1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pale Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Pale AlePale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

182 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 182
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 182 | Reviews: 122 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jujubeast6000
jujubeast6000

Texas

1.65/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed 4/30/2007 (12oz bottle):

Pours an amber brown color, fizzy, slightly cloudy. Small head, whitish, diminishing. Good lacing. Somewhat hoppy bitter aroma, some malts. Bitter taste, sour, not a very clean aftertaste. Somewhat balancing of the sour with some malts. Letting warm up a bit...A little more mellow, but there goes the taste. Not that good of a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 18:17:36 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of mhaugo
mhaugo

California

2/5  rDev -42.4%

05-18-2014 05:37:56 | More by mhaugo
Photo of RedWeizen83
RedWeizen83

Texas

2/5  rDev -42.4%

06-08-2013 16:25:14 | More by RedWeizen83
Photo of Jspriest
Jspriest

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -42.4%

11-14-2011 17:36:56 | More by Jspriest
Photo of Belittle
Belittle

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -42.4%

07-14-2014 16:42:23 | More by Belittle
Photo of Beaver13
Beaver13

Colorado

2.03/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 05:38:27 | More by Beaver13
Photo of Onslow
Onslow

Texas

2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bought at kroger's super-mart day the M.A got home... pours with very little aroma... lacing is decent ... a simple,little dull but an easy going beer, a starter/novice brewsters.. is there a word less than pale?.... definetly not The Cat's Pajamas!!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 01:55:59 | More by Onslow
Photo of jpr022
jpr022

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
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
Photo of beeragent
beeragent

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep gold, forming a very thin head, that quickly faded, leaving medium rings of lace. The aroma is more malty than hoppy. Not what I expect a pale ale to smell like. Sweet smell, but not floral or fruity like the hops would give. The taste is also wrong for a pale ale. Very little hop presence, lacking in the sweet citrus flavor, and mostly dominated by a malty caramel taste. The mouthfeel is medium, being a little thicker for the style. Overall, I would have to say that this taste closer to a brown ale, than it does to a pale ale. Maybe I got a mislabeled bottle, but this is definitely not my idea of a pale ale. I guess I am more used to the style being more floral in aroma, and a heavier citrus flavor. This just may tell me, that I havent explored the whole spectrum of pale ales yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 07:34:53 | More by beeragent
Photo of JDV
JDV

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light burnt orange, cloudy and unfiltered. Lasting creamy, wet offwhite head. Lemony malt smell mostly. Taste is more malty, light oddly metallic tart bitterness. Not a very nice clean hop flavor, but not terrible. Somewhat bland, stagnant flavor almost. A bit below average pale.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 22:16:36 | More by JDV
Photo of zachobrien
zachobrien


2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

06-16-2014 21:40:48 | More by zachobrien
Photo of Celtics76
Celtics76

Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

08-03-2013 23:10:47 | More by Celtics76
Photo of bditty187
bditty187

Nebraska

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 01:54:05 | More by bditty187
Photo of denver10
denver10

Kentucky

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
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 CCutch
CCutch

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -13.5%

08-06-2013 02:45:48 | More by CCutch
Photo of Beerbuddha
Beerbuddha

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a hazy orange color with a nice white head which stuck arund for the party a bit. Not a very hoppy smell at all. Maybe a hint of breadiness but overall not much aroma to speak of. The taste was a bit lackig as well. A weak taste of hops with a tin taste as well. Slight bitterness present. The mouthfeel was medium body but a little watery. Carbonation was not all that high. Overall an average beer. Not bad but not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 14:24:49 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of heath1agnew
heath1agnew

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance- ok i thought this brew looked great got a fluffy head the retained great. lacing stuck to the glass, with a somewhat great golden color.

smell- smelled a little bit of hops and a touch of citrus.

taste and mouthfeel- ....fell short for me...although i got hops in the smell i didn't really get it in the taste very much but i did pick up a little bit of citrus. mouthfeel wasn't too bad.

drinkability- descent drinkability.

this is just not what i expected from a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 14:51:15 | More by heath1agnew
Photo of Wasatch
Wasatch

Utah

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to slcbrewer for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark orange color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy head, no lacing at all. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, and some caramel. The taste is malty, hoppy, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not bad, but would not seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 02:52:22 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3/5  rDev -13.5%

07-01-2012 00:19:28 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
Photo of jenray
jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-10-2011 02:40:24 | More by jenray
Photo of kmckinnon87
kmckinnon87

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-15-2011 03:02:43 | More by kmckinnon87
Photo of AlaskanYoung
AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -13.5%

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

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: snifter. nice rich copper color, mostly reddish hues. slight off-white head. good lacing and a rather nice retention.

S: i get tons of crystal malts in this. light hop aroma. tons of caramel. some fruit tons, mostly apples.

T: nice caramel malts with some apple flavors. very light citrus flavors form the hops. a little on the sweet side.

M: medium bodied. decent carbonation. a little bland, but its not too weak on the palate.

D: not a bad APA, but it could be better. more malt flavors than hops which turned me off a little bit. its OK but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 05:25:20 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of lordofthewiens
lordofthewiens

Maine

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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
Photo of kmeves
kmeves

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber with a lasting frothy tan head. Aroma is lightly sweet, very faint citrus and caramel. Flavor is much more pronounced with nice grapefruit and caramel up front and a more floral finsh. Medium bodied, big carbonation brings out a prickliness that is undesireable in the style. Finishes short, dry and somewhat bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 14:23:37 | More by kmeves
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Pale Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.