Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.05/5 rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Ahhh..the christmas season...GOOD BEER. Found this at my local farm fresh courtesy of TinusTime, and I could'nt wait to try it out. On with the review.
Pours a nice clear mahogony color with a healthy cream head, leaving some good lacing around my glass.Aroma of floral hops hits right away, letting you know this is a Rogue brew. Their hop profile is unique, yet this seems to lean toward the IPA end at least in the aroma. Taste is not quite what i would expect from a christmas ale. There is a hefty hop bitterness, with some major floral taste that is rather overpowering. There is no real spicyness to speak of in the initial taste, but somehow the hop bitterness ends up spicy. The beer finishes grainy, with some corn type tastes showing up. Mouhtfeel is well carbonated and finishes dry due to overhopping. This beer missed the mark for me. I'm a hophead, but this is not the sort of hoppiness I enjoy. There are much better seasonal ales out there.
Note - if you love that signature "Rogue Hoppiness" then this is for you. Think of their red ale X 4
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2003 03:21:11 | More by avylover
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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
85 out of 100 based on 1,922 ratings.