Santa's Private Reserve Ale | Rogue Ales

Santa's Private Reserve AleSanta's Private Reserve Ale
2,339 Ratings
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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Ratings: 2,339 |  Reviews: 1,197
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, no freshness date

Appearance: An aggressive pour into a pint glass yielded a big, thick root beer float type head, with heavy retention. Lots of tiny bubbles. Deep red amber in color, very transparent.

Smell: Piney, grapefruity hops dominate the nose. But some caramel can be found in there with the roasted malts.

Taste: At first, much more balanced than the initial smell of hops. The malts hit evenly, and then fade away, leaving the taste of grapefruit. Once again, a hint of caramel sweetness hits the palate. Hoppier than a normal Red/Amber.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth. Not light...there is a slight thickness to the feel.

Drinkability: Above average.

Overall: A nice beer. Doesn't hit me like a usual winter beer. Doesn't have that "keep me warm" feeling. However, it is a very nice Amber/Red with a quality hop forefront, that I love. This could be enjoyed year round.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass and was impressed with the nice off white head pillowing up from the dark amber colored brew. Some light carbonation. Smelled of caramel & hops, some pine and fruit. Tasted a little of burned coffee, but the bitter hops saved it. The burned flavor was a little disappointing, however it's still an ok brew.

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Photo of largadeer
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark reddish-amber with great transparency. Pours with a couple inches of head that slowly works its way down to a quarter-inch, leaving sticky lace all over the glass. An awesome looking beer.

Smell: Malty and caramelly with that distinct chinook hop aroma of grapefruit and spices.

Taste: Spicy and floral with notes of grapefruit. A solid caramel backbone holds up the big hop character of this beer. The finish is a balance of sweet malts and bitter hops, with bitterness eventually taking precedence.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly oily on the tongue; soft, natural carbonation from bottle conditioning.

Notes: This is a great red ale - possibly one of the best coming from the US right now.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this yesterday on the A-F scale, very confused by it. Review posted successfully but now is gone. Very strange. Well, here goes: 22 oz bomber, poured into a pint glass. Deep red amber color with a big cream colored head that got all rocky and left tons of lacing, great retention.

Smell was roasted malts and some hops, grapefruit? Taste was similar, roasted character balanced a bit by a little sweetness that comes out in the taste. I guess i don't really like roasted malt--for me this beer does not work, but would probably be good for anybody who enjoys, or could at least get over, the roasted malt.

Body is medium light, carbonation is medium low, very drinkable except for my aversion to the roasted character. Probably a good beer for most, but not one that I would go back to, unless my tastes change.

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Photo of jdmorgan
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This interesting beer poured a deep amber brown and had a medium white head which seemed to last.

The smell had immediate floral notes of hops as well as some caramel malt aroma. The taste had a nice full malt body and a strong amount of hop flavor and bitterness. I found it to not be too excessive, however, and was quite enjoyable for those who appreciate a little more hop to their beer. The hop taste was a little bit piney as well. The higher than normal ABV was hardly noticable. The taste was pretty well-balanced, although the hops did stand out. The mouthfeel was medium with a medium carbonation.

Overall, this was not a bad beer. I didn't know what to expect, but appreciated the hop flavor and full body. I'd drink some more of these if offered.

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Photo of SargeC
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber-brown with a light tan head.

Smell: Hops with a hint of spice.

Taste: Initial hop flavors make way for fruit flavors that include pear and apple notes. Decent malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with medium dryness.

Drinkability: Tasty. The balance in this brew makes it good for consumption. Santa should be proud of this one.

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Photo of crayphish
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This amber ale pours a deep red amber hue with a fair amount of carbonation rising to an off white meager head. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is roasted malt. Some fruity hop background going on. Taste is again the roasted malts, though more of a sweet element than what was noted in the hops. The hoppy grapefruit balance this malty beer perfectly. Mouthfeel is kept clean by the astringent aspect of the hopping, which for as sweet as this brew starts is enjoyable. I found this to be very drinkable beer, bordering on sessionable.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours ruby red with a decent head that quickly fades. Leaves good lacing.

Smell is sweet malts and some wintery spices.

Taste is some caramel malt and a bit of alcohol. Hints of nutmeg and chocolate. Slight hop presence in the finish.

Overall, a good beer that is easy to drink. Very tasty for the holidays.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-ish/ amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, grapefruity hops and a nice malt balance. In the taste, small grapefruity hop, a sweet malt and a dry end. A mild bitterness in the mouthfeel and a dry hoppy aftertaste. Hops are not as big as I remember, yet nice malt balance.

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Photo of sfoley333
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into duvel snifter. Poured a mahgony color with a little off white head. Smell of malt and mild citrus, taste is bitter pine with almost a pale ale malty nuttiness. Mouthfeel is light for a red with a fair amount of carbonation. This beer is not the best winter brew but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep amber with crimson under tones from the light, head is off white made of very fine bubbles and covers the top with thin but textured film.
the aroma is malty with a hint of cat from i am guessing the hops.
the flavor is malty, bready, good bitter charge up front, more herbal hop notes, the malt could be a little more and still balance right. good beer, easy drinking.

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Photo of twbrewer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear reddish brown color with a 2" thick brown head that fades to big floating chunks in the glass.

S-It has a earthy/floral hop aroma,very piney.Also has a sweet roasted malt background that seems dank or musty(it smells good!).

T-First taste is very hoppy upfront with a dry malt and pine finish.After a few tastes the hoppiness fades and the malt character stands out.Nice balance between the two.

M-Medium bodied with a nice sticky feeling,very well carbonated.Has a great balanced dry/bitter finish on the palate.

D-I have not met a Rogue I do not like.I find it easy to sit down and enjoy a few of these if not more.Cookies and Private Reserve,sounds better than cookies and milk!

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Photo of Lambstrong
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a nice golden amber color with a creamy head. Upon taking in the aroma I detected a musty, slightly malty aroma. The tast delivers an upfront bitterness and well balanced hops/. There is a lingering risidual hoppiness. This beer has the signature Rogue with emphasis on hops. However, I couldn't detect other flavours due to the hops, nor other aromas due to the mustiness.

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Photo of JBogan
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a nice foamy 3 finger head. Good lacing in my glass.

Inviting clean scent, like a pine forest with a malty background.

Piney, hoppy flavor. Not fantastic but certainly enjoyable.

A medium to slightly thick body with average carbonation for this style beer. Good winter brew mixture.

Overall a pretty drinkable brew, and a nice choice for the winter time amongst friends. There are better seasonals but this one's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Overlord
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm basically done giving Rogue chances at this point. I want to love this brewery, I really do, but I am continuously disappointed.

Coppery amber colored beer. About an inch of white head, settled fairly quickly to a thin rim. Beautiful lacing, I'll give it that.

The smell, and taste, is overwhelmingly piney. Some hops (mostly grapefruit), and maybe a hint of sweetness to balance out the bitterness. No real complexity, no nothing. Mouthfeel was flat and thin. Just not that great. Period.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - clear amber color with a thick head that is well retained

S - freshly hoppy scent - dry hopped perhaps? (with whole hops?) toasted malt in the background

T - nearly overwhelming hop flavor with a toasted malt backing it up, but very much in the background - Wow, this is one hoppy amber!

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - Well, this not really what I expected for a "Christmas" beer, but it certainly is a nice hoppy American amber with a ton of nicely done hop character - should I expect less from Rogue?

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Photo of jeffjfindley
2.45/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep reddish color, average head with average retention. Smell is malt and molasses. Flavor possesses holiday qualities only for an instant, then takes on characteristics reminiscent of beef jerky, only sour. Mouthfeel is appropriately chewy and sticky for the flavor. Not impressed with this at all. I think Santa should bring a big sack of dog shiite down Rogue's chimney for brewing this.

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Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Duvel snifter. Pours a crisp ruby-amber with a wonderful frothy off-white two-finger head that is mostly lasting and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malts and floral hops. Taste is earthy hops that show light citrus and pine. The caramel malts are not far behind at all. The beer is light bodied with decent carbonation and hidden alcohol. This one is very enjoyable for the season, it's just a little pricey.

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Photo of JDK
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber with a 2 finger head that set up rather nicely.
Lacing is thick and clings to the sides throughout the drink
Light carbonation that finishes semi-crisp.
The smell is very light hops
Taste is a little more hops than most other winter brews I've tried but not as much as Sierra Nevada. Both are very good.
Very nice citris taste, couldn't really pick out 1 particular flavor
Definately worth a try!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, with the man himself on the cover,

A: Pours a dark red, with a thick, full, frothy white head, great retention, leaving medium lacing.

S: Has a sweet smell of caramel malt and some hops.

T: Kind of a letdown in this department. The hop flavour is nice, but it is kind of 1-dimensional, straight pine, backed with a red caramel malt flavour that is not my favourite in the world. Not a bad flavour overall, but I didn't find myself enjoying it as much as I thought I would.

M: Kind of thin, watery, holds up fairly well, but needs more heft, didn't feel it carried the flavour as well as it could have.

D: This is a beer I remember liking last year, but this year it wasn't exactly my cup of tea, tastes change I guess. I still think it tastes good overall, it just didn't excite me that much. I'll drink again, but I don't know if this one will be in my regular winter beer rotation.

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Photo of hwwty4
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a large pilsner glass. Was a dark amber, almost red color with a big cream colored head that dissipated pretty quickly. The aroma is sweet maltiness, but the taste is all hops. The malt shows in beginning of the taste with a little sweetness then goes into the hoppy bitterness. Not overly bitter, balances nicely with the malt. I would find it easy to sit down a drink a sixer in a night.

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Photo of palma
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber body with a hefty tan head. Slowly dwindles to a nice tan lace.

Aroma is primarily fresh malt with some musty yeast phenols.

Black malt flavor upfront followed immediately by a significant yeastiness. Rogue pacman I assume. Typical rogue yeasty flavor. Goes well with the malty backbone. Strong burnt bready flavor shows up along with a significant bitterness. Sweet caramel flavor tries to pull through, but the dryness and bitter burnt flavor overrun it. The sweetness is there long enough to keep it complex. Finishes dryer than most red ales with a burnt and bitter flavor.

A full bodied red ale that I most enjoyed.

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Photo of JamesS
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great amber/orange/light red color, but with very little head and a lacing that disappears almost immediately. It has a great scent, a very malty sweet aroma with hints of citrus (orange and cranberry). Great taste, too, a malty beginning with a great hoppy finish, it has a great zing. An excellent balance of malts and hops, and a very slight citrus taste. Goes down nice, I could easily finish off the 6-pack I bought.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa's Private Reserve Ale pours a dark amber with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a nice hoppy aroma. The flavor is hoppy, but is in no way a hop bomb. Think highly sessionable red ale done expertly by the brewers at Rogue. Recommended.

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Photo of billybob
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a bright amber, copper color with a large light tan head that holds well and a fair amount of lace. strong hop citrus nose. bready malt taste up front then strong citrus almost to to point of being bitter then the hops kick right in. not much different than a good ipa to my taste buds. mouthfeel is light to medium, slightly oily on the tongue with a crisp carbonation. comes on a little to strong for my liking but still ok.

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