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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.


1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
kirk36 (222) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Yuck. Not memorable at all. No spices. Santa must've slipped down the chimney and snapped his neck and is wheel chair bound after approving this beer. Terrible after taste and again nothing to look forward toward or pay 14 dollars for 6. Don't bother. It's a boring waste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (1988) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2015
Rating #1424 - 25.12.2014 - 1st Day of @beerblast #Beermas. Clear amber/toffee coloured pour with a bubbly white head. Aroma has a hint of malty sweetness, and a strong citrus/floral hoppy aroma. Medium carbonation. Bubbly, dry mouthfeel, medium-bodied. Light bitterness in the finish, quite smooth. Hoppy punch and a marbley-malty sweet note. Delicious.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (3180) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours an amber color with white head. Caramel, pine resin, conifer tip aromas. Heavy pine / spruce flavors with caramel, malty backbone. A decent beer, but just not a style I’m really into.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkettler (26) - - NOV 21, 2015
Pours a clear copper color with minimal lace and moderate carbonation. Aroma and taste have a nutty, caramel, and hop hint to them. Very bitter for a red ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbruner (3922) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Pours a clear copper on tap with thin white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of earthy hops and slight caramel malts. Taste is more toward the hop, lingering bitterness, decent but nothing exciting.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (1057) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Seriously Rogue?!? This is your Christmas beer? Man, what a disappointment. There is nothing Christmas about this mediocre amber ale. Seriously, this is a serious miss from a good brewer. Christmas! Brown ale, porter, or stout! 22oz bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
klaing (276) - Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Clear copper with decent head. Found the hops over soapy though and overwhelmed the malts. Bit thin. A little toffee in there. I was disappointed as I usually like Rogue's beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (2468) - ALSACE, FRANCE - NOV 10, 2015
Courtesy of Jaghana. Couleur cuivrée trouble, légère mousse. Nez caramel, fruité un peu confit et carared. Gout caramel, caramel blond, fruité, raisin, bonne amertume houblonnée florale avec note épicée. Bon corps. Fin longue amere.. Pas mal d’aromes mais peut etre pas assez "savoureuse" sur le palais pour etre nickel

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (5439) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - NOV 10, 2015
Bottle 65cl, a clear amber beer with low head. Nose is on caramel and carared malt. Aroma is on caramel, toasted caramel, berries touch, floral, grassy hops with vegetable hints, good body, peppery hops, light spices, toasted biscuits, sweet, blond caramel.good but not that drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altonbrownd (5453) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2015
5/8/2010 5:59:41 PM Bottle from Brattleboro Food Coop. Nice amber body with thin head. Nose of malts and spices. Taste is very hoppy with delicious toffee and caramel edge. Really well done.


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