Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Estarrio:
3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
While it may seem blasphemous to some, I'm not the biggest fan of Rogue beers. I do like the fact that they list the ingredients on the bottle and I grabbed this one based on the use of Centennial and Chinook hops. Unfortunately, I was a bit under whelmed by amount of hops present in the beer.
Poured light mahogany with orange tones and a small white head. Not much head retention in this one but the sticky lacings lined the glass walls throughout.
Big, sweet malt character in the nose with subtle hints of pine and hops.
This brew definitely tastes better as it warms. Lightly sweet malt up front with a bitter, citrus, orange rind finish. While the flavor is smooth and balanced, it lacks in complexity. There is very little in the way the pine hop goodness that I would expect from a beer brewed with Centennials and Chinooks. That said the crisp, clean taste and moderate bitterness might be quite enjoyable depending on what you are looking for in a winter seasonal.
Medium/full bodied with ample carbonation, the drinkability gets a lift from the smooth taste and 6% ABV.
This isn't one of my favorite winter seasonals but it is a solid, average offering.
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2007 05:02:48 | More by Estarrio
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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
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