Happy Camper IPA
Santa Fe Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #5,499
Ranked #31,104
3.78 | pDev: 12.17%
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States
Very Good
Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA
Notes: 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.
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RedStickPhil from New Mexico

3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a dense and persistent head. Not a lot of nose- some piney stuff. Dry on the palate with something that lingers on the roof of the mouth and has a nice feel.

Dec 28, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can that says best by 7/14 so just in time to catch the last remaining freshness.

Pours a gorgeous amber color with a slight orange tint. Head is off white and foamy, roughly one finger thick. Excellent retention and the lacing is good too.

Aroma is faint but is mainly floral hops and herbs with malty sweetness mixed in.

Taste follows the nose, but the malt and caramel are way more present. The hops don’t show up until the middle, but then the finish is long and malty with a light bitterness.

Feel isn’t unpleasant but it is confusing. It’s medium bodied with lighter carbonation for an IPA. It goes down more like an amber ale. It has some malty sweetness and smoothness of an amber, but some hop bite on the tongue like an IPA. I like the taste, but my tongue can’t quite make sense of the way it feels. Hard to explain.

Overall, it’s not bad but I’ll stick with 7K.

Jul 12, 2020
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bilbobrewer from Oregon

2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

single can in Austin TX. v. cool label. BB 04/07/20,

This isn't actually an IPA....it's an amber ale.
Dominated by a caramel color, sweet malty flavor, and sweet-sticky aftertaste.
Very reminiscent of Anderson /valley Hop Ottin' IPA....which is also a misnamed amber ale.
So my low rating is as an IPA. As an amber ale, it's not bad.

Jan 24, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance - The beer is served a very hazy orange color with a tiny white head of foam. The head fades super fast leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is very light overall with some notes of tangerine and orange, as well as some bits of grapefruit and pint hop. Along with these smells comes a little bit of a tropical fruit as well as a touch of herb.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice sweeter tropical fruit taste that has notes of tangerine, pineapple, and mango. Along with these flavors some a decent showing of some dank hop tastes of an herbal and pine nature as well as some hop of a floral nature. Along with a little bit of a caramel and malty sweetness one is left with a rather nice, fruity and sweet taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly more chewy with a carbonation level that is rather average. For eh mix of flavors the feel is decent and makes or a good sipper.
Overall – A rather nice IPA overall with a decent flavor profile. One to try if you have the opportunity.

Dec 17, 2019
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can - Best before 10/17/19:

The smell is of pine/resin - some herbal spicing with a subtle hint of grapefruit.

The taste is of pine/resin with caramel. Some toast and black pepper spicing in the finish.

It has a somewhat chewy body that hits medium.

Nice toasted pine and caramel notes. A more balanced IPA. Because of its character it's an appropriate beer for camping (or anytime)!

Aug 19, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can best before 10/31/19. Hazy dark orange color with white head. Earthy hop smell. Medium feel. Taste has a malty base followed by piney hop flavors. Pretty nice.

Aug 14, 2019
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CamuMahubah from Nebraska

2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bleh! This is basic citrus face punch ipa. Not balanced and really I don't like. Sour instead of fun. It is actually like you threw hops at a light macro. Balanced grains without taste. It's basically citrus hops and not much else. Could enjoy only in July.

Apr 27, 2019
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kret12 from Texas

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very malt-forward IPA, with more pine than citrus. Very little carbonation and a good, bitter finish that takes a bit to kick in. ABV is in the sweet spot to have a few, and best in a really cold glass. It's no two-hearted....but its a solid IPA!

Feb 26, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Am visiting New Mexico for the first time to do some hiking with my little sister. Her flight is delayed and this is the six pack (well,three pack) that is awaiting her in our hotel room since I will be long passed out. This is a very solid west coast style IPA with solid pine hop assault and solid balance. My first beer from the Land of Enchantment.

Aug 11, 2018
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Barley_Bill from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

May 10, 2018
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Savan from Minnesota

2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
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 :)

Apr 09, 2018
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev 0%
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

Mar 22, 2018
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Feb 13, 2018
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

2.95/5  rDev -22%
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.

Dec 30, 2017
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DoreenAndDave from Maine

3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Jul 04, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.59/5  rDev -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.

Jun 22, 2017
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soze47 from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Maybe I got a bad one, but this one was very malt forward - maybe perhaps aiming for a more traditional British style IPA. But I also got some mustiness to it and the malt sweetness was pulled into some strange, not great medicinal lingers.

Apr 03, 2017
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hopflyer from Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

No canned date found

Pours deep copper color and I get no sediment or floaties. Full 1 1/2 finger head and pillowy, reminds me of SNPA head, but it recedes quicker. Still leaves full film and thick collar. Looks really good

Smells of grass and lemon, almost flowery. Subdued cracker

First taste is somewhat sweet and a little bit tart. Carries almost a green apple flavor. Not getting much of the lemony citrus hops picked up in the nose. Hops come thru more bitter than anything else. This doesn't taste too fresh. Picks up some light caramel also which is more pleasant than the bitterness.

Feel is kind of flat and that's most noticeable to me. Bitterness lingers some. Medium bodied.

This one didn't do too well for my palate. Nose was promising, but nothing came together. It's faint malts and no real flavor from the hops, just bitterness. Feel really fell short. If this is somewhat fresh, it's more a Pale Ale and not really a good one at that.

Jan 28, 2017
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CHickman from New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can pours hazy amber gold color with a 2 finger foamy beige colored head that was packed with tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of toffee, caramel, lemon zest, fresh piney hops, faint grapefruit, floral or herbal notes, toasted grains and biscuit or a Ritz Cracker. Has and English IPA nose that's hoppy enough to lean towards West Coast IPA.

Tastes slightly bitter to start with a punch of citrus fruit and the English IPA malt profile following soon after. Flavors are close to how it smells with caramel, lemon zest, piney hops, grapefruit, sweet malts, citrus hops and general fruity notes, toffee, brown sugar, toasted grains, biscuit, Ritz Cracker, orange peel and peppery spices like white pepper, a dash or cinnamon and coriander. Still seems more English IPA to me, but it's easy drinking and hides the ABV well. Mouthfeel is on the chewy side with a smooth feel and mild carbonation. Overall a nice IPA.

Nov 25, 2016
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. no freshness dating that i could find.

dk amber body, small off white head, good lacing, however, tons of minute floaties.

not much on the nose, except for some sweet malt. This one may be past its prime, but without easily stamped freshness dating on the bottom of the can, how would anyone know?

Weird flavor. getting, of all things in an ipa, coffee? slightly sweet with a decent hop bite towards the end.

solid above medium mouth, slightly bitter on the finish.

One of the oddest ipas I've had, but i have to say, it worked for me. an enjoyable drink.

Oct 09, 2016
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint glass.
A- very hazy orange with lots of sediment and bubbles. Head is medium to thick off white and leaves some thick, patchy lacing!
S- pine and earthy hops teamed with pale malts.
T- almost identical to the nose.
F- a somewhat dirty hop bitterness that lingers.
O- nice canned IPA that has some similarities to torpedo, but no where near that good.

Aug 07, 2016
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johnnyd10vt from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice west coast style IPA. Dark, slightly lighter than an amber. Nice off white head. Smells and tastes like a nice citrus/grapefruit hops. Great quality. Would definitely have again.

May 08, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice glow to the yellow color, impressive. 1/2" white head. Aroma hits those nice dry hop aromas imparting some pine forest.

Taste rocks around 60 ibu, still has the hop mouthfeel and bitterness. This was really one of the first very good canned ipas. It really lends itself to camping. Only thing to watch out for are the dates on this one. When fresh, its one of those very good regional ipas in the best possible format at an affordable price out there.

Apr 02, 2016
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gustavmahler-09 from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-brown. One finger of head. Smell is not aggressive, hoppy. Takes hoppy but not overly bitter Taste lingers well. Feel is a little thin, but quite smooth. Quite drinkable if not a star.

Mar 08, 2016
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 2/9/16

Cheers to Dustin for this beer

A: Medium orange, with some copper and light amber at its core, some tangerine around the edges - pours with a medium sized, off-white head, fades to wisps and a small collar, leaves some steaks and dots of lacing

S: Hoppy with some malty sweetness - more or less balanced citrus and pine - orange and grapefruit zest and some juice - floral citrus - herbal, leafy, spicy, and a touch grassy - pine needles - lightly earthy - pale and caramel malts, touch of cooked grains - bready with some biscuits and hints of bread crust

T: Fairly balanced - citrus flavors, with some orange and grapefruit zest, rind, juice - spicy, herbal, leafy, grassy hops - floral - pine needles and a touch of resinous pine - hint of mint - earthy - medium bitterness - the hoppiness is grounded in the malts, which are a bit more burly than average - pale and caramel malts, maybe some amber - bread, biscuits, a slight touch of toffee - slightly sweet overall, yet also dry and earthy

M: Medium body, smooth, almost a little chewy, sharp finish

O: If you drink enough of these, camping might be fun

Happy Camper has an interesting old-school charm to it. It kind of reminds me of an English IPA, but that just might be the malts. The citrus and pine combination is classic, yet this pulls it off in a way that does not taste generic. This is worth a try.

Feb 09, 2016
Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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