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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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2,926 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,926
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 19
Gots: 321 | 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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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.

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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.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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