Happy Camper IPA
Santa Fe Brewing Company

Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #5,269
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,117
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 12.17%
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
668
From:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
 
New Mexico, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
85
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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Reviews by Dogstickfetch:
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3.28/5  rDev -13.2%

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Photo of Terex
4.5/5  rDev +19%

This is my go-to beer in Taos, NM. I'm sure it's good in the can, but it's such a beautiful pour in a glass, I always use one. The only thing better than drinking this beer is using the can for target practice.

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Photo of Hihereswaldo
4.86/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is in my top 3 favorite IPA's. Not being big on IPA's, it's a little further on the bitter side for my taste but everything else makes up for it. The simple graphic design is what originally drew me in having never heard of it and the description on the can solidified that I wasn't leaving without it. Definitely worth trying! It's been in my selection ever since.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not a punch you in the mouth bitter type of IPA. This is a nicely rounded and balanced version of an IPA. It has a sweet and robust malt body, a floral bouquet of flavors, and a minimal hop bitterness; all wrapped up with a clean finish that doesn't leave too much flavor lingering on the tongue. Not bad at all.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of daliandragon
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.

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Photo of Junkforadam
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA, one of the better craft IPAs I have had. Clear amber/tan color, smells moderately hoppy and piney, good semi-sweet malty finish. For a 6.6% ABV I can easily see this as a session beer.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
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

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Photo of soze47
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.

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Photo of dankster
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my top five IPA's in a can

Pours a very dark orange with three fingers of sticky head. Smell is a hop smack in the face with citrus following close behind. Taste has a lot of pine and grapefruit with a oily and resin aftertaste from all the hops. Mouth is a little thick but very drinkable. overall a great session ipa with the abv at 6.5% and the price at 6.99 a sixer cant be beat. must try for all hop heads

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Photo of dannycohen62
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of benloho
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent IPA here. Delicious aromatic blend of citrus and tropical fruits with a slight piney/grassy hop note mixed in. Great head that retains and nice full bodied character which goes down smooth maintaining the juicy character of the hops yet crisp and refreshing to match the ABV. Bonus for coming in a can. Great beer for outdoor excursions, summer heat and sessionable as well!

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Photo of Mtn
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nugganooch
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with a travel mug
Noted on 06/17/2015

Picked this one up in Flagstaff, AZ at the Magic Mobile Gas Station

A: Dark caramel amber body with some minimal haze in appearance. Khaki tan head is thick and frothy as it swells out of my camper mug. Some broken tracks of lace make a trellis like design along the vessel walls.

S: The nose is more malt forward with some breadiness and sweet caramel hints to it. There is a faint citrus and pine hop combination formulating with a light herbal nod. Not quite what I was hoping for here from a hoppy perspective but still nice and welcoming.

T: Drinks more like an American Pale to me with its robust malt biscuit notes. That said it still delivers on some good hop flavor. More of the classics as detected in the aroma. Pine resin met with light citrus zest and florals. There is a mild tropical fruit twist to it as well. The beer has a moderate amount of perceived bitterness and there is no alcohol coming through in the flavor. Finishes out lightly dank and herbal too with some caramel sweetness there. Not at all too shabby.

M: Light to moderate filling body with an ample amount of spritzy carbonation. There is a mild constricting bitterness building up to a nice crisp and drying finish. Slight resinous linger noted but mostly clean.

D: A perfectly fine brew for packing in on your outdoor adventures. Really though this was just okay to me. Nothing ground breaking. I think my expectations were just too high given the accolades here.

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Photo of JCMattson
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of CTbrew32
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Golden amber color with a one finger head. Thin foamy head lingers on giving this beer some lacing, albeit uneven.

Smell- Huge notes of pine and some caramel malt.

Taste- At first the piney notes overwhelm this beer with a spicey bitterness that isn't pleasant. However, this beer mellows out significantly as it warms up and allows for some nice orange/citrus fruit flavors to come through. Caramel malt provides a sweet balance.

Feel- Creamy and smooth. Slightly thin bodied with a slight lingering stickiness. Medium carbonation.

Overall- This is a solid ipa that redeems itself as it warms up. Worth trying, but considering the overall experience was 50/50 I probably won't repurchase this, at least in a 6 pack format. (80/100)

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Photo of calcio360jrd
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this today on draft at the brewery today.

This beer has a lot going well for it. It had that typical hoppy smell that ipa's have, but the taste was far superior to most ipa's I've had lately. Nice golden color and 6.6 abv made this a very well rounded ipa. Going to send some of this home to fla and do some side to side comparisons with other popular ipa's, I think this will fare well against most of the big boys.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

I left this one in the can. I honestly like some of the IPAs in the can as it brings a nice flavor.

Hops and more hops is what I smell. Also some fresh pine and grass.

I love the hop assault to the tongue right off. The beer is also pretty resinous and oily. Pine and grapefruit also pulls through, as well as some bitter citrus notes.

Medium to heavy-medium mouth. Nice and sticky!

This was a good IPA. The can, to me at least, is deceptive. It looks so unpromising and kind of dull, but what's inside is so tasty!

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.16/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. No stamped date. Acquired from Side Door Liquor Store in El Paso, TX.

Appearance - Slightly cloudy amber body. Rocky two finger offwhite head with good stick and retention.

Smell - Very hoppy. Grassy. Hay. Faint malt presence.

Taste - Metallic. Plastic. Acidic. Some bitter hop and faint malt undercurrent.

Mouthfeel - Astringent. Very solvent. Light to medium bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Perhaps this brewery should start stamping their cans, because I can't tell if this beer is past it's prime or if it's just unpleasant regardless.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Kappakoosh
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of dheldman
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Pattymac
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of corekneelius
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 668 ratings