Black IPA | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Black IPABlack IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mebuzzard on 12-04-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
209
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
42
For Trade:
1
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Beaver13
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours dark brown with a medium fluffy light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet roasted grainy malts and some floral perfume.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with piney hops and a lot of bitter roast in the finish and some floral, almost soapy notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, it's OK - kind of a weird balance of sweet and roast with some off notes.

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Photo of jw4free
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of phatsmackey
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sevopie
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this one up to give it a try based on the quality of Happy Camper, and as someone mentioned - these cans stand out sitting on the shelf.

First impressions are mixed, the head looks full with good lacing, but this beer is clearly not black, its the first Black IPA (why are we still calling them this?) that I can see through. Hints of roasted cereal and a touch of pine cones.

The taste is where this beer begins to fully unravel for me. The flavor has no real direction to it, I get blasts of burnt malt, lemon, pine, and it finishes with a mildly sour/tangy flavor that does not mesh with the roasted (burnt) malt flavors at all.

One of the more redeeming aspects of this beer is the mouthfeel, it is very creamy and full bodied, with a pleasing amount of carbonation. If only the flavors it emphasized lived up to the body, they might be on to something.

Overall this is not a beer I could recommend to friends based on this example. Its not a terrible beer, but the lack of cohesion between the flavors leave me wanting more.

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Photo of Dracula
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of unshodjogger
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of deereless
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of bmaxtothemax
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StaveHooks
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours dark brown, almost black with a 2 finger khaki head that has very good staying power. Decent lacing patterns.

S - Roasted hops, grain, toasted pine needles, lots of coffee.

T - Roasted grains, green pine hops, cola sweetness, some cocoa and coffee flavors, Santa Fe yeast, bitterness is tame but carries into the finish.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, wet with a bitter finish.

Nothing wrong here but nothing outstanding either. A safe and simple American black ale that I had no problem drinking. I kind of liked the coffee which is not something you find in most American black ales.

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Photo of Mrose78
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cdwil
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of kew
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of nzerbe
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of markgugs
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of aphamer
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Punisher
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nloyless
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of allenc666
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ArrogantB
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can $8.99 per sixer. Pretty standard appearance for the style, black. Huge head, good lacing. Aroma is roasted malts and pine, pretty typical black IPA smell actually. Thick roast flavor, pine, maybe a hint of citrus on the finish. This really exemplifies why I think most black IPA's fail, the flavors clash horribly. They are not bad flavors on their own but they really just seem to fight each other. Wish I had bought a single can instead of a sixer, bummer.

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Photo of ajd413
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Great deep black color and pleasant hop aroma. First sip, it's a bit thin and not as hoppy as I had hoped. It's balanced but short of the mark for the style. More of a black pale rather than IPA. The roast malt is definitely more prominent than the hops but not in a bad way. The mild sweetness pairs well with the gentle bitterness of the hops and overall, it's a fine beer but nothing spectacular

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good looking pour gives us a dark brown body with light brown head, which is somewhat thick and rich. Lacing is slick

Roasted malt aroma with a nice flare of pine and citrus rind hops. A touch of coffee and baked caramel. Hint of licorice.

Flavor is simple. The hops provide just a bit of pine. The coffee in the aroma seems to thin out the flavor and body. With the roasted malt backing things up, this beer seems like an old style porter, but it does have a bite.

Still, the thinness of this beer makes it drinkable, yet seems to betray the rest of the brew. Maybe it's flat? The head could come from the hops and not carbonation.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Shed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, while we waited to be seated (about 90 minutes), and sat outside in the courtyard drenched in warming sunlight.

Pours black with about a finger of tan fluffy head. Great lacing, decent retention. Some bubbles.

Smell is a bit above average: mostly organic, roasted malt and light coffee aromas, but all very subdued.

Taste is similar to nose, but more forward/enjoyable. One of the most prominent flavors is of natural hay, with moderate hops in the background. Little bit of coffee, malt-flavor. Nice balance between hops and roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, too. Nicely balanced with some bitterness and medium carbonation.

Overall, a decent representation of a black IPA, but I've had better. Worth a try if you are in the area. Cheers.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black ale pours black with tan head 3/4" deep. Aroma is mostly black patent malt and C hops, although the dry hopping if any seems to be lacking.

Taste is prolly above average for a black ale. The hop quality is there, it doesn't do much flavor wise, its bitter but not excessively. The roast is there, but not up there in stout or porter levels. Its heavier and a different ale than a schwarzbier though.

I'm not a huge fan of the style, I think the peak time for these is spring or fall drinking. I will acknowledge it is better than your average black ale. Second tier stuff methinks.

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Black IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 209 ratings.
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