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

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RATINGS: 1579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Rogueís annual holiday offering, Santaís 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Pours a cherry brown color with a decent tan head -- gorgeous. Scent is spiced hops and a bit of malt background. The flavor is interesting... a dry overall character, but the hops actually have flavor. I taste a strange underripe raspberry something with bits of brown sugar, spicy herbs, and... tree bark? The finish is dry and sharp, with more earthiness than fruitiness, and the beer leaves a bit of bitterness behind. The beer is thin on the palate, and goes down pretty easily. Carbonation is sharp and plentiful. Not a bad beer, but Iím cold. This isnít exactly warming.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfox670 (75) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2010
22oz bomber served in a tulip.Pour was a cloudy cider with two inches of off white head with a meager show of lacing. Nose was chocolate,honey and dark fruits. Taste was malt,hops and dark fruits and bitter finish. Not a bad brew but just not for me.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2005
22 oz. bomber. Pours a deep amber with a creamy tan head. Nice hoppy bite that sorta creeps up on you leaving a nice long bitter after taste. I bought this one on a whim at a reduced price as if they were trying to move it after the holidays. Donít know why, a very solid beer for any cold winter evening. Nice!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Hmmm... normally i like Christmas ales but this one doesnít do it for me. Could be because i got it off the clearance rack for 3.99 a sixer 9 months after Christmas. Not a big amber/red fan and the extra hops arenít exactly shining through. Balance is ok and the malts are probably the best thing this has going, there just arenít enough of them, in my opinion. Sorry, Rogue. Normally, i love you.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alogan97 (71) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Amazing aroma, of hops and sugar. Sweet malty taste with hints of roasted caramel. Light on the palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianairb85 (71) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle- Pours a copper color with a light malt flavor. It has a little hop and slight piney flavor. Good light ale with some pop.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
amceachern99 (70) - Albany, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2001
Another Great Beer from Rogue.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tauruslw33 (69) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2008
This ale was smooth compared to the many I have tried, even though it is loaded with hops. The batch I bought had a distinct carmel flavor (which everyone else I know disagreed about that). It is great to find an ale that has a sweet aftertaste despite the hoppiness it delivers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown copper with a small off-white head. Aroma is fruitcake, with subtle chocolate and caramel scents. Tastes of hops with sweet chocolate and fruits. Slightly bitter finish. Good, but Iím not loviní it.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SilentJo (68) - Chocowinity, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Aroma is sweet malt, taste was a mix of hops and malt, the sweet tried to balance the bitterness but it leaves a thick feeling on my tongue. Hop heads would enjoy it but not quite my taste.


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