Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.6/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.
A: Clear, medium reddish-amber color with over one finger of mango-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and foam lingers in the form of a large pad long after the pour.
S: Caramel, yeast esters, dark orange citrus, volatile herbaceous mint, and faint buttermilk.
T: Begins off-dry, almost sweet, with unctuous caramel, rich grainy toast, earthy citrus hop aromatics, and some early acidity. Fermented grain becomes more pronounced in the drying middle, while developing a mineral edge. Bitterness begins moderate, becoming more smooth and mild by the grainy caramel finish.
M: Medium viscosity, slightly creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.
D: An approachable red ale with some authentic English qualities that include a bit too much sour milk. Its presence isn't so much off-putting as it is palate-fatiguing--by the half-way point it may leave the drinker thinking, 'oh, that again.' To focus on more positive qualities, this beer presents malt qualities ahead of the hops, but still retains a semblance of balance. By comparison, the dry-hopped version of Rogue's red ale is more hops-forward, but is also successful in retaining balance.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2011 21:37:55 | More by beagle75
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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