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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

2,053 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,053
Reviews: 1,154
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 52
Gots: 123 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001)
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Photo of ugaterrapin
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Bomber into a pint glass.
It has a nice clear deep amber color. There was about a finger of head that settled at a decent pace to leave some nice lacing.
The aroma gives off a nice piney hop smell mixed with sweet spices.
Taste delivers the pine hop presence noted prior to sipping. I was expecting a little more sweetness and hints of spices from the smell. Those two are definitely there but mellow.
Overall a pretty good beer. It is very easy to drink and has a nice mouthfeel. Probably won't pick up anymore this season, but definitely it will be worth revisiting when it appears again next fall.

Photo of mzwolinski
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark amber in color, with a billowy light-tan head. Good "Rogue lace." Smells of light citric hops and pine-forests. The taste is surprisingly bitter for what I expected to be a Christmas ale. Malt body is slightly sweet but mostly toasty. The toasted malts combine with a powerful American-hop finish to make a very bitter impression on the palate. Medium-body and very well-carbonated to give a very crisp feeling to this beer. Drinking it conjures up images of spending Christmas in the forests of Oregon, with the smells of grass and pine around me and the coldness of the night staved off by a healthy bomber of Rogue. Ahhhh!

Photo of WOSean
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of beeragent
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep amber, forming a 1 inch head, that left nice lacing along the glass. Strong nose, mostly of citrus. Taste is of light spice, alot of hops, and a little malt. Mouthfeel is medium. An interesting brew, unlike the other holiday ales available. This one has a unique flavor, worth sampling during the holiday season. Not something that I could see drinking more of one during a session, but nonetheless, a beer worth drinking at least once a year.

Photo of heerboth
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Redwood21
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into nonic
A: A deep reddish brown color with a mostly white head that sticks around for a while
S: there is some sweet hop smells, but nothing very strong imo.
T: I enjoy the taste, and i feel it fits the style pretty well, it has a hoppy finish but nothing to strong on the flavor. its not as balanced and smooth as some other amber ales, but its good robust feeling. its a little dry, with a little something i cant define. bottle claims a finish of spruce, i dont pick that up, but then again i dont partake in many spruce flavored things.
M: creamy medium bodied, a little dry bitter finish.
D: enjoyable, one id come back to. not my fav rogue but good just the same.

Photo of philbertk
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rogue Ales--Santa's Private Reserve Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV?. 65 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Red Ale. Dense lacy lasting orange white head. Clear dark rich bright amber red color. Smooth toasted aromatic mellow floral hop front. Smooth crisp dry sweet hoppy toasted mild fruit caramel biscuit amber ale body. Clean dry mild bitter balanced hop spice end. Nice! Tasted 11/29/2010. 6-Pack purchased for $10.49 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 11/29/2010.

Rogue Ales--Oregon Brewing Company--ROGUE Santa's Private Reserve Ale--Snowflakes Glisten--New Ingredients & IBU's. 2009 Release. 22 oz. Bottle. 13 Plato AA 73.1% 4.75% ABV? 65 IBU's. (4.4 / 5.0. Red Ale. Dense tight lacy rich off white head.Slightly hazy pretty dark amber red color.Light toast huge floral hop malt ester front.Mild sweet toasty bisquit tangy caramel toffee hint malty mild fruit body.Crisp clean balanced citrus spruce hop spice dry end.Best Version to Date. Version to Date. 12/28/2009. $5.59 each.

Santa's Private Reserve Ale--2007 Release. 22 oz. Bottle. 5.25% ABV?--44 IBU's. 4.0 / 5.0. Red Ale. 2-$4.39. Foamy dense off white lacy head.Clear bright amber red color.Crisp earthy mild toasted hop front.Mild sweet toasted caramel citrus fruit hint earthy body.Mild bitter hop spice clean dry end. 1/7/2008

Santa's Private Reserve Ale--2007 Release. 12 oz. Bottle. 5.25% ABV? 44 IBU's. 4.0 / 5.0. Red Ale. 6-$8.99.Tight foamy off white mild lace head.Clear bright thin dark red color.Crisp floral malt fruit hop front.Mild earthy dry sweet tangy toasted bisquit caramel fruit body.Mild hop spice end. 11/16/2007.

Photo of palma
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber body with a hefty tan head. Slowly dwindles to a nice tan lace.

Aroma is primarily fresh malt with some musty yeast phenols.

Black malt flavor upfront followed immediately by a significant yeastiness. Rogue pacman I assume. Typical rogue yeasty flavor. Goes well with the malty backbone. Strong burnt bready flavor shows up along with a significant bitterness. Sweet caramel flavor tries to pull through, but the dryness and bitter burnt flavor overrun it. The sweetness is there long enough to keep it complex. Finishes dryer than most red ales with a burnt and bitter flavor.

A full bodied red ale that I most enjoyed.

Photo of canucklehead
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one had been sitting on the retailers shelf for awhile but since I trust the retailer and he told me that it is aging well I took a chance. Turns out to be a good purchase as this beer is the most malty beer I have had from Rogue. Tastes like their Amber with more malt , less hops and a slight Holiday fruit taste on the finish. The typical Rogue yeast smell was there but all in all this is real nice winter warmer that has aged well

Photo of curasowa
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, dark copper color with three fingers of fluffy head that fade with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Toasted, caramel malt with piney hops notes and a hint of honey.

Taste: Medium bodied with a lot of malt presence up front becoming a bit nutty and thinning out in the middle. The back end is dominated by earthy bitterness with some bready notes underneath. Finsih is fairly fast and clean with just some lingering bitterness.

The Rest: Not too bad; there's a bit of a harsh edge to the bitterness but otherwise a good beer.

Photo of felipe2toes
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish orange in appearance with thin white head. Head slowly recedes into thin crust.

Smells mostly of dark fruit and malt--raisins and caramel.

I was expecting more of a malt flavor, but the hops and bitterness are upfront on the palate, nice though. Pine and resin and grapefruit are dominant, with some bready malt.

Good mouthfeel, nice and crisp with a bitter finish. Easy drinking too.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa's private reserve pours a dark amber color with a money foam head that leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass. It has no freshness date on the side of the bottle.

The aroma is hoppy and malty. The flavor starts off with hops and finishes with hops with a nice maltiness in the middle. It has a nice chewiness to it in the mouth. Overall a really good red ale.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle(room temp) a cloudy deep red with a huge head that lingers quite nicely. Halfway through, there are "islands" of foam with sporadic lacing.

The smell has a very sweet caramelly air to it suggesting that the flavour will also be very sweet. We'll see.

The taste does have a sweet malty note up front but there's some hop bitterness in the background that is making for a nicely balanced brew and then, the bitterness takes over in the aftertaste and adds to the overall enjoyment of this amber. It's a good drop worth buying again.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never seen this in Texas before so I had to pick it up. Santa's is dark ruby-red in color with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is hoppy with some nutty malts mixed in. Taste is a nicely balanced (at least from what I hear about all the different products by Rogue) mix of tasty hops and mildly nutty malts. Hops are diffenently emphasized here, but aren't overwhelming. Mouthfeel and drinkability are great as predicted. So far this is one of my least favorite beers from Rogue and it's still great. Pick this up!

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue in a 12 oz bottle? I don't believe it! Haha, my usual store now carries this and Dead Guy in the non-bomber variety.

This beer pours a beautiful copper red color with a nice fluffy head. The lacing is incredible... the entire glass was coated all the way down. Taste wise it was good, but not great. It was a little thin on the body and I felt for the style it's better suited to be a tad thicker. Taste was hoppy and good though which it made it pretty drinkable. A pretty solid beer, but expected more for the price tag ($2.29/12 oz bottle)

Photo of krisandajt
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle of brew courtesy of mymrnngjckt, a very generous BA. Thanks Kevin!

Appearance: With a rough pour into my Duvel glass I see the beer is a cloudy, reddish amber brew with a thick, foamy, bubbly mound of off-white head sitting on the top. The retention is surprising, and the lacing ain't too shabby neither.

Smell: The smell has a nice biscuity sweetness to it, but not too much else. With a name like "Santa's Private Reserve" I was expecting a beer stuffed to the gills with holiday spice, and I have to say I am glad I was wrong.

Taste: The taste is good for an amber ale. It's got a nice bit of malty sweetness to it, but there's also a subtle but enjoyable hint of piney, hoppy bitterness on the backend. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: If I had to pick something to complain about I guess it would be a slight lack in carbonation. However, what's there doesn't detract from the beer at all. It has a nice medium body, and a clean, crisp finish to it.

Drinkability: I was going into this beer expecting a heavy holiday spice bomb, and thankfully I was wrong. This beer is light, crisp, and reminds me more of a lawnmower beer than a beer from Santa's Reserve. It's not bad, and I think after shoveling two feet worth of snow from my driveway it's a refreshing treat.

Photo of jdmorgan
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This interesting beer poured a deep amber brown and had a medium white head which seemed to last.

The smell had immediate floral notes of hops as well as some caramel malt aroma. The taste had a nice full malt body and a strong amount of hop flavor and bitterness. I found it to not be too excessive, however, and was quite enjoyable for those who appreciate a little more hop to their beer. The hop taste was a little bit piney as well. The higher than normal ABV was hardly noticable. The taste was pretty well-balanced, although the hops did stand out. The mouthfeel was medium with a medium carbonation.

Overall, this was not a bad beer. I didn't know what to expect, but appreciated the hop flavor and full body. I'd drink some more of these if offered.

Photo of MrBaytee
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hopped up beer, an amber. Not bad, with some complexity like a 1.5X IPA. As they say it, its the Rogue with twice the hops. On the bitter side and a melange of hops that are difficult to distinguish. Bitter despite all the malts, and still a carmel taste, the bitterness from the C hops with a citrus finish and aftertaste.

Photo of BigJim5021
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If this is truly Santa's private stash, then that fat son of a bitch has been holding out.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a huge off-white head. Tons of sticky lacing. Probably because the head was so damned chunky.

Smells mildly malty, pretty hoppy and very vaguely spicy.

The flavor is of the most aggressively hopped amber I've ever tasted. But there is some balance to be found. Hiding behind the hops is a slight cracker-like breadiness. There's also enough malt presence to keep things from getting to unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and bone dry.

Drinkability is pretty fa-la-la-la-fucking high. I can get behind a beer that does something a bit different within the constraints of its particular style. SPR does just that. Well played, you jolly old bastard. Oh, and the sparkly snowflakes were a nice touch too. The North Pole has a quality marketing department.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium, cloudy mahogany red with a slight dirty beige head.

S: sweet caramel, toasted malts and a floral hoppiness with some citrus.

T: For flavor there appeared to be signature Chinook hop presence that delivers a dry, pine bitterness with faint grapefruit notes. A moderate caramel backing and dry hoppy bitterness.

M: medium with ample carbonation.

D: Overall a moderately good drink by itself. decent and worth a look.

Photo of Docer
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz. Bottle of this at a local Fred Meyer. I like the rare selection they offer so close to home although somewhat limited and different from store to store. Poured in a tumbler glass.

Great copper-like amber appearance yet nicely transparent. Nice thin lining for a head that sticks around.

Mild smell but with a nice zingy hop spice. Some nice earthy and cool pine notes.

Tastes wonderful with a mild sweet and roasted malt. Great bite from the hop blend. Like the added Chinook hop.

Doesn't leave the mouth too dry, but does leave a pleasant aftertaste with a fresh zing. Very different from many of the other Rogues I have had in the past.

Very easy to drink, and not too thick and rich like other micro-reds. Great carbonation... almost perfect for my taste. Smooth and crisp. Not too often a nice red is crisp.

Overall I really like this hoppy amber. A pleasant surprise from Rogue.

Photo of colforbin73
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my problem is this: it tastes like DEAD GUY.

now, if you put this up against a Dead Guy it may or may not tatste a lot or even a little different. but you will not be able to deny, it tastes like a ROGUE BEER -- so if that is your only requirement -- this is a SUPERB rogue...

i really like the true ruby red appearance of this beer, and it foams up good and leaves some lacing on the glass. the smell is really good and fresh -- i think their proprietary yeast strains and hops come through in the aroma and taste, it is signature ROGUE. true to form it evokes OREGON as well -- APPLES, PEARS -- all the tree fruits and a good dose of pine and maple... and FRESH, fresh hops...

i cant exactly complain about ROGUE, they CRAFT excellent beer -- it is all really well made. AND they make plenty of relatively lighter ABV beers (<7%) --- in a market that is totally lacking in exciting quaffable brews...

so for that they are commended, and by that they are damned. this is a very well made beer, but it does not blow my mind. it's just good.

Photo of Gasp100
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a deep copper with cherry red hue and a thick cream head the left lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell was of flowery Hops, Alcohol and some darker fruits. The taste was dry and raw hops with a nice bitterness and sharp in your face kick. The alcohol was somewhat noticeable but blended well with a malt sweetness and some caramel notes. I hint of hop oils on the tail end but mellowed out very nicely. The mouthfeel was sharp at first, but left a sparkling feeling throughout and this brew had a medium drinkability ---- one bomber was good for me.

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish, light brown. Slight coudiness. Nice lace as the beer is consumed. The head is light beige, about one-finger thick. It dies within five minutes to a single layer of fine bubbles.

A touch of chocolate malt in the aroma. Nice dry hop presence for balance--flowery.

Most notable is the dryness of this brew. It is also surprisingly thin in body with a relatively high carbonation. Bountiful amount of hops, but not overwhelming. Very brief aftertaste.

This is similar to a darkish high-hopped pale ale.

Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 2,053 ratings.