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Happy Camper IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA

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362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 16
Gots: 30 | 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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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7%

11-18-2011 22:46:36 | More by Gatordaddy
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duff247

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-11-2012 21:23:31 | More by duff247
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

10-05-2013 00:17:20 | More by st9647v3
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

12-15-2011 02:36:53 | More by jheezee
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Lovely85

Florida

4/5  rDev +7%

12-27-2013 06:29:52 | More by Lovely85
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-07-2011 00:57:54 | More by Beaver13
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arizcards

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-16-2013 22:56:42 | More by arizcards
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Rayek

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: can

04-20-2011 01:56:23 | More by Rayek
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-09-2014 03:05:47 | More by hollywood_15063
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HardTarget

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

04-19-2012 02:05:44 | More by HardTarget
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.8%

11-06-2012 20:05:50 | More by cfalovo97
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

09-08-2013 00:36:17 | More by MinorThreat
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elNopalero

Texas

4/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: can

04-23-2012 21:02:46 | More by elNopalero
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-04-2012 17:03:15 | More by Fatehunter
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Jame515

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-20-2014 01:54:15 | More by Jame515
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +33.7%

11-15-2011 19:48:30 | More by ElGallo
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

05-01-2013 04:39:01 | More by bmwats
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7%

02-10-2014 14:48:31 | More by richkrull
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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'.

Serving type: can

03-04-2013 21:16:25 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-24-2012 20:53:21 | More by Hopmodium
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

IPA in a can. CAN it be great? Let's hope so. Dark orange/copper color with minimal haze. The head is a bit thin leaving a ring and spotty lace. The nose has hoppy bite but also a strong balance of doughy, caramel malt. It smells like there is some alcohol strength too, perhaps I could be fooled into thinking this was a barleywine by the aroma alone.

The flavor is just going in too many directions. The hop bitterness is intense but I don't get enough of the grassy or piney flavors from them. The malt balance is hefty, bordering on too sweet for my liking. The finish has some astringence and it makes the beer seem too alcoholic though that's not really the case. The body is light but not too thin, and the carbonation is appropriate.

With the abundant competition out there for the style I would think a brewer would put some more effort into crafting a solid IPA. This one is very average and the finish was a little too harsh. Don't get me wrong it's not a bad beer, it's again just that I have too many better IPA's to compare it to. Moving on...

Serving type: can

08-27-2011 05:51:04 | More by bennetj17
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-04-2014 01:53:38 | More by ssimpson89
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold with 3 fingers of white head leaving sticky lacing.

Citrus hops are most dominant, but hints of caramel and earthy hops present as well.

Starts off with a slight citrus punch. A little bit of caramel malt peeks in and it finishes bitter and dry with earthy/piney hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with good carbonation.

Solid beer. Nothing special, but easy drinking and it comes in a can.

Serving type: can

12-06-2011 16:53:18 | More by jmarsh123
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UnionMade

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome graphic design for the can. The simplicity makes it stand out.
Pours a slightly hazy, vivid copper orange, topped off with a finger's worth of white foam. Good head retention. Speckled lace clings to the glass.
Smells of toasty, biscuity malt with an overtone of pungent hops. Grapefruit rind and pine needles. Clean, with just a bit of grass and pear.
The flavor opens with biscuity malt sweetness, actually pretty well balanced with the hops for an americanized IPA. Don't get me wrong, this is not a beer for folks who are afraid of hops and bitterness, but the malt is certainly there. Very clean, with a soft bit of estery grass flavor adding to the hop profile that finishes things out. The hops seem pretty standard in that resinous citrus way, with a slightly greasy feel on the tongue. Body is full and rich, with peppy carbonation and a good bit of lingering bitterness. Yum.
I can't think of anything that's wrong with this beer. It's nothing outstanding, but there's no flaws in my opinion. Great, solid IPA in a can. Very satisfying. This is becoming one of my go-to standard beers. I've bought a sixer several times since these guys started distributing to Colorado.

Serving type: can

11-09-2011 12:52:27 | More by UnionMade
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +7%

05-13-2014 02:44:22 | More by tbryan5
Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.