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Happy Camper IPA - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA

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355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | 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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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to buffs9 for a rather elusive state tick. Can split with another like minded ticker.

A: Amber gold orange hue. Decent finger of cream colored head. Moderate retention. Soapy lace lace left behind.

S: Solid hop profile on this one. I could take in the citrus notes from my glass and it wasn't even near my nose. Grapefruit and fresh cut pineapple. Smells solid.

T: The flavors were a bit underwhelming. Some of the citrus is there but it's mostly acrid pine and a good dose of malt. Fairly clean but it a has a slight wet grass bitterness that seems out of place.

M: Medium body with an average amount of carbonation.

O: Overall bark was better than the bite. I could see lugging a load of these to the campsite though. As the name would suggest.

Serving type: can

06-09-2011 15:15:42 | More by beerwolf77
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to StonedTrippin for including this guy in our trade. We crack the tab and pour a brew of solid golden orange into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a cakey two and a half finger head of toasted marshmallow colored bubbles, showing great retention. Geographic lacing is left around the glass as it eventually goes. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be lightly moderate. The aroma is massively toasty, lightly biscuity, and robustly hoppy, with bright citric and grass hops. Filling the gaps are notes of caramel, plastics, light booziness, butters, raw carrot juice, faint lactics, ginger root, soft banana esters, and more sourdough breadiness with warmth. Our first impression is the flavors are much more heavily to the malt side, as the hops fall away, but the final blend is sweet and pleasant. As we sip, the taste begins with caramel malts, white sugar sweetness, earthen honey, tannic lemon breakfast tea, honeydew melon, tinny metallics, lighter grassy hop bitterness, and sweet banana ester fruitiness. The middle comes to a peak with enhanced sweetness of residual dextrins, more bready caramel and pale malts, syrupy red raisins, and white flour. Washing through the finish is a blend of sweet toffees, drying and resiny hop stems, peppery booze, herbal tea leafiness, continued toasty pale malts, nectarine fleshiness, and floral honey sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of black pepper, herbal and grassy hop bite, weedy greenness, bread pudding, cloying raisin bite, mineral, chalked yeasted, and fusel airs of booze. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. The mouth is wetly coated, with nice tannic astringency down the hard palate and tongue. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, and frothiness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its drinkability and balance through both the nose and the flavoring. At first this guy takes you a bit by surprise because the malts are sweet and tannic, giving both juiciness and dryness to compete with one another. While the heavy maltiness may deter the stalwart hophead, the balance from the hops is definitely there. These give grass, earth, and even some light soapiness way back on the aftertaste to effectively cut the bready, dextrin cloy of the grain. This is an exciting brew that hits all of the senses, while giving you a little bit extra to ponder.

Serving type: can

05-16-2013 01:07:19 | More by TheBrewo
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beergoot

Colorado

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bold, expressive, pungent pine and grassy nose greets you at the pour. Thick, rocky, sticky head sitting atop a solid copper body. Hop bitterness from the get-go with a solid malt sweetness backbone. Medium bodied, clean, dry finish.

Bitter and sweet APA beer nirvana! This one has things nailed to the core. Flavor and feel are their for the hop heads and the malt lovers. Well-balanced with a bold complexity makes this beer a must-try IPA lovers.

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 22:04:36 | More by beergoot
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange almost brownish tint. Pretty dark for an IPA. I brace myself for a malt bomb. Smells malty with a touch of hops. Lacking. Tastes sweet and caramel heavy. Lots of malts. The hops are subtle and not very prominent. Overall good mouthfeel but a lackluster IPA. Thanks Jenray but I agree with your assessment

Serving type: can

09-10-2011 01:16:23 | More by Urbancaver
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%

12-30-2013 21:29:33 | More by WillCarrera
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at the Kirkwood Spec's a week or so ago. Let's see what this offering from Santa Fe has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber color with a respectable 1/2" of off white foam on top that is thick and creamy and looks like it will be there for a while. There are quite a few bubbles rising, and they stick once they make it to the top. There is quite a bit of lace left on the glass after drinking. Almost through with the beer, there is still a pretty solid layer of foam on top of the beer, so overall this is a pretty nice looking beer.

Aroma: I initially got lot of fresh American citrusy hops so much that they were already oily. After the head falls a bit, there are some malt components there that are subtle, but are contributing some "buttered biscuit" aromatics. The aroma is taking on the sweet caramel notes a bit as it warms up some, but it really doesn't get much more complex.

Taste: The flavor is a little thinner than the aroma led on to. It is medium bodied with ample carbonation. There are plenty of aroma hops in here, but it actually softens up for the finish to end only slightly bitter. The malty notes are here, and they are coming across in the flavor more like sweet light caramel than the biscuits that I got in the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium for the style, and the carbonation is ample to maybe a bit high, which helps to make the beer seem a bit thin on the palate.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. It's not my favorite example of this style, but it is good enough not to avoid by any means. It would probably be good if you were "tubing" or something, but that is what Southern Star is for around here. I have a six-pack, and I will drink it, but I doubt that I will feel the need to buy another one.

Serving type: can

12-20-2011 03:00:34 | More by SkeeterHawk
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brilliant amber with a hefty off-white head. Shows good retention and quite a bit of lacing.

S - Undercooked baked bread, clean pine, strawberries,

T - Fruity upfront, sweet malt follows suit. The hops come on slow but then pick up a good amount of bitterness. Lemons and pine are prominent. Doughy yeast and tea tannins comes out when warm.

M - Heavy side of medium body, chewy at times, ample carbonation.

Nice balance. The yeast and malt really shine but the hops take care of business. I would take this camping.

Serving type: can

04-13-2012 17:56:14 | More by StaveHooks
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katan

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint

A - Pours a brown color with just the lightest hint of gold. Strong pearly white head formation, breaks down to a film with lots of lacing. Very clear, lightly bubbling.

S - Strong hoppy smell - citrus and grapefruit. A little bit of malts in the background, slightly roasted.

T - Starts off lightly malty, sweet, some hop grapefruit. Mid-stream gets bitter, mostly balanced. Very resinous, piney, fresh cut hops. It continues through the finish, with lots of bitterness in the aftertaste. What was balanced has turned awfully bitter. Starting to note more nuttiness in the finish.

M - Moderate mouth feel, moderate to low carbonation. Mostly clean finish, some oily hop textures.

D - Moderate drinkability. Awfully abusive to the palette. Not at all filling.

Serving type: can

03-09-2011 05:17:13 | More by katan
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bump8628

Oklahoma

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

Great looking can with a nod to the state of New Mexico and a blurb about camping. Deep copper/amber with a white head that leaves scattered sheets of lace. Strong pine keeps with the camping theme backed by spice, flowers, and candied orange peel. Malt throws plenty of caramel into the mix to balance evenly. A nice little IPA in a can. A little more hop explosion in the nose would be welcome, but I could use more of this.

Serving type: can

09-12-2011 00:15:28 | More by bump8628
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

05-20-2012 15:28:34 | More by PhatAtUT
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.8%

05-16-2013 02:05:50 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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claytong

Vermont

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

A well rounded IPA. Classic American IPA and they do it nicely and cheaply. Recommend trying this one out. It's a nice beer that I'm happy just having one of.
Not too much malt and a medium hop flavor.
santa fe brewing has impressed the hell out of me with their 6 packs.

Serving type: can

04-23-2011 05:31:31 | More by claytong
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jklecko2

Missouri

4/5  rDev +7%

05-28-2013 21:08:04 | More by jklecko2
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-16-2014 01:35:22 | More by sgttibbs
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

4/5  rDev +7%

02-05-2013 03:36:57 | More by Kahlerbock
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-23-2014 03:51:39 | More by CraigTravor
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

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

Pour - comes out of the can a rich amber color with some red and orange highlights and a fluffy white head that stands a full inch at the top and leaves some well formed lacing within the walls of the glass.

Aroma - honey, grapefruit, mango, caramel, lemon peel, cotton candy and cocoa powder.

Taste - lots to go on once this hits the tongue. A burst of sweet, sweet malt is doused by an intense amount of citrus and bitterness that is accompanied by a great flavor of tropical fruits. I love IPAs that have a tropical fruit flavor and this one certainly has just that. The malt profile is pretty heavy and yet it not overpowering. The finish is tongue numbing but I'm left with a bit of cocoa powder (just like I smelled). I can only guess that is from the grain bill but who knows. This is good stuff!

Overall - while this may not fall into the "unique" category it does fall into the "solid IPA" category and I do love the tropical fruit flavors! Great aromas, fresh hop taste and a nice malty backbone make this a B+ of an American IPA.

Would I buy more of it? - sure thing. This is a great all around IPA to have in the cooler.

Serving type: can

08-18-2010 22:11:49 | More by indiapaleale
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BucannonXC5

California

3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 4, 2013
Misc.: Best by July 10, 2013

Poured a dark caramel orange clear color with 1-2 fingers of khaki white head. Below-to-minimal lacing on the sides. Average retention on the top all the way down.

Tough to get any smells out. Worked hard and got some citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, caramel malts and buttery malts.

Tasted similar to the nose, which isn’t saying that much. Got bitter buttery hops, orange, caramel malts, tropical hops and orange rind. Could definitely taste the alcohol.

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, refreshing finish.

I was hoping for better, but was ultimately disappointed.

Serving type: can

05-09-2013 06:52:43 | More by BucannonXC5
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-22-2014 01:49:56 | More by kvgomps
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ralphw56

Nevada

4/5  rDev +7%

12-30-2012 02:09:59 | More by ralphw56
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Domingo

Colorado

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

Ah, you have to love canned craft beers.
This one comes in a bright yellow can with the Zia symbol (NM flag) on it.
Pours a light copper color with orange/yellow highlights. Perfect head on a normal pour with abundant lancing.
Big hops on the nose. Resin-y pine and cannabis notes are there in full force.
Immediately on my tongue I pick up summit hops, but they're definitely not as pungent and overpowering like they are in the OB Gubna. In fact they seem to fade into normal cascade and wilder simcoe hop notes. Definitely still some cannabis in the mix, too. Malts there, but it really only comes up in the middle of the body and it gives the hops a little bit of a tropical and stonefruit kick.
While the flavor is big, the beer isn't strong and for an IPA I'd say it's pretty easy drinking.
My can's disappearing pretty fast and as a camping beer this would be a real winner.
More good stuff from SF. A good IPA by any standards made better via the canned convenience.

Serving type: can

09-05-2010 20:04:46 | More by Domingo
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-30-2012 04:10:06 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Awesome head retention. Very nice straw colored foamy top and soapy bottom head. Head pour rather large, but not huge. Great looking brew. Slightly murky copper color with nice browns and reds.

S - Very light scent for an IPA. Doesn't quite fit the style... But, I'm pulling pineapple, grapefruit, and apricot notes.

T - Yum. Almost tastes like bubblegum. No sugar bomb complex at all. Super flavorful, light, but still great flavor. Grains, citrus, and caramel.

M - Great carbonation, very well done SFB! No biterness is attached to this one, making it a great IPA. I'm not a big fan of bitter brews... Very nice medium body with great wetness.

O - Happy Camper is an awesome brew and would be fantastic in the outdoors. Can't wait to see what's next from SFB. SFB's pumping out some awesome stuff!

Serving type: can

06-05-2011 05:23:23 | More by chugalug06
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4/5  rDev +7%

01-28-2012 06:19:08 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +7%

11-22-2011 06:19:00 | More by Beertracker
Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.