Happy Camper IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA

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86
very good

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 541
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 26
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
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Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: indiapaleale on 08-18-2010

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.
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

easily the best santa fe brew ive tried to date. it is more of an american pale than an ipa in my opinion, theres plenty of malt reminicent of the saranac pale ale or another hoppy beer with a bigger english malt profile. it smells like english malt and piney hops in equal proportion, citric a little, but there is no acid here, its just robust flavors and textures. the mouthfeel has a ton of texture, thick and malty at first, but mellowing to a well carbonated bittersweet ipa with a semiquick finish and a touch of caramel left over. i agree with the label, its better than wiping your rear with a pinecone, a whole lot better! (632 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

opaque hazy burnt amber with a thick off white, frothy pillow like head. Thick gooey lace poured down the glass and lingered long after it was empty.

strong piney hops very much balanced against a nice mellowed malt sweetness. Smell did seem kinda muted though, could have been more full. was slick, with not alot of carbonation. Taste was very bitter with a dry finish, but not llong lingering as I had hoped. Came off a little oily, with a lot of bitter piney flavor. (470 characters)

Photo of Fenris244
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into my stone imperial pint glass

pours a dark amber, thin off white head has some incredible retention, good clarity, some strings of bubbles are apparent

sweet and citrusy in the nose.

very balanced good orangey sweetness upfront balanced by a kick of lemon peel like hop bitterness, nothing much lingers.

Very light in body, crisp and refreshing

overall, great summertime ipa just enough bitterness to be a satisfying ipa while keeping it tame enough to be had in the texas heat (493 characters)

Photo of JHamm
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice extra from emmasdad, thanks!

Appearance: nice translucant amber color with great lacing around the glass. decent two fingered head slowly dissipated down to a fine layer. carbonation bubbles up rapidly.

Smell: pine and syrupy malt. somewhat of a bready aftertone picked up as well.

Taste: very smooth, piny, citrusy hops up front with a slightly malty backbone following through to the end. while a malty flavor is there it lets the hoppy bitterness take forefront. actually very refreshing taste overall. not too bitter as the hops add more flavor.

Mouthfeel: the hops oily presence lingers overall while the carbonation adds a nice bite to this drink. no harsh aftertastes at all in this; just a very refreshing feel overall.

Overall: call it a partial snobby bias but I was a bit skeptical of an IPA in a can. This beer changed my mind. While the beer itself does not stand out as the IPA to beat it definitely is a highly respectable beer. If I lived closer to a place to obtain this beer it would be in my fridge a lot more consistently. (1,052 characters)

Photo of vande
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ~ Deep, dark golden amber color with a two finger layer of floating, cushiony white head....slowly, very slowly, dissipating leaving hints of lace clinging to the pint glass.

S ~ Hops and hops. Grapefruit, citrus odors creeping up the nose.

T ~ A bit of a harsh coppery flavor...good dose of tartiness? Grapefruit in the front with a bit of malt in the back. Lingers on the palate.

M ~ Pretty easy drinking IPA here. A nice balanced feel, medium to light in body presents.. a little tingling on the tongue.

O ~ My first offering from Santa Fe thanks to a fellow trader! Definitely something I'd like to try again, as well as sparked the curiosity of my palate...I sense more Santa Fe in my future at some point... (720 characters)

Photo of endincolorado
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep-amber with a decent off-white head that settles quickly. Adequate lacing.

Fragrant, floral hops up front with some fruit and a nice, caramelly malt to balance.

Flavors are a refreshing blend of sweet, caramel malt and some bitter, piney hops.

This one has a surprisingly full body with a nice amount of carbonation.

A well-balanced, sessionable IPA overall- and one delivered in a pretty awesome looking can. (424 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice extra from daniloknezic! Thanks

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange and dark gold bodied beer, maybe even a light amber color. White head that is full of small bubbles and sticky lacing. Thin white cap on top the beer.

Smell: Floral hops with some pine notes. Bready/biscuity malts.

Taste: medium hops bitterness in this IPA. Pine and grassy flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. it works well.

Overall: First beer I have had from Santa Fe Brewing Company. I enjoyed it very much. Just got off the lawn mover on a 90 degree day and this beer hit the spot and quenched my thirst. Something about hoppy beers when its hot that is a great combonation! Solid IPA nothing mindblowing, but i would buy a 6 pack if it was locally available to me. Looking forward to more Santa Fe Brewing Company beer! (847 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,437 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: copper-amber in color, slight particulate haze, nice head that retains a full layer

s: nice moderate citrusy hop aroma - mostly grapefruit rind style, slight sweet juice, caramel malts with a lightly toasted edge, hops pleasingly fresh and resinous, good stuff

m: carbonated to a light-moderate level, body around medium with a touch of malt weight

t: grapefruit rind hop flavors accompany slightly toasted caramel malts, nice pithy bitterness moves in quickly, growing well into the finish and becoming quite strong, the touch of sugars found at the start being swept up in the process

o: a straightforward ipa that has some nice hop aroma and a satisfying bitterness - no problems here (694 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 04-16-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

Clear copper-colored beer with a finger's worth of off-white head. Retention seems all right; the lacing is quite good.

Smells have citrus hop notes; grapefruit and pineapple come to mind.

The taste is balanced with the high bitterness being kept a bit in check by some malt character. Flavors are of tropical fruits on the acidic/bitter spectrum.

Feel is crisp with a medium amount of body. The beer is finished with mainly hop tastes such as grapefruit and pine, with a bit of astringency as a negative.

Very nice IPA here

Thanks to Craig for the beer! (686 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, w/o freshness info that I can find.

Pours medium amber, hazed, oatmeal head, stays nicely and on the loser side. Leaves ample low slippery sheeting and light strands of lace.

Pine and grapefruit notes in the hoppy nose.

More grapefruit, resins and pine on the tongue, moderate in their assault on the taste buds. Sweet malt makes an appearance but its muted compared to the hops.

Nothing special, just another better then average and easy drinking IPA. Worth a try and def would work in a cooler at the beach, camping or wherever a few cold and hoppy ones make sense (586 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The can caught my eye, then i saw NM and realized i hadnt tried a craft beer from that state. And then i recalled I'm camping very soon so i thought yes, ill chance a sixer of this! Pours dark orange, carbonation barely visible, the head is fluffy and good looking with a bouncy slightly off-white head.
Smells of pine and a slight non-descript fruit, if anything apricot. 
Nice pine taste up front, nice on the tongue. There's a light quality to this. Finishes pretty dry. There's a woody-papery taste on the back -end that im not used to and didn't like much at first. But all in all, drinkable as pleasantly hoppy.
Nice smooth carbonation, bitter lingers but not too much. I like how the beer seems light or medium-bodied yet still has a thick impression left on my palette, somehow.
Not sure what's keeping me from enjoying this more than I do. I think it's the way the malt reacts with the hops in this brew. I do enjoy the pine aspect, and if anything besides a more balanced malt backbone is needed, I'd say a bit more fruit profile in the taste would make it nicer beer. Otherwise, I will enjoy this when I go camping again in a week. I will take a couple of these from the can while at the lake. And it does make me want to revisit Torpedo by Sierra Nevada, which I may have liked a bit more. (1,305 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent clarity, amber gold glass holds a finger of white, tight head that slowly drops curtains of lace.

Smell: I get the bready note that other reviews mention, a bit yeasty with a spicy hop that's both citric and floral.

Taste: A slightly soapy metallic note fades quickly into a mild IPA, full APA hop presence. Doesn't really go bitter, fairly balanced really yet showing off the blend of pine, citric, earthy hop stew.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, oily texture, almost a cask feel.

Overall: A pretty enjoyable brew. Have to admit the Zia sun got me to pull the trigger on a 6 pack as I have fond NM memories. This goes much more towards a lawn mowing APA than an assertive IPA, but that just makes it a bit more drinkable and refreshing. (761 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Was in Vegas for the weekend. Vegas is notorious for crappy beer, especially on the strip. I even bring my own beer on the plane, if that tells you anything.

Well, was playing some Pai Gow at the Flamingo. Walked by the bar and saw this IPA...this is free while playing, so what the heck???!!!

On tap at Bugsy's bar at the Flamingo...

Very nice hop flavor...resiny, citrusy....really well balanced. I drank about 10 of these over the weekend while gambling. Solid. If this was available in NC, I would drink a ton. Great job. (537 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

I left this one in the can. I honestly like some of the IPAs in the can as it brings a nice flavor.

Hops and more hops is what I smell. Also some fresh pine and grass.

I love the hop assault to the tongue right off. The beer is also pretty resinous and oily. Pine and grapefruit also pulls through, as well as some bitter citrus notes.

Medium to heavy-medium mouth. Nice and sticky!

This was a good IPA. The can, to me at least, is deceptive. It looks so unpromising and kind of dull, but what's inside is so tasty! (522 characters)

Photo of bierbrauer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass. No date information. Brought back from recent visit to New Mexico. Red Zia Sun Symbol on yellow background, same as the NM state flag.

A: Clear, amber/copper, with 1" off-white foam, with good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Some resinous pine, floral, with quite a bit of caramel malt; alcohol.

T: Sweet, floral and malty, followed by increasing piney bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy. Mild heat. Bitter, dry finish.

O: A straightforward, go-to IPA. (509 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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'. (424 characters)

Photo of Sweasty
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another canned craft offering. I always welcome new canned options. Happy Camper pours a nice crystal clear bronze. Things are topped off by a healthy two fingers of bone white head. Head settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left in its wake.

The aroma immediately strikes as hoppy. A nice herbal hop nose shines. Resiny pine notes hit first. Behind the pine some herbal mint shows up. Some light grapefruity citrus rounds out the hops. Beneath the hops some light malt notes pop. Light caramel hits first. That's followed by some bready notes. All in all an enticing IPA nose.

Much like the nose, the taste is very herbal. Strong resiny pine strike first. The mint in the nose is more pronounced on the palate. The grapefruit is also stronger. The hops have a nice drying quality, encouraging you to take another sip. Beneath the hops a light malt shows up. A light caramel sweetness and some breadiness try to balance things out. The hops win out. The finish is further drying with a long lingering herbal bitterness.

Happy camper is a nice medium bodied brew, packed with a nice crisp carbonation.

Happy camper is a nice easy drinking hop fix. The herbal hops offer a nice switch up from the citrus bombs I usually prefer. This IPA may not be earth shattering. Nonetheless I would gladly pack this along on the next camping trip. (1,336 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bentwookie for this one! Like the can art a lot.

A: Pours an orange/copper color with a one finger white, foamy head on top. Decent retention with thin, but rings of lace around the glass.

S: Nice grapefruit up front, a little bit of grass and some spicy hops. A little bit of caramel on the back end.

T: Again, grapefruit up front, with a little more citrus than the aroma. Not much in the way of pine or grassy, and not as spicy either. Overall, it is more of a rind flavor than fruit.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Easy drinking with a slightly dry finish.

O: Pretty good IPA. Still on a can kick, can't get enough. Hope to try the other Santa Fe offerings at some point. (704 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big snort of Cascade hops in the mix. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Rich with malt, but the big story is hops and more hops. Rather light bodied. Flowery, just a touch of resin, and fragrant. Not really that bitter, but more hops than I know what to do with. Nice appearance with a good topper on the amber brew. Clean and spicy.

If you're looking for a great hop blast without the tonsil curling bitter end, this is a very forgiving IPA. (436 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold/copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus, hint of grass, hint of earthy malt, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level and average bitterness. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, floral notes, hint of earthy malt, and hint of hop oils. Overall, good appearance and feel, but average aroma and body. (460 characters)

Photo of dankster
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my top five IPA's in a can

Pours a very dark orange with three fingers of sticky head. Smell is a hop smack in the face with citrus following close behind. Taste has a lot of pine and grapefruit with a oily and resin aftertaste from all the hops. Mouth is a little thick but very drinkable. overall a great session ipa with the abv at 6.5% and the price at 6.99 a sixer cant be beat. must try for all hop heads (418 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, picked this up because it was new and I figured it was fresh, it was. Clear orange color with plenty of sticky lacing. Smells piney and yet a little catty, simcoe? Tastes very piney, reminds me of sweetwater ipa a little. This is definitely a hoppy ipa but I'm not sure I love the hop profile. (303 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a shockingly dark golden apple juice hue looking more like an amber. crystal clear with a weak half-finger crisp white head that fades quickly, leaving only a dab of lacing.

aroma is decently hoppy, sweet, with a good kick of malt on the tail end. not bad, but uninspired.

taste is decent with a full malt backbone. tastes dark and rich. herbal green hops with a good bit of bitterness. even and fairly balanced.

mouth is a touch on the thick side, a little slick, with some fine but hot carbonation that gets a bit prickly.

all in all, an interesting IPA. it looks dark, tastes like a rich, heavy, IPA. surprisingly, but definitely delicious. I'd love to drink a few more. not the best, and not the best IPA by traditional style guidelines, but I like it! (769 characters)

Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.