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


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RATINGS: 1647   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Burgundy in color with a frothy tan head. Nose is citrus and floral, caramel. Full in the mouth, spicy to the taste. Good winter brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2424) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 Big, big hops aroma to go with the very nice fluffy head. Minimal carbonation. Leaves a nice thin dense head when settled. Also some bubble gum and dark fruit inthe aroma. Color is a dark amber with a hint of red. Flavor dominated by hops with a nice malt backbone. Very sharp biting flavor with good bitterness. Second time trying htis the flavor is kind of watery. HHHMMM. Will have to try again. Wink Wink. Finish is bitter and leaves a dry film in the mouth. Would classify this as an imperial IPA but lacking in the higher alcohol content. Alcohol well hidden here. A very good beer for those bitter IPA drinkers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Huge hop aroma, and the hop bite came blasting into the taste too. Just like an imperial IPA. This would be great during the summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2004
The first Rogue I've ever tried, wanted to grab it while it was in the store. Hops really really come out in this one, with some bitterness, I think perfect for this wintry weather

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Good beer from Rogue. Very hoppy aroma. Good beer, have had it in the past. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Tap, which Brew, Easton, PA. Red with tan head. Big American hop aroma, and sharp. Flavor mostly of citrus hop, and sharp. No real malt character to speak of. OK for hop heads, nothing more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2004
22oz. Sweet nose. Off-white head on redish brown ale. Nutty malt taste followed by extreme hop bitter bite. Its a surprise. Piney. And an odd asprin-medicine linger. Maybe I'll try it again on tap.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Pours a redish brown with an incredible head that lasts the entire beer while leaving a nice blanket down the glass. The first scent I caught was cotton candy, oddly enough. Lightly floral hops and some malt sweetness. Taste is all about hops, baby, and even leaves a grapefruit aftertaste. I'm almost thinking it's more of an IPA, actually, as there isn't much malt taste, or at least it could use a little more. Mouthfeel is both crisp and creamy. Overall this is pretty good for the style listed, but would rate quite a bit higher as an IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Pours deep amber with a big tan head and large bubbles. Lots of dry-hopped aroma in the nose. Hop flavor is dominated by agressive bitterness, that makes my mouth say "grapefruit." There's just not enough gravity to balance it out... this level of IBUs need more ABV, IMHO (har har).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3771) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Clear, deep red color, hint of brown. Good hop aroma, though simpler than others in the style. Very significant and long-lasting hoppy bitterness, a titch metallic, and not altogether pleasant. The net result was very "ho-hum" rather than "ho ho ho!".

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