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

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RATINGS: 1714   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raiderfost (170) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours a brilliant copper color with a thick creamy head. Hops are very evident in the aroma. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is thin and taste lingers in your mouth for a long time. Another very good brew from Rogue Ales. Well done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Deep garnet color with a thick head and good carbonation. Nice toasty balance of malt and sweetness. Very dry in the palate with a smash in the face of good ole' American hops. I really liked this beer and would label it one of my favorite Rogues

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Dark amber brown. Nice hoppy bite. Nice aftertaste. I was given this by someone at work who said this was "bad" I though he he.. probably not that bad... This is almost a sprucy IPA. Probably a little past its prime, but still very drinkable! Some holiday spices (?) great lacing, lingering filmy head. mouth-feel a little light, but OK. Will have to seek this out next year!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALCOHOLNIZM (165) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - DEC 25, 2009
GREAT MARKETING SCHEME AND ONCE AGAIN GREAT ARTWORK/BOTTLING BY A GREAT BREWER.. THIS IS A CLOUDY REDISH COPPER ALE WITH A HOPPY BITTER TASTE AND AROMA. NOT BLOWN OUT OF THE WATER BY ITS FLAVOR ITS A PRETTY STANDARD MICRO BREWED HOPPY ALE, HOWEVER IT DRINKS QUITE EASY AND IS ENJOYABLE, ITS ALSO A GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT FOR ANY BEER HEAD..

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2007
if this is an amber, and hoppimus maxmus is, it should be noted that one of the brewers doenst know how to make beer, and it isnt rogue. i like it. this was a fun beer to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Pours a beautiful dark brown color with redish tint. Has a thick tan head leaving heavy lacing. Smells of sweet complex malts and citrus hops. Has a sharp hoppyness with a deep malt flavor. A little water on the palate, not as thick as I would want it. Only thing missing is a heavier body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. Pours a nice amber with a thick white creamy head. Aroma is floral and malty, but dominated by grapefruit. Flavor is heavy with two things: Grapefruit and caramel. The bitterness, though floral, actually feels like the grapefruit bitterness. Thats kinda cool. There is also a great rich maltiness that complements the caramel very well, making this otherwise hoppy ale feel wintry. Ok, Im starting to notice a pattern: a lot of places like to brew these hoppy strong ales/IPA for the winter months. Many Ive tried have been good on their own, but for winter? Hops make me thing summer. Gimme a spiced ale for winter. That being said, buy a bottle of this and have it in the spring.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Whats not to love? Double the hops? Proprietary ale yeast? Rogue label with Santa on it? I loved, Loved, LOVED this beer! Id marry the pint glass and become an ale polygamist. If you like the Rogue line of beers, especially Saint Rogue Red, youll love this beer. Creamy, blood/ruby red, hoppy and perfectly quaffable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2004
A strong brown ale. Lots of hops, very bitter. Noticable alcohol flavor. Comporable to Arrogant Bastard but not as good.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Tawny red color. Small quickly dissapating head. Pine-like aroma. Hops very noticeable. Long aftertaste.


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