Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by andyo:
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Very nice offering from Rogue. Nice bottle.
This beer poured a copper/red color. Lots of carbonation, and a very nice pillowy two finger head. The smell of this beer is very strong! One can definately smell the hops in this beer. Upon tasting this beer, I am hit with a slight malty flavor, but then a very strong (repeat: strong!) hops prescence comes through. Some piney, nutty flavors are present as well, with a nice bitter finish. This beer is big, and the hops were unexpected for me. However, I love big hoppy beers, so this one no problem for me! Nice sticky mouthfeel. Again, this beer was huge, and probably would only render an occasional visit from me. Not a bad beer at all, however.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2004 12:44:27 | More by andyo
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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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