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Happy Camper IPA | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Happy Camper IPAHappy Camper IPA
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
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
610
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
23.95%
 
 
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31
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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 arizcards
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Total Wine in late April For $1.49. Best by date appears to be sometime in June.

Beer poured amber orange with a nice off white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is grainy and biscuity.

Taste is malt forward, very biscuit oriented, with a generous amount of hops to balance it the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and it is decently carbonated.

Overall this is not a bad beer but was surprised such a biscuity beer is classified as an IPA. This is recommended for those that like a balanced IPA.

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Photo of MusicMonkey26
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good beer, although the yellow can (and slightly yellowed color of the beer itself) makes Happy Camper seem like beer as if made by Squirt. It's a tasty, watery-textured IPA which has a ridiculously pleasing aroma. Not terribly effervescent - definitely best if chilled.

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Photo of Christoba3
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to StonedTrippin for including this guy in our trade. We crack the tab and pour a brew of solid golden orange into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a cakey two and a half finger head of toasted marshmallow colored bubbles, showing great retention. Geographic lacing is left around the glass as it eventually goes. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be lightly moderate. The aroma is massively toasty, lightly biscuity, and robustly hoppy, with bright citric and grass hops. Filling the gaps are notes of caramel, plastics, light booziness, butters, raw carrot juice, faint lactics, ginger root, soft banana esters, and more sourdough breadiness with warmth. Our first impression is the flavors are much more heavily to the malt side, as the hops fall away, but the final blend is sweet and pleasant. As we sip, the taste begins with caramel malts, white sugar sweetness, earthen honey, tannic lemon breakfast tea, honeydew melon, tinny metallics, lighter grassy hop bitterness, and sweet banana ester fruitiness. The middle comes to a peak with enhanced sweetness of residual dextrins, more bready caramel and pale malts, syrupy red raisins, and white flour. Washing through the finish is a blend of sweet toffees, drying and resiny hop stems, peppery booze, herbal tea leafiness, continued toasty pale malts, nectarine fleshiness, and floral honey sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of black pepper, herbal and grassy hop bite, weedy greenness, bread pudding, cloying raisin bite, mineral, chalked yeasted, and fusel airs of booze. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. The mouth is wetly coated, with nice tannic astringency down the hard palate and tongue. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, and frothiness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its drinkability and balance through both the nose and the flavoring. At first this guy takes you a bit by surprise because the malts are sweet and tannic, giving both juiciness and dryness to compete with one another. While the heavy maltiness may deter the stalwart hophead, the balance from the hops is definitely there. These give grass, earth, and even some light soapiness way back on the aftertaste to effectively cut the bready, dextrin cloy of the grain. This is an exciting brew that hits all of the senses, while giving you a little bit extra to ponder.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 4, 2013
Misc.: Best by July 10, 2013

Poured a dark caramel orange clear color with 1-2 fingers of khaki white head. Below-to-minimal lacing on the sides. Average retention on the top all the way down.

Tough to get any smells out. Worked hard and got some citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, caramel malts and buttery malts.

Tasted similar to the nose, which isn’t saying that much. Got bitter buttery hops, orange, caramel malts, tropical hops and orange rind. Could definitely taste the alcohol.

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, refreshing finish.

I was hoping for better, but was ultimately disappointed.

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Photo of gpogo
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Clear light copper body and a white foam cap.

A- Sweet malt, pine, and grapefruit. The hop aromas were a bit faint as this can has sat in the fridge for a while.

T- Sweet malt with a nice bitterness throughout.

M- Medium light body and moderate carbonation. Clean, but it does stick around a bit.

D- A very pleasant IPA, not a crazy hop bomb.

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Photo of bmwats
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint.

A: Hazy, orange golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Lots of beer ring lacing.

S: Pine, honey, orange peel, and clove.

T: Very piney hop, accentuated with just a touch of sweetness and orange citrus. Something of a floral character.

M: Mouth puckering hop. Bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy, the hop will dictate it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Interesting hazy coloration, nice head, and some pretty thick persistent lacing. Nose is very strong pine, with a little honey and spice. Very bitter floral hop, balanced with some sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of tronester
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a thin tan head. Aromas of musty hops. Taste begins with a bit of citrus, then caramel, and a herbal, piney finish. Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is a bit low for the style. Overall a decent IPA. The can is a huge plus too .

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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 AlCaponeJunior
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tan to orange and clear, pretty good head and lacing.

Aroma is citrus rind, pine, hops.

Flavor is pretty nice, good citrusy component, good hoppiness, pine, some resiny notes, malt base is ample with some bread and some light caramel.

Body is medium, slick, slightly oily, medium carbonation.

Overall it's nice, and one of the few canned IPAs available. I wouldn't mind taking a few out on the boat for a day of fishin'.

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Photo of Moose90
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't decipher a freshness date on this one.

A – Translucent medium/dark amber. Thin head that leaves adequate sticky lacing throughout.

S – Lemon, citrus, hops. Some pine here as well.

T – Sweet and malty, maybe a bit past its peak. Bready malts up front lead to a nice drying bitterness on this finish. More citrus, grapefruit and pine.

M – Good carb, very smooth, this is a sessionable IPA. Crisp/dry.

O – Very refreshing IPA, could drink it all day long. Wouldn't call it a lightweight IPA, but it is one that you could drink a lot of. Very smooth and highly drinkable, good bitterness, and good malt balance.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Central Waters tulip.
6.6% ABV, no date.
(Reviewed 06-07-11 - from notes)

Thanks for the brew Todd!

A - Beautifully clear rusty bronze in color with a dense two-finger off-white head. Good retention with patchy fingers of lace cling to the glass.

S - Resiny pine citrus floods the air with potency that can be smelled a foot away. Mildly tart fruity undertones could both be yeast esters or the hops. Nice exotic fruit nose. Good malt backbone and caramel notes.

T - Sweet caramel malt underlines piny resin hops and exotic melon with a dry, lightly bitter finish.

M - Medium-bodied but crisp and smooth with a nice balance and level dry hop bitterness.

O - On a scorcher like today, this beer, dispite it's higher alcohol content, is a refreshing IPA. Good drinkability.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the St. Francis Hotel bar in Santa Fe. Poured into a chalice, with about a finger of white head, recedes quickly to a thin layer; nice webbed lacing. Lightly burnt orange in color, somewhat translucent and holds light fairly well. Looks good.

Floral aromas, blend with sweet malt and pine notes. Perfectly hoppy. Smells great.

Citrus hops, lemon zest, grapefruit/orange rind. It's malty and piney, with a great hop character.

Mouthfeel is ok, not amazing. A little too "watery" for my taste, but it compliments the flavors well. It's a little bitter, with a pulpy aftertaste.

Overall I am generally really pleased with this beer. Did not expect much but I pleasantly surprised. Glad to try the local air as well.

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Photo of Beerjonny82
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Average to slightly above average IPA, lacks aroma, full bodied, carmally amber In color. Agressively hopped, bitterness tickles the tongue, I would guess the IBU is in around 75-80(cannot find the IBU measurement on the brewery's website nor is it listed on the can). Very reasonably priced, cool can.

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay, canned IPAs, great. Thanks to dcloeren for this one.

The gurgling pour from the can into the snifter yields a fluffy creamy looking 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace with nice thick lacing, over mostly clear honey orange colored beer.

NOse brings plenty of fresh hops, a nice hoppy aroma, fresh citrus and a bit of resin, hint of tropical fruit like a light musty passion fruit and guava almost. A light fluffy malt underneath, a hint of tangerine and light clementine like citrus.

Taste starts with a light fluffy malt with hint of reddish malt like flavor, but quickly brings hops. A light airy aromatic floral hop start, a little grassy, light resins and citrus. A bit of tropical fruit as well, more clementine and hint passion fruit with the musty resin. A decent bitterness that doesn't bite too much but rounds off evenly at first. As it finishes it dries a bit and gets a nice bitter bite, a decent bitter orange rind like flavor with more light resin and hint of pine even.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy with lots of carbonation.

Overall pretty good actually. This is what base IPAs should be, a bit lighter, very drinkable, nice bitterness that increases with a dry finish, great effervescent hops, light resin and citrus, bit tropical fruit, nothing wrong at all, just a very drinkable IPA, from a can no less!

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice caramel-copper color with a decent cap of foam which left some residue on the glass. The aroma is an interesting mixture of hops and malt. Pine, grapefruit, nondescript earthiness blends with a solid underpinning of caramel malt. The palate, on the other hand, is a little more uncouth. Pine is all over the place as the hops dominate the flavor. Some grain attempts to peek through but it struggles to make its mark. Definitely a drinkable IPA with some sharp edges.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pale, crystal, and Carapils malt scent along with a mild hop nose that showcases piney/floral hop notes. The taste is good. It has a smooth, balanced flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It's complex with just a hint of caramel sweetness. The hop character is mild with a nice piney bitterness and flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an enjoyable IPA with lots of character. It's easy drinking with only a moderate hop bitterness.

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Photo of bcc99man
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into Sam Adams pint glass

Not sure how fresh this beer is. My girlfriend was in New Mexico 3 months ago, bought a six pack of this, and had a friend drive it all the way back. Wasn't able to pick it up from the friend until 2 weeks ago.

A: Hazy amber, almost looks like iced tea. One finger head that stays for a little bit. Lots of carbonation coming off the bottom of the laser etching of the glass.

S: Pine, grass, a little lemon, with a decent amount of malt present.

T: Sweet malts very noticeable, prickly piney bitterness up front fades away pretty rapidly but lingers. Citrus-y with some lemon. No alcohol taste.

M: Carbonation is decent, slightly dry.

O: My 3rd time having this beer, 3rd can in the six pack. For some reason I remember liking it better the first two times, the hops had a better presence. Overall, a decent refreshing beer you could drink every day. Doesn't do anything too much to satisfy a hop kick, but still wouldn't mind drinking it. Definitely would drink this if I was out camping.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P:  Festivly carbonated body of copper orange color. A bountiful two fingers of creamy dense french vanilla icecream float head. Great retention that settles to a creamy layer with wet sticky lacing. 

S:  Toasted malt, biscuits, fresh pone needles and pine resin.  Whiffs of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange oil and touches of milk creaminess. 

T/M:  Full creamy body with a stickiness and moderate carbonation. Follows the nose with pine resin being the star. Closely followed by the balancing toasted caramel malt and citrus hops.  The finish is creamy but has a delayed dryness. Lingers pine resin and timid citrus dish soap filminess. 

O:  A hearty brew that tastes more like an imperial. Perfect for camping trips and rustic outings.  The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. I'm pretty sure Jeremiah Johnson had his cabin stocked full of this stuff, right next to the grizz hides. 

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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 LubricatedWisdom76
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting offering in a category that is tough to stand out in. Cool can, you can have strong beer on a hike after all. Got it in a make your own 6-pack and thought it worth a shot.

A- Love the deep copper color and the head poured super thick and billowy into a Great Divide glass. Hard to wait to drink it!

S- Pine and earth along with hints of citrus, also distinct malt aroma as well which is not as typical these days. Vague metallic aroma as well. Not as many layers as I would have liked.

T- Drinkable and interesting, not just a piney, knock your face-offer. Pine is evident but also some floral and spice notes that remind me of Noble hops? Adds to the drinkability for me. Definitely a bigger malt profile than you get with a lot of IPA's, tastes similar to an East Coast or English style mixed with piney American hops.

M- Clean and lighter bodied and not super coating. Good citrus aftertaste that lingers and puckers sneakily.

O- A nice offering from a brewery I've never tried before. Not going to impress the real hopheads but I like the balance and the mix of both crisp and full flavored hops. It hides the near 7% alcohol very very well. Dangerous!

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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 depechemode1983
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out medium copper in color. The head is off-white with moderate density. Retention is minimal.

S - The nose is mostly sweet with lots of tropical fruits being apparent. You get sweet pineapple and orange, slightly sour apricots coupled with a pleasant hop bitterness all the way through.

T - Bitter, semi sweet tropical fruits. Also....a bit of a toasted coffee quality maybe even a little bread like.

M - Smooth, soft, a little oily/slick. Carbonation in great.

O - Pretty good stuff right here. Only 8.49 a six pack at my local H.E.B. Recommended.

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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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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 610 ratings.
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