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
Ratings:
263
Reviews:
136
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 263 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of Dface
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of D1noB
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer for the sake of beer, it is smooth and a great lay around the yard beverage.

Taste Rating in Words: It's a cold drink on a warm slightly breezy day, while laying in a hammock.

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Photo of GlenL
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jodio
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jellibeen
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rootscipio
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Comes in that dull golden color, not bright yellow, respectable 1/2" white head on the top. Aroma was mild, floral. Minimal if any dry hopping.

Honey toasted pale malts, Cascade hops. This one kinda borrows from a few different styles, the German yeast/malt thing seems to be going on, but PacNW hops in the traditional vein. If they just used noble hops, you'd have a quintessenial Euro brew, but instead you get a hodgepodge of stuff. Its decent. Pretty much a Euro beer with American hops.

Decent hot weather stuff here.

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Photo of Edie
1/5  rDev -71.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light orange color; lots of lively carbonation; dense, creamy, sculptured head; globs of lacing along the glass. Soda cracker aroma. Light, toasted grain flavor with a balanced hop bitterness; a note of fruitiess. Medium body; crisp and clean.

This is a nicely balanced and fine tasting pale ale. Very refreshing.

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Photo of coldshowers
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks Cloudy Bronze.

Smells light and toasty.

Neutral, hoppy, malty.

Smooth, but a little foamy.

I didn't think I liked this beer the first time I tried it, but I seem to keep coming back to it.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of teamwiggum
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeranbrews
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - big pillowy head of off white foam. Good lacing. Cloudy cedar body with good continued carbonation. 3.75

S - sharp hoppy like a rye ale. Faint citrus notes. 3

T - more sweet and subdued than the hop aromas led to believe. Flavors bounce around not really locking on a flavor nor transitioning well like musicians out of sync. However each song plays well. 3.25

M - nice smooth 3.5

D - see previous taste comment. Good, maybe even sessionable. Not outstanding. 3.25

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Photo of tzieser
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Slightly hazy amber in color with a modest white head that settles into a thin lacing.

Malt-forward aroma with toasted malt, biscuit and bread. Light herbal hop aroma of mowed grass.

Well balanced flavor, closer to English Pale Ale in style. Sweet malted barley with toasted grain, toasted bread/biscuit flavors and a woody/herbal hop bitterness that balances everything quite nicely. No "modern" APA hop flavor to speak of. Clean finish.

This is like an old school American Pale Ale from the late 90s. Not a bad APA but you could do better than this. I would rate this higher as an EPA. Recommended if you like the balanced English-style, not recommended if you're looking for a modern American citrus pale ale hop bomb.

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Photo of akolb
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Whole Foods-Indian School Plaza. Medium golden body with creamy pour, both body and head. Aroma and taste reflect the grain bill, which is fairly subdued for the American craft palate. Texture prevails over the subtle flavors, making for a middle of the road pale ale.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bandi
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down rather quickly, leaving waves of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of biscuit and toasted malts along with some slight hints of sweetness. No hops are detectable, but they seem to mask just about all of the sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather full in body compared to other pale ales—it's more like what you would expect from an Oktoberfest beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Pale Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
3.48 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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