Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Zraly:
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Season's Greetings, Hop Heads!
This is one hoppy fixture, albeit a finer one.
This ale pours a beautiful, *reindeer* copper-red. Immediately the nose is assaulted with a NW spruce scent with a bit of a grapefruit rind undertone. The head was a fluffy beige blanket resting upon a hop lover's delight. Mmmm.
I'm usually not crazy about brews that are overly hoppy and bitter without a significant counterbalance of maltiness...but this one works. The malt is slight and subtle and the Chinook and Centennial hops are the main attraction. The malt that is absorbed by the senses is warm, toasty, and flavorful...the perfect canvas for the brilliant hues of the citrusy yet woodsy (with a slight floral hint) presence of the bitterness. If the hops were not pronounced in this brew, it just would not be the same.
I think the folks at Rogue really articulate how important it is for them to use quality ingredients and to make consistently enjoyable brews.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2002 18:55:37 | More by Zraly
More User Reviews:
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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