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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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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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
raskolnikov99 (4) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 10, 2001 does not count
ahhhh....those wholesale kegs in my seattle basement...an almost perfect ale...the hop nose and palate, in perfect balance with the full malt body, is close to godliness!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beersak (91) - akron, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Dark amber appearence. Crisp and hoppy. Very flavorful . Unlike a Xmas from northeast US. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Santa’s Private Reserve pours to a deep ruby color with a thick and creamy off white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer explodes with very vibrant hop aromas. Big waves of very zesty and citric hop aromatics flood the nose. There is also a nice underpinning of sweet and caramel malt aroma poking out from behind that big wall of hops. The palate is firm with lots of juicy malt flavors of sweet malt, caramel, a touch of chocolate, and ripe estery fruit flavors. This beer is extremely fresh tasting, the body is full, but not heavy on the tongue. Santa’s Private Reserve finishes with some good sweet malty flavors up front, then explodes into a very long, very dry, very robust citric hop bitterness that lingers. This is a fantastic variation of Rogue’s classic red ale. Great malt character and an added boost in the hop character, makes this a very special beer. This beer is perfect around this time of year, and would work well with a number of hearty dishes.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Paid $3.99 for a 650ml bottle. Rubious red in color with a large, frothy tanish-red head. Smells like a luscious American IPA. Lots of grapefruit and pine... nearly pefect. Flavor is outstanding... Hoppy as hell... amazingly hoppy! Lots of pine, with a hint of soapiness, but not too much, and very drinkable! Wonderful amount of carbonation that feels nice in the mouth. An amazing brew! Tastes like a tremendous IPA, and probably should be categorized as such.

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

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a glass. Lots of citrusy hop aromas, as well as some dark fruit. Creamy beige head and a dark reddish-brown color. Really well-balanced hoppy flavor with a sweet caramel finish. This is probably the best amber ale I’ve ever had and one of my new favorites, period.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rob99 (3) - Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2001 does not count
Year: 2001. The bottle shows: 13 degrees Plato, 73.1 AA, 44 IBUs, 26.75 degrees lovibond. Reddish copper color with a big hop presence. I’m a hop head so for me it is really drinkable. A nice smooth and creamy head, which disappeared about half glass leaving some traces on the side. The aftertaste is hoppy, but also a nice overall balance of roasty malt flavor and has a crispy bitter finish. Not too heavy, definately not light. Highly recommended, especially if you’re a hop lover!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2007
As always, Rogue nails an American Ale. Smells wonderfully rich and malty. Gorgeous copper-brown color and a thin tan head. Sweet malt flavors roll across your tongue before giving way to a strong hoppy finish. Rogue describes the hop finish as "sprucey" and that sums it up perfectly. Great full body. One of my favorite beers from Rogue’s stable of fine offerings. This was my last one from last year’s crop. Looking forward to this year’s offering!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (3631) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2007
12 oz. Slightly hazy, dark copper-brown with a large head that leaves some creamy wintry lacing. Cocoa and sourish caramel nose is yummy. Initial flavors of sour caramel and earth-spiced molasses turn musty-woodsy. The finish slides in some bitter green herbs and chocolate citrus. Smooth, medium body is slightly watery and tingly with hops. Best of the 15 Rogue beers I have tasted to date.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2002
Awesome!! Very hoppy winter brew. Probably my favorite Rogue... Hard to catagorize... Strong English India Pale Ale!?!?


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