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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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2,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,489
Reviews: 1,098
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

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

(Beer added by: Musky on 01-10-2007)
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Photo of Mora2000


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a murky orange-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of orange and papaya with a little bit of pine and bready malt mixed in. The flavor is pineapple and orange citrus with bread and caramel malt. The bitterness is fairly low and the beer is easy to drink. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 04:26:27 | More by Mora2000
Photo of TMoney2591


3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at Paolo's Ristorante (Washington, DC).

Another lost review found randomly during cleaning today. This was imbibed in late April, 2010. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit rind, cantaloupe, sweet caramel, and cucumber. The taste holds notes of orange peel, light caramel, grass, grapefruit rind, and lemon peel. A strident bitterness pervades the finish something fierce. Balance be damned, apparently. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, an okay IPA, but not one I'd wanna drink again, really. It seems like they tried to make this a hop-bomb, but only managed to make it too bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2011 07:19:30 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of rinhaak


2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale golden orange with a full head.

The nose lacks any hop aroma and is more like a pale. It's sweet and a bit fruity with aromas of raspberries and artificial strawberries.

A pretty simple beer in the mouth, it lacks any real hop presence. While it is nicely carbonated and moderately refreshing, there really isn't much going on.

Overall a pretty simple beer that lacks character of any kind. Not bad, just really ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 13:54:31 | More by rinhaak
Photo of kflorence


2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: Pours a crystal clear golden, copper in color with a thin layer of foam that dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of lacing around the glass. Carbonation levels look solid. First impression is that this will be a very light brew without much complexity.

S: Not much on the nose. Some sweet malts, grains, grass, honey and of course a bit of floralness from the hops, but much less prominent than expected.

T: Similar to the aroma with prominent notes of grass, grains, sweet malts and a very subtle floral and pine hop presence. This is much more like a weakly hopped pale ale than your typical American IPA, and it doesn't offer much in the way of other flavors, either.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation, it doesn't offer much in the way of substance and comes off rather thin and a bit watery, though it is crisp and easy to drink.

O: Well, this is not at all what I expected when I made the purchase and I definitely feel the "IPA" label of this beer is misleading. This is an APA, at best, and there are plenty of APA's that have more hops than this. That said, there is nothing wrong with this beer, per se, but it certainly lacks complexity or depth. It is quite drinkable, however, and would make a great refreshing brew for a hot day, or a good session brew (the 6.5% alcohol is masked very well). So I guess how much you enjoy it will depend on what you're after.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 03:15:02 | More by kflorence
Photo of FreshHawk


2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear copper color with a decent sized, thin, bubbly, foamy, white head. Disappears fairly fast leaving no real lace.

S - Some pine and citrus rind hops but nothing really good or distinguishable. A touch of grassy aroma and some maltiness. Not very hoppy.

T - Similar to the aroma, it taste a lot like a pale ale with a bready malt flavor and only hints of hops. The hop flavors that are there are mostly just a bitter citrus rind, and herbal/grassy flavors. Nothing really distinguishable other than mostly bitter flavors,

M - Light to medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Fairly crisp feel.

D - Wasn't really what I was looking for in an IPA. Touches of bitter hops but it wasn't all that refreshing nor did it have me wanting another.

Notes: Was a bit more like an APA than an IPA. Not enough hops and what was there was not great. A beer I would probably pass on in the future as I'm sure there will be better choices.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 00:13:17 | More by FreshHawk
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this ontap at Fire n Ice Grill in Boston. It was served a little on the warmer side, which is shocking for a chain restaurant but I don't mind. Not every beer has to be served frozen like uh... Coors Lite.

A light golden copper. It was served with no head but a ring around the glass from the disapated film.

A floral aroma up front with some citrus. Bready malt in the background. The floral smell is the main attraction here.

As far as the taste, floral, I also detect some pine that I didn't get in the aroma, a little bit of a peppery spice as well. A bready malt at the end.

Light body, light carbonation. Feels okay.

This is a refreshing IPA and not all that bitter. This could be the IPA people can use as a gateway IPA if they have never tried one. Tasty and certainly not boring.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 04:19:38 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of 6993bc


2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is this really an IPA? This was the third beer I had had that night, the other two were not IPAs so I wanted a stong, bold, shot of hops...did not find it.

A- very light orange/yellow color with less than a 1/4 inch of head.

S-A Bitter,Pine smell

T- my taste score is based on the fact that "IPA" is on the front of the bottle. It left me searching for more taste and I could not find it. It has a slight bitter taste.

M- smooth

Overall: As far as IPA's go this is in a catagory of its own. It is much smoother/ lighter than any IPA I have had, but that being said it did have some different flavors that interested me. This is a beer that I thnk if I drank a few more I might increase my score. It was very easy to drink and the new bottle and lable are very cool.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 14:16:24 | More by 6993bc
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4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great everyday, go-to type beer. Labeled an IPA, but more of an amber ale.

Appearance: Amber color. A little cloudy. Medium head. Medium lacing.

Smell: Sweet. Yeasty. Pine cones and hops.

Taste: Brown bread. Sweet. Lemony hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick. Bitter. Good.

Overall: A great drink. A very under-appreciated beer. If you're looking to be blown away by hops then this beer isn't for you. If you want balance and great taste then this is your beer. I could drink this everyday.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 05:25:18 | More by FrozenJoe
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2.45/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A ~ Looks like watered down clover honey. Honestly, the best clarity I have ever seen on an AIPA...Most have a bit of haze but this one is clear as crystal. Has the appearance of a Lager with some average lacing.

S ~ Wow. Not very much of anything. Smells "Clean" with a mix of lemon grass and faint Irish Spring Soap.

T ~ Lemonheads, Biscuits, white-bread with Old citrus peels (no fruit whatsoever) & leaves dominate Some dry hops add some bitter grassyness that turns very hot. Odd flavors here.

M ~ Almost salty with some pretty Excessive carbonation. Touch of dryness helps but not much.

D ~ Like an awkward mix between an American Pale and an English IPA. Don't seek out. A very burp-laden and flabby IPA.

Cleansing palette with an ESB.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 03:07:12 | More by chocosushi
Photo of shand


3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from one of Redhook's new awesome 12oz stubbies into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This brew pours a brilliant golden color with huge carbonation and a tiny head. A bit of lacing, poor retention. The aroma is nice, it's got a nice dry hopping that lends some nice piney characters. The taste here is pretty nice, it's got huge zesty citrus up front, then a subtle amount of piney hops come in. It's all backed by an assertive caramel malt backbone. The mouthfeel is briskly carbonated and lighter-bodied, and the drinkability is quite good. Overall, this is an alright brew, I'd probably consider it more of an APA, but it's still pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 02:55:52 | More by shand
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Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is a slightly hazy yellow with a thin finger of foamy white head with a nice layer of lacing on the glass.

The smell is light with a touch of some roasty malts and a slight aroma of citrus hops.

The taste is smooth with a bitterness with a nice citrus flavor. A slight pomagranit flavor balances well with a great malt sweetness.

There is a nice aftertaste that keeps me interested and lingering bitterness that is just the right amount of flavor. There is a smooth warming feel that is hot but silky. This beer is highly drinkable and goes down pretty easy.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 04:59:52 | More by Duhast500
Photo of nicksta


2.5/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer has minimal lacing and almost no foam. Nice gold color, but the entire appearance looks like your average Canadian lager. The smell is sweet and crisp and not much else. The taste scores some points for great hops, kind of pine-like, that taste great from the start and finish with a sublime bitter aftertaste. However, there's no balance. The malt balance is gone and the beer is way too damn thin.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 01:39:24 | More by nicksta
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2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, light honey yellow with 2 fingers of white head. Foam fades within minutes. Champagne-like bubbles drift quickly up all sides of the glass.

S - Pine and grassy hops are most noticeable. Hints of lemon and spicy honey-like malt. Not too intensely hoppy though.

T- Lemony and zesty up front. Hop bitterness next. Not a huge malt backbone to this beer unfortunately. Finishes weak with no real aftertaste.

M - Thin-to-medium body. Decent carbonation. Dry, yet thick and syrupy finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 01:06:05 | More by rundocrun
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2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Slightly oranged golden. Thin head lasts decently I suppose.
S- The smell is subdued for the style. There is a bit of citrus and pine, but it lacks the hoppy pop I expect from this style.
T- There is a bit of citrus up front, and a just barely present pale malt presence. I guess there is a bit of pine in the finish, but it's really not sticking out for me.
M-Light body, medium-high carbonation.
O- It's a decent, easy drinking IPA, but there is not much character to it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 04:46:55 | More by jsprain1
Photo of grittybrews


2.73/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange-amber into a tulip with two fingers of bright white head. Mild, juicy aroma of grapefruit and a hint of pine.

Low carbonation and a very thin mouthfeel. Weak, slightly sweet caramel malt up front with lemon and a trace of pine. Watery and just a hint of bitterness. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 03:24:11 | More by grittybrews
Photo of Tone


3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight earthy malt, citrus hops, hint of alcohol, hint of grain, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong citrus hops, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, hint of dry hop, and hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 00:54:18 | More by Tone
Photo of engagechad


3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into insulated tumbler at a cookout - chilled

Pours a ambery orange with mediocre head, smells faintly of hops but it's nice.. Taste is mildly bitter with some good earth backbone.

Overall this is actually a pretty decent IPA in my opinion. I would definitely purchase this if I needed an affordable IPA

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 23:15:36 | More by engagechad
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North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a bright yellow-orange coloring with a thin, filmy head that clings strongly to the glass. Lemon and orange aromas, effervescent in feel. The taste is light, sweet citrus tinged malt with a blast of peppery dry hops shortly after. Green and bitter throughout, with a rustic, peppered, and bitter aftertaste. The finish is dry and peppered, leaving the tongue slightly puckered.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 01:12:55 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Knapp85


3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours out as a nice looking copperish gold color, the head is pretty good looking. The lacing is nice and thick for a typical ipa. The smell is hoppy and has a good malt aroma too. The taste has a pretty good bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall the beer has pretty good quality from start to finish. I enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 22:37:39 | More by Knapp85
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3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light orange, breaking into the yellow spectrum. There's a finger of white head that dissipates quickly.

S - The smell of this beer is great. There's fruit and pine that break through. There's not much in the way of malts, but it smells like a nice IPA.

T - The taste is a little disappointing, as compared to the smell. The taste is a little more bitter than I anticipated, with less fruit and pine.

M - This beer is a but thin. Not a phenomenal finish to this, either. There's a bitterness that lingers, which I don't like.

Overall, this is a nice, moderately priced, beer. I would absolutely buy it again. It's a good 95-degrees-out beer, and a great sharing beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 23:34:23 | More by gdrydenc
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New York

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a pry-off 12oz bottle to standard pint, with a pretty awesome bottling date format: "BOTTLED ON: APR 19 11 - 12:03 NH"

Appearance (4.0): 2-finger, smooth and pillowy head of fine bubbles, bone-white. The body is perfectly clear, and perfectly golden. Very little lacing.

Smell (2.5): Piney hops dominate the nose, with a very mild, bready malt undertone. The smell is actually relatively tame, not overly aromatic but what does come through is predominantly piney and second grassy hops, followed by a soft, light, bready malt scent.

Taste (3.0): Hops are actually NOT what comes across right away. They’re there, but the first thing you get is that very mild malt body—very light and just a hint of sweetness. Bready. Then the piney hops come in and wash everything away, and dominate the aftertaste, mixing with the body just a bit to make for a bright, almost lemony mix. There’s also a metallic undertone in the finish, like the lemony flavor turns into the metallic note. Not very unpleasant, really, but it is what it is.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Good, active carbonation that sticks around a bit. A little coarse and tingly, not fine and velvety like a well-bottle-conditioned beer. Could be wrong, but it almost feels force-carbed, honestly (not that it’s the end of the world). The body is a bit thin and watery.

Overall (4.0): I have to agree with the Bros’ assessment that this isn’t really an IPA (I’d say it’s generally closer to an APA), which lowers its score a bit. But, if we’re just grading for enjoyment, this is a nice session beer, and very quaffable—the kind of thing I’d want during the summer. Can’t hate it for that.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 02:57:38 | More by fmccormi
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1.43/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

May 12 bottle date.
Served in tulip pint.

A lifeless and dull yellowy orange color. Small white head with bad retention and no lacing.
Smells like a slightly hopped up adjunt lager. No real malts coming through-- and the hops aren't aromatic, instead they smell purely like bittering hops.
The flavor is bland and any ingredients used seem to vanish. All that comes across is a slight citrus/pine hop and harsh bitterness.
It has a numbing effect on my tongue-- very odd. It's like heavy seltzer water in feel.

Wow. This is really a poor ipa. I will not be buying this ever again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 01:42:11 | More by AleWatcher
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 6pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA
Purchase Price : $8.99/6pk
Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a very clear, golden honey color. A nice, but not very dense, two finger, white colored head. Fades to a thin white coating on top of the beer. Leave a decent amount of lace on the glass.

S - A maltly, slightly citrusy smell.

T - I'm a huge IPA fan and I don't get the really bad reviews of this beer. A decent hop bite with a malty background. Not quite as citrusy as I like my IPAs and it's not quite as balanced like some of the higher rated IPAs but a good beer, in my opinion. The ABV is barely noticeable.

M - A thinner consistancy. A bitter aftertaste after each sip.

O - A blind purchase on my part. I hadn't seen it on the shelves before so I gave it a try. Will I buy again? Probably not since there are better IPAs out there, and maybe it is more of a pale ale than an IPA, but I'll have no problem finishing the remaining beers in the 6pk. Is it the best IPA out there? No, but it's not he worst beer I've ever had either.


Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 00:38:12 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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North Carolina

2.23/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, bottled on 4/4/11.

Pours a light amber color with lots of carbonation. One finger head and no lacing to speak of.

Smells of grapefruit, and slight orange peel. Getting a strong sweetness in the nose.

Taste is bitter and hoppy up front, but none of that lingers around.

Overall very unimpressive, I think if coors light made an IPA this is what it would taste like.

Do not seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 20:22:07 | More by kflack
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2.48/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into my iron horse mug.

A pours a clearish amber color

S smells like a christmas tree with a very strong pine smell.

T a light pine flavor with some light malt flavors.

Overall this is mediocre ipa. There is nothing special about this one but at least it is not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 01:03:19 | More by beerandcycling88
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,489 ratings.