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:
264
Reviews:
136
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
28
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0
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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of cbcrunch
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JustinPStewart
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Light golden-copper body, one finger white head, fair amount of retention time, solid lacing remains on the pint glass at the end.

S- Clean crackers, grainy malt, caramel, a bit of mineral spice (that honestly reminds me a bit of hefeweizen yeast), faint pine aromas. This smelled like a macro at first, to be honest due to the crackeriness and sweetness of the smell. As it warms up, the hop contribution comes up a little bit more, but this still smells quite sweet.

F- Crackers, pale malt caramel, grains, minerals, mild pine bitterness on the backend that attempts to balance things out. I think it's missing a bit more hop balance, whether it's bittering or aromatic hops. Tastes like a macro most of the way through, but with more body and bitterness.

M- Thin-medium bodied, good carbonation, mildly dry and refreshing.

O- Eh, I've had many better pale ales than this one. This is pretty average and quite boring to be honest.

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Photo of 28cammies
2.57/5  rDev -26.1%
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 bwbetts
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kylehay2004
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of msanborn
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PretzelCity
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of cervesiarius
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BlackhammerOhio
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Drift
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is definitely more on the malty side of things with only a subtle amount of hop qualities in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Schwegler
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of gatheredwaters
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of danwho
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Travisjutin
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of ovaltine
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ackbar556
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Eschellinger918
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of emerald27
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Pale Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
3.48 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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