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


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RATINGS: 1583   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3279) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2014
Big beige head misty amber pour strong carbonation aromas pine caramel toffee chocolate floral citrus crisp notes the flavours rich toffee caramel citrus pine medium bitter honey lemon grass the finish best tastes toffee sweet malt hops mix pine bitter finish very likeable ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Reviewed from notes. She pours a nice super clear red-amber color and leaves the same colored body with a two finger white foamy head. Some lacing appears in foamy rings. Though quite clear in body, no carbonation is seen rising. The aroma has a sweeter sort of connotation to it than I expected as some nice malty/sugary notes take the front stage. There is some hops but they tend to be more subdued and acutally come out a bit more as the beer warms. The taste is balanced between the malts and the hops. On the palate, she sits about a medium and has a sticky dry aftertaste and a dry finish. I would say this is fairly drinkable. Overal, for the most part, this is a good beer. This is something I can come back to next year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chucklemation (509) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Has a nice amber color with a healthy white foam. Smells subtly of pine. Taste is a nice mix of pine and medium dry bitterness. Much different than I expected...pleasantly surprised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jado (547) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2014
From 640 ml bottle. Pours a lightly hazy brown with orange highlights. Very thin collar of off-white foam and light carbonation. Aromas of biscuits, pine, apple, lemon and a touch of vanilla. Taste is pine resin at the front leading into a firm lemon bitterness. Sweetish malts at the back before a lingering finish. Long fruity aftertaste. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianairb85 (72) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle- Pours a copper color with a light malt flavor. It has a little hop and slight piney flavor. Good light ale with some pop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brandon1989 (240) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2014
pours a murky red amber color but not overly hazy. the head is off white and very creamy that lefts lots of lacing all the way down the glass. the aroma is full of brown bread but surprisingly not many hops are present in the aroma. however, in the taste there is a hop kick right up front but it is not overpowered. in the end of the flavor you pick up some sweetness, breadiness, and also a little bit of piney hops. overall, a very good beer i highly recommend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RRistow12 (264) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Tasted from bottle. Pours a hazy amber with creamy off white head. Aroma is not to strong, some caramel and a little nutty. I really don't get much hops on the aroma. The hops are much more prominent on taste. Mild malty sweetness with moderate to high bitterness. Some floral hops on taste. Tastes more like a pale ale to IPA than typical amber. Overall good but not outstanding. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Pours a deep red/brown with white head tinted a yellowed brown. Aroma is light caramel and nuttyness. Flavor is bitter and nutty, mild hop quality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teddybeer (2244) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 12, 2014
Brown colour with a beige head with good duration and medium lacework. Aroma has notes of spices, light caramel and ripe fruit. Flavor is slightly sweet with notes of syrup fruit, peaches are present a well as anise and rosemary. The final is slightly sweet with some bitterness hidden by caramel notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gringo332 (545) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle. Medium amber with a thin head. Aroma is malty with a light bitterness. Flavor is is nutty malt with a very dominant bitter hop base. Not complex but nice. Overpriced though

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