Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by AlexanderSelby:
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Just a quick thing on ElliotNess's review: I totally agree that sometimes names can pigeon-hole brews. For example, winter ale isn't a style, but everyone - including myself sometimes - automatically expect a higher alc, sweet, and over spiced brew-ha-ha and in turn, can find themselves disappointed for no real reason. Just wanted to "ditto" that.
It is a lighter, slightly hazy amber with fine bubbly head. Nose is bitter hoppy with stealthy, sort of uncharitable sweetness behind. Taste is similar in that the bittering hops take over again. Although they are not overpowering - which keeps it quite drinkable - there just isn't too much else going on which can distract that bite. The malt base is rather subtle behind it doesn't seem to have much purpose beyond keeping the hops under control. They surely don't impart a lasting flavor impression, which is fine, just not particularly exiting.
Overall, I am surely enjoying my glass and find nothing about this beer too wild or undesirable. Basically it is a sub-par amber beefed up on IBU steroids. It all works just fine, but I'd rather just have a more distinctly hop-expressive Pale Ale to satisfy this sort of need.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2011 00:44:05 | More by AlexanderSelby
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4.95/5 rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I really wasn't prepared for how great of a beer this was going to be. It's rich and bitter, and is the hoppiest red ale that I've had the pleasure of imbibing.
I suppose that it's called "Santa's Reserve" because of the hops' pine notes, which are incredibly strong. It is not your typical "Christmas Beer" though, and I'd be happy drinking this all year round.
It's a home run from Rogue, and has me tracking down more of their other offerings.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2014 02:38:37 | More by ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,930 ratings.