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:
77
Gots:
294
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a good balance of hops and malts. Taste is hops up front, a malt backbone, a tad on the bitter side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality brew.

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Photo of lilnicky068
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an unidentified 12-ish oz glass. Pours a dark amber with a one finger head that recedes quickly with good even lacing.

Smells of fresh hops of the piney variety with a hint of malty sweetness.

Tastes very good- hoppy but very smooth and refreshing. Good malty body on this one and a nice long dry finish.

Mouthfeel is great- a little oily and well carbonated. This is definitely a beer I will get again.

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Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of wildshire
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of rogueleonardi
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Profchaos20
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of rogerthegill
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of RodSmith
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of poppyjohn
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of cousineddy
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of samie85
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a reddish copper color with a half finger of off-white head.

S-Piney and spicy grapefruit with some caramel backing.

T-Citrus and slightly piney hops with some light caramel.

M-Slick and medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

D-Not bad as far as drinkability, but I'm not sure I'd buy more of this one.

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Photo of mbabble
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tatums1984
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SATBMan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a coppery red-orange amber with a nice one finger fine to medium caramel colored head. Good aroma of piney hops and light caramel malt. Nice presentation. Flavor is light herbal and piney hops with a bready malt finish. Somewhat underwhelming flavor, but what's there is very pleasant. Medium bodied. Would have some potential with a bit more assertive flavor.

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Photo of Blackmajic
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Christmas leftovers continues!

A very light caramel head in color, large fist full of foamy goodness off the pour with some nice clumping retention. Body color is a gorgeous amber red and hues of orange, copper, and all in between. This slight opaque character gives the beer a not quite frozen but a subtle orb glowing character, lots of lacing while finishing. Great looking beer.

Nose is clean malts, faint brown sugar, a little brown clove spice in there. Very nice.

Taste brings a nice play in the mouth. Soft bodied mouthfeel and just this tiny TINY lingering hop presence on the swallow. A mild sweetness comes through with a chewy density. Hints of orange in the palate, clementime zest bitter. Mouthfeel could be just a hint better, but doesn't get too wet or syrupy. Just a faint hop hint here which lingers and mixes with the malt body real nicely.

MMmmm I am enjoying this one. Great amber!

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Photo of aasher
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received this as a gift, in the gift box with glassware.

It pours a light to medium bodied dark amber with moderate turbidity. The aromas are an array of malts with some bready notes as well as slight pine and a mild hop bitterness. It's ok. The flavors are somewhat dry, hoppy and bitter with slight citrus notes, with a solid malt driven finish. The malt profile is interesting. It has a muted sweetness but also a touch of honey. It drinks really dry and the bitterness is more than I prefer. Because of this, I'm not a big fan of this beer.

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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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