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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

124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by mdcrouser:
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

mdcrouser, Mar 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Beaver13, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of buyyourfreedom
4/5  rDev +5.8%

buyyourfreedom, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Auraan
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Auraan, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

LXIXME, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

ONovoMexicano, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

fthegiants, Jun 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

dailyminefield, Today at 12:09 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jheezee, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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

russpowell, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

hoppy91, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

nick_asian, Feb 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Kmlund, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Segelstrom, Jul 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Chilly_E, Aug 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

BuckTuckian, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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

RonaldTheriot, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

keenanite21, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

injuredreserve, Feb 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

TheBishopco, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

twiggamortis420, Feb 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

BGsWo22, May 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

BrockLanders, Jun 08, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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

mastodonj, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

BryantForestry, Jul 22, 2014
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Black IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.