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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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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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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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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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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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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brought to me in a pseudo-pint glass a mostly clear, dark gold/light copper color.

Nose is caramel malts with a bit of cotton candy sweetness and mild grassy hops. Bit of taffy in here too.

Taste is rather sweet and fruity with a saltwater taffy flavor. Different for a pale ale, for sure. Has a passable amount of grassy hop flavor and bitterness but does not quite come together. Earthy and sweet, my palate goes back and forth on this one - maybe it is the fruitiness, kind of a green grape vinous acidity. It's ok at best, probably wont buy again...seems to be a common theme for SFBC beers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 01:10:04 | More by twiggamortis420
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smanders

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the tap at The Shed in Santa Fe.

Appearance - golden orange with a thin head. Not much lacing.

Smell - citrus hops and sweet honey.

Taste - citrus (lemons), pine (a little bit) and a touch of sweet malt.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied.

Drinkability - Although not as much bite as some APAs, this beer is very palatable. I'd compare it to a Fat Tire mixed with a SN Torpedo. Goes well with food or on it's own. Too bad we can't get it in the East.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2009 20:22:18 | More by smanders
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden caramel orange hue, crystal clear with a two-finger bright white heavily-carbonated soda-like head. despite looks, impressive retention and decent frothy lacing to the bottom.

aroma is citrusy, a bit bready, and a bit of light yeast. relatively subtle. a bit of herbal/medicinal hops. not bad. not memorable.

bready, doughy, and yeasty with some green veggie hops, a bit of herbal hops, and a citrusy grapefruit finish. nothing unique but certainly nothing off here. an average solid, clean, fairly west-coast-ish ipa flavor wise.

carbonation seems a tad high, but not way over the top. smooth and a bit creamy, just a bit slick... fairly full for a pale, but certainly palatable.

All in all, not a bad brew. if this was all I had, I'd be happy. nothing astounding, nothing terribly unique, but definitely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2009 22:14:18 | More by djeucalyptus
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the one this brewery is most famous for. The liquid was a copper color with some orange highlights when held to light and a khaki colored head. Lots of visible carbonation rising in it. The aroma was herbal and hoppy with hints of mint and sweetness. The flavors were at first sweet, caramel malt and some fruit followed by some green hops and citrus hops. Very little bitterness for a Pale Ale. The mouthfeel was average, slightly creamy and the carbonation on par with a clean finish. Sessionable to be certain but by no means remarkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2008 03:10:59 | More by thekevlarkid
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Realale

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Austria

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Read other reviews for details on this beer, I just want to mention something I found distinct about this brew. It has a skunky german pilsner taste, like that found in Jever or Bitburger, hidden under the APA formula. The brewers attribute this to the yeast they use. The spin of flavor is well worth seeking this brew out

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2007 22:53:31 | More by Zasty
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kdoc8

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2007 17:08:11 | More by kdoc8
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Wolfsdenbrew

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale, golden-orange almost a light amber with a huge off-white head. Moderate lacing and tiny bubbles rising throught the entire experience.

Aroma was full of citrusy hops, honey and a bit of lemon.

Flavor consisted of pine, citrus and a bit of a sweet malt backbone.

Light to medium body with a good carbonation level.

Refreshing pale ale that would be fantastic if it had a bit more of a hop bite in the finish and a bit more fresh hop smell and flavor. but overall enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2006 11:05:20 | More by Wolfsdenbrew
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at their brewpub in Santa Fe. It looked nice, a cloudy copper color with a nice white head. The nose was nice; a citrus hop at first then sweet molasses-like malt. The flavor is a bit more on the sweet malty side, but there is a nice citrus hop flavor and a slight piney bitter bite at the end. It has a medium-light body, with good carbonation. This is one of the better APA's I've had. Looking at the other reviews I think getting this at the source is the way to go.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2006 02:34:18 | More by orsulacp
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Morris729

Texas

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

Pours a hazy orange brown color with a short white head. Nose is fruity hops and sweet malt but is a bit subdued. Taste begins with a sugary sweetness (touch of corn syrup?) followed by fresh fruity hop flavors with notes of orange, grapefruit, and a bit of lemon. A decent enough pale ale that paired very well with chips and fresh salsa. Sampled at Rancho de Chimayo in Chimayo, NM.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2005 01:07:14 | More by Morris729
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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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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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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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Pale Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.