Happy Camper IPA | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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85
very good
621 Ratings
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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:
621
Reviews:
161
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
145
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 621 |  Reviews: 161
Photo of Mark66
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best American IPA out there in my very humble opinion. Very piney and all-around great.

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Photo of JonnyRebel
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KMitch
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Determined_021
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OdellLover
2.82/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not good!! Maybe an old can.

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Photo of Branlott42
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Junkforadam
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
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 Jasonboerner
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Will definitely drink more. Spicy. Citrusy. Not too carbonated.

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

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Teej_14
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Get_Lowell
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wallbj
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BostonJustin
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of DefenCorps
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can from Tin Bucket. Gotta love that place.

A reddish copper with a dense, off-white ehad that falls off to a ring leaving a little lacing, this looks decent. The nose is solid. Clearly very fresh, which aids tremendously, this beer has a nose that is dominated by pine and candied grapefruit. Moderately fruity with baked oranges and a touch of peach. Malt character is present, mostly as a caramel note.

The palate opens with a pine-heavy bitterness, pleasant and pungent, bitter and herbal. Grapefruit pith and grapefruit zest are also present. There is a mild mineral character that acidifies the palate, rather unexpected and unwelcome. Drying, bitter on the finish with burnt caramel, pine and grapefruit pith, this beer is medium light in body and moderately carbonated. Alcohol is faintly noticeable on the finish. Apart from the mineral character, there isn't a whole lot to dislike about this beer.

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Photo of brbremer
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirrrty_Kurty
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KShophead
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aphamer
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A deep rusty burnt orange body holds up a frothy cream colored head. The head recedes to a patchy film as sheets of lacing coat the glass.

Aroma: Very hoppy, piny, earthy, woody.

Taste: Dry and woody (cedar) up front. Very faint grapefruit comes in the middle, while there is a very bitter, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty straightforward with hops and pine. Not as much fruitiness and very little citrus. Pretty solid either way.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Dark golden color with a multiple finger tan head that leaves lacing halfway down the glass. Smells of hop, citrus, and malt that aren't normally in an IPA. Aroma wise, nice change of pace from the death by hops IPA. Taste of hops through the whole drink with wonderful pine up front, malts in the middle, and citrus at the end. The hops don't overwhelm the other ingredients. Medium-light body with medium carbonation that isn't bitter and is easy to drink. Very crisp for an IPA.
Overall, a great IPA. I probably rated it especially high because it manages to be a hoppy IPA without being bitter or ruining my taste buds with over-aggressive happiness.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank from the can so can't really comment to much on the appearance, but it's a pretty cool can though. The smell is full of pine and citrusy hops with very little to no malt aromas detected. the taste reflects this as well. Overall it's an pretty good IPA but not a great one. While all the flavors of a great IPA are there, but was not executed as well as it could have been. With that said it is definitely a worthy beer if the pickings are thin or you want to try something different.

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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 621 ratings.
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