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


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RATINGS: 1721   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donandres (515) - Bayombong, PHILIPPINES - MAR 17, 2016
12 ounce bottle from the brewery in Issaquah Appearance: deep amber, clear, cloudy medium head, lacing Aroma: malty, hay/cereal-strong smell of grains Taste: very good, bitterness and minimal follow through Palate: Medium-full body, very nice, sticky creamy, fizzy, strong bitter finish follow through Overall: very good beer, good to repeat Drank: March 17, 2016 Happy St Patricks Day

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MetalNHopHead (1833) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Never knew Santa was such a hophead. The man in red knows where to hide the good stuff. Just a touch of haze in the amber body. Off white head leaves lots of lacing behind. Aroma of caramel, zesty citrus, and earth. Taste is pretty interesting. Malt has biscuit and toffee notes. Flavor is more hop-forward, though. Chewy pineapple, grapefruit, and some slightly tart berry. This is one that had to grow on me a little. I liked it a lot when it warmed. Pretty bitter for an Amber Ale. I say that as a compliment, of course.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
graham_murphy (670) - - FEB 21, 2016
Biscuit and caramel in the malt like a red ale. Lots of bitterness in the hops - lingering in the mouth - like an IPA / modern red. A little spice thrown in for the festive season I guess - thankfully not too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjmoen (457) - - FEB 3, 2016
Pours a clear dark amber color with white head. Bitter finish, but otherwise enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
airrick2003 (872) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 26, 2016
Appearance: pours with a large light tan head, the beer is an opaque dark amber or even brown color Aroma: bread, hints of potpourri Taste: red tasting malt sweetness, some grain, has some bitterness to compliment the malt, Palate: light mouthfeel, minimal bitter aftertaste, lively carbonation Overall: a solid malt forward beer that still has a robust bitterness as well, easily drinkable in winter or summer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2813) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2016
Bottle. Bottle a brown colour with a small white head,light malt aroma, taste is bitter and fruity with some spice coming through, with a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fashawn (595) - ITALY - JAN 18, 2016
Just an ordinary beer. Sweet caramalt and little punch of hop bitterness at the end. Not much to remember, just a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AnokaBrewer (187) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2016
22 ounce bottle pours an amber red color. Aroma of hops, but first taste is sweet malt. It does give a bitter finish that lingers after it has warmed. Good beer by Rogue, but not great like a lot of their beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crhensel (145) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2016
12 oz. bottle into my Newcastle glass. Poured a rich red with minimal head and a slight spice aroma. Taste is almost all hops, which is a surprise but pleasant with a little hint of the Christmas spice at the end. Very enjoyable twist on a winter brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (572) - Osaka, JAPAN - JAN 8, 2016
On tap at Craft Cafe Imazato, Osaka. Bottom of the keg. L: pours a darkish hazy Amber, off white head. S: hoppy pine notes, a sweet caramel, nothing out of the ordinary for an amber. T: quite hop forward, pine resin, caramelised sugar malt backing. F: lingering bitterness, quite a full-body. Not refreshing, just kinda... there. O: a tad flat and uneventful compared to some hoppy ambers. Nothing wrong but nothing stands out.

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