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Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales

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Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

2,150 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,150
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 59
Gots: 176 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001

10 Ingredients:
Carastan 30-37 & 13-17, Crystal 70-80 & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Chinook & Rogue Farm Revolution & Freedom Hops; Free Range Coastal Water and Pacman Yeast.

13º PLATO
65 IBU
73.1 AA
26.75º L
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,150 | Reviews: 1,181 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the bomber in a Liefmans snifter. This holiday ale pours a bright ruby red with a tenacious off white head that lingers long till dissipating to a thin layer and thick ring of foam with moderate lacing. Nose of spicy hops, sweet raisins and caramel, and an underlying earthy tone. Flavors follow the nose with a rich caramel and juicy hop notes that vies for dominance. Sweet raisins are noted in the background but are overtaken by the bittering hops. Light carbonation to moderate carbonation and a smooth mouth feel finishes wet and bitter. Remember past years being a bit sweeter, but then again only have this once a year. Reminiscent of a red Mogul ale which is an awesome brew. Improves a lot with warmth. Nice.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GinDC
4.67/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious, hoppy and malty and drinkable.

Photo of Nunya
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pstam87
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OCSA_1978
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of user785335
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbierling
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hoppy, very much an IPA. No pineyness.

Photo of StevenH
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Winston3737
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Burgz
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single 12 oz bottle picked up at my local co op. Poured into a Pilsner glass. Pours a wonderful copper color with 2 finger long lasting off white head. Scent of pine bark and hops. Very hoppy taste and a slight hint of cinnamon. reminds me more of an IPA than an amber. Overall a beer I would recommend for the hopheads out there.

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anthony-martinez
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sd123
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harvest06
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Was ok. Give it a try

Photo of Simesta
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rave
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm guessing this was last year's, but picked up at a deep discount, so who knows.

Deeply caramelized and fruity specialty malt characters abound in aroma. There's a sharp note that I'm hoping is hop derived.

Flavor reveals that signature amber malt profile of sweetness and fruitiness, along with floral, perfumey, and citrusy hops. The bready malt and fruity hops give way in the finish to bitter earthiness and herbal notes.

Nice brew. Not the most exciting, and a bit too earthy got my liking in the finish. But the malt character and hop profile are interesting.

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJNAPS
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanK252
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours a deep red-orange amber with a frothy tan head that settles and laces very well.

S: Bready roasted malt, pine, a little floral, some dankness, and a touch of malt sweetness.

T: Big hit of pine hops, some light grapefruit follows, a touch of fruitiness, a bit floral, maybe even a bit spicy, with nice roasty bready malt, and a touch of light caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate yet prickly carbonation.

O: Not your typical Christmas beer, much more hop forward and notably bitter, but it is pretty darn solid.

Photo of kkmiller76
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dsnyder61
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Tasted very watered down imo

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Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 2,150 ratings.