Rogue Youngers Special Bitter

Rogue Youngers Special Bitter

Rated 3.577 by BeerPals

Brewed by Rogue Ales

Newport, OR, United States

Style:  Extra Special Bitter

? % Alcohol by Volume

35 International Bittering Units

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Our original Rogue Ale, Younger's Special Bitter (affectionately nicknamed YSB) is a classic English Special Bitter named after Bill Younger of the infamous Horse Brass Pub in Portland, Oregon. The Malt Advocate described Younger's Special Bitter as "rich and flavorful. A triad of caramel maltiness, fruitiness (apricots?), and hop bitterness in aroma and flavor. A fuller malt foundation than some other pale ales, with some background spiciness. Dry, hoppy finish." In the SouthWest Brewing News, Feb/March 1994 issue, George Fix wrote "A strong case could be made for Rogue Ale being included among the top 5 ales brewed in the US." YSB is amber in color with a mild hoppy finish. Brewed with a blend of 2-row Harrington and Crystal malts, Willamette and East Kent Golding hops. YSB is available in the classic 22-ounce seriograph bottle (the 12-ounce 6-pack is being phased out in early 2005), and on draft. Measurements: 12 Degrees Plato, IBU 35, Apparent attenuation 75, Lovibond 17.

ID: 493 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank2177
Overall Percentile95.9
Style Rank15 of 735
Style Percentile98
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.631
Weighted Score3.577
Standard Deviation0.335

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  • JKBPILL 201 reviews
    rated 3.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This beer pours a dark amber color with a decent head that laces nicely. The smell is sweet with a nice bit of hops in the background. The taste is more of the same with a sweet maltiness and a hoppy bitter kick at the end.

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 3.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Mildly hazy orangey-brown body caped with a tall brown crown. Notable hops in the nose, some sweetness that’s about it. Doesn’t smell bad at all just so dam mild. Sweet malty taste with a mild bitter finish. Some watermelon, mild coffee, wood, nuts, and nice hop presence that’s not over done like a lot of Rogue beers. Beer is over all clean tasting but there is a touch of a metallic after taste. Good brew would drink again.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    nice, highly drinkable. smells of malty backbone with just enough chewy hops thrown in for balance. nice finish. better than brutal bitter most of the time.

  • BEERCRONIC 895 reviews
    rated 3.2 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Nothing special here aside from the fact that Rogue has not over hopped a beer for once. Poured out a small white, foamy head with some light lacing on top of a burnt orange beer. The aroma is a good mix of caramel and biscuit malts, sweet orange, weak melon, slightest hint of spice and floral hops. Pretty tasty stuff with the caramel / biscuit blend, orange, leafy hops, a bit of spice - pretty good overall but nothing too special. Still, I can see getting more cause this shit is so damn easy to consume! Fine carbonation, closes in on medium bodied, dry mouth feel, some bitter finish with a touch of orangy sweetness that lingers.

  • BIGMANNE 156 reviews
    rated 3.2 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    pours a hazy orange with a medium off white head. aroma had hops, citrus. and a little bit of sugar. flavor is very nice. hoppy bitterness. citrus and carbonation are very present. the bitter aftertaste is not long lasting at all. over a decent bitter

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.0 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    A decent beer from Rogue. Fairly simple example of the ESB style. Typical for Rogue though, with a good dose of hops in both the aroma and palate. The beer pours out a dark orange color, a simple off-white foamy cap with aromas that was a peppery/spicy hop and malt combo which was different, but nice. Flavors had some light sweet malt combo, a bit undefineable though. Perhaps it was some caramel malts? I think the beer had some age on it, which might have contributed to the marked lack of definition. Citrus and floral hop notes also showed up in the flavor.

  • DOCTOR_STU 17 reviews
    rated 3.7 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I don't know if this should be listed seperately, as Rogue did a special bottleing in black or white old style bottles for the 30th anniversary of Younger owning the Horse Brass pub. I believe only something like 1000 bottles were done in each color. Now is VERY hard to find. I got the LAST white bottle at Belmont Station, the biggest beer store in Portland today. They had only 4 black bottles left! No different in taste from the "regular" bottleing, but worth the extra $1 for the special bottle to collectors..

  • AABREWER318 475 reviews
    rated 3.3 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Its a bronzy color with a good head. Crossover English/PAc NW taste. Flavors of caramel malt, toasty hay, grapefruit. Flavorful taste with a contrasting light mellow finish and mild bitterness.... Mouthfeel is light with fine bubbles and very smooth and refreshing....Not so much extra or special but its a bitter

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.1 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    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.

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 3.9 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Fine beer. Pour was dark copper, thick foamy head and sweet lacing. Aroma was biscuity and citrus hops. Flavor was thick rich malt with a nice bitter hop twang at the end (of grapefruits, predominantly). Smooth mouthfeel, full flavor. Nice.

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