Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

Not Rated.
Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
74
okay

1,141 Reviews
THE BROS
67
poor

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,141
Hads: 3,062
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 20
Gots: 407 | 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
View: Beers (44) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Redhook Long Hammer IPA Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,141 | Hads: 3,062
Photo of Rumrunner
2.43/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle.

I found this to be a strange and bland IPA.

The appearance is transparent boring gold. An okay white head with minor lacing. The scent is weak musty moss and straw. Some hop smells linger but do not stand out at all.

The flavors are dry fruit hops. I cannot place the fruit flavor. It is sort of a citrus and berry combination. There is a grain flavor that I do not think belongs here. Not much hop bite and the malts are weak and bland. This IPA does not have any direction.

A watery quality to the mouthfeel at first. Then if felt as if my mouth was about to dry up. I am not impressed. A clean crispness adds to drinkability but I can think of many other IPA's I would rather drink than this one. I am glad I only bought a single bottle. (768 characters)

Photo of rastaman
2.38/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Really thin and grainy malts, with some citric hop bitterness at the end, didn't really see too much standing out, very boring watery mouthfeel, and for a cask ale this was extremely below average, this beer is making it really hard for me to meet the minimum character limit for my rating (Cask- GBBF 03') (306 characters)

Photo of beernut7
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has been a while since I have visited the brews of Redhook. I figured it was about time to dive back in to a college staple. Pours a hazy straw color with a heavy foam head. THe aroma is lightly of citrus with a toffee malt sweetness. A huge sharp bitterness is teh first impression on the palate with undertones of sweet, sharp cotton candy-like malt character. A moderate citrusy spiceflows through a lingering bitter finish. (430 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stunningly clear light amber body that has a small off-white head. Very little lacing noted. The aroma on this brew is primarily of a caramel malt base with nominal hop notes. The flavor is below even my normal desire for a more lightly hopped IPA. This is quite average and not impressive. Certainly not of the quality of Redhook ESB. The feel is medium and lacks crispness in the finish. Oddly flat tasting. (409 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, slightly cloudy, medium head. Medium malts and hops. A medium hopped IPA, somewhat bitter with some malt sweetness, Smooth mouthfeel, with full flavor. Hoppy without being too bitter, nice balance. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (275 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
2.04/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out as a dark golden chill haze yellow with a very thin head of off-white bubbles that disappear as fast as they arrive leaving a thin ring and minimal lace. Smell is more like a Bavarian lager then an IPA, I get mostly toasted grains and malts, smallish sweet citrus with a touch of grassy/floral hops, not to mention that its faintly represented and kinda flat. This doesn't come across as an IPA or any other pale for that matter. Taste is quickly over and raw, seems to have an undercooked grainy malts that lend some toasty factions but mostly reminds more of grilled corn husks then anything. Hops are inadequate and hardly approachable in abundance, whats there seems earthy light and herbal and lingering late in the finish is some vitamin-like coating and flavor. Very dull, very drab, and almost undrinkable, had to brace myself towards every sip. No sir I didn't like it and didn't finish it either.
I have one word for this, "Why" (949 characters)

Photo of tar
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was fairly disappointed with this beer--I hadn't read the other reviews and was expecting to find an above average beer. Pours a light golden with a very persistent foamy white head. The aroma and taste are both fairly mild and only slightly hoppy (not at all what I was expecting). Fairly smooth and drinkable but nothing to get very excited about. This was not too bad as a beer (very average as my scores reflect), but was definitely bad for an IPA. I'm fairly confident I won't bother having this again. (509 characters)

Photo of jreitman
3.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Forecaster's pub in Woodinville, WA. Aroma of hops was quite strong especially for such a mass produced beer. Slight sweetness came through the pine and citrus hops quite nicely. Flavor was dominated by hops with enough sweet malt character to keep everything in check. This one really surprised me at the brewery as I am so used to mediocre ESB. (365 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
2.63/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this on 29 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
With so many Outstanding IPA's out there, why do breweries continue to turn out mediocre ones? The folks at Redhook need to take a look at what Stone, Bell's, Victory, DFH and even Diamond Knot (in their own backyard) do with their IPA's and re-think Redhook's version. (354 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too funny...well, its been 5 years since I first reviewed this beer. I've become a lot more knowledgeable about what makes an IPA great and what makes on run-of-the-mill and this is just that.

Reviewed on 08-28-03-

Redhook makes a great IPA. Had it on tap when I visited the brewery up in Portsmouth, NH, also have had from the bottle many times. It has a clear light amber appearance with a clean look. The aroma of hops is very apparant and it provides that necessary crispness and all around hoppy mouth feel. Its a very refreshing beer and will leave you asking for another before you reach the last sip. (611 characters)

Photo of Mustard
3.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with a "bottled on" notice -- in this case 05/19/03 -- printed dot-matrix style on the bottom of its rear label; purchased as part of a ten beer sampler pack from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington ($12.99); profile of some 19th century dandy being goosed on the front label.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper; dramatically undersized head; poor lacing.

Aroma: Fairly sweet notes of caramel and grapefruit.

Taste: Moderately sweet malts upfront; slightly weak hop bitterness -- for the style, that is -- in the finish; floral, citrusy, piney hop flavors; faints notes of vanilla and yeast; a tad watery.

Comments: A poor example of an IPA, but by no means a bad beer. To be sure, a rather respectable APA. I wouldn't go out of my way for this, but would happily drink it again. (836 characters)

Photo of brakspear
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much superlative to say about this beer, a below average IPA from the Pacific Northwest. Pours amber with a medium white head that leaves a trace of lacing. Aroma is sweet, grainy and with just a touch of citrus hops. Flavor is also sweet with only a slight hop bitterness. With a watery body, this IPA has been bested by other brewers in the region. (354 characters)

Photo of Ellbert
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a big fan of IPA's but I am trying to be. This is a great starter IPA, not huge hop flavor but enought to let you know what style it is. It has great flavor. The apperance was average. Nothing Redhook should brag about but the taste is good. I definitely enjoyed it. I probably won't buy it again, at least soon, I would like to try a more heavy duty IPA. (364 characters)

Photo of edchicma
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

IPA? The only IPA characteristic was the lingering bitterness that was not overly pleasant. Aroma was faint with little suggestion of hoppiness. Taste was just adequate, with a less than pleasant moutfeel (oily?). Drinkability was just avearage. I wouldn't hoist down too many at a sitting. Unfortunately, I was taken in by the fact that this was a Washington State Brewery and I had good luck with Northwest offerings previously. This twelve pack will go a long way. (467 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.43/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appears copper amber hue with an off white cream colored head that leaves even solid rings of lacing throughout the pour. Aroma contains faint citrus pince hop aroma with a slight buttery touch of malt to it, the aroma overall seems a bit toned down for an IPA. Taste has some off metallic along with a lot of bitterness only with minimal malt sweetness detected to balance the bitter flvor, in my opinion this beer just didn't taste good. Mouthfeel is thin a bit watery in fact, not impressed but I don't expect much from Redhook these days. Drinkability from this mass produced IPA is I will pass and go for a classic representation like a Hop Devil. (652 characters)

Photo of goz
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear light amber, medium white head quickly diminishes, leaving small spots of lacing. Aroma is sweet & malty, with some graininess and hints of hops. Flavor starts sweet, middle and end have mild bits of hops. Palate seems a bit thin and watery to me. I remember this being much better before, but it my just be my tastes changing...and entirely average IPA. (374 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a perfect clear 18 Karat Gold color that has tinges of orange to it. The head is a lofty off white color that is about the consistency of shaving cream. The nose is a sweet malt with hops that reminds me of a pine forest after a rain. The contrast between palate and nose is remarkable and well balanced. Red Hook knows hops. There is a very pleasant effervescent and dry malt flavor followed by an explosion of delicately balanced and aggressive hops. The hop flavor rolls in like the tide to leave a pleasant bitter aftertaste. (540 characters)

Photo of MissOrch
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I went to the closest bar to my apartment the other night, and this was the best they had. It poured a very pale copper color, more like a dark gold than the rich red I've been seeing on my quest for the perfect IPA. The head was very thin, and was gone before I stuck my nose in it to try to get a whiff.

I could hardly detect a smell, maybe a slight citrus-sour smell, and I ended up with a wet nose trying to find that. The taste was ok, definitely better than its buddies on tap, with kind of buttery or even oily feel. I couldn't detect too much bitterness, except a little at the finish. It was very light and almost watery tasting, without too much flavor. The lightness of the beer allowed for a high drinkability, as I could see myself downing a few, very cold, on a hot day. (788 characters)

Photo of drewbage
2.45/5  rDev -23.9%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellowish gold. Minimal tight white head maintains a persistent cap throughout the glass.

Nose is very grapefruity, with some nice supporting spice. There is a good crackery malt beneath the hops, but the big hop aroma is the star here.

Quite disappointing in the mouth. Comes across as thin, with very little malt presence, and nowhere near the expected smack of hops. Slight hint of the alcohol as the pint warms. Waste of a really nice smelling beer. (473 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sadly, the best option at a local restaurant while on vacation in Myrtle Beach...and don't get me started on the cost of this "specialty" beer.

Presentation: 12 oz. amber bottle. "Brewed on" date of 5/5/03.

Appearance: Despite the frosted mug, I was able to discern a very clear golden appearance. Very quick-to-disappear fizzy head offers no lacing.

Smell: Hardly anything present in the aroma department, and one looks rather silly sticking one's nose in the glass to get a whiff of anything (like I'll ever see any of these people again...).

Taste: Taste is not good. Hardly an IPA. Barely any bitterness. Quite malty sweet. No appreciable aftertaste other than just a slightly bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side. Low-medium-bodied and fizzy.

Drinkability: Not as bad as expected. It not a beer to drink when you want something to think about. More of a "grab-n-go" beer when the the mind is in neutral and a beer is all you want. (962 characters)

Photo of TPoling
3.06/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured clear with a moderate head with small bubbles. Some lace. Some citrus and floral, but not much depth beyond that on second and third sniff.

Taste was moderately bitter, but not much mouthfeel or malt. Okay bitterness hits in the aftertaste, but nothing too complex. Doesn't measure up to some of the great micro IPAs being produced by several breweries around the country.

Ultimately, this a beer that I would enjoy pretty cold to chase a long bout of gardening or other hot work or play. When it begins to warm, there is not much to recommend it as repeatable in other situations. (594 characters)

Photo of jackndan
2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Hook IPA: Poured a fairly deep gold color, with not a whole lot of head, in fact it took vigorous pouring even to get that. Aroma, not much, and you really had to stick your nose in the glass to get it. The label says IPA, but the taste is very, very mild, without the assertive hop flavor that is typical, nay, required in the style. The taste is altogether not unpleasant though, with some floral notes imputed by the hops. C’mon, though, this is just not an IPA, IMO.

I'll note that it was very easy to drink, and somewhat refreshing on what was getting to be a warm day. (582 characters)

Photo of bmills1608
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rather light color, dark gold with a fairly nice white head, pretty thick. Good lacing.

The taste is nice, not very complex. Lightly toasted malt and easy cascades make up the bulk of the flavors, with a bit of butterscotch rounding thing out. The citrus bite is there, but very subdued. The body of this beer is on the thin side but actually compliments the overall beer fairly well. The biggest problem with this ale is the HUGE letters I. P. A emblazoned on the label. It has already been noted in other reviews, but I will continue to beat a dead horse by saying this is not nearly a big enough a beer to truly be called an IPA. That is the problem. I bet this beer would get better reviews if it had its original name "Ballard Bitter". For me, if you don't hold it to it's misplaced stye category, it's actually quite a nice, easy drinking beer, and I think fits the bill fairly well if called simply a bitter, because that is what it is, a nice American bitter. I have no problems with this beer other then the name. (1,027 characters)

Photo of AudioGilz
2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It pours out to a pale lagerish yellow/amber color with a one inch fluffy head. There's not much of an aroma, more butter than hops. Hmmm, this is a half decent american pale ale maybe, but definitely not an IPA. It's kind of buttery diacetyl again, definitely not a welcome taste to me when enjoying an IPA. The hops show up in the finish with some crisp bitterness. So yeah, an average pale ale to say the least, not an IPA. (426 characters)

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.