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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1703   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 *Deep copper with huge beige head, decent lacing. Huge resinous aroma. Pine resin and c-hop citrus up front, otherwise rather muted, malt very faint. Flavor again very resinous. Toffee, with pine and zest. Slight earthy/woody character in malt. Tons of sweetness, from crystal malt, never becomes cloying though. Soft carbonation leads to smooth, oily mouthfeel. While nothing great, glad I revisited.

3.5
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.

3.8
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.

3.5
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.

3.4
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.

3.4
Tejas (1006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2004
’03 Model. Hasn’t calmed down much, still quite hoppy. Plenty of flowery aroma. Leaves a tingle on the tongue. Too hoppy for my tastes but nevertheless less it’s still a nice brew. I wish it tasted as good as it smelled.

3
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Watery and too bitter. Sour, buttery. Some caramel. Not as good as I had expected.

4
Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, 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.

3.4
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. Santa’s elves took too many samples when brewing this one though.

3.7
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Bomber. The label’s 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 can’t peg. A fine Rogue...


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