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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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2,873 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,873
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 19
Gots: 272 | 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: Musky on 01-10-2007

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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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%

Photo of budgood1
3.04/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

clear dark golden color with a few noticeable flecks floating around. minimal head and no lace. aroma of some hoppiness, but not the nose burner that one likes in an IPA...some pale malt too. nice enough smelling. mouthfeel is all over the place....first creamy then bitter then crisp but not necesarily a totally pleasant aftertaste. tastes like a blonde ale with some extra hops, or a pale ale without enough hops. just something wrong here...it says IPA on the label but it's not even close. whatever style this really is, it's not that great. probably better to use this beer as a compliment to some spicy food or pizza, and not as a brew to drink by itself.

Photo of altadenabrou
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stunningly clear light amber body that has a small off-white head. Very little lacing noted. The aroma on this brew is primarily of a caramel malt base with nominal hop notes. The flavor is below even my normal desire for a more lightly hopped IPA. This is quite average and not impressive. Certainly not of the quality of Redhook ESB. The feel is medium and lacks crispness in the finish. Oddly flat tasting.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

long live long hammer! thank the good lord that the marketing team came up with this phallic expression for pushing such a beer on an unsuspecting public. gotta do. hopefully this beer becomes a beer that gets other people started on other flavors.
had on cask at red hook.
looks reasonable, orangey color, the normal casky head that slowly dissipates. actually in this case, very slowly. smells kinda like the fields of yakima. only if you're in your car with the ac on and the windows up. little citrus/grapefruit thing, little pine, little grassiness. the taste is underwhelming but not bad. little malt body to hold this beer up. maybe they are more worried about counting calories? the hops are there but a bit too light. it honestly feels like an unbalanced ipa that's trying to straddle it all and just comes out a little bland. very thin tasting. as much crap as i'm giving them, though, not a bad beer, and i know the path they put us down in the pac nw.

Photo of Zoxygen
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- I liked this aroma alot. Nice IPA citrus/grapefruit

T- After the aroma I expected more from this beer. It had a farty budlite taste under the bitterness. I'd call it a citrusy bitter bud lite.

I wouldnt really recommend this to any of my friends. BUT if I were in NH and this was on tap I could think of quite a few beers I would have Long hammer over.

Photo of atremains
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy gold/orange, similar to the appearance of apple juice. Fluffy white head that produces considerable lacing and a nice looking white sheet with a ring around the the top.
S- Very weak, all I can really get is some faint hop tones and some random sweetness?
T- Weak again, watery. Cracker-like. Hops with a bit of malt. This one is giving me trouble picking anything out. On a side note, the flavors were more present in belching than in drinking the beer.
M- Thin, watery, highly carbonated, and a bit oily.
D- Surprising that the 6.5% is masked so well, I guess if tossing back beer with nearly lifeless qualities is your thing you could do this one all night.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler Pint. 6.5% ABV Bottled 030309 punched into the label.

A - Clear and devoid of bubbles. Brilliant honey gold color with a two finger off-white foamy head. Alright retention that ended up leaving a ring and artistic-like lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Mainly floral hops appear on the aroma but a slight fruitiness hits too. A touch of citrus and pine with a small pear/apricot blend. Yeasty (no sediment) with a malty backbone that balances decently.

T - Light pale malts in the background hold the structure together loosely while hops are more free to roam. Largely pine with a drop of lemony citrus, it's a floral hop that bitters extensively and leaves a long, lingering flavor in the mouth.

M - Bitter. Eye-twitching, head-shaking bitter. At least it is for me right now. A little dry with a medium body and a crisp, refreshing finish.

D - It might take me a while to finish this beer off since the bitterness keeps slapping me in the face but its a mediocre IPA. A better offering from Red Hook than the Sunrye at least.

Photo of alexrichman
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6-pack at QFC - bottle dated July 20th of this year. Poured into a snifter.

A> Cloudy orange-blonde appearance... uhh .. where is the head? Produced about 1/4 finger of foam when ruffed up a little bit... dissapears quickly and leaves little lacing... definetely not very impressive

S> Okay, now this isn't bad - sweet malt, citrusy hops with a faint green apple. The aroma hops remind of of Columbus hops.

T> This is kind of a mess... just not balanced very properly... also where did all the hops go? Nice roasted malt flavor and slight bitter linger. The finish saves this from being completely dissapointing.

M> Not very carbonated... a little thin, especially for the style.

D> Surprisingly this beer is very drinkable - good aroma, decent (although lacking) flavor. This seems like a good beer for BBQs, parties, etc. The totally tame taste and high ABV seems like this would be a good "everyman" beer

Photo of tobelerone
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An extremely clear gold beer with a small, quickly vanishing head. Lacing is solid. A steady stream of tiny bubbles work their way towards the surface.

Hoppy aroma of citrus, mostly tangerine and pine, but extremely muted. Taste is disappointingly lacking; traces of tropical fruit notes and pine are present, but are overshadowed by a merely middling bitterness. Nearly nothing there; faintly sweet underneath the bitterness, a little salty on the end, but extremely small in the flavor department.

Additionally, the mouthfeel is a little too spritzy and over-carbonated, with a body on the thin side. Can't really recommend this one, as it fails to deliver much and needs a ton of amplification of subtler characteristics. Bland bitterness comes to the top, coupled with excessive carbonation, making for a pretty mediocre IPA. This was a pretty fresh bottle but it had to sit and arm for a while before the more interesting but weakly represented aspects of its flavor and taste emerged. I enjoyed the tangerine aspect of the flavor but I really had to strain to discern it.

Photo of TPoling
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured clear with a moderate head with small bubbles. Some lace. Some citrus and floral, but not much depth beyond that on second and third sniff.

Taste was moderately bitter, but not much mouthfeel or malt. Okay bitterness hits in the aftertaste, but nothing too complex. Doesn't measure up to some of the great micro IPAs being produced by several breweries around the country.

Ultimately, this a beer that I would enjoy pretty cold to chase a long bout of gardening or other hot work or play. When it begins to warm, there is not much to recommend it as repeatable in other situations.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unique bottle, kinda stubby but not at the same time. Pours a pale orange beer with a small to medium sized head. Slightly hazy. Floral hops and oranges come out of the nose and a wheat malt-like backing. Nothing out of this world.

Interesting taste, floral and citrusy in front, harshly bitter in the back. It's sort of an odd bitter, somewhat medicinal maybe, close to unpleasant. That medicinal bitterness tends to linger for a while in the aftertaste. A little salty as well, making for a weird mouthfeel. Some nice floral and citrus hop tastes hidden in there, but maybe there was a little too much dry-hopping or something because all of these seemed to be drowned out for the most part by the bitterness. I'm all about more hops in beer, but these seem a bit strong and odd for a regular IPA and a flavor or two are definitely off.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,873 ratings.