Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery
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Reviews by uabigdaz:
3.2/5 rDev -1.8%
A- Gold color with very little head, slight film remains over top center of beer, and around glass, but nothing substantial. Slight amount of suspended sediment create a slightly opaque look.
S- Smells of citrus are significant. Slightly sour finish. Smells of hops are concealed by the overwhelming smell of citrus...
T- Tastes ok. I mean, I guess. It's ok. Kind of thin. Like citrus finishing with hops then pine. Interesting, but not exciting or exotic. Just ok. Wait let me try again... yep, ok.
M- Not the most enjoyable beer to savor. This beer hits the tongue sharply. I don't know what it is about it honestly, it's just not the most pleasant mouthfeel. It's even sharp on the lips.
D- I know, I know, it sounds like I don't like this beer. I do. I like it very much. I find this beer to be very drinkable and drinking a six pack of this on the weekend is a nice time for me. I find this beer to be average, but I really like the bitterness of hops, and this being on sale is a very economical way to OD on hops.
Overall, this beer is ok, but nothing special. It is a regular in my fridge for the sole reason that I live in a rural area and my local grocer carries a limited selection so I've tried everything they have. If you have the choice of this and something else, try something else first, but make sure to try this sometime.
05-02-2010 23:36:43 | More by uabigdaz
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3.2/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
10-19-2007 12:25:19 | More by oberon
2.2/5 rDev -32.5%
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 Im using this to wash down the Liquid Plummer.
Comments I had this on tap at the brewery (I didnt take notes so I didnt post a review). I swear it wasnt nearly as bad as this.
Update I first reviewed this in 03 so thought Id revisit this fella in 2005.
It smells a little better than I noted in my review but otherwise this basically sucks. Its 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. Im raising the Smell by 0.5 and promising myself never to drink this again.
10-30-2003 02:34:20 | More by RoyalT
3/5 rDev -8%
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.
01-30-2012 02:46:47 | More by ExtraStout
3.2/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
04-09-2007 21:15:34 | More by JudgeRoughneck
2.78/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
01-26-2006 04:24:20 | More by nohead02
3.2/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
04-15-2010 04:04:18 | More by imperialstout27
3.05/5 rDev -6.4%
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!
12-05-2009 22:41:54 | More by wesbrownyeah
3.9/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
02-13-2008 00:49:19 | More by SIRIUS2
3.5/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
11-13-2010 21:00:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.5/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
04-26-2007 10:40:49 | More by Dmann
4.03/5 rDev +23.6%
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.
09-10-2007 22:12:54 | More by lordofthewiens
3.7/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
12-20-2008 03:16:13 | More by Chuggs
1.9/5 rDev -41.7%
Had this today on tap @ Hibernia in Boston.
Diacetyl? In an IPA? I think not. And what's with the low hop profile and mega-sweetness of this beer? My pint was quite cloudy too.
Beer drinkers of the world ... this is not an IPA, and it's a pretty crappy beer to boot.
12-06-2001 14:10:27 | More by Todd
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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