ronaldtheriot (1225) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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! RJT
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pretty mahogany color. Smell is of caramel malts, some sweetness. Taste is caramel malts, a touch of hops. Overall a good quality beer.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 08-25-2012 01:14:58
Ratman197 (9686) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can poured a clear dark reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness and light frruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel and light earthiness with a smooth lingering carmel finish.
EtTuCthulhu (1031) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2014 The aroma blends caramel and bread malts with dough yeast, and the appearance fuses a clear reddish brown color with a large white head. The taste has a mild sourness, slight umami, and a touch of sweetness, and the palate fuses a thick and slick texture, medium body, soft carbonation, and a long malty finish.
Bif (1416) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Served a deep amber color with a thick head and ample lacing. Aroma of malt, bit of citrus and caramel sweetness and grain in the background. Taste is malty with some caramel sweetness, bit of citrus and grain. Nice bitterness and a malty finish. Medium body, smooth and creamy with a nice touch of character. Enjoyable beer that is refreshing and a leg up on most ales of this style.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
An aggressive pour from the can produces a fat-two finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated red-amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, cranberry-red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of concentrated berry like fruit, rich caramelized malt notes and a backing of lightly herbal hop character. There is a rich toasted maltiness to this beer that has a touch of brown bread character to it, but mostly reminds me of English biscuits, and crushed though clean, crystal malt. There is a backing hop character here that seems to accentuated the fruitiness as well as provides just a touch of herbal character.
Somewhat sweet up front, though it is a rich, malty, and caramelized sweetness rather than being a simplistic sugary sweet note. The beer finishes with a not insubstantial bitterness that has a touch of herbal character to it; in fact the herbal character is noticeable throughout each sip, though it clearly plays a supporting role to the dominant malt character. English biscuit notes, substantial caramelized bread notes, sweet whole grain crackers, and caramelized malt notes play the dominant role here. Having said that though this is not a completely malt dominated beer, there is a fair amount of hop character, including some grapefruit like citrusy hop notes. This beer is quite quaffable and easy drinking, it does have a chewiness to the body though, but it strikes the right balance as it does not seem heavy or cloying.
This is actually a really nice beer, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot to be honest, but this is quite pleasantly enjoyable. I really like the hop character here, it really helps to balance the chewy malt character, that might otherwise be too much. As the beer warms up the citrus character gets quite a bit more noticeable.
Ibrew2or3 (6846) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can pours a nice amber with copper edges and weak sort of light tan head. The mild aroma offers up earthy hops, spicy hops and a light amount of dark roasted malts. The taste begins moderately sweet with malts and a sweet nuttiness and then it moves toward a light amount of dark roasted malts as well as vague snippets of hop bitterness. This is hitting the spot right now. It is pretty full flavored for the style.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can. Rating #18. Nice looking beer, dark red with a little amber and pretty clear as well with a nice creamy light tan head. Light toasty aroma with a bit of caramel. Mold malty flavor, light sweetness and a little more toast, decent stuff. (2828)
adnielsen (9013) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can @ home. Clear, dark reddish brown appearance with a light brown head and good lacing. Toasty, a touch burnt, caramel malty, somewhat nutty, cherrry fruity aroma. Hazelnutty, a touch woody, quite earthy, a bit herbal, caramel malty, light toffee, a bit husky flavor. Not bad.