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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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2,923 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,923
Reviews: 1,140
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 19
Gots: 320 | FT: 0
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Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

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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Ratings: 2,923 | Reviews: 1,140
Photo of aristeros
3.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours lager-yellow into the glass, about a finger of white head that goes away more quickly than it probably should have, no lacing. Significant carbonation visible.

Smells of grapefruit, general citrus, and hops. Hops should be first, not last.

There's that citrus, malts, and hops a close third. The grapefruit actually -overpowers- the hops. Not as big a punch as an IPA probably should have. A solid IPA like, say, Stone is like a left hook, and this is like an action movie punch that was pulled a bit.

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel, crisp like it should be. Drinkability is good in that it won't interfere with my food and I can have several easily if I wanted to. Sort of like a Sierra Nevada "IPA inspired" ale.

Grabbed a six-pack of this because I was torn between New Belgium 1334, Paulaner, and Trying Something New at a place that didn't have much of a selection.

Looking at some of the other comments--"gateway beer" for friends you're trying to convert to a more bitter ale with body--I think there's a valid point there, and could see myself using Long Hammer like that, but a guy designed this beer, and not to convert his friends. I imagine a scenario in which the brewmaster was told to cut back on the hops to increase the appeal.

It's an IPA lite, but cranking up the hops on this one and giving it a little more time and you could potentially have something really interesting.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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!

Photo of Rootdog316
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of my favorite tasting ales that I've ever had on draft. It definitely has a flare of a spicy Belgian Ale. It has almost a brass like color, and in reality though, it tastes just like a true English style Bitter-Beer. Another great feature is that its 6.5% alcohol per volume.

Photo of ProfessorCJ
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass.

A-Two fingers of white foam above clear light amber ale. Carbonation evident for several minutes.

S-Hops with a very slight hint of citrus and some yeast smell.

T-Bitter hops without the yeast or citrus taste present in the smell. Not much balance.

M-Good carbonation but thin mouthfeel, just a slight bitter aftertaste.

D-Weak IPA, drinkable but not memorable.

Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nearly no hop aromas, and only provided a faint lemon and light graininess.

The taste consisted of a husky grain, a light mustiness, some grass and a biting rind at the finish.

The mouthfeel was on the thinner side with an astringent finish.

Overall a disappointing IPA for sure.

Photo of atigerlife
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a small creamy white head. Light carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is very light...some pine in there.

Taste is bitter, pine, resin, strong dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly cleansing.

Overall, it is rather drinkable but none too exciting. A little harsh for me, but OK.

Photo of rfgetz
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale amber color with frothy white head, decent retention and lacing. Extremely pale scent, reminicent of a macro adjunct with only a hint of hops. Taste is somewhat dirty, like stale earthy hops, only a faint hint of pine resin, big bitter bite. Unusually sweet and somewhat buttery cracker taste on the back end. Thin, under carbonated, lasting bitter aftertaste. Mediocre IPA without much hop presence and some off notes.

Photo of MartzMimic
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light gold with a minimal bubbly head. Smells of pine and grass, but not a big aroma. Taste is similar with a bit of lemon. Sweet with just a touch of bitterness. Light mouth with some carbonation. It's not bad, but somewhat unremarkable.

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first quaf of the night at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ for against the Isles. For a hockey rink, the venue had plenty of choices and I was more than happy to try an IPA to watch the puck drop.

A: Poured a medium to light amber and yellow accents with a finger and a half white head. Initially lacing but by the time I walked the 4 sections back to me seat, the legs had fallen to oblivion and there was only a partial cap. I am happy to report that a quick swirl, evenin a plastic stadium cup, revived the legs for a few minutes.

S: The nose was mild on the hops and somewhat piney and resin overtones. Some candy action going on but perhaps mellow hops. Good amount of bready/doughy under tones.

T: This is the mildest IPA I've ever had. I'll chalk this one up to the low end of the American spectrum. The lack of hops was the first thing I noticed, or lack there of. A sweetness came in shortly thereafter, perhaps some butterscotch. Eventually the hops showed up, as I kept thinking to myself if this was the wrong beer on the tap or perhaps watered down. No zing to say the least but some citris (gratefruit undertones) as it warmed and I got used to the beer. The metallic ring was not to my liking but the limited bitterness helps remind you this is a IPA due to the sweet nature. Overall, lots of sweet malt more than hops, like an English versin.

M: Medium nearing thick body, highly chewy from the malts. Bitterness follows to attempt at a dry finish but comes up short and remains too sweet.

D: Nothing wrong this one if your not looking for a hop bomb or a clear IPA. A mellow quiet fellow to have and the ABV you very difficult to detect if at all. I would chalk this up to a new recipe perhaps or a more delicate and nuanced version of a IPA.

Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My review of this beer might suffer due to proximity to red seal ale, which I was drinking at the same time. I found that this IPA had less of a hop character than I had hoped for. The hops didn't fit very well with the rest of the beer. The brew was nice and bitter, which was a plus, but in terms of reviewing based on style, this IPA could have been done better. I have not been impressed with redhook offerings so far.

Photo of Kendo
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into a pint glass, it appears lighter in color than expected for an IPA. Body is clear and light golden, with a 1/2-finger ivory head. No bubbles appear at all. There is some lacing.

S: At first blush I smell something sweet -- I wrote "corn?" but after a few minutes I think it was more grainy. Slightly floral or perfumey scent and just a hint of orangey hops. But pretty faint all around.

T: First impression is the finish -- a long taste of minerally hops lingers in the aftertaste and frankly isn't all that pleasant. There's a hint of something sweet underneath, but the most noticeable characteristic is the grassy, minerally hop taste that finishes it. Needs more balance and in my opinion better hop flavors.

M: Definitely on the light side for an IPA, heft-wise, and in fact is a bit thin and watery.

D: OK. I almost gave it a 3.5 because at least it's fairly light, but that dominant minerally hop taste is just too much to want to drink a lot of this.

Notes: Not sure this rises to the level of an IPA, but on the other hand, I'm not sure what you'd call it otherwise. I'll pass on this in the future, though at least it is a lighter beer with some bitter hop flavors that works OK in the summer.

Photo of Koufax21
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a light golden straw color with a nice 1 1/2" of whispy white foam. The head quickly disappears. The smell is mild in all aspects. Light citrus. Light pine. Light malt, somewhat bready. Just not much on the taste. Falls flat on all aspects. Didn't Redhook used to be a solid brewery? Man totally disappointed here. Not bad, just disappointed. Light bodied, plent of carbonation. Really, I'd much rather have the esb. Crazy, but I think it's more balanced. For 7.99, not mad, but here in NM, I'd rather buy some Happy Camper.

Photo of boralyl
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours 1 ½ fingers of white head that has nice retention and leaves some very good lacing as it settles down. The beer is light amber in color.

S - Pretty strong flowery hops is about all I can make out.

M - Light-medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

T - Strong flowery hops with a sweeter malt finish. Has a pretty good balance, although the bitterness overtakes the malt for the most part. It's rather uninspiring though.

Not a bad brew, just slightly better than your average beer and slightly worse than your average IPA.

Photo of FLima
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Orange amber color with practically no head.
Light aroma with predominant pine notes and hints of peaches.
Flavor of green tea, pine, orange towards grapefruit citrusy which is rather muted, spices and American yeast. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Below average for style, but I would not complain to session this and have this as an option to main stream beers in no specialized markets.
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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light amber to dark gold, nice foamy white head with moderate retention; moderate soapy lacing.

N: Floral hops, not too complex, but pleasing.

T: Floral hops balanced with slightly husky malt. Metallic aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish. Medium body.

D: Nice, balanced IPA. Good session beer, not overwhelming.

Photo of mckenziac
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Redhook mixed twelve pack.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden color. It has a medium-sized, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some modest lacing.

Smell: Has a piney, grassy hop aroma backed by some slightly sweet maltiness.

Taste: Has a bitter, grassy hoppiness to it. Has a crisp, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light-bodied.

Overall: A fairly standard IPA. Nothing special, but drinkable and generally unoffensive.

Photo of jjayjaye
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear amber that's slightly darker than straw with a shallow wispy white head that fades quickly. Some lacing.

The smell is timid. A pils malt base with a clean lemon air.

The mouth feel and flavor mirror the timid aroma. Reminds me a lot of a Pilsner with a singular crisp clean finish.

Drinkability - I'm not an expert, but it doesn't seem true to style. It's not altogether offensive. The 6.5% ABV is hidden well.

Photo of TongoRad
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale amber wit a good looking head that lingers quite a while.

Aroma is mild for an IPA. Mostly citrusy hops and caramel malt with some diacetyl and maybe a touch of DMS in the background, along with something metallic. It's not really offensive, though not particularly inspiring either.

Bitterness is noticibly high for the amount of malt here. The diacetyl is more pronounced on the palate than the nose. Caramel flavor is also evident. The beer finishes with a citrus peel/resiny quality.

I guess I would drink this one again without much complaint if the choices were slim. As it is I don't think I'll be getting it again- pretty average in every way.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is a clear copper/amber color with a medium thin off-white head that dissapears pretty quickly. Stringy lacing. The aroma is muted hops, pine and malt. Medium-bodied and rather smooth with floral hops and earthy malt flavors. On the whole the flavor profile is kind of vacuous. The finish is mildly bitter and short. Nothing offensive, but nothing going on that makes it stand out among the other grocery store IPAs.

Photo of MDDMD
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-golden color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-some malt, pine, and floral aromas

T-some malt flavor with light pine and mild hoppy finish

F-light body with moderate carbonation

O-a very average IPA without a lot of characteristic IPA flavor

Photo of Matt-B-R
3.04/5  rDev -7%

Photo of skinny0ne
3.04/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is very glassy and pale amber. The head is decent with a bit of lacing. The aroma is light with hops and a little banana. But not much citrus and certainly no bread. Upfront there is a moderate amount of bitterness. There is a bit of sweetness under it all. In the back is more generic hops. Again, no real citrus or bread. There is nothing wrong with this brew, but also very little is right. A decent session IPA.

Photo of ahking
3.04/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light in color for an IPA, just a tinge darker than a pilsner. Not a very strong hop aroma here which is another downer. Flavor-wise this beer is close to the style with a decent hop kick, but nothing that will bowl you over. I'd stick with Redhook's ESB which is a better brew overall.

Photo of jakeusa
3.04/5  rDev -7%

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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