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Happy Camper IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA

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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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slawless04

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +33.7%

11-15-2011 02:07:34 | More by slawless04
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bentwookie

Texas

5/5  rDev +33.7%

11-14-2011 17:25:34 | More by bentwookie
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +33.7%

11-15-2011 19:48:30 | More by ElGallo
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Christoba3

California

5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Serving type: can

05-22-2013 18:41:58 | More by Christoba3
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BrockLanders

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +27%

06-08-2013 20:44:01 | More by BrockLanders
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OkieMik

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +27%

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OCdrummer7271

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +27%

05-19-2013 23:34:25 | More by OCdrummer7271
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 00:10:10 | More by LXIXME
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jbsg02

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a GREAT IPA and could tell that from the first sip. Pours a nice light amber color typical of an IPA. Nice hop aroma, not overpowering on aroma. This is a very nice balanced IPA, still some nice malt flavors coming in under the bitterness from the hops. Nothing wrong at all with the mouthfeel. Def give this IPA a try if you like American IPA's like Sierra Nevada Torpedo.

edit: I'm adding that the can I have tastes VERY fresh, which is great for an IPA as they will lose hop flavor and aroma over time.

Serving type: can

01-27-2012 02:28:15 | More by jbsg02
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sigej

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

12-22-2011 23:58:28 | More by sigej
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New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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WarEagleJeep

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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justinlaz

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

08-25-2012 16:06:40 | More by justinlaz
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jenray

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

12-10-2011 02:39:36 | More by jenray
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mjurney

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Amber color, slight haziness. Few little bubbles. Head looks very nice, chunky looking.

Aroma:
Fresh hop aroma... Citrus, piney, touch of grassy. Sweet bready malts.

Taste:
Fresh hop flavor up front... Citrus burst. I get some piney with touch of grassy. Sweet bready malts that balance the beer, a little honey sweetness. I get orange peel and spiciness at the end. Body is very crisp.

Finish:
Very crisp finish, a little dry. Nice citrus aftertast that lingers very well.

Overall:
Wow! I can't believe this is from Santa Fe Brewing? This is an awesome IPA!!

Serving type: can

03-19-2011 22:32:04 | More by mjurney
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Packard

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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Mortarforker

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

07-19-2013 01:44:23 | More by Mortarforker
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LeafCutter

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an off-white creamy head, about two finger widths, and leaves nice off white lacing.

Smell - a sweet caramel nose joined with a great mild/slightly citrus hop aroma.

Taste - Bitterness is right on. For the hoppy earthy tones, citrus aftertaste the mild caramel sweetness, it's a very well balanced taste. Carbonation doesn't appear to be there, but the mouthfeel of carbonation is very nice and bubbly for an IPA, and leaves a very fresh feeling in your mouth.

Overall- I would buy this beer again. My only wish is that it was a little cheaper. It has great, fresh hop flavor without the harsh bitterness. To me, this is an IPA that you would use on non-IPA lovers, and turn them into one.. Extremely well balanced, slightly sweet, good malty backbone, and wonderful hop flavor/aroma, finishing you with a citrus freshness in your mouth, begging for another sip.

Serving type: can

08-18-2011 21:59:46 | More by LeafCutter
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LoboRowBoat

New Mexico

4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great head on this hoppy IPA with a strong bite, and a fresh, woody aftertaste. All-in-all, this is high quality beer. If you prefer quality, as opposed to quantity, then you should definitely try a Happy Camper. At 6.6%, it also goes great with dinner!

Serving type: can

10-09-2013 02:42:18 | More by LoboRowBoat
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crusian

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from local bottle shop. Rating by style of an American ipa... not a double or imperial.
Pours a nice light amber with about a finger of head... nice lacing ring...
Nose has some bubble gum, citrus, grass, hay and pine... in that order...it actually has all the features of american hops. Can't say i have actually had an aipa that has all of them on the nose so distinctly. That being said, it is not the best smelling aipa I have had, just has all those distinct odors. It is very nice though.
Taste has a nice malt body and a lot of pine. The pine is the most prevalent, and has a hint of citrus underneath it. Slick oily mouthfeel.
Rating this as a regular ipa, it is really great. not huge like a double or imperial, but this is one of the best aipas I have had. Amazing they can cram this much into 6.6%

Serving type: can

06-15-2011 22:49:51 | More by crusian
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kmatlack

California

4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 6 pack of cans at Mr. G's in Plano. Poured into my Stone "Hoppy Fathers Day" pint glass.

A- Pours an attractively clear orange yellow with a half finger of off-white head that dissipates into a very thin head that sits nicely on top of the beer.

S- A super bold hoppy aroma on the nose. Pine, citrus, grassy, earthy, more pine, sweet malts, candy, caramel. It just smells fresh. Awesome.

T- Nice and sweet malts up front, soon followed by an onslaught of piney, resiny hops, very well balanced. Makes me want to be outside. Even my burps taste good. Only downside is a lingering bitterness, not ideal.

M- Smooth, oily, almost slick mouthfeel. Not over carbonated, easy drinking.

O- This is a great IPA. Love that it comes in cans, more breweries should use them. No date on the can but it was super fresh. Bravo Santa Fe, Bravo. IDK why people are giving this a B, solid A in my book. Im glad ive got 5 more.

Serving type: can

08-22-2011 20:17:48 | More by kmatlack
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another CAN to further The CANQuest (TM), thanks to indiapaleale.

Music: Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains' "New Mexico Song".

From the CAN: "Wiping your rear with a pine cone is about as rough as camping should get. That's why we invented this portable IPA in a [CAN]. A hoppy, refreshing beverage that goes great with campfires, bears, granola, and mosquito repellent. Happy camping!"

I am not a big camper, so I'm just going to do my Crack & Glug action in my kitchen, where I usually review beers. I got a foamy finger of tawny head with good retention. Nose was filled with piney hops that filled the air with their tang. That does make me happy! Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Mouthfeel was medium with a great piney hoppiness initially, coupled with a caramel sweetness underneath. Finish was equally hoppy, followed by caramel sweetness, then a breathtaking return of the hops. Phew! This is definitely a CANdidate for the cooler.

Serving type: can

09-06-2010 22:53:51 | More by woodychandler
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calcio360jrd

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this today on draft at the brewery today.

This beer has a lot going well for it. It had that typical hoppy smell that ipa's have, but the taste was far superior to most ipa's I've had lately. Nice golden color and 6.6 abv made this a very well rounded ipa. Going to send some of this home to fla and do some side to side comparisons with other popular ipa's, I think this will fare well against most of the big boys.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 05:58:20 | More by calcio360jrd
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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.