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


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RATINGS: 1662   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 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 (3912) - 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!".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2004
A strong brown ale. Lots of hops, very bitter. Noticable alcohol flavor. Comporable to Arrogant Bastard but not as good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Reddish brown, decent white head, good hoppy aroma, some nice malt up front, with a potent hop kick in the finish. Very enjoyable

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Medium red color with a small off white head. A powerful hop aaroma but it lacks winter spices or any spices in the aroma. Strong bitter hop taste again that again lacks spices. Thin body. I dont get why this is a Christmas beer and not an everyday beer as it seems like a typical Rogue beer. Whatever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Pours a deep root beer color. Big, dense, fine bubble head. Malty aroma. Nice soft mouthfeel with a mellow hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2004
A highly carbonated beer that pours with a thick brown head. This beer is a dark brown color that is a clear deep amber color when held up to the light. It has a some what hoppy nose, though it is not too strong.

Definitely a hoppy beer in the taste department as well. It is fairly dry, but does have a caramel malt twang to it. There are interesting pine & citrus notes in this beer. It is fairly bitter in the finish, which is only accentuated by the light body of this brew. Perhaps a hint of buttery richness in the finish as well. As I dig deeper I find roasted malt notes in this beer, just as promised, though at first I missed them because of the hops. The hop notes primarily bring to mind pine & spruce.

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