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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
ryanscourt (1454) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Ruby-brown. Strong hop aroma on the nose, pine nuts, orange peel. Hops fall a little flat on the body but finish strong. Feel like it is missing something. There is a strong malt backbone though with some citrus sweetness. Finish is dry and woody.


3.2
bwy (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Has a heavy feel with a dry finish. Could only do 1-2 in one sitting. Strong aftertaste. Reviewed at - A Brew With You, Ep. 13

3.8
jybi (291) - FRANCE - FEB 28, 2017
Santa’s Private Reserve? Le père Noël de la brasserie Rogue veut nous faire passer une IPA pour une bière de Noël! Elle n’en respecte d’ailleurs aucun code. Étonnant également de voir la classification du brasseur en Amber Ale, car avec un IBU de 65, des arômes de pamplemousse et de résineux elle respecte par contre tous les codes d’une IPA! Je pense que le Père Noël a trop bu.... Néanmoins, en outrepassant ces problématiques de classification, il est tout de même intéressant d’indiquer que cette Santa’s Private Reserve, bien que pêchant par une simplicité aromatique est agréable (sans plus) et globalement sur un bon équilibre. Couleur ambrée en verre pour un EBC aux alentours de 36, une mousse blanc cassée nappant tout juste la bière et une faible effervescence. Le nez est purement celui d’une IPA. L’arôme principal est le résineux accompagné de pamplemousse et de caramel. L’attaque est fraîche sur une bonne alliance pamplemousse, agrume et caramel. La deuxième bouche relativement courte, laisse se développer des arômes peu intenses de mangue et de pêche. L’arrière bouche quant à elle peu présente et sur une corpulence plutôt faible, laisse percevoir des notes de pamplemousse et de caramel. La troisième bouche est beaucoup plus intéressante. L’amertume d’une bonne intensité et sur des arôme de pamplemousse se fait jour, agréable et bien intégrée. Le point le plus notable est cependant l’alcool, qui malgré son titrage alcoolique de 5,3 % Abv soutient bien l’ensemble et permet au final de s’exprimer convenablement, sur une longueur appréciable, avec une amertume qui se veut alors plus saillante et des arômes de résineux qui s’expriment alors. Bref, une IPA plutôt plaisante sans être exceptionnelle. Je ne la mettrai en tout cas pas sur ma liste pour le prochain Noël.

3.5
ciocanelu (2458) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - FEB 9, 2017
Slightly cloudy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is malt forward but you also get some earthy, resiny hops with dried orange notes. Taste starts slightly sweet and malty, even a bit nutty. Finish is more bitter and earthy with a bit of pine resin. Medium to light body, medium carbonation. Really well balanced overall, starting malty and sweet but the hops are present on the finish with a drying bitterness.

3.1
geologyguy (1583) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2017 Very light malt smell...Some chocolate? Taste is unique at first but gets less complex and more bitter with sips, roasted malt taste...Post terrible Superbowl...Hate the Patriots!!! X2 .2 lower

3.7
gegwilson (3674) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2017
Bottle in Tilley’s in Newcastle. Amber with a cream head. Quite a fruity aroma. The taste has dank pine with spice and toast.

3
KevinReddirt (151) - Midland, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Unique taste, I will grant you that. Drained a 12 oz. bottle into a bar mug revealing an appealing red-brown amber with slender whitish head. It has a nose of corn and earth as best as I can describe it. I taste some malt, some unusual hoppiness and a bitter, medicinal finish. Glad to try, time to move on.

3.3
kerenmk (4722) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting at Rotem’s place. Thanks Rotem. Clear gold with a yellowish head. A little spicy fruit and apple puree’ aroma, bitter, a little toasty, fruity taste. Medium body, bitter finish, a little spicy.

3.4
Grumbo (2826) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2017
Tap at The Old Red Cow, London. Pours hazy amber/brown colour with a good sized creamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, biscuit, malt, floral hop and light spices. Medium sweetness, light bitterness. Medium body. Enjoyable.

2.9
Barreras (1687) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JAN 16, 2017
Pours a dark amber color with a clean hops aroma. Taste is a bit floral, with a tinge of caramel in the taste and flavor. Easy drinking and smooth. Not overly complex but a nice beer for the style.

3.6
MadRobin (2987) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Poured from 22 oz. bottle. Clear, dark amber-red with a 2-finger an off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma of pine, tropical fruit, toffee, caramel and grapefruit. Taste of caramel, pine, tropical fruit, grapefruit, butterscotch, mild floral hops and maybe some nuts. Medium body and medium carbonation. A rather high power amber ale with dramatically more malt and more hops than a typical amber. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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