Okay here's the thing. I'm out of things to say about pale ales, American style pale ales, imperial pale ales, imperial anything else, and double any of the above. As of this beer, I need to branch out very wildly and try some crazy new things. The next few days will probably not see this happen, but it's got to happen very soon. I'm tired of writing about all the same things.
Santa's Private Reserve is a fine beer - deep red in color, merengue-like head that I enjoy so much in a beer, aggressively hopped, and full bodied. What it is not is especially memorable, at least to me. It was good but it did not stand out from several other Rogue/Sierra Nevada/Whatever beers I've had. Maybe a second bottle would help me remember, but I doubt it. Anyone else got anything to say? Anything at all?
Okay I've got one more thing to say. I was expecting something Christmas-y out of this beer, given the name. The color was a great start, but it was also the end. I was expecting some sort of fruit like orange or cranberry, or perhaps some Wassail style spicing. Either of those things would have helped the beer match the name a little, but I found none of both. I don't remember when I bought this bottle. It's been in my beer rack for a long time. So it could very well not be a Christmas beer at all but just have an interesting name.