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Happy Camper IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA

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very good

403 Ratings
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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 18
Gots: 40 | 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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1/5  rDev -73.3%

thebeeler, Aug 17, 2013
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1/5  rDev -73.3%

MichaelShearer, May 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.7%

mrjrjohn12, Aug 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.7%

WritersBlock, Jun 07, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.7%

nearengine, Aug 07, 2013
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2.05/5  rDev -45.3%

12oz can poured into a pint glass. No stamped date. Acquired from Side Door Liquor Store in El Paso, TX.

Appearance - Slightly cloudy amber body. Rocky two finger offwhite head with good stick and retention.

Smell - Very hoppy. Grassy. Hay. Faint malt presence.

Taste - Metallic. Plastic. Acidic. Some bitter hop and faint malt undercurrent.

Mouthfeel - Astringent. Very solvent. Light to medium bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Perhaps this brewery should start stamping their cans, because I can't tell if this beer is past it's prime or if it's just unpleasant regardless.

ZenAgnostic, Nov 06, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -40%

SuomiHobbit, Feb 23, 2014
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2.4/5  rDev -36%

Free can sent by our distributor at work, probably ever so slightly over code so rating may not be exactly fair.

A: It pours somewhere between a true pale and an amber, with a decent amount of lacing.

S: It reminds me of camping, which with its name is perfect, thick amounts of pine and fresh air.

T: Ugh. Its not bad, just between the appearance and smell I was hoping for something as monumental as the build up, and it wasn't. Overwhelming amounts of bitter citrus with alfalfa taste.

M: Sits thick and syrupy, which is weird as no malt taste to it.

O: Could be better, not the worst there is at an IPA though. Almost there, if they upped the actual darker malts and changed it from 'ipa' to India Red ale, I would like it better.

Aluman, Jul 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

mobrockman, Jul 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

JSchock7, Jun 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Flabbyjandro, May 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

crobinso, Nov 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

ATXRyan, Jul 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

prock180, Aug 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

corekneelius, Aug 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

TexAg11, Jun 20, 2014
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2.84/5  rDev -24.3%

I am not a purist on appearances but I want my IPA's to be yellow/gold/orange, never brown. This IPA is brown. Small head with decent lacing. Smell is very piney with biscuit. Pine does not come through in the taste though. Mostly bitter with a little malt sweetness. This is drinkable, but not sessionable. Decent try from this brewer, but could use some work.

3sheets2wind, Jul 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

jason_nwx, Feb 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

BGsWo22, May 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

blastoderm55, Jul 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

J_Dub, Aug 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

jrenn, Jan 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

ACY73, May 14, 2013
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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.