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RATINGS: 247   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with cbkschubert! - Thanks Craig! - Pours cloudy amber with a short offwhite creamy head that settles back to a film and laces the glass pretty well. Aromas of light floral hops and caramel malts. Flavor includes those caramel malty notes, a touch of toffee, some fruity peach notes. Not much bitterness just well balanced it seemed. Medium bodied not much carbonation and pretty easy to drink on a hot Ohio day.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Pours a hazy, amber copper color that would probably cleared quite a bit if I had let it sit for a day or two in my fridge. The head is a billowing, frothy mass of varied-sized bubbles that form to make an initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma smells of sweet caramel malts and a bright fruitiness that seems to be a mix of berries, sweet citrus, apricots and something definitely like a tropical fruit notes. Towards the end is a dry toasted malt note that is only noticeable if you really search for it. The aroma is quite interesting, much more fruity than I was expecting.

This beer has a smooth, almost creamy, mouthfeel that makes this quite easy drinking. The fruity notes, that are in the aroma, are here in the taste, but quite a bit muted from the vibrancy that they have there. The finish has a bit of a muddied malt character to it, it just doesn’t seem as bright as it should. Malt notes of caramel, toffee and toasted grain intermingle on the tongue and add some contrast to the fruity notes. This beer has some interesting hop character, while a bit more muted than I would like, it has notes of apricots, tangerines, tropical fruit, and sweet orange peel. Ultimately this beer, while tasty, seems to be lacking something that would give it a better balance. Perhaps it is that muddy note, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Light copper color with a robust head. Sweet malt notes in the aroma. Nice pine scent. Malt flavor takes over the character on the palate but hops bring out a nice texture. Smooth and creamy. Quick and refreshing in the aftertaste. Bet this is a delight on draft with all the flavor and aromas coming through.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2006
12oz. Bottle: Had some pine, maple tree aroma along with some musty as well. Dark copper body with decent head. Flavor was was crisp and mild citrus at first. Got a more medium bodied syrupy texure with some citrus as beer warmed. Slight bitterness on the palate. Not bad but may want to take is slow drinking this one not gussel it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Bottle poured caramel with a nice big thick creamy head. Aroma if lightly fruity, hops, citrus. Flavor is crisp, light hops, citrus, fruits, very drinkable and refreshing. Very chuggable on a hot day...good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Pours a deep copper/butterscotch color with a medium sized, creamy froth. Aromas of grahm crackers and hay. Medium nectar with soft residual effers. The texture is smooth, soft, and creamy. Flavors are dry with mellow hops, herbs with a nice asprin bittering on the finish. Not real hoppy at all. English in style. Overall: a creamy style pale without all the forward hops. Well ballanced. I like it.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Tap. Yikes, this one was weird. The initial taste was of metal, really like water right out fo the well. Being the trooper that I am I kept on going but things did not improve. This beer is just off. I cannot even describe all the components but it was just terrible. Like one reviewer said, there might be a hint of hops somewhere, but the weird metallic taste overpowered everything else.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
OldMrCrow (2100) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2010 1/5/2006: From the bottle at Tomasitoís in Santa Fe.

Pours orange amber with a fluffy off-white head. The limited aroma divulges a hint of hops and little else.

The taste is dominated in a not-at-all-pleasant way by soft sweet caramel and by an off-taste that I can only describe as day-old steamed broccoli.

A total drain pour. Iím seriously thirsty for a beer and I still canít finish this. 9/15/2010: Another bottle in Santa Fe. Not nearly as bad as the review above; I had no trouble whatsoever drinking it this time around. Rather, Iíd go about 6/3/5/3/9=2.6.

2.2
   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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3038) - 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.


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