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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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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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

Added by pbrian on 03-29-2001

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Photo of grynder33
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold pour with an orangish tint, distinct but not very stong hop aroma, nice light hop taste, with a sweetness making its presence known in the aftertaste. This might be a nice IPA to introduce someone to the style, also an IPA you could drink all night.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a darker orange with a white head that leaves great lacing on the glass. Smell is very citrusy with a kick of hops. The taste is very light and grainy, citrus tone brings up the rear. Feels light but crisp in the mouth, drinkable in the summer or on a hot day, more pale ale than IPA. Average at best.

Bottle review 8-12-04

Suprisingly slightly better out of the bottle. Tastes more like pale still, reminds me alot of a bass. Since this is supposed to be IPA scores suffer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.81/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden liquid that is almost crystal clear. The head is white and foamy. The head stayed around for quite some time, which is impressive. There was a fair to good amount of lacing on the glass. The smell was a little bit of cirtus, combined with what was almost spicy. The taste was rather sweet, with a hint of citrus and again the spice. Are we sure this is an IPA? I can taste the hops, but only slightly. Seems like it is rather balanced. The hops are not winning. Not an IPA, not even an APA. Not sure what this is, but rather disappointing. Mouthfeel was ok, and it was pretty drinkable, but I am not sure why you would want to drink much of this. Seems as though this beer has been labeled incorrectly.

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Photo of jlh8643
2.66/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 122203 poured clear orange yellow color and left a small white head that left a little lace in its wake but didnt stick around for long. For an IPA I was disappointed in the low hop aroma. Some bitterness with a little malt backbone but not all that much. Mild carbination helped the hops out a bit too. The mouthfeel was on the lean side while the drinkability was better than average.

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Photo of mschofield
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a small stark white head, lacing was very nice, sheets striated by thick rings.
Citrus hop aroma, tops a toasted malt base.
The citrus hops are strong in the taste (lemon and grapefruit), along with the toasted malt.
Not the most complex IPA out there, and truth be told more of a pale ale (not even really an English IPA). Nicely bitter, smooth, medium bodied, good drinking beer. Twice the beer on cask as it is from the bottle or tap.

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Photo of pezoids
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out a slightly hazed pale golden color. Topped with a perfectly normal head of white foam. The aroma tends to be floral and sweet with lemony grains and even a hint of a musty sourness. The taste is estery, bittersweet and creamy. There’s an evident bitter alcohol tang in the aftertaste. Not harsh, but a tad astringent. Overall a pretty smooth and flavorful beer with a decent malt body and a nice underlying sweetness. Finely balanced, very drinkable.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper red crystal clear appearance with a two finger sized head and lively carbonation. Good head retention and decent lacing. The smell is grassy, musty, and indistinct with a hint of roasted malt, and is is way too faint for an IPA. Taste is also leaning a bit too heavily towards malt. It is nutty, biscuit like, mildly sour with only a medium helping of hops. The hops that are there are also aromatic, citric types, with not much bitterness. Not too shabby for a pale ale or a bitter, but not really in on par with most beers in the American IPA style. Mouthfeel is medium thick with a decent strength. This is a balanced English style pale ale, that makes a good session beer, but lacks that certain oomph to push it over the edge of mediocrity.

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Photo of winomark
2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful medium gold with a small, bone white head.

Good hop profile. Not as hoppy as most IPAs I have tried. Malt adds some backbone.

Nice hoppy bitterness, but not too aggressive. Unpleasant metallic mid-palate with a short finish.

Prett bland and light. Dry, short finish. Not much body.

A boring, iffy IPA. More hops would be nice. Get this only if it is the only IPA available.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.33/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

If Wendy’s “Where’s the beef” ad blitzkrieg celeb Clara Pellar wrote this review, she'd bemoan, "Where's the hops?" This is the first beer I've ever had that made me think of those caramel-corn candies you'd get at Halloween. I hate those things. Hazy, orange, lightly carbonated pour. Hardly a head. ¼ inch that thins away to nothing after first sips.

Smells of caramel, but sweet dull aroma.

Not IPA at all. Questioning if it’s a pleasant taste? Hard to describe. Not my cup o’ tea. Bready. Taste doesn’t last. Watered down. Almost a Wurther’s Original candy, but not a creamy sweet, almost like humdrum caramel-corn beer. Somebody throw an alarm clock into the kettle to wake this one up! Slides to the back edges of the tongue, then sour notes of plain cooked rice escape. Sorry, and I like other Redhook brews. Plus they give away a lot of swag and T-shirts locally.

Slightly fizzy on the ole palate. Doesn’t declare what it is, which is not always bad, but this needs to make a decision if it's pleading a case in my tongue's courtroom, jury members.

Can’t think of similar brews. Needs a hoppy fruity sensation. Bring Fruit Loops Cereal's Toucan Sam out of retirement for this one. Maybe a lemon wedge will be slam-dunked into this belly flopper next time.

The set-back? $24 clams a case. I’d rather buy Lionshead for $12 and pick up a pizza, with extra cheese of course.

Parting thought: For the curiosity seeker, only. All others may seek greener pastures. Sad, tho’ Red Hook is a solid stand-by. Website states Hops are: Northern Brewer, Willamette, Cascades. Really? Will not dissuade me from future Redhook entrants, tho'.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of HochFliegen
2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a rich looking golden color. The head was there but quickly went away. The smell was very floral but the taste was lacking compared to the aroma. It wasnt as bitter as I thought it would be. A bit of a dissapointment. The taste was good but not as asserative as I would expect from an IPA. Mouthfeel was very heavy and full bodied. Doesnt stack up to other IPAs.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.4/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle, at an Old Chicaogo. I like inclusion of the phrase "Ya Sure, You Betcha" on the label, being from Minnesota. The beer was a very solid IPA, good hops bitterness, even though I could've used more. I know, I'm a confessed Hophead. This is a good beer that I'd galdly get again.

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Photo of neil
1.39/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This is a disgusting beer. Maybe I had a bad 6-pack, but I won't be buying another to find out.

This beer has a nice golden colour to it, and leaves a loose bubbly head. Reminds me of Michelob from appearance. The smell is flat, and smells strongly of chemicals. The taste was even worse, the flavour resemebling a fake hop taste with a disgusting aftertaste that made me think of a local chemical company. After a while this cleared and left a decent taste in the mouth.

The beer feels good in the mouth, but the flavour and smell are bad. This beer does not rate for me in the IPA style and makes me feel that the brewer simple took a cheap beer and added some more hops.

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Photo of WesWes
4.02/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light gold color with thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malt scent with floral hop notes. The taste is fine. It is dry and hoppy. There is a good balance of malts and hops here; a pleasant tasting ale. The mouthfeel is outstanding. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good IPA. I would buy this one again.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden with a brown hue. Off-white head.
Nice floral, citrusy hop aroma. Toasty malt buried underneath the hops.

Taste shows a good dose of floral, citrusy hops. Toasty pale malts. Hop bitterness lingers a bit at the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Not an IPA I look for, but still a solid offering.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden hue, thin off-white soapy head. An estery and tinge of hops on the nose. Buttery and slick up front, borderline medium bodied. Underlying fruit flavors in the way of orange and lemon peel. Subdued flavoring, I'm begging for hops. A malty backbone combined with some citric hops (barely). Finishes dry, a bit watery and weak. If it weren't labelled as an IPA, I'd consider it a decent APA.

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Photo of altadenabrou
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a pale tan and the head is not substantive but basically average, certainly acceptable. Too much carbonation that dissipates too quickly! The malt flavor is also perhaps too light to really taste satisfying. The alcohol is right for an IPA, but the hopping is weak, in terms of bitterness and aroma. I hear that this is much improved on draft and even better if you can find it served real-ale style, cask conditioned. Not as good as their ESB!

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Photo of oelergud
2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden body with moderate carbonation, white head and fair lacing.
smells pretty hoppy but something seems to be 'off'... Taste ok though the aftertaste is also somewhat 'off', I dont know what it is but somethings wrong here.
Has a very buttery mouthfeel which I did not expect in an IPA and seems out of place.

It has most of the smell and taste of an IPA cept it seems to be lacking something.


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Photo of HardTarget
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Potent cascade hop
Appearance: Clear pale yellow with some minor lacing
Flavor: Hops are there, but a bit weak for style. Also had a slight metallic twang that faded quickly
Mouthfeel: thin, light body no real hop bitter bite
Overall Impression: drinkability isn’t bad, but it lacks some character and depth. One dimensional, more like a pale ale than an IPA.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer was an amber-gold color that was lighter than what I was expecting. An almost white head rose up to a finger and became somewhat fuffy as it settled down. It dwindled into just a ring of foam around the edge of the glass by the end of the drink and left practically no lace behind.

Smell: The aroma was fairly light, but pleasant. It was comprised of sweet malt, cracker, a hint of toffee, and a very light hops presence. The hops wasn't as pronounced as what I expect from an IPA. It was more in the background than any of the other components of the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and smooth upfront. It picked up some roughness as it moved to the back of the mouth. It also had a slightly coating, buttery feel to it on the tip of th tongue.

Taste: Upfront was a buttery diacetyl flavor that quickly gave over to a sharp hops bitterness. I had trouble putting my finger on the characteristic of the hops flavors. It might have been a little spicy or there could have been a slightly herbal quality to it, but mainly it was just bitter. There was a hint of roasted malt mixed in with the hops, but it was faint. Late in the aftertaste, a toffee sweetness emerged to linger in the mouth.

It has been years since I had this beer. I really can't remember if I liked it back in the day, but I do know I had a Ballard Bitter T-shirt. Therefore, I must have at least thought that it didn't suck. That is my assessment now as well: This beer is not great, but it definitely doesn't suck. A good session beer, in my opinion.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head quickly fell after pouring. I really could not detect much of anything in the aroma, perhaps a smidge of malt and hops in the background, but not what I expect in an IPA. Flavor is not very hoppy and very evenly balanced between malt and hops. The bitterness is low, but present. The mouthfeel is good and the drinkability due to the low hopping is good as well.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured, the head was small sized, ivory with small sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was clear with carbonation observed and the hue was orange. The nose was malty, hoppy and sweet with a hoppy and bitter flavor to it. The mouthfeel was very tingly and medium bodied. This beer left a good lacing on the sides of my glass.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.23/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – The body is a very thin and clear orange, but the head is terrific. It foamed up nice and easy, lingered, and left a cool spider-web lacing.

Smell – Why is cheap grain and sucrose leading the nose on this IPA? Where are the hops?

Taste – Foul! How do we classify Ju-Ju Bees and Budweiser as an IPA? This is a light pale ale, and a poor one at that.

Mouthfeel – Light and watery but somewhat refreshing.

Sinkability – I’m using this to wash down the Liquid Plummer.

Comments – I had this on tap at the brewery (I didn’t take notes so I didn’t post a review). I swear it wasn’t nearly as bad as this.

Update – I first reviewed this in ’03 so thought I’d revisit this fella in 2005.

It smells a little better than I noted in my review but otherwise this basically sucks. It’s grainy, clumsily hopped, and has some really cheap carbonation. With the recent move of Bear Creek Brewing, Redhook is actually the closest brewery to my house. How sad. I’m raising the Smell by 0.5 and promising myself never to drink this again.

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Photo of theozag
4.33/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For those of you who haven't seen or tried an IPA, they are a sort of ale that's neither from India nor pale. Like most pale ales, Red Hook is only "pale" in comparison to porter and stout. In fact, that's where the catagory Pale Ale got its name in the first place. The word India comes in because this particular sort of pale ale was originally designed to withstand the trip to the Indian colony from Britain with no loss of quality. In the case of Red Hook, the result is a very enjoyable if somewhat unique beer. The simplest way i can put it is, 'The taste of Guinness Draught without the weight.' Red Hook's head boils to a thick, white mass that remains over the beer throughout the whole pint. It does become noticably thinner in the center over time, but it never really fades away. Red Hook's start, body, and finish are very close to those of Guinness Draught. It is full-bodied with a rich hoppy flavor. It sits heavy on the tongue and has a consistent if somewhat thin palatte. Red Hook finished smooth with a clear and pleasant aftertaste. It differentiates from Guinness b/c of its color and feeling in your stomach. Red Hook is a deep amber color and when it hits your gut, you feel no weight or fullness (what some people call "drinking a loaf of bread" when talking about Guinness). The overall experience is a highly enjoyable beer with a rich flavor and a resulting feeling that you can down twice as many Red Hooks as stouts.

- Backdated tasting: I first reviewed this beer on 13SEP03, this post is based on notes from that review. -

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10-03: Had a nice treat. They had a cask version at the brewery. They even served it at the proper temperature. Dark golden with little carbonation. A little clear for a cask beer. Fairly decent hop (grapefruity) signature in the nose and taste. Good malty backbone. Not the most kick I've had in an IPA, but not bad nevertheless.

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Photo of Gavage
2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a light gold color with a thin head. Very weakly carbonated. The aroma was average, as I noticed a slight bit of malt and a minimal floral nose. The IPA tasted weak, and was unbalanced with more maltiness than hops. The malt dominated the initial taste, but was quickly subdued by a slight bitterness which lingered on the tongue. This seemed way too sweet for this style, and clearly the expected IPA bitterness was not strong enough.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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