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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1722   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2004
DArk amber with a nice white head.Full flavor of spiciness and hops.Some bitterness but not much at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Another great Rogue brew. Strong hoppy, spicy maltly aroma. Cloudy dark ruby, greyish appearance. Small clear head. Good bitter hops aftertaste. Above average ASA taste. Good balance of hops and malt. Enjoyable winter beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Wonderful, full hoppy aroma. Taste is of sharp and spicy hops and dark fruit malts. The malt gives out too quickly at the end and the alcohol is a bit low for this to be categorized as a strong ale. A darker IPA, yes and in that category quite satisfying.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Pours a clear copper brown with a thick frothy cream-colored head. Aroma is mild caramel and toasted malt with a western hop twang. Body starts with a thick semi-dry maltiness, turning more dry and hoppier toward the piny hop resin finish. A nice brew and well hopped, but also not that exciting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2004
I think this is last years edition. Pours a reddish dirty brown with a rocky off white head. Aroma is strong in malt and vinous notes. Flavor is very malty and vinuous, some roasted notes. Some bitterness in the end but it seems to be from the roasted malt than a hop bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Poured Redish, Good head, Hop aroma and hop bit. Even a hoppy finish. Shared this with a hop head who really loved it. Ho Ho ho!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Big bottle. Red brew with modest head; excellent lacing. Big american hop aroma. Great hoppy flavor and clean finish. Great for hop heads without hop harshness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Im not finding this one as hoppy as some others.....spicy, chocolatly, slightly buttery aroma; nutty malt and toasted flavor, hint of smokey/peat ; certainly some citrusy hoppiness there, but really nicely balanced; prety tastey

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
On Tap@ Rogue San Francisco. Absolutely Beautiful looking beer! Dark mahogany with a thick, frothy tan head. Aroma is dominated by hops. Almost no malt balance in the taste. Very nice hoppy aftertaste though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Not sure this is the best descrption of the aroma, but it smells like christmas to me. Fitting. It is a nice red colour with a large rocky ivory coloured head. It has great lacing as well. It us very hoppy. Citrusy and piney. It is pretty thick and chewy in the mouth too. I really liked this one and just might pick up a few more bombers worth.


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