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

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RATINGS: 1619   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmacklin (308) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
12 fl. oz. bottle. Pours a clear copper colour with a medium, tan head. Hoppy, grapefruit aroma with pine. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, grapefruit and pine with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenkiGonzo (371) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 24, 2014
Bomber. Pours a clear ruby amber, off-white head. Aroma has caramel malts, hops and a bit of funk. Surprisingly bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nasmith003 (103) - Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2014
spruce, caramel, amber, red, clear, white foam, medium bitterness, light body, soft carbonation, long finish, bitter,

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (508) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Descent beer. Really light in the aroma but taste is good. Slightly above average but nothing special.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (1230) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 21, 2014
beautiful appearance of dark amber colour with reddish notes; huge creamy yellowish-beigeish head, which lasts for several minutes; aroma of citrusy-piney-tropical fruity hops, tangerine, caramel and some biscuit; taste is dominated by resiny hops with citrusy-tropical fruity notes, some raisin and caramel; perfect Christmas beer

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
UXO (420) - CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
Pours clear medium to deep amber with one finger of medium tan head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, spotty lacing. (3/5) Nose is caramel malt, muddled spices and leafy hops. (4/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (5/10) Medium body, moderate to low carbonation, moderate bitter finish. (3/5) Another meh-tactic offering from Rogue. Surprising residual bitterness on the tongue, given the almost non-existent hop presence on the nose, but that’s pretty much the best you can say about it. (10/20)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smaynard6000 (662) - Apopka, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours amber with a medium-sized beige head. Aroma is malty and sweet with some caramel. Mostly sweet with some piney bitterness in the finish. Pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (544) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2014
DATE TASTED: November 25, 2014... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: post LVR holiday party... APPEARANCE: thick, chunky, substantial (with staying power) off-white, two-finger head; a dark copper body that suggests a malty goodness; intricate lacing--a picture-perfect pint ... AROMA: savory caramel malts that wed with a slight spruce and citrus hop to produce a beautifully balanced, inviting aroma ... PALATE: medium-bodied, soft, more intense on the tongue than the teeth--sessionable and sippable...TASTE: a warm oven of caramelized bread; secondary flavors of butter, lemon zest and a mad mix of (to me) undiscernable hops... OVERALL: this beer moves from intriguing to pedestrian, with a mixture of attractive flowery hops initiating a more mellow, subdued experience--the lightness makes this a sessionable destination, but as a stand-alone, not quite Sierra’ pale ale...

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hansvf (181) - - DEC 14, 2014
Ruikt lekker vol,kruidig. Mooi glas, maar die van mark al dood. Wel goede bruine kleur. Heel kruidige smaak, beetje te misschien zelfs

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abijen (1540) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2014
Pours a caramel brown beer with a good tan head. Smells fruity, dried fruit and malts. Tastes the same. Average carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.


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