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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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2,647 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,647
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 15
Gots: 174 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Skillz, Jan 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

LostHighway, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of TheTrevor
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light amber with very little head. The smell reminded me of yeast with just a touch of floral hops. The taste was smooth and a little sweet with a hops taste that are very present but without any real bitterness. The mouthfeel was pretty average but I'd say the beer is very drinkable. I wouldn't put it high on my list of IPAs, but I can see myself picking up a six-pack to keep in the fridge if I can find it for cheap enough.

TheTrevor, Oct 22, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Xzfgiimtsath, Jun 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

KevChiTown, Sep 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

miadw3, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

earljones199, Mar 16, 2014
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2/5  rDev -38.8%

Casterbridge, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

jduprey007, Dec 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

TypsiYpsi, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of zerk
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light copper with a quickly dissipating head that leaves some lace on the glass. Aroma and flavor of caramel and toasted malts, grassy herbs, and a fair amount of bitterness. Quite acidic. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but a little thin, however. More of an English IPA in my opinion, and a good, if unspectacular example.

zerk, Jan 05, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

addiwilliams, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of andrewjraab
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased Mixer Pack from Meijer in Grand Rapids, MI

A - Clear and Golden Ale with good carbonation. Left a 3 fingers of thing cream head that left beer rings down the glass.

S - grassy metallic smell.

T - Meh -Grassy taste. Very Dry.

O - This seemed to be a generic IPA that doesn't really have any kind of Wow factor. I wouldn't get this again.

andrewjraab, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of drewbage
2.45/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Judged at the 2003 Lucky Baldwin's IPA Festival (Blind Sample)

Beer pours a dark gold orange with minimal white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is laden with apples and grapes with a strong bready yeast character and a touch of butter scotch.

The beer has a fruity palate with overripe red dessert apples and a grassy hop over a dead thin buttery body.

drewbage, Jun 10, 2003
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

tjcamm, Saturday at 11:48 PM
Photo of silverking
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well, it's a clear golden brew with a white head that dissappears almost as fast as you can pour it. Pine, citrus, and malt notes fight for dominance on the nose, although there is no clear victor. Malt definitely strikes me as the most prevelant flavor, although citrus is a close second, with the pine only becoming apparent in the finish. The finish is bittersweet. The carbonation is over the top, but it is counter-acted by a beautiful oily mouthfeel. I feel like I am becoming more scrupulous in my reviews, but maybe that is a good thing. This used to be one of my favorite brews, but now it's okay at best.

silverking, Jan 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

Zach122, Oct 07, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook ESB was my favorite beer for a few months after I turned 21 and I also enjoyed the hell out of their Nut Brown, which was on tap at a bar near my house in DC, but I wasn't in love with their IPA. There are two possible reasons. Either, it took me a year or so to get into hops, so any hoppy beer would've been a turn off or it was a lousy IPA. I think it was a combination of both. I was disappointed, but not too surprised, at what a poor offering Redhook ESB really is after I revisited it. Let's see how this new Redhook IPA tastes.

Appearance: This one pours a peach color with a large layer of fluffy white head.

Smell: The nose has a light aroma of grapefruity hops and a very small note of caramel and biscuity malts.

Taste: Hey-hey, there are hops in this IPA. Grapefruit, fresh-cut grass, and a bit of resinous pine come out nicely, presenting a refreshing level of bitterness that straddles the line between an APA and IPA. A bit of sweet malt hangs out in the front and comes in again at the finish to round out a beer that would've been far from complex.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied with plenty of carbonation. The hoppy bitterness keeps this from being as silky smooth as it tries to be.

Drinkability: Before this beer, the guys at Redhook seemed to be firmly entrenched in "play it safe" mode- making boring examples of accessible styles, but they did a pretty good job with this one. As good as this is, I'm going to be leaving it on the shelf in favor of any one of the big handful of better tasting micro-brewed IPA's in the future.

goschool, Feb 21, 2007
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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

bkwhoppa66, Jan 19, 2014
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2.05/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-amber body. Two fingers of bubbly, off-white head that quickly fade into a ring around the glass. Below-average lacing.

Aroma: It's all just a little thin. Some citrusy hops over caramel malt and lots of booze. This is nothing like what an IPA should smell like, even if you adjust for the general thinness.

Taste: Unfortunately, the hops aren't much more potent in the mouth. They're somewhat bitter off the line, but without any of the usual floral or citrusy notes to back them up. It's much the same in the malt department. Thin, grainy pale malt just kind of chugs along in the background like the rest of the beer. Everything but some of the bitterness vanishes almost instantly. The alcohol is still somewhat prominent, but a little more hidden than in the nose. In a bizarre twist, there's a lot of soap flavor here. So much so, that the first glass that I tried I dismissed as some sort of washing-up accident where I forgot to rinse the glass before drying. But, alas, all six bottles were just as soapy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a good bit of frothiness and a carbonation level firmly on the high side. Finish is somewhat dry.

Drinkability: It's very bland, and rather soapy. So, while it may go down quickly, what's the point?

Verdict: Shallow, bland, and watery, Long Hammer disappoints at every turn. This would be weak even for a Pale Ale, let alone a full-blown IPA. Shame on Redhook for misusing the IPA label so badly.

BeanBone, Feb 20, 2009
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

DaveRinn, Jan 13, 2014
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2/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle.

Light amber with a weak off white head, and minimal lacing. Doesn’t look promising.

Aroma is light caramel and grapefruit.

Flavor is lightly malty, lightly hoppy. Touch of sugar in the finish. Weak, bland, boring. This is supposed to be an IPA? Nice try bud.

Padron4KM, Jul 28, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

chasmandocharles, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +30%

BRD14, Dec 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

NHbeerfishing, Dec 31, 2012
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,647 ratings.