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:
627
Reviews:
163
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
148
For Trade:
1
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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

Photo of coastiebob
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Visiting New Mexico drinking Happy Camper IPA from a standard glass at a bar. Nice clear dark amber hue. Not much of a head, but I didn't pour it. Woody and hoppy aroma and taste, grapefruit, nice moderate hoppy ending. I don't get a lot of carbonation. Overall pretty good.

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

Photo of ehmdubya
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reradford
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BdM
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nugganooch
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with a travel mug
Noted on 06/17/2015

Picked this one up in Flagstaff, AZ at the Magic Mobile Gas Station

A: Dark caramel amber body with some minimal haze in appearance. Khaki tan head is thick and frothy as it swells out of my camper mug. Some broken tracks of lace make a trellis like design along the vessel walls.

S: The nose is more malt forward with some breadiness and sweet caramel hints to it. There is a faint citrus and pine hop combination formulating with a light herbal nod. Not quite what I was hoping for here from a hoppy perspective but still nice and welcoming.

T: Drinks more like an American Pale to me with its robust malt biscuit notes. That said it still delivers on some good hop flavor. More of the classics as detected in the aroma. Pine resin met with light citrus zest and florals. There is a mild tropical fruit twist to it as well. The beer has a moderate amount of perceived bitterness and there is no alcohol coming through in the flavor. Finishes out lightly dank and herbal too with some caramel sweetness there. Not at all too shabby.

M: Light to moderate filling body with an ample amount of spritzy carbonation. There is a mild constricting bitterness building up to a nice crisp and drying finish. Slight resinous linger noted but mostly clean.

D: A perfectly fine brew for packing in on your outdoor adventures. Really though this was just okay to me. Nothing ground breaking. I think my expectations were just too high given the accolades here.

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

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt caramel color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. The lace was slightly speckled yet messy roaming all around the glass.
The smell started off with a sweet caramel malt base and then some floral to piney hops slide in to make a decent effort for the balance.
The taste was basically the same working some light bitterness in and around the rest of the previously mentioned flavors.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable sort of wet feel, not watery, just wet - the sweetness of the malts seem to slide on my tongue nicely.
Overall, as an IPA, its not bad, maybe if this was considered an English IPA, there's a good chance, this one would probably get higher numbers to those who rate to style. But I'm not worried as if I was able to get it again, I still would.

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

Photo of JustinPStewart
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not a punch you in the mouth bitter type of IPA. This is a nicely rounded and balanced version of an IPA. It has a sweet and robust malt body, a floral bouquet of flavors, and a minimal hop bitterness; all wrapped up with a clean finish that doesn't leave too much flavor lingering on the tongue. Not bad at all.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of cbe1961
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid if not super-spectacular IPA.

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Photo of MaddDogg84
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 627 ratings.
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