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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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2,479 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,479
Reviews: 1,097
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of jbsteiny


3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear gold with a head that rose and faded quickly. Looks a lot more like a lager than an IPA... There is some wispy retention on the glass. Smells appetizing -- I get mango from the esters and citrusy hops. Mmm... fruit salad. I like the way the fruit aromas mix with the graininess of this beer in the nose, but less so on the tongue. I agree with the reviewer who described the taste as soapy -- I especially get that in the weakly bitter finish. So, it doesn't quite live up to our expectations for IPA's -- in Redhook's defense, it's a moderately tasty beer that has become very affordable at the local supermarket (thanks to A-B), and is remarkably sessionable for a 6.5% pale ale. As a grad student on a budget, I'll continue to buy it as long as it's on sale, though I should really just make 10 gallons of true IPA and stop supporting mediocre "craft" brewing...

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 09:32:13 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, cream-colored, dense foam head has a pillowy collapse. The color of the beer is a clear, peachy gold. Fine carbonation. Spots and lines of lacing. There's a faint citrus aroma with a little sour milk. Sweet milk in front with a touch of citrus hops. The middle is sweet, tangy fruit, milk and caramel. A lightly bitter finish shows a little light alcohol. It's a decent, light, fresh beer. Not much intensity.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 23:50:56 | More by kbub6f
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured 12 ounce bottle into SA pint glass
A-hazy golden color with a thick head that quickly disipates, very sticky lacing
s-strong hops smell, somewhat grassy
t-somewhat bitter, but not over powering
M&D-medium body with lots of carbonation, very easy drinking
Overall-a good IPA, I would definitely buy this again

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 20:35:01 | More by bonkers
Photo of arizcards


3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Original Review 3-5-05:
Purchased a bottle at AJ's for $1.19 back on MLK day 2005.

Poured a golden color with a nice head and is leaving a scattered lacing - 3.5.
Nose is somewhat muted. I am detecting hints of the malts but not detecting any floral hops - 3.0.
Taste is better than a macro and is a bit hoppy but is lacking the normal amount of hops presentation found in this style - 3.0. Mouthfeel is fairly lively on the palate and has more consistency than a macro - 3.5.
Overall drinkability is not bad, a good beer for after some yardwork, but not one I will actively seek out again in the future - 3.5.

2nd Review 6-3-12:
Received a bottle for helping out a friend back in February. Bottled on 12-20-11.
Brew poured golden with a smallish white head that is leaving a little lacing behind - 3.5.
Nose has hints of northwest hops - 3.0.
Taste is pretty well balanced, drinks similar to an APA. Pale and Caramel malts provide a bready backbone and blend pretty well with citrus hops - 3.5.
Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and refreshing - 3.5.
Overall this is not a bad beer, pretty easy drinker for an IPA - free at that - 3.5.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 01:05:32 | More by arizcards
Photo of noremorse1


3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date on beer reads October 2nd, 2007 so this beer is about 25 days old. Not bad... although I am 45 minutes from the brewery.

Pours a light brownish-orange with a significant amount of clarity. Little head that drops quickly. Moderate amount of lacing. Smell is hoppy, with hints of pine needles and citrus. Taste follows suit with a citric and piney taste. Mouthfeel is a light cream that coats the mouth for a moment. I enjoy this beer. Perhaps it is part of my bias towards Washington and Oregon brewers, perhaps it is my ability to get beers this fresh. This beer is one of my session beverages of choice (along with Broken Halo IPA) I recommend it to anyone who wants a good beer for a decent price. Although, it may be more expensive elsewhere. Also, I have not tried this version that is brewed out east. People say that is even better.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 02:37:47 | More by noremorse1
Photo of Kastler


3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chilled beer mug

A - A very nice dark golden look. Although there was a tiny bit of sediment that came out of solution since I put it in a chilled glass. Head almost non-existent.

S - Minimal smell. Uncharacteristic of most IPAs

T - Nice hoppy taste. Pretty Mild

M - Good creamy mouthfeel

O - A decent brew, though pretty mild for an IPA. Was hoping for that bold, hoppy aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 02:39:31 | More by Kastler
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

RedHook IPA pours a transparent bronze shade and leaves a very minimal amount of head retention. The smells are nice, some hops and faint fruity notes. The first taste is good yet not very bold. There is a strong hop-bitterness in the aftertaste and I also seem to sense some type of bread, which I did not expect. The mouthfeel and drinkability are slightly over-par, it has a really nice warming affect after you take a drink. You would almost think it had a higher alcohol content, even though 6.51 is still very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 06:05:26 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden color with some slight lace atop. Very little aroma at first, but after some initial warming a mild floral hop aroma was detectable.

Hop bitterness that finishes out a smooth mouthfeel is really the only characteristic to distinguish this from beer that really isn't good. Slight acidic/metallic aftertaste as well. Drinkable, but IPA's are usually much better and I expected more from this.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 13:36:42 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of mreatsum


3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tried this beer out of desperation for hop flavor at my small town liquor store. I was mildly surprised. Don't really know or care how it looks in a glass. It does smell excellent. The taste is fair and balanced. Not really over the top hops but you do taste it some. The aftertaste stays with you, which I love. A little bland for an IPA, has very little malt sweetness. In the mouth its very refreshing no burn or bite. Overall, I enjoyed this blind purchase. I would by it again but the price is a factor in that. I give major points to year long availability, which this is. There are better and there are worse. Give it a try, you will not be let down.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 07:41:04 | More by mreatsum
Photo of gpogo


3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden body with a cream colored large head. Head dissipates to a foamy cap and leaves a nice dense lacing.

A- Sweet perfume-like aroma, incredibly fruity.

T- A little watery. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors with some light caramel flavors. Finishes dry with a light bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

D- Decent IPA, very drinkable. In no way is this a hop-bomb.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 20:23:49 | More by gpogo
Photo of micromaniac129


3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of light for an IPA I think. A very light amber with an aveage size head. Fast fading.
Aroma is light, but there are hints of hops and malts, why one can almost pull out some citrus hops.
Flavor while not bad is rather thin. You can pull out some citrus hops and some bready malts but there real light. A bitter ending.
To me drinks more like a pale ale. It.s light and thin on the palette.
Bought up in lake Placid were my options were limited. And since I'm a reviewer I picked up this variety pack at the local market.
This is a good average beer no frills. I'd be happy to drink this at any one of those chain restarunts.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 10:17:31 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of planetscott


3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A lawnmower IPA?

Appearance is light straw color, not the copper orange I am used to with other IPAs. Smell is clean, crisp piney cascades. Taste is quite light for an IPA. Closer to an APA then an IPA. Not much malt flavor, but not out of balance either. Mouthfeel is average for an IPA. Drinkability is good in that it is a "lawnmower" IPA. Also, a good gateway IPA for those ramping up to bigger beers.

Overall, a decent brew, but not the IPA I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 22:36:55 | More by planetscott
Photo of Naes

New York

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a golden colored IPA with a small white head that leaves a good amount of lace.
The aroma is a faint amount of pine.
The flavor is also mildly piney, with a slight grapefruit twinge. There is also a slight toasty malt presence near the finish, followed by the bitter hop aftertaste.
Mouth feel is light bodied and generously carbonated.
This is not a stand out IPA, but a good one that goes down way too easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 08:09:24 | More by Naes
Photo of Jayli


3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Wave in Waltham 6/14
This beer pours a clear straw yellow, a one finger white head to it. Not much head retention or lacing to speak of. Nose is rather muted, there are some mild citrus hops mixed with a touch of graininess in the nose. Taste was more than I expected. Citrus hops up front, mostly of grapfruit with some mild malts mixed in, a touch of breadiness mutes the hops. Lighter bodied, medium carbonation. This beer goes down very easily, not a great representation of it's style - definitely won't stand up for those looking for a hop burst, but a nice alternative to typical bar BMC offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2009 17:32:17 | More by Jayli
Photo of bigman147

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours slight amber/golden with slight chill haze. Good lacing with a good 1" head. Foam lingers on the top of the beer forever. Definitely the way I like my IPA's to pour

S: Good hop aroma. Very tradional American IPA with use of Cascades. Slight Citrus and Grapefruit aromas. Very pleasant but nothing overly intriguing.

T: Taste is hoppy with good bitterness that isn't lingering. Good body and malt notes.

M & D: Like above, this beer has a pleasant mouthfeel. It is not lingering. Its a clean crisp IPA without being overly bitter. Malt is present but is just a transport mechanism for the hops. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 01:59:15 | More by bigman147
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Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Long Hammer IPA pours a light gold, clear with no real head. Aroma is raw hops, kind of grassy. Taste is dry and bitter, some hop flavor but not very clean. The bitterness is there, but there's no malt backbone. There is some sweet malt flavor, but its just too light. The beer is thin, especially for its strength. It certainly goes down easy enough, but not very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 02:43:23 | More by ericj551
Photo of Tundruth

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden in color and slightly cloudy, coated by a thick white head.

Smells of citrus, pine, and floral hops, fairly strong smelling.

Tastes of orange peel and nice bitter hops with a little bit of a sweet finish.

This beer is medium in body with a good, light amount of carbonation that finishes dry.

Not bad, a drinkable IPA with a sweet and sourness going on in the hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 04:21:06 | More by Tundruth
Photo of zerk


3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light copper with a quickly dissipating head that leaves some lace on the glass. Aroma and flavor of caramel and toasted malts, grassy herbs, and a fair amount of bitterness. Quite acidic. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but a little thin, however. More of an English IPA in my opinion, and a good, if unspectacular example.

Serving type: cask

01-05-2003 13:01:44 | More by zerk
Photo of beertownbaron


3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - About 1/2'' of head that quickly dissipates, leaving a small amount of lacing behind. Golden in color, with some yeast mixed in, giving it a foggy look
S - Smells hoppy for sure, with a flowery scent that I image is coming from the yeast mixed in there.
T - Bitter at first, with a dry aftertaste. The presence of the hops isn't as strong as some of it's IPA bretheren. Even seems to have hints of caramel somewhere hiding in there.
M - I feel like this is a strong part of the beer, it's lightly carbonated and feels smooth over the tongue. A nice mellow feel to it.
D - Ok drinkability, I thought the strength of this brew was it's mouthfeel. For the hopheads out there, probably not the best brew, but for those exploring the realm of IPA's this is a good place to start.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 19:26:41 | More by beertownbaron
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3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking 12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Poured with a decent 1 1/2 finger head that did not linger long and left just slight lacing. Beer was incredibly clear and golden. Looked more like a Budweiser than an IPA.

S - Not as hoppy as you'd expect from an IPA. More reminiscent of a pale ale.

T & M - Very drinkable, not too strong, and had a little bit of hop bitterness. I've had this on tap and it seemed a lot more 'hoppy'.... out of the bottle - no so much.

O - Nothing special here. There are better IPA's out there by far.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 15:15:51 | More by StLThrash
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3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While this isn't the best IPA-style brew I've ever quaffed, it's still a decent one. As many have mentioned, Red Hook pours slightly lighter than the average IPA -- a deep gold -- with an average head and quite a bit of lace. You won't be overwhelmed by the aroma of this brew, which is a pleasant combination of sharp fruitiness and some heavy sweetness. Although this isn't exactly what an IPA afficionado expects from said beer, it's not a terrible experience. The taste is surprisingly better than most reviews I've read here, with middle-of-the-road hops and a nice bitter-clean aftertaste. (I drank Red Hook ESB and IPA on a regular basis a few years ago. I read the reviews here and thought that perhaps this beer had gone to the dogs. Not so.)

If you travel the globe drinking craft IPAs, chances are that you won't be a big fan. But this is an excellent IPA-style beer for the aspiring IPA connoisseur. And it's not bad for the rest of us.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 13:27:51 | More by LiquidBreadMan
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3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 01:42:42 | More by ItsTheLimit
Photo of archyquaffer


3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a stubby bomber into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about a one inch frothy white head that proves pretty sticky. The color is a slightly hazy, ruddy pale golden with light carbonation.

I get a good whiff of floral hops in the aroma. The taste is also hoppy, with some viscous piney flavors coming through. After awhile, the hop flavors seem to lean more toward citrus, with some clear lemon tones in the aftertaste. The malt flavors are understated, but a bit of caramel seems to manifest itself on top of some graininess. A moderate amount of lingering bitterness in the aftertaste leads to some satisfying burps.

There's nothing to rave about, but this is a solid beer perhaps more suited to the tastes of those who prefer an ordinary pale ale to an IPA. However, I think this bomber cost around 4 bucks- for about a buck less, I could buy a 24 ounce bottle of Sierra Nevada pale ale, which may be a little lower in ABV but has about the same or better hop profile and has a superior taste overall. Still, I give this beer above average marks.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 01:10:05 | More by archyquaffer
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3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A lot of people seem to be going needlessly hard on this beer. That isn't to say that what we have here is a great beer, it's not, but it's much more drinkable than many of the reviews here would make it out to be.

Unremarkable appearance, though quite a few shades lighter yellow than I was expecting from an IPA (other reviews claim it isn't even remotely an IPA, with good reason). Smell is mostly of sugar. Bit of a dissapointment there, but at least it doesn't reek, so we'll call that part average.

Taste is a bit unique, which nets it at least a few points. Definately has a few hops in it, but with a bit of sweetness that takes away from the enjoyment. Also suffers from a somewhat odd mouthfeel, finishing with a dryness that offsets oddly the sweetness that it starts off with.

Still, worse beers out there, though with as much as I paid for this at the supermarket, you could probably do better if you looked around. In a pinch though, this might do.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 22:20:00 | More by SetarconeX
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3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours yellow gold with a 1 finger head that left spotted lacing down the glass

smell has some floral citrus and tropical hop notes - but its not very strong - seemed watered down

taste - IPA Light - like the nose - watery but has all the right hop flavors and the malts on the finish

mouthfeel - very light good carboation just a little too thin to get a better score

drinkability - very easy drinking - this is a pounder session ipa

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 02:51:41 | More by jsh420
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,479 ratings.