Happy Camper IPA | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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3.76/5
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645 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States
santafebrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

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.

Added by indiapaleale on 08-18-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,655
Reviews:
168
Ratings:
645
pDev:
12.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
154
Trade:
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Ratings: 645 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of Barley_Bill
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A staple in my IPA arsenal. I live in El Paso and this IPA is a local favorite. Pours with a little pop, tight to mild rocky bubbles, mild egg shell head, 3% cloudy, bright copper, tigers eye, caramelized aroma, emphasis on a balanced American IPA, mild toast, deep, resinous, sharp, lavender, apricot, golden raisin, dish soap, slick but not buttery, lingering mature deciduous, and a clean neutral yeast finish. Happy Camper and I have an intimate relationship, nothing less of reliability.

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Photo of Savan
2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a straw golden hue and smells musky to me or a bit like a grain silo...not impressive. Has a hop forwardness to it ( and this being my first ipa in a long time) its not over powering its got good drinkablilty . finishes well a little crisp. a good beer if im ever out in a area that has it again :)

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Angels Trumpet in Phoenix. I find the color a bit deeper than others noted, and a small head dissipated quickly. Malta hit you first and a small bit of hoppiness. I like this beer, don’t love it, but a nice return to the west coast IPAs. This bar on the other hand has a killer beer listing

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeGude
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into pint glass at home after hiking the Continental Divide Trail then cooking pasta. Solid IPA, not mind-blowing.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrewh995
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear honey gold with a white head. Smells of pine, hops, and citrus. Tastes of pine, orange zest, sweet malts, a little honey, and non bitter hops. Medium in both body and carbonation. Overall a very nice IPA.

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Photo of richardmoomaw
4.66/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Klub98
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of J_Arbizzle
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Roby923
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Feels lighter in the IBU department. Pours a lighter golden color. Definitely more malt-forward. The higher ABV doesn't factor in the tatse. Not super memorable. Canned from TJs in ABQ.

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Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of T-34-85
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of epim3
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of riderwbd
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Muss42
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superwho24
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer is a clear amber with a persistent, bone-white head. Not much of a nose. Some alcohol and bread. Taste is a bit of malt followed quickly by a uni-dimensional hop/citrus rind bitterness. Mouthfeel is fine. A bit heavy with a lingering bitterness. Overall this IPA seems not that interesting to me. The hop profile is heavy and bitter and lacks some layers or brightness. There's nothing really wrong with this beer, but for me it doesn't stand out among the field of IPAs.

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Photo of fryeguy52
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a orange colored body mostly clear with a one finger white foamy head that rises and falls fairly quickly - it takes about twenty seconds to settle into the body, slightly thick foamy lacing clings to the sides of the pint glass. The smell has some strong malts up front, but a good amount of citrusy hops come out to play. The taste is a balanced sweet citrus/malty flavoring with a slightly buttery aftertaste, and a sweet dry finish. On the palate, its about a light to medium, somewhat sessionable, and seems to get a bit oily here and there on the tongue and mouth. Carbonation is good for the style and for me. Overall, somewhat of an AIPA/EIPA sort of blend, perhaps. Me, maybe again if offered.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerucee
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hopi happy camper at the cube on Albuquerque...

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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 645 ratings