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


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RATINGS: 1579   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 1, 2003
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. Poured out a definite red color, like looking thru a ruby. Fast fading tan head left a generous lacing down the sides of the glass. Hops dominate the aromas, with a certain spiciness in the nose. Malt aroma is subdued, with some caramel fighting to get thru. Taste is sharp, unreserved, and not for the faint of heart. Spicy hops dominate the flavors as well. Made for a nice change of pace. Finished sharp, and hoppy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Nice deep amber color, average head but it leaves good lacing. Buttery, spicy aroma. Sprucy grapefruit dominates the flavor, with a nondescript malt backing everything up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 Once one of my least favorite beers, I decided to retry this one last night after years of despising its memory. It had a dark amber pour with an inch-thick rocky off-white head. Peppery, hoppy aroma: very earthy. Flavor is earthy hops over the thinnest of malt backbones. It’s extremely bitter and not even close to what I would consider well-balanced. It’s not as horrible as I remembered, but I definitely see what I didn’t like in this beer. Won’t try it again, that’s for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3161) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2003
A tasty red ale, with a very nice citrus bite. Pours like Rudolph's glowing nose, with minimal head and slight lacing. Aroma is earthy and hoppy with notes of prune and caramel. Very rich flavor- plenty of hops bitterness, but with raisin, prunes, and breadiness mingling with citrus. If the hops were toned down this would rate as excellent, not merely very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Smells like your typical English Pale Ale. A little spice added perhaps. Brown in color with yellow highlights. Very nice head of small bubbles. Cozy. Nice and hoppy with plenty of malt for balance. I purchased this at the end of July, so the seven months of aging may have made it better. Another winner from Rogue, currently my favorite brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Now this one just pissed me off i opened the bottle only to have it explode all over my carpet,luckily it missed the keyboard.Dark brown color,small fast fading head mild lacing left behind.Good malty aroma with a mild spiciness and possibly dried fruit presence.The taste was malty raisny and fairly well hopped a slight spicy note but mainly the hops and raisin are the big players here.The after taste is mostly hoppy with a mild fruit presence.It's a pretty decent brew and i would rate it higher if it hadn't shit all over my floor b4 i could get the glass over to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Had this at Bon Vivant Beer Lover's Club on 7-25-03. Thanks for this extra one Mike! Unknown vintage. Reddish brown body with a light brown head. Nose is slightly spiced and a little hoppy. The body has a malt sweetness mixed with more hops, but they are not overpowering. Pleasant finish. Look forward to more from this brewery!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2003 A deep red color which reminded me of red velvet cake and a dark vanilla colored frothy head. An intense hoppy aroma followed by a sweet German malt presence and a little of something I can't seem to put my finger on. Flavor is hoppy bitterness and a slight spiciness. This is one bitter beer from start to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Had this on tap at Eli Cannons (Middletown, CT) during the Rogue tasting. It was listed as "Santa's Dry Hopped Red Ale". I'm assuming this is the same stuff. Deep red in color, with an almond tan head. Aroma is very hoppy and manly, almost surly. Not much in the way of malt, as far as I can tell in the smoky pub. Flavor is hoppy, with a nice roasty malt balance. Semi sweet, with a grassy herbal hoppiness. Body is medium to full, with moderate carbonation. I wasn't disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Poured very nicely, with a great tan head. Strong, spicey aroma. The use of hops is very apparent here in tasting the beer and it has a lingering aftertaste. Overall a solid beer, although I've had better Holiday brews. I had the 2002 batch in a 22 ounce bottle from Beers of the World, Rochester, NY.

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