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:
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Reviews: 279 | Ratings: 363
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 goatgoat
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint. Notes from 2 nights ago.

The cap pops off like a rocket, grazing my cheek. Glad it wasn't my eye, I expect to see this foaming over, but it sits... waiting.

Pours with a few fingers of frothy tan head, a slightly hazy orange-ish amber.

Aroma is lemon, grass, earl grey tea. Slightly soured earth. Fairly fruity.

Taste was nicely balanced, walking a good line between malt and hops, it followed the aroma. Carbonation was a bit high and fizzy.

Overal and nicely balanced brew, though it was a little underpowered for the steak I had with it.

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

Bomber with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear copper with some carbonation visible, and the usual large, tightly bubbled and rocky head that retains excellently and leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a nicely subdued sweet floral and citrus hop. I say subdued mostly in comparison to Rogue's usual smack-you-in-the-face hop aroma. Some nice biscuit and butterscotch complement nicely.

Hops are a bit more subtle in the taste, and lean more floral. Added in is the noticeable PacMan yeast flavour, some biscuit sweetened with caramel and a grassy bitter finish that's a touch on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, fairly smooth with just a light bubbling from the carbonation.

Goes down smoothly, and is a nice, subtle change of pace from Rogue's usual flavour, hop and alcohol hammering.

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Photo of TwubMoore
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Solid three finger thick head that clung to the side of the glass all the way down. A nice golden amber color.

Smell: If I was at all disappointed in this beer, which I wasn't, it was with the aroma, which was extremely light. There are some light herbal scents the emanate, but I was hoping for some fruit in the nose.

Taste: This beer is clean and crisp. The lower ABV allows for the flavor of the beer to hide the alcohol. The mild to moderate bitter flavor finishes nicely.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was light, but not watery. This beer definitely stands up for itself, but isn't trying to pick a fight with anyone.

Drinkability: I definitely enjoyed drinking this beer. I enjoyed the moderate bitterness that wasn't trying to punch me in the face. I can definitely see myself enjoying this beer on a hot summer day while relaxing at a cookout or as a session beer. I will definitely be trying another one of these in the future.

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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 blaje
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of bomber, this beer is light amber in colour. Pours translucid and forming a medium head quickly fading away. Carbonnation appears to be medium.

Nose: Delicate, I was expecting a more aggressive hop smell. Lightly floral.

Mouth: Again, as with the nose, I was expecting something more aggressive, more punchy on the hop side. This beer is more like an English bitter then an american bitter. Bitterness is nice. Malt is very present, in fact, more then expected. This make the hops a bit "hidden", tempered down. Sweet and fruity on the final.

Conclusion, A nice English bitter style of beer. More malty then it's American cousin. A bit off-balanced, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing that happened upon opening up this beer was that it instantly begun gushing ale. Seeing as how it had been sitting in the fridge for a few days, there was really no apparent reason for its abrupt explosion. I guess that is why they call this one "Younger's".

After cleaning up the initial disaster, this got poured into a mug. A cloudy amber color results, with some decent frothy head, which evaporates sporadically. What remains laces down the glass. Smell was of some caramel malts. Taste was bitter, obviously, with some floral sweetness. No real excessive carbonation.. potentially used it all up earlier. Leaves the mouth dry with a slightly sour aftertaste. A decent bitter overall.

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Photo of Shadman
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last of the Rogue Feb Beer Club Selections.

Tarnished copper in colour with a rich head that settles into a noce cap. Loads of lacing as has been the case with most Rogue brews.

Can certainly pickup the hop, along with sweet toasted malts. Quite appretizing.

Smooth, med-light in body. Nice caramel malt start that gets overwelmed a wee bit by the sharp citrus hop that follows. Bit of butter toffee flavor seeps into the picture after the hop invasion. Citrus rind tends to hang on in the finish for a long time. No hint @ all of the 5.3% ABV.

Carbonation is low, as one would expect in an English Bitter, leading to a smooth mouthfeel.

Decent attempt, well crafted, but Rogue got a tad carried away with the citrus hop for it to be a top-notch English bitter. If there was an American Bitter then this would score a lot higher.

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Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper blond color with a nice one-finger head that lingers in my pint glass.

Aroma is full of mild hop bitterness and bready malt. A bit of sweetness in the nose as well.

Taste is mildly bitter upfront with the flavor of bready malt. The hops really make this beer what it is with Williamette and Kent Golding hops.

Smooth and lightly bitter. Has a nice finish from the Kent Golding hops. Easy to drink and reminiscent of a classic English Bitter.

A nice example example of how Americans can make a decent english bitter. The alcohol content is not listed but it feels smooth and easy to drink, which are qualities that you won't see in typical American beers that use a lot of hops or specific hops.

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

22oz brown glass pry-top w/out freshness date.

Appearance: A moderately hazy amber/brown with light tan head and no lacing.

Nose: Hop-candy. Pale malty sweetness combined with light citrus and a slight floral note. Candied orange comes to mind.

Palate: Medium-bodied and much more malty than I anticipated. Slick mouth-feel is then overtaken by hop-sharpness on the finish. Medium-caramel malt notes (like an alt) mingle with the citrus qualities of the hops and a little fruitiness from the yeast, and then are taken by the dry, bitter hops, and a little dried cannabis-like note on the finish.

Notes: A slightly off-balance bitter, if only because it seems like it's just an exaggerated recipe. It's both big on the fruity notes and big on the bitter. Tasty and sessionable.

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

Quite a good and refreshing hoppy ale. 22oz poured into a glass..

Nice amber orange color with a parchment colored head.. light lacing.

Nice sweet smell along with some citrus/pine hop notes.

Tastes like a fresh water hearty pale but with a nice citrus/pine zing. Nice sweet caramel malts.

Great carbonation, and not thick by any means... very easy to drink... and slightly mild in the Alc. dept. maybe 5.5% if you are lucky. Go get one or three!

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

Bottle 12 oz.

Poured brown color with full off-white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing.

Roasted malt aroma.

Medium body with soft carbonation.

Well balanced malt flavor with a medium pleasing bitter finish of moderate duration.

Very enjoyable drinkable brew and one of the best rated active bitters.

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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 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 mugglesandhops
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery in Newport and on Cask at The Horse Brass in Portland, This review is for the normal "on-tap" serving

Poured a copper red color, this head that didn't last very long, decent lacing down the glass, smelled floral and hoppy, tasted hoppy but pretty malty also, med bodied beer, not one of my favorites but its very drinkable.

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Photo of prosper
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively clear copper colour, with a minimal head. Just as a proper pint should.

Almost no aroma of any sort. There's some lightly-toasted grain as well as some faint earthy hops, in balance with a malty sweetness.

The taste is fantastic, and exactly what should be for a special bitter: moderate citrusy-earthy hops (on the cusp of 'too much'), lots of nutty/toasty grains, and some faint caramel sweetness that is overbalanced with a hoppy bitterness. There's a minerally profile to the water that adds a very british edge to the bittering

Mouthfeel is proper, moderate carbonation and a thin to medium body.

Drinkability is very good, I could drink this stuff like water.

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Photo of brendan13
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass a slight hazy copper colour with an inch of solid off white head that slowly falls away leaving a bit of lacing.
S - Initially a caramel malt aroma dominates, but after taking a couple of sips, giving it a swirl and a sniff reveals some pretty strong citrus fruit and floral hop aromas.
T - The taste is a bit dominated by sweet caramel maltiness with a slight diacetyl hint. The floral and citrus hops are there but definatly in the background.
M - Medium bodied with carbonation on the lower side of medium. A slightly dry finish with a lingering bitterness.
D - A well made American version of a classic English style. Well balanced and a beer i could drink a few of.

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Photo of Spikester
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Commercial desription:
Tasting Notes:
A classic English-style special bitter, it has a triad of caramel maltiness, frutiness, and hop bitterness in aroma and flavor and a dry, hoppy finish.
7 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington, Klages and Crystal 50-60.
Hops: Willamette and Kent Golding.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.
12º PLATO, 35 IBU, 75.1 AA' 17º Lovibond

Clear copper color with a large foamy head. Plentiful lacings. Aroma is malty with some hops.
Taste is euro bitter hops complex malts and slightly astringent. Mouthfeel is smooth with some leather. With a bit too much carbonation and some hops that don't belong, it misses the English Bitter style. That being said this is a terrific beer whatever it is. I have had other Northwest ESB's that are similar to Rogues, so call it a NW ESB. Very tasty indeed. It gets even more pleasant as the bubbles subside and it warms up. I am looking forward to having this on tap.

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

Pours a clear, medium amber color with plentiful, dense, off-white head. Aromas are very toasty, biscuity, a touch of caramelish toffee, and just a touch of floral hops. On the palate, a dense malt profile really blossoms. All that toasty, caramel like sweetness really pulls through, with a slight dark molasses like touch. The hops are certainly in check. Hop flavor is further relegated to the back and finish of the beer, with floral, slightly spicy tones evident. This malty beer still manages to finish relatively dry and bitter, perhaps a high sulfate water helps. No too bitter but nice.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. Looks light amber in color. 1/2 inch light tan head which falls to a skim.
Not getting a lot of smell but do get some hops first then some fruity malt.
Taste follows the smell.
Mouthfeel is light/medium in body a little oily and chewy. Very smooth with fairly lively carbonation.
This is a very drinkable beer. A nice session brew.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazed, well-carbonated marmalade hue, tall egg-white spongy head with great retention.

Crisp malt and mild herbal hops on the nose.

Flavour follows the same lines, crisp malt up front, clean middle, with mild herbal hops rounding out the finish. Wham, bam, thank-you m'am, it's over just like that. A seriously drinkable bitter as a result, pretty authentic (except for the 5.3% abv...).

Mouthfeel is a dichotomy of carbonated yet smooth--smooth up front with the carbonation carrying it home on the finish, yet well balanced all the same.

Nice session worthy bitter from Rogue, this stuff fits the bill quite nicely, decent balance, and after a 22 oz. bomber I`m craving another one still.

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Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
3.93 out of 5 based on 363 ratings.
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