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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 True amber color, but still bodied. Nice hop flourish with a tart finish. Excellent drinker. Damn good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerCook (18) - Midland, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Taste and aftertaste are more bitter than most pale ales, but this is not a complaint. It's well balance with a crisp and clean palate. Spot on appearance and an almost sweet aroma that I can't put my finger on. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerohen (2169) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2014
Bottled somewhere in Santa Fe. Dark golden colored, nice head. Pleasant hoppy nose, some malts, some yeast perhaps. Very pleasant hoppy flavor, malts to back it up, very easy to drink. Really my kind of pale ale, i just loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 25, 2003
attractive copper, with a decent head. light, Flowery hop aroma, perhaps a touch of fuggle in the nose, as well as a bit of sweet malt. Malt is bready and full of caramel. Feels nice on the tongue--full-bodied. Nice dry lingering finish. Boy, my (blind-away from the computer) tasting notes hit Ernest's description with eerie coincedence. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2676) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Tawny rufous. Gorgeously proportionate aromas of toasted piecrust, pecan, dark bread, potpourri, peach marmalade, lemon candy, honeydew, and a mixture of sulfury, dusty phenols. Suggestion of grass and uncured hay, as well. Tight, feathery carbonation. Bottle-conditioned. Seductively soft and well-textured maltiness deposits leather-tinged pecan skin and lightly toasted bread notes elegantly kissed with English toffee and a dusting of yeasty rusticity. Seamlessly integrated splash of spicy hops harmoniously parallels the sublimely rich and succulent core of vibrant esters, as a prevalent black tea punch deepens the pervasive saliva-inducing juiciness. Intricate, finespun malt demonstrates exemplary depth with its array of bouncy breadcrust- and tobacco-laced melanoidins. Finishes brightly tealike and with just enough zestfulness to add contrast to the silky, teasingly sweet malt. A review of this has been in order for quite some time as this has long been one of my everyday drinkers. A lovely albeit seemingly nondescript English-slanted pale ale, hence the low scores, sigh. An interesting notable: Outside of Oberfalz, this is the closest thing to zoiglbier I have yet to encounter. Zoiglbier tends to exhibit alelike marmalade qualities, and this is chockfull of zestiness and succulence, not to mention all of the malt detail one would expect from the finest examples from that lager-rich region. A fun beer this is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Dark amber with a thin, to non-existent, head. The aroma was very interesting, almost like a barley wine. Sweet hops, caramel, butterscotch, peanut brittle, and a bit of toast. The flavor really is awesome, subtle hops, kind of sweet, but not cloying. The malt was pleasant and present. A very tasty beer. Thanks to joet, the benevolent soul who sent this to the gathering, and those people who helped (or didn't mind) iwantalambic and me taking this home.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Mild carbonation and a faint haze to a coppery/orange body topped with a creamy, ecru head. (Deep sediment-haze late.) Citrus and pine show soapy and floral above smooth caramel malts. Very creamy in the mouth. First flavor impressions find metallic notes with touches of honey. Further investigation reveals a well balanced brew with a sweet but light malty base leading the way to tea and finally delicate touches of orange and lime. Understated, yet this a fine APA which is highly quaffable.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlenVargas (148) - Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2007
The Santa Fe Pale Ale (bottle) is probably one of the better APAs on the market. First of all, it looks gorgeous (a murky gold/amber) and maintains a solid white head with great lacing. The nose is sweetly floral, which reflects its taste; the Santa Fe Pale Ale is sweet and hoppy with the sweetness lingering around during an otherwise clean finish. The beer isn’t overly carbonated, but it’s got a lot of bite. There’s also a floral twang in the taste along with mild spiciness and some minimally sour and bitter hints. As the beer warmed, it even faintly reminded me of some aspects of a light Belgian ale. Anyways, the Santa Fe Pale Ale is grossly underrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RealAleDave (45) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2007
On draft. Clear medium gold, with a touch of bronze. Bright white fine head settles to a thin cap. Nice slightly fruity juicy hops lead the nose, with a good underlayment of citrus. The malt is apparent, and firmly in the cracker department, with a touch of biscuit. Everything is well-balanced, with the hops taking an appropriate leading role. Well balanced again in the mouth, where the juicyness of the hops flavors blends very well with the malt. Nice length, finishing with a good snap of bitterness. Mouthfeel is okay, with sufficient richness to balance the bitterness. Very drinkable, and an excellent companion to the local chile-rich cuisine. I drank a ton of this during my visit to Santa Fe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
junkeee (22) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Picked up a 6 pack on a road trip through New Mexico. This a very pleasant. It is on the lighter side of pale ales, but I find that to be very refreshing sometimes when done well. And this one is. Very drinkable.

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