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


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RATINGS: 1650   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (2504) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popkow (300) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (2061) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SotallyTober (89) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (3147) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (1413) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours a transparent amber with a layer of off white head. Aroma and taste of malts, hints of spice, some hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsphstls (13) - USA - DEC 25, 2014
Light aroma. Light taste with some hops up front and malt at the end. Not much "holiday" in it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (4197) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy amber/copper with creamy off-white head. Aroma is cereal and caramel malts, fig, dates, light spice, and some floral hops. Flavor is dry malt base, medium floral hop bitterness, faint toast, and faint grapefruit. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DwarfeD (1562) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
650ml bottle at home. Clear amber/brown with a medium slightly off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Great bitterness with some sweet tones. Pine, malts, caramel, grapefruit, spices and herbs. A nice hoppy christmas ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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