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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

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Texasfan549, Jan 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

kjkinsey, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

nickfl, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%

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
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

MarkyMOD, Feb 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

beernads, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

afsdan, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Mebuzzard, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

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
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

drummermattie02, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

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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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

ArrogantB, Dec 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

BGsWo22, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Gagnonsux, Jul 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jheezee, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Lovely85, Dec 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Davepoolesque, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%

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
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

markgugs, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Kmlund, Mar 18, 2014
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Black IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.