Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Haven't had a Rogue beer in a long time, but I'm in a Pacman yeast kind of mood right now. But I don't much care for Amber Ales. But I love Chinook. Here goes...
12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass
Pours a brassy near-orange color. It thins out quite a bit if you tilt the liquid towards the lip of the glass. Slightly less than a finger of head the color of brown eggs. Decent lacing dots the glass.
Aromas of honeyed biscuits immediately fill my nose. Dashes of orangey, jammy aromas brighten things up before a spruce-like note wraps everything up. It's a straightforward amber ale with a, well, I wouldn't call it an "aggressive" hop presence... let's go with an "elevated" hop presence.
Surprisingly, this beer is all fruit up-front. Orange jello and something like strawberry preserves wash all over my palate. The fruit flavors get cut through a bit by some wintery, spicy Chinook hops flavor. On the midpalate through the finish this beer is almost all Amber Ale -- lots of grainy, toasty, bready flavors. A trace of evergreen-tasting hops lingers on the top of the palate after everything else has faded. This is way more impressive than I figured it would be.
This is maybe too thin for the style, but the thinness does help the hoppiness shine through all the toasty malt. Overall, this is honestly one of the best Amber Ales I've had, which I was not at all expecting to say.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2011 22:41:54 | More by Reaper16
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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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