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Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales

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Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,157
Reviews: 1,183
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 59
Gots: 182 | FT: 4
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.

65 IBU
73.1 AA
26.75º L
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Ratings: 2,157 | Reviews: 1,183
Photo of TheSarge
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer for the first time about six years ago before I started reviewing beers. Let's see how this goes...

Promotes a strong two finger thick light tan head, and has a pretty clear dark amber colored body.

Has a decently fragrant aroma. Good balance between the malt and the hops. Nice caramel toffee traits, with an orangish citrus finish.

The taste is mostly hops with a grapefruit quality. The sweetness of the malt shines in the way of toffee.

Feels a little dry and a little oily at the same time. Overall a bit more complex than a standard red/amber. Saint Nick must be proud!

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of homebrew311
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep red with a generous reddish frothy 3 finger head, nice clarity, great head retention, tons of lacing

S: nose is hop forward with generous pine needle and resinous character, this sits on top of caramel malts and a somewhat woody finish

T: sweet malts start things off, caramel gives way to bitter hops, then things take an unexpected turn to metallic and chalky. The finish is dry. Balance is poor.

Mf: medium body, high carbonation

O: well everything was wonderful until the finish of the taste. Things went downhill quickly with the "spruciness" that the label touts

Photo of Crundy
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy dark amber or caramel color with a foamy tan head

Smell: Bready, citrus, caramel malt, sweet spice, smokey aroma

Taste: Characteristic rogue hop flavor, some citrus, the Caramel malt but it was more mellow, some sort of burnt, smokey bitterness

Mouth Feel: quite bitter, dry, medium bodied, smokey bitter aftertaste

Overall: Pretty good beer, but i'd have to say i'm not a huge fan of the hops in this beer. It had a nice nose and the flavor wasn't bad. I have nothing bad to say about this beer I just don't dig Rogue's hop choice.

Photo of WillyMac
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of rwathree
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Well, my drinking must've helped, 'cause the Bears pulled off another victory, this time against the Chargers. Boom! Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazy amber-crimson topped by a finger of dusty off-white foam. The nose comprises pine, caramel, sharp ruby red grapefruit zest, and a touch of mandarin orange flesh. The taste brings in more of the same, with the pine and grapefruit (this time the rind) really taking center stage, forcing all else to the background. It's not bad, just a bit one-dimensional. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a one-note song, nothing close to exceptional. It's good, but I can't really drink all that much of it at length. Kinda confused as to what this has to do with X-Mas (I mean, it is called Santa's Private Reserve, after all)...

Photo of daant76
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of schoolboy
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not a big fan of this style, but even so, I don't think this brew distinguishes itself. There are a lot of flavors in it, but I don't think they work all that well.

It is bitter, and that's the best part. It kind of grows on you as you go too. The complexity is all there but maybe I expect a maltier complexity too.

I probably wouldn't but it again but you should not refuse one, if offered.

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a medium sized white head.

Smells like biscuits, cereal, musty spruce and some fruity notes.

Taste is of malted cereal and grain, lightly toasted biscuits, a pleasant spruce presence and some nice bitterness at the end.

Pretty drinkable and delicious.

Thanks SANTA!

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of AlexChillton
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of goblue3509
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery reddish color with an every so slight haze. There is a half finger off white head which recedes to skim and leaves fingers of lace on the glass. The aroma is of buscuits and citrus with a piney hop smell at the end. The taste is of biscuits and caramel in the backbone. There is also a slight citrusy taste up front. The backend is rounded out by a nice spruce taste. It isn't over the top spruce but a nice rounded spruce. The mouthfeel is mildly carbonated. Overall it is a solid amber. The spruce gives it a little something that most in the glass don't have.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - An opaque burgundy with an off-white head and lace that lingers nicely.

S - Buttery caramel/toffee and a little bit of floral aroma from the hops.

T - Caramel and toffee with hints of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The finish has some pininess from the hops, which is not too bitter.

M - It has a thick body with low carbonation.

O - This beer is quite tasty and has a fairly low abv, which makes this very drinkable and refreshing. Santa's Reserve has a fairly low IBU and is heavy on flavor so I would definitely recommend this beer.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
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