Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery
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Reviews by PerroGrande:
3.15/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I picked up some of this at Target (!) -- not exactly where one shops for good brew... However, I had never tried it, and I decided to give it a whirl.
The appearance is very nice. This beer pours to a nice, golden color with a moderate, lacy head. While initially the head looks tight and creamy, it gives way to a more laced appearance.
Smell -- for an IPA, I was decidedly underwhelmed by the aroma. In short -- I expected more hops character. My score does not indicate that the scent is unpleasant -- far from it. However, for a beer badged as an IPA, I would expect a more hop-centric aroma. I detected hops, but more subtle than a traditional IPA. I also detected some citrus overtones, but exactly which, I could not isolate.
Taste -- I scored this beer a 3.0. As an IPA, it is (in my opinion) way to sweet, fruity, and light on hops. This is not to say that LH IPA isn't an enjoyable beer and doesn't taste good. It has a very nice, albeit subtle, flavor. It isn't exactly what I'd expect from an IPA, though.
Mouthfeel -- very nice. Smooth initially, with a nice finish. Not overly carbonated.
Drinkability -- Also very nice. Although it falls short as an IPA, it is still a nice beer to drink. Very smooth and refreshing, along with a decent ABV. To an IPA devote', I expect it would be a disappointment. However, it could be a nice "transition" beer for one looking to move away from BMC offerings in small steps.
Serving type: bottle
08-11-2009 02:12:51 | More by PerroGrande
More User Reviews:
2.58/5 rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
LongHammer is a disappointing IPA. The taste is simple and bland, with misplaced bitterness and a poor finish. It is drinkable if it is the only craft available (and it often is, due to their distribution network), but this is one that needs to be completely re-done.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 21:33:01 | More by Haymarket
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,442 ratings.