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Happy Camper IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 16
Gots: 30 | 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 gpogo:
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gpogo

California

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Clear light copper body and a white foam cap.

A- Sweet malt, pine, and grapefruit. The hop aromas were a bit faint as this can has sat in the fridge for a while.

T- Sweet malt with a nice bitterness throughout.

M- Medium light body and moderate carbonation. Clean, but it does stick around a bit.

D- A very pleasant IPA, not a crazy hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 02:28:34 | More by gpogo
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GapingMcNulty


3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-29-2014 05:35:35 | More by GapingMcNulty
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Auraan

Arizona

3.89/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: can

07-29-2014 02:50:20 | More by Auraan
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joeymrr

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +7%

07-28-2014 04:44:01 | More by joeymrr
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ttylicki

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-27-2014 01:00:23 | More by ttylicki
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Wilke68ok

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-26-2014 00:14:50 | More by Wilke68ok
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thufflife

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-24-2014 17:32:14 | More by thufflife
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RickR86

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-23-2014 22:24:37 | More by RickR86
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Drewski104


4/5  rDev +7%

07-20-2014 07:58:13 | More by Drewski104
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OkieMik

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +27%

07-19-2014 22:45:09 | More by OkieMik
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WarEagleJeep

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

07-16-2014 23:44:15 | More by WarEagleJeep
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Belittle

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-14-2014 16:44:01 | More by Belittle
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-12-2014 11:45:51 | More by jaswilson2
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +7%

07-08-2014 05:58:05 | More by GClarkage
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. No obvious can dating from what I can see.

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.

Aroma hints a bit towards dank a bit, a good amount of weedy smoke to go with it also. Small caramel through the smoke giving some nice sweetness hints at smoke caramel. Really dig it, and it's not overpowering either.

Palate comes through a little less surprising. Malted caramel forward a bit, hints of smoken ash and some slight weed grass like flavors. Slightly tinny a bit strangely, hints a little towards a juiced fruit flavor but with no fruit quality strangely. Good solid malt backbone and sweetness match nicely.

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

Serving type: can

07-07-2014 21:39:48 | More by smakawhat
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mobrockman

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

07-06-2014 17:29:15 | More by mobrockman
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miggs3030

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -19.8%

07-04-2014 05:01:03 | More by miggs3030
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Jonbw

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-02-2014 18:34:19 | More by Jonbw
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-02-2014 18:24:36 | More by Canada_Dan
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Pens1967

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-28-2014 16:22:30 | More by Pens1967
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HopsNSours


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

06-28-2014 04:05:35 | More by HopsNSours
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snarygare

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-28-2014 00:43:20 | More by snarygare
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CTbrew32

Oklahoma

3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Golden amber color with a one finger head. Thin foamy head lingers on giving this beer some lacing, albeit uneven.

Smell- Huge notes of pine and some caramel malt.

Taste- At first the piney notes overwhelm this beer with a spicey bitterness that isn't pleasant. However, this beer mellows out significantly as it warms up and allows for some nice orange/citrus fruit flavors to come through. Caramel malt provides a sweet balance.

Feel- Creamy and smooth. Slightly thin bodied with a slight lingering stickiness. Medium carbonation.

Overall- This is a solid ipa that redeems itself as it warms up. Worth trying, but considering the overall experience was 50/50 I probably won't repurchase this, at least in a 6 pack format.

Serving type: can

06-26-2014 21:12:23 | More by CTbrew32
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New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-26-2014 05:03:38 | More by M_chav
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Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.