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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA

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2,292 Ratings

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Ratings: 2292
Reviews: 1088
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%

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 mdwalsh


4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange with a off white head that leans towards the same orange hue. It looks nice and foamy from the top, but there is minimum retention and it is thin and fading. Good lacing though. Nice tight bubbles. Beer is a little hazy too though. That's a begrudgingly low score.

S: Strong, sort of general west coast hop aroma. I'm getting a blend of citrus and piney hops, I can't really pick it out. Smells a little softened by age as well. I really like it. Appropriate strength and everything. A good malt to back it up.

T: Taste is similar to the smell, but kinda washed out. Still a nice hop-leaning balance. Very appropriate for an IPA. More in the English style with American hops. I really like it, I think I will start recommending it to people. It's accessible but I good example of the style.

M: Pretty nice, but a little too neat. I expect an IPA to be a little dirty, give me some, I don't know, funny feeling on my tongue. This was just too clean and easy going.

D: A super drinkable IPA to me, but I'm not a hop head. But still, I like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 03:52:49 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Brewpub in Portsmouth.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with fair head retention and OK lacing. On the nose I get a goodly amount of citrus and pepper, with a hint of green tobacco. Flavors replicate the nose in this very smooth, very drinkable IPA. The bitterness is dialed down a bit with the cask conditioning, but this beer is quite well balanced and is very, very drinkable. On the cask, this almost comes across as a British style IPA, and a pretty good one in fact. There is some bitterness, but it really doesn't dominate the flavor profile.

I know it's fashionable to put these guys down, but this beer surprised me. Nothing wrong with this at all, and I'd happily order it again.

Serving type: cask

03-01-2010 14:12:34 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dazzling golden-yellow color. Very very hazy. One finger of puffy white head. Looks summery but we'll just see about that. Some nice lace.

Excellent woody hop smell. Combination of woody with a hint of flowers. It's sweet and doesn't try too hard to woo this old hophead. Really unexpectedly good. Balanced pale malt

Good balance of pale malt flavor vs the nice piney hop. It's sweet at first and then bitter at the end. Really a nice IPA that doesn't overdo the hops.

Good thickness, creamy and a tad bouncy but not too bubbly. A really nice pale, woody IPA. And a good value.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 01:00:51 | More by williamherbert
Photo of orcasteve

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i picked up a growler and took it out on the disk golf course, this was reel good when your hot and it had a punch, 6.5 %, i dident know going into the round, by the 15th hole this beer took a hold on me and i couldent throug strate to save my life, on anouther note the flaver was ok, but the middle was just a bit off, maby a little to bitter to fast then nuthing all and all i liked it though

Serving type: growler

07-01-2008 18:51:42 | More by orcasteve
Photo of Bekke


4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New label (green and blue), probably new recipe after merger with Widmer - much better than previous bottling. Drank it out of the bottle, so can't comment on appearance. Good hops. Slightly flinty, metallic taste, with a bit of pine, touch of citrus. Some bitterness. Very refreshing. Enjoyable to drink alone or with seafood dinner.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 17:26:18 | More by Bekke
Photo of RedDiamond


4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They say that Long Hammer dates back to 1984 and is actually the original Ballard Bitter that's been revisited and repackaged. I won't refute that, but it seems like a stretch to add a touch of dry hopping and reinvent a bitter as an IPA. Those of us who recall the old Ballard Bitter (Ya, Sure, Ya Betcha) have a tough time reconciling that the two are even remotely related. They would outwardly appear to have no more in common than a Prius and a DeSoto.

Redhook frequently offers Long Hammer on cask at their Forecaster's Pub. The cask pour emits a luscious floral hop aroma on a bright copper body with modest haze and airy suds. The flavor is dominated by classic pine-citrus notes courtesy of Cascade and Willamette hops. It also hints at mandarin orange and is not overly bitter. The conditioned body is serene and inviting.

I've also drunk bottled Long Hammer and found it to be among the more palatable of the inexpensive, widely distributed IPAs. The abundance of low reviews here is puzzling, as this is a perfectly fine ale. In addition, it's available everywhere, often at favorable prices.

Serving type: cask

03-30-2009 06:11:33 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of Shaw


4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer almost three years ago and wasn't impressed. A few weeks ago I bought a six-pack for a party and was shocked at how good the beer was. I'm not sure if this has been re-formulated or I'm simply getting fresher beer: thanks to the bottled-on date, I can tell this is good.

It's a nice light gold color with a foamy white head. It has a light aroma of hops.

In my previous review I wrote "Lots of hop flavor and bitterness muscle out the malt flavor." That's pretty much true again, but it's just better. I'm not noticing any of the funky smells or flavors I wrote about in 2003. It's heavy on wonderful citrus and pine-like hop flavors. Good stuff, this.

This is a good, solid hoppy beer that's not too expensive and is widely available. If you're looking for hops and don't want to drop a lot of dough, I would recommend this brew. If you haven't tried it in a while, give it another chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 05:49:29 | More by Shaw
Photo of allengarvin


4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber color with excellent head and lacing. Big aroma of plenty of grapefruity hops, flowery and citrusy and very appetizing. Flavor is a tasty mix of biscuit malt and perfumy bitterness, lightly fruity, finishing with forcible dryness. Moderate, neutral body.

Is this the Ballard Bitter repackaged? It's been several years since I had the classic old Ballard, but I don't recall it having any of the delicious hop character that this beer displays. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 02:28:42 | More by allengarvin
Photo of sacfly


4.15/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled 040307 stamped at the bottom front label.
Pours a clear golden color with a thick head of large off white bubbles. Aroma is pine and citrus. A bit perfume like. Instantly creamy perception upon sipping. Interesting. Flavor is not as intense as the aroma, minus the perfume quality, but follows suit. Mild bitterness brings up the rear. Not a rip your face off IPA. Just a nice, enjoyable hoppy IPA. On the cheep side too by comparison.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 21:44:28 | More by sacfly
Photo of mynie


4.15/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lord Stanley's annex in Dekalb, Illinois.

Pours gold, light for an APA but very pretty and sparkly. The bartender didn't put a head on it but the large amount of lacing seemed to suggest that there would have been one, had it been properly poured.

Smells of a very nice, citrusy blend of two or three west coast hops and a medium strength caramel and sugar malt. Nice balance, just strong enough.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells. Very well balanced and easy drinking in spite of its high level of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2007 03:59:53 | More by mynie
Photo of andrewt960

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a nice corn yellow, to a light gold. Decent head that didn't stick around long. Lacing was fairly strong and stuck around for the duration of the beer.
S- At the crack of the bottle I was pretty impressed... nice combination of pine, grapefruit smelling hops. As it was poured it became less strong, but still pretty good.
T- Taste was great. Perhaps not as strong as some other IPA's that I have had, but having said that, it makes it remarkably refreshing. Nothing sticks around in this beer... taste dissipates fairly quickly.
D- This is a very drinkable beer, and I look forward to this beer in the summer. At 6.5%, this beer will go down very smoothly in the warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 00:04:55 | More by andrewt960
Photo of CorvetteMike

Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to glass golden color with small head.
a: Golden color, 1 finger width head
s: Mild citrus smell
t: Wonderful taste, no bitterness, or aftertaste
m: Medium body, with no aftertaste
o: Exceptional beer, very refreshing, with a very smooth taste

Sampled this beer while on vacation in Florida, will buy when in Rhode Island.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 23:47:19 | More by CorvetteMike
Photo of BierStein711


4.18/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Budget IPA

Amber/copper brown to orange in color. I am happy to say that this is a diamond in the rough.

I had heard that this beer was not too good from the store employees, but my satisfaction was immense

Smell: hop, pine, and hemp. Very herbal in scent!

Taste: pine, oak, and hop! Smooth finish from the malt

Mouthfeel: Barely carbonated!

Overall, this is a brilliant beer! Try it today.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 05:56:37 | More by BierStein711
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long Hammer IPA has a medium-to-thick, off-white, foamy head, and a cloudy, orange appearance, with moderate carbonation and fuzzy, white particulate matter floating throughout. The aroma is all citrus hops, and the taste is hop heavy as well, but some breadiness is detected in the middle. Mouth-feel is even bodied, and Long Hammer IPA finishes wet and spicy. I found this ale to be mild and interesting. It's worth a try.


Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 19:02:16 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of aparabola


4.21/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had an IPA in awhile. So refreshing! Surprised from the overall ratings. Am I missing something? Little help? I guess there are a lot better IPA's? I have had my fair share. In pub's, etc. I really like this one!!! I always pour into a chilled glass. This one was yummy to me. Can anyone recommend a better IPA?

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 00:29:52 | More by aparabola
Photo of wavz


4.22/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite daily drinking IPA's. All around good taste, hoppy aroma, rich amber color, and a great price. And easily found at a local publix store in FL.If you are looking for a great example of a perfectly balanced IPA you have found the right one.


Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 02:24:40 | More by wavz
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.22/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought of six pack of this as soon as I saw it.
Poured into a pint glass. Seems a bit light in the body color. Dark yellow/straw. Some hints of orange or burgundy. Light fluffy head, almost like a Czech pilsner.
Smells light. A bit of hops is present. Not very piney or citrus. Can make out the malt and some biscuit, slightly.
Taste comes through with the hops. Not overpowering and very gradual. A nice movement from the sweet malt to the dry hop range. Not too much pine or citrus, just about right.
Drinks well, nothing too strong or weak.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 23:39:15 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Boppar

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A: Nice straw gold color. Half-finger off-white head. Killer lacing and retention!

S: Honey. Floral hops. Apples.

T: Tastes just the way it smells. There is a strong hop presence, but thankfully, it is not as overdone as many IPAs are.

M: Velvety smooth and creamy.

D: Refreshing and quaffable. What a great style example!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 23:31:14 | More by Boppar
Photo of AdamBear


4.25/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-gold with a tint of amber. thin cream head. fairly light for an IPA

S-impressively strong hops and citrus presence. I'm actually quite pleased with this aroma

T-hits with a fairly strong hit of hops and citrus, this however ends the experience. there is almost no after-taste and no bitterness. over all its a smooth IPA that is great for beginners.

M-medium carbonation with a great creamy finish

D-hmm i actually like this a lot....i'm very confused by the other peoples' reviews...the taste isn't too complex but its otherwise a great drink. i could have many glasses of this with complete satisfaction

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2010 22:54:30 | More by AdamBear
Photo of CT949


4.25/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In my opinion, Long Hammer is an easy-drinking, tasteful ale. Is it one of the best IPAs on the market? No, but it's been one of my top-10 beers for five years or so, and I don't see that changing in the future. Honestly, to me it is more of an APA than an IPA.

Redhook (and realistically all Craft Brew Alliance beers) are hit-or-miss, but Long Hammer is a solid brew to me. I can see this being a solid transition beer for people entering the IPA realm.

Very drinkable, good taste, not too heavy, affordable.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 01:55:06 | More by CT949
Photo of connecticutpoet


4.28/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one reminded me more of a wheat beer when I poured it. It was a cloudy yellow color with particles, which I didn't think looked good in an IPA.

Oh, but the smell! Aromatic and bittering hops mingled and came through, promising a world of wonder awaiting those brave enough to step forth to the challenge...

It was quite bitter, but well balanced. The aftertaste was bitter and slightly nutty, which went together well.

The mouthfeel was a little thin... and it would be a more drinkable beer were it not for the appearance. That distracted somewhat from the taste experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 03:10:13 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a yellow colour with a big white foamy head.

The smell was citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit.

The taste was well balanced malts and hops with a pretty bitter after taste.

The mouth is light with medium carbonation.

I thought this was a really good IPA, maybe on tap it's much better than bottled. I saw most reviewers hated this beer but I rate it fairly highly.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2012 01:43:24 | More by Dave1999
Photo of BillA


4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet resulted in a decent head.

Rather murky dark appearance.

This is a good ( though rather mild) American IPA. Nicely bitter and hoppy onset, with this bitterness predominating throughout. Struck me as a toned-down version of Stone's highly regarded Ruination. Doesn't have the more complex citrusy flavors of some single-hopped IPA's, but a winner just the same.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 13:27:46 | More by BillA
Photo of Durge


4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fairly pale orange-yellow color with a modest but favorable looking head that does die down to a very thin cover. Lacing is pretty decent. The aroma is not huge but is tastey enough with that familiar blend of hops and citrus, a little sweet suggested. The first taste is mild, and pleasant of malt, hops and crackers with a lemon touch. It's has a good presence of very fine carbonation but is still a bit acqueous, but not enough to hurt in my view. Makes it very drinkable. I could drink lots of these. Refreshing, tastey. A small tang at the tongue and a subtle dry finish, not much bitterness, just enough to fulfill the ipa experience. Well done, a good middle of the road offering. Shouldn't hurt anybody's feelings and suits me just fine! Defintely try this one out.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 03:00:33 | More by Durge
Photo of Gator1107


4.33/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice golden orangish color with a slight head, not thick.

Smell: Very strong scent of hops, and a blend of citrus

Taste: Very refreshing, the first swig is overcoming with hops, followed with the taste of grapefruit. Finshes off with a nice bitter fruit after taste.

Mouthfeel: A very bitter beer, which makes it so wonderful, dries me out leaving we wanting more.

Drinkability: This has become one of my favorites. Reason one, it is very affordable compared to what else is available locally. The second reason, it has become available now in my area on a consistent basis. And third, it is a well crafted beer with a wonderful flavor and taste, A great beer for everyday drinking or special occassions.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 22:48:37 | More by Gator1107
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75 out of 100 based on 2,292 ratings.