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

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RATINGS: 1615   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (1060) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Pretty good and not a typical amber. Piney hop aroma. Pure clear amber color with foamy head. Plain palate that was average. Hops are the first flavor with a mild malty sense that follows. This could have been a pale ale, just a little heavier. Not overly complex.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2473) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (1129) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsphstls (10) - USA - DEC 25, 2014
Light aroma. Light taste with some hops up front and malt at the end. Not much "holiday" in it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (3757) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DwarfeD (1156) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjik83 (656) - - DEC 25, 2014
65cl fles via Het Bierhuis, Breda Alcoholpercentage van 6% Uitgeschonken in blanco bokaal Uiterlijk: hazelnootkleurig met kleine schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: sterke hopbitter, bloemig, fris, geroosterde mout Conclusie: lekker bier, wel niet zo kruidig voor een kerst-ale ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmacklin (307) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
12 fl. oz. bottle. Pours a clear copper colour with a medium, tan head. Hoppy, grapefruit aroma with pine. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, grapefruit and pine with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenkiGonzo (369) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 24, 2014
Bomber. Pours a clear ruby amber, off-white head. Aroma has caramel malts, hops and a bit of funk. Surprisingly bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nasmith003 (103) - Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2014
spruce, caramel, amber, red, clear, white foam, medium bitterness, light body, soft carbonation, long finish, bitter,

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (507) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Descent beer. Really light in the aroma but taste is good. Slightly above average but nothing special.


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