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:
#40,661
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
264
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
28
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 136
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend from work brought home a bottle the other day.

The beer pours an orange amber color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. The nose is attractive as well, as I pick some light brown sugar from the malt base, and then a decent about of dry citrus and pepper as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose fairly closely in this nicely crafted pale ale, and while certainly nothing mind blowing, this is a fairly tasty APA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and the beer finishes cleanly with a kiss of hoppy bitterness. The one dimensional aspect of the flavor profile wore on me a bit after a while (in other words, it's not the most exciting beer to drink), but that's really the only criticism I would make of this beer.

Shrug. I thought this a solid, easy to appreciate and enjoy APA. Give me a sierra nevada pale ale every time over this beer, but that being said, I thought this a solid offering from the folks at Santa Fe Brewing.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head that just sort of sits above a clear to cloudy rich honey golden colored beer.

Very light aroma of citrus and pine style hops.

Light citrus and pine to almost fresh grass style hops taste.

This medium bodied beer mellow to a slight bittering dry aftertaste with just a bit of the beers tastes sticking around.

An OK beer, a little week or bland but not bad either, just want a bit more from a pale ale.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of mjurney
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Light amber color, hazy. Fairly good amount of carbonation rising up. Thick rocky head.

Aroma:
Bready, some citrus, earthy.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Citrus hops, a little earthy-leafy. Malt background, bready, slight caramel. Yeasty finish, very dry. Body is medium, dry, smooth.

Overall:
It's a very good beer.

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3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this good beer in an airport...who knew! Tasty American pale with some chops. Pour is a dark yellow, clear with nice lace but not a significant head. Smell is (dunno...I have a cold). Taste is bold. Hoppy, lots of good flavor, bitter where it should be, doesn't coat your tongue in grapefruit flavor (yay!). Malty but not cloying. Feels smooth and not too carbonated. Pretty good beer. I'd get a 6-pack. Would like to try when I can smell...(May even taste better!)

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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 HerdNo1
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Received in a BOMC package.

A: Pours a nice copper color. Head is a bit disappointing as a vigorous pour gets only a couple of fingers of head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring and zero lacing.

S: Not a whole lot going on. Hops are more subdued than I'd expect from an American Pale Ale.

T: Nice balance. The hops were dominant but there was enough malt that they didn't overwhelm.

M: Probably my favorite part of this beer. Mouthfeel was medium with a nice creaminess and the finish wasn't quite as dry as most Pale Ales.

O: I thought this was a fairly good brew. Nothing outstanding but it was well balanced and easy to drink. Not one I'd go out of my way for but a good beer to drink while watching a football game (which is precisely what I'm doing).

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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