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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1707   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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3.6
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
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2004
I’m 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
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
On [email protected] 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
hellomynameis (877) - 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.

4.1
davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Poured a reddish amber color, w/ a light head. Hoppy aroma, w/ citrus, and lightly sweet. Flavor was nice and bitter, citrusy as well, I enjoyed this brew a lot, wasn’t too shabby.

3.3
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Nice light caramel color with a bountiful tan head. Light to medium hoppy aroma with some sharp citrus notes. A big hoppy flavor, no malt character. A pleasant beer to drink, just not the oomph of a holiday beer, somewhat lifeless. If Santa wants the hops this beers for him.

3.4
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Deep red/copper hue with almost no head and minimal lacing. The nose is hoppy with a hint of a malty backbone and sweetness. Nice hop flavors abound: citrusy grapefruit, floral, and bitterness. Smooth considering how much hops are used. A nice and solid, yet not very exciting offering. Would drink again.

3.9
bpauley (3) - USA - NOV 21, 2004 does not count
Beuatiful clear copper pour. Hoppy aroma with some malt tones. The first taste is smoth at the start with a pleasantly hoppy finish. Overall it is a great brew to look forward to throughout the year.

3.9
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Dark copper pour with a small chunky head, nice lace. Aroma is a nice balnce of hops and malt, some bitter hops prevailing. Initially the malts show, then get shoved aside by bitter hops. Hoppy aftertaste ensues. Nice rich mouthfeel. Das good, da?

3.8
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2004
This pours a reddish-copper color with a slender light tan head. The aroma is nicely hoppy with some nuttiness to it. It’s got a solid malt backbone with mainly grapefruit hop tastes and a bit of pine. This could almost be an IPA. Pretty tasty with a lingering citric finish.


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