Santa's Private Reserve Ale | Rogue Ales

BA SCORE
85
very good
2,338 Ratings
Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,338
Reviews:
1,197
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.76%
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
293
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of mrfrancis
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is malt forward but you also get some earthy, resiny hops with dried orange notes. Taste starts slightly sweet and malty, even a bit nutty. Finish is more bitter and earthy with a bit of pine resin. Medium to light body, medium carbonation. Really well balanced overall, starting malty and sweet but the hops are present on the finish with a drying bitterness.

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Photo of BrewSTL
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furlinator
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yard House Rancho Cucamonga on 01/27/17.

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mintzmeet
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the PDX spot. This one is interesting. Not as flavorful as I expected, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Roasted, malty flavor. Definite spruce overtones on the tongue (and in the aroma). Nice reddish copper color. Just realized I have no idea how much I am paying for these beers. :X

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnBradSC
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vinicole
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Slight haze. Red/amber colour. Thin light tan head.
Malt, fruit and light spice aroma.
Mild bread and toffee malt with pine hop flavour. Initial sweetness changes to a bitter completion.
Rather thin for a winter brew.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy red color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is decent. Has a malty sweet aroma. Maybe some dark fruits and a good amount of hoppiness. Floral hoppy flavor at the front with a bigger, sweeter, malty taste at the end. Very bready. Maybe some mild caramel. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer. More of an astringent aftertaste.

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Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pfaucett
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of godawgs
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HamdenHector
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; reddish amber in color; 1 finger finely pored khaki head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: more hoppy than malty; floral is predominant; caramel is evident as well;

T: balanced between floral and caramel; a hint of spruce that becomes more noticeable toward the finish; very little bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: interesting;

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Photo of Blackop555
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber with a short and short lived off white head. Light lacing

Smells piney and citrus with more Caramel malts as it warms

Tastes light bready sweet caramel malts quickly followed by light citrus bitter finishes dry with lingering light pine flavor. Medium body with higher carbonation with finer bubbles.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PatrickK78
2.37/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Momon
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChadMo1
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajdemma
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DangerDawg
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,338 ratings.
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