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Happy Camper IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA

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302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%


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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

opaque hazy burnt amber with a thick off white, frothy pillow like head. Thick gooey lace poured down the glass and lingered long after it was empty.

strong piney hops very much balanced against a nice mellowed malt sweetness. Smell did seem kinda muted though, could have been more full. was slick, with not alot of carbonation. Taste was very bitter with a dry finish, but not llong lingering as I had hoped. Came off a little oily, with a lot of bitter piney flavor.

Serving type: can

10-20-2011 01:34:04 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a light cloudy golden-amber color with a big white head.

S: Really a nice grapefruit aroma to this. It's very dank. Tons of floral and spicy hops, too. There's just a mild pine and even less malt aroma. Who knew such a pungent IPA aroma could come from New Mexico?

T: Sort of a lackluster flavor, unfortunately. There's still a bit of grapefruit and orange peel, but the flavor isn't so intense. There's some stale bread and a light malt sweetness, as well. A few hints of floral hops and a light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: I thought the nose was awesome, but the flavor just really fell off.

Serving type: can

09-05-2011 21:47:41 | More by womencantsail
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with 3 fingers of tan head. Very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Pineyness, tangerine & some woody hops

T: Follows the nose, along with bready notes & dryness up front. Some caramel & pineyness as this warms. Finishes with herbal & piney notes & dryness, plus much grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation , good balance

Though not a complex, this reminds me a lot Ska Modus Hoperandi & serve as a decent substitute to it ( Ska not always available near-by & never for sale in Oklahoma ). Would happily pick up this again when looking at canned IPAs

Serving type: can

10-17-2011 13:34:13 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pale, crystal, and Carapils malt scent along with a mild hop nose that showcases piney/floral hop notes. The taste is good. It has a smooth, balanced flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It's complex with just a hint of caramel sweetness. The hop character is mild with a nice piney bitterness and flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an enjoyable IPA with lots of character. It's easy drinking with only a moderate hop bitterness.

Serving type: can

10-25-2012 20:59:28 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay, canned IPAs, great. Thanks to dcloeren for this one.

The gurgling pour from the can into the snifter yields a fluffy creamy looking 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace with nice thick lacing, over mostly clear honey orange colored beer.

NOse brings plenty of fresh hops, a nice hoppy aroma, fresh citrus and a bit of resin, hint of tropical fruit like a light musty passion fruit and guava almost. A light fluffy malt underneath, a hint of tangerine and light clementine like citrus.

Taste starts with a light fluffy malt with hint of reddish malt like flavor, but quickly brings hops. A light airy aromatic floral hop start, a little grassy, light resins and citrus. A bit of tropical fruit as well, more clementine and hint passion fruit with the musty resin. A decent bitterness that doesn't bite too much but rounds off evenly at first. As it finishes it dries a bit and gets a nice bitter bite, a decent bitter orange rind like flavor with more light resin and hint of pine even.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy with lots of carbonation.

Overall pretty good actually. This is what base IPAs should be, a bit lighter, very drinkable, nice bitterness that increases with a dry finish, great effervescent hops, light resin and citrus, bit tropical fruit, nothing wrong at all, just a very drinkable IPA, from a can no less!

Serving type: can

11-10-2012 03:08:03 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can stamp of 106220311; Sampled November 2011
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a light tan colored head that starts out a finger in height. The beer is darkish, amber hue that shows a really murky amber / copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of crystal malt and light hops (at least for a typical IPA); aromatic notes of sweet tea, toasted brown cracker like malt, caramelized bread crust and some spicy grain character round out the malt aromas, while the hop notes produce soft notes of grapefruit zest, some ripe orange zest and perhaps a touch of ripe tangelo zest.

The beer has a nicely bitter and herbal hop bite to it as it first hits my palate, the finish sees a strong crystal malt character come through as well as more bitterness, though the bitterness is not as much as it was up front. Flavors of pine seem to be the defining hop character in this beer, though there are subtler, supporting notes of grapefruit zest and perhaps even some lemon zest like notes. The beer is fairly light bodied, though it does have a chewy quality to it; ultimately it is perhaps a touch on the medium bodied side of the spectrum for an IPA. The crystal malt distracts with flavors of sweet tea, slightly nutty brown grain cracker notes and a lingering toasted maltiness in the finish. There is a definite herbal edge to the pine-like hop character here, but I wish there was also a vibrant citrus or hop fruit character to go along with it. As the beer warms up a touch more citrus character starts to become noticeable, though it isn’t quite enough to scratch my particular itch.

Really not all that great of a beer; I was really hoping for a freshly vibrant, hoppy beer and this just isn’t really delivering. This does have a significant hop character it is just more focused on the herbaceous pine notes and a firm bitterness rather than the expressive, fruity American hop overload that American IPAs typically achieve; it makes me wonder if this beer isn’t as fresh as it should be, though I just picked it up from the store today. At the end of the day this is not a horrible beer, it is even somewhat enjoyable, but I wouldn’t mind trying this some other time on the hops that this particular can might be a bit old.

Serving type: can

02-15-2012 03:33:32 | More by Gueuzedude
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mactrail

California

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big snort of Cascade hops in the mix. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Rich with malt, but the big story is hops and more hops. Rather light bodied. Flowery, just a touch of resin, and fragrant. Not really that bitter, but more hops than I know what to do with. Nice appearance with a good topper on the amber brew. Clean and spicy.

If you're looking for a great hop blast without the tonsil curling bitter end, this is a very forgiving IPA.

Serving type: can

07-11-2011 04:47:43 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

easily the best santa fe brew ive tried to date. it is more of an american pale than an ipa in my opinion, theres plenty of malt reminicent of the saranac pale ale or another hoppy beer with a bigger english malt profile. it smells like english malt and piney hops in equal proportion, citric a little, but there is no acid here, its just robust flavors and textures. the mouthfeel has a ton of texture, thick and malty at first, but mellowing to a well carbonated bittersweet ipa with a semiquick finish and a touch of caramel left over. i agree with the label, its better than wiping your rear with a pinecone, a whole lot better!

Serving type: can

09-21-2012 05:51:10 | More by StonedTrippin
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Billolick

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving type: can

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

Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

Serving type: can

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

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gracious gift from xpimptastikx. Thanks Michael.

The beer is clear and orange to copper in color with a half inch of white head. The aroma is a bit mild, offering some hops, pine, and a touch of malt sweetness. Hop forward, though the hops are not particularly aggressive. Pretty well balanced, with a malt presence sneaking in near the finish. Light in body with lingering pine bitterness. Overall, a decent beer. Nothing terribly exciting, but certainly easy to enjoy a pint or two.

Serving type: can

01-07-2012 05:48:22 | More by Huhzubendah
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superspak

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can. Pours slightly cloudy orange amber color with a nice dense 2.5 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap that lasts. Some very nice lacing coats the glass as you drink as well. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, and spice. Nice aromas with good strength, standard IPA stuff here. Taste of orange, grapefruit, pine and caramel. Big sweetness on the front with a decently strong bitterness on the finish that lasts with pine, caramel, and citrus flavor. Medium carbonation and body, very creamy and smooth as well, very drinkable. No alcohol in the taste or finish. Overall an excellent well rounded IPA. I would pick this up if it was readily available, perhaps for some camping?

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 20:00:01 | More by superspak
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Tone

Missouri

3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold/copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus, hint of grass, hint of earthy malt, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level and average bitterness. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, floral notes, hint of earthy malt, and hint of hop oils. Overall, good appearance and feel, but average aroma and body.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 15:35:20 | More by Tone
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a mostly clear, light copper color with an impressive cap of tan head that leaves nice sheets of lace. Good looker here.

Nose leans towards tropical and citric hops but there is a definite caramel, almost toffee malt presence that is most balancing indeed. Interesting, and has a nutty characteristic most of SFBC brews have exhibited before.

Taste shows a nutty hoppiness that is both unique and fun. Refreshing, clean hop body is totally slurpable and goes down easy. I am thoroughly impressed with this beer. I must admit that most SFBC offerings I have had have been average at best, but they have stepped up their game recently and I am glad for it. Try this if you CAN...you wont be disappointed.

Serving type: can

09-14-2011 04:18:33 | More by twiggamortis420
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Central Waters tulip.
6.6% ABV, no date.
(Reviewed 06-07-11 - from notes)

Thanks for the brew Todd!

A - Beautifully clear rusty bronze in color with a dense two-finger off-white head. Good retention with patchy fingers of lace cling to the glass.

S - Resiny pine citrus floods the air with potency that can be smelled a foot away. Mildly tart fruity undertones could both be yeast esters or the hops. Nice exotic fruit nose. Good malt backbone and caramel notes.

T - Sweet caramel malt underlines piny resin hops and exotic melon with a dry, lightly bitter finish.

M - Medium-bodied but crisp and smooth with a nice balance and level dry hop bitterness.

O - On a scorcher like today, this beer, dispite it's higher alcohol content, is a refreshing IPA. Good drinkability.

Serving type: can

12-31-2012 20:32:57 | More by BeerFMAndy
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another can provided by the can man, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops, some citrus notes. Taste is also big on hops, some malts, just a touch of citrus, very bitter at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: can

10-08-2011 14:16:18 | More by tone77
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blackie

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: copper-amber in color, slight particulate haze, nice head that retains a full layer

s: nice moderate citrusy hop aroma - mostly grapefruit rind style, slight sweet juice, caramel malts with a lightly toasted edge, hops pleasingly fresh and resinous, good stuff

m: carbonated to a light-moderate level, body around medium with a touch of malt weight

t: grapefruit rind hop flavors accompany slightly toasted caramel malts, nice pithy bitterness moves in quickly, growing well into the finish and becoming quite strong, the touch of sugars found at the start being swept up in the process

o: a straightforward ipa that has some nice hop aroma and a satisfying bitterness - no problems here

Serving type: can

03-29-2011 05:36:02 | More by blackie
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woosterbill

Connecticut

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

12oz can (love the minimalist design) into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing.

A: Clear, deep reddish-amber body with an inch of nicely creamy off-white head. Ok retention, good lace. Not bad.

S: Straightforward, predominantly hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, leafiness, and a touch of caramel malt as well. Solid.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front, fruity hops on the finish. Nice, cleanly bitter aftertaste. Pleasant, but a bit overloaded with sweetness.

M: Slick, frothy medium body. Fine.

O: This is a solid, but entirely unremarkable, example of the style. I'd certainly be happy to buy it, though, as I'm a sucker for craft cans.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

10-30-2011 18:13:08 | More by woosterbill
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A funky plain can design, but I knew it was Santa Fe immediately.
Pours a dark golden/acorn body with clarity that made it look lighter. Semi-soapy head, clinging a bit for lacing. Looks pretty good.
Aroma has mostly pine and florals. Sweet bread is dipped in pine juice it seems. A bit grassy.

Grass and pine are the hop centers, with some citrus coming through a bit in the end. The florals seem to be from the yeast as a bready finish calms down the hops. This is easy drinking with a good bite on the end. Maybe not as clean as I prefer, but crisp anyways.

Serving type: can

03-14-2011 20:46:35 | More by Mebuzzard
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, picked this up because it was new and I figured it was fresh, it was. Clear orange color with plenty of sticky lacing. Smells piney and yet a little catty, simcoe? Tastes very piney, reminds me of sweetwater ipa a little. This is definitely a hoppy ipa but I'm not sure I love the hop profile.

Serving type: can

11-30-2010 03:48:27 | More by ArrogantB
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up as part of a mixed six pack at Lukas tonight. Poured a medium amber color with a decent off white head. Nice floral/piney hop aroma. On the palate, medium bodied and drinkable, with tons of floral/piney hops, a little lemon and sweet malt. A very nice ipa.

Serving type: can

12-15-2010 03:53:21 | More by emmasdad
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Alaska

3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On the can: best by 8/22/2013:

Into a pint glass:

A: orange colored body mostly clear with a one finger white foamy head that rises and falls fairly quickly - it takes about twenty seconds to settle into the body, slightly thick foamy lacing clings to the sides of the pint glass

S: strong malts up front, but a good about of citrusy hops come out to play

T: a balanced sweet citrus/malty flavoring, slightly buttery aftertaste, sweet dry finish

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable, seems to get a bit oily here and there on the tongue and mouth, carbonation is good for the style and for me

O: I say this is a good AIPA, though close to an EIPA, might not necessarily seek it out right away, but would welcome it again

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 23:01:43 | More by BeerKangaroo
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allengarvin

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly nice pour... The beer is a nice mahogany amber, and the head really develops nicely, becomes a solid-inch thick crown of froth that is slow to dissipate. The nose is not as exciting. It provides some moderate woody, rosin-like hop notes, but not much else. Flavor is a better mix, with sweet malt vying with piney hops. Bitterness is actually not too high for an IPA, allowing the toasty, lightly caramel malt to make a nice showing. The body is a tad thin, but otherwise a pretty good beer.

Serving type: can

08-15-2011 00:33:11 | More by allengarvin
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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.