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Happy Camper IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA

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355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | 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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OCdrummer7271

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +27%

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

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-19-2013 00:53:35 | More by Stevotex
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.8%

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

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to StonedTrippin for including this guy in our trade. We crack the tab and pour a brew of solid golden orange into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a cakey two and a half finger head of toasted marshmallow colored bubbles, showing great retention. Geographic lacing is left around the glass as it eventually goes. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be lightly moderate. The aroma is massively toasty, lightly biscuity, and robustly hoppy, with bright citric and grass hops. Filling the gaps are notes of caramel, plastics, light booziness, butters, raw carrot juice, faint lactics, ginger root, soft banana esters, and more sourdough breadiness with warmth. Our first impression is the flavors are much more heavily to the malt side, as the hops fall away, but the final blend is sweet and pleasant. As we sip, the taste begins with caramel malts, white sugar sweetness, earthen honey, tannic lemon breakfast tea, honeydew melon, tinny metallics, lighter grassy hop bitterness, and sweet banana ester fruitiness. The middle comes to a peak with enhanced sweetness of residual dextrins, more bready caramel and pale malts, syrupy red raisins, and white flour. Washing through the finish is a blend of sweet toffees, drying and resiny hop stems, peppery booze, herbal tea leafiness, continued toasty pale malts, nectarine fleshiness, and floral honey sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of black pepper, herbal and grassy hop bite, weedy greenness, bread pudding, cloying raisin bite, mineral, chalked yeasted, and fusel airs of booze. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. The mouth is wetly coated, with nice tannic astringency down the hard palate and tongue. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, and frothiness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its drinkability and balance through both the nose and the flavoring. At first this guy takes you a bit by surprise because the malts are sweet and tannic, giving both juiciness and dryness to compete with one another. While the heavy maltiness may deter the stalwart hophead, the balance from the hops is definitely there. These give grass, earth, and even some light soapiness way back on the aftertaste to effectively cut the bready, dextrin cloy of the grain. This is an exciting brew that hits all of the senses, while giving you a little bit extra to ponder.

Serving type: can

05-16-2013 01:07:19 | More by TheBrewo
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HouvilleSwamp

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

05-14-2013 22:32:15 | More by HouvilleSwamp
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ACY73

California

3/5  rDev -19.8%

05-14-2013 19:59:54 | More by ACY73
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BucannonXC5

California

3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 4, 2013
Misc.: Best by July 10, 2013

Poured a dark caramel orange clear color with 1-2 fingers of khaki white head. Below-to-minimal lacing on the sides. Average retention on the top all the way down.

Tough to get any smells out. Worked hard and got some citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, caramel malts and buttery malts.

Tasted similar to the nose, which isn’t saying that much. Got bitter buttery hops, orange, caramel malts, tropical hops and orange rind. Could definitely taste the alcohol.

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, refreshing finish.

I was hoping for better, but was ultimately disappointed.

Serving type: can

05-09-2013 06:52:43 | More by BucannonXC5
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Sturmthis

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-09-2013 02:58:18 | More by Sturmthis
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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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bh123

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-02-2013 03:20:22 | More by bh123
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ajtorres311

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

05-01-2013 15:31:23 | More by ajtorres311
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint.

A: Hazy, orange golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Lots of beer ring lacing.

S: Pine, honey, orange peel, and clove.

T: Very piney hop, accentuated with just a touch of sweetness and orange citrus. Something of a floral character.

M: Mouth puckering hop. Bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy, the hop will dictate it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Interesting hazy coloration, nice head, and some pretty thick persistent lacing. Nose is very strong pine, with a little honey and spice. Very bitter floral hop, balanced with some sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: can

05-01-2013 04:39:01 | More by bmwats
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Perducci

Arizona

4/5  rDev +7%

04-27-2013 02:40:40 | More by Perducci
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a thin tan head. Aromas of musty hops. Taste begins with a bit of citrus, then caramel, and a herbal, piney finish. Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is a bit low for the style. Overall a decent IPA. The can is a huge plus too .

Serving type: can

04-06-2013 21:27:16 | More by tronester
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zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-03-2013 23:44:37 | More by zeff80
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-02-2013 11:31:40 | More by cbcrunch
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dannykugler

Oregon

4/5  rDev +7%

03-27-2013 04:19:30 | More by dannykugler
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cfh64

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-24-2013 20:33:21 | More by cfh64
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denver10

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel orange with a nice effervescent off white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is sweet florals, grapefruit, a touch of pine, biscuit and caramel. Flavor prettty much follows suit.
A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, a solid amercian pale ale. Definitely something I would drink again.

Serving type: can

03-22-2013 02:09:41 | More by denver10
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Cvescalante

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-11-2013 19:56:48 | More by Cvescalante
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JeffSuttonTX

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-11-2013 02:39:24 | More by JeffSuttonTX
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RudnicsMEB

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%

03-05-2013 01:50:47 | More by RudnicsMEB
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tan to orange and clear, pretty good head and lacing.

Aroma is citrus rind, pine, hops.

Flavor is pretty nice, good citrusy component, good hoppiness, pine, some resiny notes, malt base is ample with some bread and some light caramel.

Body is medium, slick, slightly oily, medium carbonation.

Overall it's nice, and one of the few canned IPAs available. I wouldn't mind taking a few out on the boat for a day of fishin'.

Serving type: can

03-04-2013 21:16:25 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Packard

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

03-04-2013 05:17:19 | More by Packard
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nzerbe

New York

3/5  rDev -19.8%

03-03-2013 22:40:34 | More by nzerbe
Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.