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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

464 Ratings
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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 21
Gots: 53 | 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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This is one of my less favorite IPAs in a while, but I think that's my palate. I do see that this beer is fairly well made.

My favorite IPAs are balanced, with the hop abundance balanced with maltiness, or fruitness or something else. Happy Camper seems unbalanced to me, just a little too high on the pure bitterness scale, without enough else going to balance that out. If you want a high pucker factor in your IPAs, this may be for you.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, from a King Soopers in Glendale, Colorado

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of meshed gear-chain lace in parts around the glass as things genially sink away.

It smells of dank pine needles, a softer resinous spruce character, musty white grapefruit and navel orange, subtle table pepper spice, gritty, grainy pale malt, a weak caramel/toffee sweetness, and further leafy, grassy hops. The taste is less dank and more leafy in its forest floor detritus bitterness, with a steady citrus pith co-conspirator, a heightened grainy, biscuity, and wet bready maltiness, now sans any real sweetness, some fleeting flinty notes, and more weedy, grassy hop dingle-berries.

The bubbles are fairly active in their swirling frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, the hops displaying a modicum of either politeness or obtuseness at this point. It finishes just a touch off-dry, that grainy malt backbone still yelling at the kids from its rotting porch.

A pleasant enough IPA, the initial trendy dankness throwing me at first, as is the norm, but it soon settles into a simple bitterness-skewed, easy-drinking hop-head's dealio. Worth seeking out, beyond its convenient packaging and relative smoothness, when compared to wiping one's ass with the indigenous flora, apparently.

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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.