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Pale Ale | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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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:
#41,389
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
264
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
29
Trade:
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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of Edie
1/5  rDev -71.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of jujubeast6000
1.73/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed 4/30/2007 (12oz bottle):

Pours an amber brown color, fizzy, slightly cloudy. Small head, whitish, diminishing. Good lacing. Somewhat hoppy bitter aroma, some malts. Bitter taste, sour, not a very clean aftertaste. Somewhat balancing of the sour with some malts. Letting warm up a bit...A little more mellow, but there goes the taste. Not that good of a pale ale.

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Photo of mhaugo
2/5  rDev -42.4%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of Beaver13
2.05/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The Santa Fe Pale Ale poured a copper-orange with an thick and creamy off-white head that laced the glass.

The aroma was faint grassy hops, some fruity esters, and a bit of DMS that became more pronounced as the beer warmed.

The flavor was sweet malt and DMS with a very faint bitterness. It was medium-bodied and creamy, kind of nitro-like.

Overall, I didn't care for it. It was a little too sweet, displayed too much DMS, and not enough bitterness. It was a pretty bland pale ale and not very pleasant.

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Photo of 28cammies
2.57/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

At first try it's really only "okay." Not special. It is clean and refreshing but just doesn't stand out. Made with fresh ingredients including "well water." Slightly sweet for a pale ale the bite and finish is subtle.

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Photo of Onslow
2.59/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bought at kroger's super-mart day the M.A got home... pours with very little aroma... lacing is decent ... a simple,little dull but an easy going beer, a starter/novice brewsters.. is there a word less than pale?.... definetly not The Cat's Pajamas!!

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Photo of jpr022
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer at El Meson in Santa Fe, NM. Not good. This is one of those pale ales where they just chickened out. My fault for ordering it really. It was the only local beer they had so I should have taken the hint and stuck with the wine.

Taste was very plain. Appearance was good. Smell was fine too.it was drinkable and I still don't know what mouthfeel means.

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Photo of beeragent
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep gold, forming a very thin head, that quickly faded, leaving medium rings of lace. The aroma is more malty than hoppy. Not what I expect a pale ale to smell like. Sweet smell, but not floral or fruity like the hops would give. The taste is also wrong for a pale ale. Very little hop presence, lacking in the sweet citrus flavor, and mostly dominated by a malty caramel taste. The mouthfeel is medium, being a little thicker for the style. Overall, I would have to say that this taste closer to a brown ale, than it does to a pale ale. Maybe I got a mislabeled bottle, but this is definitely not my idea of a pale ale. I guess I am more used to the style being more floral in aroma, and a heavier citrus flavor. This just may tell me, that I havent explored the whole spectrum of pale ales yet.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of JDV
2.76/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light burnt orange, cloudy and unfiltered. Lasting creamy, wet offwhite head. Lemony malt smell mostly. Taste is more malty, light oddly metallic tart bitterness. Not a very nice clean hop flavor, but not terrible. Somewhat bland, stagnant flavor almost. A bit below average pale.

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Photo of cervesiarius
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of fryeguy52
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GlenL
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bditty187
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy, coppery-gold in hue; there is a bronze highlight as well. The liquid looks good enough. The head was off-white. At the apex the foam was a healthy half finger in height. Head retention was decent. It was slow to fade to a soapy cap, thicker around the edge of the glass. The subsequent lacing was unorganized but fairly widespread. This beer is pleasant enough.

The nose lacks potency. I had to strain to detect a woody-orangey aroma. I found a kiss of caramel, toasted malt. The bouquet lacks depth and articulation. It is not inviting, regardless of style.

The palate isn’t too bad. The flavors a mild but there are a few layers of goodness. Bitterness is gentle but noticeable; it is mainly at the front. Woody. In the middle comes some peaches, oranges, and apricots. Nice. By the finish a smattering of malty goodness is detected, light caramel notes and some biscuit. In the aftertaste I could sense some pine. This is an APA? No. Is it English in nature? Not really. It is both and neither. It is simple but tasty. There isn’t much to this beer, I do like the fruitiness and I bet this beer would be tasty with nutty cheese.

Medium/medium-light in body. Low but natural carbonation; the mouthfeel is relaxing and pleasant. It fits this beer well.

Drinkable enough to finish my six-pack; I purchased it in Fort Collins. I never had a beer from New Mexico. Now I can say I have. There is little else about this beer that is noteworthy. It is not good or bad… just okay.

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2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good carbonation when opened; poured a nice golden color, with small amount of whitish head; mild aroma; good flavor, and nice body. Pale ales are not my favorite style, but this was smooth, easy to drink, and I would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of denver10
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange with a white hea. Aroma is bready and doughy, citrus and its rind. Flavor followed suit, only mild bitterness. A fuller mouthfeel, some activity. A bit too heavy. Overall, a bit generic of a pale ale. Drinkable, but nothing to seek out.

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Photo of GDawgs34
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CCutch
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerbuddha
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a hazy orange color with a nice white head which stuck arund for the party a bit. Not a very hoppy smell at all. Maybe a hint of breadiness but overall not much aroma to speak of. The taste was a bit lackig as well. A weak taste of hops with a tin taste as well. Slight bitterness present. The mouthfeel was medium body but a little watery. Carbonation was not all that high. Overall an average beer. Not bad but not great.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to slcbrewer for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark orange color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy head, no lacing at all. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, and some caramel. The taste is malty, hoppy, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not bad, but would not seek out again.

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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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