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
Ratings:
629
Reviews:
163
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
148
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 629 |  Reviews: 163
Photo of Hohnbaum
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can from Tin Bucket. Gotta love that place.

A reddish copper with a dense, off-white ehad that falls off to a ring leaving a little lacing, this looks decent. The nose is solid. Clearly very fresh, which aids tremendously, this beer has a nose that is dominated by pine and candied grapefruit. Moderately fruity with baked oranges and a touch of peach. Malt character is present, mostly as a caramel note.

The palate opens with a pine-heavy bitterness, pleasant and pungent, bitter and herbal. Grapefruit pith and grapefruit zest are also present. There is a mild mineral character that acidifies the palate, rather unexpected and unwelcome. Drying, bitter on the finish with burnt caramel, pine and grapefruit pith, this beer is medium light in body and moderately carbonated. Alcohol is faintly noticeable on the finish. Apart from the mineral character, there isn't a whole lot to dislike about this beer.

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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 BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | 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 Suds
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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 crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of ovaltine
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Seems to have a gleaming quality to its color, depending on the light, angle, etc. . . this beer rocks some yellow, gold, red, amber, ruby and brown. Super big piney aroma, this is how dry hopping is done.

Taste, remains piney, very bitter, totally enjoyable. This is a great example of awesome canned ipa. Bitter, hoppy, sure a little metallic, but its all the 'metallic' flavors in a can. Mouthfeel, its straightforward, hoppy, piney, dry.

Good stuff.

EDIT: I've had so many compromised cans of this since my original 4.33/5 review. I can't possibly keep it that high anymore. Stamp the date on your cans, I'm tired of drinking old hops.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 jera1350
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 BarrelAgedG
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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 gtermi
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 629 ratings.
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