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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

430 Ratings
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 130
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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

MeadGuyfromMD, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

fiedler84, Jun 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper hue with a steady one-inch head; lacing is decent

S: Citrus and pine hop aromas up front with a solid, sweet bready malt base lingering underneath

T: Pine, herbs, grass, and citrus mingle up front with loads of pleasant bitterness that are followed by a slightly burnt yet sweet bready malt undertones

F: Medium body with oily, sticky texture

O: A real solid IPA: bitter up front, quickly followed by a sweet malt base--nice beer

dbossman, Oct 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

jheezee, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

HouvilleSwamp, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Beertracker, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

HighonHops42, Sep 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Central Waters tulip.
6.6% ABV, no date.
(Reviewed 06-07-11 - from notes)

Thanks for the brew Todd!

A - Beautifully clear rusty bronze in color with a dense two-finger off-white head. Good retention with patchy fingers of lace cling to the glass.

S - Resiny pine citrus floods the air with potency that can be smelled a foot away. Mildly tart fruity undertones could both be yeast esters or the hops. Nice exotic fruit nose. Good malt backbone and caramel notes.

T - Sweet caramel malt underlines piny resin hops and exotic melon with a dry, lightly bitter finish.

M - Medium-bodied but crisp and smooth with a nice balance and level dry hop bitterness.

O - On a scorcher like today, this beer, dispite it's higher alcohol content, is a refreshing IPA. Good drinkability.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

omegaman, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

gtermi, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a can into an IPA glass to a nice golden orange with a finger of off white head that is slow to fade and leaves excellent lacing
S: smells of citrusy hops, caramel and a hint of pine
T: taste is bright citrusy flavors with a hint of pine and a nice underlying caramel sweetness from the malts. swallow is more pine and citrus with a bit more caramel
M: this beer is on the lighter side of medium on the mouth with soft yet adequate carbonation and a oily refreshing finish from the hops
O: I wouldn't call it earth shattering but my goodness is it very drinkable. it might have just a little too much residual sweetness but it's still fantastic.

SHODriver, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

TheBishopco, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Drewski104, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Pattymac, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Manuel_M, Dec 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

theyallwantcake, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Evango, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

csmalley, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

stoney1031, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

SeatsTaken, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

deadliest, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

WillCarrera, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange glass. No freshness date on can.

The pour yields 4 fingers of off-white head covering a ripe-orange colored body. Good lacing and fine retention (though not exceptional).

Smells strongly of pineapple, surprisingly without many of the other hop aromas. This might be the most pineapple-centered aroma of any beer I have smelled! When I swirl it I get more normal IPA hop aromas, with some grassy and evergreen aromas (plus a bit of pale malt).

This is a hop centered flavor (as expected) with bit and pieces of malt showing through, but mostly just hops. The bitterness isn't super-high, which allows more of the actual flavor of the hops to shine. The hops follow the nose to some expect, but the pineapple flavors are not a pronounced or singular. Clean and well done.

The mouthfeel is smooth and surprisingly full bodied, with lower than normal carbonation, which seems to be a trend with cans. I love this as I often prefer less carbonation than most Americans do.

Conclusion: This is a great standard American IPA (the can makes it more classically American). Clean balanced hop bill with enough malt to make it smooth and full without covering over the hop flavors. Nothing spectacular, but a solid and well crafted offering. If I lived in Santa Fe, this would be my go-to local IPA.

allforbetterbeer, Dec 03, 2011
Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.