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Pale Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.39%
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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prsguitarsr4me

New York

4.6/5  rDev +32.6%

Man I love this beer -- one of my all time favorite session beers. I've been in Santa Fe all summer drinking this stuff (and some other very good Santa Fe Brewing ales), and I just opened up a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: I prefer the Santa Fe -- more interesting character and much more flavor. Sierra Nevada is another one of my favorites, but the Santa Fe is awesome! I'm buying a few cases ($20 a case) and driving them back to NY and I can't wait to show more people this beer.

08-01-2009 01:27:28 | More by prsguitarsr4me
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aschdave

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

04-27-2012 18:32:58 | More by aschdave
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rtrasr

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

05-06-2014 00:48:42 | More by rtrasr
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tswater

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

01-08-2013 19:42:46 | More by tswater
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Bobikel

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +20.5%

Appearance - Pourd a cloudy amber with little bits of yeast floating around. Didn't realise this was bottle conditioned. A smooth head built up to around 1 inch and slowly receded leaving gobs of lace in its wake.

Smell - Bitter/soapy hops dominate, with just a touch of maltiness underlying. Almost lager like?

Taste - A delicate dance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness forms quite quickly, with the hops winning just after swallow. Piney, earthy, and quite good.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a prickly carbonation.

Drinkability - This was a nice addition to my local liquor store, it is very drinkable and highly refreshing.

04-24-2007 03:07:43 | More by Bobikel
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beeritron

California

4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

A big, off-white foamy head starts off Santa Fe Pale Ale. The color is a medium copper that is slightly hazy with a noticeable effervescence. The foamy head diminishes slowly leaving immediate lacing at the top of the glass. A fresh hop smell with notes of citrus and pine is apparent, as well as a slight malt aroma. A minimal yeast smell is apparent, as well. The first sip of this beer leaves foam on the upper lip and is sweet with hints of grapefruit. A nice bitterness works well with the maltiness to create a nice haromony of ingredients. As the beer is drunk, the head stays around leaving heavy lacing on the inside of the glass. There is also a rye taste just after the swallow. Santa Fe Pale Ale has a medium mouthfeel with an assertive carbonation level. Drinkability is good. I really like this pale ale. It is a very good representation of the style.

01-14-2008 14:36:57 | More by beeritron
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Realale

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +16.7%

Clear medium gold, with a touch of bronze. Bright white fine head settles to a thin cap.

Nice slightly fruity juicy hops lead the nose, with a good underlayment of citrus. The malt is apparent, and firmly in the cracker department, with a touch of biscuit. Everything is well-balanced, with the hops taking an appropriate leading role.

Well balanced again in the mouth, where the juicyness of the hops flavors blends very well with the malt. Nice length, finishing with a good snap of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is okay, with sufficient richness to balance the bitterness. Very drinkable, and an excellent companion to the local chile-rich cuisine. I drank a ton of this during my visit to Santa Fe.

11-01-2007 15:48:13 | More by Realale
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +15.3%

(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.

07-31-2008 21:21:39 | More by rhoadsrage
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CWVegas

Nevada

4/5  rDev +15.3%

10-25-2013 01:19:09 | More by CWVegas
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-27-2011 06:16:30 | More by TheBishopco
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Michaeldmanley

Texas

4/5  rDev +15.3%

08-15-2014 04:05:24 | More by Michaeldmanley
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highfidelity

Indiana

4/5  rDev +15.3%

03-03-2012 00:56:17 | More by highfidelity
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BuddyLoveFosho

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-26-2011 18:30:54 | More by BuddyLoveFosho
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mthomas84

California

4/5  rDev +15.3%

12-01-2011 23:21:45 | More by mthomas84
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EdTheEdge

California

4/5  rDev +15.3%

08-16-2014 23:42:38 | More by EdTheEdge
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zeff80

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%

Courtesy of my brother-in-law and his trip to Lincoln, NE.

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a good deal of carbonation and a bubbly, off-white, two-finger head.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and grasses. Also, some floral notes.

T - It tasted of citrus and roasted malt. The hops provided some nice bitterness.

M - It was crisp and quite sharp. Medium-bodied and easy drinking.

D - This is a nice APA. I really enjoyed my first beer from New Mexico.

06-26-2008 01:31:21 | More by zeff80
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endincolorado

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

06-11-2011 02:45:12 | More by endincolorado
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Spider889

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%

First beer I had when I made my trip out to NM earlier this year. A classic pale ale with some West Coast influence.

Nice golden color, very clear and well carbonated.

Smells of crisp, clean hops. not much malt in the nose.
The taste is much the same. Reminds me of the hoppy, light bodied west coast IPA's. Lots of dry piney bitterness.

Easy drinking, this one is very sessionable, even if not particularly unique or captivating. In the heat of the desert, I'd be drinking this frequently.

09-24-2010 03:50:45 | More by Spider889
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours a hazy amberish copper color with a nice thicket of beige colored foam. Little bit of floaters. Sediment left in the bottle. Smells about as hoppy as an IPA, but the hop character is sweeter. Tastes rather sweet, too. Sweetened iced tea maltiness with a good hop profile. Very drinkable. Glad my friend shared a lot of what he brought back from a road trip.

02-25-2004 21:58:19 | More by crookedhalo
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allengarvin

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%

12-oz bottle, served in a chalice glass. Pours a brownish amber color, quite hazy, though with a nice fluffy head and moderate lacing. Malty, nutty aroma with pine-resin hop notes. Bread-like malt flavor initially, with just on the high side of moderate bitterness, but lots of hops flavor, resinous & earthy. Finishes with a clean maltiness. Texture is creamy and smooth.

More of a British pale ale than American, with a good malt profile and restrained bitterness. Not bad.

08-16-2006 01:35:13 | More by allengarvin
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weltywm

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

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

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

To me this is a strange pale ale. It has all the characteristics of maybe Sierra Nevada, but the taste is different.

Has a darker golden color to it, a little cloudy. A head that dissipates quickly but leaves considerable lacing.

Smells of hops and a little sweetness, but not a whole lot.
Tastes like I ate a hop! Not as bitter as some of the most hoppy beers, but definitely the taste of what I imagined a hop to taste like. Refreshing but leaves just enough of that taste in my mouth that I would not mind having another.

10-21-2009 03:07:42 | More by Spineypanda
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

This one pours from 12oz bottle a clear medium gold with a medium sized head of foam that shrinks slowly but hangs around as a solid layer for the entire session and it has some good lacing.

The smell is a delicate hoppy. I get notes of grapefruit.

The taste on first sip has a grassy flavour to it with just a hint of the grapefruit I noted in the nose. Further sips in and more of the same with *some* malt sweetness and graininess and even some honey in the background giving this Pale Ale some good balance and the mouthfeel is quite good. Pretty good stuff, I'd say.

The finish is on the dry side and it has a nice aftertaste. Solid example of the style, in my book.

I just poured the last bit from the bottle and now, it takes on a cloudy appearance(there was some sediment at the bottom) and the taste shifts a bit more to the malty side and that just adds to my appreciation of this Ale. Yum.

Bottom line: A darn good Pale Ale that fans of the style should find tasty enough to warrant a repurchase.. I'd buy it again, no question about it.

04-22-2007 14:27:32 | More by Bitterbill
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

10-14-2012 00:32:09 | More by StonedTrippin
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours copper with a thin white head that descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of caramel with underlying citric/touch of lemon.

The taste is of citric bitterness intermingling with sweet caramelish malt. Lemony, slightly piney. Well-balanced between bitter and sweet with the sweetness winning out by a hair in the finish. I was between two scores on the taste, but it's one of those that grow tastier as it progresses, leading me to give it the higher score.

The feel is smooth in a medium body. Nice texture.

A nice, well-balanced easy "session" pale ale. Mild, but tasty.

05-11-2007 03:35:31 | More by jwc215
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Pale Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.