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Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales

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Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,930 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,930
Reviews: 1,140
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 41
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001)
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FormatKid

Tennessee

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 finger’s 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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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.

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Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,930 ratings.