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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

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
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nick_asian

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-19-2014 11:46:20 | More by nick_asian
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Serving type: can

02-09-2014 16:14:43 | More by RonaldTheriot
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willkoval

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-06-2014 05:09:40 | More by willkoval
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Steamer

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-03-2014 01:03:30 | More by Steamer
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ryannosaurus

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

02-02-2014 02:37:51 | More by ryannosaurus
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lordofstarside

Nevada

3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can to a pint glass, don't see any dates

I swear each one of these has exploded all over my hands each time I've opened one. Pours black with red hues and a pretty high transparency, moderate carbonation, and two fingers of head that aren't going anywhere. Lacing is good, if only it were darker

Smells of grapefruit, pine, and lemon upfront for the hops. Really strong chocolate and coffee notes with caramel notes. Finishes with a light scent of alcohol, definitely a black ipa

Taste falls short of the aroma. The hops aren't as strong but still exhibit the citrus character in the smell. The malts are a lot more powerful but don't meld as well, heavy chocolate and coffee none the less. Finishes with just a bit of alcohol

Feel is a moderate/thick body with a dry finish. Moderately bitter, pretty drinkable

Overall this stuff is okay, unless I was looking for a black ipa to take on trips outdoors I don't think pay another $10 for a sixer though

Serving type: can

01-31-2014 01:50:52 | More by lordofstarside
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buyyourfreedom

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-27-2014 04:44:55 | More by buyyourfreedom
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-22-2014 01:51:02 | More by kvgomps
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jklecko2

Missouri

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-22-2014 00:10:54 | More by jklecko2
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jheezee

Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-21-2014 23:40:49 | More by jheezee
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ralphw56

Nevada

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-09-2014 23:52:21 | More by ralphw56
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sevopie

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-07-2014 02:17:27 | More by sevopie
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-31-2013 00:59:35 | More by Gregwa
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Heretic42

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-30-2013 03:07:16 | More by Heretic42
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delta490

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +12%
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

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 19:06:01 | More by delta490
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Lovely85

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-27-2013 05:43:38 | More by Lovely85
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-27-2013 05:43:16 | More by nickfl
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zbooks

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-21-2013 21:53:33 | More by zbooks
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Punisher

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

12-18-2013 03:38:43 | More by Punisher
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Canti4341

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-17-2013 21:40:33 | More by Canti4341
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MDM

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-08-2013 03:05:39 | More by MDM
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prock180

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +20%

12-07-2013 18:55:08 | More by prock180
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condorsim

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-01-2013 02:46:46 | More by condorsim
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Auraan

Arizona

4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-28-2013 06:44:11 | More by Auraan
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 06:35:08 | More by ONovoMexicano
Black IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.