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

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RATINGS: 1695   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altonbrownd (5659) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bubeer (321) - - SEP 13, 2015
Hazy to cloudy amber. Thin to medium beige head with low retention. Fruity and sprucey aroma, with notes of tomato and cut grass. In the tongue it is initially a bit waterish but then surprisingly builds up to a wonderful hoppy finish. Fizzy carbonation on a somehow thin texture. Medium body

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Tasting at Plonk. Can a Christmas beer be hoppy? the hops dominate this one. It’s decent as an Amber ale but nothing really christmassy about it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2015
Pours a hazy brown with a small white head and bit of lace. Aroma earthy, citrus, malty, very apparent caramel, sweet brown sugar notes. Flavour is earthy, citrus, mild-medium bitterness, caramel and sweet brown sugar notes with a dry finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2015
Pours a deep amber with red hues and a nice frothy and lacey off white head. Aroma of rich caramel, brown sugar, citrus hops and more malts. Rich and balanced. Flavor is caramel malts, citrus hops, light pine and some almost burnt brown sugar on the finish... Hoppy and balanced... Excellent American amber ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dervock (972) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2015
Bottle - Amber pour with a slight haze. Aroma is citrus, resin and madiera with a bit of dried fruit. Flowery/citrus hop up front then some sweet malt and a dry lingering finish. Medium creamy palate.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2015
22/V/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ Brazilian Tasting (home) - BB: IX/2015 (2015-677)

Clear deep amber beer, irregular beige head, little stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: malty, milk chocolate, caramel, fudge, bit fruity, very nice, smells like a barley wine to me. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty bitter, bit watery, some caramel, malty, hay, grains. Aftertaste: bitter, hay, dry, pretty grassy, hoppy, bitter ending.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bkurtz (1060) - MOROCCO - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle - Pours a clear, deep amber with a long lasting head. Nice citrus aromas. Good balance of malts and hops. Enjoyed this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baramba (919) - ITALY - JUN 3, 2015
Bottle. Hazy orange with off-white head. Malt aroma with notes of fruits. Flavour is sweet and bitter. Dry finish

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (8117) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2015
650 ml. bottle sampled @ “Brazilian Tasting”. Thank you tderoeck! Contains Rebel & Freedom hops. Lol! Plus half of the ingredients have trademarks. Dark amber, little head. Nose is orange, older pine resin & orange peel hops, old grapefruit peel, sweet malty, watery,… Taste is dull, sweetish & watery with old hops, watery, herbal, old orange peel, grapefruit peel,… Watery, dull & lightly sweet beer. Possibly due to age but if you call something reserve & release it as a Christmass beer it should keep, this one was obv. a hoppy beer and didn’t give (under the assumption that it was much better in the past), label should have stated that this needs to be drunk fresh.


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