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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: 2 | 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:
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(Beer added by: LXIXME on 06-01-2012)
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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 kvgomps
3/5  rDev -16.4%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of MickeyMonk
3/5  rDev -16.4%

MickeyMonk, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of miggs3030
3/5  rDev -16.4%

miggs3030, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice foam-up in the tall Witbier glass. Certainly on the red side of brown. Spritzy on the tongue.

Seems really heavy with the earthy taste. Kind of dank for the modest hoppiness. Light bodied. Not a hint of malty sweetness, though it's not really tart. Just dry. There is a flash of roasted malt in between the dirt and darkness. Aftertaste of bitter nut shells.

A nice mouthful of suds, but the flavor is bitter water with some dried mushrooms. I'll call it average for the style, but don't ask me to drink it. From the 12 oz can bought at the Grapevine in Denver.

mactrail, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Basoos1
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of animal69
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

animal69, May 29, 2014
Photo of jklecko2
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

jklecko2, May 20, 2013
Photo of EF4
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

EF4, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Tsrohnek
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Tsrohnek, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

EgadBananas, May 12, 2014
Photo of craigmj7
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

craigmj7, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

zeff80, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of nzerbe
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

nzerbe, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of jordanmckell
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jordanmckell, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Texasfan549, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

afsdan, Jun 18, 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
Photo of chugalug06
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Loose tan fluffy head pours on top of a blood red brew, great clarity, but spotty lacing.

Very malty with slight citrus, but nothing major. Almost has a coffee twang..

Very light, dry, and sessionable. Nice medium carbonation with no bitterness and syrup-y aftertaste. Very enjoyable. Deep caramel flavors bury most other flavors.

Slight mess of a brew with no commanding flavors, but another solid offering from SFBC. Keep em' coming!

chugalug06, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can that I got a case of for cheap. Dark red-brown color, good head. Smells super malty, not bad. Flavor is robust and malty, cereal, sort of surprising given the abv. Good session beer even though its a little darker in color. Santa Fe makes some pretty decent beer.

ArrogantB, Aug 25, 2012
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
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
Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another can courtesy of the creator of the can quest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty mahogany color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts. Taste is caramel malts, a bit of hops, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

tone77, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of BrockLanders
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

BrockLanders, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

sd123, May 18, 2014
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Irish Red Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.