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


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RATINGS: 1695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kendog (16) - whittier, California, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Brown in color with a great chocolate aroma. The palate however has a sharp hop bite. As it warms up you can really taste the blend of the different hops and malt. Overall a great beer I highly recommend it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Brown with very nice tan head. I popped the top off and it volcanoed all over my counter. Lots of hops in the smell, sweet too, but I got a hint of smoked malt also. The bitterness reminded me of insect repellant. Those of you that have had Deep Woods Off know what I’m talking about. More hops, a hint of malt, and quite light. The name is deceiving, I was expecting a holiday brew of some sort. I suspect Santa keeps this for his ’off’ months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3820) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Reddish brown,lasting beige head.Good deep hop nose.Hoppy throughout with very long finish, lots of balancing malt

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Brown with a white head. Glows off orange in the light. Suprisingly this did not smell like what I was expecting given the name. Had a hoppy floral aroma with lemon, almost similar to trix cereal. Very hoppy beer, I don’t really think Santa is drinking this up at the north pole. It must be for his delivery runs near the equator where it is still hot. Has a nice bitter aftertaste. Lots of citrus with a dry finish. This would be really good on a hot day. Not really sure how this beer gets its name though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2004
6/13/04: Bottle.
Brown body with hints of tea in the nose. The nose also has a roasted malty-ness. Flavors include roasted malt and brown sugar. Celebrated during the first night of our Hawaiian honeymoon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Wow, very floral and sweet citrusy aroma. Lots of citrus with noticeable C-hops. Smells yummy. Slightly hazy light mahogany/dark copper color with small yellowish off-white head. Start is very citrusy and piney giving way to some smoked maltiness in the middle. Finishes hoppy, dry, and bitter. I admire the tug of war between the hops and malts in this beer. Kind of reminds me of the Great lakes Christmas brew. Yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2004
Cloudy reddish brown color with a medium head. Strong aroma of floral hops and spices. Flavor of spices and floral hops, bitter finish. Medium body, tangy mouthfeel. It’s good but has more hops that you would expect from a Christmas/ Winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Brown in color, nice fluffy tan-ish head, lots of hops in the nose, great balance with a good malt profile, sweet maltiness follows the nice hoppy characters, an all-round great beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 I’ve never been a huge fan of any of the Rogue beers, with the exception of their rauchbier, and once again, Rogue proved to me to be a little too much frosting and too little cake. I tasted malt, malt, and more malt. It wasn’t particularly bad, it just wasn’t particularly good either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2004
I would consider this an "imperial pale ale", which I guess puts it in a style all it’s own. Pours a brown root beer color, pillowing tan head rests atop, GREAT lacing. Flavor is woody and malty, with a very grassy thing going on for much of the flavor, ends bitter and dry with a straw-like flavor. This is fairly earthy throughout, and is very different. A great beer to enjoy in July!

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