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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%
 
 
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Reviews: 156 | Ratings: 597
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, picked this up because it was new and I figured it was fresh, it was. Clear orange color with plenty of sticky lacing. Smells piney and yet a little catty, simcoe? Tastes very piney, reminds me of sweetwater ipa a little. This is definitely a hoppy ipa but I'm not sure I love the hop profile.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a mostly clear, light copper color with an impressive cap of tan head that leaves nice sheets of lace. Good looker here.

Nose leans towards tropical and citric hops but there is a definite caramel, almost toffee malt presence that is most balancing indeed. Interesting, and has a nutty characteristic most of SFBC brews have exhibited before.

Taste shows a nutty hoppiness that is both unique and fun. Refreshing, clean hop body is totally slurpable and goes down easy. I am thoroughly impressed with this beer. I must admit that most SFBC offerings I have had have been average at best, but they have stepped up their game recently and I am glad for it. Try this if you CAN...you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden, with a tall, white head. The smell is pungent, with musty, earthy hops. Catty and dank, but solidly bitter and flavorful. Balanced and bitter. The bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste. Medium in body and drinkable. This is a solid and fulfilling, but not particularly interesting, IPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Fatehunter
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Transparent amber color with a half finger of head. Good lacing.

Smell was faint, picked up some grapefruit.

No doubt that it tastes like an IPA. Bitter hops all over the taste profile. Sharp bitterness, but really nice. The malt shows itself late, but the hops still rule.

Feels soft and smooth. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Good and straight forward IPA. Try if you find it.

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

12oz can (love the minimalist design) into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing.

A: Clear, deep reddish-amber body with an inch of nicely creamy off-white head. Ok retention, good lace. Not bad.

S: Straightforward, predominantly hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, leafiness, and a touch of caramel malt as well. Solid.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front, fruity hops on the finish. Nice, cleanly bitter aftertaste. Pleasant, but a bit overloaded with sweetness.

M: Slick, frothy medium body. Fine.

O: This is a solid, but entirely unremarkable, example of the style. I'd certainly be happy to buy it, though, as I'm a sucker for craft cans.

Cheers!

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

A simple can with New Mexico flag and a funny blurb about wiping with a pinecone. Pours a clear light copper into a shaker pint with a respectable near two finger head of seashell brown. Relatively good retention and stick on the glass.

Not a perfume of aroma but oily and resinous and the hops dominate with pine and grapefruit pith. Somewhat funky grass smell added too A sweet bread malty backing.

Hop forward IPA with a very slight malt backing of some toasted grain and hay blended to the back. Citrus flashes with a hop profile that is mainly of pine and a touch grassy. Bitterness kicks in early towards the middle of the drink and follows constantly through the aftertaste.

Adequate body a tad light on the carbonation but very smooth and the lingering bitterness comes off a pleasant. Could be a touch drier as well.

Overall a nice offering from the can I didn't sense any metallic feel and the resin hoppiness matches well with the outdoors. Great value at $6.99 - $7.99 a sixer. Throw me in the woods with a sixer of these and I'd be a happy camper too.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Clear copper pour with a small white head. Mild aroma with hints of pine and caramel. Taste is resiny upfront with some pine and grapefruit backed by a decent malt presence that has bread and caramel flavors. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Finishes dry with a mild pine flavor.

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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 beergoot
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bold, expressive, pungent pine and grassy nose greets you at the pour. Thick, rocky, sticky head sitting atop a solid copper body. Hop bitterness from the get-go with a solid malt sweetness backbone. Medium bodied, clean, dry finish.

Bitter and sweet APA beer nirvana! This one has things nailed to the core. Flavor and feel are their for the hop heads and the malt lovers. Well-balanced with a bold complexity makes this beer a must-try IPA lovers.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured in a can-shaped glass from a twelve ounce can.

Great-looking beer. Dark amber in color with good clarity and steady carbonation. Head is frothy and chewy and a wall of lace works up the glass as the head recedes.

Dank and resinous in aroma, that's a bit of a surprise for me since I've always thought of this as a more malt-forward IPA. Maybe they changed up the recipe, because this smells nice. Floral and fruity too.

There's the more malt-forwardness I've come to expect from this beer. It's very biscuity and English-like. It's more floral than anything but it offers a nice mellow flavor that works well with the faint caramel.

It drinks well, well-balanced between smoothness and malt and bitterness and hop spice. It's also easy to throw down, so a sixer could easily find its way into my belly without a problem.

This is a good beer for tailgating, camping, outdoor activities, post bike rides, etc.

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

This pours (from a can!) a nice golden caramel color with a decent layer of foam. Foam lingers and leave a streak. I like how this smells. It’s very grassy, very fresh forest-y… really, it’s everything I want the aroma of my IPA to have. The flavor almost matches the aroma note for note, with some fresh, mowed lawn notes and a little pine, a touch of chew, and a body that almost holds up. Not quite pale ale, but not enough of a malt spine for the bracing hops. But that’s my only complaint, and a minor one at that. I’m glad I gave this brew another chance. I don’t remember being as enthusiastic about it last time but I’ll gladly recommend it after this go-around.

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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 Beaver13
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can. Pours a clear dark gold with a medium creamy off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready malts and some piney resiny hops.

The flavor is tarry, grassy, resiny, kind of funky hops with a little sweet bready malts in the background. There's a good deal of bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste - kind of metallic though. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some low but prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's got good bitterness, but is not really balanced at all. It doesn't have the hop flavors I usually like (more fruity). Hop flavors were a bit funky - reminding me of Gubna (Summit?), but didn't like it as well in this one due to lack of balance.

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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 emmasdad
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up as part of a mixed six pack at Lukas tonight. Poured a medium amber color with a decent off white head. Nice floral/piney hop aroma. On the palate, medium bodied and drinkable, with tons of floral/piney hops, a little lemon and sweet malt. A very nice ipa.

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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 JamesStreet
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours an orange, honey color with a thick, foamy, finger-width head. Good lacing down side of glass.
S- hop battle between piney and citrus.
T- white grape, grassy, spruce needles, grapefruit. Nice-tasting IPA. Good bitterness balancing the other flavors.
M- medium, sticky feel.
O- pleasant surprise on this one. Very nice IPA.

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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 BarrytheBear
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a six pack of cans at Mile High Wine & Spirits on a recent trip. I have an unabashed love for canned IPA's, so this was an exciting find. Split the first can with the wife, stuffed four in the golf bag and drank with SteepH20 on a recent visit, so all that remains in this lone yellow soldier. Here goes...

Poured into my Duvel tulip, Happy Camper is copper colored with an inch thick white crown that subsides to some spotted surface matter. Plenty of tiny bubbles evident when back lit by the still prevalent summer sun and some spotted cling.

Smells earthy and herbal with a healthy blast of spearmint. Touch of citrus becomes blanketed by the biscuit and sweet caramel.

Up front is tangy bitterness and baby aspirin. Alcohol bite comes quickly and early and is a bit much for a beer this small, relatively speaking. Middle is doughy, malty, and creamy. Again there is a slight underpinning of citrus here, but it's summarily gobbled. Earthy, herbal, piney finish with the lingering alcohol bite round things out.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a prickle of carbonation on the tongue and a bitterness that dances a brief ditty on the tongue and fades slowly but lingers.

Overall, it's a good but not great IPA. I wouldn't go crazy trying to obtain it again, but if available I'd purchase it and bring it golfing, camping, or to introduce to friends and family.

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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 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 Rayek
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Happy Camper pours a brilliant amber into my Perfect Pint glass. A dense cream cap rapidly falls to a blanket of foam and leaves some lace behind.

The medium body has a bit of oiliness to it, plus the right amount of fizz. My palate is picking up a balance of citrus and pine that is the hallmark of this style. There's not much sweetness to be had. Bitterness is moderate and the hops dominate the flavor. Malts eventually sneak through with some straw and a bit of toasted grain. The bitterness lingers through the finish.

Overall, this is a pretty standard IPA. It's a nice drinker though. A solid pickup.

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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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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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