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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

115 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 115
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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Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

nickfl, Dec 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

zbooks, Dec 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Punisher, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Canti4341
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Canti4341, Dec 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

MDM, Dec 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

prock180, Dec 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

condorsim, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Auraan
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Auraan, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

ONovoMexicano, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

keenanite21, Nov 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

sarick84, Sep 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Dracula, Sep 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

OKCNittany, Sep 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

nloyless, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of datphoo
4/5  rDev +6.4%

datphoo, Aug 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

msturek, Aug 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

steamboatbrewer, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to StonedTrippin for throwing this one into our box…finally getting around to loading it up. It pours the color of black raspberries, sporting a one and a half finger head of creamy, soapy beige bubbles, showing nice retention. Chunky beehive lacing is left around the glass as it fizzes away at a medium pace. No haze cuts clarity, but tiny flecks of sediment are noted here and there. Carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is fresh with earthy and starkly piney hops, nectarine and pineapple fruitiness, bubblegum esters, seashore saltiness, light chalkiness, stinging medicinal phenols, fresh vanilla bean, root beer sugars, wintergreen, and curious pseudo-cedar woodiness, along top a base of brown, roasted chocolate, and pale malts. Our first impression is that the hops translate well into the flavoring, keeping things fresh, while some of the other components, like this strong metallic character, fall a bit out of balance. As we sip, the taste opens with lemon, mustiness, black and brown malt sourness, herbal, citric, and piney hoppiness, plastics and medicinals, pale malt crispness and lightness, tins, and thick caramel sugars. Peaking through the middle are citric and piney hops, bubblegum esters, chalky yeastiness, darkly roasted and soured brown malts, continued pale cleanliness, campfire smokiness, cedar, green grass oils, and earthen, herbal mineral. The end comes with chalk, chlorinated pool water, tinny metallics, soured brown and chocolate malts, tomato acidity, hop bitterness of herbal and piney varietals, white sugar sweetness, foamy plastics, mild airs of ethanol, white flour tortillas, and sap-laden pine cones. The aftertaste breathes of citric and piney hops, lemon rind bitters, chlorine and light plastics, sunflower seed saltiness, mulch and mud, faint soaps, black pepper spiciness, granite, pine needle and sap bitterness, bark and moss, cardboard, smoky and roasty grain, and mango fruitiness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is cooled and coated, with light tannic dryness, and eventual boozy puck that warms the drinker down to their belly. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks great.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. Here we get all the fruity, hoppy, roasty, organic components that make this style so unique and so freshly approachable. With warmth these only develop further, adding bright green plant qualities to an already authentically herbal base. The sweetness of the hops strikes just the right balance through the flavor with its malty counterpart, finding inarguably tasty and drinkable synergy. This may seem like your random, off-the-rack affair, but you will find nothing but a smooth drinking, robustly flavored, wonderfully aromatic beverage that will be wishing you had just one more to finish the night off with.

TheBrewo, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Gagnonsux, Jul 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +33%

klmcmachen, Jul 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

lostgrrl666, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of TheBeerDog
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass, ordered at Alamo Draft House in San Antonio. I tried ordering the Happy Camper, which had for the first time and enjoyed several weeks ago. Since they were out of Happy Camper, the waitress recommended the Black IPA. This was a enjoyable beer, and goes down very smooth for a beer with an ABV of 7.1%.

TheBeerDog, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Proclarush, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

BrockLanders, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

brandon911, Jun 04, 2013
Black IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.