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Black IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Black IPABlack IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 12-04-2012

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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 30
Photo of mr-jj
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz can.

Color is dark brown/black with a thick frothy tan head. Retention is decent, lacing is word-class. Every sip is outlined. Smell is a lot of citrus hops along with some roasted malt, some chocolate and maybe even some coffee. Taste is similar - very rich tasting with a lot of hop presence, but significant roasted flavors as well. I really like this style. Body is medium with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a well made beer that I would be happy to drink again.

Photo of jmbranum
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwbetts
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aphamer
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kermitthefrayer
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a nice clear dark brown in color, not black and has a tall thin head that settles quickly leaving a thin lacing down the glass.

The nose is smokey and tart with notes of earth, grass, pine vanilla, camphor and dark chocolate.

The taste is fairly good with a nice crisp and bitter that last from start to finish that has notes of dark chocolate, coffee, grass, pine, dry malt and nutmeg.

The mouthfell is a tad watery but acceptable.

Overall this is a good and drinkable beer. I am definitely enjoying it.

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donspublic
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mrose78
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of toothirsty
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewqueno
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mphis
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rootscipio
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCondor
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I scored this as a free sample from the store I usually stop at. When you spend a lot of money in a particular store, they hold things behind the counter for you. They had one six pack of this, so I got one for free. Awfully nice of them. Side poured with standard vigor from the can into the Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - First, I love the packaging. The silver and black are classically cool, with the New Mexico state emblem on the front making it even cooler. I am impressed by that. Furthermore, it pours a nice black color with a two finger that, while quickly dissipating, leaves some filthy lacing that lasts throughout the beer. I like it.

Smell - Smells like your standard IPA fare, although it is classified as a black ale. As would be expected the hops are the biggest presence, although unlike most IPA's there is a good smattering of caramel, roastiness, and a bit of chocolate in the background. Its almost like they hopped a thin porter.

Taste - Well balanced, with the hops washing the palate but being balanced out by the roastiness and caramel flavoring. Nothing amazing, but it is a good drink.

Mouthfeel - Finishes with a sweetness, a bit of caramel at the back of the drink that is a bit of surprise. Pretty thin, finishes smooth and clean. No hint of the alcohol content.

Overall - This is a decent beer. I cannot decide if it tastes like a thin, hopped porter or an IPA turned black with a bit of caramel and roastiness. There is nothing that stands out about this beer, but it is good, worth a try.

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer4B
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JISurfer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Black IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.