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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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2,906 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,906
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 20
Gots: 296 | 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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Photo of beersarang
3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty gold with a white head that sticks all over the place. Nice appearance.

Slightly bready grassy hoppy aroma, run of the mill.

Thin malt struggles against the grassy hops. Crisp hop bite is pleasant but the malt dies more and more as the beer warms. Actually becomes bland later on. Pretty average.

Thin bodied with normal carbonation, I blame the filtering.

Ok beer, got it for cheap so I won't complain.

Photo of Sokool
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of sraimondi
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one on draft at The Cambridge House numerous times over the last couple of months. Wanted to give it a go in the bottle.

Poured into pint glass, nice head which dissipates to a film. Good lacing throughout. Color is light to medium straw; a bit on the light side for an IPA.

No really discernible aroma. Some faint grass and malt, but very little.

Despite lack of aroma, taste is quite nice. There is some hops bite at the start with malt dominating over the drink, with some sweetness in the finish; not cloying. Overall a very balanced brew.

Mouthfeel is quite even and on the full side.

I really like this one alot. While I'm far from a hop head, good balance and definite IPA qualities give this one a nice drinkability, although in the current extreme environment, this one is probably going to be lost in the shuffle. Too bad.

Also, IMO, I think this one is closer to an English IPA than an American version due to the malt dominance. Just sayin....


Photo of BrewMaven
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second pick from my Redhook sampler...This is my introduction to this style..My first IPA poured a rich amber and sported a nice white hat of foam..That didn't last long although the ring that stuck around laced my glass nicely. I thought the smell was hoppy and lemony and I got the same impression from the taste..Slighty malty but with a bitter and dry lemon/hop finish. Mouthfeel was fairly light but..BELCH!!...coated my tongue for a while after. Carbonation was apparent at the pour but diminished after that.

Interesting beer.

Photo of Leinie
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of ReDave
3.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head, creamy, that at least stays a 1/4 inch all the way down, with a fairly thick lace. Nose is rather malty, low to non-existent hop aroma. Flavor isn't too bad, a "lesser" IPA than I'm used to, but if I'm going to have to purchase something affiliated with A-B, this will do.... some nice bitter aftertaste. Maybe not recommended, but not my last choice of IPA's.

Photo of athensbeermaster
3.07/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer looked better than it taste. The nose had good hops and some toasted grain. This long hammer is a step up from there reg. ipa. It drinks almost like a dbl ipa except the midpalate leaves you hanging. There's not enough malt backbone to hold up this brew.
And the finish fades to quickly. A very good effort for a AB. beer.

Photo of andrew8626
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of JimKal
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of shick1
3.5/5  rDev +7%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of ChayDudeBrew
3/5  rDev -8.3%

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2.9/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of papajohn56
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of maniaczak
4.25/5  rDev +30%

Photo of meechum
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Beef O Brady's here in Dacula

A - Poured into a pint shaker it has a straw color with a tinge of copper to it but more straw color and kind of hazy. Small head maybe a finger or finger and half but leaves a good sticky lacing with good rings down the glass as it was emptied

S - Not much there..a small appearance by the hops but it's not very assertive

T - It's a good hopped up pale..there's nothing crazy about it and as an initiate of IPAs probably not a bad choice, if you're into a strong assertive hop profile this isn't for you. Had a decent malt backbone in there too but it was a bit confused..

M - A little slick with a right amount of carbonation

D - Overall a very inoffensive offering...I thought it was good with my dinner and worked well but it's nothing special. If you're out somewhere and this is one of the more "premium" picks it's worth a shot

Photo of BBrewington
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Roman5150
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of GordonQuid
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Daddy Oh's Toledo, OH.

Clear golden witha one inch head and slight lacing.

Smells of fresh citrus hop and a slight grainy sweetness.

Taste is fresh and crisp citrus hop witha slight honey sweetness in the finish.

This is a quaffable beer, light and average in the American IPA style. A good session beer!

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of aristeros
3.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours lager-yellow into the glass, about a finger of white head that goes away more quickly than it probably should have, no lacing. Significant carbonation visible.

Smells of grapefruit, general citrus, and hops. Hops should be first, not last.

There's that citrus, malts, and hops a close third. The grapefruit actually -overpowers- the hops. Not as big a punch as an IPA probably should have. A solid IPA like, say, Stone is like a left hook, and this is like an action movie punch that was pulled a bit.

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel, crisp like it should be. Drinkability is good in that it won't interfere with my food and I can have several easily if I wanted to. Sort of like a Sierra Nevada "IPA inspired" ale.

Grabbed a six-pack of this because I was torn between New Belgium 1334, Paulaner, and Trying Something New at a place that didn't have much of a selection.

Looking at some of the other comments--"gateway beer" for friends you're trying to convert to a more bitter ale with body--I think there's a valid point there, and could see myself using Long Hammer like that, but a guy designed this beer, and not to convert his friends. I imagine a scenario in which the brewmaster was told to cut back on the hops to increase the appeal.

It's an IPA lite, but cranking up the hops on this one and giving it a little more time and you could potentially have something really interesting.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.51/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Donahue's Bar and Grille. Served in a pint glass.

Pours the typical IPA. This one is a bit on the golden side, rather than copper. Lots of carbonation feed a covering of bubbles. Leaves lots of lacing, though.

Smells mostly of citrus hops. Typical ipa aroma.

Not half bad. Nice hop flavor, bitter and citrus. Maltiness is a bit subdued for my taste, yet I'm not much of an IPA fan.

Mouthfeel is a little wet, a bit of sting from the carb.

If I was an IPA drinker, I'd probably have another. It's not all that bad and worth a try for someone new to the style.

Photo of LacquerHead
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma was not very strong - some hops with barely any citrus.

This really did not taste like an IPA - an average pale ale at best. I was like a lager mixed with IPA flavoring. It tasted a bit generic. There was some undefined citrus mixed with a very weak pine, but it was pretty mild mannered for an IPA. There was nothing very lively about this beer.

The 6.5%ABV was not very apparent in the flavor. Its drinkability was decent enough.

Overall, I thought it was forgettable. I didn't think it was a good example of an IPA - too weak in flavor and aroma. This might be good for someone who wants to get introduced to IPA's. It was worth a try but there was nothing in this beer that made me want to reach for another. You could live your whole life and not feel jipped if you did not have this one.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,906 ratings.