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


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RATINGS: 1637   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4659) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
(650ml bottle) Santa reddish body with a thin, white head. Cascade hops nose. Grapfruite taste. Somewhat of a disappointment after the nose and for this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2003
22oz bomber. Pours a deep red tawny. Very hoppy nose. Aromatic. Taste is definitely a hopped up red, as the description says. A fairly decent bittering in the finish(more than I care for). Body is very nice. Almost full. This a very well thought out beer. Quality abounds. Extremely smooth and rounded. Good value for what you pay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2003
Ruby-chestnut. Tan head. Fresh, hoppy nose w/ good chocolaty malt sweetness. Medium body. Good malt character w/ some solid earthy hoppiness. Long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Pours a nice ruby color with a medium light tan head. Aroma is wonderfully hoppy. Great citrus and pine notes. This is not what I expected at all so far but in a good way. Flavor is balanced quite well between the hops and malt. Bitterness on the swallow. Very dry, champagnish finish. Better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Hazy reddish amber with a large, lasting off white head. Very hoppy aroma with grapefruit, pine, grass and a hint of dough. Medium creamy palate with low carbonation. Flavor begins sweet with caramel, and then the hops kick in to give a nice citrus and pine bite. A pleasing hoppy woody dry finish. Not a memorable beer, but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Ruby red color for Santa. Hoppy aroma, some toasty malt. Flavor was assertively hoppy, some malt but not in a very good balance. Bitter finish. Not bad but not great. Thanks frielock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Murky, ruby-topaz color. Sweet and hoppy aroma. It has a bitter start with a great hoppyness at the end. Rogue rocks for their Hops addiction. :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2003
Hoppy aroma(of course) with a hint of malt too. Clear ruby, with a small toffee head, and a bit of lace. Hoppy flavour, with some almonds as well. Very bitter woodiness. Happy Christmas Santa. Thanks for bringing this along frielock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Dark redish brown color, light brown head. Dry malty and pnw hop aroma. Malt flavors upfront, but lost of hops on top of that. Very hoppy finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Bottle pours a touch hazy amber red with a real nice tan head and lots of lace. The aroma is quite hoppy. The flavor has the ASA profile flavor with the malt and the long lingering hop finish. Overall, this one stands out against all the other Holiday releases, including SNCA.

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