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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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2,436 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,436
Reviews: 1,096
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 75 | 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 JudgeRoughneck


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a nice crystal-clear, copper-colored beer with a thin, stay-put, white head and good, sticky lacing. Smell is good and fresh, no frills classic cascade citrus and pine. It is clean and fresh. Taste is very simple. Bracing bitter upfront barely qualifies this for IPA status. Sweetness underneath and a soapy off-flavor comes out if you let it sit on the tounge too long. This sits very light on the palate. I would've liked this beer more as a pale I think, but as an IPA its got no oomph.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 21:15:34 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of imperialstout27


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pub glass.

A: Light orange/ straw color. One finger slightly off-white head that recedes fairly quickly. Light chill haze that cleared after a few minutes.

S: Mild to moderate hop levels on the nose. Citrusy - grapefruit, orange, lemon perhaps.

T: Nicely grainy with very moderate bitterness for the style. Hop profile is pleasant, although not at all intricate or interesting. Very distinct citrus rind flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Thin and watery, although I thought it a bit better as it warmed. Decent carbonation.

D: Pretty high, actually. The simple, unoffensive flavor, matched with the thin body and uncomplicated nature of this beer equals the potential for significant levels of consumption, especially considering the inexpensive price.

Overall this is a very mellow IPA - seems more like an APA, really. If I was grading more to style, the scores would be lower. Uncomplicated, unexceptional, no flaws. Easy drinking and good for situations, like some parties, when you know you're not going to be paying enough attention to what's in your glass to break out the real good stuff, but you want something that tastes good. Unoffensive - could be a good intro to better beer for the uninitiated palate. Good for parties where you don't want to offend your guests' palates, but you refuse to offend your own at the same time. Good for what it is and the price point.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 04:04:18 | More by imperialstout27
Photo of Mora2000


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a murky orange-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of orange and papaya with a little bit of pine and bready malt mixed in. The flavor is pineapple and orange citrus with bread and caramel malt. The bitterness is fairly low and the beer is easy to drink. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 04:26:27 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Soonami


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Total Wines & More in Claymont, DE as part of a make-your-own 6-pack. I'm new so I haven't heard of the brewery so I gave it a try.

A: Used to IPAs that are darker and redder in color, so I was surprised at how orange and golden it was. Also, the head was thin with very little sustain, which as also a disappointment

S: There were a good bit of citrusy hoppiness, though not what I expect from an IPA

T: The was the a little bite from the hops, but not the bitterness or penetrance of an IPA. The malt, bitter, and acid are well balanced because all of these aspects are equally weak. The balance is nice, but not the punch of a real IPA

M: The beer was a little thinner than I would've liked but it had a decent palate, pleasant carbonation, and smoothness

D: The thinness of this beer betrays the higher than average ABV so it's easy not to think about this when glugging this beer. But this softness on the palate also makes for a very drinkable beer that isn't overpowering and tiring

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 03:01:03 | More by Soonami
Photo of Generik420


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was disappointed in this beer personally. The pint I was poured was a very cloudy yellowish amber color with a white head. I normally wouldn't think of an IPA being cloudy, especially from a brewery the size of Redhook. The aroma was pretty nice, definitely a strong hop presence. Flavor was somewhat unremarkable. Hops had a hint of citrus, but overall seemed a little bland and uninspired. Somewhat thin mouthfeel, and pretty easy drinking. This could be more of a session beer then most of the other IPAs I have drank in my time. Not horrible, not great. Just an average IPA, but if it was the only option available for this style at a bar, I would definitely order it again. I would not go out of my way for it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2006 15:53:32 | More by Generik420
Photo of livingregret


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden orange. Fluffy white with ample lacing the whole drinking experience

Smell: Mild hops, sweetness via grapefruit. Average smell

Taste: Very "tame" for an IPA. This beer is NOT trying to revolutionize the way we think of IPA's but it does a fine job at being generic. Which honestly...isn't a bad thing. Some hop bitterness(not a lot but some) at the end. Slight citrus

Mouthfeel: A touch thin yet sticky from the malt

Drinkability: very easy to drink lots of these

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 22:14:05 | More by livingregret
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3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- Gold color with very little head, slight film remains over top center of beer, and around glass, but nothing substantial. Slight amount of suspended sediment create a slightly opaque look.

S- Smells of citrus are significant. Slightly sour finish. Smells of hops are concealed by the overwhelming smell of citrus...

T- Tastes ok. I mean, I guess. It's ok. Kind of thin. Like citrus finishing with hops then pine. Interesting, but not exciting or exotic. Just ok. Wait let me try again... yep, ok.

M- Not the most enjoyable beer to savor. This beer hits the tongue sharply. I don't know what it is about it honestly, it's just not the most pleasant mouthfeel. It's even sharp on the lips.

D- I know, I know, it sounds like I don't like this beer. I do. I like it very much. I find this beer to be very drinkable and drinking a six pack of this on the weekend is a nice time for me. I find this beer to be average, but I really like the bitterness of hops, and this being on sale is a very economical way to OD on hops.

Overall, this beer is ok, but nothing special. It is a regular in my fridge for the sole reason that I live in a rural area and my local grocer carries a limited selection so I've tried everything they have. If you have the choice of this and something else, try something else first, but make sure to try this sometime.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 23:36:43 | More by uabigdaz
Photo of fmccormi

New York

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a pry-off 12oz bottle to standard pint, with a pretty awesome bottling date format: "BOTTLED ON: APR 19 11 - 12:03 NH"

Appearance (4.0): 2-finger, smooth and pillowy head of fine bubbles, bone-white. The body is perfectly clear, and perfectly golden. Very little lacing.

Smell (2.5): Piney hops dominate the nose, with a very mild, bready malt undertone. The smell is actually relatively tame, not overly aromatic but what does come through is predominantly piney and second grassy hops, followed by a soft, light, bready malt scent.

Taste (3.0): Hops are actually NOT what comes across right away. They’re there, but the first thing you get is that very mild malt body—very light and just a hint of sweetness. Bready. Then the piney hops come in and wash everything away, and dominate the aftertaste, mixing with the body just a bit to make for a bright, almost lemony mix. There’s also a metallic undertone in the finish, like the lemony flavor turns into the metallic note. Not very unpleasant, really, but it is what it is.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Good, active carbonation that sticks around a bit. A little coarse and tingly, not fine and velvety like a well-bottle-conditioned beer. Could be wrong, but it almost feels force-carbed, honestly (not that it’s the end of the world). The body is a bit thin and watery.

Overall (4.0): I have to agree with the Bros’ assessment that this isn’t really an IPA (I’d say it’s generally closer to an APA), which lowers its score a bit. But, if we’re just grading for enjoyment, this is a nice session beer, and very quaffable—the kind of thing I’d want during the summer. Can’t hate it for that.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 02:57:38 | More by fmccormi
Photo of DarthKostrizer


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden yellow with orange highlights throughout. 1 inch frothy head with ok retention and lace

Smell: Very muted citrus hops with traces of caramel

Taste: The beer is very malt forward as opposed to hop forward like I like in my IPA's. Hints of grapefruit orange and spice

Mouthfell: Medium body and medium to high carbonation with a dry tart finish

Overall: It's ok but not bright fresh and clean like I prefer IPA's but it is worth a try

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 01:47:26 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of silverking


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well, it's a clear golden brew with a white head that dissappears almost as fast as you can pour it. Pine, citrus, and malt notes fight for dominance on the nose, although there is no clear victor. Malt definitely strikes me as the most prevelant flavor, although citrus is a close second, with the pine only becoming apparent in the finish. The finish is bittersweet. The carbonation is over the top, but it is counter-acted by a beautiful oily mouthfeel. I feel like I am becoming more scrupulous in my reviews, but maybe that is a good thing. This used to be one of my favorite brews, but now it's okay at best.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 23:55:14 | More by silverking
Photo of velosuds


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on Mar 03 11 per the label. Paid $7.59 for a sixer on sale at local grocer.

A-Looks can be deceiving, which sadly is the case with this beer. I keep going back to Red Hook because they were the first micro brewery I discovered 20 years ago. Pour is a golden amber with a two finger bone white head with just modest retention, but decent lacing.

S-Aroma is more like an APA. I mostly smell grainy malts and just the slightest citrus. No where near adequate for an IPA. Label suggests generous dry hopping, but either they used the wrong variety, or not nearly enough.

T-There is plenty of bitterness on the palate to be an IPA, but it appears no hops were used in finishing since also not much contribution to the flavor.

M-Not bad, but a little thin.

O-I would give this a 3.25. Another nondescript IPA I won't bother with again. About the only thing positive I can comment on is this might be a good introduction to the IPA style for someone only accustomed to BMC swill.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 01:23:49 | More by velosuds
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear gold with a healthy white head. Some lacing was noted.

Smell was nothing spectacular. Some hops, some malts.

This feels too light to be an IPA. I'm missing the hops and the citrus that was expected.

Light, smooth and lightly carbonated.

This is a very drinkable IPA. Almost too drinkable and too light. I would consider this to be more of a pale ale than an IPA. Maybe it'll be my IPA for the summer heat.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 00:00:33 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a bright yellow-orange coloring with a thin, filmy head that clings strongly to the glass. Lemon and orange aromas, effervescent in feel. The taste is light, sweet citrus tinged malt with a blast of peppery dry hops shortly after. Green and bitter throughout, with a rustic, peppered, and bitter aftertaste. The finish is dry and peppered, leaving the tongue slightly puckered.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 01:12:55 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bit hazy. Golden in color with about a finger of fizzy white head. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Mild citrusy hops, although not the smack in the face that most IPA's have. Pretty one-dimensional.

T- Identical to the smell. Some light citrusy hops and that's pretty much it. Disappointing.

M- The body feels watered down, plenty of carbonation.

D- The good part of this beer is that it is drinkable. It's not overpowering and is a good beer to have if you feel like drinking a few.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 01:03:58 | More by kbeals
Photo of froghop


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear pale amber with a small white head, some lacing.

smell is of sweet fruit, caramel, some citrus, some hay and grass in the back.

taste is a tad watery, light grapefruit, some caramel, a little pine, and hops, ends bitter and a tad sweet, becomes more watery as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 19:40:16 | More by froghop
Photo of alfistheman


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Someone got a draft of this IPA right before me... and the tender poured it down the side, no head built up what so ever. I'm no draft expert but I think a little bit of head should still develop... absolutely no lacing to speak, bare down the glass. my friends bud amercian ale had lacing but this did not! Only reason it doesn't get an F for appearance is I couldn't get a great look at the color, darn black lights!
Anyhow... smelled light for an IPA, citrus hops are there, but a sweet sugary smell covers up and masks everything else
Taste is same as the smell... rather sweet... some citrus hops, maybe a hint of pine. Almost as if they added sugar to mask the bittering... or skipped the bittering method.
Mouthfeel is too light for an IPA. Not sticky or oily, reminds me of a lager.
Only reason i'm giving this a 4.0 drinkability is it went down easy, and could be a good transition beer for the macro drinkers. Got me buzzed... but made me crave a real IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2009 04:14:52 | More by alfistheman
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3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy 2 finger head, outstanding lacing. The head and lacing are great, color and clarity leave much to be desired. Aroma is simple, yet succulent. Citrus hits the nose, with the typical hop aroma, and some lemon zest. Taste is of citrus, lemon, hop, not much malt. This beer is very, very simple, unchallenging to the palate, but it is not bad. Good bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, subtle, and moderately carbonated. Drinkabilty is great for an ABV, especially of this ABV.

Redhook is a brewery that is not trendy to like. But it is solid, simple, and reliable, and it is a great cheap alternative if you just want a frew beers to kick back and relax with without having to devote too much thought to what is in your glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 06:03:24 | More by ramseye4
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3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slight cloudy golden yellow with a thin head that laced slightly.

The bouquet is pretty well balanced with a malt whisp and a fair amount of hops. Not much if anything else on the back end. This translated pretty well to the taste as if is pretty much simply smooth hops. Plesaing on the palate with a very slight alcohol and citrus back taste.

The body is light making this beer very easy to drink. During the warmer months this should be refreshing, as it is not a hops beast and really not one for the hop-heads. Quite the opposite, this brew is as hoppy as a one legged kangaroo.

All and all, not a bad brew to enjoy and relax with.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 20:02:33 | More by garcia2a
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear light golden colour, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is a tad mild, but dominated by sweet citrus hop notes a touch of pine and cotton candy on the finish.

T - A decent hop profile, though is more mellow, with some earthy citrus tones balanced out with a bready caramel malt profile.

M - Medium bodies, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish.

I - A decent IPA that is nicely balanced and easily sessioned, but could certainly use a boost to kick it into the next level.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 21:01:09 | More by andrenaline
Photo of Bitter_Echo


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear yellow. Smells like a regular beer that is well crafted. Doesn't invite a strong hop presence, and any note that is hop like is not very interesting. Taste is clean and sweetish with an only slight hop bitterness, and not as hop forward as an IPA should be. Not hardly a bitter sustain Mouthfeel is nice and a bit dry and carbonation is way high adding to an overall creaminess. This is like a regular old beer, and tastes like it should, but this isn't an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 21:44:42 | More by Bitter_Echo
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a quite clear and uniformly carbonated amber gold. A finger of creamy white head dips soon. Wires of lacing circuit the inside of the glass.

The aroma is rather sweet, with toasted malt and a smidgeon of caramel. The hops are distantly citrusy and crisp in the nose. An ephemeral drift of alcohol winds about.

Upon tasting, the malt is fairly sweet and with a light strain of caramel and biscuit. The hops are more notable, with a dry grapefruit piece, but also astringent and distractingly acerbic. The alcohol is again more hinted than spotlighted. A flash of residual grain sweetness drops promptly toward the close as a biting bitterness, well out of proportion for the flavored hop presence, lingers longer than necessary. In a word, the flavor is unimpressive.

A bit more than light bodied, it does carry a slickness with it, but that dissipates quickly, leaving the rubbery bitterness on the palate.

I guess if I was jonesing for an IPA in the land of lame, watery ales and lagers, I would take this as a blessing. But I don't live in such a land, and likely never will. It looks nice, but it trends downward from there. The bitterness is gratuitous and utterly unbalanced, and that's not because of excessive IBU's, but because it doesn't seem so much brewed as tossed together. Live and learn, I say, so this one shall remain forever unbought.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 16:42:15 | More by Foxman
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3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Daddy Oh's Toledo, OH.

Clear golden witha one inch head and slight lacing.

Smells of fresh citrus hop and a slight grainy sweetness.

Taste is fresh and crisp citrus hop witha slight honey sweetness in the finish.

This is a quaffable beer, light and average in the American IPA style. A good session beer!

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 15:23:22 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of lonestar4lunch


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quick review... nothing real exciting. Looks almost like a Budweiser when poured. Minimal head possibly due to being a bit to cold. Aroma is very light of citrus with a touch of hops. Could be more. Taste is very light for the style. Smooth and crisp. The hops aren't really there until the end. I am getting some of the fruit in the taste also, pears or green apples maybe? Finishes nice and for 6.5 quite drinkable. It was enjoyable but I think the Redhook IPA is better. Nice to enjoy this one while it's here though. Good.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 01:03:36 | More by lonestar4lunch
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3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a fairly standard american ipa, with an obvious attempt to hop the crap out of it, balance and body were neglected to some extent. pours a flatish looking light brass color with minimal head. great nose though, big mean hops and an alcoholy dryness. really alluring. taste is well hoppy, but not as well rounded as some others, missing that malty middle to fill it out. pleasant finish, medium body. not perfect but a reasonable ipa

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 22:49:45 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pint was served to me with a hazy golden hue. Little activity. It had a frothy full head that didn't last long.

I could not smell anything, there was no scent that I could tell. Maybe I went smell blind, but only during this beer.

It was slightly malty, sweet and smooth. It had a refreshing finish.

It was very drinkable and would have had a second or third but had to move on.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 20:02:42 | More by Rennpferd
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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