Black IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Black IPABlack IPA

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 173
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 12-04-2012

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (989 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (799 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 StaveHooks
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (654 characters)

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 katan
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (645 characters)

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