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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

2,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,132
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 57
Gots: 165 | 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.

65 IBU
73.1 AA
26.75º L
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Photo of Burt
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.

Photo of horrorspecialty
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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3/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is, as the label says, a reddish-copper. Two fingers of dense, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly to leave a rocky cap, trails of foam on the glass, and a bubbly lacing.

Smell: Lots of centennial citrus up front; lots of grapefruit and orange citrus. There is also a little pine to spice it up. Underneath are the malts and sweets: lightly toasted grain, caramel, toffee, and cocoa.

Taste: Lots of metallic and citrus hops, though the grapefruit is not as prominent as it is in the smell. It tastes a little more like tangerine and it is spiced with pine. Underneath are the grain, caramel, toffee, and cocoa. As the beer warms, there are hints of honey or hazelnut to balance the hops. The aftertaste: it is like I sucked on a metal sign-post for about a minute.

Drinkability: Though the hops are not aggressive, it is a bitter pill to swallow. I really hope Santa has better stuff in his private reserve. Santa does not necessarily seem like a hophead. I will applaud the effort, though.

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +33.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of DrewShal9
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dark amber with a white head that laces the glass after a few sips
S: honey and citrus notes. Trying to conjure a better description lol.
T: bready and biscuit malt that transgresses into a citrus and tangerine with a hint of honey that started to wear on me.
M: teeny bubbles constantly tickling the tongue with a thin body
O: without previous knowledge of this beer, I expected to have in my hands a barleywine or an imperial stout. Being surprised to find out that this was a hoppy amber with styling of an ipa was a welcomed approach after enjoying the brew over time.

Photo of Wanderlust89
2.05/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not sure why Rogue decided to change one of it's best offerings this year, but they did. What once was considered to be one of the better winter tastings is now an imposter. This year the offering is missing it's typical centennial hops.

Rogue has chosen to replace it with their own dare and freedom variations. You will also find changes in the malt used. The result is a beer that has lost it's trademark pine and spruce finish in favor of a hollow bitterness. One must ask themselves, why would Rogue change a beautiful thing?

Photo of Reaper16
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had a Rogue beer in a long time, but I'm in a Pacman yeast kind of mood right now. But I don't much care for Amber Ales. But I love Chinook. Here goes...

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a brassy near-orange color. It thins out quite a bit if you tilt the liquid towards the lip of the glass. Slightly less than a finger of head the color of brown eggs. Decent lacing dots the glass.

Aromas of honeyed biscuits immediately fill my nose. Dashes of orangey, jammy aromas brighten things up before a spruce-like note wraps everything up. It's a straightforward amber ale with a, well, I wouldn't call it an "aggressive" hop presence... let's go with an "elevated" hop presence.

Surprisingly, this beer is all fruit up-front. Orange jello and something like strawberry preserves wash all over my palate. The fruit flavors get cut through a bit by some wintery, spicy Chinook hops flavor. On the midpalate through the finish this beer is almost all Amber Ale -- lots of grainy, toasty, bready flavors. A trace of evergreen-tasting hops lingers on the top of the palate after everything else has faded. This is way more impressive than I figured it would be.

This is maybe too thin for the style, but the thinness does help the hoppiness shine through all the toasty malt. Overall, this is honestly one of the best Amber Ales I've had, which I was not at all expecting to say.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Straight amber with an off-white, slightly cream colored head. The foam really rests on this babey. Almost looks like the head of some hot chocolate! Medium lacing. Looks like a thorough beer.

S- Sweet, lightly roast malts is big in the aroma. Moderate spice and just a hint of earthy, herbal hops. Eh.

T-Interesting. Not sure how to pin it. Smooth, dry maltiness. Almost a woody flavor in the middle. It finally finishes with some piney hops and a touch of spice. No alcohol present. Not totally aweful but not quite as flavorful as i was expecting based on these reviews. I would say it tastes like a pretty typical amber ale.

M- slightly creamy with moderate to lower carbonation. This was probably the most intriguing part about this beer. Nice body.

O- Not a bad amber ale. Being a "Holiday/Christmas/Gimmicky/Winter/Reserve/Special Ale, I expected a little more wow factor from this. I would say its a pretty standard amber ale with a somewhat rich malt flavor and a little spicy hops. Good for drinking with dinner or while watching some tv. Definitely happy i didnt pay the $12 for a sixer.

Photo of BeerNutz324
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap- pours a dark amber, more hazy than clear. Minimal head w/ ok retention.

Ar- roasted malts, spice, some hop nose at the end.

T- roasty malts and a good balance between them and the hops. A bit of spice, can't quite say what exactly, maybe some cinnamon.

M- medium body, good carbonation. The hop oils bite you a bit after holding it in your mouth for a while.

O- pretty damn good beer. I don't know if I would pay $12/6er for it but it was tasty nonetheless.

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3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a light carmel copper with a short off white diminishing head decent lacing on the glass.

S. Pine tree bark, lemon,spruce, metalic, leaves, fresh mowed grass.

T. Slight sweetness with a reall bitter bite. Bread Malty and lots of hop finnishes dry.

M. Medium bodied, light carbonation, bitter dry finnish, goood duration.

O. A decent brew, some spicy spruce character and a good duration.

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours light amber red color with an off white head.

S- piney spruce hops blend with a very grain like malt aromas. Very dry.

T- big crackery malt, spruce and piney hops with a note of lemon zest. Finishes bone dry with the hop bitterness lingering on the palate.

MF- slick sharp mouthfeel with a light body and average carbonation.

D- decent drinkability.

Overall a decent brew.

Photo of mkotsayfan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with about a finger of head, not much head retention. Lots of malts and hops come through on the aroma, along with some lighter fruits. The taste has those same malts with a metallic taste, but it finishes with a distinct sweet ingredient that stands out amongst the hops, caramel perhaps? The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer but nothing was there that stood out to me.

Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 2,132 ratings.