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Black IPA | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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3.79
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Black IPABlack IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mebuzzard on 12-04-2012

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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 191
Photo of mdcrouser
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ajd413
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
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

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Photo of beergoot
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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...

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Photo of chugalug06
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.41/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.73/5  rDev -28%
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.

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Photo of katan
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Black IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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