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Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales

Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale

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very good

1,887 Ratings

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Ratings: 1887
Reviews: 1140
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%

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.

65 IBU
73.1 AA
26.75º L

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001)
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Photo of jsprain1


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear red-amber with a two finger off-white head. Decent looking beer. Just a wee bit of lacing.
S- Sweeter than I expected on the nose, a little sugary even. A fair bit of hoppiness asserts itself with some citrus notes, but actually leans malty heavy.
T- More balanced here, even leaning hoppy. Still a bit too sweet for me given my expectations. A fair amount of citrus as well.
M- Medium body, carbonation was a bit flat. Wanted a little more life on the tongue.
O- It's an ok beer and worth trying, I was just a little underwhelmed given the discussed hop characteristics of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2012 04:51:29 | More by jsprain1
Photo of joshsbeerblog


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i'll be honest up front: i am not a huge rogue guy. solid brewer, but they kind of pale in comparison to the alternatives out in portland, or...

fresh hops on nose. sweet, nutty caramel malt flavor is balanced out with piney hops -- tasty. very flavorful and easy drinking. probably my favorite rogue beer yet!

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2009 23:35:25 | More by joshsbeerblog
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nicely from the tap handle at Black Bear in Morgantown. Deep redddish breown with a small tan head the faded to nice thick lacing.
Hops dominate the nose, floral with caramel and gready biscuit ,malts in the scene.
Taste was wonderful. Immediate hop dominance, then allowing the malt to shine through. Bitterness on the edges made for a nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 23:24:11 | More by dmamiano
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap poured into standard pint glass

a: clear amber color, 1/2" head with nice retention. Reduces into heavy lacing

s: malt, hop, light spices

t: malts up front, balanced nicely with clean hops. Hops are not over powering which is refreshing.

m&d: medium bodied, carbonation give a good mouthfeel. Very drinkable session beer for the winter months.



Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 17:20:28 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of Seanibus


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good winter ale with an unusual hop bite.

Pours a deep red with a big fluffy head, though little in the way of lacing. The smell is malty and slightly sweet. The flavor is malty and sweet with a strong suggestion of honey. IT has a nice, thin mouthfeel with a pleasantly bitter finish on top of the mouth. This is well balanced and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2008 21:26:21 | More by Seanibus
Photo of mugglesandhops


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at The Horse Brass.

Poured a nice red color with a good frothy head on it with decent retention, nice lacing. It smelled really hoppy but had a nice malty finish in the smell. Tasted of citursy hops, piney, malty finish, Medium bodied, good vibrant feel. This is a good brew. I will pick it up next time I see it around.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2008 21:29:41 | More by mugglesandhops
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Tyler's in Apex, NC.

A - A copper, reddish color with good clarity and a small white head with loads of lacing.

S - Floral and fruity hops. Nicely done.

T - A complex hop flavor with lots of citrus, big floral notes and a good bitterness level. Very crisp and clean. Somewhat dry.

M - Moderate carbonation and consistency.

D - Fun , interesting and smooth. Thank you Santa.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 21:07:18 | More by GJ40
Photo of glid02


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours an amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of equal parts pine and citrus hops up front, but as it warms a smell that at first seems bready but later turns to diacetyl comes out more. By the end I wasn't a fan of the smell.

Tastes alright. Lots of malt up front backed up by light pine hop flavors. Again, as the beer warms the diacetyl takes over.

Mouthfeel is good. Good thickness and carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. It's good at first when the hops still have some say in the flavor profile, but as I drink the beer it doesn't get any better.

Overall I was a bit disappointed. I'll have to try this again to see if it tastes any different the second time around.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2008 14:40:27 | More by glid02
Photo of Jayli


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Bukowski's Tavern back in Feb but JUST found my notes on it..
Pours a nice deep amber color with a thick creamy head. Excellent head retention, with lacing througout. Aroma is very hoppy, but not quite IPA-ish. The taste is surprisingly hoppy. Mouthfeel is very thick, sticky, lingering aftertaste. This is a very nice beer for a snowy evening.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2008 20:22:30 | More by Jayli
Photo of cichief


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

A- Deep gold in appearance with a nice thick white head.

S- Not much there, a bit of spicy hops, but not overly floral.

T- Nice and balanced, the bitterness is there with the malt, but nothing special to remember.

M- Thin to medium in body, well carbonated, nice and smooth.

D- This is a decent beer, but nothing special, Rogue puts out great beer, but this isn't a memorable one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2007 02:36:34 | More by cichief
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale is a dark brown, like chocolate, opaque and with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is hoppy and spicy. Flavor is very hoppy but not overly bitter, with malty undertones and hints of spices. Aftertaste is hoppy and bitter. It fairly dances on the tongue with its tingliness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2007 23:45:10 | More by Cyberkedi
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Sawmill Tap Room in Raleigh. Reviewed from notes.

Poured a deep bronze color with a thick head that dissolved fairly quickly. Nose was not complicated and was simply malts and hops.

Flavor had a nice pepperiness to it. Some nice spicey and sprucey hops as well. Malts were a tad lighter than I expected and overall the beer was a bit underbalanced. Medium body with a strange--but pleasant--hop tingliness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2006 20:20:01 | More by MuddyFeet
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North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this on-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Charleston.

This was brought to me because the bartender suggested it after another Rogue selection on the menu was not available. This beer was so damn good that I can't remember what I had originally ordered. It had a small head with minimal lacing and a bright, rich amber appearance. The taste is incredibly smooth with light malts and a pleasant bready taste. Outstanding. The taste lures you in and this makes this one of the most drinkable winter selections I have had to date.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2006 05:12:13 | More by Neehan
Photo of woodychandler


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Xmas in July at The Grey Lodge! Whoo hoo. Thanks, Scoats, for another brilliant gathering.

This arrived with a really fluffy tan head that slowly reduced but never completely disappeared. It had a lovely malt nose which didn't seem spicy at all. The color was a deep amber, or better, caramel color, like cola. The mouthfeel was rather light. I noted a light combination of sweetness and spiciness in the mouth. Amazingly, the finish was more hoppy than malty. I found this highly enjoyable and I would have had another had it not been for all of the different beers brought out for the occasion.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2005 02:49:21 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Dogbrick


3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Winking Lizard. Dark copper color with a thin and fluffy off-white head. Thin lacing. The aroma is mildly hoppy with flashes of spice and roasted malt. Medium-bodied and not as hoppy as expected. Tastes like any straightforward holiday beer, mildy spiced with earthy malt and hops. The finish is pretty short and spicy. Rogue could definitely do better with this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2005 23:01:04 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of koolk


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

US trip Aug-Dec 04

On tap at Toronados in San Fran. Poured a cloudy brown going on red colour with a good tan head.

Strong fruity aromas with some spice and some rather nice and not overpowering hop aromas. Some caramel aromas flew in and out occasionally, but overall remained nice and fruity. Interesting and enjoyable.

Has a fair whack of bitterness on the palate, mixed in with some heavy roasted/toasted flavours. The spiciness of the nose also carried across to the palate, but it was the hops that were the number one attraction. Could of been a little more malty for my liking, but enjoyable none-the-less.

Interesting little seasonal from Rogues, and well worth a crack.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2004 00:40:49 | More by koolk
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Anam Cara in Brookline, MA.

Recommended to me by the waiter. Pours a deep reddish brown with a small head but good retention. Leaves decent lacing on the glass. The hops stand out in the aroma but a sweet maltyness can be noticed upon tasting. A very drinkable and tasty offering from the first Rogue beer I have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2004 01:59:03 | More by Jacobob10
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Jaks Tavern in Chicago. They offer a nice selection of 40 taps including about 6 seasonal oferings.

The beer was brown with lighter brown highlights. Tan head and very good lacing.

The nose is of Fruit (plum, apple) and malts. Some subtle hop/floral scent as well.

I guess I expected more from this beer. Given the nice appearance & smell (let alone the Rouge reputation), I was prepared to be wowed. Instead, I found this is a pleasant if slightly mundane winter beer. Some roasted malts and a bit of fruit make up most of the flavor profile. It seems to be very lightly spiced and hopped, but I did get a nice dry finish.

Respectable mouthfeel as the beer is a bit creamy. Easy enough beer to drink, but there are many other winter beers I would prefer over this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2004 21:06:40 | More by Redrover
Photo of dmarch


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was a little dissappointed that they kicked the keg of Anchor Cristmas Ale at the Blue Dog Pub, but this was a good replacement. Deep mahogony in color with a thick creamy head. Spicy hop aroma and a little citrusy. Strong hoppy bitterness with a solid malt backbone. Maple syrup and plum flavors evident in here as well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2004 21:00:25 | More by dmarch
Photo of Dmann


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer definantly keeps up with the tradition of great holliday ales. It poured a dark ruby/brownish color with a very thick head that stuck to the glass like glue. The scent was hoppy but also had a very detectable scent of yeast. The taste was great, over hopped just enough to give the beer that extra kick. Also had a great citrus overtone to the flavor. This one is not as dry hopped as some of the seasonals I've had, and it is a refreshing beer indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2003 07:47:06 | More by Dmann
Photo of mickeymac


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My kids got a kick out of seeing me come home with a beer with Santa on the label. It's billed as a variation on St. Rogue's Red and certainly tastes like it. They say double the hops. It's certainly hoppy, but it doesn't taste like double St.RR. After giving my olfactory senses more than enough time to give it a going-over, I kept smelling something that reminded me of adhesive tape. Somehow, it worked with the robust malty smell and the abundant hops. The hops don't bushwack the tastebuds and the malt is enough to keep things at least closed to balanced. This is good beer, but it didn't strike me as a Christmas beer in any way.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2003 02:01:43 | More by mickeymac
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear garnet-brown, topped with a creamy, tan head that refuses to quit. Over 3 fingers on the initial pour, it remains a solid cap to the bottom of the glass, with copious lacing.

Aroma of malt roasting in a pine forest.

Taste is very focused on hops; pine resin and a mildly spicy aspect lead the way. There's malt here somewhere, under the blizzard of hops. It does yield a clean but creamy texture, and a decently sweet finish before a fresh citrus and pine squall moves in.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2003 03:00:06 | More by shirfan
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dense, brooding dark amber pint transforms into a deep, coppery red when held up to the light. It has a nice medium head which pillows slightly to become a dreamily sinusoidal cloudscape. The lacing forms the same distinctive shark's teeth that the bottled version produces, but this time the little teeth are mixed in with big, thick pillars. Overall it's a joy to behold, and the scent is similarly appealing. Each time I sniff this beer I break out into a smile. It's invitingly fresh and balanced, with the spices forming the backbone of the scent and the hops shoring it up.

My initial reaction upon taking a swig is "Hops, hops, and more hops!" The taste profile is essentially an inversion of the scent, with hops predominating and the spices singing backup.* At first I just let the various hoppy taste sensations climb over me like children on a jungle gym. Then, looking closer, I admire the way that the hoppiness coalesces on the middle of my tongue, spreads out to a bitter and tingling ring, and then finishes with a sharp, woody taste high on my tongue that never crosses over into unpleasantness. My overall impression is that the hoppiness is like a grill, and the spices are sizzling on it.

I could quite happily drink this all night.

*This is the main difference between the bottled and on-tap versions; the bottled one seemed to be about as spicy as it was hoppy; as a matter of fact it reminded me of a grand cru.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2003 20:34:00 | More by Weissenheimer
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3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, the Santa's pours out a nice shining bronze with a healthy foamy white head. Aroma is very hoppy and just a bit spicy. Taste is way hugely hoppy and bitter, which I like a lot, but it's a bit unbalanced, may need a little more time to mature/mellow. Malt becomes more apparent in the middle and it becomes sweeter towards the end with lingering hints of spice amongst the piney hop bitters.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2003 00:26:46 | More by mikeys01
Photo of DESTRO


4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this bottle is cool. santa is getting his "krunk" on. this pours a nice copper with a good head. i expected some nasty hop smack but the aroma was very pleasant, nice hearty malt with citrus and hops floating around. sweet malt, light vanilla/cocoa right off the bat then taken over by a nice dose of hops, citrus and potent yet smooth and tastey. the mouthfeel is smooth and oh so drinkable, finishes crisp and is very refreshing. i really expected a huge hop profile, but was pleasantly suprised that the hops are there but they come in a strong yet gentle/drinkable way (hey santas a gentle guy). nothing too overpowering and makes for a delicious holiday/anytime brew.

paid $3.99 for a 22oz bomber.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2003 07:46:37 | More by DESTRO
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Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,887 ratings.