Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales

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

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

2,173 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,173
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 59
Gots: 192 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001

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
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Ratings: 2,173 | Reviews: 1,184
Photo of dsnyder61
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Tasted very watered down imo

Photo of shanegatter
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Didn't really care fore this one

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copperish amber color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Floral, spruce-like hops at the front, with hints of pine and fruit. A solid maltiness backs this up, providing a light roast. Very nicely balanced

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the floral notes from the hops and goes into a nice fruitiness that compliments the lightly roasted malts very well. A very light pine note comes in towards the end, finishing with a toasted malt note and a hint of bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A very nice amber for this time of the year, as it works with the floral hops very well. Mostly brings to mind the spruce and pine notes, as they are really accented by the hops. An easy and mellow drinker for the winter season for sure

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle - Nonic
This was a leftover bottle from 2013, but stored/refrigerated for the year

A - A dark copper/amber orange color with thick off white foamy head of about 1 inch or more, which settles to a surface covering, good lacing

S - Very light citrus, weak spice, not much more

T - Pretty bland taste unless it's all just blended away, nothing dominant, finishes with a healthy bitter

F - Watery, good carb

O - I really don't know what to make of this, there wasn't a lot of initial flavor, but it drank pretty easily; the bitter was a bit too strong of a finish for me; yet, none of these would dissuade me from having this again; after reading this, I'm not sure why I liked it

Photo of Caskaway
2.42/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Same as the other recent negative reviews. No smell, bitter taste with no complimentary flavors, and "dull," as another poster aptly noted. The positive is its appearance - vibrant copper color w/ good lacing.

Surprising stratification among the reviews. I'm in Chicago - maybe we got a bad shipment?

Photo of Pukstopper
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have to agree with one of the reviewers who said if u r going to put Santa and Christmas in your title make it taste like Christmas
Pours a deep cooper color with a almost 2 finger head that dissipates quick. Leaves lacing which isn't to bad.
Taste; Not Christmas at all if I didn't know it said Christmas I would think it is a very nice IPA.
The hops come out on the back end and are actually nice
If I was reviewing as a IPA it would score well
As a Christmas Ale it lacks The Christmas flavors. I would expect better from Rogue.

Photo of Sirwootalot
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an anonymous christmas gift from someone wonderful in Oregon; I'll be reviewing the entirety of the magical bounty provided.

Poured in its entirety into a 16 oz pilsner glass, leaving a perfect head. The smell is very subtle, but has notes of juniper and biscuit. This beer is absurdly well balanced and has damn near the best body I've ever encountered; Hoppy as hell but not cloying, powerfully malty but not filling; and refreshingly smooth without being too watery or too thick. This shit is like Baby Bear's Porridge - just right. There isn't much in the flavor to make this especially wintery or christmasey; the flavor, as perfectly executed as it is, is a no-nonsense american ale with no one flavor coming out to declare an invasion on my taste buds.

As long as you close your eyes and just want to go for a plain ol' beer, this stuff is nirvana - but if you like your beers a little unhinged and are expecting anything unique, walloping, or robust, you might be a bit let down. This is the only bomber I've had no problem downing all by myself, as it's that outlandishly appealing and drinkable.

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: as a red ale, not a Christmas ale the pour was deep amber/red with a nice two finger head that held on throughout the drink. Nice lacing is noted on the glass.

Smell: Hints of apricots, caramel, dare I say apples. Generalized fruit sweetness.

Taste: The front is a light sweetness with fruity undertones continuing through the middle of the drink. The finish is a light kick of hop spice with a hop aftertaste that only lingers for a few seconds.

Overall: A well made and quite drinkable red ale, do not let this beer fool you into thinking it is a Christmas or winter spiced beer.

Photo of RockRuler
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Didn't taste like a Christmas beer but it was good.

Photo of Izzi
1.86/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Didn't care for the taste

Photo of RyanByorick
2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted flat and dull. Not very good

Photo of brighteyes868
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. Not a favorite.

Photo of huysmans
2.28/5  rDev -39.2%
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
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Chicowdy
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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 logicalparadox
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Flounder57
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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 MisterGone
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of danlib21
2.74/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Very much taste just like a red ale.

Photo of Jaysauras
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a beautiful deep amber color which turns to a bring deep red when held up to the light. Thin cream colored head with plenty of carbonation supporting it. Plenty of solid lacing when sipped.

S: Subtle nose. Malt is the most prevalent scene along with a slight hoppy sweetness. Slight bit of butterscotch on the back end as well. Probably the most underwhelming aspect of the beer overall.

T: The taste is simply superb. Perfect balance of sweet up front, spice in the middle, followed by a nice blend of hops and malt in the end. The brief sweetness is akin a very subtle buttery sugar cookie almost. It's not overpowering, but does just enough to tickle the palate. It fades as quick as it arrives and smooths into a blend of heavy hop spice and malts. Finishes subtly with some biscuit and bread flavor. This beer is big on hops, and I mean BIG. If you don't like a hoppy punch in the junk than steer clear. It's a delicate balance that is easy to mess up, but Rogue seems to zero in on this one. Great hop flavor which settles into a fantastic smooth maltiness that blends well but also stands out on it's own in each stage of a drink. Wonderfully done.

F: Good feel sip from start to finish but it packs a punch due to the hops. Not a beer for the faint at heart, and that's what makes it so good. Chewy and tingly, while also being a bit heavy.

O: I don't sample too many Red Ales but I'm really glad I picked this one up. Real solid holiday release from Rogue. Brash and daring in almost every regard outside of a pretty pedestrian nose. Good flavor and balance, and that's to be expected of Pacman Yeast. Little hard to drink on a 22oz. but it's a solid solid beer.

Photo of 1424IpA
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Okay beer, definitely worth a try but not something I'll buy again.

Photo of hophugger
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep caramel color letting just a tiny bit of light through. Small and fast head and moderate lacing. Aroma is slightly malty and you can smell the hops in this one. If there were such a thing as a brown ale IPA, this would be it. Some malt sweetness, first, then a nice hop blend comes through and the finish is very bitter, almost too much. Feels ok and if the end bitterness was a little less, I could rate this beer a little higher. I like some bitter but this is slightly metallic and overbearing. It taste like powdered aspirin. NO VISIBLE DATES, SO DONT KNOW IF FRESH OR NOT, but something is definitely wrong here

Photo of thebigredone
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Mostly bitter and unpleasant, somewhat abrasive. Would not drink again.

Photo of Hunter
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Deep red ale (suitable for the season), good head and lacing. Hops is the dominant theme here, both in the nose and on the tongue. Bracing finish, clean aftertaste. Not much here to distinguish it from other ales with high hop content, but a good brew nonetheless.

Photo of IronLover
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy copper orange in color with a thick, beige foam that left sticky lacings on the glass. Lightly burny caramel malt and fresh pine aromas. Smooth feel on the bottom and tangy feel on top with generally soft carbonation. Caramel malt uo front followed by spruce and emerging, puckering pine hop bigterness. Finished with long lingering pine hop bitterness.

Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 2,173 ratings.