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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

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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: 106 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
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Onemic

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-26-2013 02:21:36 | More by Onemic
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-25-2013 02:47:47 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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rwhitmore

Kansas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-23-2013 22:41:20 | More by rwhitmore
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-22-2013 00:59:25 | More by drummermattie02
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-17-2013 04:22:30 | More by TheBishopco
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-16-2013 01:32:54 | More by kjkinsey
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-15-2013 19:58:07 | More by Whiskeydeez
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-14-2013 03:36:45 | More by injuredreserve
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ajd413

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Great deep black color and pleasant hop aroma. First sip, it's a bit thin and not as hoppy as I had hoped. It's balanced but short of the mark for the style. More of a black pale rather than IPA. The roast malt is definitely more prominent than the hops but not in a bad way. The mild sweetness pairs well with the gentle bitterness of the hops and overall, it's a fine beer but nothing spectacular

Serving type: can

02-14-2013 02:58:28 | More by ajd413
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-13-2013 14:45:05 | More by MarkyMOD
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beergoot

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Piney and citrus aroma emanates from the black-bodied beer with a faint trace of malt grains in the background. A rich, chunky, foamy head sits atop the beer. A pretty good dark grain, roasted malt flavor rides beneath a beautiful and bold hop bitterness. The body feels medium-light, clean and dry, a bit effervescent on the tongue.

Nice layers of flavor and complexity in this one. Very pleasing to the eyes, nose, and palate. Well worth checking out...

Serving type: can

02-08-2013 01:50:42 | More by beergoot
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a scarlet tinged mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Roastyness, some fig, leafy hops & a whisper of brown bread

T: Roastyness, a bit of carob, woody hops, & a little grapefruit up front, plus some coffee. Roastyness continues as this warms, faint figgyness plus herbal & woody hops, then a smidge of cocoa. Finishes roasty, somewhat dry, woody with some dark fruittyness & grapefruit coming through

MF: Medium body with firm carbonation, skews slightly malty

Very easy to drink, not the best Black Ale out there, but this would do in a pinch. I wish it was as good & hop forward as their IPA

Serving type: can

02-06-2013 03:42:29 | More by russpowell
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a pretty solid black color with a fine-bubbled brown head. Nice retention and lacing...so far, so good.

Nose has tons of bright pine and citrus hops with a hefty dose of roast, licorice and dark chocolate. The parts sound like they would add up to greatness, but the various parts clash a bit, for me anyway.

This one has about equal parts hops and malt. The hop flavors and bitterness are both bold. The malts lean a bit more roasty than chocolate which kinds of piles on top of the hop bitterness. I really enjoyed the Happy Camper IPA from SFBC, but this one is not quite as tasty. I tend to like my Black IPAs a little more chocolate leaning with more emphasis on hop flavoring than the bitterness. Its not bad though, Santa Fe has put out some pretty tasty stuff in the fast 3 or 4 years.

Serving type: can

02-02-2013 00:29:56 | More by twiggamortis420
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-31-2013 05:24:35 | More by JMBSH
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mastodonj

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cool looking black can with silver graphics.
Massive tan head and opaque black
Not much nose or any aromas but the taste makes up for it.
Complex toasted maltiness, hoppy
Great bitter aftertaste.
Excellent mouthfeel, full smooth
Altogether, this is a really excellent ale that I'll buy again.
With the Camper IPA, the Java Stout and this one, Santa Fe is 3 for 3

Serving type: can

01-27-2013 02:27:30 | More by mastodonj
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Nizzle913

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-21-2013 23:35:16 | More by Nizzle913
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-11-2013 02:55:03 | More by Texasfan549
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome blackened tan foamy head rises from the top of the delicious looking black brew. Lacing is nice too. Clarity is nice, nothing too heavy..

Mild sewer aroma... Lightly smoked, roasty, dark, chocolate, caramel, very mild pineapple hops.

Thin, medium-high carbonation, not much bitterness, sweetness is detectable, chalky, very roasty, wet, not overly crisp, lingering bitterness... Give me less roast and more HOP!!!

A good brew, but not the best Black IPA I've had. I've also seen Santa Fe Brewing do better work..it's not up to the high standard of their other canned offerings. Recommended, expect high drinkability, sessionability, ABV, and an equal kick in the pants.

Serving type: can

01-10-2013 01:05:21 | More by chugalug06
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ldawg87801

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-09-2013 23:31:32 | More by ldawg87801
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: can

01-08-2013 21:44:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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kew

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

01-01-2013 21:09:59 | More by kew
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cdwil

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

12-30-2012 13:57:05 | More by cdwil
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drinkAK

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-28-2012 21:40:30 | More by drinkAK
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 20:48:53 | More by rodlavers
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-27-2012 19:58:17 | More by bump8628
Black IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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