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

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RATINGS: 1730   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Had this on tap at Eli Cannons (Middletown, CT) during the Rogue tasting. It was listed as "Santa's Dry Hopped Red Ale". I'm assuming this is the same stuff. Deep red in color, with an almond tan head. Aroma is very hoppy and manly, almost surly. Not much in the way of malt, as far as I can tell in the smoky pub. Flavor is hoppy, with a nice roasty malt balance. Semi sweet, with a grassy herbal hoppiness. Body is medium to full, with moderate carbonation. I wasn't disappointed.


3.8
josanguapo (2047) - SPAIN - JAN 15, 2018
From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Life is Strange Ep 4. 3 months after bbf date and still a pretty good american amber with strong bitterness. However, I dont find any christmasty character in it

2.5
eManu (557) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2018
I love real Christmas ale....so i tried this Rogue Santa's 33cl bottle. Pours a dark chestnut color with a thin and fast disappearing tan head. Aroma a pine herbal hops. Flavors also of mostly pine herbal hops and spice. light in body and taste, Rather disappointed with the lack of dimension and complexity on this one. Xmas brews should be more special.

3.9
R4N5H (1375) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2017
22oz bottle picked up at Whole Foods, Picaddilly (London in 2016 and opened 26-Dec-2017. ABV 5%. Reddish brown colour with a medium sized beige coloured head. Aroma of pine, caramel, dark fruit and malt. Medium body and light/medium carbonation. Taste of sweet malt, toffee, plum, and hops. Light bitterness and heavily hopped - tasty and fruity. Bittersweet finish. Enjoyed this one.

3.7
Fullpintofbeer (497) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2017
Tap @Small Bar, Bristol. Medium, creamy head, ruby/brown colour, hazy. Aroma: raisins, plums, berries, roasted malts, roasted bread. Lightly bitter with sweet aftertaste. Full body, long finish, soft carbonation. Quite nice and interesting.

2.6
Cool_Bond (2851) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2017
Scent of a lot of honey. Malt taste with honey. Okay bitterness that fills the upper part of the mouth forever. An okay beer to drink. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.8
Vignale (4124) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2017
Flaska från SB. Kastaanjebrun klar vätska med en liten skumpuck. Bra kropp för sin abv och mycket smak. Nötter, bröd, torkad frukt, kryddor och söta smaker av kolaremmar och karamell. Rejäl beska så inte är rå men som ligger kvar länge i munnen. Smakar som en uppgraderad bitter och passar perfekt till julmaten. Gott

3.7
Franzen (673) - SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2017
Caramel, syrup. The bitterness balance the sweetness well. Lot of taste for the abv

3.2
ansalon (4223) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2017
Pours amber with a medium foamy off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, nutty notes, pumpernickel, orange zest. Taste is caramel woth bready and spice notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation.

3.2
alkolas510 (1508) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2017 Brun/röd klar med smutsvit skum. Doftar och smakar maltigt med lite humle och beska på slutet

3
ruramikael (194) - SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2017
cereal, roasty, nuts, caramel, grass, red, orange, hazy, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, salty, light body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter,


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