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- Brewery: Rogue Ales
- Website: rogue.com
- Country: United States
- State: Oregon
- Style: American Amber / Red Ale
- Malts: Carastan 30-37 & 13-17, Crystal 70-80 & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare & Risk
- Hops: Chinook & Rogue Farm Revolution & Freedom
- ABV: 6.0%
- IBUs: 65
- Tasting Notes: Piney, resinous, caramel, toffee, pungent, smokey
- Preferred Glass: Nonic Pint
- Food Pairing: Pork, Beef, Spicy dishes
- PHM Grade: B+
Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale
Written by Tom
For all of you hopheads our there I think you’ll love this Santa’s Private Reserve by Rogue Brewing. Known for making amazing beer John “more hops” Maier, head brewmaster, out does himself yet again with his lively rendition of an Amber (Red) ale. SPR is an extension or variation of their (Dry Hopped) St. Rogue Red in that it is double hopped. The recipes are the same with the exception of this extra hopping. This is a very hoppy beer satisfying those who love their hops, while offering a warm, complex malt character that can be embraces by those who are venturing out in to the world of hopped up beers.
One thing that I appreciated about this beer is that John uses Chinook and Centennial hops for bittering, finishing, and dry hopping. These two varieties work together to bring you a very rich introduction into the different kinds of hops.
It has a deep red to slightly ruby color and a wonderful hop aroma due to the dry hopping. It might feel like a punch in the face at first, but after a couple wafts you smell a citrus bouquet of grapefruit, pineapple, and a sharp floral spiciness. It is bitter all the way through, but leaved a very clean and crisp finish for an ale. A good representation of a Red ale, this beer has personally with caramel, toffee, and roasted grain notes. The aftertaste is sweet and malty and it is here where the piney, earthy hops lend their support. Similar to a dry finishing lager, this beer demands sip after sip to quench lingering complexity it offers.
I enjoyed SPR very much and I know there are a handful of fellow reviewers that enjoy it as well.
Merry Christmas!Rogue Santa's Private Reserve Ale,