Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery
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Ratings: 2,604 | Reviews: 1,103 | Display Reviews Only:
3.13/5 rDev -4.3%
Bottled July 11, 2011
Long Hammer pours your classic IPA medium amber color with a nice and frothy cap of foam. The head is beige in color and has both excellent retention and lacing. I find it interesting that highly tuned beers like this always look fantastic, but sometimes fall short in other categories.
The aroma is nice, but does not really blow me away. It is sweet and hoppy with a pleasant floral citrus character that hints at orange and grapefruit. Unfortunately a hint is about all you get. Even the sweetness seems a bit bland.
The flavor is sweet and pretty boring. The malt character at least has a bit more interest to it in the taste, but this interest is added by a flavor that almost seems stale. I highly doubt this brew would be stale after just a month and a half. The hops are similar to the aroma, but perhaps a bit zestier. The more I drink this the less enthused I am about the hop character in general. The bitterness seems a bit overly harsh.
The mouthfeel is medium with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer finishes fairly dry despite the sweetness in the flavor, with hop bitterness lingering on the palate.
I remember when this was one of the only IPAs you might find in a chain restaurant or even a local bar. I bought it for old time sake and am not surprised at why they have recently done an overhaul of the branding at Redhook. It is a decent beer that is of obvious quality, but it is pretty tame and lacks soul. I am fairly certain that in this day and age I could do much better, even at a chain.
09-01-2011 12:04:42 | More by zoso1967
2.85/5 rDev -12.8%
12oz bottle (Jun 9 '11) poured into a pint glass
A: Pours clear golden yellow with just under two fingers of white head. Leaves little lacing, not great on head retention.
S: Hop character is light and mostly floral (almost noble like), pilsner malt, not much else. Doesn't smell much like an IPA.
T: As with the nose, the hops are rather light (in both intensity and flavor), mostly floral with some spicy and almost metallic qualities. Lots of pale grains with plenty of pilsner I believe. There is a decent bit of bitterness in the finish, but the flavor just isn't really there.
M: Medium body, moderate to high carbonation. Not all that resinous/sticky, a little bitter but nothing unusual.
O: I would have a very tough time believing that this was an IPA if someone handed me an unmarked glass. It's more like a bigger-bodied pilsner.
08-27-2011 03:42:13 | More by Satchboogie
3.2/5 rDev -2.1%
Look: Golden yellow with orange highlights throughout. 1 inch frothy head with ok retention and lace
Smell: Very muted citrus hops with traces of caramel
Taste: The beer is very malt forward as opposed to hop forward like I like in my IPA's. Hints of grapefruit orange and spice
Mouthfell: Medium body and medium to high carbonation with a dry tart finish
Overall: It's ok but not bright fresh and clean like I prefer IPA's but it is worth a try
08-26-2011 01:47:26 | More by DarthKostrizer
3.23/5 rDev -1.2%
Bottled on 07/15/2011
Long Hammer IPA pours a pale gold in the glass with a thin whitish head that disappears instantaneously leaving scant lacing.
The aroma is faintly reminiscent of citrus with a hint of malt.
The flavor recovers from the aroma somewhat with a light lemony/orange citrus background to the bready malts. Bitterness is the key note speaker of the hops and not entirely in a good way. More malts might help as well as flavoring hops. Alcohol is not entirely masked and there appears to be a somewhat astringent side to the finish. Warming a tad seems to alleviate some of the negative features.
The mouthfeel is light/medium and the carbonation while not excessive seems somewhat harsh.
Overall, while drinkable, I do not find Long Hammer IPA overly enjoyable though I suppose the flavor profile might grow on you with time.
08-25-2011 01:33:40 | More by BlackBearForge
2.58/5 rDev -21.1%
Weird little bottle, but I do really like the bottle cap and the quote underneath it: Cheers to 12oz curls!
A: Pours a clear golden color with lots of small carbonation bubbles released to the top. A 1.5 finger white head formed on top, but quickly reduced to a thin layer of foam on top. Splotchy lacing down the sides.
S: A little bit of hop presence, but seems lacking compared to most IPA aromas, very little bit of orange. Would have guessed it for a weak pale ale actually. Has a sort of funky grain aroma, and not in a pleasant way.
T: Similarly disappointing. Somewhat bitter with no citrus and just a touch of pine. Very grainy and bready with a little bit of caramel. Bitter finish.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not very smooth at all, actually a little difficult to drink.
O: Not a good IPA at all, glad I only got one bottle. The best part about this beer is the bottle cap.
08-23-2011 23:46:51 | More by mdaschaf
3.05/5 rDev -6.7%
Unique bottle, kinda stubby but not at the same time. Pours a pale orange beer with a small to medium sized head. Slightly hazy. Floral hops and oranges come out of the nose and a wheat malt-like backing. Nothing out of this world.
Interesting taste, floral and citrusy in front, harshly bitter in the back. It's sort of an odd bitter, somewhat medicinal maybe, close to unpleasant. That medicinal bitterness tends to linger for a while in the aftertaste. A little salty as well, making for a weird mouthfeel. Some nice floral and citrus hop tastes hidden in there, but maybe there was a little too much dry-hopping or something because all of these seemed to be drowned out for the most part by the bitterness. I'm all about more hops in beer, but these seem a bit strong and odd for a regular IPA and a flavor or two are definitely off.
08-20-2011 04:03:10 | More by chodinheaven
2.33/5 rDev -28.7%
A- Dark hazy orange color
S- Very hoppy aroma
T- A generic hoppy flavor with a touch of citrus, as you drink it actually tastes worse.
M- Very watery with a horrible aftertaste
O- To me Killian's Irish Red tastes much better, it's similar but less offensive. If it didn't have that aftertaste I would enjoy it.
08-18-2011 12:33:49 | More by redfire89
2.9/5 rDev -11.3%
Found this really cheap at Wal-Mart, picked up a 6xer, curious to see how I will rate this...
Appearance - Pours a clear yellow-amber, some small n large bubbles, 1/2 finger head that dissipates very quickly, pretty nice color.
Smell - Not a very strong smell, but what I can smell is slight floral and citrus, and some sugary carmel. Sweet notes are stronger in the nose than the hops.
Taste - Some floral and citrus hops, some citrus sweetness in the background, finishes with some bitterness that turns to dried yellow grapefruit peel going long, also pick up some alcohol in the back of the throat after the sip.
Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel, a little watery and juicy, some crispness from a pretty good amount of carb, semi dry finish after the sip.
Overall - At 44 IBU's, there's not alot of bitterness here. BUT, with the flavors being out of balance, the bitterness comes as a "punch" at the end of the sip. This has 4 distinct parts - floral-citrus, semi-sweet citrus juice, a semi-dry bitterness, then alcohol. There's really not any complexity, and almost no harmony of these 4 pieces - they all happen separately, and are felt individually. It's okay and will quench your thirst, and I would probly take this over a macro, although this almost makes me think of a macro "flavored with hops and amped alcohol". I will finish the 6xer, but I will not purchase this again.
08-18-2011 03:06:51 | More by blackcompg
2.65/5 rDev -19%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into maudite snifter.
A- Pours a pale slightly hazy copper color with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.
S- Very disappointing. No hops, almost feels like I'm smelling the glass.
T- I was expecting a lot more flavor from this ipa.
O- I don't think I would get this one again.
08-15-2011 04:38:07 | More by HopsKeepDroppin
2.8/5 rDev -14.4%
Brassy amber pour with a very small head and lacing was non existant
slight hop aroma...actually trying like crazy to get something from the nose of this one.
Taste is a bit thin...nice bitterness in the finish but pretty empty in between.
This one was ok...not good and wont look for it again
08-12-2011 01:45:02 | More by dmamiano
3.55/5 rDev +8.6%
Appearance is a medium gold with bubbles and a white head.
Smell is of floral hops, maybe some citrus.
Taste is on the mild side with floral hops and a slight bit of malt in the background. Could use with a bit more flavor. Mouthfeel is medium body with medium carbonation.
Not a bad beer, but uninspiring for an IPA.
08-11-2011 19:52:32 | More by Jerone
3.43/5 rDev +4.9%
head was one finger with little to no retention
for an ipa the smell was pretty bland, faint citrus maybe a hint of
kind of dry, it maybe a personal preference but i like a big malty stage to allow the hops to perform
i like most of redhooks beers but this is sort of a dissapointment.
08-10-2011 07:35:36 | More by zachsmith
2.73/5 rDev -16.5%
A - Golden and clear body topped by a head just darker than eggshell and having some solid stamina.
S - Rather malty for an IPA. There is some fruit but it seems more grape and apple than citrus.
T - Mild grassy hops more than anything. I'm not going to call it boring for an IPA but... I may call it not that interesting.
M - Medium bodies brew with a moderately sticky feel on the lips.
~ The look and feel are solid while the scent and taste leave a bit to be desired. I wouldn't really recommend it to a friend. But, I would like to try it on tap in it's home state just to see if the bottle and travel halfway across the county has had an adverse affect.
08-10-2011 02:10:58 | More by cdkrenz
2.8/5 rDev -14.4%
a: It looked like beer, gold, no head, slightly fizzy
s: weak hints of pear
t: light hop flavor, slightly sweet, not much there.
m: smooth, but watery. slightly carbed. easy to drink
o: A weak, all around IPA. I've had Pale ales with more hop punch than this. It's a nice drinkable beer, maybe as a gateway IPA, just not what I expect from an IPA.
08-05-2011 13:33:24 | More by fivehoursfree
3.15/5 rDev -3.7%
Redhook IPA is a lovely golden coloured beer with too many flashing highlights to keep track of them all. My favourite are the sharp amber ones that hit only when held directly up into the light. Although its body is transparent, chill haze (and a bit of suspended proteins) mark up the otherwise clear beer. While it has some head, it could use an upgrade.
The aroma has plenty of hop bitterness but none of the pleasant hop flavours - there's good heavy metal music and then there's music that is just loud and distorted. This is the latter. There's no rhythm, no intricacies and certainly nothing to get your head nodding. Some citrus notes make it through, and some toasted maltiness, but it's not exactly catchy.
I took my first sip and just said 'no'. This isn't what comes to mind when I think IPA and it certainly isn't hitting the spot now that I'm craving one. The flavour on the whole is faint and diluted, but the hoppiness in particular is non-existent save for a weedy, leafy herbal flavour that sort of lingers like bitter greens. Their oiliness sticks to the palate astringently.
Redhook IPA is an easy beer to drink if flavour isn't high on your list of important things and especially if you don't have a palate for bitterer beers. It is at least twice as bitter as commercial swill, mind you, but it won't turn your cheeks inside out. That said, it does leave a distastefully bitter greens taste in the mouth that can be quite pungent and lasting.
Redhook IPA isn't going to win over lager drinkers any more than it will hop heads. It's an IPA that lacks the character typical of the style yet has enough hoppiness to turn away the average Joe. The $2 I paid for this bottle is a fair price but it does not represent good value for money. If you're in the North-West, there are much better options available to you.
08-03-2011 01:34:10 | More by biegaman
3.2/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
07-28-2011 04:26:27 | More by Mora2000
3.28/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-23-2011 07:19:30 | More by TMoney2591
2.9/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
07-19-2011 13:54:31 | More by rinhaak
2.58/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
07-15-2011 03:15:02 | More by kflorence
2.75/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
07-13-2011 00:13:17 | More by FreshHawk
3.93/5 rDev +20.2%
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.
07-12-2011 04:19:38 | More by 9InchNails
2.83/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
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.
07-10-2011 14:16:24 | More by 6993bc
4/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
07-10-2011 05:25:18 | More by FrozenJoe
2.45/5 rDev -25.1%
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.
07-10-2011 03:07:12 | More by chocosushi
3.58/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
07-08-2011 02:55:52 | More by shand
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,604 ratings.