Happy Camper IPA | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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625 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:
625
Reviews:
163
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
148
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 625 |  Reviews: 163
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 justinlaz
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Kiniey01
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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

Appearance:
Amber color, slight haziness. Few little bubbles. Head looks very nice, chunky looking.

Aroma:
Fresh hop aroma... Citrus, piney, touch of grassy. Sweet bready malts.

Taste:
Fresh hop flavor up front... Citrus burst. I get some piney with touch of grassy. Sweet bready malts that balance the beer, a little honey sweetness. I get orange peel and spiciness at the end. Body is very crisp.

Finish:
Very crisp finish, a little dry. Nice citrus aftertast that lingers very well.

Overall:
Wow! I can't believe this is from Santa Fe Brewing? This is an awesome IPA!!

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Packard
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Mortarforker
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Terex
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

This is my go-to beer in Taos, NM. I'm sure it's good in the can, but it's such a beautiful pour in a glass, I always use one. The only thing better than drinking this beer is using the can for target practice.

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Photo of bakkerman1
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of LeafCutter
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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 Slitshock842
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%

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

Great head on this hoppy IPA with a strong bite, and a fresh, woody aftertaste. All-in-all, this is high quality beer. If you prefer quality, as opposed to quantity, then you should definitely try a Happy Camper. At 6.6%, it also goes great with dinner!

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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 crusian
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from local bottle shop. Rating by style of an American ipa... not a double or imperial.
Pours a nice light amber with about a finger of head... nice lacing ring...
Nose has some bubble gum, citrus, grass, hay and pine... in that order...it actually has all the features of american hops. Can't say i have actually had an aipa that has all of them on the nose so distinctly. That being said, it is not the best smelling aipa I have had, just has all those distinct odors. It is very nice though.
Taste has a nice malt body and a lot of pine. The pine is the most prevalent, and has a hint of citrus underneath it. Slick oily mouthfeel.
Rating this as a regular ipa, it is really great. not huge like a double or imperial, but this is one of the best aipas I have had. Amazing they can cram this much into 6.6%

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Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another CAN to further The CANQuest (TM), thanks to indiapaleale.

Music: Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains' "New Mexico Song".

From the CAN: "Wiping your rear with a pine cone is about as rough as camping should get. That's why we invented this portable IPA in a [CAN]. A hoppy, refreshing beverage that goes great with campfires, bears, granola, and mosquito repellent. Happy camping!"

I am not a big camper, so I'm just going to do my Crack & Glug action in my kitchen, where I usually review beers. I got a foamy finger of tawny head with good retention. Nose was filled with piney hops that filled the air with their tang. That does make me happy! Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Mouthfeel was medium with a great piney hoppiness initially, coupled with a caramel sweetness underneath. Finish was equally hoppy, followed by caramel sweetness, then a breathtaking return of the hops. Phew! This is definitely a CANdidate for the cooler.

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Photo of kmatlack
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Branlott42
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hoppy_lyfe
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johnstone
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A light caramel color with white foam. A mild citrus piney smell and intense spicy hop flavor. I dont know how to describe feel, but maybe substantial and it balanced the strong hop flavor well. First rating, need to study.

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Photo of tyalan
4.32/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Bogie1966
4.32/5  rDev +14%

Photo of calcio360jrd
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this today on draft at the brewery today.

This beer has a lot going well for it. It had that typical hoppy smell that ipa's have, but the taste was far superior to most ipa's I've had lately. Nice golden color and 6.6 abv made this a very well rounded ipa. Going to send some of this home to fla and do some side to side comparisons with other popular ipa's, I think this will fare well against most of the big boys.

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Photo of anthony_zinn13
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber/honey honey with a very thick foamy head (4 fingers). Head retention and lacing is excellent. Not much of a rival that I have seen there. Hoppy, citric aroma with resin. There is also a strong malty component to it. Bready. Strong malt backbone up front with a big piney hop. More of a spicy, resin taste at the end. Bitter aftertaste, but it does seem bready. Good beer, the maltiness is a little much when compared to the hops.

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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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