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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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2,907 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,907
Reviews: 1,138
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 20
Gots: 297 | 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 atigerlife
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a small creamy white head. Light carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is very light...some pine in there.

Taste is bitter, pine, resin, strong dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly cleansing.

Overall, it is rather drinkable but none too exciting. A little harsh for me, but OK.

Photo of rfgetz
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale amber color with frothy white head, decent retention and lacing. Extremely pale scent, reminicent of a macro adjunct with only a hint of hops. Taste is somewhat dirty, like stale earthy hops, only a faint hint of pine resin, big bitter bite. Unusually sweet and somewhat buttery cracker taste on the back end. Thin, under carbonated, lasting bitter aftertaste. Mediocre IPA without much hop presence and some off notes.

Photo of MartzMimic
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first quaf of the night at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ for against the Isles. For a hockey rink, the venue had plenty of choices and I was more than happy to try an IPA to watch the puck drop.

A: Poured a medium to light amber and yellow accents with a finger and a half white head. Initially lacing but by the time I walked the 4 sections back to me seat, the legs had fallen to oblivion and there was only a partial cap. I am happy to report that a quick swirl, evenin a plastic stadium cup, revived the legs for a few minutes.

S: The nose was mild on the hops and somewhat piney and resin overtones. Some candy action going on but perhaps mellow hops. Good amount of bready/doughy under tones.

T: This is the mildest IPA I've ever had. I'll chalk this one up to the low end of the American spectrum. The lack of hops was the first thing I noticed, or lack there of. A sweetness came in shortly thereafter, perhaps some butterscotch. Eventually the hops showed up, as I kept thinking to myself if this was the wrong beer on the tap or perhaps watered down. No zing to say the least but some citris (gratefruit undertones) as it warmed and I got used to the beer. The metallic ring was not to my liking but the limited bitterness helps remind you this is a IPA due to the sweet nature. Overall, lots of sweet malt more than hops, like an English versin.

M: Medium nearing thick body, highly chewy from the malts. Bitterness follows to attempt at a dry finish but comes up short and remains too sweet.

D: Nothing wrong this one if your not looking for a hop bomb or a clear IPA. A mellow quiet fellow to have and the ABV you very difficult to detect if at all. I would chalk this up to a new recipe perhaps or a more delicate and nuanced version of a IPA.

Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My review of this beer might suffer due to proximity to red seal ale, which I was drinking at the same time. I found that this IPA had less of a hop character than I had hoped for. The hops didn't fit very well with the rest of the beer. The brew was nice and bitter, which was a plus, but in terms of reviewing based on style, this IPA could have been done better. I have not been impressed with redhook offerings so far.

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.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,907 ratings.