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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

2,150 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,150
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 59
Gots: 176 | FT: 3
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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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.

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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!

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of engagechad
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased by bottle at Keagans pub in Shortpump, Richmond, VA - pint

Pours nice, slightly hazy orangey color. Smells piney and adjuncty in a way. not that great. taste follows, very resiny and piney, not very enjoyable. Feels sharp and bitter while still being a decent beer i guess.

not something I would buy again. overpriced rogue 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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 2,150 ratings.