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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

1,938 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,938
Reviews: 1,140
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 42
Gots: 68 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001)
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Photo of billybob


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

pours a bright amber, copper color with a large light tan head that holds well and a fair amount of lace. strong hop citrus nose. bready malt taste up front then strong citrus almost to to point of being bitter then the hops kick right in. not much different than a good ipa to my taste buds. mouthfeel is light to medium, slightly oily on the tongue with a crisp carbonation. comes on a little to strong for my liking but still ok.

11-08-2007 04:12:14 | More by billybob
Photo of WilliamD


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured this bomb into my pint glass. Hold it to the light- it's a perfect amber hue, whatever that is.
Smells okay- mild spices, beer.
Tastes ever-so-biscuity, with very mild spice flavor.
Mouthfeel- I'm fairly new at this. Feels like beer in my mouth.
Very drinkable, but almost anything other than that watered-down macro-brew garbage is drinkable to me.

Good, steady winter beer. Not exceptional though.

01-30-2009 03:12:53 | More by WilliamD
Photo of SerialHiker


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance: Pours a light reddish copper…pretty transparent, there are a few bubles bubblin’ on the inside…ultra light tan head formed and about a finger remains…(3.5/5)

Smell: Toasted (and maybe roasted) barley and tons of it, there’s definitely a distinct smell…hints of yeast as well…there’s like a muddy/wild mushroom/burnt wood smell that is very unique & intriguing…very much an earthiness here…(4/5)

Taste: Hmm…definitely a malt and barley front…it’s toasted barley flavor I’m getting all over my tongue and gives a burnt wood taste…it’s strong and dominant and as it fades and blends with malt and hops, but still always apparent…earthy, mildly piney hops and a malt balance become more apparent in the middle…a malty, dryness in the finish…late citrus/earthy hops bitterness in the finish…there’s a strong lingering malt and barley flavor…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium…tons of carbonation…wet and smooth with a dry finish…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a good, solid brew that is very drinkable while being full flavored…the barley variety brings a unique flavor that does very well with the earthy malt and hops chosen to accompany it…there’s little I could knock about this beer, it’s a solid choice during this holiday season…enjoy! (3.75/5)

12-25-2012 21:48:44 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of CoolJosh


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

A pours a three finger buttermilk head, very low carbonated, amber in color good lacing

S grains, hops, nothing over powering here, some roasted malts, a slight bit of sweetness here

T A little grainy, with a very roasted malt taste that really sits well, from the smell i thought this was going to be a lot drier then the taste proves. some creaminess which really sets a nice flow throughout each sip. Some pretty nice hops come through on the tail, leaving a nice finish on the palate.

All in all, I thought this would classify more as a christmas ale which comes as a slight let down. I would say this is was definitly one of the most interesting seasonal' for this time of year, and would highly recommend if you happen to come across a bottle.

11-03-2008 03:43:23 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of evansrdbrew

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Drank on 3/21/10
65 IBU 13 deg. Plato
22 oz. In pint glass

A- nice thick 1" creamy head leaving levels of lace. Great clear dark rusty amber ale.

S- nice notes of carmel, chocolate malts w/ bright whifs of fruity hops. Notes of warm sweetness.

T- mild sweetness amongst great roast malt flavors of chocolate. Hop notes of pine don't quite balance out the malt.

MF- good heavier weight with a nice fitting bitterness and some dryness. Very short lived coating in the mouth.

D- decent drinkability, would probably have been awesome at christmas or outside enjoying the snow. Great maltiness with good complimentary bitterness brings you back sip after sip.

10-21-2010 16:00:50 | More by evansrdbrew
Photo of backfat


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

taken from notes.
pours a great ruby haze. one finger off white. Granny smith apples and gram crackers. This is what i want amber ales to taste like. all the hyped up one's are incredibly watered down. fresh, apparent grapefruit hops. cornflake cereal. step back to stare at my glass again. amber and beautiful. brown cookies. Lovely malt. way to go rogue. haven't had a christmas related beer this year i haven't liked. it's gonna be a good one. cheers

02-14-2010 19:20:20 | More by backfat
Photo of beermanbrian


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +6.4%

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


4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +6.4%

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


4/5  rDev +6.4%

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


4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-10-2013 02:07:48 | More by aengleman
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-21-2011 05:20:24 | More by rwathree
Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
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