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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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1,148 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,148
Hads: 3,122
Avg: 3.24
pDev: 27.78%
Wants: 22
Gots: 447 | 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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Photo of Messiahbolical
3.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought the Reedhook Brewers Choice pack from Costco... 24 beers for $21. How could I go wrong? Well, that's what I first thought until I saw some of the reviews around here. Then I was worried. But after trying this beer, I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this beer for what it was, and not just comparing it to other IPAs.

Appearance - Plain. Enough said. Very mediocre in this area, just gold, very little cloudiness, and very little lacing.

Smell - Decent, but nothing to write home about. Not as "in your face" as other IPAs, but a nice floral smell. Nothing offputting.

Taste - I actually like the taste alot, unlike a lot of people on here. It's obviously not a very strong to the tastebuds... but it's pleasant to the tastebuds. Definitely more floral and citrus hops. Very little pine. Hardly any malts. Nice and clean though, very little aftertaste. This beer is great for when you're in the mood to drink a beer with the flavors of an IPA but not as overpowering as an IPA usually is.

Mouthfeel - This is where this beer really starts to excel. Can you say smooth? This beer goes down so easy it isn't even funny. Easily one of the most "refreshing" beers I've ever drank. It almost feels hydrating in a way when you're drinking it. So light bodied and the perfect amount of carbonation. This is the "Bud Light" of IPAs. Feels watery in the mouth, and in this beer's case that's a good thing. This might be the only IPA I've ever tried that I'd use in beer pong. Awesome.

Drinkability - Feels hydrating, smooth, moderate level ABV, little aftertaste, amazingly light for the style, clean, crisp... the most sessionable IPA ever made, at least that I've ever tried or heard of.

So pretty much even though this beer is a let down if you're looking for something to wow you with it's intense flavors... this beer is AMAZING if you just want to get drunk off beer for cheap but don't want to suffer through similarly priced bullcrap such as Miller or Bud. I would DEFINITELY buy this again for that very reason.

Check it out next time you want something cheap and light to drink in mass quantities.

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Photo of supercolter
3.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent beer, an average IPA, yep that is the bias going into this review.
Appearance is ok, not a lot of head, but it stuck around for a bit.
Smell is a bit weak on the hops but refreshing and some floral notes mixed with an abundance of fruit.
Taste had a good mixture of hop bitterness and fruit sweetness.
Mouthfeel is just not that oily, cloying type I like.
Drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of vdread
3.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Long Hammer IPA

poured from a plain looking bomber. didn't look like it would be much, but at $2.99 a bomber, i couldn't pass it up! even if it does turn out to be horrible.

other reviews pummel this delicious brew to the ground. maybe i just give too much credit to the over the top bitterness that others seem opposed to. maybe i'm just crazy.

pours yellow with a thin head that leaves a few spots of lace behind. looks a little watery. obviously not very heavy on the malt. smells great! enticing citrus and hop smells jump out.

citrus hops dominate the taste. solidly bitter, light on the malt. not a very complex taste, but one that is easy to enjoy. this beer's strength comes not from it's massive complexity or versatility. it's just a nice, solid, bitter IPA.

mouthfeel light, if slightly light. easily drinkable, very enjoyable hoppy beer.

if you like IPAs, don't trust the horrible reviews on this guy. go out and try it for yourself. you may be pleasantly surprised like i was.

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Photo of kkosmoski
3.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at the local grocery looking for an exciting new IPA to try. I was neither blown away nor disappointed.
I was surprised with the appearance of this beer. I expected to see the typical amber/coppery color that most IPA's display, but this one poured a very light golden color not far away from your macro lagers. Very clear, which means this beer was very likely filtered and had some of its flavor stripped away. Head was quick to dissipate.
Smell was very pleasant. Hops take center stage. I was hit with a very aggressive piney/grassy hop aroma.
I thought the taste was pretty good as long as you are not hung up on a beer style fitting exactly between a predetermined set of numbers. Hop presence was definately there with some moderate bitterness. Not much in the way of malt, mostly hops. I appreciate a beer that is on the heavy side of its style as I'm sure most beer geeks do, so I don't see the need to criticize an offering that is on the light side or maybe even down a class on the style scale. I'm sure that if this beer was flirting with DIPA range that there would not be any complaints.
Mouthfeel was somewhat lacking for an IPA, and probably the least appealing attribute of this beer.
Drinkability was good. The light mouthfeel will not wear out the palate, and the flavor was very likable. I could definately session this beer.
Overall, I thought this was a solid offering. Probably not something that is going to blow away the veteran beeradvocate, but it is a nice drinking beer. Something that could introduce the macro drinker to hops and lead them on the path of righteousness.

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Photo of botham
3.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. pours a hazy golden amber with a finger of white head that is dense and frothy. lacings are moderate.

spicy hops dominate the aroma, along with a touch of fruity sweetness and a light malty aroma. definitely hop oriented in the nose, without overdoing it. well balanced.

taste is very hoppy, with only a bit of sweetness and fruityness present. true to a good IPA, this one is unbalanced when compared to other styles, but does well within the style to be strong on the hops, with the malts providing subtle sweetness to add to the overall flavor. base is a creamy, bready flavor.

aftertaste is dry with bitter hops still present.

mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with a silky texture that goes down rather smooth, and finishes dry.

drinkability is not as good overall due to the high concentration of hops, but lovers of this style (myself included) will have no problem tipping a few of these back in a night. cheers!

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright golden yellow in color. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass producing relatively small white head that slowly dissipated into a single white ring around the glass. Light lacing.

S: Pleasant light floral hop aroma. Nothing extravagant but nice.

T: Solid flavors. Nicely malted with lighter pale malts; hops overtake the malt but doesn't leave you with the bitterness of some IPAs. Light hop linger.

M&D: Lighter mouthfeel but still satisfying. Moderate carbonation is a good match and lets the brew go down smoothly.

If you are a major hop head you are probably not going to be real pleased with this one. Although I like hoppy ales, I really liked this too. Long Hammer seems to have a bit more balance and isn't necessarily all about the hops. It's refreshing and smooth and still highlights the hops without over doing it. Nice job.

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Photo of RemittanceMan
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I am new to trying IPAs from many years of Bud Light etc... I really enjoy Long Hammer. Nice smell once the top it popped and it goes down very smooth. Perfect IPA for a summer afternoon.

I would suggest this beer to anyone delving the great world of IPAs as a starter beer.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of goschool
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of superdavex
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of aficionado224
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of d1ckvanswype
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of lou50rp
3.89/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.89/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of jf60657
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of charlatan
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.92/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
3.92/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of jdrio
3.92/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of Jimbo07
3.92/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.92/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.