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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:
#41,351
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
264
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of Bandi
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of twenteone
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mdodge8837
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mayhewbc
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Braz
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChipChaight
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 HopsAreDaMan
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 rkf1976
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wonothesane42
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Popadeaux
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this to be a nice, pleasant offering. A little sweet, but refreshing to the pallet on a 105 degree, heat index day in Oklahoma.

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

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

Photo of JamesStreet
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of 09dennysw
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OKbrew89
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pale yellow color with a small head that leaves a thin ring of lacing. Good carbonation on the pour. Aroma of cascade hops and yeast. Taste is hop dominant with the front end hops being more aggressive and back end hops being smooth. The malt is undistinguishable and the finish is just a touch bitter. Medium body with medium carbonation. Even with the hops, there's enough carbonation to make it a crisp beer.
Taste is a bit unbalanced and could use more malt. Good hop profile. Not a bad APA, but it is kinda one dimensional.

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Photo of Sudsking
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pleasant amber color. Small white head. Light aroma with hints of Citrus and pine. Taste honey, Malt, and slight bitterness. Not my favorite APA

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Photo of Determined_021
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bpkrippner
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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