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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
okay

2,728 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

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Ratings: 2,728
Reviews: 1,110
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 204 | 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 jayfarley3
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance is a hazy yellow color with a nice head that dissipates quickly. smell is lightly hoppy, pretty weak aroma for an ipa. taste is about the same. this beer is medium bodied and is pretty smooth but it is a boring beer especially when you were hoping for an ipa.

jayfarley3, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of BigRedN
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass the beer is a very pale amber. Almost golden, clear, almost looks like a macro lager. The beer had a thin head that faded to a small dollop on the liquid with a ring around the glass. Patchy lacing at best.

Smell: Aromas of hops. Smells more like an IPA than it looks. Scent of pine, a touch floral, and even a little citrousy (lemon zest). The smell has my hopes up.

Taste: Very one dimensional, all hop bitterness from the middle to the end. The bitterness is nice, not too over the top, but the piney, hops just get to me by the end.

Mouthfeel: Touch dry, clean finish without a lingering aftertaste. Lighter in body.

Drinkability: Not a terrible beer, just not a very good IPA in my book. I knew it would not be great but I like the ESB so I thought I'd give this a try. I was disappointed, even though I only paid 4.99. There are much better beers available for just a few $$ more.

BigRedN, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer flowed from the bottle a yellow-golden color with virtually no foam. The aroma is grainy with a little bit of piny hops. A little thin on the palate. Flavors are mild and malty. It finishes with some pine and citrus hops. Overall not that impressive.

BeardedBoffin, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Onslow
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Bennigans in The Galleria....

Starts off quite smooth..

Lacing is decent for an IPA..

not overally hoppy..

More like an English style IPA..

Made for the masses, a good intro to bitter beers..

Overall, a nice relaxed beer that isn't to flashy..

Jessica is a dork!

Onslow, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Potent cascade hop
Appearance: Clear pale yellow with some minor lacing
Flavor: Hops are there, but a bit weak for style. Also had a slight metallic twang that faded quickly
Mouthfeel: thin, light body no real hop bitter bite
Overall Impression: drinkability isn’t bad, but it lacks some character and depth. One dimensional, more like a pale ale than an IPA.

HardTarget, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of Patrick999
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saw a relatively fresh Long Hammer single on the shelf and picked it up. Hey, I'll give it a fair taste.

Poured into a Stone pint glass. Clear gold. Bubbles pretty active. Head retains well and leaves some decent lacing. Not the best I've ever seen, but still good.

Light hop of a piney variety in the nose. Not bad. The hop aroma could just use some more intensity, that's all.

Likewise on the taste. Hop forward, just not very intense at all. Not overtly malty, either, so this *is* what I would call balanced. Minor bite of alcohol.

Not much to say about the feel. It's crisp, scrubs the palate and generally does what it should.

Obviously, for an experienced IPA drinker, this will fall short of the mark. Not bad, just not especially memorable, challenging, or even beautifully simple. Would work OK as a football game beer, or as an introduction to IPA for a newbie.

Edit: Just poured a not-very-fresh Bell's Two-Hearted to go up against this. Even the slightly stale Two-Hearted blew it away.

Patrick999, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clean, domestic lager color with a bit of copper to it. Head is sudsy, just a touch of off white.

S: Muted citrus; old OJ, mellow lime and grapefruit rind. Quite a bit of dingy forest floor as well.

T: Begins bitter with out a lot of flavor going to one side of the hop spectrum or the other. Evidient grapefruit rind goes first with starfruit, under ripe pear and bay leaves. Next step is simply a dull redwood bark taste that lingers for a while. That’s really about it.

M: Medium body with a soft water feel to it.

D: Pretty boring IPA. Most brewers would call this a pale ale. Lacks sweetness for balance.

Westsidethreat, May 20, 2007
Photo of beeroclock
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light golden color with very little head even with an aggressive pour. Little to no lacing, however the pour brought out some good smell from the beer, I could smell the grassy and citrus odor pretty strongly. The taste was piney hops but kind of on the light side. An easy drinking beer, but would have liked more hops and some more bitter bite to it.

beeroclock, May 01, 2007
Photo of sdockter
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After pouring into a pint glass, there was a lot of carbonation, and a very large white head. Yellow-orange color, more towards yellow. Good head retention.

Aroma was citrus and pine hops, very little malt aroma.

Flavor was citrus and pine hops with very little malt to back it up. Dry clean finish. Body is very light, beer is very drinkable. This beer is not really to style and is more like a pale ale than an IPA. A drinkable beer, but very middle of the road for an IPA.

sdockter, May 23, 2008
Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap to pint glass. Mr. Dunderback’s Bar and Deli in Daytona Beach, FL.

Pours a hazy straw orange, decent head retention, not too thick, less than a finger. A small bit of lace on the glass. Smell is thin, hint of citrus hop, floral. Taste mimics aroma, decent oily hop flavor, pine. A little astringent, and pretty weak on the malt side. But the hop flavor is there to satisfy any craving. Mouthfeel is not bad, slick. Drinkable, but the lack of balance left me wanting. Not something I’d go back to too often.

IgnatiusReilly, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of Maestro
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is not one of Red Hook's best but this is what made the brewery catch on in the Northwest. This beer is drinkable and has a higher alcohol content but is not incredible. It tastes similar to the brewery's Blonde and does not have the hoppiness of a traditional IPA. Not a bad beer but not my first choice from this great macrobrewery.

Update 01/04/06:
I reviewed this beer when the ABV was listed at 7.2%. I see now that it is listed at 5.11%. That is a drastic change.

Maestro, Jul 18, 2002
Photo of grynder33
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold pour with an orangish tint, distinct but not very stong hop aroma, nice light hop taste, with a sweetness making its presence known in the aftertaste. This might be a nice IPA to introduce someone to the style, also an IPA you could drink all night.

grynder33, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color with small foamy head that didn't retain long and had slight lacing.

Smell - Floral and pine hops are the stars here. Not as aromatic as most IPA's, but not bad either.

Taste - Not as bitter or highly hopped as most IPA's, and definitely sweeter. Sort of tastes more like a good American Pale Ale than an IPA. But still, I liked the sweetness paired with the hops.

Mouth feel - Smooth, crisp and refreshing. Not as bitter on the tongue as most IPA's.

Drinkaility - I would definitely have another in a pinch, but probably wouldn't buy it at the store with so many other good IPA options out there.

ChopperSmith, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of BeerZack
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange-honey color with some floaties; okay head when poured roughly.

Citrus and earthy/herbal scents over a roasty malt presence; alcohol comes out to stretch as it warms.

Roasted (or burnt) malt flavor with spicy herbal hop bitterness. Maybe some sourness or citrus acidity in there also.

Good mouthfeel, smooth with a crisp finish.

I dunno about this beer, seems like the flavor is out of whack- that roasted/burnt flavor doesn't sit well with me.

BeerZack, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of altadenabrou
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a pale tan and the head is not substantive but basically average, certainly acceptable. Too much carbonation that dissipates too quickly! The malt flavor is also perhaps too light to really taste satisfying. The alcohol is right for an IPA, but the hopping is weak, in terms of bitterness and aroma. I hear that this is much improved on draft and even better if you can find it served real-ale style, cask conditioned. Not as good as their ESB!

altadenabrou, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Long Hammer IPA is just Redhook IPA renamed in honor of the hard working railroad folk.

Pours a golden color with minimal head.

Decent hop smell, citrus elements along with a couple other fruit aromas, but a bit weak for an IPA.

Balance between the malt and the hops is good for an otherwise unremarkable offering from Redhook. Fairly smooth, hops in the forefront, bit thin tasting though.

Not an overwhelming IPA, so I can imagine this would be a good transition beer for those trying to get into the style.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance - Hazey yellow color with a white head and some lace left on the glass.

smell - Citrus, bready, and spices can be smelled.

taste - Hoppy flovor but not overpowering. Grassy, floral, piney and citrus taste here.

mouthfeel - Light body and some carbonation.

drinkability - Not a bad beer,was ok. Anheuser-Busch bought Redhook some time ago.

auxiliary, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of Fenris244
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep amber yellow, thin half finger head with minimal retention and some lacing, strings of bubbles from the carbonation are apparent.

Floral aroma with some resin and citrus, not over powerful in the nose but it could also be the pint glass I'm using.

Hop bitterness comes on pretty strong but drops off quickly, lemon pulp and floral notes start to become apparent but after the bitterness from the hops drops off everything else drops with it. Clean finish, feels like somethings missing...

Light in body, crisp and well carbonated fells a little watery at times.

Overall not a bad beer I was just left wanting some more flavor from it.

Fenris244, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of whiplash3825
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An easy pour yields an orange-yellow liquid with a <1-finger head with a retention of nil. Curiously there are what seems like millions of little particles in suspension which makes it look very thick like Jello or jelly. I like chunks in my hefeweizen, but I'm not sure what the heck I'm seeing here! Brewed six months ago so age shouldn't be a factor.

Mild hops in the nose and little else.

Taste is all hops, bitter but light... any malt flavors are completely overwhelmed by the hops. Still it's pretty refreshing on this 90+ degree day; I'll take it over a BMC any day!

Thin mouthfeel, but so is the taste and smell, so at least it's consistent!

Pretty easy-drinking... for a non-hophead like me probably easier than your typical "to-style" IPA. Pretty mild all the way around.

whiplash3825, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a- light head, didnt last very long, dark amber
s- nice medium hops scent with a good dose of floral scents
t- a little closer to the bitter hops taste than the malt
m- light mouthfeel, not much of a mouthfeel
d- decent beer by all means but not something i think ill try again

wallaceandvomit, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared with my roommate.

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a fluffy white head that clings to the wall of the glass.

S: The nose starts off with citrus hops, floral hops, and perhaps a bit of urine. Some bread and cracker type malts are present as well.

T: This is moderately bitter, but not necessarily in a good way. Bitter grain flavors, primarily overcooked bread, along with a bitter pine flavor from the hops. Some mild citrus undertones as well as some floral notes.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation after the beer comes up to temperature.

D: Not really my favorite IPA, but it's not as terrible as some of the ratings indicate. But it is about as average as its score here.

womencantsail, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of bort11
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. A finger's width of head and leaves a spotty lacing. Color is a clear golden orange.

Smell is slightly sweet with a moderate hops bitterness. Taste also has a mild citric hops flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. Seems more of an APA than an IPA. This is a no frills ale. Drinkable, but not very interesting.

bort11, May 02, 2008
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured Long Hammer into a tulip glass. The bottle shape is cool and the minimalist artwork would make a great poster!

Appearance- The body is a golden-yellow with a slight amber tinge to it. The head was a standard, white foamy blob that reached a finger in width.

Smell- The nose is subtle, but really refreshing. The biscuit malt is the most noticeable, and hints that is going to be a more balanced IPA than a hop forward one. What little hops I can make out seem to have a slight citrus edge to them.

Taste- I take a drink, and I know there is hop bitterness, some malty sweetness, but it is really hard to pick out exactly what these flavors are!

Hop bitterness leads the way, not citrusy like on the nose. They are more grassy and floral. The back end on the drink is a wash between grain and some sweet, biscuit malt. This drinks more like a light lager than an IPA.

Mouth feel- The weight of the drink is not that bad. Almost medium bodied, but for an IPA, it could be much creamier. The lack of carbonation has this one almost feeling watery as it slides over the tongue, slightly fizzy too.

Overall- Long Hammer hints at some nice hop profiles, but they are not nearly as big as they should be. The malt back bone is a nice start, but now Red Hook has to seal the deal by giving this one some hop character and upping the creamy factor of the mouth feel.

Pintofbrown, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Duff27
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%

Duff27, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask served in a pint; Advertised as "IPA w/ Summit and Nelson"

Appears a still orange with a foamy off-white cap. Retention is fair and there is minimal lacing.

Aromas of tangerines and hop oil with faint tobacco and a sticky caramel base. Pretty straightforward with nothing really jumping out at me.

The taste is very similar to the nose with tangerines, a dose of hop oil and mild bitterness. Some sticky caramel holds down the low end. Balanced and drinkable.

Oily mouthfeel with a light medium body. Being on cask, the carbonation is low and turns this into more of an english style IPA with a twist.

Pretty easy to drink, but the flavor profile isn't overwhelming enough to keep me happy glass after glass.

ColForbinBC, Mar 06, 2010
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 2,728 ratings.