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Black IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Black IPABlack IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 176
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 176
Reviews by sevopie:
Photo of sevopie
2.99/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (1,041 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of phatsmackey
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
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. (657 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (548 characters)

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

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of dailyminefield
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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 (646 characters)

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hoppy91
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of nick_asian
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of deakin
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Segelstrom
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Chilly_E
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BuckTuckian
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of allenc666
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RonaldTheriot
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 (438 characters)

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Black IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.