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

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RATINGS: 1654   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RW80 (1274) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2014
660ml bottle with glow in the dark print. Appearance: Cloudy amber color with a creamy beige head, which has a good retention and leaves misty lacing spots. Aroma: Bisquite, caramel, pine Taste: Starts with moderate sweet light caramel and stronger bisquite tones. Moderate pine bitterness in the finish. medium body, average carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlovell2 (1218) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Cloudy amber color with beige head. Biscuty malt aroma with pine hop. Sweet caramel malt with biscuty malt notes and a pine finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (4105) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Buckets, Jenkintown bottle: Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is nice lightly fruity hops. Taste is pretty nice. Not quite an IPA. Way less malty and caramel than your standard amber. Nice light body. tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gerbewa (218) - - NOV 28, 2014
Had six pack from earth fare. Deep red with a very unique taste. Very bitter with hoppy finish. Good beer. Not sure where to place it.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiveacestx (785) - Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle - cloudy tea color with a small head. Has a bland nasty hop taste. Dry. Just can’t get on board with this one.

2.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GreatDane1632 (1026) - Alabama, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Rated based on notes taken 20 Dec 2011 -- Not sure what to think about this beer. The aroma is very promising, but the flavor doesn’t quite match. Disappointing. Might be travel tainted.

2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
lbcgreg (54) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
A sweet darker beer. Light finish and a slight sweet malt flavor. A little bit bland.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1076) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
Aroma is citrus hops, lemon grass, straw and light carbonation. Taste is a light sweet maltiness that is followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste. A resinous finish. Appearance is a amber body with a very nice fluffy pearl head that retains well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2014
A decent amber ale, mostly light sweet malts and some hints of grassy and lightly citrusy hops. Nothing special, but not bad either.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monk191 (1277) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2014
A nice winter beer. Pours a cloudy orange. Smells great, hops balanced well with caramel. Taste is fruity and hoppy, but the hops are an interesting variety. A bit of a salty finish. Tasted at the BevMo Holiday Beer Fest.


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