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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Gangstergafje (1142) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2016
The beer looks nice. The color of the beer is coppery reddish brown. The beer has a average slightly off-white head, that collapses leaving a decent drape. The beer is rather clear, but a slight haze is present. I smell some moderate hop aroma’s. The new-world hops are clearly present, giving nice aroma’s of citrus, tropical fruit and some piney and floral notes. I smell some nice grapefruit aroma’s. The hop aroma is very rich. I smell a nice strong maltiness, filling the aroma with sweets and caramel tones. The malt aroma supports the hop aroma and enhances it. Together they are stronger and even more delicious. The taste of the beer is great. It contains the same elements as the smell, although the fruity sweets have gotten a bit weaker. Hoppy bitters are strong and accompanied by gentle malty bitters. This is balanced by a slight malty sweetness and nice sweet fruity flavours. The whole thing is slightly less balanced than the smell. The beer has a medium body and a rather strong carbonation. The finish is smooth and balanced, just like the beer in general. A good beer and a nice contrast to the Belgium Christmas ale’s, that are mostly heavily malted and dark. This one brings some summer to the dark december month.

Ktwse (4897) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2016
Pours hazy red copper with low off-white head. Aroma of toffee, butterscotch, nuts. Taste is bitter, mild roasty, burnt sweet finish. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation.

tightslice (1313) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Bottle from World Market in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is earthy leaves, malts, tea. Taste is... an Amber Ale. Was hoping for a special take on the style in the spirit of Winter. Boring.

Hanoi (951) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2016
Nose is bread, malt, floral hops. Taste is very malty, bread, leading to grapefruit, bitter marmalade and floral notes.. Mouthfeel is slick. It’s OK, but didn’t really get a sense of why it’s a Christmas beer.,

StevieT (2013) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2016
On tap at Rogue Brewing. The malt biscuit and bread flavour isn’t drown out by the extra hops which give it a nice punch, loved it.

jiwookdo (74) - changwon, SOUTH KOREA - NOV 29, 2016
bottled reddish amber color sweet alcoholic ,Fruity aroma nice floral, herbal, and piny hop aroma, hint of spice Quite like it. Medium carbonation, medium body.

neepsntatties (1992) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2016
Bottle. Colour...amvee with a thin white head. Nose...boiled fruit sweets, fruit salad and fruit punch. Palate...dusty up front, then hoppy on the mid palate with a slightly dry feel. There’s some grain and cereal towards the finish but a generally clean end. One of the better ambers I’ve had.

Squizzle (304) - Ashland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2016
This a good beer that I’ve had several times. Makes a great gift. Prefer it on tap but Ill take the bottle. Bit darker.

beer_rookie (566) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Pre pour thoughts....No date on bottle. Am I drinking this year’s batch, last year’s batch, 2011 batch....?

Pours a more red than amber color. Not sure what color to call it...red/amber/rust combo. Nice, thick, clumpy beige head that tops this thing like dusty snow. Amazing head, amazing retention, amazing thick clumpy clingy lacing. Wow! It’s beautiful! There’s also very thick solid sediment in the bottom of the bottle that you must aggressively shake to get out. Also, fine particulate in the beer itself. Hey, have I mentioned it’s head?

Aroma is dank earthy hops. Reminds me of wet leaves. Light pine, bread crust. Light malt.

Taste is much the same. Hop forward, not enough malt to balance. Bitterness holds and lingers. Not much to say about it.

Mouthfeel is medium full bodied. Dry. Its jaw puckering bitterness for sure. Has body and bitterness that make it seem heftier than 6.0%.

Overall, it’s pretty good. I’m not sure where it’s going. I like it okay I guess. It makes a decent holiday beer, I’d probably buy it again, I might or might not recommend it.

Pdubyah (737) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 24, 2016
I was sore disappointed in this. I like the aroma it develops well, and the beer looks mostly ok but could have done with a head. The taste though is pretty much all forward and there i a duty dry finish. I thought it needed more middle to be better, and I think it’s a confused beer otherwise.

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