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

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RATINGS: 1654   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerardgathier (512) - - JAN 4, 2015
Very Nice hoppy Red ale. Lots of piny in the aroma, some maltiness. Taste is Pine, fruit and good maltbackbone

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (2901) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle. Red copper color. Aroma of bitter hops. Taste is quite bitter as well, bit grassy also. Has some sharp citrus and that slight metallic touch amber beers often have. Bitter dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (2889) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 2, 2015
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Nearly clear amber brown with a bubbly beige head cover, streamers of lace. Taste is earthy malt with a dusting of spice that adds a bracing bitter on the swallow. Bracing it may be, but the malt refuses to be subdues, so both amble smoothly through a medium finish. Unique, balanced, lots of taste for 6% abv.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joejames (361) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours hazy deep copper. Nice two finger off white billowy head, great lacing and retention. Aroma of roasted malts and spruce. The taste leans on sweet with just enough bitterness to hold this together. Medium body, lively carbonation, slick slightly syrup mouth feel. Finishes long and sweet with notes of burnt sugar, toasted malts, basil, coriander and spruce. Interesting Christmas beer..

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (2613) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Hop Hideout, Sheffield. Hazy, burnished copper colour. Messy, frothy, sticky, dense in parts, off white head. Looks good. Fusty, musky, caramelised orange hop. Toffee malts. Has some herbal, earthiness to it, a bit like rosemary stalks. Taste is very bitter from the off. There’s a sweetness, albeit fleeting, and doesn’t get further than the lips. Smooth, airy palate. Finishes punchy, fairly aggressive bitter. It’s not festive, but it’s a good, very hoppy amber ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popkow (301) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Nice cascading head fills a ruby colored basin. Faint sweet hop smell and taste of toffee with burnt tobacco finish. A little flat but enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (2093) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Sixer that my mom gave me for Christmas. I love her for trying. Taste was about 60/40 malt to hoppiness ratio. Toast, caramel, pine and citrus hops. Slightly muddled almost a staleness to it. Otherwise a good amber.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - DEC 27, 2014
Look: pours an ver color. Off white head. Slight cold have in the glass. Smell: very sweet malts. Caramel and toffee. Slight Pine and onion. Taste: very hop forward. Pine. Bitter. Citrus on the back end. Lemon. Grape fruit. Grass Feel: very dry. Thin mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Leaves a thin film on the mouth making you want another sip. Overall: nice beer. Not screaming XMAS, but still nice to drink. First drank: home 12/27/14

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SotallyTober (94) - Channahon, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Pours a murky copper with thick off white head. Light lacing left throughout. There’s an earthy, toasted malts, caramel, and slight dark fruit aroma. Light/medium body that was slick on the palate, with a mildly bitter finish. Flavor’s of caramel, grapefruit, tea leaves, and toasted malts. Was an enjoyable brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (3252) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2014
From a bottle. Pours hazy copper with a bubbly off white head. Tastes like musky, toasted malt, lots of nutty and dry grapefruit hops. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like toasted cereal malt, grapefruit, and musky hops.


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