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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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2,479 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,479
Reviews: 1,097
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 98 | 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 sjverla


3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Grapefruit and a tiny bit of sweetness. Slight hints of straw grassiness.

Appearance: Solid gold with a very slight haze and about an inch of head.

Taste/Feel: Bitter and grassy at first, with a quick resiny follow-up. Hints of alcohol and a minor floral quality deeper in. No malt to speak of, save for a minor roastiness to round out the bottom. Sharp mouthfeel--highly carbonated.

Overall: It's an IPA. Solid, but not outstanding in the field.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 04:16:47 | More by sjverla
Photo of macrent2


3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came in a bottle. After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had a very distinct yellow/orange glowing colour with a healthy amount of carbonation and a 2 finger head that disapated rapidly. A rather nice amount of lacing to report.

Grapefruit and citrus pine aroma.

Very carbonated, dry and smooth.

A average balance of citrus, pine, and dark hops flavour. Has a bit of a bitter and distinct aftertaste, but nothing too bad. A bit strong at times whilst drinking.

Very Average IPA but the price is good so I may have this again!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 09:16:22 | More by macrent2
Photo of dcook11


2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer gets a lot of hate. I agree it shouldn't be considered an ipa, but it would be a decent pale ale.

A- Nice lacing, two finger white head, medium carbonation, light amber in color.

S- Olive oil, hops, malt backbone.

T- Olive oil that gives way to bitterness and finially a weak malt backbone.

M- Medium mouthfeel.

D- Could easily do a six pack or more but that just me.

Got a 12 pack of this beer for a steal. Not a bad beer to have around the house for a kick back or bbq. Certainly not complex, but well balanced and sessionable. The type of beer you want when you dont want to think too much about the subtl nuiances of the beer but just want something boozy and pleasent.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 02:15:40 | More by dcook11
Photo of Mrkinkle


4.43/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Red Hook Long Hammer IPA is one of my favorite Red Hooks...
6-pack for $7.99

A- Light golden-orange with two fingers of head after being poured, which settles to a thin white foam. Beer is very clear.

S- Bright hoppy wheat smell with a malty citrus note.

T- Burst of cascade hops, followed by a nice sweet malt notes accented with orange peel and coriander. finishes dry.

M- Tingly sensation that makes you want more.

D- Excellent Fall IPA for the price.

Serving type: 12oz. Bottle poured into chilled 16oz. glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 20:45:13 | More by Mrkinkle
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Gold with some head. Definately a light colored IPA.

S-Pretty boring in the scent. Some citrusy hops and a basic malt. Fairly subdued. Satisfactory at best.

T-A little bitter, some citrusy hops and a baby malt. A bit on the boring side but its not awful.

M-The mouthfeel is a bit wacky. Not this beers strongest point.

D-Its not great but far from awful.

This beer is very generic for the style. It is a mellow taste. It was a beginner IPA for me and tasting it now I can see why it is rated so low but its not as bad as its ratings in my opinion. Worth a try if you're new to the game...if not spend your money on something else.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 04:08:03 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pretty much clear, dark yellow with not much head but enough lacing to at least rate average.

Smelled grainy and not very IPAish. No real pine or hops smell that I could detect.

not that hoppy or piney like I would expect from an IPA. Some citrus and grainy flavors. A bit of malt. Still, it's not overly bitter so I'll rate it average.

Somewhat watery and not especially bitey like I like my IPAs. Average at best.

Not very drinkable, I'm probably not going to buy another sixer of this stuff. Acceptable for a cool day of yard work if someone else is buying.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 21:36:11 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of SassyBootblack


3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank a lot of this in college back when it was just Redhook IPA. Had another recently.

Appearance: Clear and pale, bordering on orange. Has a thin, fluffy white head.

Smell: One-note citrus hops. Chinook?

Taste: Bitterness and carbonation tingle the tongue. A little sweet malt. One-note citrus hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Crisp.

Drinkability: Less agressive or challenging than some IPA's, so pretty sessionable.

A nice, basic American style IPA with no real flaws, but the one dimensional hoppiness and lack of interesting malt body keep it from being that interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 16:21:06 | More by SassyBootblack
Photo of lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Much lighter gold than is usual for the style, hazy, some head and lacing. Warning signs already - how can it be so light in colour?

Aroma: Some fruity hops and malty sweetness. Not aggressive on the aroma, no evidence of dry hopping.

Taste: Not as many hops as is often the case from this part of the world, but they are there, fruity, slightly citrusy, slightly woody. There is also some malt sweetness that seems somehow cheap and has no real character for the style, and an unrewarding mineral flavour akin to drinking sparkling water.

Mouthfeel: Slightly full bodied, creamy - not bad.

Drinkability: This should only be given to a macro drinker as an introduction to the IPA style. For anyone used to the style, this is a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 05:10:07 | More by lumikuuro
Photo of jiggahertz

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy straw yellow, with a dissapointing thin head after an agressive pour. Lacing is decent though.

S: Some citrus hops and alcohol on the nose.

T: Floral transitioning to citrus hops, lot of citrus throughout the drink and a dry finish.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation.

D: The citrus adds to the drinkability of this IMO, not the most complex IPA but a good bbq beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 22:01:45 | More by jiggahertz
Photo of eclaycamp


2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. You know, I'm not sure when they did it, but I like Red Hook's "split" front label. It's unique and not something I've seen by any other brewery. Pours a dark gold with a nice bubbling head with some decent retention. Much larger bubbles than I've seen in other beers. Aroma is of straw with some light citrus in the background. Some biscuit type cereal notes that are more characteristic of a lager than something billing itself as an IPA. The mouthfeel is disappointing. It's very flat and almost watery. There's little carbonation to the beer. Not a lot going when you taste the beer either - it's almost nondescript. There's light hop character of orange peel up front and mild cereal malt finishes. Some tulip style floral notes open up the more you drink it. Think of it as a very sessionable IPA, though it lacks the straight ahead hop profile characteristics I like in my IPAs. Honestly it's more like a lager at than anything else. Easy to drink, easy to forget.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 01:03:23 | More by eclaycamp
Photo of LairdChisholm


3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes 8-13-10

A - A nice orange copper color with a one finger white head. Significant lacing that sticks around for a while.

S - Hops with orange, pear and alcohol in that order, though not very pungent.

T - Sweet malts followed by strong to mild hops. This is a hop driven ale though. A slight bready after taste. Very nice.

M - A little too much carbonation with a light feel

D - Not too hard to drink and keeps me wanting another.

Just a note: If you are looking for an IPA, don't go for this. I'm not a huge fan of IPAs and I only have them every once in a while. This is probably why my rating is higher than others.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 14:47:46 | More by LairdChisholm
Photo of therica


4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's sad to see so much trashing of this beer in the reviews, it's really pretty good stuff. Maybe it's due to Redhook's "sellout" success to become nationally distributed and available. No compromise here, as good as many of our mid-Atlantic micro offerings. Yes it's modest on hops bite for an IPA and I guess that's why they call it an American IPA. But there are more bitters than the typical APA so.... think of it as a pretty decent IPA that's on the low IBU range of IPA's (44 IBU per the brewer's website). For those who tire of sour IBU stomachs, you might enjoy this one. Seems a lot of old reviews from early formulas still linger on here from many years ago, contributing to a much lower than deserved overall rating score.

A= nice goldish yellow, healthy modest head, nice rimming, plentiful lacing.

S= a nice nose of malts, sweet and maybe roasted, and a plentiful offering of hops florals.

T= rich complex malts, light honey, a nice blend of mid-range hops with a touch of higher end bittering hops (Alchemy, Cascade, Willamette according to the brewer's website).

M= a nice blend on the tongue, decent dry bitters without being acidic, nice bready malts lingering, some florals remaining for a few minutes.

D= I find this offering very drinkable, sorry for those who don't. This is class stuff. It's going with an Italian sub that I just started eating, goes just fine. I could session on this easily for the evening.

And for those who doubt the veracity of my review on this bottle, I'm now drinking a nice (and recent standard stock of mine) Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. I actually found more malts and complexity in this Long Hammer. But I still have 4 more bottles and plan to buy more, and I will sure as hell down-rate this Long Hammer if I have one less-impressionable experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 01:47:09 | More by therica
Photo of srandycarter


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

A - Light honey, fairly clear, not much head, not much lace.

S - Very light malt smell. Where's the hops?!

T - Malt pleasant enough, small hop profile there. Not IPA.

M - Good carb, decent coating and balance. Not exciting.

D - Lawnmower beer! Not a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 05:08:30 | More by srandycarter
Photo of katan


3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Light golden color, lightly clear. Some floating particles in the beer, indicating to me that this is a bottle conditioned beer. Head formation was light, only a film but decent lacing.

S - Light and balanced nose. Some caramel and roasted malts, offset by some floral and grapefruit hoppy notes.

T - Starts off with a light malt 2 row, some caramel malty notes. Mid-stream gets bitter, balanced, but the hop flavors don't match the bittering. Lightly orange like, some major grapefruit notes then build in the finish. Finishes with piney and grassy hop notes.

M - Moderate beer body, moderate carbonation. The body is creamy, massaging to the tongue. Some oily textures stick to the tongue.

D - Moderate drinkability. Flavors are a bit all over the place, but not overbearing. ABV is manageable. Tongue stickiness is a bit high, somewhat ruining sessioning.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 04:24:42 | More by katan
Photo of IwuvBEER


2.17/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I paid way to much for this 6 pack. I gues you could say it resembles an IPA...kind of. Its like brown ale/pale ale hybrid. When I taste it what comes to mind is taking a Fat Tire and mixing it 50-50 with a Sierra Nevada pale ale. Its not terrible, just not an IPA. I don't think I will ever drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 01:45:59 | More by IwuvBEER
Photo of LacquerHead


2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma was not very strong - some hops with barely any citrus.

This really did not taste like an IPA - an average pale ale at best. I was like a lager mixed with IPA flavoring. It tasted a bit generic. There was some undefined citrus mixed with a very weak pine, but it was pretty mild mannered for an IPA. There was nothing very lively about this beer.

The 6.5%ABV was not very apparent in the flavor. Its drinkability was decent enough.

Overall, I thought it was forgettable. I didn't think it was a good example of an IPA - too weak in flavor and aroma. This might be good for someone who wants to get introduced to IPA's. It was worth a try but there was nothing in this beer that made me want to reach for another. You could live your whole life and not feel jipped if you did not have this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 22:45:43 | More by LacquerHead
Photo of DrDemento456


3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Mulligan's in my hometown a 22oz. for seven bucks. Got pretty ripped.

A - Pours a mild amber in color with an inch of fluffy head. Looks good.

S - Mostly citrus and slight pine. Doesn't smell too bad,

T - Not really all that great. Got way more pine than I wanted out of this IPA and the malt was not balancing the pine to produce any sweetness so all I got was a drinkable pine. Was OK.

M - Pretty good. Not bitter very bitter yet medium bodied.

D - Well no I don't want to have it again and really am tired of average IPA's. They are just not good and this beer seemed to sneak up on me with high hopes of tasting good but leaving me slightly disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 03:16:42 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of bigrzman


2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a beer that missed the mark. Where are the lemony spicy hops. Where is the lingering aftertaste? What happened? The smell was not like and IPA. It did not have a crisp citrus smell with a caremel malt. It was kinda sweet and tinny. The taste was too malty and not bitter. No I will pass on having another.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 23:59:02 | More by bigrzman
Photo of nrbw23


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

A- Pours a fairly light golden color with a white head that has pretty much no retention. Leaves some lacing down the glass.

S- Smells of a bit of citrus. Pretty standard smell for an American IPA but leaves some to be desired from the hops and kind of boring.

T- Tastes is some pine, citrus, and earthy undertones. Same as the smell, pretty average for an am. IPA.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation was on.

D- Nothing really special here and just plain average. Easy to drink and I think I'd consider this one a beginner IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 10:38:24 | More by nrbw23
Photo of Zoxygen


3/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- I liked this aroma alot. Nice IPA citrus/grapefruit

T- After the aroma I expected more from this beer. It had a farty budlite taste under the bitterness. I'd call it a citrusy bitter bud lite.

I wouldnt really recommend this to any of my friends. BUT if I were in NH and this was on tap I could think of quite a few beers I would have Long hammer over.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 19:23:50 | More by Zoxygen
Photo of wcintula

New York

2.25/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one appears with just over a finger of head above more golden-than-red body. It has a "typical IPA" smell but weaker and is about just as lacking in the taste department. It's light-bodied and prickly, by the end I just don't like the taste. Should be labeled "Light IPA."

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 14:48:22 | More by wcintula
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this a few years ago during my introduction to West Coast IPAs - methinks I've learned a lot since...

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with lots and lots of thin, rocky, foamy white head, which leaves a pretty decent wall of drooping lace around the glass as it slowly melts away. It smells of mild, soft grapefruit hops, and caramel nougat. The taste is weedy, citrusy hops, a bit of mild sweet lemon, and some bready malt. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, a bit slick, and it finishes on the sweet side, the bready/caramel malt standing out over the still noticeable muddled hops.

A very restrained, but still acceptable version of the style, most likely best served as an introduction to those unfamiliar with it. Easy to drink, and unassuming.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 03:57:05 | More by biboergosum
Photo of BranfordBound


3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Donahue's Bar and Grille. Served in a pint glass.

Pours the typical IPA. This one is a bit on the golden side, rather than copper. Lots of carbonation feed a covering of bubbles. Leaves lots of lacing, though.

Smells mostly of citrus hops. Typical ipa aroma.

Not half bad. Nice hop flavor, bitter and citrus. Maltiness is a bit subdued for my taste, yet I'm not much of an IPA fan.

Mouthfeel is a little wet, a bit of sting from the carb.

If I was an IPA drinker, I'd probably have another. It's not all that bad and worth a try for someone new to the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 22:04:12 | More by BranfordBound
Photo of Rhynes2


3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden color from the bottle but doesn't leave much head or any lacing down the glass at all. Only a light lemon scent to speak of as far as smells go. I was more expecting a huge hop aroma on this one. While I like the initial bite of this beer the aftertaste dies away quickly and is a bit of a disappointment. Not one of my favorite IPA's but a decent brew to at least give a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 23:38:16 | More by Rhynes2
Photo of streetcommander


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

Poured from 12oz bottle into "coke" glass because it was clean.

Very nice golden amber color with good two finger white head, two minute retention, and surprisingly substantial lacing.

Beer snobs will balk, but this is a fantastic beer for the price, despite it's diversion from the defacto IPA "standards" The fact is, it's closer to an IPA than any other type of beer. It's really very enjoyable. Drinkabilty is high and even higher considering it ABV of 6.5.

Tastes of sweet malt, good carbonation, and commercial hops. Nothing glamorous but still very pleasant for a commonly available grocerystore beer. Very drinkable and refreshing. Very drinkable to a typical macro-light-domestic-corn-rice-no-flavor beer drinker. I would consider it a viable gateway beer for the yet to be enlightened. Solid for a frugal session beer.

The only real negative is an apparent inconsistency in the quality. Never swillish, but some times far better than others.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 23:13:57 | More by streetcommander
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,479 ratings.