18 August 2008

Beer Review, Younger's Special Bitter

Rouge Ales Younger's Special Bitter

Appearance: Pours from the 22oz bomber into my pint glass with a dark golden amber coloration, clear, some effervescence, and a thick foamy white head that leaves tons of lacing. Excellent presentation, nearly perfect for style. 4.5/5

Smell: Strong hop presence, "mushy" as opposed to crisp. Strong notes of apples buried underneath, something like an apple cider? Overall aroma is sweet, malty, slightly cloying. 4.0/5

Taste: Strongly hoppy upfront, sweet in the middle, with a dry backend. Slight notes of citrus. Overall uncomplex but enjoyable. 4.0/5

Mouthfeel: Thin, but the hops give the tongue a bit of a workout. 3.5/5

Drinkability: This is a good-quality example of an English Bitter, not necessarily a great style, but a really decent beer for daily drinking. The price tag makes it a bit steep, though. 3.5/5

Overall: 4.0/5

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