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
Ratings: 182 | Reviews: 122 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of nloyless
nloyless

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-08-2012 05:21:10 | More by nloyless
Photo of StonedTrippin
StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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
Photo of netshark
netshark

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

09-02-2012 03:22:13 | More by netshark
Photo of Perducci
Perducci

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

08-22-2012 04:16:55 | More by Perducci
Photo of Beermazter310
Beermazter310

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

08-03-2012 21:21:09 | More by Beermazter310
Photo of harpus
harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-24-2012 13:29:13 | More by harpus
Photo of ucsbmullet
ucsbmullet

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-22-2012 00:53:36 | More by ucsbmullet
Photo of willmc
willmc

Oklahoma

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3/5  rDev -13.5%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-09-2012 13:12:37 | More by NSLPublishing
Photo of aschdave
aschdave

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

04-27-2012 18:32:58 | More by aschdave
Photo of Texasfan549
Texasfan549

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

04-03-2012 01:48:09 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of tjsdomer2
tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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
Photo of highfidelity
highfidelity

Indiana

4/5  rDev +15.3%

03-03-2012 00:56:17 | More by highfidelity
Photo of omegaman
omegaman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-15-2012 18:32:53 | More by omegaman
Photo of iSip
iSip

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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
Photo of Stoffel
Stoffel

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-07-2012 03:47:33 | More by Stoffel
Photo of kmckinnon87
kmckinnon87

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.5%

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

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Cause I do whatever I want. No date. Not even a batch number as far as I can tell.

Appearance - Pours two finger offwhite head with decent to good retention and low stick. Cloudy amber body.

Smell - Low moderate hop. Musky. Dry hay.

Taste - Grassy. Thinly alcoholic. Some light honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Dry astringent bitterness in the body. Fades to a balanced finish.

Overall Drinkability - Middle of the road. No major flaws, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 06:12:42 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of jenray
jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-10-2011 02:40:24 | More by jenray
Photo of mthomas84
mthomas84

California

4/5  rDev +15.3%

12-01-2011 23:21:45 | More by mthomas84
Photo of Tone
Tone

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper/gold color. 6/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus concentrate (kiwi?), earthy malt, wheat, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of wheat, yeast, citrus hops, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, feel, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 18:12:16 | More by Tone
Photo of TheBishopco
TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-27-2011 06:16:30 | More by TheBishopco
Photo of BuddyLoveFosho
BuddyLoveFosho

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-26-2011 18:30:54 | More by BuddyLoveFosho
Photo of dankster
dankster

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is slighty burnt orange with good amount of head and some sticky lace.

Smell is clean hops with some tropical fruit like smells and i pick up some apple as well

Taste is defiantly more apple than citrus. solid pale ale

Mouth is a medium body with dry finish

Overall a good offering from santa fe brew's and the price is right at 7.50 a sixer. nothing special but glad i tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 17:02:50 | More by dankster
Pale Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.