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Irish Red Ale - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Irish Red AleIrish Red Ale

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LXIXME on 06-01-2012)
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

thufflife, Jul 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

PJSamora, Jul 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

miggs3030, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Pens1967, Jun 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

afsdan, Jun 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

animal69, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

ubenumber2, May 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

sd123, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

EgadBananas, May 12, 2014
Photo of Mikecap
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a short whitish head, some noticeable lacing.

S: Mostly sweet malt, some caramel and toffee, not really a ton going on here.

T: Malty with very little hoppy character...some caramel, a bit of spice, but otherwise not a ton.

M: Light to medium bodied and clean with low carbonation and bitterness.

O: Meh, I don't drink the style often so I'm not the best judge but I didn't particularly care for this. Overly malty to me and doesn't really do much for me.

Mikecap, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of jordanmckell
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jordanmckell, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown/red color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight hop, sweet malt, slight dry hop, hint of pale malt, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of hop, slight caramel malt, and a hint of spice. Overall, good appearance and aroma, but the body is dominated by the malts so that the blend is overly sweet.

Tone, Mar 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

MickeyMonk, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of StaveHooks
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can to IPA glass

A - Dark russet brown with a firm tan cap. Average retention with some clingy lacing.

S - Nutty grains, dark cocoa, dark toffee, pine hops, hints of citrus. Not sweet.

T - Follows the nose with a hefty toasted grain bill being front and center. Some metal notes when cold but fade as it warms. Earthy pine adds some edge to the burnt caramel malts. Nutty yeast, strong black tea, hints of orange, the malt is sweet but the hops and toasted notes really dry out the beer. A bitterness grows and finishes dry with tannins and roasted grain left on the palate.

M - Medium weight, smooth body, has a little heft for the style which is welcomed.

A solid little Irish red. I view this style as lackluster, and although this beer misses a few marks for the style it has some flavor and body that I typically don't get with Irish reds. Sante Fe has never wowed me but I continue to buy their beers because their priced right and I honestly haven't had a bad beer from them.

StaveHooks, Mar 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

EF4, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent copper/crimson with 2+ fingers of khaki colored head. Pretty nice lace & head retention

S: Caramel maltyness & leafy hops, some metallic notes as well; pear notes.

T: Pears, leafy hops, & dryness up front. More pears, a touch of caramel & dryness once warm. Finishes dry with pears & touch of grassy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, could've used a little more malt backbone

Drinks fairly easy, not in my wheelhouse, but fairly spot-on style-wise; not a bad session beer, but nothing to get excited about. I put this about middle of the pack for the style & the first canned offering I've come across other than Killians. I can knock back a couple before wanting something more interesting

russpowell, Feb 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

bump8628, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Santa Fe Irish Red Ale has a thick, somewhat soapy, cream-colored head, a mostly clear (with a slight haze), rust-red appearance, lots of bubble streams, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is not too strong, but one can detect sweet, bready, crusty malt, and a slight citrus note. Taste is of all of those elements, with a noticeable tannin quality. Bitterness is low. The mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit soft, and Santa Fe Irish Red Ale finishes refreshing, easy-going, and delicious. I recommend checking this one out!


RonaldTheriot, Feb 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Texasfan549, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the source, Santa Fe Brewing.

A- Finger thick, frothy and persistent head... Chewy-looking head... Dark amber color, almost brown and nearly opaque...

S- sweet malt, molasses, slight graininess and earthy hops

T- very sweet and creamy... Blend of sweet malt and citrusy hops at the finish... Dessert-like...

M- Very creamy and thick-bodied with a slightly carbonated feel... Malty until a dry, mild hop finish...

It's a tasty and enjoyable beer. I liked the creamy sweetness of it all.

ONovoMexicano, Feb 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

jewellrunner, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

craigmj7, Jul 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

BrockLanders, Jun 08, 2013
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Irish Red Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.