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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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3.5
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Off tap, served in the holiday glass. Pours a deep red/amber with a tall white head. Sweet and hoppy aroma, very floral. Taste starts sweet and caramely, not much roastiness like i was expecting from a winter brew, tons of hops though, a big bitter finish that balances the malt, and a slight sweet grapefruit hint in the finish, and a bit dry.

3
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 11, 2004
Nice amber brown with small off whtie head. nuts, malt, honey and hops on the nose. med weight with a dry bitter finish. Roasted flavors and strong hop presence make this a nice winter warmer!

3.3
Enniskillen (2053) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Color is a light ruby. Aroma is slightly nutty, with alcoholic sweetness, and oak. Nice hop bite and feel, dry and fruity. Good brew, but nothing real special.

3.3
IndianaRed (4619) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Bottle Pours a clear redish copper color with a huge sandy head that lasts forever. Aroma is mainly hops like an IPA quite citurs and some malt as well. Flavor is more of a woddy malt with some pine and vanilla. Feel is somewhat thin and the after taste is more IPAish with a bitter hops bite.

3.3
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
First beer rate ever! Solid beer by Rogue, good complex taste with a hoppy after taste. Nice dark amber color. Overall a nice beer from Rogue.

3.5
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2004
There’s a lot going on in this one as far as flavor goes. (It’s like there’s a party in my mouth, and everyone’s invited!) A satisfying blend for a cold winter eve.

3.6
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Dark amber color with a medium beige head. Very strong grapefruit hops aroma with a little malt. Very strong bitter grapefruit hops, ash, and malt with a very dry bitter finish. A little bitter for my taste, but not bad.

3.3
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [22 oz. bomber] Clear red color with a thin tan head. Aroma is a mixture of sweet malt, caramel, pine, hops and a touch of vanilla. The flavor is very piney with a sweet middle and a slightly hoppy and citrusy finish with a piney and bitter aftertaste. A little thin-bodied, but very flavorful.

3.4
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Reddish, not quite clear appearance. Creamy, parfait like, rocky tan head. Aroma of caramel, hops, a little vanilla and a slightly stale, cardboard like smell. Resin and candy flavors with a bitter finish. The body could be punched up and the bitterness is a little rough but overall pretty good.

3.2
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Poured ruby amber with thick weblike white head...smelled a little floral and a little citrus, not the most appealing aroma ever, but not bad...taste wa a little malty upfront, but all hops going down...also, there was something astringent about this beer...finish was a little bitter and sticky...not a bad beer, but I really wasn’t impressed...tasted like an overhopped Red to me...


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