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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA

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BA SCORE
75
okay

2,442 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 2,442
Reviews: 1,096
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
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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PerroGrande

Ohio

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
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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,442 ratings.