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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
okay

2,806 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 2,806
Reviews: 1,112
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 224 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The generous addition of hops both during and at the end of the fermentation process (dry-hopping) gives our India Pale Ale its characteristic bitterness and piney citrus aroma and flavor. The medium body, crisp finish, and moderate alcohol and IBU levels makes this one of America’s most drinkable and best-selling IPAs.

44 IBU

(Beer added by: Musky on 01-10-2007)
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Ratings: 2,806 | Reviews: 1,112 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ItsTheLimit:
Photo of ItsTheLimit
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Short-nose bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Fairly standard appearance, pale golden to amber color, small thin head that loses retention very quickly. Some visible carbonation. Nothing spectacular, but not bad.

Light citrus-y smell with some grassy notes present. Some floral hops are noticeable as well.

Taste is almost closer to a pale ale than what's expected from an American style IPA. Some citrus and hops in the front, but somewhat muted. Hop bitterness is present in the finish, which is actually quite nice.

This is a very light-feeling beer with nice carbonation. Goes down very smoothly and hides it's alcohol well. Relatively refreshing, given the style.

This is a decent, if unspectacular beer. I could definitely see getting this at a bar or restaurant if other options weren't available and not being disappointed.

ItsTheLimit, Mar 09, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fat Bob's Smokehouse in Buffalo,came to the table in a standard pint glass a lighter golden with thin formed soapy-like head that stuck around for most of the pint being drank.Very light hop aromas for an IPA faint pine and citrus with some dry bready malt showing through as well,at first swallow you get a touch of hop quality a little pine resin but it fades out quick and becomes a little bland I was hoping to get some nice hop to cut through the bbq but it really didnt hit home.A pretty average beer that with some pretty average bbq last night.

oberon, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev +7%

mojohawk21, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
2.2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – The body is a very thin and clear orange, but the head is terrific. It foamed up nice and easy, lingered, and left a cool spider-web lacing.

Smell – Why is cheap grain and sucrose leading the nose on this IPA? Where are the hops?

Taste – Foul! How do we classify Ju-Ju Bees and Budweiser as an IPA? This is a light pale ale, and a poor one at that.

Mouthfeel – Light and watery but somewhat refreshing.

Sinkability – I’m using this to wash down the Liquid Plummer.

Comments – I had this on tap at the brewery (I didn’t take notes so I didn’t post a review). I swear it wasn’t nearly as bad as this.

Update – I first reviewed this in ’03 so thought I’d revisit this fella in 2005.

It smells a little better than I noted in my review but otherwise this basically sucks. It’s grainy, clumsily hopped, and has some really cheap carbonation. With the recent move of Bear Creek Brewing, Redhook is actually the closest brewery to my house. How sad. I’m raising the Smell by 0.5 and promising myself never to drink this again.

RoyalT, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of legalag11
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%

legalag11, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this to be a strange and bland IPA.

The appearance is transparent boring gold. An okay white head with minor lacing. The scent is weak musty moss and straw. Some hop smells linger but do not stand out at all.

The flavors are dry fruit hops. I cannot place the fruit flavor. It is sort of a citrus and berry combination. There is a grain flavor that I do not think belongs here. Not much hop bite and the malts are weak and bland. This IPA does not have any direction.

A watery quality to the mouthfeel at first. Then if felt as if my mouth was about to dry up. I am not impressed. A clean crispness adds to drinkability but I can think of many other IPA's I would rather drink than this one. I am glad I only bought a single bottle.

ExtraStout, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of SuqMadique
3.5/5  rDev +7%

SuqMadique, May 12, 2012
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a nice crystal-clear, copper-colored beer with a thin, stay-put, white head and good, sticky lacing. Smell is good and fresh, no frills classic cascade citrus and pine. It is clean and fresh. Taste is very simple. Bracing bitter upfront barely qualifies this for IPA status. Sweetness underneath and a soapy off-flavor comes out if you let it sit on the tounge too long. This sits very light on the palate. I would've liked this beer more as a pale I think, but as an IPA its got no oomph.

JudgeRoughneck, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of nohead02
2.78/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have fond memories of drinking this stuff at the Ballard brewery when visiting an old childhood friend. It is therefore disappointing to report that this beer is so undistinguished when poured out of the bottle in you own home. Not much head, and repeated attempts at discerning an aroma didn't get very far. It is certainly an easy-to-quaff IPA with a low alcohol content and minimal bitterness.

I guess I'd prefer to drink a good pale ale over this faint-hearted IPA.

nohead02, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of imperialstout27
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pub glass.

A: Light orange/ straw color. One finger slightly off-white head that recedes fairly quickly. Light chill haze that cleared after a few minutes.

S: Mild to moderate hop levels on the nose. Citrusy - grapefruit, orange, lemon perhaps.

T: Nicely grainy with very moderate bitterness for the style. Hop profile is pleasant, although not at all intricate or interesting. Very distinct citrus rind flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Thin and watery, although I thought it a bit better as it warmed. Decent carbonation.

D: Pretty high, actually. The simple, unoffensive flavor, matched with the thin body and uncomplicated nature of this beer equals the potential for significant levels of consumption, especially considering the inexpensive price.

Overall this is a very mellow IPA - seems more like an APA, really. If I was grading more to style, the scores would be lower. Uncomplicated, unexceptional, no flaws. Easy drinking and good for situations, like some parties, when you know you're not going to be paying enough attention to what's in your glass to break out the real good stuff, but you want something that tastes good. Unoffensive - could be a good intro to better beer for the uninitiated palate. Good for parties where you don't want to offend your guests' palates, but you refuse to offend your own at the same time. Good for what it is and the price point.

imperialstout27, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Long Hammer IPA 6.5

A- Pours an average but slighly lighter than most standard ipas... Extra pale orange-yellow fluid with decent white lace that spider webs the glass.

S- Mild malts and maybe a slight grassy scent with hints of alcohol esters.

T-M- Taste is solid but just not anything special... balance but just not enough. Upfront tang of citrus with a very lightly carbonated malt taste... small hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is watery and finishes with a astringent touch on the buds.

D- Drinkable as any beer on tap but... it an ipa!

wesbrownyeah, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +7%

tbryan5, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.52/5  rDev +7.6%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of dmheinz57
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

dmheinz57, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright golden yellow in color. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass producing relatively small white head that slowly dissipated into a single white ring around the glass. Light lacing.

S: Pleasant light floral hop aroma. Nothing extravagant but nice.

T: Solid flavors. Nicely malted with lighter pale malts; hops overtake the malt but doesn't leave you with the bitterness of some IPAs. Light hop linger.

M&D: Lighter mouthfeel but still satisfying. Moderate carbonation is a good match and lets the brew go down smoothly.

If you are a major hop head you are probably not going to be real pleased with this one. Although I like hoppy ales, I really liked this too. Long Hammer seems to have a bit more balance and isn't necessarily all about the hops. It's refreshing and smooth and still highlights the hops without over doing it. Nice job.

SIRIUS2, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

So many have asked if Long Hammer IPA is the same as Redhook IPA. The answer is yes. It's a bit deceiving for consumers who cares.

No problem with head retention on this one--three fingers of healthy-looking off-white head slowly drops a stodgy coating of lace on the glass. Sweet, oily hop aroma: one part floral and one part soft citric. Hint of fruity esters and a kernel of malt in the nose as well. Very smooth with a moderate body and a perfect level of mid-range carbonation. Lots of clean hop oil to begin with, and some bitterness setting in with a semi- aggressive grassy flavor. Light biscuity grain flavors from middle to end, with a tagalong fruitiness. Light breath of alcohol and more hop flavor in the dry finish.

This is your standard utility American IPA, nothing too crazy or in-your-face, but just a solid IPA in the regional brewery genre--perhaps more of a Pale Ale by today's standards. Satay ginger chicken with a spicy peanut dipping sauce did very well with this beer.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Dmann
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This might be a good beginners IPA. The beer poured nice with a light amber color with a nice off white head and good lace on the glass. The smell was slightly piny but not much else. The flavor was a little underwhelming. The hops, while not as assertive as some IPA's, was there for sure with some decent piny/citrus tones but there was no malt to back it up. Once the hop flavor hit, there was nothing but a dry void of carbonation.
While this might be a good choice to ease a newbie into 'bigger beers', it needs some real work on the malt bill to be taken seriously by IPA enthusiasts.

Dmann, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of mediumrare
1.75/5  rDev -46.5%

mediumrare, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A (maybe) rhetorical question: does beer taste better in cask? This certainly does. I've had it in bottles and on tap, but it's so much better in cask. A golden color with a thick white, very sticky head. Floral aroma, and a citrus (grapefruit) taste. Very smooth and drinkable. It held up well with jerk chicken wings and Hungarian peppers.

lordofthewiens, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of BeerDreadz
2/5  rDev -38.8%

BeerDreadz, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3/5  rDev -8.3%

DaftPatrick, May 11, 2014
Photo of Kappakoosh
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Kappakoosh, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Chuggs
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first pouring very disappointed. Weak frosting and watery apperance. Aroma not full with light fullness, not expected from an IPA. The Pale Ale I had previously presented much better. But don't sell this ale short. Has good drinkability with a nice bitter hop and refreshing feel on the tongue. This guy is much better than its rating.

Chuggs, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of ZGlubiak
3.24/5  rDev -0.9%

ZGlubiak, Aug 14, 2014
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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,806 ratings.