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Happy Camper IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
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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4.5/5  rDev +20%

jenray, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

crobinso, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Gatordaddy, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly nice pour... The beer is a nice mahogany amber, and the head really develops nicely, becomes a solid-inch thick crown of froth that is slow to dissipate. The nose is not as exciting. It provides some moderate woody, rosin-like hop notes, but not much else. Flavor is a better mix, with sweet malt vying with piney hops. Bitterness is actually not too high for an IPA, allowing the toasty, lightly caramel malt to make a nice showing. The body is a tad thin, but otherwise a pretty good beer.

allengarvin, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

WDJersey, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of emmasdad
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up as part of a mixed six pack at Lukas tonight. Poured a medium amber color with a decent off white head. Nice floral/piney hop aroma. On the palate, medium bodied and drinkable, with tons of floral/piney hops, a little lemon and sweet malt. A very nice ipa.

emmasdad, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Lovely85, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +6.7%

jheezee, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of hollywood_15063
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

hollywood_15063, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of duff247
3.75/5  rDev 0%

duff247, May 11, 2012
Photo of arizcards
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Total Wine in late April For $1.49. Best by date appears to be sometime in June.

Beer poured amber orange with a nice off white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is grainy and biscuity.

Taste is malt forward, very biscuit oriented, with a generous amount of hops to balance it the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and it is decently carbonated.

Overall this is not a bad beer but was surprised such a biscuity beer is classified as an IPA. This is recommended for those that like a balanced IPA.

arizcards, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can. Pours a clear dark gold with a medium creamy off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready malts and some piney resiny hops.

The flavor is tarry, grassy, resiny, kind of funky hops with a little sweet bready malts in the background. There's a good deal of bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste - kind of metallic though. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some low but prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's got good bitterness, but is not really balanced at all. It doesn't have the hop flavors I usually like (more fruity). Hop flavors were a bit funky - reminding me of Gubna (Summit?), but didn't like it as well in this one due to lack of balance.

Beaver13, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -20%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of MacQ32
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

MacQ32, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Rayek
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Happy Camper pours a brilliant amber into my Perfect Pint glass. A dense cream cap rapidly falls to a blanket of foam and leaves some lace behind.

The medium body has a bit of oiliness to it, plus the right amount of fizz. My palate is picking up a balance of citrus and pine that is the hallmark of this style. There's not much sweetness to be had. Bitterness is moderate and the hops dominate the flavor. Malts eventually sneak through with some straw and a bit of toasted grain. The bitterness lingers through the finish.

Overall, this is a pretty standard IPA. It's a nice drinker though. A solid pickup.

Rayek, Apr 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Jame515, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of elNopalero
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours (from a can!) a nice golden caramel color with a decent layer of foam. Foam lingers and leave a streak. I like how this smells. It’s very grassy, very fresh forest-y… really, it’s everything I want the aroma of my IPA to have. The flavor almost matches the aroma note for note, with some fresh, mowed lawn notes and a little pine, a touch of chew, and a body that almost holds up. Not quite pale ale, but not enough of a malt spine for the bracing hops. But that’s my only complaint, and a minor one at that. I’m glad I gave this brew another chance. I don’t remember being as enthusiastic about it last time but I’ll gladly recommend it after this go-around.

elNopalero, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of HardTarget
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

HardTarget, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Transparent amber color with a half finger of head. Good lacing.

Smell was faint, picked up some grapefruit.

No doubt that it tastes like an IPA. Bitter hops all over the taste profile. Sharp bitterness, but really nice. The malt shows itself late, but the hops still rule.

Feels soft and smooth. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Good and straight forward IPA. Try if you find it.

Fatehunter, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

MinorThreat, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of ElGallo
5/5  rDev +33.3%

ElGallo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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'.

AlCaponeJunior, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

thufflife, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Hopmodium, May 24, 2012
Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.