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%
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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DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 24, 2011
Bottle at a tasting. Thanks zvikar. Hazy amber. Aroma of resinous hops, some pine and some caramel. Flavor has a bit of malty, slightly cookie-ish and caramelly sweetness and a a bitter finish with piney hops. Medium-bodied.

Ratman197 (14664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Bomber poured a hazy orange brown with a small, but lasting amber head. Aromas of malt, pine, some earthiness and a hint of citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of rich maltiness, toffee, some pine and citrus with a lingering bitter finish.

Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle. Poured hazy brown with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lastin with good lacing. Moderate complex friut and caramel malt aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations were met.

djd07 (14354) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear amber color with a medium frothy light tan head. The aroma is a strong hop and floral notes. Good sticky lacing on the glass. The taste is a light hop with a bitter finish. A good amber ale from Rogue.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2007 (12/14/07, 12oz bottle) Clear copper body with medium beige head with nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some floral, peach, caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some pine, light caramel. Light-medium body, some chewiness. (7/4/7/4/14)

(1/1/03) Dark copper with medium tan head. Sweet grapefruit hoppy aroma. Flavor is intensely grapefruit hoppy, that finishes with sprucy hoppiness. Malts, what malts? I can’t taste ’em, but they’ve gotta be somewhere in there. (8/4/7/4/15)

HenrikSoegaard (14100) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle. Creamy off-white excellent mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and heavy hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter wonderfull flavor. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate.

Lubiere (13771) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2005 3/14/2004 : Nutty brown ale, with sharp bitterness from the malt, good hops to balance this good body with enough complexity. 6-3-6-3-14 Dec. 2004: Lightly hazy red copper with off white head. Light sweet malt and restrained c-hops with citrus notes. Crisp sweet malt with nice sustained bitterness, caramel and grapefruits. Rich creamy body. 7-3-7-4-14

Drake (13635) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2008
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin head. Malty aroma with grainy and fruity notes. Taste is malty with lots of cereal and grain notes and a fair amount of hop bitterness. Medium bodied.

Christian (13601) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2007
Hazy ruby with a medium lasting tan head. Aroma is filled with hops, roses and citrus fruits and some plum and caramel. Quite sweet, but with plenty of bitterness for balance. Not what we in Denmark wuld consider a Christmas beer, but still a delicious winter brew.

bierkoning (13201) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2007
Bottle. Brown color. Caramel, ginger and lemon in the aroma. Sweetish hoppy flavor with lemon, ginger and red berries. Rather thin with an earthy bitter aftertaste.

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