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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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Photo of nzerbe
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

nzerbe, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of fatmusic14
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

fatmusic14, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Pinche_Oso
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Pinche_Oso, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

NorCalYeti, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of tswater
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

tswater, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Nizzle913
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Nizzle913, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of rodlavers
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

rodlavers, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Poppajack
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Poppajack, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of nloyless
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

nloyless, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of netshark
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

netshark, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Perducci
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Perducci, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Beermazter310
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Beermazter310, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

harpus, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of ucsbmullet
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

ucsbmullet, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of willmc
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%

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!

willmc, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Ispeakforthetrees, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of NSLPublishing
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

NSLPublishing, May 09, 2012
Photo of aschdave
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

aschdave, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Texasfan549, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

tjsdomer2, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of highfidelity
4/5  rDev +15.3%

highfidelity, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of omegaman
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

omegaman, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of iSip
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

iSip, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
Pale Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.