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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

2,150 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,150
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 59
Gots: 176 | FT: 3
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 MonicaC
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of righthereisay
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this for the label and because I've enjoyed beers from Rogue.

The smell? Maybe hoppy. Fruity, maybe some spices. But from the smell you kind of know what you are getting into.

The 1st taste was a little too bitter for my liking. Bitter, some sourness, maybe some fruitiness.

Not much body at all, I would say light to medium. Carbonation was average. Not too much.

Will never buy again. Basically another brewery selling out for the winter holiday beer crowd. I'll stick to their other beers.

Photo of tatums1984
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of lilmul123
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of brotherloco
2.51/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber. 2011 Edition. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a mostly clear deep copper with a generous finger of beige foam. Nice amount of delicate lacing sticks to the glass.

Aroma is mostly of caramel malt. Light citrus and pine hops sit in background. Overall a mild aroma.

Flavor doesn't have the malt profile I was expecting. It's rather thin and has a real metallic twinge. Very dry and weak finish. Overall empty and unpleasantly bitter.

Medium body with medium, but sharp carbonation. A little too much like soda water.

Photo of Philly82785
2.55/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber brown color with decent creamy tan head. The nose is mostly loads of hops and caramel.This one came across the palate very nice, smooth and easygoing caramel and hops; that has a light hop finish that tapers off. I felt this one was rather weak compared to the other Rouges.

Photo of hophugger
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep caramel color letting just a tiny bit of light through. Small and fast head and moderate lacing. Aroma is slightly malty and you can smell the hops in this one. If there were such a thing as a brown ale IPA, this would be it. Some malt sweetness, first, then a nice hop blend comes through and the finish is very bitter, almost too much. Feels ok and if the end bitterness was a little less, I could rate this beer a little higher. I like some bitter but this is slightly metallic and overbearing. It taste like powdered aspirin. NO VISIBLE DATES, SO DONT KNOW IF FRESH OR NOT, but something is definitely wrong here

Photo of AlesRTasty
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - brown/amber, little head no retention or lacing
S - malty, sweet, smells like a barleywine, very enticing
T - twangy, dirty socks, something old and musty, like santa's privates. Nothing like the smell. A little disappointing
M - light bodied, low cabonation
D - I believe this is last years batch so it could just be old but i still doubt i will get this again.

Photo of dsnyder61
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Tasted very watered down imo

Photo of BadRockBeer
2.57/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Copper in color, opaque. Little 1 finger head faded quickly to a nice lace.

Smell: Chinook’s are rather apartment, slightly earthy.

Taste: Big hoppy punch up front with a malty sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Lacked a little in body, very thin, bit dry.

Drinkability: So-so, A good extra hoppy winter warmer defiantly had better. But if Santa digs it, that’s all that matters!

Photo of TheLiterati
2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

“2006 – Snowflakes Glisten”

Pours a nicely colored amber with a tan head.

Smells of Christmas spices – nutmeg, allspice, etc. – with a HUGE piney nose that translated to the taste – but not necessarily in a good way. More in the way of, “Who left pine needles soaking in my beer?”

Still, intrepid advocate that I am, I kept sipping and hoping that this beer would achieve a balance in flavors.

Alas, while the mouthfeel was pleasant enough, this ale just never quite delivered on taste. I found it to be much too bitter with nary a hint of sweet to tone down those darned pine needles.

Not what I would call drinkable, especially with so many other well-done seasonals to look forward to.

Photo of DouggiePhresh
2.6/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the bomber a dark red-copper with a frothy beige head into my pint glass.

It smells spicy, slightly hoppy. Notes of nutmeg.

Tastes somewhat "watered-down", flat. If it were not for the spiciness in the beer, I dont think this beer would have anything going for it.

The mouth feel is watery, tight carbonation

Its drinkable (but to me, what isnt) I dont think I will be buying this beer again after finishing the bomber.

Photo of KoG
2.61/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2 words: Hop Bomb.

Beautiful dark red color with a very light tan head that lasts forever and leaves mountains of lace on the glass.

Smell is overtly hoppy. Slight citric behind the predominately estery nose. Small amount of malt somewhere in there.

Taste is bitter as bitter can be. Super estery with slight citrus and really no malt at all. Very bitter aftertaste, but double the hops of any brew and you'll get hop juice so I got what was coming to me.

Not my cup of tea at all. If I want uber hoppy, I'll find me some Hop Wallop.

Photo of JayS2629
2.63/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber with a huge head, almost overcarbonated with a fast fade and little lacing.

The aroma was of clean malts, bready notes with spruce, pine and a touch of citrus.

Taste is one dimensional. I get the spruce and some other citrus hop notes on a simple, bready backbone. Balance ok.

A little thin feeling, watery

Weird, one dimensional, and unbalanced. I didn't enjoy.

Photo of gillagorilla
2.64/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bomber poured into a Burley Oak snifter ($8 at JP's in Ellicott City, no bottle date)

A: Nice amber dark copper color. Poured with a 1 finger head and ok lacing.

S: Almost all malt on the nose with just a bit of pine and almost no citrus.

T: Tasty like a watery and malty mess of a hoppy amber ale. It is a mess of flavors and not good ones at all.

M: Quite prickly with lots of carbonation.

O: Not good, but at least I get a glow in the dark bottle out of it. This is my second Rogue and the other one was even before I was into craft and it was for the growler of Dead Guy ale since I was born on All Souls Day and it was a present for my dad. I didn't even know it glowed in the dark, but I didn't like; however, I was still a cider guy at that time.

Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange color with a sticky off white head. Some bread fruit and caramel on the nose with a big hop scent on the back end. Well balanced, thin body and well carbonated. Subtle malt floors of caramel and breadfruit with a citric and piney hop finish.

Balance is decent leaning more towards the happy side. Decent beer for a clean american amber ale but as a winter seasonal im not going out of my way to find it. Can't see santa drinking it himself either.

On the plus side there is a spiced taste somehow without the addition of spices so kudos to that. Nothing all too special though.

Photo of Lupe
2.66/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark red-brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing, excellent appearance. Floral hop aroma with some malt and spice in the backround. Somewhat thin mouthfeel and runs a bit coarse on the tounge. Hops, hops, and more hops. Too much hops. Overpowering hop character hides the other flavors. I like hops, but this was either too much or I was expecting something else. Finishes very dry with more hop bitterness.

Photo of BeerImmediately
2.67/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into Leffe wine-style glass.

Pours with a short tan head over a fairly clear, but deep amber-to-ruby body with a decent amount of carbonation flowing up.

Aromas are nice - plenty of NW hops dominate, followed by some holiday spices and a light sweetness... touch of sawdust, too.

Pure hop bitterness ... sort of wet-hop like. Spruce character is bitingly bitter. Tastes like I'm drinking a fresh-squeezed flower. Some grassy quality as well. For an American Amber, this one lacks any sweetness, and has no balance.

Very dry. Thin/watery - mouthfeel seems like it should be in the 4% range.

Drinkability scores low for me, as it's just way too one-dimentional.

Photo of wailingwench
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am hesitant to rate this...maybe I missed something after comparing the other reviews.

Eye Candy: Dark amber, brown edges, Thick, pillowy tan head. Superb hop clumping. Nice lacing.

The Nose Knows: Rich nutty malts with a crisp hop finish.

Tongueland: Deep rich malts with a touch of roasted nuts, slight caramel-like finish.

Bender Factor: I know this is brewed with Chinook and Centennial Hops, they are undetectable. I will purchase another bomber and re-review.

Photo of jordanmills
2.69/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Looks dark amber with a thick rocky head. Looks great. Smells not so hot - pretty hoppy. I was hoping this wasn't another over-hopped winter warmer. I was disappointed. Not that malty, it's as hoppy as a weak IPA. There some slight taste complexity, but it's drowned out by the hops. Other than the bitterness, goes down smooth. The aftertaste is a little bitter, with all the hops. I don't think I'd drink more than one.

Photo of pweis909
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Amber-red - appropriate holiday fare, with big foamy cap.

Two odors apparent as I poured this brew: the piney odors of Chinook hops but also something metallic and off.

Micely layered malts, more to the sweet side than the roasted malt suggested by the label. Stong, puckering hop bitterness. Chinook hops are easily overdone, and this is an example, in my opinion. Bigger is not always better.

Photo of whendeathsleeps
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Deep amber, tan flufffy two finger head that lasts a good while, lots of lacing.

S- Weird soapy smell, caramel, sweet raisin, citrus hops.

T- Hop forward, a little sweet malt, lingering bitterness. Nothing else much stands out.

M- Dry, low carbonation.

O- Nothing really special. Not sure why this would be Santa's Private Stock, not what I expected from a Holiday beer. Very average.

Photo of bigdeuce
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't impressed with this one and it is surprising coming from Rogue. I love Rogue brews. Smelled like metal, tasted like it too. Pours a nice looking dark to red color. Had a little hop kickback to it but nothing special. Just not one I'll seek out again.

Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
85 out of 100 based on 2,150 ratings.