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

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RATINGS: 1694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AnokaBrewer (169) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2016
22 ounce bottle pours an amber red color. Aroma of hops, but first taste is sweet malt. It does give a bitter finish that lingers after it has warmed. Good beer by Rogue, but not great like a lot of their beers.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crhensel (145) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2016
12 oz. bottle into my Newcastle glass. Poured a rich red with minimal head and a slight spice aroma. Taste is almost all hops, which is a surprise but pleasant with a little hint of the Christmas spice at the end. Very enjoyable twist on a winter brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (441) - Osaka, JAPAN - JAN 8, 2016
On tap at Craft Cafe Imazato, Osaka. Bottom of the keg. L: pours a darkish hazy Amber, off white head. S: hoppy pine notes, a sweet caramel, nothing out of the ordinary for an amber. T: quite hop forward, pine resin, caramelised sugar malt backing. F: lingering bitterness, quite a full-body. Not refreshing, just kinda... there. O: a tad flat and uneventful compared to some hoppy ambers. Nothing wrong but nothing stands out.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2673) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Draft at Moriartys. Brown pour with frothy tan foam. Impressive lace. Medium-roasted malts with very earthy hops. Peanut shells. Burnt pineapple. Mandarin peels. Driftwood. Portobello mushrooms. Feels a bit odd. Somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. Unusual - but in no way a Christmas beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HoppyScallywag (297) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Nice sweetness with a bitter, crisp finish. I like how the taste stays on the palate but very lightly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaser (5567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Had a 12oz bottle at City of Dreams in Macau. Red and clear. Malty and earthy - reminds me of dead guy ale kind of

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theOptimator (363) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Aroma is sweet caramel malt, citrus pineapple. appearance is hazy orange brown with frothy tan head that lingers. Taste is bright malt and citrus hopping. Firm clean bitterness follows closely. Palate is medium full. Chewy for such a small beer... but still crisp due to high IBU’s. Overall an excellent AM Amber. Big malt and bigger hopping. One of my favorite styles. Nothing christmas about this at all though.... kinda misleading. Whatever though, still a good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Druss (16) - Goulburn, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle, purchased late Dec 2014. Pours a red coppery ale, minimal head, zero retention. Low carbonation. Sweet, with heavy caramel malts and more bitterness than an ex-girlfriend. Full body, thick texture with a long lingering finish. Is it a good beer? Yes. Is it a Christmas beer (in the traditional sense)? No. Is it worth what was paid? Sadly, no. Too heavy on the bitterness for my personal liking and I do like a nice bit of hops. Would I recommend you try it? Yes.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brucebruce81 (389) - Wyoming, USA - DEC 30, 2015
This was a decent beer it was pretty rough and a little on the natural side of the beer. It was like a good try but nothing that reminds me of Santa ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BadAprilia1000 (404) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Pours a brownish amber color with a relatively small head. Aroma is bitter hops and huge malt, molasses and caramel thick, very roasty and nutty, toffee as well. Taste is nutty and a very light roast, caramel and bread into a earthy hoppy finish. Great beer!


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