Irish Red Ale | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Irish Red AleIrish Red Ale

Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by LXIXME on 06-01-2012

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can to IPA glass

A - Dark russet brown with a firm tan cap. Average retention with some clingy lacing.

S - Nutty grains, dark cocoa, dark toffee, pine hops, hints of citrus. Not sweet.

T - Follows the nose with a hefty toasted grain bill being front and center. Some metal notes when cold but fade as it warms. Earthy pine adds some edge to the burnt caramel malts. Nutty yeast, strong black tea, hints of orange, the malt is sweet but the hops and toasted notes really dry out the beer. A bitterness grows and finishes dry with tannins and roasted grain left on the palate.

M - Medium weight, smooth body, has a little heft for the style which is welcomed.

A solid little Irish red. I view this style as lackluster, and although this beer misses a few marks for the style it has some flavor and body that I typically don't get with Irish reds. Sante Fe has never wowed me but I continue to buy their beers because their priced right and I honestly haven't had a bad beer from them.

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Photo of EF4
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent copper/crimson with 2+ fingers of khaki colored head. Pretty nice lace & head retention

S: Caramel maltyness & leafy hops, some metallic notes as well; pear notes.

T: Pears, leafy hops, & dryness up front. More pears, a touch of caramel & dryness once warm. Finishes dry with pears & touch of grassy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, could've used a little more malt backbone

Drinks fairly easy, not in my wheelhouse, but fairly spot-on style-wise; not a bad session beer, but nothing to get excited about. I put this about middle of the pack for the style & the first canned offering I've come across other than Killians. I can knock back a couple before wanting something more interesting

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Photo of bump8628
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Santa Fe Irish Red Ale has a thick, somewhat soapy, cream-colored head, a mostly clear (with a slight haze), rust-red appearance, lots of bubble streams, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is not too strong, but one can detect sweet, bready, crusty malt, and a slight citrus note. Taste is of all of those elements, with a noticeable tannin quality. Bitterness is low. The mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit soft, and Santa Fe Irish Red Ale finishes refreshing, easy-going, and delicious. I recommend checking this one out!


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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the source, Santa Fe Brewing.

A- Finger thick, frothy and persistent head... Chewy-looking head... Dark amber color, almost brown and nearly opaque...

S- sweet malt, molasses, slight graininess and earthy hops

T- very sweet and creamy... Blend of sweet malt and citrusy hops at the finish... Dessert-like...

M- Very creamy and thick-bodied with a slightly carbonated feel... Malty until a dry, mild hop finish...

It's a tasty and enjoyable beer. I liked the creamy sweetness of it all.

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Photo of kvgomps
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jewellrunner
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of craigmj7
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BrockLanders
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jklecko2
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Dark red amber. Cream colored head recedes to a film. Light lacing.

Aroma: Faint malts, barley, caramel sweetness.

Taste: Malty sweetness and grains spill into a brief hop balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light.

Overall: A good session beer, and mostly true to the style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of nzerbe
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can that I got a case of for cheap. Dark red-brown color, good head. Smells super malty, not bad. Flavor is robust and malty, cereal, sort of surprising given the abv. Good session beer even though its a little darker in color. Santa Fe makes some pretty decent beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The old adage that 'it pays to advertise" certainly held true in this case as a recent thread posting on my part to try and jump start The CANQuest (TM) resulted in a veritable deluge of CANs.

From the CAN: "Your new Irish drinking buddy"; "Product of USA, Taste of Ireland".

The Crack unveiled yet another brimful craft CAN and the inverted Glug had a cascade-like effect that resulted in over two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep, coppery red with NE-quality clarity, which brings me to the reason for this choice of beer tonight. I ran into my high school flame today and her hair was as red as it had ever been, while mine CANtinues to clog the drain of my shower. Cheers, baby! Nose was not as malty as the style would lead me to expect, but instead had an underlying minty hops quality to accompany the caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel was full, not quite creamy, but close and the initial taste was cereal-like malt followed by the minty hoppiness noted on the nose. Finish was very malty and lingered well after the swallow. I am not a huge fan of the style as a self-avowed hophead, but this was very tasty and coupled with its low ABV, I could easily drink a couple/few.

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Photo of Tsrohnek
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another can courtesy of the creator of the can quest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty mahogany color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts. Taste is caramel malts, a bit of hops, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Loose tan fluffy head pours on top of a blood red brew, great clarity, but spotty lacing.

Very malty with slight citrus, but nothing major. Almost has a coffee twang..

Very light, dry, and sessionable. Nice medium carbonation with no bitterness and syrup-y aftertaste. Very enjoyable. Deep caramel flavors bury most other flavors.

Slight mess of a brew with no commanding flavors, but another solid offering from SFBC. Keep em' coming!

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Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice foam-up in the tall Witbier glass. Certainly on the red side of brown. Spritzy on the tongue.

Seems really heavy with the earthy taste. Kind of dank for the modest hoppiness. Light bodied. Not a hint of malty sweetness, though it's not really tart. Just dry. There is a flash of roasted malt in between the dirt and darkness. Aftertaste of bitter nut shells.

A nice mouthful of suds, but the flavor is bitter water with some dried mushrooms. I'll call it average for the style, but don't ask me to drink it. From the 12 oz can bought at the Grapevine in Denver.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of LXIXME
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Just in time for spring, this Irish Red Ale will bring out the malt-lover in all of us. Using a subtle blend of American and Noble hops, this beer is a harmonious anthem to malty goodness. Brewed with the highest quality heritage barley and succulent golden oats, this Maris Otter based brew, bursts with smooth caramel and chocolaty notes with a clear garnet hue. Its delicate sweetness compliments the full-body flavor of this session brew trailed by perhaps this beer’s most intriguing characteristic—its dry finish. To the beer-lover who appreciates a true session beer, this Irish Red offers an excellent balance of malt’s two signature attributes—sweetness and roasty dryness. Slainte!

Availability: March, April, May
Starting Gravity: 13.9 degrees Plato
Ending Gravity: 4.6 degrees Plato
Malts: Maris Otter, Heritage Crystal, Golden Naked Oats, Roast, Crystal 135-165
Hops: Bravo, Hersbruker, Goldings
Yeast: British Ale
Alcohol Content: 4.5%

Above is the description from Santa Fe Brewing Companies website and below is my review of this product.

I poured this can of beer from about an inch above the glass and that gives this beer a medium to big light light brown head the settles into a decent lacing above a clear dark reddish amber colored beer.

The aroma is on the lighter side with light roast caramel malts mixed with roasted cherry wood, if there is such a thing. Also in the aroma there are hints of dark roasted fruits like apricots to maybe prunes, a pretty interesting nose on this beer.

The taste had somewhat of a dark side to it, dark fruits, dark roasted caramel malts, a hint of some light bitter hops.

A medium bodied beer with a light but quite dry aftertaste with some roasted malt hanging around.

I enjoyed this Irish Red pretty much, I think the hops even though you hardly notice them held the malts in check.

A pretty good beer, even if it isn't an IPA.

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Irish Red Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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