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%
Rogues annual holiday offering, Santas 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Great Appearance with a big lasting head. Flavor is dry and bitter. Unbalanced in my opinion. Needs some malt to offset the large hop presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
beer pours an attractive ruby red with a well-developed tan head. aroma a nice combination of caramel malts and citrus-y domestic hops. flavor is more of the same, with a rich malty sweetness balanced with a solid dose of hop bitterness and flavor. the good balance makes this winter-warmer relatively easy to drink, despite its size.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Decently strong aroma of citrusy hops and smokey malts. The color is a dark red almost brown with a tiny bit of head. The flavor is a pretty bitter with a thinner mouthfeel. This ends with a more acidic mouthfeel and a smokier aftertaste. Not too bad, but reminds me more of a bitter than an american strong. Good beer regardless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Tap. Deep chestnut color. Tan head with decent lacing. Fairly good malt aroma. Medium bodied. Spicey and malt flavors. Different. Not exceptional but not bad either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tejas (1001) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2004
03 Model. Hasnt calmed down much, still quite hoppy. Plenty of flowery aroma. Leaves a tingle on the tongue. Too hoppy for my tastes but nevertheless less its still a nice brew. I wish it tasted as good as it smelled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Watery and too bitter. Sour, buttery. Some caramel. Not as good as I had expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Bottle: Aroma of floral citrus and some hoppiness. Pours a reddish-brown with slight transparency when held to the light. Small off-white head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is not a very indicator of flavor. Some maltiness up front that is quickly overtaken by a big grapefruit hop finish. Hops come on so quick that indentifying any initial flavors becomes rather hard. Maybe a little caramel and citrus up front. Leaves a lingering hop aftertaste. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Long lasting big frothy head with lovely lacing. Wonderful fruity aroma (blueberries perhaps?) Yet not well balanced at all. The anemic malty backbone cannot support this highly hopped brew. Woodsy hops and not sweet. Dissapointly weak palate. Santas elves took too many samples when brewing this one though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Bomber. The labels right on with the color description of reddish copper. Malty nose. Spicy, bitter, malt in flavor. Some carmel, a hint of walnut and a complex spice I cant peg. A fine Rogue...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Pours an attractive mahogany color with a thick beige head. Very piney nose. Nice refreshing hop flavor with a good malt balance and slight yeast. Goes down pretty easy. Tasty brew.

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