Pale Ale | Santa Fe Brewing Company

Pale AlePale Ale
BA SCORE
3.47/5
264 Ratings
Pale AlePale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States
santafebrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Anything but a typical American Pale, Santa Fe Pale Ale is as full bodied as its most robust English counterparts, while asserting its American origin with a healthy nose resplendent with Cascade and Willamette hops. It finishes with a well-balanced combination of the subtle, almost Pilsner-like maltiness accentuated by the German yeast used to brew this Santa Fe classic, and a hop bite sufficient to leave a lingering smile on the face of any fan of American Pale Ales.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,597
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
264
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
28
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.6/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man I love this beer -- one of my all time favorite session beers. I've been in Santa Fe all summer drinking this stuff (and some other very good Santa Fe Brewing ales), and I just opened up a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: I prefer the Santa Fe -- more interesting character and much more flavor. Sierra Nevada is another one of my favorites, but the Santa Fe is awesome! I'm buying a few cases ($20 a case) and driving them back to NY and I can't wait to show more people this beer.

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Photo of aschdave
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of jw4free
4.19/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent hop note and taste. Full flavor complex and enjoyable. Good tasting beer.

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Photo of Jodio
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bobikel
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pourd a cloudy amber with little bits of yeast floating around. Didn't realise this was bottle conditioned. A smooth head built up to around 1 inch and slowly receded leaving gobs of lace in its wake.

Smell - Bitter/soapy hops dominate, with just a touch of maltiness underlying. Almost lager like?

Taste - A delicate dance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness forms quite quickly, with the hops winning just after swallow. Piney, earthy, and quite good.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a prickly carbonation.

Drinkability - This was a nice addition to my local liquor store, it is very drinkable and highly refreshing.

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Photo of beeritron
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big, off-white foamy head starts off Santa Fe Pale Ale. The color is a medium copper that is slightly hazy with a noticeable effervescence. The foamy head diminishes slowly leaving immediate lacing at the top of the glass. A fresh hop smell with notes of citrus and pine is apparent, as well as a slight malt aroma. A minimal yeast smell is apparent, as well. The first sip of this beer leaves foam on the upper lip and is sweet with hints of grapefruit. A nice bitterness works well with the maltiness to create a nice haromony of ingredients. As the beer is drunk, the head stays around leaving heavy lacing on the inside of the glass. There is also a rye taste just after the swallow. Santa Fe Pale Ale has a medium mouthfeel with an assertive carbonation level. Drinkability is good. I really like this pale ale. It is a very good representation of the style.

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Photo of coldshowers
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Realale
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear medium gold, with a touch of bronze. Bright white fine head settles to a thin cap.

Nice slightly fruity juicy hops lead the nose, with a good underlayment of citrus. The malt is apparent, and firmly in the cracker department, with a touch of biscuit. Everything is well-balanced, with the hops taking an appropriate leading role.

Well balanced again in the mouth, where the juicyness of the hops flavors blends very well with the malt. Nice length, finishing with a good snap of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is okay, with sufficient richness to balance the bitterness. Very drinkable, and an excellent companion to the local chile-rich cuisine. I drank a ton of this during my visit to Santa Fe.

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Photo of JustinPStewart
4.06/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eschellinger918
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of msanborn
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mojohawk21
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a very hazy dark copper brown body with an orange glow of light at the base of the glass. There is a light tan head that is lumpy with some brown spots, possibly trub, floating on top. There is a strong carbonation of bubbles supporting it.

S- The green grassy smell of herbal hops is mixed in with a lightly toasted malt aroma that has a slight sweetness. There is a soft mint quality to the hops which is nice.

T- The sweetness of caramel has hints of biscuit malt in the background. There is a green grassy hop finish with some orange hard candy notes to it. Not much bitterness at all.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slightly creamy texture and a clean finish.

D- The malt flavors are stronger than the hops flavors but they both have good flavor. This beer has some nice subtle twist to the hops but they are still pretty muted.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of highfidelity
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of BuddyLoveFosho
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of EdTheEdge
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of my brother-in-law and his trip to Lincoln, NE.

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a good deal of carbonation and a bubbly, off-white, two-finger head.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and grasses. Also, some floral notes.

T - It tasted of citrus and roasted malt. The hops provided some nice bitterness.

M - It was crisp and quite sharp. Medium-bodied and easy drinking.

D - This is a nice APA. I really enjoyed my first beer from New Mexico.

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Photo of Spider889
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer I had when I made my trip out to NM earlier this year. A classic pale ale with some West Coast influence.

Nice golden color, very clear and well carbonated.

Smells of crisp, clean hops. not much malt in the nose.
The taste is much the same. Reminds me of the hoppy, light bodied west coast IPA's. Lots of dry piney bitterness.

Easy drinking, this one is very sessionable, even if not particularly unique or captivating. In the heat of the desert, I'd be drinking this frequently.

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Pale Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 264 ratings
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