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
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
603
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
23.95%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
138
For Trade:
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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another can provided by the can man, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops, some citrus notes. Taste is also big on hops, some malts, just a touch of citrus, very bitter at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear amber into my snifter with just under two fingers of head that has really nice retention and sticky lacing.

S - Big grapefruit aromas up front, piny/earthy hops, mango, and malts that take a back seat in this one.

T - Grapefruit rind and bitterness is present from start to finish, malt is noticeably present on the back end, definitely floral with a touch of spice.

M - Slightly thin and under carbonated for my preference.

O - Looks and smells great, and not a bad drinker, but I honestly can say I wouldn't go out of my way to grab this one again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a mostly clear, light copper color with an impressive cap of tan head that leaves nice sheets of lace. Good looker here.

Nose leans towards tropical and citric hops but there is a definite caramel, almost toffee malt presence that is most balancing indeed. Interesting, and has a nutty characteristic most of SFBC brews have exhibited before.

Taste shows a nutty hoppiness that is both unique and fun. Refreshing, clean hop body is totally slurpable and goes down easy. I am thoroughly impressed with this beer. I must admit that most SFBC offerings I have had have been average at best, but they have stepped up their game recently and I am glad for it. Try this if you CAN...you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking can with a nod to the state of New Mexico and a blurb about camping. Deep copper/amber with a white head that leaves scattered sheets of lace. Strong pine keeps with the camping theme backed by spice, flowers, and candied orange peel. Malt throws plenty of caramel into the mix to balance evenly. A nice little IPA in a can. A little more hop explosion in the nose would be welcome, but I could use more of this.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange almost brownish tint. Pretty dark for an IPA. I brace myself for a malt bomb. Smells malty with a touch of hops. Lacking. Tastes sweet and caramel heavy. Lots of malts. The hops are subtle and not very prominent. Overall good mouthfeel but a lackluster IPA. Thanks Jenray but I agree with your assessment

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Photo of womencantsail
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a light cloudy golden-amber color with a big white head.

S: Really a nice grapefruit aroma to this. It's very dank. Tons of floral and spicy hops, too. There's just a mild pine and even less malt aroma. Who knew such a pungent IPA aroma could come from New Mexico?

T: Sort of a lackluster flavor, unfortunately. There's still a bit of grapefruit and orange peel, but the flavor isn't so intense. There's some stale bread and a light malt sweetness, as well. A few hints of floral hops and a light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: I thought the nose was awesome, but the flavor just really fell off.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can->Hoegaarden Glass
A ~ GREAT looking can. Pours well with a Golden-Amber-Brown color with an off-white head that dissipates in craters. Lacing becomes sticky very fast.

S ~ Little bits of everything in small doses: pine, mango, pale fruit & flowers. Not the most intense nose, but pleasant.

T ~ Grapefruit Peel & Flower Petals on a sweet backdrop of bready malt. This is followed by a bit of pepper, touch of sap. Dried peaches upon warming buried within the malt.

M ~ Feel is very balanced with hops that are both spicy & floral. Very flavorful beverage. Fresh & clean taste throughout, even after warming.

D ~ Mmmmm...at 8 dollars a six pack (OF CANS!) this beer is a steal. The can wears its company logo well...very well.
Seek out for a quality IPA with a decent price tag.

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Photo of 2xHops
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The can was poured into a non-standard pint glass, but I gotta work with what I have. The appearance looked very good with a healthy foam rising and dissipating fairly quickly. It had copper color that looked lively.

The taste was the part that surprised me. While the beer has 6.6% ABV, it does not taste as hoppy as I thought it would with alcohol coming through strongly as you will see in other IPAs. I could taste the hops coming alive, but it isn't as coarse.

The mouthfeel is soft and long, and I feel like it's contradiction for an IPA. I had envisioned it to be more strong, but it still has the signature bitter aftertaste that lingers and lingers.

Overall, I'd buy this again. I think it's a good example of an IPA, especially when it comes in cans. It'll be a great addition to anybody's boating trips or even my tubing excursion I'm taking soon.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep-amber with a decent off-white head that settles quickly. Adequate lacing.

Fragrant, floral hops up front with some fruit and a nice, caramelly malt to balance.

Flavors are a refreshing blend of sweet, caramel malt and some bitter, piney hops.

This one has a surprisingly full body with a nice amount of carbonation.

A well-balanced, sessionable IPA overall- and one delivered in a pretty awesome looking can.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

IPA in a can. CAN it be great? Let's hope so. Dark orange/copper color with minimal haze. The head is a bit thin leaving a ring and spotty lace. The nose has hoppy bite but also a strong balance of doughy, caramel malt. It smells like there is some alcohol strength too, perhaps I could be fooled into thinking this was a barleywine by the aroma alone.

The flavor is just going in too many directions. The hop bitterness is intense but I don't get enough of the grassy or piney flavors from them. The malt balance is hefty, bordering on too sweet for my liking. The finish has some astringence and it makes the beer seem too alcoholic though that's not really the case. The body is light but not too thin, and the carbonation is appropriate.

With the abundant competition out there for the style I would think a brewer would put some more effort into crafting a solid IPA. This one is very average and the finish was a little too harsh. Don't get me wrong it's not a bad beer, it's again just that I have too many better IPA's to compare it to. Moving on...

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Photo of kmatlack
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 6 pack of cans at Mr. G's in Plano. Poured into my Stone "Hoppy Fathers Day" pint glass.

A- Pours an attractively clear orange yellow with a half finger of off-white head that dissipates into a very thin head that sits nicely on top of the beer.

S- A super bold hoppy aroma on the nose. Pine, citrus, grassy, earthy, more pine, sweet malts, candy, caramel. It just smells fresh. Awesome.

T- Nice and sweet malts up front, soon followed by an onslaught of piney, resiny hops, very well balanced. Makes me want to be outside. Even my burps taste good. Only downside is a lingering bitterness, not ideal.

M- Smooth, oily, almost slick mouthfeel. Not over carbonated, easy drinking.

O- This is a great IPA. Love that it comes in cans, more breweries should use them. No date on the can but it was super fresh. Bravo Santa Fe, Bravo. IDK why people are giving this a B, solid A in my book. Im glad ive got 5 more.

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Photo of LeafCutter
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an off-white creamy head, about two finger widths, and leaves nice off white lacing.

Smell - a sweet caramel nose joined with a great mild/slightly citrus hop aroma.

Taste - Bitterness is right on. For the hoppy earthy tones, citrus aftertaste the mild caramel sweetness, it's a very well balanced taste. Carbonation doesn't appear to be there, but the mouthfeel of carbonation is very nice and bubbly for an IPA, and leaves a very fresh feeling in your mouth.

Overall- I would buy this beer again. My only wish is that it was a little cheaper. It has great, fresh hop flavor without the harsh bitterness. To me, this is an IPA that you would use on non-IPA lovers, and turn them into one.. Extremely well balanced, slightly sweet, good malty backbone, and wonderful hop flavor/aroma, finishing you with a citrus freshness in your mouth, begging for another sip.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into my stone imperial pint glass

pours a dark amber, thin off white head has some incredible retention, good clarity, some strings of bubbles are apparent

sweet and citrusy in the nose.

very balanced good orangey sweetness upfront balanced by a kick of lemon peel like hop bitterness, nothing much lingers.

Very light in body, crisp and refreshing

overall, great summertime ipa just enough bitterness to be a satisfying ipa while keeping it tame enough to be had in the texas heat

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Photo of allengarvin
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly nice pour... The beer is a nice mahogany amber, and the head really develops nicely, becomes a solid-inch thick crown of froth that is slow to dissipate. The nose is not as exciting. It provides some moderate woody, rosin-like hop notes, but not much else. Flavor is a better mix, with sweet malt vying with piney hops. Bitterness is actually not too high for an IPA, allowing the toasty, lightly caramel malt to make a nice showing. The body is a tad thin, but otherwise a pretty good beer.

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Photo of coldriver
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a deep amber with persistent head and lacing. Very strong floral and pine hop boquet. Taste is tending more towards pine than citrus. Adequate carbonation with bitter oily hop finish, which is a bit harsh on the tongue (in a good way...). Overall a solid IPA which I would have again.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Medium head falls pretty quick leaving a nice lacing with a small biscuity head in the middle of the glass, above a clear golden bronze colored IPA

Heavy hops smell accented with pine and citrus, with a light sweetness coming through.

Citrus and pine hops heavy taste, this is why I drink IPAs, heavy rich hops taste, with just a slight bit of a sweet malt following the initial hoppiness.

A medium bodied beer with a dry slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

A damn good IPA, I think I'll have a couple more of these, later.

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Photo of amcmaho1
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one many times before, just never got around to reviewing it. Poured from a can, devoid of a "best by" date, into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Was it an IPA or an amber ale? Definitely seems dark for the style, lending itself towards a more orange to oragnish red colored body. Thick, frothy off white head with nice retention, as well as plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell: Immediately, I detect lots of pine resin from the hops with soft floral and spice notes. LOTS of malt on the nose, some definite sweetness and bread notes on the nose along with some astringent alcohol. I'm wondering how fresh the can is, because the hops certainly seem subdued somewhat, though the integration with the malt profile is nice. It almost seems to me to be the IPA for the non or only occasional IPA drinker.

Taste: Lots of malt at the beginning of the taste, followed by alcohol and then a resinous bitterness. The pine notes from the hops are there, and rather clean. Really pronounced bitterness here actually, darkened by the malt, and bordering on spicy or earthy. The alcohol is noticeable, and almost seems bigger than it actually is. The bitterness certainly lingers too, with some bready notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Really comfortable carbonation keeps the beer from feeling overly thick. It's pretty dry and drying, as i notice with more time in between sips.

Overall: This IPA is really differentiated from other NM ipa's, and it really has qualities which separate it from the pack, so to speak. Where as Marble's IPA is more dominant in the citrus and floral arena, this beer's hop profile is more earthy and spicy, and works well with a bigger malt presence. It's nice for some variety here in the land of enchantment, and the fact that the beer is canned attests to it's transport-ability. Worth going out of your way to get it fresh though...

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Photo of JMad
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

The beer is a light murky copper/ brown color with at thin soapy off white head. It smells heavily of pine, grapefruit and sweet malt. The taste is very bitter up front with pine, citrus peel, with a hint of ginger and sweet malt. It is light/ medium with a silky carbonation and a super dry finish. This is an excellent IPA that hang with the best.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a shockingly dark golden apple juice hue looking more like an amber. crystal clear with a weak half-finger crisp white head that fades quickly, leaving only a dab of lacing.

aroma is decently hoppy, sweet, with a good kick of malt on the tail end. not bad, but uninspired.

taste is decent with a full malt backbone. tastes dark and rich. herbal green hops with a good bit of bitterness. even and fairly balanced.

mouth is a touch on the thick side, a little slick, with some fine but hot carbonation that gets a bit prickly.

all in all, an interesting IPA. it looks dark, tastes like a rich, heavy, IPA. surprisingly, but definitely delicious. I'd love to drink a few more. not the best, and not the best IPA by traditional style guidelines, but I like it!

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Photo of GregSVT
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz can into a pint glass

A: Pours orange or dark gold with a white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has aromas of pine and grapefruit with notes of caramel malt and a bit of toffee.

T: The taste is piney hops at first but the big malt bill on this one also shows it's face in the form of bready malt and an odd sweet aftertaste I can't quite place.

M: The feel is actually thicker than I think it should be. IPAs should be crisp and refreshing and this is medium bodied and creamy.

O: Not a bad IPA but not something I will be drinking again. It's worth a try if you like malt heavy versions of the style.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a sixer of this while looking for some Austin Beerworks cans. Wish I would have had the Fire Eagle. Scrrrreee! Ok, but not great. Served this last one in a Bud signature glass.

The beer pours with a small but dense dirty white head. Leaves good lacing, too. However, I find the body to be a lot darker than I want. The mix of these properties still leaves it above average.

The nose is piney... but not exactly pine. Slightly biting and slightly off relative to pure pine IPA. Also has some breadiness. Meh.

The tastes along the same lines. Not distinctly bitter, but e pine turns me off a bit. Almost caustic. However, the flavors are somewhat muted and that helps it. Decently drinkable and I wasn't dreading the next can... but gimme ABW any day over this.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

attractive looking can from State Line Liquors in El Paso.

poured into an opaque plastic cup, so can;t comment much on appearance. Nice, creamy head with pretty good lacing.

aroma is piney and floral, with some citrus notes. Some yeasty biscuit in the background.

Full hop flavor on the front, with only a hint of sweetness. Grapefruit dominates, with some pine and dried fruit. Apricot notes, from the malt maybe? Finishes dry and minty.

Medium-bodied and creamy, with a sharp bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Bitterness lingers and borders on astringent, but stays in a good place.

Puckering and refreshing. A nice treat and a no-brainer for camping.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big snort of Cascade hops in the mix. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Rich with malt, but the big story is hops and more hops. Rather light bodied. Flowery, just a touch of resin, and fragrant. Not really that bitter, but more hops than I know what to do with. Nice appearance with a good topper on the amber brew. Clean and spicy.

If you're looking for a great hop blast without the tonsil curling bitter end, this is a very forgiving IPA.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a six pack of cans at Mile High Wine & Spirits on a recent trip. I have an unabashed love for canned IPA's, so this was an exciting find. Split the first can with the wife, stuffed four in the golf bag and drank with SteepH20 on a recent visit, so all that remains in this lone yellow soldier. Here goes...

Poured into my Duvel tulip, Happy Camper is copper colored with an inch thick white crown that subsides to some spotted surface matter. Plenty of tiny bubbles evident when back lit by the still prevalent summer sun and some spotted cling.

Smells earthy and herbal with a healthy blast of spearmint. Touch of citrus becomes blanketed by the biscuit and sweet caramel.

Up front is tangy bitterness and baby aspirin. Alcohol bite comes quickly and early and is a bit much for a beer this small, relatively speaking. Middle is doughy, malty, and creamy. Again there is a slight underpinning of citrus here, but it's summarily gobbled. Earthy, herbal, piney finish with the lingering alcohol bite round things out.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a prickle of carbonation on the tongue and a bitterness that dances a brief ditty on the tongue and fades slowly but lingers.

Overall, it's a good but not great IPA. I wouldn't go crazy trying to obtain it again, but if available I'd purchase it and bring it golfing, camping, or to introduce to friends and family.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can into pint glass
A – 1+ finger slightly yellow head, full glass of foam doesn’t immediately recede and leaves very nice lacing, my definition of the color amber, crystal clear… A fine looking beer 4.5
S – Pine & citrus hop nose leads, slight florals, notes of the sweet bready malt background, weak caramel 3.5
T – Pine & citrus hops lead, malts are weak but balance this brew enough, good drinkability 4
M – Low carbonation, perhaps some hop oils, medium body 3.5
O – A good & crowd pleasing IPA, nothing outstanding but I’d also take a sixer of this to a party 4

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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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