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


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RATINGS: 1720   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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Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Clear dark reddish amber colour. good light brown head that lingers. strong citric hoppy nose. bitter hoppy taste that just hangs around till the end definite malt undertones

rajendra82 (1092) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2004
The beer came is a standard Rogue 22 oz. bomber with a painted label. The beer poured out deep clear amber red with a ½ inch thick foamy head. The lacing was decent to look at too. The aroma was very piney Rogue signature hops from the US Pacific Northwest and a roasty and caramel malt presence. The taste possessed a creamy honey like sweetness and a peppery resinous hoppyness. Neither overpowered the other but stood in a near perfect harmony. The mouthfeel was rich and full, and aftertaste was on the dry side. Very sessionable Christmas beer that is a nice departure from the dark and spicy beers that come out this time of the year.

wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2004
22 oz bottle, snifter. Toffee, caramel, roasted, and brown sugar malts are strong but slightly overshadowed by sprucy and floral hops. Intense red-copper body with a large, creamy light brown head. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter flavor becomes a heavily bitter, lightly astringent finish. Medium-light body, watery texture, moderate carbonation. The bottom line is: the aroma led me to believe this was going to be a much more flavorful beer than it really was...also, I expected the body to be a little richer.

VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Bottle - Pours a very dark reddish amber with a very sparse whitish head ... little carbonation at all. Could use a few more bubbles. Aroma is a pleasant mix of spicy hops and quite malty,fruity sweetness. Flavor is definitely of hops and gloriously bitter. Finish is hoppy, bitter and quite long lasting with a taint of maltiness early in the finish. Quite good.

freekyp (2235) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2008 There’s a really good beer hiding somewhere under the tremendous onslaught of bittering hops. A light nutty underpinning peeks through hop curtain. A bit more malt balance would have enhanced the character greatly. Rogue has better brews to offer.

johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2005 Brown-Red, nice tan head. This is hoppy, but it’s not a West-Coast IPA. Flavorful hops complement a malty smoothness. Not as thick and syrupy as a strong ale like Arrogant Bastard and nowhere near as oily as Sierra Nevada’s hoppy winter brew, Celebration Ale. This is drinkable and delicious. Lingers on the tongue nicely.

FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2010 Rogue is a bit hit or miss for me. I had not had the opportunity to try this one before and given the description I was quite intrigued. Sampled from an oddly printed 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a mahogany color with a medium sized tan head. There was a strong hop aroma. The flavor was strong with hops with a sweet malty finish. The hops linger well on the tongue. This is a nice drinking hoppy beer you could enjoy all night.

badgerben (5177) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Dark brown color with a medium head. Very hoppy aroma. The taste is heavy on the malt and pine. Alcohol is quite hidden. Tasty fine!

Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Dark copper, slight haze, good head. Aroma is a shot of slight citric and earth laden hops. Just enough malt backbone to stand up to the hops once you stop sniffing and start drinking. Good body. Flavor matches nose. Quite enjoyable.

robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Dark Red Coloring With Off-White Head. Sweet Malt. Warming...Spices..Hops...Dry and Bitter.

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