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Happy Camper IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA

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396 Ratings
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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 17
Gots: 38 | 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 joeworrall:
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joeworrall

Arizona

3.34/5  rDev -10.7%

Tonight I am comparing several different IPA's that are all poured from a can. In addition to this one, I am tasting Ska Brewing's Modus Hoperendi IPA, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA and Marble Brewery IPA.

This beer is unique in that it produced a bodacious head when poured into a large tuplip glass, an inch high, that gradually settled down to about 1/8". Color is orange / dark amber and the aroma is both malt and hops - slightly sweet with more of a stone fruit flavor than citrus or pine. Hops are a blend of Cascade, Simcoe, Bravo, Amarillo & Summit; and the malt is a blend of 3, but the malt flavor is not as evident as the fruity hops that dominate this fine brew.

It would be interesting to taste this head-to-head with Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, which has similar hop characteristics.

10-21-2013 00:56:36 | More by joeworrall
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +7%

05-13-2014 02:44:22 | More by tbryan5
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SuomiHobbit

Connecticut

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

02-23-2014 02:42:21 | More by SuomiHobbit
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Kappakoosh

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-26-2013 02:41:03 | More by Kappakoosh
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -13.6%

12oz can. Pours a clear dark gold with a medium creamy off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready malts and some piney resiny hops.

The flavor is tarry, grassy, resiny, kind of funky hops with a little sweet bready malts in the background. There's a good deal of bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste - kind of metallic though. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some low but prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's got good bitterness, but is not really balanced at all. It doesn't have the hop flavors I usually like (more fruity). Hop flavors were a bit funky - reminding me of Gubna (Summit?), but didn't like it as well in this one due to lack of balance.

01-07-2011 00:57:54 | More by Beaver13
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.8%

05-16-2013 02:05:50 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Billolick

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

12 ounce can, w/o freshness info that I can find.

Pours medium amber, hazed, oatmeal head, stays nicely and on the loser side. Leaves ample low slippery sheeting and light strands of lace.

Pine and grapefruit notes in the hoppy nose.

More grapefruit, resins and pine on the tongue, moderate in their assault on the taste buds. Sweet malt makes an appearance but its muted compared to the hops.

Nothing special, just another better then average and easy drinking IPA. Worth a try and def would work in a cooler at the beach, camping or wherever a few cold and hoppy ones make sense

07-17-2013 16:35:51 | More by Billolick
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JoelDaveScott


3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-13-2014 12:34:56 | More by JoelDaveScott
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DonGuido

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-23-2014 01:04:45 | More by DonGuido
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

Seems to have a gleaming quality to its color, depending on the light, angle, etc. . . this beer rocks some yellow, gold, red, amber, ruby and brown. Super big piney aroma, this is how dry hopping is done.

Taste, remains piney, very bitter, totally enjoyable. This is a great example of awesome canned ipa. Bitter, hoppy, sure a little metallic, but its all the 'metallic' flavors in a can. Mouthfeel, its straightforward, hoppy, piney, dry.

Good stuff.

EDIT: I've had so many compromised cans of this since my original 4.33/5 review. I can't possibly keep it that high anymore. Stamp the date on your cans, I'm tired of drinking old hops.

10-24-2010 05:24:58 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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kwkdmk

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-13-2014 01:15:30 | More by kwkdmk
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-16-2014 01:35:22 | More by sgttibbs
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-28-2014 22:41:37 | More by Schlafly33
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7%

02-10-2014 14:48:31 | More by richkrull
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Auraan

Arizona

3.89/5  rDev +4%

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.

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

New Mexico

4.65/5  rDev +24.3%

Medium head falls pretty quick leaving a nice lacing with a small biscuity head in the middle of the glass, above a clear golden bronze colored IPA

Heavy hops smell accented with pine and citrus, with a light sweetness coming through.

Citrus and pine hops heavy taste, this is why I drink IPAs, heavy rich hops taste, with just a slight bit of a sweet malt following the initial hoppiness.

A medium bodied beer with a dry slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

A damn good IPA, I think I'll have a couple more of these, later.

07-30-2011 00:10:10 | More by LXIXME
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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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mdaschaf

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

Thanks to bentwookie for this one! Like the can art a lot.

A: Pours an orange/copper color with a one finger white, foamy head on top. Decent retention with thin, but rings of lace around the glass.

S: Nice grapefruit up front, a little bit of grass and some spicy hops. A little bit of caramel on the back end.

T: Again, grapefruit up front, with a little more citrus than the aroma. Not much in the way of pine or grassy, and not as spicy either. Overall, it is more of a rind flavor than fruit.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Easy drinking with a slightly dry finish.

O: Pretty good IPA. Still on a can kick, can't get enough. Hope to try the other Santa Fe offerings at some point.

12-07-2011 03:17:55 | More by mdaschaf
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MeadGuyfromMD

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7%

02-16-2012 21:42:21 | More by MeadGuyfromMD
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brewerburgundy

California

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

12oz can, Boulevard tulip, no discernible freshness date.

Super clear amber beer with a very nice example of the standard off-white head. Initially there were three fingers of this. The retention is quite good, as is the lacing. I rarely, if ever, comment on packaging but the fact that this is in a can that is very simple, elegant, and identifiable bumps up the score.

Very minty and perfumed, earthy pine and grapefruit, abrasive, but not without a hearty caramel and biscuit backbone. This must be acceptably fresh because these hops are wonderfully resiny and juicy.

Caramel malt restrained by graininess begins things but is quickly submerged beneath moderate-high bitterness and hop flavors of earthy pine, grapefruit, sugary pears, rosemary, mint, tangerine, and peppery perfume. I'm being restrained not to give this a 4.5, I'm really digging it. A little drier and this would be a monster.

Creamy in the mouth and tending towards thick. The body is big.

I'd love for this to get dried out a bit. I like the malt bill and love the hopping but it's a little sweet for an IPA to do more than one at a time.

01-16-2011 23:02:51 | More by brewerburgundy
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

06-28-2012 01:59:37 | More by fiedler84
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zachobrien


3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-16-2014 21:41:31 | More by zachobrien
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dbossman

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +7%

A: Clear copper hue with a steady one-inch head; lacing is decent

S: Citrus and pine hop aromas up front with a solid, sweet bready malt base lingering underneath

T: Pine, herbs, grass, and citrus mingle up front with loads of pleasant bitterness that are followed by a slightly burnt yet sweet bready malt undertones

F: Medium body with oily, sticky texture

O: A real solid IPA: bitter up front, quickly followed by a sweet malt base--nice beer

10-22-2011 14:32:16 | More by dbossman
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured into a pint glass. Transparent amber color with a half finger of head. Good lacing.

Smell was faint, picked up some grapefruit.

No doubt that it tastes like an IPA. Bitter hops all over the taste profile. Sharp bitterness, but really nice. The malt shows itself late, but the hops still rule.

Feels soft and smooth. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Good and straight forward IPA. Try if you find it.

03-04-2012 17:03:15 | More by Fatehunter
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

12-15-2011 02:36:53 | More by jheezee
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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.