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Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales

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Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale

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very good

1,942 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,942
Reviews: 1,140
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 42
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
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

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Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +9%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours clear amber with one finger of sticky off white foam that dissipates slowly. Aroma is piney hops.

This beer is bitter enough to be an IPA, the hop flavor is welcome and abundant. Piney hop flavors balanced by a substantial malt bill to create a very enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel is sticky and sweet. A very finely crafted beer - I would buy this again.

12-26-2009 01:10:43 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of guinness310


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

served into a pint glass...

A: a light reddish almost dark-orange body sits atop of an off-white bubly head that dessipates fairly quickly.

S: a citrusy sweet and malty scent is warm and ivinting on the nose. pine is also present.

T: medium bodided, malty and alcohol are extremely evident in the brew. patchy lacing. Pine and caramel flavours are up front while the bitterness hop aftertaste is great on the palate on the way down.

M&D: mild carbonation makes this a dinkable beer while the combobation of the malt and the hops give it a distinct flavour... A good beer.

12-25-2009 22:52:39 | More by guinness310
Photo of Pinto21


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

A: copper/amber color with ok head, maybe 1f. nice lacing though

S: piney and bit of citrus, with some medium malts, bit more than just caramel or munich but not too much.

T: Hops up front. pine mostly. then goes to the bitter of hops and ends with some biscuity malts. not too sweet like caramel but more roasty/grainy. Bitterness lingers for a while.

M/D: good to moderate. fairly dry finish. good amber

Overall a good Amber. Nothing over the top or spectacular but very good and solid. Still Troegs Hopback have this beat.

12-25-2009 20:59:27 | More by Pinto21
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle - 2009 batch. Sampled on December 24, 2009. The pour is a mahogany brown tone with nice clarity and little head. Floral hops and pine are the main aromas along with some caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is around medium. The taste is overwhelmed with bitter hops and less in the way of caramel sweetness. It reminds me more of an IPA. AT least the pine aroma drops a hint of Christmas into the mix.

12-24-2009 20:35:39 | More by puboflyons
Photo of MetalHopHead6


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

Santa's Private Reserve Ale poured deep orange copper with a miniscule tan head. It did, however, leave a good amount of sticky lace.

The smell and taste were earthy, with notes of pine and wet grass. There was a hint of citrus rind, but primarily this has funk. The feel was bready and thick and maybe because I like funk, it was a pleasure to drink.

The only thing "holiday" about Santa's Private Reserve Ale is the beautiful orange . Otherwise, it's like many other year-round earthy ales. It's flavorful, aggressive, and anything but bland.

12-24-2009 02:05:15 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of ADZA


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

This brew pours a deep copper hue with nice carbonation that produces a two finger head that quickly resides to a nice ring of lacing around the top of the glass,the aroma is very hoppy with a stonefruit,boiled candy smell to it just from the aroma you can tell this is a nice display of hops and a few of them,it has a nice weighty mouthfeel to it with tastes of stonefruit dipped in alcohol,caramel candy and also a touch of passionfruit and this beer finishes nice and bitter but its just bitter enough to make you want to have another sip,this is definately a beer i will return to as long as my bottleshop still has some left.

12-22-2009 11:46:03 | More by ADZA
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

I bought this one for two reasons. 1: Rogue rarely disappoints. 2: I liked the bottle. Sometimes it's okay to judge a beer by its cover.

Cool looking copper color with a pretty solid head. The smell definitely indicates it's a hoppy beer.

All around good flavor, but I can't help feeling that Santa held back a bit here. There's enough bitterness to call it a hoppy beer, but I kept waiting for it to go over the top. C'mon Santa, turn that amp up to 11.

Good creamy feel and an enjoyable holiday beer.

12-22-2009 04:05:44 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of Vengeance526


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a medium amber color with a half finger off-white head that immediately settles down and leaves light lacing.

Aroma shows off a lot of pine and citrus upfront.

Taste again reveals a nice hop presence. Very floral throughout with notes of lemon, grapefruit and pine also present. A touch of caramel comes in towards the end.

Medium body and medium carbonation. This turned out to be quite enjoyable. Not overly hoppy, just an almost perfect amount of hops to make this great as possible without hitting the extreme side. Easy to drink, I would have this again.

12-22-2009 03:33:03 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of hooliganlife


4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

pour is deep ruby copper with a light creamy frothy head. nice retention.

big citrus, sweet grapefruit and powerful flowers. big sweet candied malts

very floral, like intense flower like kick that has a pine bitterness right behind it. light grapefruit and tangerine bitterness at the finish. malts are sweet but overpowered by the hops.

thick as hell and chewy

this is very easy to drink, not over the top but just enough hops. i think this years seems to be a bit more tame than years past, or i am getting too used to hops. i have always loved this release and this years is just perfect.

12-19-2009 01:01:25 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of isualum12


4/5  rDev +6.4%

Grabbed this over at the Boise Coop.

Looks amber in color. Came through with cream in flavor which I loved.

Citrus flavors with just enough malt to follow up.

Not to thick but just enough for my tastes.

Nice drinkability. Served it up at a beer tasting event at my house. We server up 8 winter beers to 12 folks and they ranked this beer 3rd on the list. It was great.

Serving: bottle

12-17-2009 02:26:56 | More by isualum12
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


4.7/5  rDev +25%

22oz bomber purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a deep red translucent body with a good inch of khaki-colored head that leaves some very decent lacing. Lemon grass, grapefruit, lemon, pine, and pith characterize the aroma. Hops hit the palate first, with pine, lemon, and pith the most notable flavors. Malt isn't far behind though, with with just enough flavor to balance the hop presence - caramel, nut, and dark chocolate notes within. Malt take the lead toward the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, just enough to enhance the drinkability. Wow, in a sea of ESBs, spiced beers, and stouts, this one stands out from the pack. Perfectly balanced, complex, and super-drinkable. Nothing wrong with this brew. One of the best ambers I've ever had, and possibly one of Rogue's best by quite a margin.

12-17-2009 01:46:22 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +17%

A really fantastic hoppy amber ale. Can't get enough of this stuff, wish I saw it in a larger bottle format.

A- A brilliant shimmering copper, with a pancake-batter (in color) head that settles and laces immediately. Very nice. Hold it up to the light and it looks like a sunset.

S- Hops out the ass. This is a seriously hoppy brew. Floral, citrus, and a bit of pine hops come together on this one.

T- Same.. incredibly hoppy. I really dig it. Nice, moderate caramel base provides a springboard for intense, piny and citrus hops. A real overload of bitterness... and that's just what I was looking for!

M- Crisp, good carbonation, decent body, and great flavors. A winner.

D- High. Very high. I really can't get enough of this beer. Great job, Rogue!

12-16-2009 22:02:02 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of YOOJ


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Little Helper is a good beer.

Defining it is a bit difficult, I would call it a hoppy but light(er than normal) red ale.

Very drinkable. Nearly no head.

Good beer, but the malt flavor is not very interesting, and not pronounced considering the color. But I am a hop fan so that is just fine.

All around great, hoppy, and drinkable red. Wish Rogue made less expensive beer!

12-16-2009 09:36:25 | More by YOOJ
Photo of ffenski


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

Picked up at Bella Vino, Springboro.

Pours a rich, deep amber. Leaves an abundance of thin yet creamy lacing.

Hoppy notes yet overshadwed a little by biscuity malt blanket.

Piney citrus flavors with malty background- good balance. Hops touches palate at first sip then malts enter the picture. Finishes with nice hop bitterness.

Medium feel with moderate to high bubbles.

Good drinkability- nothing too special- would buy again but not before many other ales of this type.

12-16-2009 01:37:44 | More by ffenski
Photo of CampusCrew


4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

appearance: deep amber, kinda of reddish, nice head retention

smell: loaded citrus from this beer and strong hop aroma

taste: a nicely hopped ale, and I was very surprised. lots of citrus and decently balanced

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: awesome beer and I think it may be rogues best

12-15-2009 15:16:34 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of brendan13


4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

A - Pours a redish copper colour with orange hues. A 3cm slightly offwhite head hangs around for a fair while.
S - Piney, herbal and slightly citrus fruit hop notes a top a bready, caramel maltiness.
T - Much like the smell but the citrus comes through a bit more.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, fairly light mouthfeel and enough bitterness to make you take notice.
D - A very tasty, sessionable red ale. MORE!

12-14-2009 10:51:29 | More by brendan13
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Recieved from wordemupg via trade.

G: Pint Glass

A: Dark red (clear) body with two fingers of dark tan head. Half decent retention but dissipates into a thin blotchy ring. Leaves nice layered lacing.

S: Reminds me of St Rouges Red a lot. Dry hops are very forward, some floral aroma and caramel in the back

T: Dry hops are dominant here, but not to strong. Some citrus and malty notes.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation. It leaves a slightly sticky-dry feeling in the mouth and pleasant bitterness.

D: To me this seems like a less intense Rouge's Red. Every aspect just seems to be a weaker version. It's not bad though. It's easy to drink, nothing is off putting. Nice simple beer.

12-14-2009 03:49:34 | More by Long813
Photo of MrDanno96


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

A: Typical reddish/amber color. Started with about a finger of creamy off-white head, but quickly dissipated to a thin ring. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Not a whole lot on the nose. Floral hops and some pine mostly. Some very subtle sweet fruit. I expected a little more.

T: Some toasted/burnt malts up front quickly give way to bitter hops. Some subtle citric/tropical sweet fruit can be tasted, but barely. Not quite what I was expected, but it's decent nonetheless. Pretty simple flavors, but a decent balance is struck between them.

M: Light to medium body and just a little sticky. Nice bite from the carbonation.

D: Meh. I wasn't impressed, but it's by no means a bad beer. I would have it again if offered, but probably won't seek it out.

12-13-2009 06:09:44 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of javincik

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a nonic pint glass.

A-Color is an orange-red topped with a slightly off white finger thick head which dissipated very quickly.

S-Mostly hops. Lots of floral aromas with some fruit and grassy notes.

T-Sweet up front with some citrus characteristics. Hops kick in through the middle. Hops and malt fight it out briefly before a rather abrupt slightly bitter finish. Hops are crisp and focused, but the finish is quick-rather surprisingly so. Of course the hops come through more and more as it warms. Finish is still tight. Not much lingering.

M-About average for the style. Carbonation lingers a little on the tongue.

D-Easy to put down. Not something that really requires your attention. Nice while watching a movie or sports.

A solid amber, but nothing spectacular. Doesn't have anything that would make me reach for it over the myriad other choices in the style. Will not actively seek it out again, but wouldn't turn it down if someone offered me one.

12-13-2009 00:46:58 | More by javincik
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Nice amber orange color, chill haze, excellent head and lacing.

Was expecting more in this dept. Nice balance between the sweet bread malt and the floral pine-like aroma, but it is quite mild.

I liked it, but to my palate it tastes a lot like a variation of their IPA, which is excellent btw. More English than Yank in the nice balance between the sweet bread malt and slick, slightly oily pine hop.

Smooth, balanced, easy to drink.

Expensive, but nice ans easy to drink...but for me...tough to peg where it falls in the Ale spectrum...but certainly a good brew if you like a well balanced, hopped up brew.

12-12-2009 06:36:14 | More by Shadman
Photo of cpetrone84


3.13/5  rDev -16.8%

A-very dark orange color with hues of red pouring almost two fingers of a light khaki colored head that dissipates relatively quickly but leaves a decent lacing on the glass

S-not much smell coming through, light pale malts hit first with a hint of cinnamon backed with light citrus taste and a hint of orange

T-very light flavor, pale malts come through on this with just a hint of christmas spice, really just a touch of cinnamon and a hint of vanilla with a touch of citrus and orange at the very back

M-a medium to light body with a relatively smooth mouthfeel, a lot of carbonation burning the throat with a crisp bite at the finish

D-not a lot of flavor, almost like a crappy pale ale with some cinnamon and sweetness

12-12-2009 00:24:27 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of cbutova


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a straight up clear amber red with a very robust two finger head that retains very well. The head is light tan and pretty creamy. Lacing is alright left in high quantities before I take a sip. Smell has a pretty large portion of hops, piney ones, and some pale malts can be picked up. Eventually it is just pale malts that dominate the nose. Nothing very special about the smell here. This beer has one of the strangest hop flavors to it. The individual elements of this beer are nice but they don't really blend well. The hops seem unchecked even though this isn't a hop bomb. I think there is too much piney hops and nothing else. Some citrus hops and sweets too. Also pick up some citrus peel and spices. I guess it reminds me of Xmas but the piney hops bitterness are just too much for me here. It is still better than average I would say because of the malt backbone once it shines through. Mouthfeel is way too light and I can tell right away. The carbonation is fine and there isn't any warming but it reminds me of water upon the first sip. Drinkability is not to bad besides the extreme pine hop bitterness factor. This beer was not expensive and the taste is not bad. Not sure if I will try this one again.

12-11-2009 21:48:30 | More by cbutova
Photo of bamadog


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a beautiful golden honey with slight hints of ruby when held to the light; starts with a huge three finger off-whtie head that fades very slowly and becomes rocky; solid webs of lacing left on the walls of the glass; pour looks thick and viscous and shows strong carbonation; body is slightly cloudy; head fades to a very thick skim on the surface.

Smell: A nice combination of citric/oragne peel hops with very sweet and sugary malts -- scent is almost like a creamy orange caramel candy; slightly spicey aspect in the far back; smell is quite potent.

Taste: Not as nice as the smell, but still pretty decent. There is a firm balance of the sweet and slightly bready malts with the citric hops, however, the hop presence is more bitter in the mouth and there's a definite bitter and metallic/coppery flavor that tends to linger throughout; slightly spicey finish; overall, it grows on me as it warms a bit and as I drink it down, but the metallic aspect really kind of turns me off a little.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little thick, so that's good as it matches up with what it looked like on the pour; solid coating throughout the mouth; carbonation keeps a thicker beer pretty lively. Very nice.

Drinkability: I love how it looks and smells, and the taste isn't bad, but that metallic aspect just kind of makes me wince a little bit; ABV is pretty do-able as well. Overall, I'd probably drink it again, and wouldn't mind coming across this one on tap sometime to see how different it would.

12-10-2009 04:23:25 | More by bamadog
Photo of Stigs


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

12oz bottle served in a DFH signature glass

A - pour yields a bit over two fingers of huge soapy & pillowy light tan foam, lacing like mad as it slowly falls to a big mound floating in the center of the glass. the beer is a musty deep amber color, very festive.

S - had to let this warm up a bit as it didnt smell like anything at first. faint malty sweetness and some lightly roasted grains right off the bat, thats about it.

T - bitter citrusy (grapefruit) hops, sweet toffee malt and some holiday spiciness. unfortunately, none of these flavors are very pronounced. kind of dull.

M - nice big carbonation and sticky yet oily feel. one of the better parts of this beer.

D - this is one of those good ideas just not quite executed well. a real treat to look at, but im just searching and searching for both some body and character in the nose and mouth. like a SN Celebration Light.

12-08-2009 02:43:45 | More by Stigs
Photo of BrewIndy


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%

Picked up a bomber of this after hearing about it on the World Class twitter feed.

A: Poured with a nice thick head that went down a bit but retained nicely. Amber and close to the color of rum. Very nice looking actually.

S: Sweet and hoppy smelling. Makes me want to skip this section and drink it already! I bet this is what Santa smells like :)

T: Much different than what it smells like. A nice ale flavor at the front and actually at the end it reminds me of potato chips. I have no idea why and it's not a bad thing. It's actually like a cross between a red ale and a amber ale. Is there a difference? Sure there is.

M: Very nice, this is what I like my ales to feel like.

D: Whenever you want another of the same beer when you're finished you know the drinkability rates high. No problem with a bomber an dyou should probably get 2 or 3 to share with your friends.

12-06-2009 04:59:54 | More by BrewIndy
Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
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