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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
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1,141 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,141
Hads: 3,065
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 21
Gots: 408 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,141 | Hads: 3,065
Photo of ndekke39
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given a six-pack from a friend. Decanted a 12 oz. bottle with an October 28, 2008 date on it into a pint glass. Pours a very clear golden color with a small white head. Nice retention, fair amount of lacing.

Aroma is a little one-note, but not bad. Strong citrusy, piny hop aromas. Tiny dash of rubber in there, too.

Flavor is more balanced. Starts with a good wallop of the hops. Again very piny. Really blooms in the middle of the mouth, then finishes with a fairly clean, bready aftertaste.

Good effervescence on the tongue. Mouthfeel is appropriate. Not too watery, but not too thick.

This IPA isn't particularly remarkable, but it certainly stands up as a strong session IPA. It could be a little more balanced, but it's easy to drink and still quite enjoyable. (770 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 OZ on tap

A- Hazy yellow/orange with a half finger head. pretty hazy
S- floral hoppiness, some sweet malts, a little grassy, fresh hops
T- Reminds me a lot of Southern tiers IPA, a good and very fresh hop flavor, kinda skunky and grassy but a very nice hop character. Balanced out nicely with the malts. A very balanced and drinkable IPA.
M- Good carbonaion, not too bitter that its hard to get down. Has a textured feel. Easy to drink and the flavor keeps you coming back.
O- Im generally surprised this beer doesn't have a higher rating then it does. Then again the batch I tried was fresh and on tap. I will be buying again. (631 characters)

Photo of goschool
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook ESB was my favorite beer for a few months after I turned 21 and I also enjoyed the hell out of their Nut Brown, which was on tap at a bar near my house in DC, but I wasn't in love with their IPA. There are two possible reasons. Either, it took me a year or so to get into hops, so any hoppy beer would've been a turn off or it was a lousy IPA. I think it was a combination of both. I was disappointed, but not too surprised, at what a poor offering Redhook ESB really is after I revisited it. Let's see how this new Redhook IPA tastes.

Appearance: This one pours a peach color with a large layer of fluffy white head.

Smell: The nose has a light aroma of grapefruity hops and a very small note of caramel and biscuity malts.

Taste: Hey-hey, there are hops in this IPA. Grapefruit, fresh-cut grass, and a bit of resinous pine come out nicely, presenting a refreshing level of bitterness that straddles the line between an APA and IPA. A bit of sweet malt hangs out in the front and comes in again at the finish to round out a beer that would've been far from complex.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied with plenty of carbonation. The hoppy bitterness keeps this from being as silky smooth as it tries to be.

Drinkability: Before this beer, the guys at Redhook seemed to be firmly entrenched in "play it safe" mode- making boring examples of accessible styles, but they did a pretty good job with this one. As good as this is, I'm going to be leaving it on the shelf in favor of any one of the big handful of better tasting micro-brewed IPA's in the future. (1,588 characters)

Photo of superdavex
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook must have changed their recipe since I last tasted this brew. The time previous to this one was about three years ago. I must say, I was definately not impressed with the beer at that time. This time, on the other hand, I was impressed by the subtle yet hoppy taste of this beer. This is one smooth drinking brew and the 6.5 abv doesn't hurt either. I would definately recomment this one. Not the hoppiest of IPA's but not too hoppy. (441 characters)

Photo of aficionado224
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear amber color with a two-finger head. It looks exactly like one would expect an IPA to look.

S- Smells good, slightly sweet, and floral.

T - Tastes just like it smells, sweet and floral

M - This ale sits well on the palate, round and smooth, not too light, and not toio heavy.

I like this brew and although it isn't one of my favorites, I will be buying it again. (426 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row Klages, Caramel 30/37, and Munich malts. Hopped with Northern Brewer, Willamette, and Cascade.
8.4 SRM, 38.5 IBU, 6.51% ABV, OG=1.05773.

Golden brew, while clear, has particles that scurry like sea monkeys in a sea of bubbles. Carbonation is moderately strong. Head has a nice consistency, is pale beige atop medium to large bubbles. Lacing and retention are good. Aroma is predominantly Cascade hops, a mildly fruity ferment, a whiff of alcohol, and toasty pale malts with a cracker like crispness. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body. Taste starts out with floral hops with moderate intensity, certainly not overboard but pleasant, and complementing the fruity ferment. The malts are toasty in the middle with a subtle graininess. The bittering hops in the end are strong and balance well with the lightly saccharin sweetness on the back of the tongue. Alcohol is barely noticeable towards the finish, with an isopropyl like dryness in the mouth. This is a good, but not spectacular, easy to drink IPA. This is in the short bottle, brewed before some large congolmerate bought them out.

Update 3/6/08: Pours out clear with a slight chill haze, forming a tall rocky white head with very good retention and solid whipped sheets of lacing. Suggestion of English style hops with that ruddy mustiness, now finishes with a distinct rotten apple/rotten grape flavor, like something you would spit out if in were in a fruit cocktail. Drier than most other IPA's. Ratings remain the same. (1,504 characters)

Photo of d1ckvanswype
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A very nice looking beer, all golden and clear, though maybe a little underwhelming for the head, which was off-white and disappeared quickly.

S: Very light and clean smelling, hop oils featuring two notes: Sweet pine and mildly bitter yellow citrus fruit. Sweet malts round it out, very delicate nose for an IPA but not unpleasant at all.

T: The two note hop oils carry over into the flavor, again that strangely sweet and refreshing pine and a bitter yellow citrus, maybe akin to yuzu. Sweet, slightly bready and roasty malts make it rather enjoyable to drink, but there's no way this can be a real IPA. The hop presence and bitterness are too low, at least to me. This really falls into that weird APA/IPA midpoint category that seems to be cropping up.

M: Great mouthfeel actually, it feels rich and somewhat thick in the mouth, with a nicely spritzy feeling across the tongue from the hop bitterness and the salty carbonic acid. Barely, barley starting to get sticky feeling halfway through a bottle, not overtly resinous.

O: Not a BAD beer, certainly one that helped me get into the flavors of hops along with Sierra Nevada's Pale, but as I get into bigger, better beers this one seems more and more just slightly above average. Not talking down about this beer though, I still enjoy drinking it, I'm just out of the honeymoon phase about it. (1,355 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold. Dense white foam.

S - Grapefruit and some pine and orange. Light malt backing.

T - Nice fresh hoppiness and a malt that leans to the sweet side. Notes of orange with an strong bitter finish.

M - Smooth, medium body. Carbonation is spot-on: not too much, and not too little.

D - Solid, drinkable IPA. The orangey flavour is interesting, giving a nice, clean but fruity flavour. (396 characters)

Photo of lou50rp
3.89/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with little carbonation or head. little lacing.
Good citrus smell of grapefruit.
Good taste, with citrus and bitterness at the end.
Good mouthfeel, it goes down very easily.
Very drinkable. Even though ABV is a little high it is a good session beer. One of my favorite summer ales. (294 characters)

Photo of OKCNittany
3.89/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from month old notes (thought I lost them)
on tap

A: 1 finger white head that left some lacing on the glass. Body was a bit pale for my taste.

S: Nice citrusy aroma. Maybe the hops were a bit understated for an IPA, but still not a bad scent.

T: Taste was much like the smell. Not as hoppy as an IPA should be, but it's well balanced with malty sweetness.

M: Middle of the road body and carbonation. Clean, slightly bitter finish.

D: More of a pale ale than an IPA - they really should rename it, but it's quite quaffable no matter what they call it. (566 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty, eye catching bright green labeled bottle. "Redhook" insignia at the top of the label is smaller on this brand, almost as an afterthought. Bottled on 060605 clearly stamped through. Purchased as a $3 bottle at Red Star in Baltimore last night, served just a touch too cold.

Poured a hazy copped with a bright white head. Nice retention and lacing. Smell of fresh cascade hops.
Flavor is dominated by cascade hops, nice and biting without the piney let down. A decent malt backbone is there enough to keep em honest, but this one is a little one sided. (but I like cascades) Mouthfeel was a little chewy and more medium. Finished nice and bitter, with eruptable hop belches.

Overall, a pretty solid Americanized IPA with kick that one could enjoy several of. I had one with a chipotle chicken pizza and another just sittin and talkin. (847 characters)

Photo of jf60657
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A sales rep just brought this for me to try.

Poured a nice amber color with a head that died quickly into very light lacing.

smell is a little malty with a crisp hop aroma.

Tastes very light. Hops are there, a little muted. some piney notes and a little citrusy. good. No aftertaste at all.

Mouthfeel is dry and clean.

Overall I could drink a million of these. Very drinkable. For what this is, a session IPA for less money than most others, it succeeds remarkably. (471 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle (only bottled three weeks ago) with thick head. It has a light amber colour, and a very hoppy, slightly liquorice nose.

Says on the bottle that it is a.k.a. Ballard Bitter, and this fits when you taste it. Despite the fairly high alcohol content, this one has a fairly subtle flavour. It is rather creamy before a subtle but pleasant hoppy finish takes over. The nose suggested something acrid which hopheads would love, but it is nothing like that at all. Nevertheless it is pleasant, smooth and eminently drinkable.

Do not file under typical Northwestern IPA. (590 characters)

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured in pint glass.
A - Pours a light gold, 1 inch head with some lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus and hops

T - Hops and citrus up front with some sweetness coming through from the malts.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this beer. Will get again. (281 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- has a nice citrus aroma with a hint of grains
Appearance- a golden yellow with a small white head that lingers
Taste- a nice crisp semi-tart flavor, not overpowering but well balanced
Palate- a dry beer that has medium carbonation and is also medium bodied
Overall- a really good beer from Red Hook, I would drink this again. (379 characters)

Photo of jdrio
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may not be an exceptional beer, but it's such a good beer that I don't think it receives enough credit. It's not particularly hoppy, but is has a tingly bitterness and enough mouthfeel to be a reliable standby that compliments most food and makes a wonderful summer ale. It's a fine stepping-stone into the IPA world, better out of the tap but solid out of the bottle. (373 characters)

Photo of Jimbo07
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

pretty darn good. probably the best beer at my local bar, next to anchor liberty ale. basically, a very very mild ipa... (very) would not consider it to be ipa, which makes sense because the price is too good to be true. i recommend the beer in general, though if your in the mood for a good ipa, i do not recommend getting this beer. (334 characters)

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served ice cold in a "Boston Lager" glass from 12 oz amber bottle.

Aroma is all grassy hops.

Appearance is bright, crystal clear, light straw color with a white head leaving moderate lacing--looks more like an all-malt pils than an IPA, doesn't pour thick like the typical IPA.

Tastes matches the aroma--grassy hops, medium-low bitterness, just enough malt to not be soapy or sour.

Mouthfeel is watery with a crisp finish.

Drinkability is just fine. This is the Coors Light of IPAs I guess, a great example of the California XPA style. Well, there are two styles of XPA, high gravity and low gravity (and I love 'em both)--this is the latter. The polar opposite of syrupy, gooey, barleywine-like IPAs. I like it and wish I'd bought two--I'd have the second right now. If it came in a can, I'd buy a 30 pack to take to the beach. Highly recommended. (865 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear colour with a decent head. Aroma took me a back. Piney hop nose right off the bat. I didnt expect it to be that hoppy. Taste was rich and full flavoured. Malty at first but not to long before the pine and floral hops came in to kick out the jams. West coast style all the way.. I just didnt expect this from the " Watered down" Redhook. Guess you shouldnt judge a book by the cover. Mouthfeel was above average, almost a bit heavy but not so much so. Drinkability.. Yep Yep for a buck less than some more highly rated beers this honestly stacked up.. I was shocked. The hop notes were rich and noteworthy.. If in a pinch and the price is right I have no problem recommending this.

PS-- I love how the packaging half covers up that this beer used to be Ballards Bitter (791 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this ontap at Fire n Ice Grill in Boston. It was served a little on the warmer side, which is shocking for a chain restaurant but I don't mind. Not every beer has to be served frozen like uh... Coors Lite.

A light golden copper. It was served with no head but a ring around the glass from the disapated film.

A floral aroma up front with some citrus. Bready malt in the background. The floral smell is the main attraction here.

As far as the taste, floral, I also detect some pine that I didn't get in the aroma, a little bit of a peppery spice as well. A bready malt at the end.

Light body, light carbonation. Feels okay.

This is a refreshing IPA and not all that bitter. This could be the IPA people can use as a gateway IPA if they have never tried one. Tasty and certainly not boring. (800 characters)

Photo of bboven
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light to medium gold body, clear with a thin head but lots of lacing.

Big piney hop aroma with a slight earthy/malty mix in the background.

Clean, simple malt profile really balances the hop bill out, which is huge but kept in check. Humulus Lupis wins in the end, but that's as it should be.

Mouthfeel is drying and sticky t the same time, pretty unique. Too much carbonation, but that's usually the case with bottles, force-carbonated offerings.

Really a good beer, almost balanced, I have had a lot of this brew and will probably have a lot more. (554 characters)

Photo of ams0286
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have tried this beer several times before but never sat down to actually review it.

A - The appearance of this beer is slightly lighter than what I would expect however still that copper type color. Very light lacing occurred and not a ton of head which is very uncharacteristic of the style.

S - This seems very light in a aroma for an IPA. It still has the characteristic scents of pine, citrus (grapefruit) and floral hops.

T - The taste on this is much less bitter than several of the IPA's on the market. I think that this would be good for somone who has never been introduced to IPA's and may not necesarrily enjoy the bitterness added by the hops. It is still noticable however extremely palatable with a finish that dissipates quickly.

M - A bit more watery than what I would expect however still true to the style.

D - the drinkibility on this beer is amazing. Its bitter, however not too bitter making it a very good session beer. It is extremely refreshing as well. With the summer months coming this is one to crack while lying on the beach or a hammuk under a shade tree. I highly reccomend this for people just getting into the IPA style. (1,160 characters)

Photo of ccm414
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the aromas from this beer are very nice. it has subtle scents that are fruity while the hops are very present. while pouring it gave average sized head that left a silky layer on the glass edge. they dont call this beer that ballard bitter for nothing, either. it is definitely a bittery taste but not in a bad way at all. very strong hop flavor that goes well with what seemed to be a sweeter malt taste. i enjoyed this beer very much and would certainly get it again. (469 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: golden yellow, clear, with very little head, no lacing
S: orange, lemony, very fragrant
T: I really like this flavor combination: bracing, very flavorful IPA: rose petals, pine needles, grapefruit; very complex, a consistent flavor profile even in the aftertaste
M: rather inert

Overall, this is a solid IPA; I'm not certain why others haven't cared for the taste, since it catches my fancy. (395 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
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. (865 characters)

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.