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Pale Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

tbryan5, May 19, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

lordofthewiens, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Kappakoosh
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Kappakoosh, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
2.03/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The Santa Fe Pale Ale poured a copper-orange with an thick and creamy off-white head that laced the glass.

The aroma was faint grassy hops, some fruity esters, and a bit of DMS that became more pronounced as the beer warmed.

The flavor was sweet malt and DMS with a very faint bitterness. It was medium-bodied and creamy, kind of nitro-like.

Overall, I didn't care for it. It was a little too sweet, displayed too much DMS, and not enough bitterness. It was a pretty bland pale ale and not very pleasant.

Beaver13, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Mora2000, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A darker yellow color, minimal head, but the lace did stick.

A sweeter pale ale, definitely in check, hopping came off more like a good pilsner. Maybe it was the light roast/malt bill. This was definitely a mild, but appreciable beer. Not much bitterness, a good pale for a hot day. Price was more than you'd think $8.

After having had these a few times, I notice wide variation, even within the same 6 pack of these beers. They're pretty much an English style ipa, but with Cascade hops as well.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a very hazy dark copper brown body with an orange glow of light at the base of the glass. There is a light tan head that is lumpy with some brown spots, possibly trub, floating on top. There is a strong carbonation of bubbles supporting it.

S- The green grassy smell of herbal hops is mixed in with a lightly toasted malt aroma that has a slight sweetness. There is a soft mint quality to the hops which is nice.

T- The sweetness of caramel has hints of biscuit malt in the background. There is a green grassy hop finish with some orange hard candy notes to it. Not much bitterness at all.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slightly creamy texture and a clean finish.

D- The malt flavors are stronger than the hops flavors but they both have good flavor. This beer has some nice subtle twist to the hops but they are still pretty muted.

rhoadsrage, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of LXIXME
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

LXIXME, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Santa Fe- Pale Ale

A- Good deep golden orange/ brown with a thick frothy heavy lacing head.
S- Light citrusy hops and a creamy caramel and bready maltiness.
T- Sweet malty crusty bread and caramel malt with a light touch of citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit,) hops. Hops are light and the malt is dominant.
M- Thick malt throughout with a mildly crisp hop touch.

Overall- An easy drinker but not overwhelming.

NJpadreFan, May 17, 2009
Photo of HerdNo1
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
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).

HerdNo1, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of aval89
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with a bright white 1.5 finger head.. Typical APA appearance

Smell: picking up caramel, toasted malts, little bready.. Just a bit of citrus notes showcasing the hop presence..

Taste: again more on the malty side.. Lots of caramel sweetness, burnt sugars, bit grainy. Finishes with a citrus hop finish. Bitter but just enough to call it bitter. As I keep sipping I'm picking up a pear flavor.. Quite interesting.

MF is light to medium bodied with good carbonation for the style..

This brew is quite easy to drink and can easily be a gateway into pale ales.
Sessionable as well

aval89, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

tjsdomer2, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of BeardedRiker
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured it looks decent enough. It's a light amber color and has an appetizing frothy-smooth head, but it dissipates quickly.

It smells like a hoppy Budweiser...maybe. I haven't had a Budweiser in awhile, but for some reason that's what my nose tells me.

As for taste, it's pretty bland in character. It's not interesting, even with the slight hoppiness, although it does go down smooth. The finish is a bit wheaty with a noticeable alcohol tang. Bottom line is, if you want a pale ale, stick with your Sierra Nevada. It's decent, but it's definitely forgettable.

BeardedRiker, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of CWVegas
4/5  rDev +14.9%

CWVegas, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of zachobrien
2.75/5  rDev -21%

zachobrien, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of kdoc8
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Catamount in Santa Fe, NM. It was a deep red color, which surprised me for a pale ale - I would have guessed it was a red by its color. It didn't have too much of a smell or a flavor. Mainly the flavor was of sweet hops - I found it to be very refreshing and drinkable.

kdoc8, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of mdunman
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

mdunman, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours sort of a peach tea color with 3 fingers of rocky sand colored head. Average lacing & above average head retention

S: Slight citirc hops presence

T: Citric hops (lemons & alittle grapefruit), plus some breadyness up front. Finishes dry with a lemony piney hop florish

MF: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. I figure it helps the hops pop

Drinks very easy, a nice simple, but enjoyable APA. Very pricey at $9 a sixer though

russpowell, May 23, 2007
Photo of bditty187
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy, coppery-gold in hue; there is a bronze highlight as well. The liquid looks good enough. The head was off-white. At the apex the foam was a healthy half finger in height. Head retention was decent. It was slow to fade to a soapy cap, thicker around the edge of the glass. The subsequent lacing was unorganized but fairly widespread. This beer is pleasant enough.

The nose lacks potency. I had to strain to detect a woody-orangey aroma. I found a kiss of caramel, toasted malt. The bouquet lacks depth and articulation. It is not inviting, regardless of style.

The palate isn’t too bad. The flavors a mild but there are a few layers of goodness. Bitterness is gentle but noticeable; it is mainly at the front. Woody. In the middle comes some peaches, oranges, and apricots. Nice. By the finish a smattering of malty goodness is detected, light caramel notes and some biscuit. In the aftertaste I could sense some pine. This is an APA? No. Is it English in nature? Not really. It is both and neither. It is simple but tasty. There isn’t much to this beer, I do like the fruitiness and I bet this beer would be tasty with nutty cheese.

Medium/medium-light in body. Low but natural carbonation; the mouthfeel is relaxing and pleasant. It fits this beer well.

Drinkable enough to finish my six-pack; I purchased it in Fort Collins. I never had a beer from New Mexico. Now I can say I have. There is little else about this beer that is noteworthy. It is not good or bad… just okay.

bditty187, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of TAMU99
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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!)

TAMU99, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of goochpunch
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a slightly orange-tinged golden color with a moderately sized white head that thins out. Smells of regular old pale base malt with some slightly citric hops and some earthy aromas from the hops. Flavor is overly sweet from the malt with a slight hop kick toward the end. What makes this interesting is the earthy hop flavors I get from this, whereas I'm so used to the typical citrus hop overload. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy but overall decent. Carbonation is nice. It pricks slightly, but still manages to please. The sweetness kills this for me drinkability-wise. Overall it has an interesting flavor, though.

goochpunch, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of Dibujob
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy copper with a thick, white head of foam.

S-very weak smell, I could barely detect any aroma at all.

T-Despite the complete lack of aroma, the taste was surprisingly delicious. Citrus hoppy notes nicely balance the hops. Definitely surpassed my expectations.

M-Pretty heavily carbed, but not unpleasant

D-Not too shabby. I could go through a few of these without complaint.

All in all I would buy this again.

Dibujob, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a rusty orange color with little head though the crown laced some. Some citrus with a grainy presence as well. Taste is rather unremarkable with the citrus and grains present along with some remote pine bitterness. Feels good and smooth along with some oiliness from hops. Overall a drinkable pale ale.

jacobseyb, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of BeerSox
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Hazy with a dark amber color, on the verge of brown. A light tan thick head lasts for a while with a little bit of brown yeast resting on top. Solid layers of lacing at the top, thinning toward the bottom as it turns into a mix of stringy and spotty lacing.

Very light aroma, with a little bit of the piney hops, but also some spice similar to allspice, with a little bit of a walnut smell.

Grainy malts with a little bit of an earthy nutty flavor. Some diacetyl makes its way through in the middle, with a little bit of hop bitterness showing up in the end. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish has a little bit of honey and hoppiness.

Bit of an odd American Pale Ale. No bad flavors, but the nut-like flavors are an unusual characterstic. When looking at the bottom of the bottle, there is a good amount of yeast sediment. I assume this is responsible for the earthy flavors such as the nut, butter, and honey.

BeerSox, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of maestrotmbg
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It flowed from the bottle, darker than copper, darker than expected from a pale ale. The svelte head lasted to the bottom of the glass. Only a hint of alcohol met the nose as the glass made its way to the lips. The lips, however, were thankful. Almost creamy and without the sharpness of your run of the mill pale ale. Light malt and even a hint of raspberry give it a well rounded good taste. (raspberry!?!) The finish was indeed abrupt - aburpt as the cliffs in the Santa Fe desert - there one moment and gone the next. The ale went down easy because of its smoothenss as well as its lack of finish. It was off the palete before the glass hit the table, prompting another taste.

maestrotmbg, Apr 02, 2003
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Pale Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.