Black IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company
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4.06/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
Serving type: can
08-10-2013 02:59:31 | More by TheBrewo
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
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%.
Serving type: can
07-07-2013 15:35:48 | More by TheBeerDog
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
Serving type: can
03-04-2013 04:06:11 | More by mdcrouser
Black IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.