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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA

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2,287 Ratings

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Ratings: 2287
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 SquidHead


4.01/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drinking in a Goodwill Basic Beer glass, poured foamy out of a 1 Pint 6 Fl. Oz bottle. Interesting feature about the beer bottle is contrary to the usual long and slick bottle design, the Long Hammer IPA has a short and stout neck with a long bottle shape. It looks like an adult baby bottle.

Color: The color reminds me of an autumn sunset mixed with spring break vomit. Hues of pale yellow brown ripple through the beer, and opaque foam cusps the crest of the glass.

Taste: Like a beer, being my first post the only difference I've noticed between Long Hammer IPA and PBR is that the Long Hammer is heavy regardless of a light color which startled me at the first sip. It tastes hoppy, but it could just be love. As the Long Hammer gets warm it begins to sit in your mouth longer and longer between sips. Rain trickles down the window, I take another sip and reflect over what type of malt that went into the barrel and settle on a mixture of orange and lemon. There's ash in my beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 02:16:38 | More by SquidHead
Photo of Omnium


3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice gold color, thin layer of fizzy head, minor lacing.
S - Weird crackery smell, pepper, some hidden pine, and just a really off skunky smell.
T - Taste follows the smell, there's a big time crackery flavor here, its like im eating saltine's people! You definitely get that odd skunk kinda flavor, dont know what thats about. This is a lame flavor for an IPA.
M - So little bitterness for an IPA, bad metallic aftertaste.
O - This is just flat out bad. Horrible example of an IPA, the smell is almost unbearable, and the taste doesnt save it at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 22:40:19 | More by Omnium
Photo of brew4me


3.74/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - poured a good-sized head, and leaves lacing on the glass. I really like the color personally i think this nice golden color looks really nice.

smell - the smell is not very hoppy, more like a mix of citrus and bready.

taste - for an ipa this is pretty mild, not near as many hops as most ipa's. the first time i tried it i was really suprised cuz im a big fan of the normal ipa's. but, even tho its not as hoppy as i expected, i still think its pretty tasty. It has citrus, pine, and some hops, and some grainy flavor, just kindof mild for an ipa as far as the hops and pine go.

mouthfeel - has a nice comfortable mouthfeel, medium carbonation, crisp and nice, altho not as frothy as some better ipa's.

like others have said this would be good for someone whos not used to ipa's, and its definitely a sub-par ipa, but for what it is I still think its tasty and I enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 04:05:39 | More by brew4me
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South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: May 31, 2013

A: Pours a clear, dark straw colored yellow with 1.5 fingers width of white head which dissipates down fairly quickly Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Sweet malts, pale malt, some sweeter citrus notes, and faint piney bitterness. Aroma is pleasant, but it is very mild.

T: Follows the nose, except flavors are more pronounced. Piney bitterness, sweet citrus, citrus rind, firm malt backbone. Simple and straightforward, highly drinkable yet still flavorful. Im enjoying the taste of this one.

M/D: On the lighter side of medium body, appropriate carbonation, very easy drinking. I could probably drink a whole 6 pack of this if I wanted.

O: Nothing to make it stand out, but I actually enjoyed this one. I often here it mentioned when people are discussing the worst IPAs, and I dont really understand that. Granted, with so many great IPAs readily available, theres probably not a reason to drink this more than once, but its certainly not something Id actively avoid.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:00:50 | More by zac16125
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2.54/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very slight chill haze fades on a perfectly clear light gold. Head is straight white with a dense bubble structure. Drops to a tiny cap and collar. Some splotches of lacing. Pretty standard if a little unexciting.

Smell: More earthy than anything. Some small hints of grapefruit and pine on the back. A bit muddled. A touch of hay with grass. Lightly bready malt base. Very mild. Some slight herbal elements. Vague sweet malt as well.

Taste: Vague citrus. Some grapefruit rind and pith. Slight bitterness. A hint of pine needle with a bunch of earthy herbal notes. Malts are very lightly bready and a touch sweet. Some toasted elements as well. musty juicy fruit. Hops are a bit old and dirty on the finish. Oddly fruity.

Mouthfeel: Light pushing toward medium body. Mild carbonation with a slightly dry finish. Relatively smooth.

Overall: Life is like a velvet hammer knocking on my head.

I can see the appeal of this as an intro IPA. It's inoffensive with a very mild hop profile. No frills, but it feels a little off overall. It's never going to be a staple in my conversion sixer, I'll leave that to Harpoon or the like.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 22:26:12 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Longhammer IPA is Red Hook's offering in the crowded IPA market, and a product they've been making for a few years now. Very pleasant and pedestrian in every way; nice copper color, faintly hoppy bouquet that underwhelmes, and a flavor that is sweet and malty with a light taste of citrus and pine hops without being too bitter or assertive. More of an APA than an IPA, in fact I would argue that this is easier to drink than the more assertive APA's like Deschutes Mirror Pond or Widmir Alchemy Pale Ale. The problem here is that people go to an IPA to be slapped upside the face with hop flavor, a trait that this brew does not do.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 00:55:02 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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3.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a DFH IPA glass

A - Pours clear and brassy with 1.5 fingers of sticky white sea foam that slowly melts, clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - Clean bready malts, caramel sweetness, piney hops, orange cream

T - Bittering hops upfront mixed with soft bready malts, pine seems to be the dominate hop flavor with citrus and floral skirting the edges of the semi-sweet pale malts. The flavors are somewhat thin and the beer finishes with floral/pine bitterness.

M - Medium body with the carbonation giving it a bit of heft.

Well brewed beer but the flavors were thin for the ABV creating a typical and average IPA. I did like the piney hops which seems hard to find these days amongst all the citrus and floral varieties. Good price for a 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 15:17:41 | More by StaveHooks
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3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this as part of a mix-a-six, poured chilled from the 12 oz brown bottle into teku chilled.

The color is a ruddy amber with moderate haze with slightly off white head which has average sized bead. The lace sticks in a spotty pattern, the smell is fruity and citrus mostly with a moderately hoppy odor and slightly sweet fragrance. The mouthfeel is mostly sweet but has a moderate bitterness to balance with mostly dry finish and moderate carbonation.

The flavor is somewhat bitter citrus up front with slight tangy yeast and becomes sweeter toward the middle with some caramel malt backing and light hint of pine from the hops near the finish but balanced more than bitter with the impression of a dry hopped pale ale in general. The overall impression is not that this is that bad, however for the style it seems a little tame. I would drink it again but don't recommend this if you are looking for a true American IPA with more bitterness than your average pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 13:58:11 | More by Slatetank
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New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I definitely feel that this beer is underrated for what it is...which I would say, is a starter ipa for those just getting into the style.

This was one of the first ipa's I enjoyed and it definitely helped me warm up to a wider range of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 06:41:07 | More by EnthusedAboutBeer
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3.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from the variety pack – Dated Mar. 8, 2013
*notes taken 06/09/13 – Imperial Nonic glass

A: Golden straw color with some light hazing although it is mostly clear. Some sudsy white stuff on top with honest hang time. Stick is rather disappointing with only some slippery streaks of lace left behind.

S: Pine, spice, herbs, and a light twist of weed smell make up most of the nose. There is some subtle pale malt sweetness coming through as the hoppy aromas dissipate. Not half bad with some nice hoppy notes.

T: Flavors open with big sappy pines and some herbal spice with lesser notes of citrus. There is a firm bready malt backing with a touch of caramel sweetness tot it. Kind of grainy actually. Hops are resinous and lingering from a nice upper amount of bitterness to the beer. Alcohol is kept well disguised all throughout. Satisfyingly hoppy.

M: Kind of watery and on the thinner side overall. Nice even carb lends to a drying crisp finish. Hops offer a light constricting bitterness and the oils are a lightly resinous.

D: Satisfies that hop fix on the cheap but definitely falls short of being great. Has some good hoppy character but that comes with some grainy malts and a watery mouthfeel. Perfectly average I would say.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 22:29:44 | More by Nugganooch
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3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured in a 16oz Goose Island glass.

A: golden amber with a solid white head when poured aggressively, but the head has dissipated and is now very thin and not solid. I can see through it. The lacing dissipates when tilting the glass.

S: piney, citrusy, earthy with a slight hop presence and a nice sweet blend as a result from the malt

T: earthy, lemon, citrusy, hoppy. It's not as sweet as it smells, but it still fairly well balanced. It seems pretty light for an IPA.

M: Thin bodied with moderate carbonation. It goes down very easily.

O: This is a very smooth beer. It goes down fairly smooth. I would't consider this an IPA. More of a Pale Ale, a very good one at that. Only reason I don't consider it an IPA is because I like it more bitter… with aggressive hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 03:30:08 | More by Tonmeister
Photo of Roman5150


3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bomber into Duvel glass

Appearance: clear golden orange with 2 finger bubbly white head, lots of lacing

Smell: citrusy, grapefruit, lots of floral action, lemon, hay

Taste: It has an initial hint of citrus and grapefruit, but it is immediately replaced by a corny, bready dull palate, which fades into a sharp lingering bitterness. The nose indicated a lot more flavor, but it really is the corn/bread taste that dominates the palate, with a dry bitterness that doesn't really please. You can taste the adjunct macro in it, which is sad because I didn't rated this not initially knowing Red Hook was owned by InBev (which makes sense why I see this at every gas station).

Mouthfeel: High carbonation but rather thin bodied

Overall: An alright IPA, better than the rating may indicate, especially for the price, but nothing I would seek out. It was about $2.50, otherwise I would not have given it much look. Not to be biased or discriminate, as before I knew Red Hook was owned by Anheuser-Busch/InBev, I thought I tasted a hint of corn taste. I bet this was even better before they sold out, but i'm not gonna go there.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 03:25:35 | More by Roman5150
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3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice refreshing IPA, not too bitter with a long lasting malty taste

Its the kind of beer I would drink a lot of if it wasn't quite so strong, but I drink a lot of it anyways...

Bottle in the picture is not the same as the bottle imported to Ireland.

Nice all round IPA

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 22:21:21 | More by godzillalad
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3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - somewhere between blonde and copper. Some visible carbonation, little head and lacing. Not great examples of what I look for in an IPA.

S - muted, but the scent of hops is detectable.

T - pleasant, but not spectacular. I taste the hops up front with a mild lingering bitterness. Pine more than citrus, malt plays a smaller part.

M - smooth, and without a sticky residue on the finish. Easy to drink.

O - I have recently been craving hops, so this one caught me at the right time. I liked it, nothing I would seek out, but far from something I would pass over.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2013 18:00:48 | More by Andrew041180
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2.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in to an English dimpled pint glass, cold, then allowed to warm over 20 minutes of tasting.
A somewhat hazy medium gold foundation to a thin but rather durable head.
Mild citrus-sprayed weak flowers sit beside a more mealy aroma of corn tortillas with scallions.
The overall drinking experience, led by the taste and mouthfeel, is closer to that of a lager than an IPA. An oily alkaline cream makes for a less interesting flavor, but gives something to chew on.
It washes down the breadiness of pizza dough nicely, but wouldn't be the centerpiece of any table.
I would certainly drink it as a safe accompaniment to many foods with its pleasing, bright note of hops, but would not seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 03:04:54 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice balance between a coppery IPA color and a more golden AAL. Slightly off-color head, decent head size, but poor retention. No lacing to speak of. Then again, this was in a standard pub glass. Decent amount of carbonation, but not at all special.

S - Small amounts of hops and citrus, some grapefruit, but nothing stands out strongly. For an IPA, the aroma is very subdued; for a normal beer, it smells nice enough, but I didn't detect much standing out.

T - Not bad at all. Some hints of grapefruit, some orange peel. A citrus sweetness, not very strong, but present, and it brings some nice balance. It's actually a nicely balanced beer. Some malts, toast, maybe a hint of pepper. A little bitterness, but not much compared to some of the hop bombs on offer. More bitterness on the backend, more sweetness on the tongue.

M - This is about as drinkable as an AAL, but I didn't feel particularly happy to swish it around and savor the flavors. Absolutely drinkable in bulk, if that's your thing; not quite as nice to savor as am individual experience.

O - This isn't a bad beer by any means, but it's not a particularly great example of the A-IPA style. Maybe it was when it came out; I can't say. For its price point and drinkability, it definitely ranks higher than your standard BMC/AAL, but if I'm grabbing an IPA, this isn't my first choice. Still, it wins points for favoring a little complexity and sweetness over simply emphasizing massive amounts of hops for their own sake.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 23:18:33 | More by Roguer
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 Fatehunter


3.21/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured minimal head on a clear, copper body.
The aroma has a mild lemon and honey smell to it. Not much though.
The taste is fairly tame for an American IPA. Moderate bitterness followed by lemon bitterness to finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Not a bad drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 01:14:03 | More by Fatehunter
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3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Long Hammer is a slightly cloudy light orange with a quickly dissipating creme head that leaves impressive lacing. Smells incredibly fruity. Tropical esters and citrus hops layer over light caramel malts. Bitterness hits the front of the mouth and mellows into a ruby red grapefruit taste that lingers throughout the drinking experience. The malts are crisp and biscuity; some chewy banana balances out a bit of soapiness and a sprinkling of pepper. The finish is surprisingly dry with a tiny hint of oily spice. The pine-needle hop flavor brings the lips in for another sip. A refreshing, well-carbonated, and medium-bodied brew.

This Redhook offering is typical of Northwest IPAs, but nothing jumps out as special and no aspect of the beer leaps out of the box.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 03:55:16 | More by sam_bliss
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1.06/5  rDev -67.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was on sale at my local albertson store. I bought one bottle. I decided to take a chance on this one and I wish I did not take it.

Appearance - pours a clear golden yellow with a minimal head.

Smell -Like pine with minimal hops to it

Taste- unpleasant,likec bitterness with metal some citrus acidity. It taste like a battery acid from my car. How can someone brew this an beleive this taste good!

Mouthful - It is Mild, and light on the mouth.

Overall - To be honest, I'm upset that I spent 2 dolars and some change on this beer. Do not buy this even it is on sale!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 06:23:09 | More by bbluemzbeer
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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
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3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chilled beer mug

A - A very nice dark golden look. Although there was a tiny bit of sediment that came out of solution since I put it in a chilled glass. Head almost non-existent.

S - Minimal smell. Uncharacteristic of most IPAs

T - Nice hoppy taste. Pretty Mild

M - Good creamy mouthfeel

O - A decent brew, though pretty mild for an IPA. Was hoping for that bold, hoppy aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 02:39:31 | More by Kastler
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3.89/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 02:14:36 | More by d1ckvanswype
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New York

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, nice full head developed. Lasted and laced well with a nice creamy look and feel. Appearance was golden to amber and cloudy. Aroma was malty with a hint of caramel, hop on the back. Taste had a nice malt / hop balance with caramel and slight citrus notes. Mouthfeel was creamy and full with a lingering, yet dry aftertaste of grain.

Serving type: can

04-20-2013 22:20:56 | More by Huffs
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4.33/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice color, reasonable sized head. The head recedes rapidly though, which leaves something to be desired. Also, the bottles are a rather odd shape, but I won't hold that against them. Just seems like a pointless marketing tactic that I'm not a huge fan of.

S - Smell is okay, but it's hard to smell the hops. Nothing special in the smell.

T - I personally think it tastes amazing. I would compare it to a number of higher quality APAs, but it isn't as bitter as I think of for an IPA. I'm a big fan of the flavor, but wish they could have gone a little harder on the hops.

M - Thick and well carbonated. Despite the head receding, the mouthfeel is great. I try to drink these beers in a smaller glass and pour half at a time to keep the carbonation strong.

O - Overall, this has quickly become my favorite everyday beer. It's cheap enough to sit around and drink a few without hitting your pocket, but tastes comparable to much more expensive beers. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who's a fan of creative pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 19:21:49 | More by PaulK
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,287 ratings.