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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,930 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,930
Reviews: 1,140
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 41
Gots: 61 | 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.

13º PLATO
65 IBU
73.1 AA
26.75º L

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001)
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber/red color with a bubbly tan head. Tons of carbonation bubbles. Sticky lacing. A nice looking brew. Smell of mild citrus hops followed by some piney west coast hops. Taste is more on the piney resinous side. My only knock on this beer is the bitterness in the aftertaste. It's not the good bitterness but more of a cloying pucker your cheeks in a bad way bitterness. Overall a nice brew, but there are a lot of better choices out there for the price. Certainly one I would sample again just not my first choice for a Christmas seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 01:15:17 | More by beermanbrian
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PrivateEquity

Kansas

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Darker amber color. Solid lacing and head. Very nice appearance.

S - Nice caramel smell, spicy piney aroma.

T - Nice malty flavor. Caramel follows the nose. Bitterness is definitely there with piney citrus flavor.

M - Just a normal mouthfeel doesn't subtract or add.

O - Very nice seasonal beer. Hops to a solid winter warmer type amber.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 23:42:04 | More by PrivateEquity
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 10oz bottle into a Ruination glass. The appearance was real nice, especially the thick foam cake. It looked just like the yeast cake on top of fermenting ale. mmmm....

By all measures other than appearance I felt this beer to be slightly above average but not stellar. It seemed to be made form the house yeast, giving a similar aroma / flavor as many other Rogues. The flavor was a little toasty and a little caramel, body was nominal viscosity.

Easy call for a recent convert from mass-produced lagers, maybe not a gateway beer but more of a second stop after the gateway.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 23:06:31 | More by TurdFurgison
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, last of my yearly six pack.

Appearance: Clear, dark red. Two inches of fluffy head. Sheets of sticky lace.

Smell: Spicy grassy and citrusy hops. Good ole Rogue Pacman yeast is pretty much unmistakable.

Taste: Good earthy hops bitterness. Toasty malts. Bitter and clean finish.

Mouthfeel: I think the carbonation is appropriate and the mouthfeel is probably about right for the style, but there's nothing especially interesting or lively about the mouthfeel-- nothing wrong with it either.

Drinkability: Well, I get this every year, and am always excited about it. I like Rogue's stuff, and this is reasonably priced, at least in 6 packs. I went to their website to compare this to their St. Rogues Red and found out that their ingredients and specs are identical. I guess they're the same beer. This is a nice, full flavored, hoppy red ale for people who like Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 03:18:50 | More by rapidsequence
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BierReise

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep red color which reminded me of red velvet cake and a dark vanilla colored frothy head. An intense hoppy aroma followed by a sweet German malt presence and a little of something I can't seem to put my finger on. Flavor is hoppy bitterness and a slight spiciness. This is one bitter beer from start to finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2003 22:24:52 | More by BierReise
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa's Private Reserve poured into a pint glass. A Newcastle pint glass, to be exact.

Accidentally got three fingers of head on the pour. I must have been a little rough with this one. That collection of bubbles isn't falling fast enough to allow secondary pouring just yet. Rusty red/amber beer, in the color, with a few streams of rising bubbles visible.

Oily hops, pine, peppermint, topsoil, dry caramel, toastiness, and floral aromas accented in the nose. Balanced, meaning I wouldn't particularly describe it as hoppy.

Pine-forward amber ale with bread crusty malts and toast. Finally, finding some grapefruit pith and mint flavors from American hops. Floral finish with a long-lasting bitterness and alkaline tingle. Quite generously roasted with loads of appropriate hoppy essentials to back it off a bit.

Very easy to drink and inviting. Great sudsy carbonation combined with focused quality in flavor (and aids from a hovering nose above the beer) deserves a proper nod. Medium-bodied with no stick. Oily, but not sticky. Dry feel.

A beer to kick back with in the middle of a night-session during the cold months. One could easily follow this beer up with another of the same, and quite enjoyably.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 04:34:14 | More by thecheapies
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Daehpoh

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pour left a nice off-white head with good retention. Color was a nice amber-brown. Strong hop aroma for a winter style. Floral hops and caramel malts. This tastes like a winter IPA. Medium feel and body, as well as relatively low abv, leads to high drinkability. I love the strong hop profile in this brew and look forward to sampling future vintages.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 02:43:08 | More by Daehpoh
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whynot44

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy coppery red color with a decent frothy off-white head that retained well and left lots of lacing.

The aroma is fresh bread with a good dose of pine needles, grapefruit and a note of caramel.

The taste is similar - emphasis is piney hops, more than usual for an American red ale, almost a red IPA. Very nice winter brew for the hops lover. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste.

Medium bodied and easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 04:29:37 | More by whynot44
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Shakerman

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-20-2012 20:50:37 | More by Shakerman
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nickadams2

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Copper/Amber color with a slight red tint. Fluffy white head tons of lacing.

S_An interesting mix of hops,caramel malt and spices.

T_Piny/floral hops. Sweet malt. Caramel,spice and nuts.

M_Creamy and medium bodied. Semi dry finish.

D_Pretty damn drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 04:59:17 | More by nickadams2
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Fcip78

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-07-2014 08:01:13 | More by Fcip78
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merlin48

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a slightly hazed, reddish brown body with a generous beige head that retains well and leaves a lot of sticky patch lace.
Aroma is citrusy hops, mostly grapefruit, a hint of pine, and some background aromas of caramel.
Mouthfeel has effervescent carbonation and a medium body, as well a mild peppery hops bite.
The taste begins with dry and bitter pine and citrusrind hops. Caramel malt flavors lurk underneath. There is a surprising transition as this reaches room temperature as the hop bitterness transforms into a slightly sweet orange and pink grapefruit presence. Very nice. The citrusrind bitterness reappears at the finish and survives into a long, pleasant aftertaste.
Another solid offering from the good folks at Rogue, but I don't really see this one as a winter seasonal other than the appearance of Santa on the bottle. Very drinkable amber ale, in any season.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2004 23:03:42 | More by merlin48
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-19-2012 00:30:20 | More by reitzbrewing
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Skye1024

Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-17-2011 22:27:19 | More by Skye1024
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GarrettB714

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-26-2011 05:38:34 | More by GarrettB714
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-15-2011 18:40:31 | More by mjtiernan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a caramel amber hue above the body sits a very nice sized mass of tan foam that as I take each swip forms a ring of fine lacing with dispersed specks of lace packed between each clear ring. Aroma: Deep pine cone scented hops full biscuit malt character with some caramel sweetness complementing the west coast hopping. Taste: Roasted malts, caramel malt tones backed by a whopping hop profile brings out piney and mildly citrus tones a great winter amber great brew. Mouthfeel: Medium in body, overall great crisp finish leaves the hop oils on the tongue pretty damn bitter. Drinkability: More hops than I want for a session brew but a very tasty seasonal offering from our friends at Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 18:26:21 | More by WVbeergeek
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aengleman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-10-2013 02:07:48 | More by aengleman
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rwathree

Iowa

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-21-2011 05:20:24 | More by rwathree
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-25-2011 19:28:32 | More by richkrull
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Zachb4au

Alabama

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-17-2012 16:44:23 | More by Zachb4au
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CamuMahubah

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well on the side of the bottle it says this ale pours a reddish-copper and that is about the best way of describing the color. Since she is a red ale she went into a chalice where a nice tan foamy head was realized.

Good gosh I thought there was a hop shortage! Maybe not in Oregon. The aroma from the hops was neato! Almost like a walk in the forest during a heavy snow! I can also smell the yeast which makes me akin to one of Pavlov's hounds!

After much drooling the ale was finally sampled and I was in love immediately! The fact that so many American breweries are putting out such finely crafted ales is just super to say the least. This gal has all I have ever expected from an ale. Fruity raisins and plums with that American hoppyiness one has come to love! This eerily reminiscent of another ale I sampled earlier but with more a hop bite. Nice one!

The hop chemicals lighten the mood of this beer sticking to back of my tongue like an I.P.A. just burped and am quite sure it was green and flammable not because this beer is too strong but because the hops are so alive in this one!

Tonite is so nice as I have found two wonderful seasonal ales that I will be sure to pick up again next year!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 06:03:15 | More by CamuMahubah
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-27-2011 07:39:53 | More by InfernoBoss
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Sara

Missouri

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-05-2012 03:23:34 | More by Sara
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. I shared one of these during the hubbub of New Years' Eve, and recall having quite enjoyed it - well, I guess I only recall that it tasted like Rogue...so, another bottle now, on a much quieter evening. The label, with its stein-hoisting Ol' Saint Nick and white snowflakes, glows in the dark, just as the 'Snowflakes Glisten' proclamation indicates. Cool.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark copper colour, with a few fingers of thick, foamy off-white head, that leaves a fair bit of sticky lacing as it slowly recedes.

It smells of bitter citrus hops - orange and grapefruit, mostly - a little pine resin, and a subdued caramel malt - very nice. The taste starts with rather tart, dry piney hops, some tangy citrus cream, and quickly moves through to a slightly roasted caramel/toffee malt body, some juicy fruitiness, all followed closely by some more bitter grassy hops.

The carbonation is about average - a bit too noticeable at first, but it dissipates quickly enough, the body maintaining a decently weighty medium bearing, with a tentative smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malt and bitter hops still doing a pleasant tango.

A damned fine Yankee amber ale, hopped up, quite near to the groin. Not much in the way of any actual holiday affectations, beyond the label, of course, but the malt is decently hefty, worthy of those who want something different with their Christmas baking.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 00:35:09 | More by biboergosum
Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 1,930 ratings.