Younger's Special Bitter | Rogue Ales

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364 Ratings
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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Ratings: 364 |  Reviews: 279
Photo of PatandDavid
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at Redbones. Clear dark amber when poured, it came with a decent piney aroma. It starts with a smooth malty touch which runs into a syrupy mouthfeel. Ends in a nice hop finish, but the mouthfeel isn't as dry as it could be. Not a bad beer, but slightly syrupy.

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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 StevieW
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 bomber bottle brought to Florida by Da Dos's friend Alfonse.
Rusty copper color, shiny. Creamy Biege head, lots of foamy bubbles. Lacing was more than enough down the glass. Head thinned quite a bit after a few minutes.
Smelled of florals, rose petals, and fresh cut grass. Lots of Hops, and slightly tart medicinal smell. Taste was hop concentrated to start, striking bitterness. Big and unbalanced almost. Crystal and carmel malt way in the background, lacked any bready biscuit sweetness and body. Medium to light bodied. Very good and drinkable, but I think the hop flavors were a touch overdone and aggresive. Tasted to me like a West Coast version of English Bitter, which it is, but I guess not what I had expected.

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Photo of jtfest
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a small off-white head that disappears virtually altogether. The aroma has quite a bite -- hops with nettle-like character. The mouthfeel is smooth -- unexpectedly so -- and the flavor is mild and pleasant. The hop bitterness is present, but not biting like it is in the aroma. This was much more drinkable than I expected -- bitter, but blended and enjoyable.

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Photo of Suds
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a regular beer of mine several years ago. Then, all of the sudden, my local beer store stopped carrying it. It was a pleasure to try it again.
The color is a deep, dark orange. The head is slight, and disappeared more quickly than I remember. The brew presents a powerful floral hop aroma, which characterizes the first sips of the beer. Taste is moderately sweet, but becomes increasingly malty as your mouth becomes accustomed to the hopiness. In fact, what initially seems balaced toward hops turns, by the end of the glass, into a beer with brilliant balance. Finish is long, with a subtle and enjoyable bitterness.
This is a terrific session brew.

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

This was a great American bitter. On cask, the carbonation was so light and made the ale absolutely great. The head was thick and lasted for the whole beer. The color was red with a slight orange tint. The hops were very present in the nose. Very clean hops commanded the first taste. As you moved through the beer, the warm temperature and low carbonation made the ale absolutely great. The biscuity malt was a great balance to the bitterness which had hints of citrus and grass. A great cask-conditioned ale.

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Photo of granger10
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was disappointed with Rogue's offering here. It poured a hazy amber color with a solid head that had decent retention. The smell was rather weak and all that I could get was hops. The body in this beer was what hurt it to me. No body! It almost tasted like many homebrews that I have had before, low consistency. Malts were faint and few. Maybe a slight caramel sweetness and grainy base. Hops were present but weren't that bitter, more flavoring hops in this case. It wasn't the worst beer (the flavors mixed well) and really was about average in terms of style, but I'm expecting more from Rogue.

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Photo of silks636
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness information indicated. Served at cellar temp.

Clear amber with decent white head. Spotty lacing observed. Some sediment left in bottle after pouring. Aroma strong with caramel malts and a slight touch of fruity hops is present as well. Taste is very nicely balanced. Complex malt base is bready over a caramel sweetness. It is held nicely in check by a light hint of bitter piney hops. Wonderful interplay between the two flavors. Medium bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Finishes up with a slightly stronger hop presence that lingers into the aftertaste.

A pleasure to drink and a perfect session beer any time of the year. Very well done!

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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 BeerAngel
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear tea-like color with a 1-1/2 finger off-white head. The aroma consists of a citrus fruit smell with a slight sweetness and grapefruit tartness. The taste has an initial bite from the light carbonation and pronounced hops that tingle your tongue and slides into a toasty malt flavor and tapers into a slight grassy taste. This is a light to medium bodied brew that finishes slightly watery which is not what I expected from this style. Still not terrible, but perhaps not the best offering from a brewery in which I hold in high regard. Cheers!

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

Pours a hazy copper with a nice tan head. Good lacing.

Aroma - there is a sweet malt essence with a delightful hop balance.

Taste - sweet and mild with hints of fruit. There is also a nice dose of hops to nake this beer nice and bitter.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied. The hops engulf the mouth but are balanced by the malt. There is a strong dry finish.

Drinkability - This is a very drinkable beer that is almost like a pale ale. This was a nice easy drinking beer.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Horse Brass in Portland, served in a 10 oz mini-imperial pint glass . Color was a clear reddish-amber with a thin fine white head. The brew possessed a mild resiny-citrusy boquet of hoppiness. Very nice for the style. In the taste was the right balance of hoppy bitterness and malt character. This made for a very tasty and crisp beverage. The mouthfeel could have been thicker but was still within specs for the style. Carbonation was a bit low too, but could this have been particular to the keg at hand. The drinkablitly was great. Overall a tasty and refreshing bitter.

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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 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 ngandhi
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fire up that grill and burn something to go with this beer. The malts are remarkably rich and accented by mild northwestern apples meet tropical oranges fruit on the finish from the yeast. The bittering is aggressive enough to keep the malts from being cloying. The hops match the malts IBUs for degrees Plato -- this is what brewers should look to when trying to figure out how to balance their beers. At around 40 degrees, the bitterness and malt mix to taste of burnt toast. As it warms, the caramel is richer, separate from the hops, and finishes with fruit, grain, and a lingering metallic bitterness.

This ESB would find a place in most any pub as the house best, yet is distinctly American in character. The body is dense, but cut by an abrasive bittering that breaks up the sweetness and diffuses hop oils on the palette. The nose is spicy with, again, a touch of fruit.

Younger's Special Bitter knocks the knickers off of Fuller's. It takes a yard of old world bitter and adds a pint of West Coast flair. Complex as hell for such a simple style.

Relax, relax.

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

Served at cellar temperature. Medium brown in color, with a white head that leaves a layer coating the top of the beer. Hops really dominates the smell, with a little hint of caramel. Tastes relatively thick, with a smooth taste that finishes off with a nice bit o' hops.

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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 Foxman
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a rich amber, almost like a strong iced tea, head grows, then recedes just as fast, leaving a thin bubbly slick across the top of the beer. There's a spotty lace as the beer drains.

The aroma is the tart, slightly fruity hops of the style, with a genuine kick of yeast wafting northward.

The fruit in the hops arrives first on the tongue, followed by an almost doughy yeast flavor partnered with the slight malt sweetness, leavened by a hint butterscotch. It finishes almost peppery, perhaps from the hops/malt combo, heavy on the hops.

The body is on the light side of medium, seeming to slide from the front of the mouth back, the coating ebbing similarly and quickly. There's a definite dry hop finish sensation.

There's a hop/malt balance typical of the style here. The hops refresh, the malt fills in the blanks. I'd have one or two more, certainly. Again, it is indicative of the British bitter style, and while not a clone of any one specifically, it's a pleasant example. I wasn't overly impressed by any one component of this beer, but it seems a case of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear dark copper topped by a frothy off-white head. Head dissipates to a filmy layer after about 4 or 5 sips and then leaves faint cascades of lacing.

Smell: Nice balance of pine, orange citrus, and toffee aromas. Pungent.

Taste: A toasted biscuit flavor with piney bitterness and grassy hop aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Mildly astringent with a taste that sticks around for a little bit. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: If you like bitters, this could be your cup of tea. The sixer I purchased shouldn't last too long, I should think.

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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 barleypop
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful light amber colour with a tight creamy head.

The nose was very understated with malt and hints of raisin.

Oh, this is wonderfully fresh. I savored each and every drop. It finishes with a great caramel corn-esque flavor. The hops and malt are well balanced. Would love to see this one on cask!

The mouthfeel is excellent with marshmallowy like texture.

Drinkability. Me drinky long time.

Overall, this is a nice, nice bitter. I feel like I should be in a Yorkshire pub enjoying this one.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second beer served in apint glass at Rogues Brewery on The Bay, Newport, Oregon.
Clear ,lightish brown coloured beer..nice sized consistent creamy head..with very little visible carbonation.The aroma is very spicy hop for a typical English style bitter..but its pleasant.
The taste can be described as smooth to start..nice sweet malts,,then hops at the end.. this is a PNW type bitter!!
Very smooth and nice on the palate.
A drinkable beer indeed..but more like aPacific Pale than a bitter IMO.

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

A bright copper filled with streaks of haze. A pale yellow hat sits atop.
Nose displays malts, slightly toasted, and hops, mostly floral.
Taste begins with dry pale malts that mimick english muffins. Touches of nuts and butter. Mineral hues in the middle. Hopping wastes no time entering, but by no mean is this a typical Rogue hopfest. Lemon rind and flower petal in flavor, these must be Goldings. Bitter, but not assertively so.
Medium light bodied and meant for consumption in multiples.
Nice enough bitter, but not something I'll probably remember days down the road.

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

Pours a hazy medium copper in color with an off-white head. Aroma consists of sweet caramel, floral hops, candied raisins and butterscotch. The mouthfeel is medium-to-full-bodied. Initial smoothness, gives way to a stinging carbonation on the tongue, which lessens as the beer warms. Fruity and juicy hop flavors dominate. There's a very nice roasted malt and caramel flavor underneath. Finish is moderately bitter and hints at a dryness that never quite materializes. The bitterness is balanced pretty well with the malt flavor and actually I thought the beer would have been more bitter than it was. Nuances in the flavor really emerge as the beer warms to room temps. The water almost seems to have an English "hard-water" quality to it.

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

A very nice brew. Some floral notes in the smell..decent coppery color, head leaves some lacing. Taste had a nice floral, hoppy aspect....mouthfeel was nice and balanced. A slight, pleasant aftetaste reminded you of teh pleasant drinking experience. Extremely drinkable... a very nice brew!

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Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
3.93 out of 5 based on 364 ratings.
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