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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

407 Ratings
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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 17
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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Photo of crusian
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from local bottle shop. Rating by style of an American ipa... not a double or imperial.
Pours a nice light amber with about a finger of head... nice lacing ring...
Nose has some bubble gum, citrus, grass, hay and pine... in that order...it actually has all the features of american hops. Can't say i have actually had an aipa that has all of them on the nose so distinctly. That being said, it is not the best smelling aipa I have had, just has all those distinct odors. It is very nice though.
Taste has a nice malt body and a lot of pine. The pine is the most prevalent, and has a hint of citrus underneath it. Slick oily mouthfeel.
Rating this as a regular ipa, it is really great. not huge like a double or imperial, but this is one of the best aipas I have had. Amazing they can cram this much into 6.6%

crusian, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of kmatlack
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 6 pack of cans at Mr. G's in Plano. Poured into my Stone "Hoppy Fathers Day" pint glass.

A- Pours an attractively clear orange yellow with a half finger of off-white head that dissipates into a very thin head that sits nicely on top of the beer.

S- A super bold hoppy aroma on the nose. Pine, citrus, grassy, earthy, more pine, sweet malts, candy, caramel. It just smells fresh. Awesome.

T- Nice and sweet malts up front, soon followed by an onslaught of piney, resiny hops, very well balanced. Makes me want to be outside. Even my burps taste good. Only downside is a lingering bitterness, not ideal.

M- Smooth, oily, almost slick mouthfeel. Not over carbonated, easy drinking.

O- This is a great IPA. Love that it comes in cans, more breweries should use them. No date on the can but it was super fresh. Bravo Santa Fe, Bravo. IDK why people are giving this a B, solid A in my book. Im glad ive got 5 more.

kmatlack, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

woodychandler, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of calcio360jrd
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this today on draft at the brewery today.

This beer has a lot going well for it. It had that typical hoppy smell that ipa's have, but the taste was far superior to most ipa's I've had lately. Nice golden color and 6.6 abv made this a very well rounded ipa. Going to send some of this home to fla and do some side to side comparisons with other popular ipa's, I think this will fare well against most of the big boys.

calcio360jrd, Jun 05, 2011
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
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

RickR86, Jul 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Dwtucker90, Sep 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

ZorroMulder, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

GrantBrennan, May 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Jonbw, Jul 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

bmaxtothemax, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

gwguest, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

ohyayitstrey, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Maxgyver
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

As a hop head this has become one of my favorites. We rate it up there near one of my other fav's, stone ipa. The handiness of can sure make trips to the recycling yard better.

Maxgyver, Aug 16, 2014
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HopsNSours, Jun 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.