Happy Camper IPA | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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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 psoriasaurus
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Bustersuess
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cgrunin
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jeschaefer
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nische
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnyd10vt
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice west coast style IPA. Dark, slightly lighter than an amber. Nice off white head. Smells and tastes like a nice citrus/grapefruit hops. Great quality. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of jera1350
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of myersbaker
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice glow to the yellow color, impressive. 1/2" white head. Aroma hits those nice dry hop aromas imparting some pine forest.

Taste rocks around 60 ibu, still has the hop mouthfeel and bitterness. This was really one of the first very good canned ipas. It really lends itself to camping. Only thing to watch out for are the dates on this one. When fresh, its one of those very good regional ipas in the best possible format at an affordable price out there.

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Photo of UniversalIPA_69
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-brown. One finger of head. Smell is not aggressive, hoppy. Takes hoppy but not overly bitter Taste lingers well. Feel is a little thin, but quite smooth. Quite drinkable if not a star.

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Photo of einman
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of phatsmackey
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Consumed 2/9/16

Cheers to Dustin for this beer

A: Medium orange, with some copper and light amber at its core, some tangerine around the edges - pours with a medium sized, off-white head, fades to wisps and a small collar, leaves some steaks and dots of lacing

S: Hoppy with some malty sweetness - more or less balanced citrus and pine - orange and grapefruit zest and some juice - floral citrus - herbal, leafy, spicy, and a touch grassy - pine needles - lightly earthy - pale and caramel malts, touch of cooked grains - bready with some biscuits and hints of bread crust

T: Fairly balanced - citrus flavors, with some orange and grapefruit zest, rind, juice - spicy, herbal, leafy, grassy hops - floral - pine needles and a touch of resinous pine - hint of mint - earthy - medium bitterness - the hoppiness is grounded in the malts, which are a bit more burly than average - pale and caramel malts, maybe some amber - bread, biscuits, a slight touch of toffee - slightly sweet overall, yet also dry and earthy

M: Medium body, smooth, almost a little chewy, sharp finish

O: If you drink enough of these, camping might be fun

Happy Camper has an interesting old-school charm to it. It kind of reminds me of an English IPA, but that just might be the malts. The citrus and pine combination is classic, yet this pulls it off in a way that does not taste generic. This is worth a try.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBobber
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The look of the can is really cool and I love the New Mexico flag on the can. Now on to the beer - poured from a 12 oz. can with a nice copper color and a rocky, foamy off white head.

Smell was a pop of pine with an slight smell of pineapple coming through.

Taste was very piney but not overbearing on the pine. Seriously I could not discern much difference from a lot of IPA's that I have drank. Please do not take that in a bad way. I did enjoy the taste, it just seemed kind of middle of the road IPA like.

Mouth feel borders on medium with a slightly oily finish which is more pronounced as the beer warms.

Overall I am a happy camper for having tried this offering from the great state of New Mexico. The beer is very good but at the price point I could probably find something comparable in flavor and lighter on the wallet. Now if I was offered this over another beer at a BBQ, I would definitely grab one of these.

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Photo of puck1225
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap into a pint glass, a golden orange color. It had a thin head and good lacing. The smell is a bit piney and soapy. The taste is very hoppy and a bit bitter. Some pine taste and it gets a bit sweeter with warming. An OK IPA.

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Photo of habaceeba
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kinmundy77
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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