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Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,922 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,922
Reviews: 1,140
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 39
Gots: 58 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
10 Ingredients:
Carastan 30-37 & 13-17, Crystal 70-80 & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Chinook & Rogue Farm Revolution & Freedom Hops; Free Range Coastal Water and Pacman Yeast.

13º PLATO
65 IBU
73.1 AA
26.75º L

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001)
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a box of 12 bottles last December from a convenience store (of all places!) for something like $30. Been working my way through 'em all year, figured a review was in order.

Good St. Nick has seen fit to grace us with a deep burnt red ale, hazy with some sediment and topped with a spotty, uneven dirty tan head.

Smell is thick caramel and acidic, slightly musty citrus / pine hops. Possibly a hint of spice, although I'm sure there's no actual spice included. Orange peel comes to mind, as does a bit of muted clove.

This tastes alright... a heavy sweet burnt malt flavor carries the day, and fights with a bitter, oily hop bite for control of your tongue. The finish is dry and bitter, with an Earl Gray tea-like astringency. There's a buttery slickness that pervades both the taste and mouthfeel... and something in this brew reminds me of Anchor's Old Foghorn, but I can't place it. Overall it's not a bad taste, just doesn't grab me.

Mouthfeel is medium to low carbonation, slick and finishes bitter and dusty.

Santa's Reserve isn't a bad beer by any standard, but it's not particularly memorable or unique, either. It's an highly-malted, bitter dense red ale and not a lot else. Worth a try but don't expect greatness.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 01:49:08 | More by kkipple
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Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
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