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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

402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Belittle, Jul 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jaswilson2, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. No obvious can dating from what I can see.

Great looking brew, crystal clear body with thin and just plentiful but not too much carbonation. Copper orange clarity and glowing like a dark lantern. Head is creamed yellow and four fingers tall, thick capped retention, and big chunky lacing. In short what a great looking IPA should be.

Aroma hints a bit towards dank a bit, a good amount of weedy smoke to go with it also. Small caramel through the smoke giving some nice sweetness hints at smoke caramel. Really dig it, and it's not overpowering either.

Palate comes through a little less surprising. Malted caramel forward a bit, hints of smoken ash and some slight weed grass like flavors. Slightly tinny a bit strangely, hints a little towards a juiced fruit flavor but with no fruit quality strangely. Good solid malt backbone and sweetness match nicely.

An interesting take on an IPA, I dig it quite a bit.

smakawhat, Jul 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

mobrockman, Jul 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

miggs3030, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Jonbw, Jul 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Canada_Dan, Jul 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Pens1967, Jun 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

HopsNSours, Jun 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

snarygare, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of CTbrew32
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearance- Golden amber color with a one finger head. Thin foamy head lingers on giving this beer some lacing, albeit uneven.

Smell- Huge notes of pine and some caramel malt.

Taste- At first the piney notes overwhelm this beer with a spicey bitterness that isn't pleasant. However, this beer mellows out significantly as it warms up and allows for some nice orange/citrus fruit flavors to come through. Caramel malt provides a sweet balance.

Feel- Creamy and smooth. Slightly thin bodied with a slight lingering stickiness. Medium carbonation.

Overall- This is a solid ipa that redeems itself as it warms up. Worth trying, but considering the overall experience was 50/50 I probably won't repurchase this, at least in a 6 pack format. (80/100)

CTbrew32, Jun 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

M_chav, Jun 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

CraigTravor, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Evango, Jun 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

TexAg11, Jun 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Snaketooth, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

afsdan, Jun 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

ChaseTheAce, Jun 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

zachobrien, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

EGreen, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

JoelDaveScott, Jun 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Rhettroactive, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

kwkdmk, Jun 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

DoubleYourD, Jun 12, 2014
Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.