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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Anything but a typical American Pale, Santa Fe Pale Ale is as full bodied as its most robust English counterparts, while asserting its American origin with a healthy nose resplendent with Cascade and Willamette hops. It finishes with a well-balanced combination of the subtle, almost Pilsner-like maltiness accentuated by the German yeast used to brew this Santa Fe classic, and a hop bite sufficient to leave a lingering smile on the face of any fan of American Pale Ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Pours a white head, clear yellowey copper. Aroma is floral, apricot hops (simcoe?). Nice aroma. Watery, thin, floral flavor. Wouldnít get this pale again without reformulation of balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with whaleman, thanks David!) This is so reminiscent of microbrew from the early days. Itís a standard, unimaginative example of the style, itís competent and enjoyable enough, but itís totally failing to move me in any way, good or bad, just like drinking a Saranac or some other generic microbrew. Pale malts are woody, a touch caramely and lightly sweet, the hops are mildly bitter with a decent hop flavor, and the beer is generally well-balanced and consistent from start to finish. The nose is malty, a bit woody and hoppy, though not especially aromatic. Medium bodied, carbonation is good, and the beer is just sort of "there" on the palate, my mouth saying, "Yeah, itís beer, whatever." The body is a hazy, light amber color, and itís topped, at least initially, by a small, off-white head, but the head is short lived as it subsides to a small ring. A few patches of lace resembling the aerial view of a man-made lake decorate the glass. Average all the way around, what I would consider, by my standards, an every day beer just to have in the fridge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3121) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Thanks to Whaleman for sending this one my way! This pours a medium amber color with a touch of haze. Minimal off-white head. Light, fruity malt/hop aroma. Well balanced between the malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Light palate with a low hop level would make this a very drinkable brew for those who find IPAís to be too heavily hopped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Poured a clear orange amber color with a medium off white head. Malty aroma with caramel, sugar cookies, sweet fruit, and light hops. Flavor is Malty with a semi-dry lightly hopped finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Pours with medium frothy white head and tons of lace. Body is a hazy orange brown. Aroma is light malt, cookie. Average hops, spruce, lemon. There is also something in the aroma that is not pleasant. Light in body with a sticky yet creamy texture. Carbonation is soft and the finish is slightly bitter. Flavor is average in duration, moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Looks great in the glass. Overall there is a lot going for this beer. Although Iím not fond of something in the aroma and some of the sweetness was out of balance, overall it is not a bad brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - APR 24, 2005
Medium orange gold color, slightly cloudy. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A medium bodied pale ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are mild and slightly floral. More in the English style Pale Ale. Mild malts and hops. Nice beer. Very drinkable. Smooth taste. Soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Pours a hazy yellow w/ a white bubbly head. Aroma of stale very lite citrus and grassiness. Soft body with some big diacetyl. Hops are present but really donít do much to cover up the diacetyl and oxidation. Not a very good APA.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Beaver (1272) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2004
The Santa Fe Pale Ale poured a copper-orange with an thick and creamy off-white head that laced the glass.

The aroma was faint grassy hops, some fruity esters, and a bit of DMS that became more pronounced as the beer warmed.

The flavor was sweet malt and DMS with a very faint bitterness. It was medium-bodied and creamy, kind of nitro-like.

Overall, I didnít care for it. It was a little too sweet, displayed too much DMS, and not enough bitterness. It was a pretty bland pale ale and not very pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Funny sour aroma. Decent head, golden color. Pretty mild taste. Did they use two year old hops or something? Malty enough, but tastes fishy. Needs more hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Cloudy orangey amber appearance, decent head formation. Orange fruit and piney hop aroma. Biscuit malt, yeasty palate, slightly grainy, mild peppery spice. Moderate citric bitterness in the finish with some sweetness too.

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