Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
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4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
I poured this one out of a 22oz bomber into a standard tumbler pint glass. The body of the beer is a translucent but slightly hazy shade of deep-garnet. The head is off-white and rolls up impressively a nice fingers width of head manages to retain and leaves fat clumps of lace on the glass. The nose on this beer is very nice, the malt is soft and subtle with tea-like aromas, overborne by the brash aroma of piney, citrussy (grapefruit) and apricot smelling hops. Up-front on the palate are the soft and caramelly malts, again the hints of tea-like flavor are present. The bitter character of this beer is middle of the road. The finish is dominated by pine-sap/floral hop flavors which are almost a bit perfumey in their bite. The mouthfeel is spot on, a tad velvety and smooth going down. This beer almost reminds me of a cross between Dead Guy Ale, and their American Amber Ale. A nice seasonal that I will be looking forward to trying again.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2005 01:22:22 | More by FormatKid
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3.84/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a standard pint glass: color is amber, transparent, head is tan, presents 1 inch thick, then lowers and lingers very well, creating some lacing on the glass.
Smell is very pleasant, biscuit and bread with a subtle caramel, hops are bitter, more neutral with grass and earthy aromas.
Taste is more bitter and hop oriented than the aroma, hops are earthy, grassy, floral; malt comes through similar to the aroma, though the caramel is more forward, with the biscuit/bready flavors backing up; pacman yeast flavor is noticeable, adding a neutral fruitiness, not to sweet.
Mouthfeel is more bitter than anticipated, lingering sharpness on the tongue, it is not unpleasant; bitterness dries as the last bit of ale is leaves the mouth.
Overall, an enticing brew that presents and smells great, flavor is good and finishes very dry.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 04:09:10 | More by mvanaskie13
Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
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