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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2009
poured a very dark amber with a hint of red with just a tiny bit of head. very nice bite. would purchase again.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2009
The nose is mild,but delivers a very crisp balance of malt and hops. This ale pours a crisp clean amber with a nice head. Flavor is very nice. Taste of nutty maltyness with the nicest balance of a very crisp hop. I really could drink this year round. Check it out!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshj2176 (103) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Amber color wtih 3 fingers of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was nice and piney layered over a caramel malt. The flavor was very hoppy. Lots of pine and some caramel, but mostly piney hops.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
partywithanM (103) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle. I bought this with the thought ’well if it’s what santa drinks..’ And now i can see why the fat old man is so jolly all the time. This beer will definitely fill you up and mellow you out with the smooth start and finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Love this beer. Great with burgers and steak. Pine forest and caramel aroma, roasty malts with a touch of chocolate and pine cone caramel and long somewhat dry malty citrus pine finish

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,

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chrishrt30 (101) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2014
Thin white head on a copper brown clear beer. Light aromas of toffee, caramel, wet grassy hops and a little citrus. Toffee and toasted bread, give a good malty backbone. Fresh crisp hop bitterness gives a good bite, wet grass, grapefruit and a little pine resin. The finish is a little mocha, and definitely chewy. Leaves a great lingering flavour of toasty malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smboselli (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Copper color. The smell of hops and cinnamon were exciting - tasted not as hoppy as expected which was a little disappointing. However the spicy balanced finish,makes it overall a very good holiday beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hurleymanvw (101) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Copper color with thin tan head. Malty and hoppy aroma. Nice roasted malt flavor with a nice bitter finsih. Good beer

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2004
A very nice beer. Pours a deep amber. Taste is sweet and fruity up front, with a bitter finish. Send me another.


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