Monday, December 15, 2008
Santa's Private Reserve, Rogue Ales, Newport Oregon
Let's keep it on the West Coast for now...The next comes from the well-known Rogue Brewery...Santa's Private Reserve, nice of him to share it with us, let's see how it goes....It is a double-hopped red ale. I'm not always a fan of red ales, but the double-hopped sounds alright to me...
It pours tawny with a big head.
The aroma is hop, fragrant and flowery. Mild sweetness, as well.
The taste is hop forward, but then balanced back in the body with mild malt. It is very lively on the palate - almost a sparkling on the tongue. It is not the flowery hop flavor that is detectable in the aroma, it is more mild and earthy. There is a spicy/peppery finish to it.
The aftertaste is mild hop and bitter. It leaves a clean palate, especially since it is such a sparky body.
It is a good bright winter warmer, easy to drink and easy to pair with a variety of meals on the Holiday menu, especially anything spicy.
From the website: Malts include: Great Western Harrington, Klages, Munich & Hugh Baird Carastan, & Crystal.
Hops include: Chinook & Centennial.
Yeast: Rogue's Pacman Yeast.
It is available all over in 12oz, 22oz, & draft, of course.