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


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RATINGS: 1721   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
Very well-balanced high hopped product. Has the transparent amber color and flat appearance of a generic cola; this is the low point of the beer. The head is off-white, sparse but thick. Aroma is highly hopped but some malt shows through as well. Hops are even more predominant in the flavor than in the aroma. Very zesty carbonation and rich on the palate. This beer does lack complexity but still gets a high rating in my book - it might be near a 5.0 if there was more depth. Highly recommended for "hops oriented" individuals.

ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
Spicy malty aroma. The mouthfeel for me was spot-on: this is how most substantial ales, I feel, ought to feel. Strong resiny finish-a great outdoors in cool weather beer, preferably near pinecones so you could put one on a swizzle stick as a garnish for your brew.

hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Poured a dark ruby red color with a large tan head. Aromas and tastes of bready malts and hops. Pine and spruce. Light caramel and light citrus as well. Nice hoppy finish.

swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
This amber colored ale offers a lot of hop aroma on the nose, followed by a bitter hoppiness in the taste. I am not certain I would say this beer captures the holiday season but it does make for an interesting tasting. If you like a hoppy beer and there is a little rogue spirit within you then this is a beer for you to try.

aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Probable the first true Imperial red ale. Nice caramel and crytal malt notes with some very balanced bitterness with the signature Centennial pine nose. well balanced mouthfeel that is somewhat nutty and resinous. Clean finish with some lingering hop resin.

jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Pours a beautiful dark brown color with redish tint. Has a thick tan head leaving heavy lacing. Smells of sweet complex malts and citrus hops. Has a sharp hoppyness with a deep malt flavor. A little water on the palate, not as thick as I would want it. Only thing missing is a heavier body.

Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Very strong malty aroma. Deep reddish amber pour underneath an off-white head that lasted well. Flavor is very malty. Could have used more of an alcohol warming for a winter strong, but oh well. Finish reminded me of an underhopped Red Seal.

MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Bottle. Ruby color, opaque, off white head that left good lacing on my glass. Aroma is malty with a touch of hops. Solid malt flavor, fairly sweet, honey flavors in there, some woody spruce flavors like the regular St. Rogue, good hops, good mix of flavors. Only the malt survives through the finish, though it is pretty resilient. Mouthfeel is average for a really malty ale like this, nothing really outstanding. Overall, I don’t think it was that much better than the St. Rogue Red, maybe upping the alcohol more would give it more of a kick, so I’m giving it the same overall rating as its sibling beer.

Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Poured a ruby red color with a medium off white head. Very hoppy aroma.. Citrus and pine along with a little maltiness. Flavor follows suit with a heavy dose of hops in the beginning and a nice malty finish. Very smooth medium mouthfeel.

tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2005
Assertive orange-citrus, pine hop nose is a touch earthy with plenty of supporting malts. Opaque amber-brown with shy, large-bubbled off-white/tan head that recedes to ring and partial cover. Chocoaltey and biscuity malt flavours interact with very strong bitterness and lots of grapefruit/pine/earthy hop character. Hop flavour lasts very pleasantly on the tongue. Medium body and fair carbonation though texture is somewhat watery. Bottle (Winooski Beverage Warehouse - Dec. 2004).

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