Happy Camper IPA | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
625
Reviews:
163
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
148
For Trade:
1
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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.22/5  rDev -15%
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 -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
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 +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerucee
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of frasergrove
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akolb
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soze47
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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 cb8282
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peabody
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcotom
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GlenL
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopflyer
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
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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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of rdoggg
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbarny76
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of batt6343
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taybeh
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Popadeaux
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatheredwaters
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of needMIbeer
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 625 ratings.
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