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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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1,155 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,155
Hads: 3,157
Avg: 3.24
pDev: 27.78%
Wants: 22
Gots: 469 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pbrian on 03-29-2001

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
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Reviews: 1,155 | Hads: 3,157
3.19/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best in its price range. 2.50 for a 22oz glass bottle at every store I've seen it stocked, period. I live in Northern California.
Color close to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Less lacing, white (ish) head, dissipates pretty quickly.
Smells kinda like Lagunitas Ipa, but... slightly off. Smells cheaper.
Tastes like Lag Ipa, if not better. I find this more balanced than Lag, similar hop profile. Most Lagunitas beer (minus Lil Sumpin) IMO taste unbalanced, and kinda shitty, in their own unique way. This LH does the hop profile justice, without going too far.
Feels: Smoother than Lag, not as smooth as Sierra Nevada Pale or even Torpedo.
Lagunitas admits they suck it. This is better and half the price. At least red hook doesn't lie and claim it's craft beer. There are many, many beers that are too good to compare, but for the thrifty IPA buzz, this is the one. Lagunitas fans, save your money with this or find a truly well made beer. Just my two or three cents.

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Photo of AdmiralBaltimore_29
4.16/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first had the Long Hammer IPA at my club's associate's home and I was very impressed with it's flavor. Not bitter at all. It's very impressive and I like it.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought this at sprouts....

a seemed flat on the pour - less than a finger of head settles to a thin foam

very clear - golden amber hue

s - kind of - rubbery? wierd and not particularly impressive. certainly NOT a sufficient hoppiness for an IPA

t truth be told, this angers me. im not ready to call this an IPA bit of a chlorine taste.


d to quote Rufus the stunt bum: " call that a beer? Id rather have another"

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Photo of predikit
2.99/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow, left a fizzy white head that dissipated immediately.

Smell is rather uninspired, malty tones dominate, which for an IPA is odd, skunky overtones automatically turn me off.

This beer has no redeeming qualities, but only minor off tastes detract from it as well, if anything is "eh" it would be this. An IPA though, it is not, for no hops are in this flavor profile, or they are so dilute as to be nonexistent.

Light bodied, thin, crisp, and drinkable, but doesn't really save it.

I would not buy this again.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This 6.2% ABV IPA is delicious and does a good job at competing with other global giants.

Look-It pours a crystal clear yellow golden color as I expected, but it was very appealing.

Smell-It smells of citrus and pine hops and a subtle malt backbone of honey-suckle and roasted grains.

Taste-The taste is delicious. It follows the nose, but I get more bitters, but not overwhelmingly so and I taste a lot of pine and citrus such as grapefruit rind, orange, and tangerine.I get some floral hops as well and a biscuit-oily resin that manifests itself.

Mouthfeel-It is definitely on the moderate side of medium-bodied and there is a pleasant coating on the tongue that lingers from the hop oils. The malts aren’t too sweet and balance everything out.

Overall-This is a decent beer, but isn’t anything earth shattering. It is hard to compete with other giants in the world, but this IPA by Red Hook does a decent job at competing. I will say that the hops come through really nice. Cheers!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a pale golden color with a fuzzy, boiled rice in a pan looking head, leaving diseased lace as it recedes.

Smells like an adjunct lager with grainy, toasted aromas and a malt skunk. Did I just pour a Molson Canadian?

A skunky, heavy grain bill with corn and barley, tailing with a faint pine note.

Feel is watery, with moderate carbonation, morphing into a light creaminess as it fades into water again.

An undoubtedly boring IPA. This was more like a hoppy lager than anything.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - Gift Chicago

Golden amber, minimal white head. Citrus and sweet hoppy aroma. Pleasant mix of strong sweet yet good mix w/bitter taste. Strong feel, medium carbonation. Overall good IPA offering I'll seek out in the future.

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3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden/Pale Yellow Color...Medium Body with a slight haze
The Beer has a sweet smell and dull breadiness when sloshed about...the malts take the sniff in the wrong direction
There are bold hops although without too much character and for a lower abv IPA this brew comes across boozy
Overall this one is not real tasty is plenty bitter and gets by on boldness as a substitute for lack of anything special.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a dark light gold. Very little white head.
Aroma: A little bit of pine followed by citrus - some grapefruit. Not very powerful.
Taste: Bitter citrus and malts. More hoppy, not very well balanced but not a mess either
Feel: More or less dry. Medium bodied; medium/high carbonation.
Overall: It's not a bad IPA, but nothing to rave about.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours slightly on the light side. A little darker than your average AAL. Nose is some hops, citrus, resin. Taste follows the nose. Muted hops, citrus, resin. A little bit of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is decent, yet a bit on the watery side. There's just enough hops and bitterness to keep you interested. Overall, it's quite refreshing. I've had this on tap also and much preferred the draft version. Good price for a six pack. I'll probably pick up again if I cannot afford the other IPA's I like better than Long Hammer. It's an inoffensive beer, but not much going on.

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3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has some fruity, tropical hops and some butter biscuits. Taste is balanced, you get the hops and also the malts. Aftertaste gets quite bitter. Quite watery for 6.2% abv but overall it's a decent IPA.

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3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Round 1-Value
Redhook Longhammer IPA @ $2.99 per 22 oz. bottle with 6.2% ABV

Round 2-Aroma
Citrusy pinecone

Round 3-Flavor
Understated hops and a piney element

Round 4-Finish
30 seconds

Round 5-Packaging
The 22 oz. bottle profile is unique because of the short neck. The label is short on creativity, as well. Mountains divide the label in half paying homage the Cascades climbing community. I appreciate the informative aspects of the label (i.e. flavor profile, bottled on date, and brewing technique information).

Redhook is a clear superior dollar value winner at $2.99 per deuce-deuce. Redhook IPA is among the best deal in the beer world and a uniquely drinking IPA.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

-Grains, orange peel, subtle pine
-Sweet malts, pine, oranges
-Light to medium, middle of the road carbonation

-Ok for the price, pretty good beer.

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Photo of Deatherage
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPA is just a genre of beer and that means there should be a degree of flavor between beers. This beer is defiantly on the light side of usual amount of hops but still a great beer. It complemented an array of different food and snacks because of this lighter taste.

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Photo of illpass78
3.94/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. on tap at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: A partly cloudy gold with a nice one finger head of eggshell foam that sticks around forever.

Aroma: Citrus, hops, pine. Smells like a midgrade IPA.

Taste: Follows the nose. Has an appealing oily quality. Grapefruit and apricot are noticeable. Maybe some lemon and biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Has body but it's really, really drinkable. Easy on palate for even a midgrade IPA.

Overall: Folks tend to deride IPAs like this as "utility grade" or "midgrade" like I just did. It is, but it's a fine all-seasons beer. Deserves a better rating on the site, I'd say. I feel similarly about this as I do about Sam Adams' Rebel Rider and Shipyard's IPA - not face-splitting hop bombs, but they don't need to be.

Footnote: Hadlock has apparently switched from 14 oz. cheaters to 12 oz.'ers. Mixed feelings on that.

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3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The smell is a little skunky, but not much. The skunkiness in the aroma doesn't show up in the flavor. Not a lot of flavor to it, though, and not a lot of bitterness to it.

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3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "brewed on" date 1-19-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, golden color with lots of suspended sediments floating about, less than one-finger off-white head that quickly dissipated until just a ring of small bubbles remained around the glass, medium carbonation, there is very little lacing on the glass.

SMELL: sweet caramel, grapefruit, bread and a little pine resin.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel then an understated grapefruit and pine resin hop burst that quickly faded from sight.

PALATE: medium carbonation but a little watery.

OVERALL: this is not a bad beer, it's got a more mild hop profile than most IPA's, there are so many better beers to choose from in this style so I will probably not buy this one again.

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3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine/snifter/tulip glass from a 12oz bottle

A - Almost completely golden in color, with a one finger very white foamy head and some lacing/legs

S - Very light smelling. While the taste isn't "bold" it most certainly is compared to the smell. Sweet floral/citrus hops up front, decent malt note, pine, a tad bit of sugar, grainy, light bread yeast and the smell of your grass the day after it was cut.

T - citrus and floral hops up front, slight sugar, very crisp, very light but nice hop bite, some sweet malts, dry grains and the one note that sticks out is the pine.

M - medium minus body, medium plus carbonation, medium acidity, ok balance, decent complexity and a very smooth sweet to bitter hop finish.

D/O - Very drinkable and very refreshing. For the IPA lover however this is more or a starting point, something for a person looking to get into the addictive world of the "pale ale". It may also be something to buy when it's on sale for $10 a 12-pack and to make sure your beer doesn't end up down the drain by the "bitter beer" hating friend we all have. None-the-less it is a decent IPA that you can drink all day.

Final thoughts - A decent 6.2 ABV heads up this IPA and the price as well which can be quite low when on sale. If you like IPA's this one is worth a try and if you fine IPA's to "bitter" this may be a great place to start.

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3.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Red Hook 'Long Hammer IPA' @ 6.2% , served from a 6pack of 583 ml bottle's purchased for $15.35
A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a clear dark gold in the glass with a medium size white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-lemon citrus
T-ok hoppy start , very watery swallow , dissapointing finish
MF-ok/decent carbonation , no body , absolutely none
Ov-truly a dissapointing beer & IPA
prost LampertLand

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3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color. Has minimal aroma of pine hops. Flavor is a little hoppy up front and malts quickly follow. Smooth to drink. Pretty light overall but drinkable. Not bad but not remember able

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brilliant gold, crowned by a 1” off-white foam cap with a slight gold tint. Grassy, piney nose, citrus, big hops over rich biscuit malt, fresh grain, fruity, lemon to pineapple on the attack, biscuit, then a rich hop finish. Medium carbonation and body.

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3.32/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L - light Amber, light head
S - spicy sour hops
T - upfront bitter watery after taste
F - light, little carb
O - not as bad as rated, but not world class by any means, on to the next IPA

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3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving: At the brewery in a sampler
Served: 4 July 2015

Appearance: Lighter copper color than many IPAs, crowned with a half finger soapy white head. Somewhat hazy but nothing abnormal here. Surprised with the coloring a bit, but intrigued.

Smell: This one has more dank undertones than the brighter, citrusy IPAs native to this region. Hints of grapefruit and pine, but still an underlying dankness.

Taste: This one is kind of a mess. The malts clash with the hops and it tastes a bit grainy and dank. Definitely not a good IPA.

Mouthfeel: Significantly more watery than expected.

Overall: Kind of a hot mess, especially compared to other west coast IPAs which it competes against. The tour guide joking called this a training wheels beer for real West Coast IPAs and she was totally right.

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3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a one finger head, light head retention, with medium lacing. Body is a light copper, slightly cloudy with no sediment. On the nose, I get a hint of pine, which is unusual for a 6.2 abv IPA. Followed up with a hint of citrus and raspberry. On the palate I immediately get more pine than i got on the nose, the hops bite travels directly to the back ( most high abv's it usually travels to the sides as well as the back. Must be due to the dry hopping process. finishes crisp and semi dry with a pleasant note of citrus. decently session able for a dry hopped IPA.

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3.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Have always liked this beer. Like the name and bottle too (it's like like one my grandfather was drinking from in old photos). NH local, so can find it easily....and a nice one to grab when I don't want to guess.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.