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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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1,143 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,143
Hads: 3,091
Avg: 3.24
pDev: 27.78%
Wants: 22
Gots: 422 | 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 Dithyramb
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty, eye catching bright green labeled bottle. "Redhook" insignia at the top of the label is smaller on this brand, almost as an afterthought. Bottled on 060605 clearly stamped through. Purchased as a $3 bottle at Red Star in Baltimore last night, served just a touch too cold.

Poured a hazy copped with a bright white head. Nice retention and lacing. Smell of fresh cascade hops.
Flavor is dominated by cascade hops, nice and biting without the piney let down. A decent malt backbone is there enough to keep em honest, but this one is a little one sided. (but I like cascades) Mouthfeel was a little chewy and more medium. Finished nice and bitter, with eruptable hop belches.

Overall, a pretty solid Americanized IPA with kick that one could enjoy several of. I had one with a chipotle chicken pizza and another just sittin and talkin.

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Photo of twi1609372
2.51/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Looked good, smelt fine. Taste was average, mouthfeel, about average, but the bite of this beer was a bit harsh for me. This beer has a taste it just isnt good. depth is there but is's bad. They got all hyped about having a taste and forgot to make it good. Extreamly bitter, harsh on the way dawn, want to be sweet. This wasnt the worst beer i ahve ever had, but far from the best and this beer is NOT AN IPA!

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Six and a half percent? Really? Shhh. Don't tell the Alabama ABC board. This one slipped into AL somehow, like a handful of others that are over the limit here.

Just a decent, drinkable IPA, though pretty one dimensional. Has a slightly cloudy appearance, which i like as it suggests a lack of filtering. Quite pale in color. Malt backbone is pretty thin. Good citrusy hop punch.

Doesn't stand out, but a pleasant quaff. We takes what we can get here in deprived Alabama.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at a show in Brooklyn.

Pours out a light golden-coppery color with a medium-sized off-white head. Head holds pretty well and looks like a solid IPA.

Smell is heavily hopped and bitter with not much discernible malt, although there is a sweet, slightly floral scent running through there.

Flavor is a little too bitter on the hops without enough malt to balance it out very well. It's almost like there's nothing but bitter, slightly past-their-prime hops in it. Kind of bland other than that.

Overall: Not great, but certainly not awful. It's not exactly the definition of a nuanced IPA, but it's solid enough to drink for four bucks a pint at a show. I thought this one was significantly better than their ESB.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange hue; slight lacing-no head. Clear.

Smell: Cascade hops.

Flavor: mild IPA; reminds me of an English IPA. Great for training a newbee's pallate for hops or learning what Cascade hops taste like.

Drinkability: very good if you aren't a hophead, but an IPA needs more hops than this no matter what the Brits do to their IPAs.

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Photo of cracgor
3.02/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish hues--amber and clear. Normal sized head pours out that is admirably sticky. NOT good retention though...ends up as a thin unappealing film.

Smell: Not Overwhelmingly hoppy. kind of like watercress...a hollow smell if that makes sense. A bit sweet/sugary.

Taste: Sweet citrusy but less piney hop flavor. NOt killer on the hops--balanced welth with the malts, but needs to be hoppier.

Mouthfeel: dry and very refreshing--crisp.

Drinkability: awesomly drinkable--an okay mower beer or hot day beer.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass
Bottled on date marked for 05/13/05

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice head on top at first. Over the course of a few minutes the head vanishes to a 1/2 inch white thin lace.

Nice aroma of raw and agressive hops in the nose. Floral and citrus twang with a grainy quality mixed in there too.

Sweet and syrupy grain flavors up front with a bitter hop snap finish. Orange citrus highlights with an earthy, soft malt profile. Gotta like the respectable 6.5 % ABV.

A solid American IPA from Redhook. One of their better beers.

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Photo of beersarang
3.11/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Luigi
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange-hazy color and a small white head. Stick a little to the glass. The smell is way to sweet for an IPA. A little bitterness from the hops can be detected. The taste is nothing like an IPA. An almost artificial sweetness seems to dominate up front. A hint of fruit from the hops but not much else. Has a light malty aftertaste. This is not an IPA. None of the flavors that I look for in an American IPA are present.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.91/5  rDev -10.2%
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".

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Photo of superdavex
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook must have changed their recipe since I last tasted this brew. The time previous to this one was about three years ago. I must say, I was definately not impressed with the beer at that time. This time, on the other hand, I was impressed by the subtle yet hoppy taste of this beer. This is one smooth drinking brew and the 6.5 abv doesn't hurt either. I would definately recomment this one. Not the hoppiest of IPA's but not too hoppy.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 04/04/05. Pours a hazy golden amber color with a decent head. Very hoppy aroma with a faint touch of caramel malt. Piney/citrusy hops dominate the taste profile of this ale. While this IPA is certainly not the best IPA I have ever had, it is not the worst either. Craft beers are slim pickings in my neck of the woods and this one, while not a top choice, it is a good fall back beer

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Photo of mattcrill
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Radisson in Kissimee, FL

Appearance: Clear golden straw color with a nice two-fingered fluffy white head.

Smell: Nothing going on in this department. A little hop whiff here and there but nothing to get excited about.

Taste: Mild peppery and tea-like hop notes. A bittering, boring, and somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin and mildly carbonated with a drier, alcohol finish.

Drinkability: Easy going down and definitely hits the spot but it's nothing out of the ordinary. Enough hops to satisfy but probably will leave most wanting some more complexity.

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Photo of TongoRad
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale amber wit a good looking head that lingers quite a while.

Aroma is mild for an IPA. Mostly citrusy hops and caramel malt with some diacetyl and maybe a touch of DMS in the background, along with something metallic. It's not really offensive, though not particularly inspiring either.

Bitterness is noticibly high for the amount of malt here. The diacetyl is more pronounced on the palate than the nose. Caramel flavor is also evident. The beer finishes with a citrus peel/resiny quality.

I guess I would drink this one again without much complaint if the choices were slim. As it is I don't think I'll be getting it again- pretty average in every way.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Ya Sure Ya Betcha" shouted the bottle of Redhook Ballard Bitter, I mean IPA, I mean what the hell is this again?

Appearance: A hazed orange color with a short lived cap of white fluff. Not much lacing to speak of. Fat carbonation fart bubbles.

Smell: Mostly grainy with a vague hint of pine. It entertains the thought of honey and barley congregating. Smells just like an "un-American IPA" smells. This is probably better classed with the English India Pale Ales. Scaled down hop persona.

Taste: This really does come off like one of the old timey IPA's. Mostly grainy malt characters, but with a slightly exaggerated hop bitterness. Honey impression again. *Now that I have finished my drink, I will say that the flavours became more pronounced as the vessel warmed in my greasy little hand. Still, they just lacked authority. All this old chap needs is to go all the way and be a real American ( like Hulk Hogan :o ) instead of being the American IPA who talks with an English accent. Keep it real!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is just a bit round without any sharp bite notable. About medium weight.

Drinkability: This bloke is undoubtedly consumable. Nothing offensive here, just a mild mannered brew you could drink copious amounts of while enjoying a good meal.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.92/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear colour with a decent head. Aroma took me a back. Piney hop nose right off the bat. I didnt expect it to be that hoppy. Taste was rich and full flavoured. Malty at first but not to long before the pine and floral hops came in to kick out the jams. West coast style all the way.. I just didnt expect this from the " Watered down" Redhook. Guess you shouldnt judge a book by the cover. Mouthfeel was above average, almost a bit heavy but not so much so. Drinkability.. Yep Yep for a buck less than some more highly rated beers this honestly stacked up.. I was shocked. The hop notes were rich and noteworthy.. If in a pinch and the price is right I have no problem recommending this.

PS-- I love how the packaging half covers up that this beer used to be Ballards Bitter

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This isn't the best IPA to be sure, but I didn't find it as bad as reviews indicate. Redhook IPA is light copper in color with an average head. The aroma is west coast hoppy, not as intense or of as high quality as possible for the style. The taste if of citrusy hops with some floral hop action mixed in. Mild maltiness is also in the mix, especially noted in the finish. Bitterness is present, but not enough to totally ravage the palate. Drinkability is very good, probably because the bitterness isn't incredably high. Either the recipe has changed or this beer is underated, because this is tasty enough to deserve better than a 3.04 average.

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Photo of thesilverhand
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful gold, with a thick frothy white head that left nice lace on my glass. Very attractive.
The first impression I had from the aroma was yeast...a touch of fresh-baked bread up front. This was followed by earthy hops. It reminds me a bit of a freshly-mowed lawn. In a good way.
The flavour is dominated by the bitter of the hops. There's enough malt body to hold it together quite nicely. The earthy, grassy hop character noted in the nose carries through quite nicely here. There's a slight metallic tang on the back end that detracts from the beer a bit.
The mouthfeel is pleasant and a bit creamy. Quite nice, although the metallic tang is evident here, too.
Overall, this is a really nice simple IPA. Highly drinkable. The grassiness reminds me of summer, and this would be a really nice beer for just that...I'll have to try it next on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The most enjoyable beer during my visit to the brewpub. Pour when pulled was a lovely golden color, topped with a frothy and creamery head. Aromawise, I liked the light grassy/haylike notes. Medium mouthfeel. This beer was pleasant and easy to drink. The aroma was duplicated in the taste, and the grassy hops were the most notable and delicious element.

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Photo of charlatan
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle (only bottled three weeks ago) with thick head. It has a light amber colour, and a very hoppy, slightly liquorice nose.

Says on the bottle that it is a.k.a. Ballard Bitter, and this fits when you taste it. Despite the fairly high alcohol content, this one has a fairly subtle flavour. It is rather creamy before a subtle but pleasant hoppy finish takes over. The nose suggested something acrid which hopheads would love, but it is nothing like that at all. Nevertheless it is pleasant, smooth and eminently drinkable.

Do not file under typical Northwestern IPA.

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Photo of mjbrewboy
3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't tried this beer in awhile. It seems like it's gone through a few changes over the years and I thought I'd give it another taste. The bottle I had tasted better than I remember it. Nice and brilliant with a straw color. Decent body and head retention. Fairly dry aftertaste. I noticed a nice hop bouquet on the nose which suggests it was dry-hopped. Maybe it wasn't, perhaps just really fresh as the beer had a born on date suggesting the beer was less than two weeks old. I thought it was a good beer that I will sample again in the near future.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

RedHook IPA pours a transparent bronze shade and leaves a very minimal amount of head retention. The smells are nice, some hops and faint fruity notes. The first taste is good yet not very bold. There is a strong hop-bitterness in the aftertaste and I also seem to sense some type of bread, which I did not expect. The mouthfeel and drinkability are slightly over-par, it has a really nice warming affect after you take a drink. You would almost think it had a higher alcohol content, even though 6.51 is still very nice.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of my favorite tasting ales that I've ever had on draft. It definitely has a flare of a spicy Belgian Ale. It has almost a brass like color, and in reality though, it tastes just like a true English style Bitter-Beer. Another great feature is that its 6.5% alcohol per volume.

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Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While this isn't the best IPA-style brew I've ever quaffed, it's still a decent one. As many have mentioned, Red Hook pours slightly lighter than the average IPA -- a deep gold -- with an average head and quite a bit of lace. You won't be overwhelmed by the aroma of this brew, which is a pleasant combination of sharp fruitiness and some heavy sweetness. Although this isn't exactly what an IPA afficionado expects from said beer, it's not a terrible experience. The taste is surprisingly better than most reviews I've read here, with middle-of-the-road hops and a nice bitter-clean aftertaste. (I drank Red Hook ESB and IPA on a regular basis a few years ago. I read the reviews here and thought that perhaps this beer had gone to the dogs. Not so.)

If you travel the globe drinking craft IPAs, chances are that you won't be a big fan. But this is an excellent IPA-style beer for the aspiring IPA connoisseur. And it's not bad for the rest of us.

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Photo of arizcards
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Original Review 3-5-05:
Purchased a bottle at AJ's for $1.19 back on MLK day 2005.

Poured a golden color with a nice head and is leaving a scattered lacing - 3.5.
Nose is somewhat muted. I am detecting hints of the malts but not detecting any floral hops - 3.0.
Taste is better than a macro and is a bit hoppy but is lacking the normal amount of hops presentation found in this style - 3.0. Mouthfeel is fairly lively on the palate and has more consistency than a macro - 3.5.
Overall drinkability is not bad, a good beer for after some yardwork, but not one I will actively seek out again in the future - 3.5.

2nd Review 6-3-12:
Received a bottle for helping out a friend back in February. Bottled on 12-20-11.
Brew poured golden with a smallish white head that is leaving a little lacing behind - 3.5.
Nose has hints of northwest hops - 3.0.
Taste is pretty well balanced, drinks similar to an APA. Pale and Caramel malts provide a bready backbone and blend pretty well with citrus hops - 3.5.
Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and refreshing - 3.5.
Overall this is not a bad beer, pretty easy drinker for an IPA - free at that - 3.5.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.