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Santa's Private Reserve Ale - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
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 daant76
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of dandepoto
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ericmakara
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 Daehpoh
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of dondeez21
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz Bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Ruby Red with a finger thick creamy off white head with mild carbonation. Heavy lacing on the glass.
S: Smell of sweet malt and mild piney hops.
T: This beer is extremely balanced. There is plenty of sweet candy like malt and a slight taste of piney/citrus hops. Neither flavor overpowers the other instead they meet in the middle for a perfectly balanced flavor.
M: this beer had a medium body that wasnt to sticky or overfilling.
D: This beer had excellent drinkability. Not to much in any area but enough to keep you happy.

Photo of Zond
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of goldennectar
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz.bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice tall off white/beige head which quickly settles to 1 finger thick.
Dark amber almost copper color

Smell: Caramel & citrus

Taste: Hops Malt Citrus - Sweet with slight bitterness

Mouthfeel: Smooth and Medium Bodied - Mild carbonation

Overall: OK, but I would not seek out again.

Photo of eheinz
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fostwal
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is dark and clear. Think of Sam Adams just a little darker. Not a strong scent. Just a little malty. The taste is nice. It has the bitter hop flavor and a hint of pine. Just like the lable says. Definitely a bitter hop aftertaste. The feel is ok. Nothing very notable. Overall, this is a nice beer. The flavors are well balanced. A little on the hoppy side. Though, that's to be expected with Rogue's line. Wouldn't hesitate to have another one.

Photo of HopsYeast
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-medium copper/amber hued body with a 1/2 finger pale head that fads but then remains very thin and stays for the entire consumption.

s-malt, toffee, cherry, hops, cookie dough, sweet

t-slight hop beginning mixing with a biscotti breadiness, dark fruits, another hop hit, then pleasing malty finish. similar characteristics as the smell, but in different order.

m-little to carbonated for me for this time of year. i like thicker almost velvety type mouthfeel in the colder months. has a light body to medium body.

o-quite good. the smell really gets you set for what to follow. flavors arent as pungent as the smell but still there. good beer.

Photo of Bucknutty24
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Phillip_Collins1219
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of rev3rb
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottom Line Up Front: A pleasant very hoppy winter ale that does not disappoint.

Decanted a 12oz bottle into a Guinness goblet.

Appearance: Has a beautiful dark amber color that presents a good head with some light lacing around the glass.

Smell: Hops are prominent and some bready notes.

Taste: It has a strong hop profile, astringent and lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It is quite carbonated with a medium body on the palate.

Overall: This ale packs a surprising hop punch and the aftertaste just keeps on giving. For winter ales this is much hoppier than I expected without the malts needed to balance it out (IMO). Some of the reviews taste the sweet maltiness of this beer, I however could not really find it. If you like hoppy reds or IPAs then this is one to try. If you were looking for a more maltier winter ale this beer probably won't scratch that itch. Otherwise I consider this one a good beer and worth trying. Of course I think anything from Rogue is worth trying since I do enjoy a lot of their offerings.

Photo of nicefix
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It took a hard pour to get a nice head but it looked very appealing. Chunky, various sized bubbles and creamy tan. Lace runs all the way down the glass. The color is cloudy, unfiltered, and reminiscent of apple cider.

I can smell caramel. Big maltiness. Some sweetness. Not much in the hops department but this is from last year and from what I understand, after some time, the hops tend to mellow.

The taste is malty with apples and clove. Then creamy to a bitter finish. Very creamy and I also get a toasted flavor in the finish as well. I detect hops, but not much. Knowing Rogue, I assume when fresh, this brew is much hoppier.

Damn smooth with a medium body. I would give it a better rating if the sample was fresher. If Rogue releases another this year then I'll rate it again.

Photo of Izzi
1.86/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Didn't care for the taste

Photo of johnbonham1980
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the most well balanced beers I've had in awhile. As has been noted, this is a more hopped up version of their Red, which I also enjoy to great degree. The additional hops in this one really balance out the awesome malts. Highly recommended. The only thing I'd change is to possibly add a bit more unique seasonal character to the beer, but they're not really trying to do a winter warmer here anyway...

Great head that lasts quite awhile, pillowy and light tan in color. Beer is a reddish copper color as the bottle describes it. Very pleasant to look at.

Aroma's a bit hard to pinpoint, hop-dominated.

The malts they're using in this beer are amazing. It's a very pleasant, soothing drink with a lot of sweet bread character. The hops are mostly coniferous in nature with a little bit of citrus. There's a really interesting apricot note to this beer as well.

Mouthfeel's a bit thin for my tastes but this adds to its drinkability. I could drink a bunch of these.

Overall, a very highly recommended beer and one that's going to lead me back to Rogue on my next beer buying trip. Rogue was my original obsession in the craft beer world and this is one of their better creations.

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 BrewIndy
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jco3
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BHep
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
4.94/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really wasn't prepared for how great of a beer this was going to be. It's rich and bitter, and is the hoppiest red ale that I've had the pleasure of imbibing.

I suppose that it's called "Santa's Reserve" because of the hops' pine notes, which are incredibly strong. It is not your typical "Christmas Beer" though, and I'd be happy drinking this all year round.

It's a home run from Rogue, and has me tracking down more of their other offerings.

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

Very nice offering from Rogue. Nice bottle.

This beer poured a copper/red color. Lots of carbonation, and a very nice pillowy two finger head. The smell of this beer is very strong! One can definately smell the hops in this beer. Upon tasting this beer, I am hit with a slight malty flavor, but then a very strong (repeat: strong!) hops prescence comes through. Some piney, nutty flavors are present as well, with a nice bitter finish. This beer is big, and the hops were unexpected for me. However, I love big hoppy beers, so this one no problem for me! Nice sticky mouthfeel. Again, this beer was huge, and probably would only render an occasional visit from me. Not a bad beer at all, however.

Photo of JeffH
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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