Santa's Private Reserve Ale | Rogue Ales

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1,197 Reviews
Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

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.

65 IBU
73.1 AA
26.75º L

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2001

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Reviews: 1,197 | Ratings: 2,338
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 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 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 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 DovGibor
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. Half inch of light cream colored, foamy head that lingers a minute or so. Color is dark amber to light brick red. Aroma is rich and powerful. Piney and grassy hops. Smells like a bitter forest, with good malt notes too.

Tastes rich, but bitterness seems somewhat one dimensional and unbalanced. The aroma made it clear there would be strong hop bitterness, but I'm still a bit surprised by how bracing it is. And I don't detect the same malt balance I got in the aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit thin.

Overall, it has a great aroma and it's not a bad beer, but the bitterness lacks balance for me. I doubt I'll be picking it up again.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a beautiful, slightly cloudy, with a nice cap of lightly foamy tan head. It's great retention leaves small sheets of small sticky lacing. The aroma is...crisp. It's mostly malty with just a slight earthy hops note. The taste is much the same. The body has just a little more carbonation for me but it has a nice medium weight body.

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

Impressive red and amber colors here, aroma of hops, Chinook.

Taste is an uncomplicated hoppy beer. Wow, they exist in the Rogue portfolio. Bitter, toasted pale malts and Chinook hops with some of that usual caramel like malt going on.

It works. Its expensive for what it is, but it is drinkable.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes taken 04/13/16:

Dark copper, almost brown. Mostly clear. Fluffy, even, tan head of moderate retention. Smells piney, brothy, rindy, and vegetal. Dank palate, and yet, somehow, seems watered down. Resin, pine, spiciness, soapiness from the hops. Tart throughout, a little orange-like, some caramel. Vegetal, piney, leathery finish. Medium-bodied, sloshy, medium-carbonation, gulpable, fairly astringent.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

French Toast, Cinnamon. Cloudy Brown pour, small head, but sturdy.Hops, Hops, Hops.
Very Hoppy for a seasonal.Thin beer, decent carbonation, but tough to drink with food b/c of the bitterness.Nice Flavor, but not my favorite holiday beer by a long shot. A bit disappointed since I Love Rogue.

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Photo of gandres
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle from the brewery in Issaquah
Appearance: deep amber, clear, cloudy medium head, lacing
Aroma: malty, hay/cereal-strong smell of grains
Taste: very good, bitterness and minimal follow through
Palate: Medium-full body, very nice, sticky creamy, fizzy, strong bitter finish follow through
Overall: very good beer, good to repeat
Drank: March 17, 2016
Happy St Patrick's Day

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Photo of mnj21655
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red mahogany in color with a finger of khaki head, decent retention. Faint bready aroma. Taste is very malty, lots of caramel, very sweet. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Overall not a bad beer but it is much too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle
L: Pours a dark copper thin white head minor lacing
S: Malt and a bread nose
T: Malt and caramel not to strong though nice bitter hops.
F: Moderate carbonation some bitter hops that linger
O: A nice winter ale with good hop bitterness

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Photo of puck1225
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. A cloudy brown with a thin head but nice lacing. Malty smell and taste. A bit bitter no spice. Tastes like a brown ale. It is ok, but I think there are other holiday beers I like better.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautifully vibrant, slightly hazy amber color with 2 fingers of khaki head that receeds to a half finger caand lasts for the entire beer. There are some chunky sheets of lacing as well. Smell is sweet and bready malts with a hint of pine and hop spiciness. Taste is the same but the hop spiciness is much more prevalent. Feel is medium, a bit sticky and has good carbonation. Overall a very good beer. I picked up two bottles for $1.50 each as a seasonal closeout special, and I will definitely be going back for more.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 ox bomber poured into a Stone glass.Smell is some kind of spices.Taste is a spicy taste with maybe a touch of Caramel.Got to say I was not that crazy about this.Maybe a bad bottle I don`t know but the taste was just not that good.Would not buy it again.

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Photo of GStone899
1.39/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Maybe I got a bad batch or a skunked bottle (don't think so as it poured fine) but this beer found its home down the drain after I drank around half of it. Super sour n bitter with an awful aftertaste. Really disappointed. Even had this on Christmas. Blah

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
A - frothy beige head caps a reddish-brown ale
S - malty nose with toasted grain, caramel, bread crust, spicy piny hops
T - malty with a moderately aggressive hop bitterness; bread crust, caramel, toasty grain, rye perhaps, piny earthy and spicy hops
M - medium body, dry spicy hop finish with some pine resin flavor coating the palate
O - better than expected; nice flavors here. I do have a couple of other seasonal staples that I buy every year, but I will look forward to a single bottle or two of this next year.

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

Pours a light coppery color with off-white colored head. Holiday spices, roasted malt, pine, and some caramel sweet notes; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with roast and pine.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had high expectations for this beer however it fell quite a bit short for me. Nothing was notably wrong with it, but it also did not stand out as WOW. I did love the malts and caramel and if you're doing a seasonal tasting, you can throw this in the lineup and have everyone be very satisfied. Solid beer, but didn't blow me away.

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Photo of lastmango
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep red amber with a one finger white head. Moderate lacing. Nose is of piney hops with mild malt. Initial taste of caramel malt followed quickly by strong hops. This is a bit too bitter for me and seems unbalanced. Moderate carbonation with a medium body.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Santa's reserve was decent. It poured a nice clear amber with white head that did not lace. The scent was fairly non-descript. The taste was slightly bitter and came off the pallet clean. Overall it was ok....I wouldn't go searching it out.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.45/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a red amber with a finger of white foam. Nose is piney hops and citrus
and the taste follows suit. One-dimensionally bitter, without any deviation or
relief notes/flavors. Nothing noteworthy with respect to feel, probably due
to the crushing bitterness. Definitely not a fan on any level. (My 2nd strikeout
with a Rogue seasonal pour.)

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its that time of the year, yup, let's get these seasonals started.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a muddy red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some light lacing here and there.
The smell had some toffee, caramel, toast and light lingering hop bitterness (somewhat dried pine).
The taste was malty with an ample amount of sweetness yet bitter through some light piney hops.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation hits right on my tongue.
Overall, definitely one of the better red ales on the market. Rogue did everything they're supposed to with this one.

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Santa's Private Reserve Ale from Rogue Ales
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