Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery
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Reviews by Roguer:
3.53/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A - Nice balance between a coppery IPA color and a more golden AAL. Slightly off-color head, decent head size, but poor retention. No lacing to speak of. Then again, this was in a standard pub glass. Decent amount of carbonation, but not at all special.
S - Small amounts of hops and citrus, some grapefruit, but nothing stands out strongly. For an IPA, the aroma is very subdued; for a normal beer, it smells nice enough, but I didn't detect much standing out.
T - Not bad at all. Some hints of grapefruit, some orange peel. A citrus sweetness, not very strong, but present, and it brings some nice balance. It's actually a nicely balanced beer. Some malts, toast, maybe a hint of pepper. A little bitterness, but not much compared to some of the hop bombs on offer. More bitterness on the backend, more sweetness on the tongue.
M - This is about as drinkable as an AAL, but I didn't feel particularly happy to swish it around and savor the flavors. Absolutely drinkable in bulk, if that's your thing; not quite as nice to savor as am individual experience.
O - This isn't a bad beer by any means, but it's not a particularly great example of the A-IPA style. Maybe it was when it came out; I can't say. For its price point and drinkability, it definitely ranks higher than your standard BMC/AAL, but if I'm grabbing an IPA, this isn't my first choice. Still, it wins points for favoring a little complexity and sweetness over simply emphasizing massive amounts of hops for their own sake.
Serving type: on-tap
05-14-2013 23:18:33 | More by Roguer
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 2,438 ratings.