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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

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Added by Mitchster on 01-31-2002

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Ratings: 366 |  Reviews: 279
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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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 RenoZymurgist
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rocky white head that did not last very long and subsided into a thin white layer of foam atop a rich amber colored beer. Aroma was of sweet malt and a hint of hops. Smooth and balanced flavors between the malt and the hops start off clean then finish with a definite hop bite. Mouthfeel is good as it contributes to the smoothness of the malt flavors. Overall this is a good beer though i would rather have other better beers that Rogue makes instead of this one.

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

12oz. bottle. Does the man on the lable of the bottle look sad to anyone else?

He should not be because this is a great bitter.

Pours a burnt hazy amber. A decent head with no retetion and okay lacing. Not the stickiest of beers. The scents are sharp with fruit and biting hops. A nice sweet malt and some bread at the end. Very nice.

The flavors beckon the palate for more. Wonderful fruit flavors that are not too sweet. A real nice hop bite. Good malts with some caramel and bread. There is also a dry finish with just a hint of cherry fruit. Excellent!

A mouthfeel that is dry and buttery at the same time. Easy to drink many in one session. Well it does have alcohol in it, so not too many. A real easy drinker and a great bitter ale.

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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 beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber reddish color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Medium bodied bitter. Hoppy and malty. Full flavored bitter. Caramelized malts, good blend of hops. Some malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of Tballz420
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Theres a good looking off white head on top of this deep orange/amber body. Good amounts of lacing. The nose is caramel with some flowery notes as well. As for the taste, this is quite a good one. Its a very rich flavor, with nice caramel and some fruity flavors being topped off by a great hop bitterness. This is definately a nice beer.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If I wasn't the poorest, sorriest college student there ever was, this is the kind of beer that would inhabit the entire top shelf of my fridge. It pours a Godly amber hue with a moderate yet long-lasting head. The distinctive Rogue flavor sits behind a powerful contingent of hops. A fantastic brew, and one that I shall enjoy as long this fast-paced brewery makes it.

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Photo of freed
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask conditioned imperial pint - looks cloudy and amber, big head that thins quickly. Nice balanced hop aroma, both field and citrus grove. Taste has a distinctly Rogue malt profile, nice chewy feel. Clean hop start and finish, nice for a bitter. Leaves the mouth asking for another sip.

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Photo of jtw5877
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber hue with a white head, a nice medium bodied beer with some nice english hopiness to it. In a day and age where cascade seems to run the show, its nice to enjoy a different flavor of hopiness. An enjoyable beer. A good gateway or session beer.

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

My initial aroma shot is of a very pleasant floral and citrus aroma. The malt qualties don't present themselves later. Pours with large full head that breaks down slowly. Very clear orange amber color. With the flavor I'm again taken by the strength of the hops presence. The malt balances and smooths off the hops, thus preventing the drink from being to bitter, but aren't offering enough of a presence to make it a malt based beer. Even with warming the malt didn't make enough of a presence. Nice smoothness to the mouthfeel, making it an easy drink. A good tasting beer, but not a fine enough sample of style. Not sure why my sample is different than others. No dating on the bottle to give a hint as to that issue.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a dark reddish-amber color with only half a finger of head, even with an aggressive pour. There is a little bit of lacing on the glass. The smell begins with hops up front, then some caramel and maple maltiness comes through. The taste is a good balance of sweet malts and bitter hops. Bits of toffee and grass are present. The body is fairly smooth, but just a bit oily. The drinkability is very nice for this great session bitter.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.33/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A nice hazy copper color when poured at the brewery while on tap. The taste, unlike the bottle version which had caramel and malts, this tap version had a awful sour after taste that made this YSB unpleasant and undrinkable. Drink the bottled YSB;and stay away from the tapped YSB!

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Photo of fattyre
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy deep orange color with a large rocky light tan head. The smell is sweet malt and a slight earthiness. The taste is mild maltiness balanced by a crisp earthy hoppiness with a silky rounded mouthfeel. A very enjoyable drinkable mild bitter that is fairly well balanced.

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

Good beer, kind of subtle for a Rogue. Grassy smell and taste. Not overly bitter (but I had a Stone Ruination prior, so that may have blasted my taste buds!). This is an unusual offering, nice but not outstanding. Smooth, somewhat thin. It was somewhat refreshing to have a Rogue that wasn't overly dry and bitter, but this is not a standout, IMO.

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

Clear copper color with a thick, chunky off-white head. The aroma is somewhat fruity with a slight graininess, and a bit of malt. It has a spicy hop flavor, with a malty background that balances out the hops. It has a slight fruitiness in it as well. The finish is very dry; and it has a bitterness that sticks with you. Overall it is an average beer, with decent drinkability.

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Photo of clvand0
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light orange color with a minimal head and lacing and a somewhat citrus-like aroma. The taste told me that it was definitely a bitter and nothing else. If you like bitters, this is a good bitter - I enjoyed it and actually went back for seconds. A nice beer.

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Photo of BierReise
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, another great ale from Rogue! This is fastly becoming my favorite brewery. Beautiful amber body with a generous frothy head. Aroma is piney and I think I smell almost a hint of caramel. Quite hoppy and pleasantly bitter. Has a smooth full bodied mouthfeel and finishes on the dry side. Great overall ale. This one could earn a regular spot in the fridge.

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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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Younger's Special Bitter from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 366 ratings
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