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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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This Black IPA transcends style. The idea is simple, but the flavor is complex. It is everything you want in a great IPA, but with a little bit of chocolate. The crisp, dry punch of hops leaves you wondering how this beer has such a balanced flavor. The secret is Midnight Wheat. Aromas of passion fruit, citrus, and pine cut their way through the dark malts to both titillate and challenge the senses. The dry finish and dark ebony color are distinctive characteristics for this winter seasonal and make for a smooth and approachable beer for the masses.
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Availability: November-February
Starting Gravity: 17 degrees Plato
Ending Gravity: 4.3 degrees Plato
Malts: Two-Row, Pale, Crystal, Chocolate, Midnight Wheat
Hops: Columbus, Citra, Eldorado,Simcoe, Amarillo
Yeast: Dry English Ale
Alcohol Content: 7.1%


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MHOSKINS (74) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2013
I very much enjoyed this beer. A smooth IPA with the taste benefits of darker beers. I was pleasantly surprised at how balanced this beer is. Love it!! MKH---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Block (1413) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2014
I do like black IPA’s. The upfront nose and flavor is hoppy, more like a traditional IPA. The middle and finish is a bit more smooth and the malts take over. A little kick at the end.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
slowrunner77 (2131) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
"Not dated...might be older...but it’s their own damn fault. I probably won’t bother with this one again. Looks the part but had a very weak nose, more light roast than anything else. Where’s the hops?! Average body and flavor. Meh."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbuskirk (443) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Santa Fe Black IPA sure does have a nice ring to it. Though not quite black, this ale pours a very dark shade of brown and takes on a gorgeous mahogany hue when held up to light. This Black IPA is intriguing because the nose is very hop-forward but the taste is surprisingly malty. Citrusy hops do make a big impression but the strongest note is from the roasted character in the middle-back of the mouth. While the finish does revert back to fresh, fruity hops, that coffee and caramel malt kick is what is most memorable.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (497) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Can. A- Hoppy, malty, roasty, pine. A- Dark red black color, dark liquid, tan head. T- Malty, pepper, piney, citrus, bitter. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish. O- Surprised at the amount of malty tones in here. A good beer nonetheless.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1540) - Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Location/Date:Can split Ben on 5/23/2014.

Appearance:Pours black.
Aroma: Aroma of roast and pine.
Taste: Medium bitterness, roast, some chocolate.
Palate:Medium body light body, lingering aftertaste.

Summary: My first New Mexico rating! This beer was pretty good too! Thanks Ben for sharing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (1015) - Nevada, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Deep ruby with a nice cream topping. Hop aroma is pleasant but mild. Body is a bit thin as well. A lot of malt sweetness and only traces of darker malts. Finish is where bitterness finally pops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1297) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Can into a nonic pint. Could smell the big roasty nose as soon as I popped the tab. Pours a nice dark brown with a thin foamy tan head. As noted, aroma is big on the roasted malt, but with a pleasant grass, citrus, and bubblegum blend as well. Pretty well-balanced. The dry hop finish really lingers. Easy drinking, solid black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (3920) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Location: 12 oz bottle from Spec’s - Downtown, shared with jcos, 5/23/14

Aroma: The nose is roast and pine, with a good amount of coffee/chocolate
Appearance: It pours a dark brown-black color with a tan head and some fairly heavy lace
Flavor: The flavor is much the same, coffee/chocolate, light sweet, with clean pine bitterness
Palate: The body is light-medium, clean and smooth, with a lasting, dry finish
Overall Impression: This is a pretty tasty, well balanced Black IPA. Enjoyable stuff. Well made. Plenty drinkable. I have no complaints, this is a nice example of the style.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chacobella (49) - Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2014
From the can this ’hoppy porter’ gives a mild vanilla aroma and looks good. This beer finishes poorly, with more vanilla and dominating over roasted flavor.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steve_0 (2676) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Can at home. Pour is deep brown, almost black with a slight red tint and small tan head - good lacing. Roasty, slightly tangy, piney, bready, grassy, and marshmallow aroma. Taste is toasty, moldy, cocoa, light coffee, earthy, grassy, metallic, and sourdough with a medium bitter finish. Slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Pretty weak black IPA.


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