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Pale Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

Pale AlePale Ale

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170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 11.75%


Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Anything but a typical American Pale, Santa Fe Pale Ale is as full bodied as its most robust English counterparts, while asserting its American origin with a healthy nose resplendent with Cascade and Willamette hops. It finishes with a well-balanced combination of the subtle, almost Pilsner-like maltiness accentuated by the German yeast used to brew this Santa Fe classic, and a hop bite sufficient to leave a lingering smile on the face of any fan of American Pale Ales.

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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint
Faint aroma of hops and malt
Head average (4 cm) creamy, light brown, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good, forming wide rings with various size bubbles
Body clear, medium amber
Flavor begins with a malty sweetness which quickly fades. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

A very attractive beer leaning more to malt than hops; seems more of an amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 14:35:42 | More by Ozzylizard
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weltywm

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

Appearance: Light yellow with about 1/2 finger of white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Biscuit and light citrus. Maybe banana or some other faint fruit.

Taste: Very grainy and biscuit-y, with a slight hint of banana, or maybe even bubblegum? It reminds me a bit of a hefeweizen. All balanced out by some yeast and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, crisp finish, and actually a fairly long finish.

Overall: This really doesn't drink like a Pale Ale to me; more like a Belgian ale. But, that being said, it's still pretty darn good, and seems sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 05:06:16 | More by weltywm
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend from work brought home a bottle the other day.

The beer pours an orange amber color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. The nose is attractive as well, as I pick some light brown sugar from the malt base, and then a decent about of dry citrus and pepper as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose fairly closely in this nicely crafted pale ale, and while certainly nothing mind blowing, this is a fairly tasty APA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and the beer finishes cleanly with a kiss of hoppy bitterness. The one dimensional aspect of the flavor profile wore on me a bit after a while (in other words, it's not the most exciting beer to drink), but that's really the only criticism I would make of this beer.

Shrug. I thought this a solid, easy to appreciate and enjoy APA. Give me a sierra nevada pale ale every time over this beer, but that being said, I thought this a solid offering from the folks at Santa Fe Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 16:46:07 | More by johnmichaelsen
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head that just sort of sits above a clear to cloudy rich honey golden colored beer.

Very light aroma of citrus and pine style hops.

Light citrus and pine to almost fresh grass style hops taste.

This medium bodied beer mellow to a slight bittering dry aftertaste with just a bit of the beers tastes sticking around.

An OK beer, a little week or bland but not bad either, just want a bit more from a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 21:07:36 | More by LXIXME
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mjurney

Texas

3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Light amber color, hazy. Fairly good amount of carbonation rising up. Thick rocky head.

Aroma:
Bready, some citrus, earthy.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Citrus hops, a little earthy-leafy. Malt background, bready, slight caramel. Yeasty finish, very dry. Body is medium, dry, smooth.

Overall:
It's a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 01:34:01 | More by mjurney
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TAMU99

Guam

3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this good beer in an airport...who knew! Tasty American pale with some chops. Pour is a dark yellow, clear with nice lace but not a significant head. Smell is (dunno...I have a cold). Taste is bold. Hoppy, lots of good flavor, bitter where it should be, doesn't coat your tongue in grapefruit flavor (yay!). Malty but not cloying. Feels smooth and not too carbonated. Pretty good beer. I'd get a 6-pack. Would like to try when I can smell...(May even taste better!)

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 21:09:13 | More by TAMU99
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denver10

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange with a white hea. Aroma is bready and doughy, citrus and its rind. Flavor followed suit, only mild bitterness. A fuller mouthfeel, some activity. A bit too heavy. Overall, a bit generic of a pale ale. Drinkable, but nothing to seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2013 02:48:02 | More by denver10
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HerdNo1

West Virginia

3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Received in a BOMC package.

A: Pours a nice copper color. Head is a bit disappointing as a vigorous pour gets only a couple of fingers of head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring and zero lacing.

S: Not a whole lot going on. Hops are more subdued than I'd expect from an American Pale Ale.

T: Nice balance. The hops were dominant but there was enough malt that they didn't overwhelm.

M: Probably my favorite part of this beer. Mouthfeel was medium with a nice creaminess and the finish wasn't quite as dry as most Pale Ales.

O: I thought this was a fairly good brew. Nothing outstanding but it was well balanced and easy to drink. Not one I'd go out of my way for but a good beer to drink while watching a football game (which is precisely what I'm doing).

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 02:07:12 | More by HerdNo1
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fatmusic14

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a GD pint glass

A - pours really well. Minimal head, decent lacing, colors of gold, very very subtle hint of haze, about 99% transparent

S - smells of citrus and pine. pretty generic for a PA, hints of sweetness

T - terrific. great flavors of honey and lime juice, with a hint of lemon zest. balanced bitterness, really substantial flavor. Very happy with how this turned out.

M - nothing to write home about

O - bought 1 in a make your own 6 pack, and I'm glad I did. Worth it.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 00:19:11 | More by fatmusic14
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a way underrated pale ale. pours clear but thick, polleny honey colored with an average white head. the nose is a balanced beer, caramunich malt smell, and west coast hops. the flavor is more hoppy than the nose, with plenty of fruity esters as well. a floral hop profile and a touch of orange. mouthfeel is good, maybe a little heavy in the summer, but this is mid october and its full body is just right. good carbonation keeps it moving, and this is an easy sixpack. one of the better main line beers from santa fe.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 00:32:09 | More by StonedTrippin
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willmc

Oklahoma

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

love this pale ale, full of character, aroma and color. with hints of fruit and hops in the nose. flavors of malt sweetness, nutty spiciness, and floral hops to balance it all out on the finish. i really dont see how you can go wrong with a Santa Fe Pale Ale. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 04:59:06 | More by willmc
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale yellow ale with good carbonation and a great head. Lacing is also pretty good. A solid-looking ale.

Smell: Some nice sweetness of honey with a solid dry malt background.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Honey and melon sweetness with nice dryness. Similar to smell. A wish it were a bit bolder. Fairly decent mouthfeel, but maybe a bit thin.

Overall Drinkability: A good western ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 21:34:46 | More by tjsdomer2
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iSip

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Santa Fe Pale Ale: I have been taste testing a selection of high end Imperial Stouts & IPA’s, so a change of pace to something more “normal” was good. I was not expecting much out of the Santa Fe Pale Ale, and was pleasantly surprised. First off, it’s not pale, but a dark honey in color with very little carbonation. A generous head of high quality forms on top, and this brew delivers a big aroma for a pale ale. The mellow malt goodness is augmented with just the right amount of fruity hops. Notes of apricot are distinct. Very good beer that I enjoyed greatly. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 18:04:08 | More by iSip
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Cause I do whatever I want. No date. Not even a batch number as far as I can tell.

Appearance - Pours two finger offwhite head with decent to good retention and low stick. Cloudy amber body.

Smell - Low moderate hop. Musky. Dry hay.

Taste - Grassy. Thinly alcoholic. Some light honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Dry astringent bitterness in the body. Fades to a balanced finish.

Overall Drinkability - Middle of the road. No major flaws, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 06:12:42 | More by ZenAgnostic
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Tone

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper/gold color. 6/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus concentrate (kiwi?), earthy malt, wheat, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of wheat, yeast, citrus hops, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, feel, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 18:12:16 | More by Tone
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dankster

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is slighty burnt orange with good amount of head and some sticky lace.

Smell is clean hops with some tropical fruit like smells and i pick up some apple as well

Taste is defiantly more apple than citrus. solid pale ale

Mouth is a medium body with dry finish

Overall a good offering from santa fe brew's and the price is right at 7.50 a sixer. nothing special but glad i tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 17:02:50 | More by dankster
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

medium to light amber color with a thick head of white that sat on top throughout the entire session, nice lacing down the glass.

aroma is light, nice little notes of citrus, hints of apple, pears, light grasses and a smooth, even flavor or light fruity yeast. as i take the first sip i get the clean, crisp flavor right off the bat. really nicely done. clean and light hops,

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 01:30:02 | More by mikesgroove
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of biscuit and toffee malt with a little bit of orange citrus notes mixed in. The flavor is similar. Other than the orange citrus notes - and a little bit of grass from the hops - I get some biscuit and toffee malt and not too much else. The bitterness is pretty low and the beer is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 04:55:43 | More by Mora2000
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Waiting for my daughter to arrive in Terminal B at the Albuquerque airport, figured I should drink some local beers. This one wasn't bad.

In a pint glass the beer was copper-colored with a medium-sized white head that left a lot of lace.

Average aroma. Sweet malt and a tiny bit of citrus.

Taste similar to the aroma. Some sweet malt and a tiny late hit of citrus.

A bit on the timid side, but still pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 21:04:05 | More by lordofthewiens
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mactrail

California

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice light version of the style. Pleasant hoppiness without making a bold statement. Warming malt is fairly full for a slight beer. Attractive golden amber in the glass, nice head and a pleasant mouthful. Coarser carbonation than most. Rather rich mouthfeel for the low alcohol and modest ingredients. Would be a great quaff. A summer beer with more flavor than most.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 03:27:37 | More by mactrail
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Treebs

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on draft in Taos, NM at KTAO radio station bar. Poured into pint.

A: Pours a nice copper with firm white head. Great retention and solid lace down the glass.

S: Malt with some lager-like qualities to it. There are some bitter hops on the back end of the nose but nothing special.

T: Some bland citrus and a little malt, but nothing else in terms of flavor profile.

M: Light bodied with a crisp, clean and dry finish. No real discerning flavors left on the palate to entice me back for more though.

O: Pretty straight forward and average for the style. No real concrete flavors to separate it from any other pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 23:25:00 | More by Treebs
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Coplains

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear with moderate carbonation.

Medium body with good flavor hoppy notes but not overwhelming.

Definitely a very drinkable pale ale that would pair well with a variety of food from pizza to summertime backyard barbecue. Have only seen in Santa Fe and would pick up again on our next trip.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 02:31:03 | More by Coplains
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endincolorado

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, amber with two fingers of fizzy, off-white head that settles quickly. Lots of lacing left behind.

Hoppy fruitiness up front with some citrus and a pale malt to balance.

Flavor is an excellent balance of pale malt, some caramel, and a more-than-adequate hop presence with sweet-orangey fruit.

Medium-bodied with adequate carbonation.

A very drinkable beer- pairs well with barbecue and salad. Refreshing and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 02:45:12 | More by endincolorado
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jpr022

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer at El Meson in Santa Fe, NM. Not good. This is one of those pale ales where they just chickened out. My fault for ordering it really. It was the only local beer they had so I should have taken the hint and stuck with the wine.

Taste was very plain. Appearance was good. Smell was fine too.it was drinkable and I still don't know what mouthfeel means.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 00:16:26 | More by jpr022
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mdunman

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy amber-yellow with a big head and plenty of linger

S: Slightly malty with good hops and some citrus

T: Very malty, a little musky and a finishes with some sour hops

M: Medium body, plenty of carbonation and a hard finish

Interesting beer. Original yet simple styling, distinct if nothing else. I probably wouldn't come back for another 6 pack of this, but if it was on tap somewhere I would give it another shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:00:37 | More by mdunman
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Pale Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.