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

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RATINGS: 1693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, 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.

3.3
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Deep red/copper hue with almost no head and minimal lacing. The nose is hoppy with a hint of a malty backbone and sweetness. Nice hop flavors abound: citrusy grapefruit, floral, and bitterness. Smooth considering how much hops are used. A nice and solid, yet not very exciting offering. Would drink again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpauley (3) - USA - NOV 21, 2004 does not count
Beuatiful clear copper pour. Hoppy aroma with some malt tones. The first taste is smoth at the start with a pleasantly hoppy finish. Overall it is a great brew to look forward to throughout the year.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Dark copper pour with a small chunky head, nice lace. Aroma is a nice balnce of hops and malt, some bitter hops prevailing. Initially the malts show, then get shoved aside by bitter hops. Hoppy aftertaste ensues. Nice rich mouthfeel. Das good, da?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2004
This pours a reddish-copper color with a slender light tan head. The aroma is nicely hoppy with some nuttiness to it. It’s got a solid malt backbone with mainly grapefruit hop tastes and a bit of pine. This could almost be an IPA. Pretty tasty with a lingering citric finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1570) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Pours a nice ruby red with a thick beige head. Malty and floral citrusy hop aroma. Taste has prominent hop notes of citric grapefruit and pine. Lots of caramel toastiness and bread leaving a pleasant malty sweetness underneath. Bitter, but not harsh aftertaste. Full, round body, smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Improved over the last time I tried it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hershiser2 (1830) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Paid $3.99 for a 650ml bottle. Rubious red in color with a large, frothy tanish-red head. Smells like a luscious American IPA. Lots of grapefruit and pine... nearly pefect. Flavor is outstanding... Hoppy as hell... amazingly hoppy! Lots of pine, with a hint of soapiness, but not too much, and very drinkable! Wonderful amount of carbonation that feels nice in the mouth. An amazing brew! Tastes like a tremendous IPA, and probably should be categorized as such.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2004
A very nice beer. Pours a deep amber. Taste is sweet and fruity up front, with a bitter finish. Send me another.


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