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Black IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Black IPABlack IPA

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very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
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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Photo of marzenfannm
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Impressive head with staying power. Deep black color. Not a strong aroma ... Neutral. Well balanced flavor. No strong aftertaste. I'd buy again.

[I am copying these notes over from RateBeer ... it does not require as long of review. I tasted this some time ago so I can't add anything.]

marzenfannm, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of UncleAddie
3/5  rDev -20.2%

UncleAddie, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Kmlund, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Davepoolesque, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of deereless
3/5  rDev -20.2%

deereless, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Trex
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Trex, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of EF4
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

EF4, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Christianuriah
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Christianuriah, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

sd123, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of taospowder
4/5  rDev +6.4%

taospowder, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of nick_asian
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

nick_asian, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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!


RonaldTheriot, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of willkoval
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

willkoval, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Steamer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Steamer, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of ryannosaurus
4.25/5  rDev +13%

ryannosaurus, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of lordofstarside
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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

lordofstarside, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of buyyourfreedom
4/5  rDev +6.4%

buyyourfreedom, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of kvgomps
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of jklecko2
4/5  rDev +6.4%

jklecko2, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jheezee, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +6.4%

ralphw56, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of sevopie
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

sevopie, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Gregwa
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Gregwa, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Heretic42
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Heretic42, Dec 30, 2013
Black IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.