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

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RATINGS: 1715   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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2003
Ruby-chestnut. Tan head. Fresh, hoppy nose w/ good chocolaty malt sweetness. Medium body. Good malt character w/ some solid earthy hoppiness. Long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Pours a nice ruby color with a medium light tan head. Aroma is wonderfully hoppy. Great citrus and pine notes. This is not what I expected at all so far but in a good way. Flavor is balanced quite well between the hops and malt. Bitterness on the swallow. Very dry, champagnish finish. Better than I expected.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Hazy reddish amber with a large, lasting off white head. Very hoppy aroma with grapefruit, pine, grass and a hint of dough. Medium creamy palate with low carbonation. Flavor begins sweet with caramel, and then the hops kick in to give a nice citrus and pine bite. A pleasing hoppy woody dry finish. Not a memorable beer, but still enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Ruby red color for Santa. Hoppy aroma, some toasty malt. Flavor was assertively hoppy, some malt but not in a very good balance. Bitter finish. Not bad but not great. Thanks frielock.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Murky, ruby-topaz color. Sweet and hoppy aroma. It has a bitter start with a great hoppyness at the end. Rogue rocks for their Hops addiction. :)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2003
Hoppy aroma(of course) with a hint of malt too. Clear ruby, with a small toffee head, and a bit of lace. Hoppy flavour, with some almonds as well. Very bitter woodiness. Happy Christmas Santa. Thanks for bringing this along frielock.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Dark redish brown color, light brown head. Dry malty and pnw hop aroma. Malt flavors upfront, but lost of hops on top of that. Very hoppy finish. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Bottle pours a touch hazy amber red with a real nice tan head and lots of lace. The aroma is quite hoppy. The flavor has the ASA profile flavor with the malt and the long lingering hop finish. Overall, this one stands out against all the other Holiday releases, including SNCA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10093) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 June 2006 Amber brown body with a small beige head. Muted hops and caramel malt aroma. Pleasant hop accented caramel malt. Average palate. Pleasant but uninspired. 7/3/6/3/13 - 3.2 <P> December 2003 Rating #500 Toronto Christmas Party at Oakes place. Nice dark amber body with a big hoppy aroma. I would not have guess that the alcohol content is as high as it is. Nice malty flavour provides some support to the hoppy bitterness, but the falvour is a bit one dimensionally hoppy. You can really taste the Rudolph!!! :) 7/3/7/3/15 - 3.5

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Deep garnet color with a thick head and good carbonation. Nice toasty balance of malt and sweetness. Very dry in the palate with a smash in the face of good ole' American hops. I really liked this beer and would label it one of my favorite Rogues


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