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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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New Mexico

3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I consider myself the lord of IPA's, in a small town who is challenged to shelving the goods. Which hasn't stopped me from tasting and such...IPAs are golden and crafted on levels of distinction and taste. And when it comes to this IPA, I would rather crush some Ranger IPA. This IPA hits, but after awhile...the flavor doesn't continue as much as having the first taste.

Had in a bottle, looks like it would pour very lame and clear.

Smell is there, just like any strong righteous IPA.

Taste has value at the start, but after a couple bottles...it's the same taste as the start...no hop to hop 2.

Mouthfeel is there.

If you have heartburn...and a man with balls, drink this. But after awhile...the taste will roll flat...And thats why I suggest the Ranger.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 12:19:02 | More by frickersticker3
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New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this on-tap at Bailey's bar in Chapel Hill, NC. Nothing very special. I'm very surprised that the establishment chose this Portsmouth, NH brewery as their only IPA on tap. It's an odd choice considering that the Smuttynose Finestkind IPA (perhaps the finest IPA I've had) is also brewed in Portsmouth, NH.

Appearance: a golden amber color. I had it on tap, but have seen the bottle packaging and was not impressed. Very plain and bland label.

Smell: Even bouquet with no distinctive flavors breaking through.

Taste: Much milder than most IPA's I have had. Had little bite and needed more hops.

Mouthfeel: It was not very refreshing and did felt like it had been left out for a day.

Drinkability: There is just not much to be said for this beer. Lacked distinguishing qualities.

Opt for the much better, all-around Smuttynose IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 22:08:37 | More by montauk7
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold in color with a creamy 1 finger beige head; really good foamy lacing that clings to the side.

Smells of floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, orange peel, coriander and light grains. Pretty hoppy overall nose with malt mixed in.

Tastes of sweet malt, floral hops, piney hops, orange peel, coriander, caramel, some fruits like sour apple, and light toasted grains. The hops in the nose were stronger than the hops in the flavor and this seemed more like a pale ale than an IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with light carbonation and a medium body that has a crisp and almost watery feel.

Highly drinkable, this goes down easy with ease and is very tasty. Compared to other IPA's this is on the weak side, but still a good one to drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 14:56:49 | More by CHickman
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2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

144th review on BA
Bottle to pint

*left over from Christmas eve that brother in law brought over*

App- This was a darker yellow with a 1/2 in head that had some nice lacing.

Smell- A little funky on this one. Spicy with some citrus I think was grapefruit or nectarine?

Taste- Much more malt than hops on this one. A very odd taste with some bread and hints of lime. Just didnt work for me.

Mouth- It's light, crisp and water and bland. Not a good thing.

Drink- I'm not a fan of their starter IPA. A big let down for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 04:43:56 | More by FosterJM
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3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap "Redhook IPA"

A - Yellow thin, small head and no lace.

S - Smells more malty than ipa'ness. That being said its kinda malty/lager/ale'ish and not hoppy and citrus.

T - Some citrus notes, but more thin and no to much hop flavor, kinda thin and not much bitter aftertaste.

M - Good, medium amount of carbonation and fizz, goes down smooth.

Drinks easy for an ipa, could drink a few with non-ipa enthusiasts, maybe a good ipa beginner ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2010 19:16:06 | More by SDtastentune
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3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Time to start going through all the random-ass beers I got as Christmas gifts...

Pour is very light translucent orange, almost yellow. Head is small, white and soapy, turns to a ring pretty quickly leaving minimal lacing. Slight sediment if you look closely.

Fruity and earthy/dank hops in the nose, a little faint but not bad.

Surprising hop presence...grassy, citrus, earthy. Pale and bready malts are nice but doesn't mix quite right. Biscuity finish. Earthy-ness starts to dominate the smell and taste as it warms.

Mouthfeel could be better. Too prickly and bitter on the tongue, flavors never seem quite balanced. Not much of a booze taste.

I don't really get all the hate for this beer, I really didn't find it bad. Not great, but definitely not bad. Paired fine with a simple sandwich and veggies.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 20:17:25 | More by Chico1985
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3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I had one of these it was on tap, at a Mexican restaurant and it worked perfectly with my chili relleno. Had I given it a review at the time it would be an A+. So I had to try the bottle:

Appearance: Nothing special--an almost cloudy straw color. It keeps a small creamy head which I like.

Smell: Grapefruit and nothing else.

Taste: Mild for an IPA. Nothing jumps out at you, but there's also nothing negative at all about it. A great grapefruit taste that the nose hints at from the start.

Mouth-feel: Light, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drink-ability: A perfect summer beer, or a beer to pair with spicy food. I like it a lot, and it won't be the last time I down a few.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 06:09:00 | More by godlessape
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3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with an embossed label dated 7/07/10

Redhook Longhammer IPA poured a clear golden color with a ½ finger white head that formed delicate lacing. The nose is grassy, of citrusy hops and light pale malts. The taste begins with citrus, then grassy and ends in a light soap like flavor.

Longhammer IPA is a very average and basic IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 19:30:14 | More by bushbeer75
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3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Longhammer is one of the first IPAs I ever tried. Felt it was worthy of a revisit, this time from the tap, into a standard pint glass.

Pours a perfectly clear light orange with a frothy head nearly two fingers tall that recedes to about half its size then doesn't go anywhere, leaving thick bubbled sheets of lace.

Citrusy hops prickle the nose with lots of grapefruit and spicy lemon. Bright, snappy and solid, but nothing special.

The hops don't follow to the flavor, however. There seems to be a lot more pale malt here than I got from the nose, giving me a strong flavor of crackers before lime, just a tiny hint of bitter grapefruit, and herbal basil sneak in. The finish is subtly sweet.

The mouthfeel increases my sense of this beer's insubstantiality: light, watery body; delicate, tickly carbonation.

I can see how Longhammer is so popular with the masses, as it's definitely an approachable IPA. But for this beer drinker, big flavors and hops that smack you in the mouth are more important than approachability. Longhammer is decent, but nothing more.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 21:52:50 | More by Phelps
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3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy rusty golden amber with fluffy white head and descent retention. Nice lacing.

S- Citrus and floral hops in the front. Slight hint of pine. Background of sweet malt.

T- Bitter front end followed by floral hopps and pine. Sweet undertones balance things out. Grasses and earthy.

M- Crips and refreshing with a clean bite of hops. Effervescent with a dry finish.

D- Very refreshing and drinkable. Perfect for a chugger after mowing the grass.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 03:40:10 | More by JayS2629
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4.25/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-gold with a tint of amber. thin cream head. fairly light for an IPA

S-impressively strong hops and citrus presence. I'm actually quite pleased with this aroma

T-hits with a fairly strong hit of hops and citrus, this however ends the experience. there is almost no after-taste and no bitterness. over all its a smooth IPA that is great for beginners.

M-medium carbonation with a great creamy finish

D-hmm i actually like this a lot....i'm very confused by the other peoples' reviews...the taste isn't too complex but its otherwise a great drink. i could have many glasses of this with complete satisfaction

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2010 22:54:30 | More by AdamBear
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District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Xchange in D.C.

The beer is a light orange / yellow color and appears clear with mild effervescence. The aroma is rather weak, with a light dose of hops and citrus. The flavor is average, and could be bolder. The hop presence is pretty subdued and tame. The finish has a subtle odd note with a hint of alcohol. Overall, a mediocre example of the style. I won't order this again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2010 22:11:48 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared with my roommate.

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a fluffy white head that clings to the wall of the glass.

S: The nose starts off with citrus hops, floral hops, and perhaps a bit of urine. Some bread and cracker type malts are present as well.

T: This is moderately bitter, but not necessarily in a good way. Bitter grain flavors, primarily overcooked bread, along with a bitter pine flavor from the hops. Some mild citrus undertones as well as some floral notes.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation after the beer comes up to temperature.

D: Not really my favorite IPA, but it's not as terrible as some of the ratings indicate. But it is about as average as its score here.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 04:32:01 | More by womencantsail
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2.48/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not sure I can say I am disappointed since I never read about this beer in the first place so there was no hype to live up to. However, I am disappointed that I randomly chose this beer due to a limited selection at an El Segundo liquor store on Main street for Thanksgiving. I guess I would prefer it over a Budweiser though.

Appearance- No personality. Slightly cloudy brown and about one and a half fingers of short lived head.

Smell- Minimal hints of the hops and malt but not distinguished enough to form its own personality.

Taste- Lacks distinguishment in taste. Hard to discribe because there are no well defined characteristics that stand out. Bitterness is present but lacks a true IPA's attributes.

Mouthfeel- An unsatisfying dry feel. Bitterness is slightly there and no real punch in carbonation.

Drinkability- Goes down rather easily but just lacks the IPA quenchness.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 06:23:43 | More by LosAngelesJoinMe
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was the second of the three beers I had on Thanksgiving.

I guess this was formerly "Redhook IPA." Hmmm.... I just found that out and had always wondered where that beer went.

A: Poured a fairly cloudy, rust orange color, with a nice 1-2 inch head after a fairly hard pour. Tons of carbonation in the mix.

S: Sweet and fruity, but without the usual "asprin-like tingle" that I commonly find with American IPAs.

T: Citrus for sure, however, in place of the usual hop bitterness, I found this one fairly sugary and syrupy. Despite the overwhelming sucrose content on the front part of the sip, the finish was fairly smooth. Once I got used to it, this got better.

M: The lacing was fairly substantial on the glass, and in the mouth. I though that from the looks of it in the beginning that the carbonation would help cut through some of that cloyingness. Sadly, I was mistaken somewhat. Still, the fruitiness was of the fresh variety.

D: Before I really got into craft beer, this was my go-to IPA (by its former name of course). However, tastes change and people change, and this one just doesn't have the same appeal it once did for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 07:25:36 | More by Chaney
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New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not an IPA in the true sense, nor is it a brew for hop heads. However, it is very drinkable and packs a punch more than the ABV: 6.50% would indicate. I had a bunch of $3 off coupons on 12 packs and was only paying $7.99, so it became my every day beer of choice. In that price range it beats most everything out there thus allowing me to savor the real IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 16:53:37 | More by pabstsmear
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3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-orange in color with lots of floaties and a thick haze. Poured with a thin white head that leaves a nice cap and lots of wet lacings. Light floral hop aroma with lemon and orange aromas and an earthy grassy undertone. Medium bodied with nice carbonation, but a little watery at the finish. Appears to be a fuller bodied beer than it actually is. A mix of malt flavors with orange and lemon hop flavors right up front, banana in the middle and light pine hop finish that leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. Quite different than most IPAs that are available. A complex flavor profile that lacks the hop intensity that I've come to expect from an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 02:43:31 | More by IronLover
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3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

some of the hatred for this beer is a bit over-the top, and I think the frustration really lies in the idea that this beer is not really half bad, but it could be so much more. it's not really an IPA that challenges the palate, but rather, is fairly representative of the style and another IPA in the hop-filled market at the moment. although it was likely fairly groundbreaking to the American market when originally released by Red Hook, Long Hammer has become a sort of also-ran in the IPA market. A solid brew, without a doubt (imagine if this was in 30 packs for cheap?!?!!) but hard for me to pull off the shelf when there are so many other brews available at a similar price point. I would recommend trying this if it's part of a Red Hook sampler pack or the like, but I wouldn't trudge through the forests of Siberia to find this fairly average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 21:54:10 | More by stangski83
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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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

So many have asked if Long Hammer IPA is the same as Redhook IPA. The answer is yes. It's a bit deceiving for consumers who cares.

No problem with head retention on this one--three fingers of healthy-looking off-white head slowly drops a stodgy coating of lace on the glass. Sweet, oily hop aroma: one part floral and one part soft citric. Hint of fruity esters and a kernel of malt in the nose as well. Very smooth with a moderate body and a perfect level of mid-range carbonation. Lots of clean hop oil to begin with, and some bitterness setting in with a semi- aggressive grassy flavor. Light biscuity grain flavors from middle to end, with a tagalong fruitiness. Light breath of alcohol and more hop flavor in the dry finish.

This is your standard utility American IPA, nothing too crazy or in-your-face, but just a solid IPA in the regional brewery genre--perhaps more of a Pale Ale by today's standards. Satay ginger chicken with a spicy peanut dipping sauce did very well with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 21:00:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't get all the hate for this beer. I tend to enjoy it on occasion. Living in a land where the better stores close at 7pm and getting off at 8, being able to find this in a gas station is quite good. Sure it isn't the best around, but it is not meant to be either. For what it is, I will take it and gladly.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:52:07 | More by deletedmemory
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was not one of the greatest IPA'S I have had. Its appearance and smell was not something to talk about. The beer itself was barely drinkable. I did not enjoy the mouthfeel of the beer it did not give a great filling taste like some other IPA'S I have had. The taste itself was somewhat citrusy with some flowery taste at the end. The drinkability of this beer for me is not good, it is not a beer I would like to try again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 03:28:57 | More by thedoubler55
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2.28/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

This is not a good beer. While I'm glad that something like this is becoming more mainstream, it's not something I enjoy like seeing Sierra everywhere, as I do not enjoy drinking this beer.

Pours a moderate copper color with a white head. The nose brings faint hints of citrus and pine with a pretty hefty dose of generic doughy bread in place of actual hop characteristics. The taste is the same way; this is just a generic base with a mild sprinkle of hops. Medium feel with no appreciable bitterness levels. Drinks fine, but there's no reason to want to drink more of this.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 16:05:32 | More by Thorpe429
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3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a straw color that is cloudy due to sediment. A 1 inch off-white head forms and reduces to a nice over-the-top lacing. Carbonation also visible.

The aroma is of hops, but quite weak. The hoppiness, primarily appears in the citrus realm with an orange-like sweetness.

The taste includes a pine/citrus hops that is backed by a odd bitterness and some earthy tones.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with a bit too light carbonation. A quick bite with almost no follow through.

Overall, this ia a reasonable beer, but nothing really stands out, nor makes it exceptionally bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 23:54:02 | More by SykDoc
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3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light amber/copper color with just over a finger of white head. Very fine lacing that clings a bit to my glass.

Smell: Pine, citrus, caramel malts, and some floral hops.

Taste: Biscuity, along with a bit of caramel up front. Medium amount of floral and piney hops overlay everything. Definitely a bit light on the hops

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, fairly smooth with decent carbonation. Fairly drinkable IPA, but probably not one I'd go out of my way to try again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 01:55:45 | More by zhanson88
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North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It is not too bad of a showing here. Redhook is trying to introduce the mass market to a different style of beer. However, they are only moderately successful in their effort.
Pours orange straw color, decent head, little lacing.
Smells of hops, oranges, and barley.
A little boozy tasting and pretty bitter even for an IPA.
Mouthfeel is pretty decent.
Drinks not too easily, could not have more than maybe two.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 12:50:16 | More by TheKingofWichita
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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