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Black IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Black IPABlack IPA

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very good

124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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OKCNittany, Sep 26, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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

delta490, Dec 28, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured in a nonic pint glass. Purchased on my trip to New Orleans at the end of March.

Pours pitch black, but allows some cola highlights through when held to the light. Beige head is 1/2 inch on the pour but recedes to a thin cap. Lines of lacing left with every sip.

Nice aroma of citrus hops with a little burnt malt in the background.

Yummy blend of citrus and floral hops with dark and burnt malts. Grapefruit, pine, chocolate, coffee.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This is a pretty straight forward brew without much complexity, but very tasty.

Noxious26, May 31, 2014
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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
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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...

beergoot, Feb 08, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown w/ crimson hues at the light. A voluminous tan head breaks apart slowly.

Puts forth an herbal aroma with caramel following and a hint of dark chocolate.

Has a creamier and lighter than expected body. Tastes like a roasted marshmallow and chocolate campfire treat with a piney hop bonus at the end. I'm all for dessert before dinner. Some nutty, metallic notes are noticed as it warms.

A little of everything I like in an ABA, and in reverse order to boot.

stephens101, Nov 12, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

TheBrewo, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Black IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.