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Happy Camper IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA

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428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 48 | 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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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber/honey honey with a very thick foamy head (4 fingers). Head retention and lacing is excellent. Not much of a rival that I have seen there. Hoppy, citric aroma with resin. There is also a strong malty component to it. Bready. Strong malt backbone up front with a big piney hop. More of a spicy, resin taste at the end. Bitter aftertaste, but it does seem bready. Good beer, the maltiness is a little much when compared to the hops.

jngrizzaffi, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

BarrelAgedG, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Harrykennedy
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer/ipa. If you like this, try the modus hoperandi or the upslope ipa. The best of the Rockies. Can't wait to visit the sante fe brewery. Must try their other products. It,s all about the hops. Always is, always will be. Wish I could find 12 packs.

Harrykennedy, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated sixer of cans from Gomer's in Lee's Summit, MO.

Pours a crystalline amber orange, fully saturated color with a steady rising plume of carbonation visible in the center. Sticky collar of lacing on the opposite side of the glass. Cirrus patterned skim across the surface. Head fades fairly quickly.

Caramel malt aroma, multigrain bread crusts, mild pine and dried citrus peel.

Resiny pine and lightly sweet dried citrus, caramel malt breadiness, bitter orange marmalade on toast. Hops seem a little faded, not sure of the age of the cans. Medium bodied with a resiny hop bitterness, not as light and drinkable as some IPA's but still a pretty textbook example.

emerge077, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev 0%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of J_Dub
3/5  rDev -20%

J_Dub, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -20%

BcOneSeven, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of bmaxtothemax
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

bmaxtothemax, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of zgren
3.75/5  rDev 0%

zgren, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +6.7%

gtermi, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Tuck_leepulin, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of dorne29
3.75/5  rDev 0%

dorne29, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Zerojason99
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Zerojason99, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Westyn
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Sam_Davis
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Sam_Davis, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of csmalley
4/5  rDev +6.7%

csmalley, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of GapingMcNulty
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

GapingMcNulty, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of Auraan
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice, rich amber with two fingers of nice off-white head that slowly receded leaving abundant lacing. Very nice. Scents of pine resin and citrus, especially orange-like, juniper berries, fruity esters, and caramel with a bit of alcohol. A good, balanced IPA aroma, a bit lacking in depth, but not bad, nicely done. Flavor begins resinous and moderately bitter, with strong pine resin notes, some nice undertones of sweet pale malt and faint citrus peel. This moves into a more fruity middle with moderate bitterness, notes of orange flesh, orange peel and light alcohol notes, with a bit of pine resin and fruity esters. Finish is medium.-dry with notes of pine resin, alcohol, and a bit of citrus and grapefruit peel and pith with some fruity esters. Aftertaste is pine resin and grapefruit peel. A good IPA flavor profile, more piney than anything, quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, resinous and slightly drying with moderate-low carbonation. Quite nice and easy to drink, very nice and true to style. Overall this is a nice IPA. The aroma and flavor are nice and balanced and the mouthfeel is very appealing a good overall IPA and quite good.

Auraan, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of joeymrr
4/5  rDev +6.7%

joeymrr, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of ttylicki
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

ttylicki, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Wilke68ok
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Wilke68ok, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of thufflife
3.75/5  rDev 0%

thufflife, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of RickR86
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

RickR86, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Drewski104
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Drewski104, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of OkieMik
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

OkieMik, Jul 19, 2014
Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.