Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by roblowther:
3.13/5 rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
Reddish brown with a rocky tan head. Looks exactly like a santa beer should. Whatever that means. The smell is all pale ale, caramel undertones and hops up front tickling your nose like the big guy's whiskers. The taste is dry and spicy. There's cinnamon in there somewhere, oak notes, and pine needles. The hops aren't really all that present until the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and tingly, which is good in your beer and your women. The drinkability is good, although the hoppy finish is a bit limiting for me. Bear in mind I'm a hop weenie, though, so for most of you it should be just fine.
Not a bad beer. Not a Christmas beer, as the name might make you think but a dandy pale ale, I'd say.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2007 01:01:37 | More by roblowther
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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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