Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
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1,138 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,138
Hads: 3,047
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 20
Gots: 392 | 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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Reviews: 1,138 | Hads: 3,047
Photo of KYGunner
3.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very pale in complexion this poured a near straw yellow. The head was thick and creamy for avery short time before is was lost altogether.

The nose is clean with tea leaf and lemon, a bit of pine and some earthy herbal tones.

The flavor is clean as well with the same malt tea leaf, lemon, piney resin, herbal and floral hop notes and a dry caramel.

I do praise this for a superb drinkability, smooth readiness and a relatively low carbonated bite.

This beer is well suited to slam the 7 pct ABV and it takes very little room in your system for repeated beers. (564 characters)

Photo of manofmanners
2.36/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was in New Hampshire and went to the Red Hook brewery. They have a restaurant in the brewery and that is where I had this beer.

I like IPA's, when the server brought out the beer It had a crisp clean look to it, light but not too light in color. It smell okay, it did not knock me out but it did not impress me either, it was middle-of-the-road.
When I tasted it I did everything in my power not to spit it out. It was overly bubbly and felt like I was drinking a ginger ale.
The taste was overly bitter.

This is perhaps the second time I never finished a beer in my life. I wouldn't have this beer again. (610 characters)

Photo of CayenneDan
2.97/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

For an IPA this is a poor beer. My scale is different in that I don't consider anything made with rice or corn a beer. So the really crappy stuff claiming to be beer isn't on my scale skewing the results. (e.g. Bud, Miller , Coors all have missing values - alternative would be negative numbers) (295 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.07/5  rDev -4.7%
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 (364 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.61/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says JAN 14 14.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Somewhat resilient lacing streaks down the glass.

S- Hoppy aroma with citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon zest. Trailing malt sweetness.

T- Starts off decent with a moderate amount of bitterness but soon washes away to some stale bready malt and a weak aftertaste. After that, it's just an uneventful ride to the bottom of the glass. One-sided hop character and a teasing bitterness that's gone as soon as you taste it. Drinkable? Yes. Exciting? Not the least bit.

M- Thin, almost watery but with enough carbonation to not be a total failure. Lightish body.

O- Though it's not as horrible as the score would lead you to believe, there's not much here for someone who's used to more potent and lively IPAs. This will be my beer for guests for the next couple of weeks. (1,004 characters)

Photo of greentam2
2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ipa advertises itself as "bold;" perhaps they are referring to the fact that it is an ipa, it is not dark, and it does have a 6.2 abv. It advertises itself as heavily dry hopped, but that is simply not apparent in the front taste; in fact, the front taste is curiously absent. On the backside, you get your dryness and your hops, but not the satisfying bitter back a good hopped ipa will give you. On the other hand, despite the abv, this strikes me as a good session beer, where it's lack of full character is an advantage; it's really not so very bold. A decent value for the price, but not a beer that someone, looking for a new beer respect "wow" will savor without the question: "Where's the beer?" (708 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is perfectly fine. If you need a quick IPA and this is all that's on, grab it.

A: Great head retention w fat finger of healthy off-white head slowly lacing the glass.
S: Not much. What's there is creamy, flowery hops with a bit of pine.
T: Sweet, oily hop forward: part floral and part citric. Good with bitter-sweet, asian food.
MF: Sweet, creamy, smooth with a moderate body and nice carbonation. Good grassy finish.

Half way between APA and IPA, a solid staple. I'd drink it again. (499 characters)

Photo of Johnny_Muir
3.76/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz into tulip glass. Pretty fresh, bottled a month to the day before consumption by me. Not sure why most folks dont like it, other than maybe its a subtler IPA than were used to. In any event, I like this beer, since it was pretty cheap for a single bottle ($1.30), and is something I could drink while skateboarding or at a party. Nicely done Redhook. (356 characters)

Photo of Ohiolager
2.24/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

red hook ipa/long hammer ipa.

16 oz can poured into a pint glass.

there is a date on the bottom of the can, however is it a fresh by date or a DOB? because it says dec0113.

this beer pours pretty poor. a cloudy pale golden color. barely any head and minimal ring lacing. its pretty cloudy and because its over carbonated it really shows.

it doesn't smell bad, but there's not too much going on. a plain hop smell.

the taste is that of disappointment. honestly this is very plain for an IPA. not very hoppy at all. kind of tasted watered down or poorly brewed.

mouth-feel is that of a light beer. for a 6.2 abv IPA i was severely disappointed.

overall there's not much to say about this one. I am sucker for a good IPA and this is not one. better than most mainstream mass produced brews,but that is not saying much. (823 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled 2013-09-29
Glass: Ayinger pils glass

Redhook's Long Hammer IPA is a sweet, pine and lemon-forward IPA in the US version of the style. At four months old, this is not the freshest IPA available, but even so, the beer presents itself as a bit too sweet and without enough hop robustness to add complexity to an otherwise fairly bland malt profile. In general, better than mediocre, but not by a particularly notable amount. One I'd potentially get again if it were fresh on tap or in bottles, but not otherwise.

Pours a 1cm tall head of white foam made up of small-sized bubbles for a fairly frothy appearance. Head retention is below average, the foam lasting less than one minute, falling to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of residual film resting atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drink. Lacing is good, with numerous bubbles clinging to all sides of the glass. Beer's body is a murky golden orange color, with light bringing out murky golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the transparentn body, high in number and activity.

Aroma is surprisingly sweet with a backdrop of pine and lemon-like hops, not particularly deep or complex, but not completely underwhelming or unappetizing, either.

Overall flavor is of sweet pale malts with pine and sweetened lemon-grapefruit flavors. Front of palate tastes strong pale and light caramel malt sweetness with pine resin, lemon, mild grapefruit. Mid-palate experiences quite sweet pale malts with strong flavors of pine, sweetened lemon, and watery grapefruit. Back of palate detects moderate hop bitterness with thin/watery pine resin and grapefruit flavor. Aftertaste of moderate hop bitterness with residual flavors of ghostly pine, lemon, and grapefruit, with light caramel-like sweetness in the background.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in a foamy (3/4) and otherwise smooth (1/4) mouthfeel that at first borders on being fizzy. The beer comes across as a bit thin for the style, though it . Closes dry, with medium-high stickiness clinging to the palate and lips. (2,176 characters)

Photo of BeerSlut87
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the taste of a hoppy beer. With that being said this beer for me is a go to when I want a strong IPA with a mild finish and a full body. It has a bit of an aftertaste that is a pine type finish. It is a solid beer that I think is underrated. The smell is clean and the hops really jump out. Overall a great beer that should be tried. (340 characters)

Photo of Isoruku
2.27/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

What a disappointment, although I say that only because Long Hammer is the only IPA in the house right now and I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised. Long Hammer is a flat, one-dimensional beer that offers nothing in the way of excitement or hoppy complexity. Redhook is a brewery that, like Sam Adams, survives and thrives by virtue of a carefully crafted image. But the image is crafted with greater care than their beers, and even Sam Adams makes one or two rewarding beers (such as Rebel IPA).

I keep hoping for something daring from Redhook, but this is definitely not it. One suspects that Long Hammer was invented because Redhook feared that they were perceived as lacking imagination. "I know - let's make an IPA" they said at a brainstorming session. But they came up with something as inoffensive as Fat Tire in an effort to attract exactly the same consumers. In this, I believe they have succeeded. (914 characters)

Photo of DrJay
2.19/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear gold with a fluffy eggshell cap, a bit sticky on the glass with fair head retention. Not much aroma, a bit of mild citrus and malt. Thin flavour that fell away in the finish. Light malt, hint of citrus, biscuit and marshmallow. Light bodied, average carbonation. A bit disappointing overall. (297 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

Am I drinking a different beer than many other reviewers? I don't find this beer so bad.

A- It's an amber color with a 1f creamy linen-white head. Good retention, nice rings of lacing.

S- It smells ok. Mild hop aroma, some citrus and earthiness.

T- Densely concentrated hop flavors. Floral and citrus. Some caramel malts, too.

M- Medium feel and good carbonation. It lacks bitterness, too clean.

O- Not great, but not a brew that I'd turn down. The hops do get lost in the finish. (511 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy gold white head with a good lace
S-a piney citrus hop smell with hints of malt
T-hop comes in at first then you get a citrus pine hop aftertaste, then the malt comes in to smooth it out in the finish
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-good hop bitterness with a nice clean finish (290 characters)

Photo of FullOfGluten
2.06/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The scores I gave this beer are based on it being an IPA. There is nothing about this beer that represents an IPA. This beer tastes a lot like Labatt Blue to me(which I enjoy when I want a generic lager/ale.) It barely has any flavor, and the flavor it does have isn't hops. Overall, I am very disappointed with this beer. I wont be buying it again. (349 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.49/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized white to slight off white head slowly settles to a nice lacing above a clear rich copper golden colored beer.

Decent aroma coming off this beer off very light sweet malts and citrus to pine style aroma hops.

Citrus and pine style hops taste with just a bit of the caramel malts sneaking in.

Light dry aftertaste with a bit of the citrus hops sticking around with this medium bodied beer.

On sale this week at Albertson's, pretty good for the price. (465 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Here in England we don't get too many readily available IPAs so I was keen to try this when I saw it. I only really have SNTorpedo and some UK brewed American Style IPAs to compare this too.

The beer was quite pale and looked a bit like a pale lager. The head was decent and there was a good amount of lacing on the glass.

The smell was very nice with pronounced hop and tropical fruit aroma

The taste was crisp and refreshing with a very nice long bitter hop finish.

Longhammer is pretty carbonated - again more like a lager.

This American IPA was very tasty and seemed very well hopped and flavoursome without being extreme in any one department. As an introduction to a basic USA IPA I would say this was very appropriate with all the hoppiness and at least some of the bitterness one would hope for.

If many America craft beer drinkers s consider this sub par for the style then you are indeed blessed with some wonderful beers over there. I hope to try more of them soon!

My mark out of one hundred would be 81. (1,025 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
1.65/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap at The Brickwood in Rochester, NY.

Just an offensive IPA. Pours a golden yellow, with no head or lacing.

Smells like basically nothing. Maybe some sweet grains, a little bit of grass?

The taste is, well, bad too. There are hop flavors present, but they are super muted, and slightly dirty. Grainy and metallic. Awful.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, undrinkable.

This is an abomination. (397 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date September 17, 2013 printed on the label. It seems as though I've come full circle here, as I am re-reviewing this beer, my first ever written review on BeerAdvocate. Here we go again.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Pours a murky light lemon-yellow colored body with some bubbles rushing topside, and about a finger of frothy doughy off-white head. Just a bit of spotty lacing. Looks pretty good to me.

S - Smell is simple, but nice. Some resinous pine hops, grapefruit, & some honeyed graham cracker malt to keep things in good harmony.

T - Taste follows the nose wonderfully. Bitter pine and grapefruit hops, and a lovingly nice balance of honey, graham cracker, and biscuit malt.

M - Aftertaste is of resinous pine and grapefruit bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, not the most extraordinarily complex IPA out there, but hits it's mark on every level indefinitely. This is the ideal session IPA for me, a beer that I will always consider to be a classic go-to IPA, and one of the first beers that started me on my craft beer journey.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA ---4/5. (1,146 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a clear golden amber color with a big billowy white head of two finger height. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over about a 4 min. time period to leave a lighter leave of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is dominated by a grapefruit hop smell but is mixed with other aromas of a tropical fruit smell of mango, papaya and tangerine. Along with these aromas are some light bready smells as well as a little bit of a pine smell. Overall the smell is nice and fruity.

Taste – The taste begins with a more bready taste mixed with a bit of a grapefruit hop flavor upfront. There are some sweeter flavors of orange and caramel right at the start as well. The sweeter flavors lose intensity as the flavor advances. While the sweetness fades the grapefruit hop grows more intense with it taking on a much more bitter flavor. Toward the middle to the end some cracker malt flavors come to the tongue as well a rather nice dose of resinous pine hop, in the end leaving a slightly bitter and drier malt flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that was rather average. The average carbonation was very fitting and appropriate for the hop and malt flavors of the brew, but the thinner body did not really support the hop flavor profile well and could have been a bit thicker in nature.

Overall – A fairly decent IPA that is a bit on the drier side. A little more tropical fruit sweetness in flavor and a thicker body would have likely made this brew quite fantastic, but even without it, the beer is still enjoyable overall. (1,699 characters)

Photo of mreatsum
3.41/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tried this beer out of desperation for hop flavor at my small town liquor store. I was mildly surprised. Don't really know or care how it looks in a glass. It does smell excellent. The taste is fair and balanced. Not really over the top hops but you do taste it some. The aftertaste stays with you, which I love. A little bland for an IPA, has very little malt sweetness. In the mouth its very refreshing no burn or bite. Overall, I enjoyed this blind purchase. I would by it again but the price is a factor in that. I give major points to year long availability, which this is. There are better and there are worse. Give it a try, you will not be let down. (657 characters)

Photo of Juice-O
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This IPA has a classic appearance, somewhat cloudy and amber. You can definitely smell the hops from the dry hopping of the brew, however I was very disappointed with the mouth feel and the taste. There was very little carbonation it the beer I had and it felt flat. The taste was average and had a slightly strange bitterness to it. Overall, I was not very happy with it and I am stuck with 5 more bottles. Maybe I'll try another one for the heck of it... (456 characters)

Photo of boblytle9
3.51/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought this keg after finishing off a Bell's Two-Hearted keg and was looking for something with more "bite". After cleaning, tapping, and pouring my first I'm not too disappointed. It definitely has the extra bite I was looking for.

A - Nice head and beautiful color.

S - Not so good. Kind of musty, not fruity or woody.

T - Woody, bitter, definitely a bite, and strong alcohol taste seems like it's higher than 6.2% ABV.

M - Very nice, oily, solid.

O - Not my favorite but not as bad as I had thought from the initial look at the ratings. I'm surprised that people call it a weak IPA as it has a fairly strong bite. Easy to drink and will pair well with some strong foods. In this class of IPA I prefer the Loose Cannon from Heavy Seas, but this will get drunk in short order. (782 characters)

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.