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Happy Camper IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA

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356 Ratings
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 16
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: indiapaleale on 08-18-2010)
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Reviews by bcc99man:
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into Sam Adams pint glass

Not sure how fresh this beer is. My girlfriend was in New Mexico 3 months ago, bought a six pack of this, and had a friend drive it all the way back. Wasn't able to pick it up from the friend until 2 weeks ago.

A: Hazy amber, almost looks like iced tea. One finger head that stays for a little bit. Lots of carbonation coming off the bottom of the laser etching of the glass.

S: Pine, grass, a little lemon, with a decent amount of malt present.

T: Sweet malts very noticeable, prickly piney bitterness up front fades away pretty rapidly but lingers. Citrus-y with some lemon. No alcohol taste.

M: Carbonation is decent, slightly dry.

O: My 3rd time having this beer, 3rd can in the six pack. For some reason I remember liking it better the first two times, the hops had a better presence. Overall, a decent refreshing beer you could drink every day. Doesn't do anything too much to satisfy a hop kick, but still wouldn't mind drinking it. Definitely would drink this if I was out camping.

Serving type: can

10-23-2012 22:46:21 | More by bcc99man
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Great looking brew, crystal clear body with thin and just plentiful but not too much carbonation. Copper orange clarity and glowing like a dark lantern. Head is creamed yellow and four fingers tall, thick capped retention, and big chunky lacing. In short what a great looking IPA should be.

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An interesting take on an IPA, I dig it quite a bit.

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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.