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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1721   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkettler (26) - - NOV 21, 2015
Pours a clear copper color with minimal lace and moderate carbonation. Aroma and taste have a nutty, caramel, and hop hint to them. Very bitter for a red ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbruner (4567) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Pours a clear copper on tap with thin white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of earthy hops and slight caramel malts. Taste is more toward the hop, lingering bitterness, decent but nothing exciting.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (1091) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Seriously Rogue?!? This is your Christmas beer? Man, what a disappointment. There is nothing Christmas about this mediocre amber ale. Seriously, this is a serious miss from a good brewer. Christmas! Brown ale, porter, or stout! 22oz bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
klaing (282) - Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Clear copper with decent head. Found the hops over soapy though and overwhelmed the malts. Bit thin. A little toffee in there. I was disappointed as I usually like Rogue's beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (2848) - ALSACE, FRANCE - NOV 10, 2015
Courtesy of Jaghana. Couleur cuivre trouble, lgre mousse. Nez caramel, fruit un peu confit et carared. Gout caramel, caramel blond, fruit, raisin, bonne amertume houblonne florale avec note pice. Bon corps. Fin longue amere.. Pas mal daromes mais peut etre pas assez "savoureuse" sur le palais pour etre nickel

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (5885) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - NOV 10, 2015
Bottle 65cl, a clear amber beer with low head. Nose is on caramel and carared malt. Aroma is on caramel, toasted caramel, berries touch, floral, grassy hops with vegetable hints, good body, peppery hops, light spices, toasted biscuits, sweet, blond caramel.good but not that drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2015
5/8/2010 5:59:41 PM Bottle from Brattleboro Food Coop. Nice amber body with thin head. Nose of malts and spices. Taste is very hoppy with delicious toffee and caramel edge. Really well done.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bubeer (420) - - SEP 13, 2015
Hazy to cloudy amber. Thin to medium beige head with low retention. Fruity and sprucey aroma, with notes of tomato and cut grass. In the tongue it is initially a bit waterish but then surprisingly builds up to a wonderful hoppy finish. Fizzy carbonation on a somehow thin texture. Medium body

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Tasting at Plonk. Can a Christmas beer be hoppy? the hops dominate this one. Its decent as an Amber ale but nothing really christmassy about it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2015
Pours a hazy brown with a small white head and bit of lace. Aroma earthy, citrus, malty, very apparent caramel, sweet brown sugar notes. Flavour is earthy, citrus, mild-medium bitterness, caramel and sweet brown sugar notes with a dry finish.


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