Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales

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Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,085 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,085
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 57
Gots: 140 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% 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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Photo of huysmans
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm sorry, but this beer offered nothing to the Christmas dinner it was brought to. It was watery and lacking in flavor. It had very little smell. It did not compliment the food I was eating in any way. It was not refreshing or warming or palate cleansing or anything I would want out of a simple holiday dinner beer. If you are going to put Santa in your title, at least give me a little spice! It was, as the 65 IBUs suggest, somewhat bitter, but I like my bitter with some flavor before it. Perhaps I made the mistake of drinking this with dinner. Perhaps on its own it is better than my review suggests. Perhaps I am not refined enough to discern the flavor of "free range coastal water." Perhaps, no, definitely, compared to the other beers I have had in the past few days, it just did not rate.

Photo of leaddog
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a copper with two fingers of frothy off white head.

Smell - citrus and piney hops, pine resin, bready caramel malts, hint of yeast, hint of dark plum.

Taste - Citrus and piney hops followed nicely by the pine resin, bready caramel malts, yeast and dark plum.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes off dry with a lingering bitterness.

Overall - A nice hopped up red from Rogue. This one is just an all around good drinking red. Nice way to close out Christmas day with it snowing outside.

Photo of Summer92
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of marley2112
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chicowdy
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes exactly as the bottle describes: copper color, roasty malt flavor with hoppy, sprucey finish. Very solid.

Photo of Pedraza
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of logicalparadox
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a luscious, sticky foam head when decanted into my 16 oz tulip glass. Deep, amber honey, with a reddish, brown copper or rusty color.

S: Surprisingly hoppy, with some piney and citrus notes. A good bit of resinous quality I would expect from an IPA, not an amber. Smells good!

T: Follows the nose, but with less bitterness than the aromas suggest. Spicy finish. Enough malts to carry the hops, but not too sweet. Could easily confuse this as an IPA, but for the malts, which are a bit grainy.

M: Medium body, slightly sticky.

O: Not sure this screams "holidays", but could easily become a new tradition. Will try this again if I have the chance.

Photo of freundianslip
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of meganelizabeth86
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MidwestBA
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iamibe523
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wrecknut
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of golf4collet
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gemini6
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rdoggg
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TequilaVoodoo
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Flounder57
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a copper amber color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Some fruitiness, citrus, spruce, toasted, and caramel malts.

Taste: Same as above with light bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, some bitterness, light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice amber ale. Wouldn't mind trying this one on draft.

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aquazr1
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerMeister8
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MisterGone
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour from 22/750 bottle. Reddish amber color, as advertised.

The aroma was virtually non-existent cold, and subtle at temp. Light malt, more dough than biscuit, some hop bitters that seemed a bit piney (which works well for a winter brew), a hint of spice and yeast.

Flavor was only distinct from the aroma in that it was hop forward, more than I had expected for a declared red. Nice piney, grassy hop flavor. The malt stayed in the doughy-rather-than-biscuity range and had a subtle sweetness. Slight spice with a return of the hop in the finish.

A good beer, especially those looking for something more subtle in the red genre. I do think the pine-grass and doughy-spice (cookie? is that what they are after?) flavors do well for a winter seasonal. I personally hoped for a bit more, those same flavors intensified.

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Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 2,085 ratings.