Happy Camper IPA | Santa Fe Brewing Company

Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA
BA SCORE
3.77/5
631 Ratings
Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA
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:
#18,489
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
631
pDev:
12.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
149
Trade:
1
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

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2.16/5  rDev -42.7%
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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2.2/5  rDev -41.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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2.54/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Free can sent by our distributor at work, probably ever so slightly over code so rating may not be exactly fair.

A: It pours somewhere between a true pale and an amber, with a decent amount of lacing.

S: It reminds me of camping, which with its name is perfect, thick amounts of pine and fresh air.

T: Ugh. Its not bad, just between the appearance and smell I was hoping for something as monumental as the build up, and it wasn't. Overwhelming amounts of bitter citrus with alfalfa taste.

M: Sits thick and syrupy, which is weird as no malt taste to it.

O: Could be better, not the worst there is at an IPA though. Almost there, if they upped the actual darker malts and changed it from 'ipa' to India Red ale, I would like it better.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Good ipa but nothing to write home about.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.82/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not good!! Maybe an old can.

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2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I am not a purist on appearances but I want my IPA's to be yellow/gold/orange, never brown. This IPA is brown. Small head with decent lacing. Smell is very piney with biscuit. Pine does not come through in the taste though. Mostly bitter with a little malt sweetness. This is drinkable, but not sessionable. Decent try from this brewer, but could use some work.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 631 ratings
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