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Black IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Black IPABlack IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 12-04-2012

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Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of sevopie
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of Gregwa
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Heretic42
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of delta490
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
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

Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of zbooks
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Punisher
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Canti4341
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of MDM
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of prock180
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of condorsim
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of keenanite21
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of sarick84
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Dracula
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of OKCNittany
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of nloyless
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of datphoo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of msturek
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of TheBrewo
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Black IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.