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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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2,838 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,838
Reviews: 1,116
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 231 | 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:
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 Broombrew
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into glass

A- gold color. poured with a one finger head that keeps pretty well for a little bit then dissipates.

b- hit right away with a pleasant smell. fairly hoppy, flowery aroma.

T- pretty high, but not overly carbonated. balance between hops and malts is nice, nice hop flavor, but disappointed with the lower than expected hop presence from an ipa.

m - a little light in feel but not watery. goes down smooth.

d - very easy to drink. could throw back several, though not quite a session beer with the slightly higher alcohol level. would definitely have another, although id choose many others before this one.

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 jakeusa
3.04/5  rDev -7%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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 dannydetox
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

i drink this one when it is on sale and nothing else is striking my fancy. staggeringly average IPA with a lighter than normal yellowish hue. slight piney hop nose, but at least it doesn't have the damp cardboard stink that some of the other budget IPAs have (Double Take or the Fresh n Easy contract brew come to mind). mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for a beer of this style, and the bitterness feels restrained. short finish leaves me wanting more. at less than a dollar per bottle it's not a bad choice, but for a couple of bucks more you could do much better.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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 MartzMimic
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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 alexrichman
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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 skinny0ne
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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 jadpsu
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured light copper with a decent off white head with good side lacing.
Aroma had a decent mix of citrus floral hops and some fainter malts.
Taste was dry, bitter but rather bland with a weak (watery) mouthfeel, but rather bland. Generally lacking any definitive flavor.
Less than what I expect from an IPA.

Photo of tobelerone
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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 ahking
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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 TPoling
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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

According to the bottle: Bottled 20 Jun 05, 6.5%ABV. Pours a nice clear golden color, small head dissapates quickly, some carbonation, some light lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, citrusy. The taste is not bad, hoppy with a little bite at the end, not as good as others for sure, but not bad. Medium body. This is drinkable, but there are other IPAs way better, but maybe for an intro into the style it would be good.

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 athensbeermaster
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer looked better than it taste. The nose had good hops and some toasted grain. This long hammer is a step up from there reg. ipa. It drinks almost like a dbl ipa except the midpalate leaves you hanging. There's not enough malt backbone to hold up this brew.
And the finish fades to quickly. A very good effort for a AB. beer.

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

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice pretty golden color but much like any other regular beer. The head was nice anf fluffy and held on pretty well. The lacing was good and held up pretty well also. The taste was a little harsh a little pineapply. I just did not like the taste and will not buy again as this is like the third try.

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

On draft at Xchange in D.C.

The beer is a light orange / yellow color and appears clear with mild effervescence. The aroma is rather weak, with a light dose of hops and citrus. The flavor is average, and could be bolder. The hop presence is pretty subdued and tame. The finish has a subtle odd note with a hint of alcohol. Overall, a mediocre example of the style. I won't order this again.

Photo of NardiByNature
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brewed six weeks ago at the NH site (marked on the bottom of the label).

Poured into a pint glass. Less than a finger's-width of off-white head sits on top of a golden/light amber body.

Smells like lemon pledge and some light hops; there isn't so much else. Smells good though.

Tastes piney. Like if Christmas tree water was drinkable. It's not bad though. Finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel is watery.

I want to like this beer, it being from my area and all (and, admittedly, the cool bottle). But it's really nothing special. There's no reason to buy it when you can buy Smuttynose Finest Kind instead. I used the rest of the sixer to steam crab legs and they were awesome.

Photo of originalsin
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is this one is a bright golden color with half of finger of foamy white head that eventually settles to a cover over the beer but laces quite nicely the whole way down.

There's a bit of grapefruit on the nose, but ultimately the smells of pine and citrus dominate. Relatively typical IPA notes---sort of reminds me of the North West.

Taste is citrus and pine hops and not much else. There's some sort of sour hoppy aftertaste that I don't particularly enjoy. If it weren't for that the beer would likely score higher and be way more drinkable for me.

Nonetheless, try this when you get a chance--alongside some other IPAs it'll likely make their good qualities shine through. Long Hammer is a relatively mundane West Coast IPA that I'll probably end up trying again sometime....like when the rest of the beers in my fridge disappear.

Photo of Foyle
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance-- pours with a 3/4" head that dissipates rapidly. Considerable lacing. Golden color.

Aroma -- distinctive citrus and pine hop aroma.

Mouthfeel -- light to medium body. Slightly sticky.

Flavor -- a little unusual for an IPA in that the beginning and middle are bitter but the finish is sweet malts. Finish is mostly dry.

Overall -- very nice mild IPA

Photo of aristeros
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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 bluemoonswoon
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, bottled 5.25.07 so let's see how it holds up...

A: Pours a bit cloudy (i can still see though it but still has a bit of a haze to it) golden straw color with a creamy looking one inch pure white head, not much carbonation is visible, a bit of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Not very hop heavy as other IPAs, the nose on this one seems a bit more subdued almost like an english pale ale, bits of pine lemon and apple?!?! here and there, smells pretty sweet as well.

T/MF: I mean the hops are here and the bitterness is evident, but this does not taste like any ipa I've ever had, and I'm not saying that in a good way. It just seems a bit off because there is a bit of a apple taste mixed in with everything else. The beer is not quite as sweet as other people have been saying, but again this is just my opinion. Tastes a bit metallic as well, damn...The mouthfeel is pretty clean and the beer leaves a strip of hop oil on the tongue.

D: A strange interpretation of an ipa to be sure, maybe the worst beer that considers itself an IPA I've ever had, but it is still drinkable though not that enjoyable.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,838 ratings.