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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1720   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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3.9
igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2004
hazy deep amber, head is tan and lasting. nose is dominated by the citrusy/piney hops. flavor has an excellent malt backbone with some cherry, chocolate to really balance out the hops well. a little astringency comes through in the end though. the very first sip of this beer that i got as the bottle was about to overflow immediately hit me with the feeling that took me back to the end of 2001 when i first started rating. it was almost equivalent to the magic moment when i first tasted schlafly winter ESB. wow...what a great feeling!

2.5
ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 This seems to be always overstocked and on sale wherever I go. I was wondering what was up with that, but after trying it, I wonder no more. Fresh bottle purchased at Beers of the World by GoldenSpunky. Good deep red-gold color with a typical off-white creamy head from rogue. Smells and tastes like a grapefruit nightmare. It’s so bitter it’s laughable. Even having a general dislike of hops and their overusage, I respect Rogue for their dedication to unpasteurised and bottle conditioned beers. I even liked Rogue John and can tolerate Old Crusty. This, however, is disgusting. Disgustingly unbalanced. Why brewers feel there is some unspoken competition to brew the hoppiest beer they can brew is beyond me. The sad thing, like the case with so many unbalanced beers (lindemans kriek immediately comes to mind) is that there is a good beer being strongarmed by the hops. Saint Rogue Red is a great beer. Saint Rogue Red dry hopped is probably an even better beer. Saint Rogue Red double hopped, it seems, is not.

3.3
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Ok beer. Had a nice malt flavor going for it. It finished a little to bitter for me.

3.3
jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Expecting more. Smelled great but tasted a little light. I had this after a few Sierra Nevada Celbrations...so who knows.

3.2
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
22oz- Nice sweet hoppy smell. Amber color with small head. Taste of hops, carmel, malt, and vanilla with a touch of pine. Taste lingers but not well. Good but not great.

4.1
kmpitz2 (21) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Had this a few days ago. The beer poured from a bomber into the proper glass a nice 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. Somewhat one dimensional. The feel was thick, right about where I wanted it to be. Overall a nice offering. Not my favorite holiday beer, but it was good.

3.6
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Clear amber body with a ruby tone and low visible carbonation, medium beige head and scattered lace. Toasty crystal malt aroma with a cherry-like fruity note and warm cinnamon spice. Flavor has a citrusy Centennial quality, prominent spicy Chinook hops, and a malty, metallic character. Not overly exciting, but this beer grew on me.

3.5
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Bottle. Small off white head and poured to a dark redish/ruby color. Has a very hoppy smell and is ever present in its taste. Extremley bitter but, that is what makes it so unique and original. Usually not a fan of such bitter beers but this one is really good.

2.7
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Usually a big fan of this brewery, but I was alittle disappointed by this one. I did brush my teeth recently however i think it wouldnt be much better either way. The bitterness of this beer just takes over the taste and makes the other subtle flavors fade into the background. So Im sorry I bought two of them...dont recommend it.

3.6
SDalkoholic (2393) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Mahogany color, fluffy head, mild malt/hop and pine aroma. Flavor has citrus, hops,pine, and touch of malts. Dry finishing and quite biterring. Its in limbo of being inbetween of okay and good.


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