Happy Camper IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 553
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 24.54%
Wants: 27
Gots: 94 | FT: 1
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Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: indiapaleale on 08-18-2010

A classic beer for those beer lovers who love their hops, Happy Camper IPA will take the Pepsi Challenge (or IPA challenge, as we say in New Mexico) against any other pretenders to the throne. Was it divine providence that made this beer the king of the IPA world? Was it a tireless pursuit of glory? No, this IPA has a top-secret recipe to thank for its success, and this meticulously formulated combination of several different hops combined with a very specific brewing process give Happy Camper IPA a spicy, citric, and floral infusion of hop character, which is masterfully counterbalanced with the full-bodied maltiness characteristic of the Santa Fe Brewing Company’s distinctive beers.
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Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden, with a tall, white head. The smell is pungent, with musty, earthy hops. Catty and dank, but solidly bitter and flavorful. Balanced and bitter. The bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste. Medium in body and drinkable. This is a solid and fulfilling, but not particularly interesting, IPA.

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Photo of Johnstone
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A light caramel color with white foam. A mild citrus piney smell and intense spicy hop flavor. I dont know how to describe feel, but maybe substantial and it balanced the strong hop flavor well. First rating, need to study.

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Photo of benloho
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent IPA here. Delicious aromatic blend of citrus and tropical fruits with a slight piney/grassy hop note mixed in. Great head that retains and nice full bodied character which goes down smooth maintaining the juicy character of the hops yet crisp and refreshing to match the ABV. Bonus for coming in a can. Great beer for outdoor excursions, summer heat and sessionable as well!

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Photo of Edman5P
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a brown or dark copper color with a nice head. A creamy malt body with a hop bitter finish.. Really easy on the palate and well balanced flavor

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Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass. Appearance: off white 2" head drops quickly with moderate lacing. Color is hazy orange with tons of sediment in suspension. Mild streaming carbonation. Aroma: strong citrus and pine aroma with some yeasty white bread dough also. Mouthfeel: light to medium and sticky with a somewhat dry finish. Flavor: citrus and pine are throughout the taste with a lingering rind bitterness. White bread sweet malt adds some balance. Overall: very good IPA, appropriate to the style.

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Photo of Junkforadam
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA, one of the better craft IPAs I have had. Clear amber/tan color, smells moderately hoppy and piney, good semi-sweet malty finish. For a 6.6% ABV I can easily see this as a session beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can from Tin Bucket. Gotta love that place.

A reddish copper with a dense, off-white ehad that falls off to a ring leaving a little lacing, this looks decent. The nose is solid. Clearly very fresh, which aids tremendously, this beer has a nose that is dominated by pine and candied grapefruit. Moderately fruity with baked oranges and a touch of peach. Malt character is present, mostly as a caramel note.

The palate opens with a pine-heavy bitterness, pleasant and pungent, bitter and herbal. Grapefruit pith and grapefruit zest are also present. There is a mild mineral character that acidifies the palate, rather unexpected and unwelcome. Drying, bitter on the finish with burnt caramel, pine and grapefruit pith, this beer is medium light in body and moderately carbonated. Alcohol is faintly noticeable on the finish. Apart from the mineral character, there isn't a whole lot to dislike about this beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A deep rusty burnt orange body holds up a frothy cream colored head. The head recedes to a patchy film as sheets of lacing coat the glass.

Aroma: Very hoppy, piny, earthy, woody.

Taste: Dry and woody (cedar) up front. Very faint grapefruit comes in the middle, while there is a very bitter, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty straightforward with hops and pine. Not as much fruitiness and very little citrus. Pretty solid either way.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Dark golden color with a multiple finger tan head that leaves lacing halfway down the glass. Smells of hop, citrus, and malt that aren't normally in an IPA. Aroma wise, nice change of pace from the death by hops IPA. Taste of hops through the whole drink with wonderful pine up front, malts in the middle, and citrus at the end. The hops don't overwhelm the other ingredients. Medium-light body with medium carbonation that isn't bitter and is easy to drink. Very crisp for an IPA.
Overall, a great IPA. I probably rated it especially high because it manages to be a hoppy IPA without being bitter or ruining my taste buds with over-aggressive happiness.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank from the can so can't really comment to much on the appearance, but it's a pretty cool can though. The smell is full of pine and citrusy hops with very little to no malt aromas detected. the taste reflects this as well. Overall it's an pretty good IPA but not a great one. While all the flavors of a great IPA are there, but was not executed as well as it could have been. With that said it is definitely a worthy beer if the pickings are thin or you want to try something different.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured in a can-shaped glass from a twelve ounce can.

Great-looking beer. Dark amber in color with good clarity and steady carbonation. Head is frothy and chewy and a wall of lace works up the glass as the head recedes.

Dank and resinous in aroma, that's a bit of a surprise for me since I've always thought of this as a more malt-forward IPA. Maybe they changed up the recipe, because this smells nice. Floral and fruity too.

There's the more malt-forwardness I've come to expect from this beer. It's very biscuity and English-like. It's more floral than anything but it offers a nice mellow flavor that works well with the faint caramel.

It drinks well, well-balanced between smoothness and malt and bitterness and hop spice. It's also easy to throw down, so a sixer could easily find its way into my belly without a problem.

This is a good beer for tailgating, camping, outdoor activities, post bike rides, etc.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours an orange, honey color with a thick, foamy, finger-width head. Good lacing down side of glass.
S- hop battle between piney and citrus.
T- white grape, grassy, spruce needles, grapefruit. Nice-tasting IPA. Good bitterness balancing the other flavors.
M- medium, sticky feel.
O- pleasant surprise on this one. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of Hihereswaldo
4.86/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is in my top 3 favorite IPA's. Not being big on IPA's, it's a little further on the bitter side for my taste but everything else makes up for it. The simple graphic design is what originally drew me in having never heard of it and the description on the can solidified that I wasn't leaving without it. Definitely worth trying! It's been in my selection ever since.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

so delicious. Lightbrown russet. Nice full body. Mid-tone ipa. Great finish. Hoppy sans cottonmouth; an edge to oi, but lets the malt come through as well.

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Photo of Terex
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

This is my go-to beer in Taos, NM. I'm sure it's good in the can, but it's such a beautiful pour in a glass, I always use one. The only thing better than drinking this beer is using the can for target practice.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

I left this one in the can. I honestly like some of the IPAs in the can as it brings a nice flavor.

Hops and more hops is what I smell. Also some fresh pine and grass.

I love the hop assault to the tongue right off. The beer is also pretty resinous and oily. Pine and grapefruit also pulls through, as well as some bitter citrus notes.

Medium to heavy-medium mouth. Nice and sticky!

This was a good IPA. The can, to me at least, is deceptive. It looks so unpromising and kind of dull, but what's inside is so tasty!

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.6/5  rDev -5%

This is one of my less favorite IPAs in a while, but I think that's my palate. I do see that this beer is fairly well made.

My favorite IPAs are balanced, with the hop abundance balanced with maltiness, or fruitness or something else. Happy Camper seems unbalanced to me, just a little too high on the pure bitterness scale, without enough else going to balance that out. If you want a high pucker factor in your IPAs, this may be for you.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, from a King Soopers in Glendale, Colorado

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of meshed gear-chain lace in parts around the glass as things genially sink away.

It smells of dank pine needles, a softer resinous spruce character, musty white grapefruit and navel orange, subtle table pepper spice, gritty, grainy pale malt, a weak caramel/toffee sweetness, and further leafy, grassy hops. The taste is less dank and more leafy in its forest floor detritus bitterness, with a steady citrus pith co-conspirator, a heightened grainy, biscuity, and wet bready maltiness, now sans any real sweetness, some fleeting flinty notes, and more weedy, grassy hop dingle-berries.

The bubbles are fairly active in their swirling frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, the hops displaying a modicum of either politeness or obtuseness at this point. It finishes just a touch off-dry, that grainy malt backbone still yelling at the kids from its rotting porch.

A pleasant enough IPA, the initial trendy dankness throwing me at first, as is the norm, but it soon settles into a simple bitterness-skewed, easy-drinking hop-head's dealio. Worth seeking out, beyond its convenient packaging and relative smoothness, when compared to wiping one's ass with the indigenous flora, apparently.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Clear copper pour with a small white head. Mild aroma with hints of pine and caramel. Taste is resiny upfront with some pine and grapefruit backed by a decent malt presence that has bread and caramel flavors. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Finishes dry with a mild pine flavor.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Was in Vegas for the weekend. Vegas is notorious for crappy beer, especially on the strip. I even bring my own beer on the plane, if that tells you anything.

Well, was playing some Pai Gow at the Flamingo. Walked by the bar and saw this IPA...this is free while playing, so what the heck???!!!

On tap at Bugsy's bar at the Flamingo...

Very nice hop flavor...resiny, citrusy....really well balanced. I drank about 10 of these over the weekend while gambling. Solid. If this was available in NC, I would drink a ton. Great job.

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Photo of Maxgyver
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

As a hop head this has become one of my favorites. We rate it up there near one of my other fav's, stone ipa. The handiness of can sure make trips to the recycling yard better.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber/honey honey with a very thick foamy head (4 fingers). Head retention and lacing is excellent. Not much of a rival that I have seen there. Hoppy, citric aroma with resin. There is also a strong malty component to it. Bready. Strong malt backbone up front with a big piney hop. More of a spicy, resin taste at the end. Bitter aftertaste, but it does seem bready. Good beer, the maltiness is a little much when compared to the hops.

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Photo of Harrykennedy
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer/ipa. If you like this, try the modus hoperandi or the upslope ipa. The best of the Rockies. Can't wait to visit the sante fe brewery. Must try their other products. It,s all about the hops. Always is, always will be. Wish I could find 12 packs.

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Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated sixer of cans from Gomer's in Lee's Summit, MO.

Pours a crystalline amber orange, fully saturated color with a steady rising plume of carbonation visible in the center. Sticky collar of lacing on the opposite side of the glass. Cirrus patterned skim across the surface. Head fades fairly quickly.

Caramel malt aroma, multigrain bread crusts, mild pine and dried citrus peel.

Resiny pine and lightly sweet dried citrus, caramel malt breadiness, bitter orange marmalade on toast. Hops seem a little faded, not sure of the age of the cans. Medium bodied with a resiny hop bitterness, not as light and drinkable as some IPA's but still a pretty textbook example.

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Photo of Auraan
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice, rich amber with two fingers of nice off-white head that slowly receded leaving abundant lacing. Very nice. Scents of pine resin and citrus, especially orange-like, juniper berries, fruity esters, and caramel with a bit of alcohol. A good, balanced IPA aroma, a bit lacking in depth, but not bad, nicely done. Flavor begins resinous and moderately bitter, with strong pine resin notes, some nice undertones of sweet pale malt and faint citrus peel. This moves into a more fruity middle with moderate bitterness, notes of orange flesh, orange peel and light alcohol notes, with a bit of pine resin and fruity esters. Finish is medium.-dry with notes of pine resin, alcohol, and a bit of citrus and grapefruit peel and pith with some fruity esters. Aftertaste is pine resin and grapefruit peel. A good IPA flavor profile, more piney than anything, quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, resinous and slightly drying with moderate-low carbonation. Quite nice and easy to drink, very nice and true to style. Overall this is a nice IPA. The aroma and flavor are nice and balanced and the mouthfeel is very appealing a good overall IPA and quite good.

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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.