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Black IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

Black IPABlack IPA

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BA SCORE
84
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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 12-04-2012)
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marzenfannm

New Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Impressive head with staying power. Deep black color. Not a strong aroma ... Neutral. Well balanced flavor. No strong aftertaste. I'd buy again.

[I am copying these notes over from RateBeer ... it does not require as long of review. I tasted this some time ago so I can't add anything.]

Serving type: can

03-31-2014 01:47:12 | More by marzenfannm
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Santa Fe Black IPA has a thick, soapy, beige head, a dark, red-brown appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is very noticeably citrusy, with some background bread crust and malt. Taste is of roasted grain, citrus, hop resin, chocolate, some bitterness, and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, and Santa Fe Black IPA finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and not the least bit alchohilic. Overall, I like it and recommend it!

RJT

Serving type: can

02-09-2014 16:14:43 | More by RonaldTheriot
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lordofstarside

Nevada

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can to a pint glass, don't see any dates

I swear each one of these has exploded all over my hands each time I've opened one. Pours black with red hues and a pretty high transparency, moderate carbonation, and two fingers of head that aren't going anywhere. Lacing is good, if only it were darker

Smells of grapefruit, pine, and lemon upfront for the hops. Really strong chocolate and coffee notes with caramel notes. Finishes with a light scent of alcohol, definitely a black ipa

Taste falls short of the aroma. The hops aren't as strong but still exhibit the citrus character in the smell. The malts are a lot more powerful but don't meld as well, heavy chocolate and coffee none the less. Finishes with just a bit of alcohol

Feel is a moderate/thick body with a dry finish. Moderately bitter, pretty drinkable

Overall this stuff is okay, unless I was looking for a black ipa to take on trips outdoors I don't think pay another $10 for a sixer though

Serving type: can

01-31-2014 01:50:52 | More by lordofstarside
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sevopie

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this one up to give it a try based on the quality of Happy Camper, and as someone mentioned - these cans stand out sitting on the shelf.

First impressions are mixed, the head looks full with good lacing, but this beer is clearly not black, its the first Black IPA (why are we still calling them this?) that I can see through. Hints of roasted cereal and a touch of pine cones.

The taste is where this beer begins to fully unravel for me. The flavor has no real direction to it, I get blasts of burnt malt, lemon, pine, and it finishes with a mildly sour/tangy flavor that does not mesh with the roasted (burnt) malt flavors at all.

One of the more redeeming aspects of this beer is the mouthfeel, it is very creamy and full bodied, with a pleasing amount of carbonation. If only the flavors it emphasized lived up to the body, they might be on to something.

Overall this is not a beer I could recommend to friends based on this example. Its not a terrible beer, but the lack of cohesion between the flavors leave me wanting more.

Serving type: can

01-07-2014 02:17:27 | More by sevopie
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delta490

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-deep almost black with a ruby hue. Creamy tan head with nice retention and lacing

S-roast malt and grapefruit and pine hops

T- deep malt flavors balance well against the hops

M- smooth with a slight hops bite/crisp finish

O- a great black IPA with a good malt/hops balance

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 19:06:01 | More by delta490
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Auraan

Arizona

4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brownish black with a one finger tan head that receded to a ring of off-white leaving no lacing. It looks quite nice, very true to style. Scents of citrus pith, grapefruit, pine resin, some faint roasted malt and faint hints of alcohol. Very nice, a very IPA aroma, with some roasted character true to a black ale. Flavors of bitter citrus pith, grapefruit, pine resin, some woody flavors, roasted malt, all present throughout the sip. Some alcohol appears as the beer warms. Some hop spiciness and faint brown sugar sweetness. Hop bitterness is fairly high and abundunt, balanced by some nice roasted malt flavors. Quite nice, rather bitter, roasty and hop forward, I like it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly chalky, resinous, with a semi-drying finish. Very easy to drink, with the drying quality urging you to sip more. Overall this is quite a nice black IPA, quite bitter and hoppy with a nice citrus forward aroma. The roasted character enhances the bitterness and adds a bit of depth. The sweetness balances things and makes the flavor excellent. Its quite the nice black IPA.

Serving type: can

11-28-2013 06:44:11 | More by Auraan
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Have had this several times before, but this review is for a pint at the brewery yesterday (11/15/13).

The beer is jet black with three fingers of khaki-colored head. There is abundant lacing.

The smell is piney and hoppy, resinous and floral.

The tastes I detect are burnt coffee, chocolate, piney hops, caramel and toffee.

The beer has a big body, a powerful hop profile and a heavy mouthfeel that requires that one drink slowly. Despite the bitter dryness, the chocolate and coffee notes smooth out the finish. Overall, good but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 06:35:08 | More by ONovoMexicano
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to StonedTrippin for throwing this one into our box…finally getting around to loading it up. It pours the color of black raspberries, sporting a one and a half finger head of creamy, soapy beige bubbles, showing nice retention. Chunky beehive lacing is left around the glass as it fizzes away at a medium pace. No haze cuts clarity, but tiny flecks of sediment are noted here and there. Carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is fresh with earthy and starkly piney hops, nectarine and pineapple fruitiness, bubblegum esters, seashore saltiness, light chalkiness, stinging medicinal phenols, fresh vanilla bean, root beer sugars, wintergreen, and curious pseudo-cedar woodiness, along top a base of brown, roasted chocolate, and pale malts. Our first impression is that the hops translate well into the flavoring, keeping things fresh, while some of the other components, like this strong metallic character, fall a bit out of balance. As we sip, the taste opens with lemon, mustiness, black and brown malt sourness, herbal, citric, and piney hoppiness, plastics and medicinals, pale malt crispness and lightness, tins, and thick caramel sugars. Peaking through the middle are citric and piney hops, bubblegum esters, chalky yeastiness, darkly roasted and soured brown malts, continued pale cleanliness, campfire smokiness, cedar, green grass oils, and earthen, herbal mineral. The end comes with chalk, chlorinated pool water, tinny metallics, soured brown and chocolate malts, tomato acidity, hop bitterness of herbal and piney varietals, white sugar sweetness, foamy plastics, mild airs of ethanol, white flour tortillas, and sap-laden pine cones. The aftertaste breathes of citric and piney hops, lemon rind bitters, chlorine and light plastics, sunflower seed saltiness, mulch and mud, faint soaps, black pepper spiciness, granite, pine needle and sap bitterness, bark and moss, cardboard, smoky and roasty grain, and mango fruitiness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is cooled and coated, with light tannic dryness, and eventual boozy puck that warms the drinker down to their belly. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks great.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. Here we get all the fruity, hoppy, roasty, organic components that make this style so unique and so freshly approachable. With warmth these only develop further, adding bright green plant qualities to an already authentically herbal base. The sweetness of the hops strikes just the right balance through the flavor with its malty counterpart, finding inarguably tasty and drinkable synergy. This may seem like your random, off-the-rack affair, but you will find nothing but a smooth drinking, robustly flavored, wonderfully aromatic beverage that will be wishing you had just one more to finish the night off with.

Serving type: can

08-10-2013 02:59:31 | More by TheBrewo
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TheBeerDog

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass, ordered at Alamo Draft House in San Antonio. I tried ordering the Happy Camper, which had for the first time and enjoyed several weeks ago. Since they were out of Happy Camper, the waitress recommended the Black IPA. This was a enjoyable beer, and goes down very smooth for a beer with an ABV of 7.1%.

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 15:35:48 | More by TheBeerDog
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mdcrouser

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gotta say - I do like these cans. They stand out and are easy to find on the shelf, making an impressive entrance into a new market.

Creamy tan head stands a finger thick. Depending on the light in the room, you might mistake this for black. But it's closer to a dark brown, as there are hints of red near the bottom of the glass and it comes across a tick less imposing than a deep black would. Layer on layer on layer of lace all the way down the glass.

Vegetation and spice in the hops comes through to the nose, with a faint backdrop of maltiness. Not as much as I'd expect, but enough to let you know it exists.

Heavily hopped - lots of greenery, coupled with copious amounts of spice.

Big, round in the mouth, smooth and delivering the full wave of hops in its breadth. Slaps the tongue a bit, with somewhat heavy-handed and one-leveled hops.

Good, not great. Ripe with hops if that's the only thing you're after.

Serving type: can

03-04-2013 04:06:11 | More by mdcrouser
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ajd413

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Great deep black color and pleasant hop aroma. First sip, it's a bit thin and not as hoppy as I had hoped. It's balanced but short of the mark for the style. More of a black pale rather than IPA. The roast malt is definitely more prominent than the hops but not in a bad way. The mild sweetness pairs well with the gentle bitterness of the hops and overall, it's a fine beer but nothing spectacular

Serving type: can

02-14-2013 02:58:28 | More by ajd413
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beergoot

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Piney and citrus aroma emanates from the black-bodied beer with a faint trace of malt grains in the background. A rich, chunky, foamy head sits atop the beer. A pretty good dark grain, roasted malt flavor rides beneath a beautiful and bold hop bitterness. The body feels medium-light, clean and dry, a bit effervescent on the tongue.

Nice layers of flavor and complexity in this one. Very pleasing to the eyes, nose, and palate. Well worth checking out...

Serving type: can

02-08-2013 01:50:42 | More by beergoot
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a scarlet tinged mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Roastyness, some fig, leafy hops & a whisper of brown bread

T: Roastyness, a bit of carob, woody hops, & a little grapefruit up front, plus some coffee. Roastyness continues as this warms, faint figgyness plus herbal & woody hops, then a smidge of cocoa. Finishes roasty, somewhat dry, woody with some dark fruittyness & grapefruit coming through

MF: Medium body with firm carbonation, skews slightly malty

Very easy to drink, not the best Black Ale out there, but this would do in a pinch. I wish it was as good & hop forward as their IPA

Serving type: can

02-06-2013 03:42:29 | More by russpowell
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a pretty solid black color with a fine-bubbled brown head. Nice retention and lacing...so far, so good.

Nose has tons of bright pine and citrus hops with a hefty dose of roast, licorice and dark chocolate. The parts sound like they would add up to greatness, but the various parts clash a bit, for me anyway.

This one has about equal parts hops and malt. The hop flavors and bitterness are both bold. The malts lean a bit more roasty than chocolate which kinds of piles on top of the hop bitterness. I really enjoyed the Happy Camper IPA from SFBC, but this one is not quite as tasty. I tend to like my Black IPAs a little more chocolate leaning with more emphasis on hop flavoring than the bitterness. Its not bad though, Santa Fe has put out some pretty tasty stuff in the fast 3 or 4 years.

Serving type: can

02-02-2013 00:29:56 | More by twiggamortis420
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mastodonj

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cool looking black can with silver graphics.
Massive tan head and opaque black
Not much nose or any aromas but the taste makes up for it.
Complex toasted maltiness, hoppy
Great bitter aftertaste.
Excellent mouthfeel, full smooth
Altogether, this is a really excellent ale that I'll buy again.
With the Camper IPA, the Java Stout and this one, Santa Fe is 3 for 3

Serving type: can

01-27-2013 02:27:30 | More by mastodonj
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome blackened tan foamy head rises from the top of the delicious looking black brew. Lacing is nice too. Clarity is nice, nothing too heavy..

Mild sewer aroma... Lightly smoked, roasty, dark, chocolate, caramel, very mild pineapple hops.

Thin, medium-high carbonation, not much bitterness, sweetness is detectable, chalky, very roasty, wet, not overly crisp, lingering bitterness... Give me less roast and more HOP!!!

A good brew, but not the best Black IPA I've had. I've also seen Santa Fe Brewing do better work..it's not up to the high standard of their other canned offerings. Recommended, expect high drinkability, sessionability, ABV, and an equal kick in the pants.

Serving type: can

01-10-2013 01:05:21 | More by chugalug06
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i liked this a lot, although perhaps not as hoppy as some other black india pale ales. this one pours midnight black in color with an inch of off white head. the nose is coffee with cream and sugar, as well as bitter dark barley malt and citrusy grapefruity hops. the flavor is a lot like the nose, but with a much less intense fruit component on the hops. bitter still though from the dark malt, and the coffee doesnt convey any sweetness at all. there is an interesting sugar present, but i cant quite place it. something along the lines of molassas without the heaviness or spice factor. sort of a unique feel to this one too. creamy and gently carbonated but with a clean finish. its different from a lot of black ipas, but its a nice beer, plenty drinkable even with its higher abv. santa fe has really stepped their game up in the last year or so, and everything ive had from them in that time has been excellent. try this one for a slightly different twist on the classic black ipa.

Serving type: can

01-08-2013 21:44:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Shed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, while we waited to be seated (about 90 minutes), and sat outside in the courtyard drenched in warming sunlight.

Pours black with about a finger of tan fluffy head. Great lacing, decent retention. Some bubbles.

Smell is a bit above average: mostly organic, roasted malt and light coffee aromas, but all very subdued.

Taste is similar to nose, but more forward/enjoyable. One of the most prominent flavors is of natural hay, with moderate hops in the background. Little bit of coffee, malt-flavor. Nice balance between hops and roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, too. Nicely balanced with some bitterness and medium carbonation.

Overall, a decent representation of a black IPA, but I've had better. Worth a try if you are in the area. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 20:48:53 | More by rodlavers
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium to slightly bigger tan head recedes super slowly above a clear darker brown with a hint of deep red colored beer.

Pine and citrus hops aroma with some darker roasted grain malts coming through as well.

Dark roasted malts with both chocolate and coffee aspects seem to be sharing the spotlight or even trying to steal it from the pine and citrusy hops tastes.

A dryish aftertaste with some of the hops bitterness coming through on this medium bodied beer.

Like most dark IPA's I have tried a get a mixture of dark malts and citrus hops and I think I would rather drink a IPA or a brown/porter/stout/oktoberfest/amber and not both at the same time.

Serving type: can

12-25-2012 21:30:30 | More by LXIXME
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours dark brown, almost black with a 2 finger khaki head that has very good staying power. Decent lacing patterns.

S - Roasted hops, grain, toasted pine needles, lots of coffee.

T - Roasted grains, green pine hops, cola sweetness, some cocoa and coffee flavors, Santa Fe yeast, bitterness is tame but carries into the finish.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, wet with a bitter finish.

Nothing wrong here but nothing outstanding either. A safe and simple American black ale that I had no problem drinking. I kind of liked the coffee which is not something you find in most American black ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:15:22 | More by StaveHooks
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours dark brown with a medium fluffy light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet roasted grainy malts and some floral perfume.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with piney hops and a lot of bitter roast in the finish and some floral, almost soapy notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, it's OK - kind of a weird balance of sweet and roast with some off notes.

Serving type: can

12-16-2012 04:23:55 | More by Beaver13
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katan

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint

A - Pours brown/black color. Amber highlights. Not totally opaque. Head formation is strong, mocha colored.

S - An interesting scent - mostly a roasted, perhaps in a little bit burn note. Matched with a earthy hop profile.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, deep malts - chocolate perhaps. In the middle gets a little more roasted, even a little bit nutty. Finishes with a little more bitterness. Aftertaste contains a decent amount of burnt flavors.

M - Fuller bodied, moderate to lighter carbonation. Cloying and sticky - thick and sugary at times. Alcohol can be detected in the finish.

O/D - A good workable black IPA - less IPA and more in the stout arena since the hopping doesn't quite come through that strongly. Not overly filling. ABV is up there but won't take you out.

Serving type: can

12-15-2012 21:35:25 | More by katan
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can $8.99 per sixer. Pretty standard appearance for the style, black. Huge head, good lacing. Aroma is roasted malts and pine, pretty typical black IPA smell actually. Thick roast flavor, pine, maybe a hint of citrus on the finish. This really exemplifies why I think most black IPA's fail, the flavors clash horribly. They are not bad flavors on their own but they really just seem to fight each other. Wish I had bought a single can instead of a sixer, bummer.

Serving type: can

12-08-2012 03:37:56 | More by ArrogantB
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good looking pour gives us a dark brown body with light brown head, which is somewhat thick and rich. Lacing is slick

Roasted malt aroma with a nice flare of pine and citrus rind hops. A touch of coffee and baked caramel. Hint of licorice.

Flavor is simple. The hops provide just a bit of pine. The coffee in the aroma seems to thin out the flavor and body. With the roasted malt backing things up, this beer seems like an old style porter, but it does have a bite.

Still, the thinness of this beer makes it drinkable, yet seems to betray the rest of the brew. Maybe it's flat? The head could come from the hops and not carbonation.

Serving type: can

12-04-2012 09:41:32 | More by Mebuzzard
Black IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.