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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Ratings: 2,338 |  Reviews: 1,197
Photo of Zazzi82
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JKasten988
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwbetts
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of batt6343
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of White_Whiskey
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Bthchris
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The balance of malt to hop is the beers best characteristic. Has a great warm hop finish.

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Photo of madelf66
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of enzocc
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of williahd
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sludgeman
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this one during a tailgate before the Notre Dame / Virginia Tech football game.

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Photo of johnnyminor
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Frank_TX
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 DutchcdnTEXAN
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 SamuelMiller
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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