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


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RATINGS: 1718   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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matstrange (247) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2016
Dark amber with a moderate head. The hops are powerful and underline the malt nicely. Santa did well keeping this is reserve.

Onslow (1531) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2016
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Reddish brown brew with tan head. Aroma is malt dominated with mild citrus and spice hops. Taste is a moderate caramel malt up front with a modest hops flourish in the finish - a nice combination of grass, modest citrus and spice. Very enjoyable brew, not a standout but very enjoyable.

BeerNinjaUK (488) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle from beer subscription box. Pours rich copper with fluffy white head. Aroma very hoppy, some citrus and pine.

commonshawn (1321) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Tap at yard house . Hazy mahogany with small white head. Smells of malt and spice. Taste is also heavy in malt and winter spice. Good body, clean balance. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Good winter brew.

Gangstergafje (1274) - 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 (5458) - 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 (1438) - 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 (974) - 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 (2039) - 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.

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