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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
okay

2,661 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 2,661
Reviews: 1,107
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 16
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 2,661 | Reviews: 1,107 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Grapefruit to golden yellow with a small thin white head. Moderate citrus aroma. So-so taste that is astringent and still very overcarbonated. For an IPA, not very drinkable.
Expirey date was a couple of months ago, but it was sold to me past that date.

Sammy, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

t0rin0, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a clear apple juice color with a 1 inch puffy white head that fades to a film. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and herbal and pine hops. Taste is of sweet malt up front with an herbal and pine hop flavor that comes in on the finish. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good basic IPA. Nothing too great but not too bad either.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -8.3%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.28/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

This is not a good beer. While I'm glad that something like this is becoming more mainstream, it's not something I enjoy like seeing Sierra everywhere, as I do not enjoy drinking this beer.

Pours a moderate copper color with a white head. The nose brings faint hints of citrus and pine with a pretty hefty dose of generic doughy bread in place of actual hop characteristics. The taste is the same way; this is just a generic base with a mild sprinkle of hops. Medium feel with no appreciable bitterness levels. Drinks fine, but there's no reason to want to drink more of this.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

zestar, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -8.3%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are light aromas of herbal hops and passionfruit in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of pine resin along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied, somewhat crisp and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink and has an interesting aroma/taste but doesn’t really deliver a hop punch compared to other IPAs. It’s like an APA with a bit more hops.

metter98, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: On the piney side of the IPA world, the aroma has a touch of the malt coming through as well

Taste: Starts out with a good dose of piney hops that grows in intensity through the finish; a touch of perfumy sweetness on the tip of the tongue at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Perhaps the recipe has changed or perhaps we just have a case of piling on A-B, but this beer is better than other reviews attest; my beer was bottled within the last 40 days, and that may be positively affecting my view as well

brentk56, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yeasty orange-gold with a single stream of small bubbles in the exact center of the glass. The head is ivory-not-quite-ecru in color and is reasonably firm. When the cap begins its descent, assorted chunks and wisps of lace are left behind, though they aren't abundant.

Redhook IPA smells like a watered-down APA since, rather than being eagerly hoppy, it's reluctantly hoppy. Orange and grapefruit esters approach the nose with caution... nay, trepidation. If the nose is any indication, this beer isn't an IPA by my definition.

It's a little better on the palate; at least we're up to average now. IPA is more hoppy than the nose had me believing, but it's still on the tame side. The bittering is a little too harsh and unsupported; more malt would definitely be welcome. I'm not sure what varieties of hop were used. Whatever their identities, they haven't been used to good effect.

The finish is neither short nor long with the flavor bugging out before the bitterness (not a good thing). The mouthfeel is roughly midway between light and medium for the style with an acceptable amount of carbonation. Like every other one of this beer's attributes, it's much closer to a (light) APA than an IPA.

Redhook beer has yet to make a favorable impression on me (I did like the Winter Ale come to think of it). This IPA doesn't measure up. It lacks most of the qualities that I look for in beer of this style. The mustachioed dude on the label says "Ya sure, Ya betcha". My reply is "Uh no, no thank you".

BuckeyeNation, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Texasfan549, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Compares quite similarly in the bottle as it did on tap. Still as pine-ey and citrusy in the nose as in the keg with a very mild malt character. I usually like my standard IPA's to have a lighter body to let the hops show cleaner, but this is a bit too thin in the malt flavor and the body. Expectedly over-attenuated to increase the alcohol, but sacrificing the flavor and body. The malt seem a bit strained, allowing a grainy-bite to occur and the hops show a mild metalic flavor under a lacking sweetness and creaminess. It's not bad beer, I've just gotten used to drinking better.

BEERchitect, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a small foamy head with average retention. Aroma of citrusy hops is quite pleasant. Taste is also dominated by some citrusy hops with some very subtle notes of malt. Body is slightly thin with some medium to low carbonation. Interesting and better then expected.

Phyl21ca, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on the shelf last week, hadnt remembered ever seeing it before so I decided to pick one up. Poured a decent amber color, very clear with alot of carbonation. A smallish wite head formed but qucikly left leaving behind only a slight amount of lace. Nothing really spectacular here. Smell was light, some grapefruit and orange peel tones, a touch of sweetness, but it needed to be stronger to give more of a punch. The taste followed that up almost exactly. It had a smooth crisp, light feel. Good carbonation, not slick or oily and left a decent dry finish, but felt a tad thin to me. The flavors were al right, just nothing that was gonna make you stop and take notice of it.
Overall tis was ok. It just came off as a bit too light for me and thats why it doesnt get a better score. I would put it right above average, only because it is not bad, however needs to be juiced up a bit to have some of those flavors start to come out. Really should have a bit more of a pop to it. Not a bad session beer, and the light profile really allows you to throw it down in quantity.

mikesgroove, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -8.3%

kjkinsey, Apr 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

GRG1313, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared with my roommate.

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a fluffy white head that clings to the wall of the glass.

S: The nose starts off with citrus hops, floral hops, and perhaps a bit of urine. Some bread and cracker type malts are present as well.

T: This is moderately bitter, but not necessarily in a good way. Bitter grain flavors, primarily overcooked bread, along with a bitter pine flavor from the hops. Some mild citrus undertones as well as some floral notes.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation after the beer comes up to temperature.

D: Not really my favorite IPA, but it's not as terrible as some of the ratings indicate. But it is about as average as its score here.

womencantsail, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

ygtbsm94, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Two finger thick head on a clear dark golden body. Nice lacing. Very nice woody, pine and wet sock hop like aroma. The flavor is a bit of a let down. Initially it is piney hop heavy but it waters down quickly in the finish. A nice coriander and floral note though. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Overall this one is an average beer and a below average IPA. More like an IPA of the masses or a weak APA.

kylehay2004, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -8.3%

jaydoc, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a thin, white head. Thin, delicate lacing on the way down.

Smell: Grassy, citrusy hop scents overlaying a very basic pale maltiness.

Taste: Pale malts with a medium sweetness. In succession: citrus, soap, grass. Medium bitterness. Dry, only faintly bitter finish. Redhook simply phones it in with this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: As an India Pale Ale, it's very basic, very average, but not very memorable.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours out as a nice looking copperish gold color, the head is pretty good looking. The lacing is nice and thick for a typical ipa. The smell is hoppy and has a good malt aroma too. The taste has a pretty good bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall the beer has pretty good quality from start to finish. I enjoyed this.

Knapp85, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fat Bob's Smokehouse in Buffalo,came to the table in a standard pint glass a lighter golden with thin formed soapy-like head that stuck around for most of the pint being drank.Very light hop aromas for an IPA faint pine and citrus with some dry bready malt showing through as well,at first swallow you get a touch of hop quality a little pine resin but it fades out quick and becomes a little bland I was hoping to get some nice hop to cut through the bbq but it really didnt hit home.A pretty average beer that with some pretty average bbq last night.

oberon, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at Paolo's Ristorante (Washington, DC).

Another lost review found randomly during cleaning today. This was imbibed in late April, 2010. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit rind, cantaloupe, sweet caramel, and cucumber. The taste holds notes of orange peel, light caramel, grass, grapefruit rind, and lemon peel. A strident bitterness pervades the finish something fierce. Balance be damned, apparently. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, an okay IPA, but not one I'd wanna drink again, really. It seems like they tried to make this a hop-bomb, but only managed to make it too bitter.

TMoney2591, Jul 23, 2011
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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,661 ratings.