Brewed by Rogue Ales
Style: Amber Ale
Newport, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 1640   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Rogue’s annual holiday offering, Santa’s Private Reserve, is a variation of the classic Saint Rogue Red, but with double the hops--including Chinook, and Centennial, and a mystery hop called Rudolph by head brewer John "more hops" Maier! This holiday elixir is brewed with two-row Harrington, Klages and Munich malts, along with Hugh Baird 30-37, Carastan 13-17, and Crystal 70-80 malts, plus free range coastal water and proprietary top-fermenting Pacman yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Wonderful, full hoppy aroma. Taste is of sharp and spicy hops and dark fruit malts. The malt gives out too quickly at the end and the alcohol is a bit low for this to be categorized as a strong ale. A darker IPA, yes and in that category quite satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Pours a clear copper brown with a thick frothy cream-colored head. Aroma is mild caramel and toasted malt with a western hop twang. Body starts with a thick semi-dry maltiness, turning more dry and hoppier toward the piny hop resin finish. A nice brew and well hopped, but also not that exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2004
I think this is last year’s edition. Pours a reddish dirty brown with a rocky off white head. Aroma is strong in malt and vinous notes. Flavor is very malty and vinuous, some roasted notes. Some bitterness in the end but it seems to be from the roasted malt than a hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Poured Redish, Good head, Hop aroma and hop bit. Even a hoppy finish. Shared this with a hop head who really loved it. Ho Ho ho!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Big bottle. Red brew with modest head; excellent lacing. Big american hop aroma. Great hoppy flavor and clean finish. Great for hop heads without hop harshness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2004
I’m not finding this one as hoppy as some others.....spicy, chocolatly, slightly buttery aroma; nutty malt and toasted flavor, hint of smokey/peat ; certainly some citrusy hoppiness there, but really nicely balanced; prety tastey

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
On Tap@ Rogue San Francisco. Absolutely Beautiful looking beer! Dark mahogany with a thick, frothy tan head. Aroma is dominated by hops. Almost no malt balance in the taste. Very nice hoppy aftertaste though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Not sure this is the best descrption of the aroma, but it smells like christmas to me. Fitting. It is a nice red colour with a large rocky ivory coloured head. It has great lacing as well. It us very hoppy. Citrusy and piney. It is pretty thick and chewy in the mouth too. I really liked this one and just might pick up a few more bombers worth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Poured a reddish amber color, w/ a light head. Hoppy aroma, w/ citrus, and lightly sweet. Flavor was nice and bitter, citrusy as well, I enjoyed this brew a lot, wasn’t too shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Nice light caramel color with a bountiful tan head. Light to medium hoppy aroma with some sharp citrus notes. A big hoppy flavor, no malt character. A pleasant beer to drink, just not the oomph of a holiday beer, somewhat lifeless. If Santa wants the hops this beers for him.

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