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


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RATINGS: 1722   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (600) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (3102) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Draft at Moriartys. Brown pour with frothy tan foam. Impressive lace. Medium-roasted malts with very earthy hops. Peanut shells. Burnt pineapple. Mandarin peels. Driftwood. Portobello mushrooms. Feels a bit odd. Somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. Unusual - but in no way a Christmas beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HoppyScallywag (339) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Nice sweetness with a bitter, crisp finish. I like how the taste stays on the palate but very lightly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaser (6151) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Had a 12oz bottle at City of Dreams in Macau. Red and clear. Malty and earthy - reminds me of dead guy ale kind of

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theOptimator (385) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Aroma is sweet caramel malt, citrus pineapple. appearance is hazy orange brown with frothy tan head that lingers. Taste is bright malt and citrus hopping. Firm clean bitterness follows closely. Palate is medium full. Chewy for such a small beer... but still crisp due to high IBUs. Overall an excellent AM Amber. Big malt and bigger hopping. One of my favorite styles. Nothing christmas about this at all though.... kinda misleading. Whatever though, still a good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Druss (20) - Woodcroft, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle, purchased late Dec 2014. Pours a red coppery ale, minimal head, zero retention. Low carbonation. Sweet, with heavy caramel malts and more bitterness than an ex-girlfriend. Full body, thick texture with a long lingering finish. Is it a good beer? Yes. Is it a Christmas beer (in the traditional sense)? No. Is it worth what was paid? Sadly, no. Too heavy on the bitterness for my personal liking and I do like a nice bit of hops. Would I recommend you try it? Yes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brucebruce81 (391) - GUAM - DEC 30, 2015
This was a decent beer it was pretty rough and a little on the natural side of the beer. It was like a good try but nothing that reminds me of Santa ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BadAprilia1000 (433) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Pours a brownish amber color with a relatively small head. Aroma is bitter hops and huge malt, molasses and caramel thick, very roasty and nutty, toffee as well. Taste is nutty and a very light roast, caramel and bread into a earthy hoppy finish. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grima (2394) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle from Bierkompass!
Pours hazy amber colored with a small off-white head. Aroma has toffee, caramel, nuts and some spices as well as some floral hops. Taste of spicy and nutty malts, paired with some harsh bitter hops, which have also a nice fruity flavor. Finish is very nutty, some ginger bread as well as some bitter malts and floral hop notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SteveOrz85 (245) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Big bottle out of fridge shared three ways. Served in stemmed IPA glass. Thin head dissipates quick. Head is white in color. Just a little lacing. Beer is a deep cloudy orange color. Aroma is a blend of hops. None specific known to my knowledge. Taste is hoppy but relatively smooth. Medium bitterness, touch of sweetness. Light bodied and average carbonation. Overall a good ale. Nothing specific to Christmas other than name.

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