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Happy Camper IPA | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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3.77/5
Very Good
633 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#19,386
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
633
pDev:
12.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
150
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 633 |  Reviews: 163
Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of M_chav
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of arizcards
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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 tbryan5
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BdM
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rawfish
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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 beergoot
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Jame515
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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 st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can pours hazy amber gold color with a 2 finger foamy beige colored head that was packed with tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of toffee, caramel, lemon zest, fresh piney hops, faint grapefruit, floral or herbal notes, toasted grains and biscuit or a Ritz Cracker. Has and English IPA nose that's hoppy enough to lean towards West Coast IPA.

Tastes slightly bitter to start with a punch of citrus fruit and the English IPA malt profile following soon after. Flavors are close to how it smells with caramel, lemon zest, piney hops, grapefruit, sweet malts, citrus hops and general fruity notes, toffee, brown sugar, toasted grains, biscuit, Ritz Cracker, orange peel and peppery spices like white pepper, a dash or cinnamon and coriander. Still seems more English IPA to me, but it's easy drinking and hides the ABV well. Mouthfeel is on the chewy side with a smooth feel and mild carbonation. Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chucker17
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Can_has_beer
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Domvan
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Reagan1984
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of woosterbill
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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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3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jamison85
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Beaver13
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
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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Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 633 ratings
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