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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

2,158 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,158
Reviews: 1,183
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 59
Gots: 182 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 2,158 | Reviews: 1,183
Photo of dolemite77
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love when breweries do holiday beers, and realize that they do NOT have to add orange peel, candied ginger, cinnamon, chocolate icing, and gingerbread cookies in it. The christmas flavors in this one come from the hops and the malt. Pours hazy red, with a fluffy tan head, and lots of lacing. Sticky smell of hops, and the flavor hits up front with citrus hops, and the finish is piney and sprucy... This is one that can really the malt is actually well balanced if you make sure and get it on the back of your tongue. The front and sides are pretty used up by the hops... great holiday beer.

Photo of wowbagger
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light amber color. Long head retention. Aroma mostly of sugar. Heavy hoping flavor that transitions into a lingering sweetness. This beer seems to be very focused on being a simple straightforward but sweet ale with malt and hops dominating the palate.

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

A: Dark amber translucent color with a soapy off-white head that is very slow to fall.

S: Toasted malt, floral citrus hop aroma. Very pleasant.

T: Up front a nice caramel, toasted malt flavor with a bit of nutty vanilla in the background. Citrus flavor comes via a mild hoppy bitterness striking a balance between the sweet of front flavors..

M: Light, smooth creamy and easy to drink.

O: Unlike allot of holiday beers Santa's Private Reserve is a nice, less heavy, easy drinking amber. Don't be fooled by the tame nose of this beer. Behind this peaceful invite lies big pleasant flavor. ENJOY!!!!

Glass = Tulip top pilsner.

Beer Temp = 48F.

Photo of bhayle
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of sailorsaint
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of willitsmckinley
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Desmondloki
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Starchild
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just poured the beer and I can smell it from 2 feet away. Hints of alcohol, toasted malt, and NW hops. Head look’s about a finger pinky width thick, not bad. The taste is pretty smooth. I can’t believe there’s so many different types of hops in this. Man this is one complex ale and so good, It’s got some hops kicking around but the maple vanillia kicks right back. Harmony mid way through the pint. I love Rogue beer, but so some reason I’ve always shied away from this one….big mistake. This is soon to be my private reserve beer.

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 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 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 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.

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Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
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