is the flavor in the middle. it has an almost holiday spice cake character, where cinnamon seems obvious, but maybe some molasses and clove too. not over spiced,or even spice per se, but that complexion is there for sure, before its all cleaned up in the finish. loading this much flavor and character into a beer with such low alcohol is a feat, unforced and natural in this beer, and very impressive. clean finishing, plenty of body, and the kind of beer i could gladly have several of given that its both sessionable and different. well done here by rogue, i prefer this to the massive imperial version.

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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 brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a thick, firm head that leaves lots of lacing behind

Smell: Malty aroma that has both toasty and caramel characteristics, along with a touch of diacetyl

Taste: Lots of malt up front, at one moment toasty and at another, more caramel; tea-like, almost lemony, bitter flavors arrive by mid-palate and mingle with the malt; after the swallow, the bitterness builds considerably, with an earthy, mineral character, but the sweeter malt flavors also persist into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty fine example of a style that is rarely brewed on this side of the pond

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a medium brown color ale with a medium light brown head with better then average retention. Aroma of English hops is dominating with nice floral aspects. Taste is dominated by English hops and provides a lot of dryness. I thought the malt was a bit too discreet and some caramel malt would have brought some sweetness to balance the dryness form the hops. Body is quite full with some medium carbonation.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, nuts, some spice, a little citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: Just like the name implies, the taste is bitter up front with a strong flavor of pale hops. There's some background sweetness from flavors of caramel and a hearty malt character that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if your in the mood for a good session beer with some substance.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark reddish-orange body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Either a component within the aroma or the combination of grapefruit, citrus, and sweet-smelling malts reminds me of shredded mild cheddar cheese.

Taste: Earthy, toasted malt flavors upfront with a bit of buttery caramel sweetness. Hops provide a gentle citrusy, spicy finish. Some yeast flavors manage to creep into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The kind of easy drinking you'd expect from this type of beer, although, as is often the case, I would've preferred a bit less carbonation.

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

Hazy orange-amber that is more orange than amber. The pale ecru colored cap is several fingers in height, is large-bubbled, stays for a bit, and leaves ragged looking rings of lace.

The nose is surprising in a good way. The beer smells like a well-hopped pale ale (or even an IPA), with lots of citric fruity hops. There's no doubt that I'm going to like this one.

Younger's Special bitter isn't quite as hoppy as an IPA, though it's close. There's a good bit of caramel malt on the bottom end, balanced by a lemon-orange-floral hoppiness on the top end. The flavor profile is similar to Goose Island Honker's Ale, though that beer use Styrian Goldings and this one uses East Kent Goldings. Medium mouthfeel for the style.

YSB is yet another quality beer from Rogue Ales. English Bitter isn't a style that I'm familiar with, but I enjoyed this one very much. Thankfully, it's available in my local grocery.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in a BIF and found it sitting in the back of my fridge, decided to open it up with dinner last night, Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/16/2009.
The pour was nice, amber in color with a rich white head on top. Very nicely done I have to say. Lots of carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the entire session. Aroma is a mix of nice caramel malts, hints of piney hops and a nice buttery, biscuit liken note as well. As I take the first sip a nice and smooth feel rolls across the tongue. Nice medium body and very well carbonated, it all comes across very nicely. Rich with a nice smooth finish that was not too dry at all. Long taste of smooth caramel malts and a nice rich finish left me looking for more and really helped this one go down quite quickly.
Overall this was a very, very nice ale to sip on for dinner. I would have no issue with having this one again any day.

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Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 22 oz cliff hanger ale comes via Ddarden hooking me up!

Poues orange/amber with 4 fingers+ of fluffy sand colored head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Herbal & piney hops, plus fruittyness once warmed

T: Piney hops & a little honey malt sweetness. Citrus hops start to bite as this warms along with some dryness. I also catch fruittyness, a hint of tobaacco, hop tea & brown sugar. Finishes with piney hops & fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & pretty darn good blalance

Drinks very easy, I do remember this being a little truer to its english-style roots & remember it being better then. Not a bad choice to session on. Not a huge fan of amarillo hops though..

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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 smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good two-finger head with some lasting power. Moderate lace. Orange-amber color and nearly clear.

Very nice blend of hop and malt--powerful aroma. Inviting.

Good hop bite, but with a solid malt base. The aftertaste is strongly bitter and lasts a very long time. The body is solid with an appropriate amount of carbonation. In many ways, this could be considered the quintessential bitter...American style.

I'm giving this one some extra points for its bold flavors and pleasant smoothness.

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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 Gagnonsux
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is deep copper. Head is average sized, but retention is fairly weak. The aroma is of moderate citrusy hops with touchs of malt and fruitiness. Sip starts with tasty caramel malts which lead to a splash of hops with a mild fruity undertone. Finish concludes with more malts and hop bitterness. This is probably the least interesting beer that I've had from Rogue, yet it's still very good and almost too drinkable. I just read on Rogue's website that they no longer selling Younger's as sixers, only as 22 oz. bombers and draft, which is too bad because this is a great session choice.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bright bronze color, generous, nay, thick, nay, muscular head of creamy foam.
Aroma: nice hops, slightly citric, but with more caramel, perhaps a blend of both, in any case, this is a hoppier nose than many a bitter I've tried before, but this is Rogue, after all, so it's par for course.
Taste: Mmmmm!
Sometimes, that's all it takes, that's all I can say, or have need to...Mmmmm!
Not good enough? Well...brief bitterness on palate from hop entry, but soon smoothed, leaving nothing but smoothness in it's wake, utterly saturated with flavor, a yeasty, fruity, a trifle caramel-y, bright, yet clean flavor, with a quick, though tasty finish. Medium body, abundant character, allowing nothing but happiness to occur with each visit to the mouth.
That's what I was talking about...Mmmm!!!
Easily among my favorite session brew choices, a treat every time.

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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 GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/28/05- Purchased at the Rogue Alehouse in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no dating. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Off amber colored head with, just as it says, a fat inch plus head. Excellent lacing.

Smell- Both hoppy and malty, but hops carries this one. Floral and fruity hops that is.

Taste- This one tastes much like the one I just polished off (Pale Rain Ale). Very much acscented towards the hops side. Fruity and floral tasting with maybe a touch more malt. Has spices intertwined as well.

Mouthfeel- Standard carbonation.

Drinkability- Went down smooth and crisp. If this is truly an English Bitter, it's one of the better ones I've had.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish amber color with a thick off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent surrounded by their signature hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a nice malty palate with a bitter finish. It is filled with hops again in the taste. It's good, but I wish they would back off the hop flavor on this one so that the true malt character can be revealed. The mouthfeel is good. It's a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer goes down easy, but I don't think It's true to the style. That said. I could drink this until the cows come home.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown/amber color, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, malt, and caramel. Very nice taste of caramel, and malts, a little dry, but not that bitter at all. Medium body. Another excellent brew from Rogue, if I were to guess the ABV I would say about 5-5.2%. This is a very drinkable brew and would make a nice session drink.

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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 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 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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Photo of jdhilt
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep coppery color, short lasting head, light carbonation. Typical hoppiness for an ESB. A little malty overtones but after taste is clearly the hops.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as the Fat Head's Ale at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh on tap. Came in light brown body with minimal head that died and left no real lacings. A citric/leafy hop aroma would be the best way to characterize the smell. A little oily/buttery slickness in this thin-bodied beer, but the hops do come through in a herbal, tea-like punch and there is a moderately dry backbite. An easy to down beer that I recommend.

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Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
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