Black IPA | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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209 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 209 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of TheStoutLord
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured into a tulip, black as pitch. Good brownish head that lasts quite a while but leaves lacey eventually.

S: Complex hops, kind of hard to describe. Spicy and bitter smells, but I cant pin anything down. Maybe because its my first black IPA.

T: Wow. Some crazy subtle spiciness combined with a thinly masked ABV and harsh hops assault the tongue. This is not a beginning IPA. Very piney tastes to compliment the bitterness. Makes me think of dark forests in New York or something. The bitter front lasts a while, but there are some good roasted flavors that come through after the pine. Roasted malt and maybe a bit of toffee are hiding in there, you just have to find them.

F: Like a punch to the tongue. Heavy and bitter, sticks to you for a while. Gotta sip it.

O: This is a once in a while kind of beer. I'd want to keep in special and break it out only when I'm drinking with my non-IPA friends to scare them. Very, very good though.

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Photo of Lukebell15
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a generous beige head that lasts and laces. Deep ruby black color that passes light. Aroma is black malt and spicy, tangy hops. Flavor is hop forward meets coffee and roasted malt flavors. Not terribly bitter but dry and balanced. They play well together. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall a solid dark hoppy brew.

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Photo of Bieniek30
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 JustinPStewart
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpkrippner
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Branlott42
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 mdaschaf
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sundrifter
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has been my go to Black IPA for the past year and it never disappoints any time I've had it. The pine and citrus are very strong when you first drink it and it follows with a deep chocolate and coffee aftertaste with some slight bitterness from the hops. There's a lot going on in this beer and the flavors all come together to produce something that's not only unique but very drinkable. Very recommended for any Black IPA fans out there.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Pitch black with a cream colored head. Sheets of lacing after head recedes to a light film.

Aroma: Pine, spicy hops, and apricot (??).

Taste: Piny, spicy, hoppy then very rich and dark roasted malts -- coffee, dark chocolate. Spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Such a spicy, roasted beer. Really good. Complex. 7.1% ABV hidden well.

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

Photo of Determined_021
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of deakin
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Leschber
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of casapy
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kinmundy77
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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