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Happy Camper IPA | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States | website

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:
156
Ratings:
597
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
23.95%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
135
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 156 | Ratings: 597
Photo of denver10
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel orange with a nice effervescent off white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is sweet florals, grapefruit, a touch of pine, biscuit and caramel. Flavor prettty much follows suit.
A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, a solid amercian pale ale. Definitely something I would drink again.

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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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Photo of obrike
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sixer at Round Rock HEB for 8 bucks and change.

Always on the alert for an IPA in a can...found this one by accident at HEB...just casually walking through the beer aisle and happened to see it...thought it was a soda can at first glance. Nice rich amber pour into my 512 pint glass...huge rocky head with nice retention...good start.

Scent was fresh, but a bit subtle...decent pine, maybe some citrus...not much more.

Man, a huge bitter hop wallop to the tongue...pine meets grapefruit meets orange...not much malt backbone on this one, but a great hop punch. Very refreshing on a hot day actually.

I gotta recommend this one...a nice canned IPA with a bitter hop kick. Uber piney, medium carbonation, some sticky resin on the tongue. Will certainly by again.

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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 Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A funky plain can design, but I knew it was Santa Fe immediately.
Pours a dark golden/acorn body with clarity that made it look lighter. Semi-soapy head, clinging a bit for lacing. Looks pretty good.
Aroma has mostly pine and florals. Sweet bread is dipped in pine juice it seems. A bit grassy.

Grass and pine are the hop centers, with some citrus coming through a bit in the end. The florals seem to be from the yeast as a bready finish calms down the hops. This is easy drinking with a good bite on the end. Maybe not as clean as I prefer, but crisp anyways.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

easily the best santa fe brew ive tried to date. it is more of an american pale than an ipa in my opinion, theres plenty of malt reminicent of the saranac pale ale or another hoppy beer with a bigger english malt profile. it smells like english malt and piney hops in equal proportion, citric a little, but there is no acid here, its just robust flavors and textures. the mouthfeel has a ton of texture, thick and malty at first, but mellowing to a well carbonated bittersweet ipa with a semiquick finish and a touch of caramel left over. i agree with the label, its better than wiping your rear with a pinecone, a whole lot better!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

opaque hazy burnt amber with a thick off white, frothy pillow like head. Thick gooey lace poured down the glass and lingered long after it was empty.

strong piney hops very much balanced against a nice mellowed malt sweetness. Smell did seem kinda muted though, could have been more full. was slick, with not alot of carbonation. Taste was very bitter with a dry finish, but not llong lingering as I had hoped. Came off a little oily, with a lot of bitter piney flavor.

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

nice extra from emmasdad, thanks!

Appearance: nice translucant amber color with great lacing around the glass. decent two fingered head slowly dissipated down to a fine layer. carbonation bubbles up rapidly.

Smell: pine and syrupy malt. somewhat of a bready aftertone picked up as well.

Taste: very smooth, piny, citrusy hops up front with a slightly malty backbone following through to the end. while a malty flavor is there it lets the hoppy bitterness take forefront. actually very refreshing taste overall. not too bitter as the hops add more flavor.

Mouthfeel: the hops oily presence lingers overall while the carbonation adds a nice bite to this drink. no harsh aftertastes at all in this; just a very refreshing feel overall.

Overall: call it a partial snobby bias but I was a bit skeptical of an IPA in a can. This beer changed my mind. While the beer itself does not stand out as the IPA to beat it definitely is a highly respectable beer. If I lived closer to a place to obtain this beer it would be in my fridge a lot more consistently.

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Photo of vande
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ~ Deep, dark golden amber color with a two finger layer of floating, cushiony white head....slowly, very slowly, dissipating leaving hints of lace clinging to the pint glass.

S ~ Hops and hops. Grapefruit, citrus odors creeping up the nose.

T ~ A bit of a harsh coppery flavor...good dose of tartiness? Grapefruit in the front with a bit of malt in the back. Lingers on the palate.

M ~ Pretty easy drinking IPA here. A nice balanced feel, medium to light in body presents.. a little tingling on the tongue.

O ~ My first offering from Santa Fe thanks to a fellow trader! Definitely something I'd like to try again, as well as sparked the curiosity of my palate...I sense more Santa Fe in my future at some point...

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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 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice extra from daniloknezic! Thanks

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange and dark gold bodied beer, maybe even a light amber color. White head that is full of small bubbles and sticky lacing. Thin white cap on top the beer.

Smell: Floral hops with some pine notes. Bready/biscuity malts.

Taste: medium hops bitterness in this IPA. Pine and grassy flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. it works well.

Overall: First beer I have had from Santa Fe Brewing Company. I enjoyed it very much. Just got off the lawn mover on a 90 degree day and this beer hit the spot and quenched my thirst. Something about hoppy beers when its hot that is a great combonation! Solid IPA nothing mindblowing, but i would buy a 6 pack if it was locally available to me. Looking forward to more Santa Fe Brewing Company beer!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, from a King Soopers in Glendale, Colorado

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of meshed gear-chain lace in parts around the glass as things genially sink away.

It smells of dank pine needles, a softer resinous spruce character, musty white grapefruit and navel orange, subtle table pepper spice, gritty, grainy pale malt, a weak caramel/toffee sweetness, and further leafy, grassy hops. The taste is less dank and more leafy in its forest floor detritus bitterness, with a steady citrus pith co-conspirator, a heightened grainy, biscuity, and wet bready maltiness, now sans any real sweetness, some fleeting flinty notes, and more weedy, grassy hop dingle-berries.

The bubbles are fairly active in their swirling frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, the hops displaying a modicum of either politeness or obtuseness at this point. It finishes just a touch off-dry, that grainy malt backbone still yelling at the kids from its rotting porch.

A pleasant enough IPA, the initial trendy dankness throwing me at first, as is the norm, but it soon settles into a simple bitterness-skewed, easy-drinking hop-head's dealio. Worth seeking out, beyond its convenient packaging and relative smoothness, when compared to wiping one's ass with the indigenous flora, apparently.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: copper-amber in color, slight particulate haze, nice head that retains a full layer

s: nice moderate citrusy hop aroma - mostly grapefruit rind style, slight sweet juice, caramel malts with a lightly toasted edge, hops pleasingly fresh and resinous, good stuff

m: carbonated to a light-moderate level, body around medium with a touch of malt weight

t: grapefruit rind hop flavors accompany slightly toasted caramel malts, nice pithy bitterness moves in quickly, growing well into the finish and becoming quite strong, the touch of sugars found at the start being swept up in the process

o: a straightforward ipa that has some nice hop aroma and a satisfying bitterness - no problems here

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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 sommersb
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 04-16-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

Clear copper-colored beer with a finger's worth of off-white head. Retention seems all right; the lacing is quite good.

Smells have citrus hop notes; grapefruit and pineapple come to mind.

The taste is balanced with the high bitterness being kept a bit in check by some malt character. Flavors are of tropical fruits on the acidic/bitter spectrum.

Feel is crisp with a medium amount of body. The beer is finished with mainly hop tastes such as grapefruit and pine, with a bit of astringency as a negative.

Very nice IPA here

Thanks to Craig for the beer!

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, w/o freshness info that I can find.

Pours medium amber, hazed, oatmeal head, stays nicely and on the loser side. Leaves ample low slippery sheeting and light strands of lace.

Pine and grapefruit notes in the hoppy nose.

More grapefruit, resins and pine on the tongue, moderate in their assault on the taste buds. Sweet malt makes an appearance but its muted compared to the hops.

Nothing special, just another better then average and easy drinking IPA. Worth a try and def would work in a cooler at the beach, camping or wherever a few cold and hoppy ones make sense

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The can caught my eye, then i saw NM and realized i hadnt tried a craft beer from that state. And then i recalled I'm camping very soon so i thought yes, ill chance a sixer of this! Pours dark orange, carbonation barely visible, the head is fluffy and good looking with a bouncy slightly off-white head.
Smells of pine and a slight non-descript fruit, if anything apricot. 
Nice pine taste up front, nice on the tongue. There's a light quality to this. Finishes pretty dry. There's a woody-papery taste on the back -end that im not used to and didn't like much at first. But all in all, drinkable as pleasantly hoppy.
Nice smooth carbonation, bitter lingers but not too much. I like how the beer seems light or medium-bodied yet still has a thick impression left on my palette, somehow.
Not sure what's keeping me from enjoying this more than I do. I think it's the way the malt reacts with the hops in this brew. I do enjoy the pine aspect, and if anything besides a more balanced malt backbone is needed, I'd say a bit more fruit profile in the taste would make it nicer beer. Otherwise, I will enjoy this when I go camping again in a week. I will take a couple of these from the can while at the lake. And it does make me want to revisit Torpedo by Sierra Nevada, which I may have liked a bit more.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent clarity, amber gold glass holds a finger of white, tight head that slowly drops curtains of lace.

Smell: I get the bready note that other reviews mention, a bit yeasty with a spicy hop that's both citric and floral.

Taste: A slightly soapy metallic note fades quickly into a mild IPA, full APA hop presence. Doesn't really go bitter, fairly balanced really yet showing off the blend of pine, citric, earthy hop stew.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, oily texture, almost a cask feel.

Overall: A pretty enjoyable brew. Have to admit the Zia sun got me to pull the trigger on a 6 pack as I have fond NM memories. This goes much more towards a lawn mowing APA than an assertive IPA, but that just makes it a bit more drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Was in Vegas for the weekend. Vegas is notorious for crappy beer, especially on the strip. I even bring my own beer on the plane, if that tells you anything.

Well, was playing some Pai Gow at the Flamingo. Walked by the bar and saw this IPA...this is free while playing, so what the heck???!!!

On tap at Bugsy's bar at the Flamingo...

Very nice hop flavor...resiny, citrusy....really well balanced. I drank about 10 of these over the weekend while gambling. Solid. If this was available in NC, I would drink a ton. Great job.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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 titty_mcbitty
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

I left this one in the can. I honestly like some of the IPAs in the can as it brings a nice flavor.

Hops and more hops is what I smell. Also some fresh pine and grass.

I love the hop assault to the tongue right off. The beer is also pretty resinous and oily. Pine and grapefruit also pulls through, as well as some bitter citrus notes.

Medium to heavy-medium mouth. Nice and sticky!

This was a good IPA. The can, to me at least, is deceptive. It looks so unpromising and kind of dull, but what's inside is so tasty!

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

Poured into tulip glass. No date information. Brought back from recent visit to New Mexico. Red Zia Sun Symbol on yellow background, same as the NM state flag.

A: Clear, amber/copper, with 1" off-white foam, with good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Some resinous pine, floral, with quite a bit of caramel malt; alcohol.

T: Sweet, floral and malty, followed by increasing piney bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy. Mild heat. Bitter, dry finish.

O: A straightforward, go-to IPA.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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 RobertDBrase
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.
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