Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by gbarron:
4.38/5 rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From a 12 oz. bottle that was in a six-pack - had never seen SPR in sixers until 2006.
A - deep ruby red, perfectly clear. Head is off-white and lightly tan, very thick, full of tiny bubbles, and creamy, leaving excellent lacing and retention.
S - tart, almost slightly sour, maltiness, biscuits, fresh bread. Some notes of citrus hops.
T - very well balanced beer. Very bready, biscuity malt followed by significant citrus/NW american hop presence. Grapefruit, lemon peel. Malt flavor out there too, a little sweet like homemade bread.
M - very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation slightly below average, dry, tart, bitter finish. Yum.
D - great balance and smooth mouthfeel make this highly drinkable. Not a "winter warmer" or anything like that - just an extremely well made, balanced, tasty beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2006 01:20:12 | More by gbarron
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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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