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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - DEC 20, 2013
pours a nice copper brown with a small light tan head. This beer is bitter from the start. There is a lot of hops and some grains, there are some holiday spices in this one also.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Voodoo (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2013
A clear copper colored pour with a fair pillowy head which disappeared quickly. Aroma is earthy, sweet. Taste is earthy hops, definite amber malt taste, moves into a medium bitterness. A decent offering, and a bit different.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gschrade (462) - Collinsville, USA - DEC 18, 2013
I had this at Global Brew. Pours amber with a tan head. Taste sweet, Carmel, floral. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
vintage 2011, unk bottle date. A: ruddy copper with a finger of light yellow foam. this falls to a broken sheet of the same. spotty lace. S: biscuit, butter, salty (oddly), some spice and noble, earthy hops. T: malts, butter, spicy tones, not really appealing at all. M: medium bodied with low on moderate carb. Semi dry finish. O: Nothing special. Serving type: bottle 12-13-2011

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mike5326 (664) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Amber color, nice medium off white frothy head. Smells like a perfume and spice. Light body with a hop flavor and a very bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
darrennelson12 (350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
In bottle .. not what I expected. This was like a hoppy amber ale ... was hoping for something a little darker and winter ale-ish. Overall, OK but I personally would not buy again

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beertholomeus (544) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Pours a copper amber color with a fluffy tan head. Caramel, biscuit and malt aroma with hints of hops and spices. Caramel, biscuit, hop, toffee, butterscotch and spice flavors. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Slightly spiced mouth feel and a dry biscuit and caramel finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Campy877 (153) - Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thin beige head. Very little lacing. Aroma is very citrusy with an ever so slight pine undertone. Taste however is not what I would call "Christmas" or winter ale. It is fairly a traditional IPA with malt flavoring. Was expecting more allspice or pine or other winter flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (1704) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bomber from Winco. amber body with thick beige foamy head. Nice hop bitterness lingers on the palate. Aroma is normal malt/hops combo, taste emphasizes the bitterness. Decent ale, but not strong or spicy enough to be a winter warmer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shot (79) - Westerville, USA - DEC 7, 2013
From a 22-oz. bottle. Pours reddish amber with a four-finger white rocky head. Good lacing. Aromas of caramel malt and spices. No discernible hop aroma to speak of. Upfront flavors of spice and bread. Also some nutty notes with a hint of dark chocolate and citrus. Ah! The hops are present in the finish with a spruce flavor. Flavors are subtle and delicate. Light mouthfeel with a dry finish. Alcohol levels seems to be fairly light for this style. This is a subtle holiday ale. It doesn’t beat you over the head with cinnamon or ginger or citrus. It’s just a very nicely balanced ale with the right presentation of holiday spices.


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