Sante Fe Pale AleMarch 1, 2003 Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe Brewing Co.
Santa Fe, NM
Available: NM, CO
The Santa Fe Brewing Co. began in 1893 as the Terrace Bar, a watering hole for Mexican frontiersman, cowboys and Eastern traders. Almost 100 years later, the Santa Fe Brewing Co. was opened on the same site, in a gutted livery stable, with hand-made equipment. Santa Fe Pale Ale is brewed in the traditional English pale ale style.
Alcohol by weight: 4.2
Not a traditional pale ale, but it is a pleasure to drink. A heavy-handed hophead added just the right amount of hops—a lot. They perfume the air when the glass comes close to the nose. A bright gold tinged with copper color pleases visually and, while I might prefer slightly more malt flavor on the palate, it is a beer that suits very spicy foods. We enjoyed trying it with hot, home made salsa, and organic blue corn tortilla chips.
- Charles Finkel
Amber pale ale the way it used to taste. There’s no polished, refined, homogenized, beer-for-the-masses character in this crafted ale. Reminds me of the way pale ale was made by very small microbrewers in the early 1980s. Bottle-conditioned, slightly hazy but with a rich complexity of yeast; hops and malt character not found in large-batch or filtered ales. Well-brewed local ale that deserves local support.
- Charlie Papazian
Burnished copper color with a tightly beaded collar of foam. A rich aroma dominated by a sappy, woody note from the hops and a bready, malty underpinning. Hops come to the fore on the tongue, balanced by juicy malt and a touch of ripe marmalade fruit. The fruit lingers into the finish, which has a big, juicy malt character and a pleasing touch of spicy hop. A well-made, delectable beer and the ideal aperitif.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.