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Pale Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

Pale AlePale Ale

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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2002)
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Reviews by hustlemuscle:
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3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick head, solid looking. Clear gold,with lots of suspended particles. Smells a bit pilsnery, with a touch of fruit. A little plain, somewhat mealy, mostly fruity. Very subdued hop presence, but overall not too bad, but not too memorable either. Drinkable, but not all that often. Maybe fresher would help, although there was no date on my bottle that I could find.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 01:55:42 | More by hustlemuscle
More User Reviews:
Photo of Ozzylizard


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
Photo of Fwai


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

03-26-2014 00:19:01 | More by Fwai
Photo of weltywm


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
Photo of AlaskanYoung


3/5  rDev -14%

01-27-2014 22:32:29 | More by AlaskanYoung
Photo of kvgomps


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

01-22-2014 01:50:49 | More by kvgomps
Photo of rorjets


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

01-12-2014 14:15:08 | More by rorjets
Photo of tubeyes


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

12-29-2013 08:04:41 | More by tubeyes
Photo of BillRoth


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-28-2013 22:26:22 | More by BillRoth
Photo of Lovely85


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-26-2013 06:37:38 | More by Lovely85
Photo of nickfl


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-26-2013 05:23:55 | More by nickfl
Photo of Kappakoosh


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

12-26-2013 02:40:36 | More by Kappakoosh
Photo of johnmichaelsen


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
Photo of Gerred


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

11-16-2013 04:39:23 | More by Gerred
Photo of 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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4/5  rDev +14.6%

10-25-2013 01:19:09 | More by CWVegas
Photo of mjurney


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

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

Bready, some citrus, earthy.

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

It's a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

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


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
Photo of Phramboise


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

09-25-2013 02:55:18 | More by Phramboise
Photo of denver10


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
Photo of 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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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

08-09-2013 23:58:42 | More by WreckingBrew
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

08-06-2013 19:59:08 | More by Sludgeman
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3/5  rDev -14%

08-06-2013 02:45:48 | More by CCutch
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Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

08-03-2013 23:10:47 | More by Celtics76
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Pale Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.