Just like you, but different
Worked it’s way to the front of the fridge, a Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale –
A double hopped Red Ale, reddish in color with a roasty, malty flavor and a well balanced spruce finish
This one is brewed by Rogue Ales in the style that is of an Amber Ale although I’ve also seen it descried as American Amber / Red Ale, indeed Rogue themselves call it a Red Ale, and they are in Newport, Oregon USA
22Oz bottle, so that would be 650ml in where I am, Also listed as 40 or 65 IBU things, go with 65 it’s safer. It is 6% ABV, and around 180 calories a serve, and 3.1 standard drink units.
Rogue’s annual holiday offering, Santa’s Private Reserve, is a variation of the classic Saint Rogue Red, but with double the hops–including Chinook, and Centennial, and a mystery hop called Rudolph by head brewer John “more hops” Maier!
This holiday elixir is brewed with [..] . free range coastal water and proprietary top-fermenting Pacman yeast – Our Snowflakes Glisten in the dark!
I’m still mixed about ‘Red Ales’ I don’t know if this is going to be different. Buy hey, what could go wrong?
Heavy in the malt aroma on opening, and the pour is a lot darker than I was expecting, but then I didn’t really think this through.it’s family red, and had a little yellowish head that faded to a film.
It is pleasant drinking for all that and there isn’t a reason not to like it.
Summary then, slightly bitter, medium body, some floral and citrus, for me grapefruits. Nice pour great colour, some lacing but not enough of a head. Not overly keen on the aroma that just doesn’t do it for me.
The hops, blame the hops for that. One day I’ll be an expert or have an expert take me though this and then I can claim expert. I can only tell you what I think it is. I even had a page to hops. it didn’t help me 🙂 Of course it could be the “Free Range” water.
You would think though that for a seasonal or festive beer that it would be something more twisted or spiced or fruity in some way, I guess if I want a christmas pudding I need a Porter or Stout?
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 a of its things from the thing. The bitterness is nice, the finish towards dry, there is some nice softness and caramel in this. I don’t know so much about the aroma which I should be more familiar with and be able to identify much more readily and easily. Did I love it? not really, but I didn’t not like it, in some way I’m glad it is a seasonal which means that look forward to forgetting about it in the next 12 months and then I’ll be up to go again….
The double dip review
I’m listing to some occasionally very good music from Jim Yamouridis – This is the track “Body of Proof” in an Acoustic Session. I’m sure some of this would be better if I spoke the French.
A style without definition, amber ales range from bland, vaguely caramelly beers to products with a fairly healthy malt and hop balance. Often the differentiation between a quality amber and an American Pale is that the amber might have more dark malt character, or a less assertive hop rate.