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

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RATINGS: 1573   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nittanyjim (50) - - JAN 6, 2014
Copper in color with an off white head. Decent lacing. Sweet malt nose, albeit weak. Perhaps some floral hops in there. Strong hops up front, fades and mixes with sweet caramel malt. A bit thinner than expected.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerandhockey8 (196) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - JAN 5, 2014
From 22oz bottle to shaker. Pour is a copper color, thick foamy off white head. Nose is roasted malt, hops, nutty as well. Taste is bitter, medium body. Finishes clean, low carbonation.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SHIG (3447) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle: Poured a mahogany brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is hops and sour grain. Taste is watery with hops, cardboard, and citrus finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Delicious beer. Aromas of caramel, grass, and spice. Taste is sweet and bitter, with long length.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KeefOz (763) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2014
Poured a translucent coppery brown colour with a two- to three-finger light beige coloured head that retained well for quite a while but eventually reduced to a collar of bubbles. Laced poorly, only a few spots. Carbonation high with very small bubbles forming trails. Aroma of very sweet caramel malt with faint hops. Taste dominated by hops although there is sweet caramel hidden underneath; a bitter-sweet taste throughout. Medium body. Long lasting very bitter finish with a bitter tingle on the tongue all the beer. A good beer but not really my style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tillmac62 (135) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Pours a deep amber with a ruby cast. Nice head with long lasting lacing. Nose is of sweet malt against a hop, mostly spruce, background. Light medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Normal carbonation level. Not very flavorful, but it does have a nice moderate hop bitterness. Finishes smoothly with a pleasant hop bitterness that lingers.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (324) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bomber. Cloudy reddish brown with frothy offwhite head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, butterscotch, toasted malt. Taste is smooth and sweet - toffee, etc. The piney hops kick in at this point as well - nice and bitter. Thin body. Overall, a nice winter ale; it’s great when it hits the tongue, but then it gets thin really quick, leaving you a bit disappointed.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ramstein2611 (23) - Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Pours a nice hazy amber with very little head. Taste is sweet malt with a clean finish with a little citrus hop at the end. Overall very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
radzik5555 (156) - Gdynia, POLAND - DEC 30, 2013
Butelka 0.6L Miedziane lekko zmętnione od drożdży z refermentacji. Średnioobfita biała piana szybko redukuje się. Aromat bardzo intensywny, dużo żywicy, cytrusów ale przede wszystkim owoców tropikalnych: marakuja, mango. Do tego toffee, karmel i lekko likierowate, rodzynki i wanilia. Ogólnie bardzo dobry zapach, słodki ale przyjemny. W smaku dużo chmieli, sosna, owoce, biszkopt i karmel. Spora grejpfrutowa goryczka. Ciało średnie do niskiego, finisz wytrawny aż such, ściągający, co kontrastuje ze słodkim aromatem. Bardzo fajne mocno chmielone IPA (czy amber ale jak podaje Ratebeer). Spora rozbieżność aromatu i zapachu jeśli chodzi o słodycz.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (1603) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is pine, caramel, earthy and resin. Taste is bittersweet that keeps coming. Medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth with some drying on the finish. I love the bitterness in this amber.


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