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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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2,634 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,634
Reviews: 1,104
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 15
Gots: 170 | 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 Jimmys
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%

A: a very dull color. big fluffy white head with good retention. definitely not clear as i can see a significant amount of matter floating around in my glass.

S: a floral hop aroma is definitely present, but not overpowering. definitely pine. sort of sappy. a touch of maltiness

T: crisp citrus mixes well with an earthy pine like effervescence. definitely on the softer side. not so much maltiness here. a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol-like alcohol flavor.

M: soft carbonation on a medium body.

D: a good beer, definitely not great. more of an APA due to the slightly muted characteristics.

Jimmys, May 12, 2011
Photo of dmbsteve
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%

Pours golden with a one finger head that quickly dissipates. Light lacing.

Mostly citrus aromas. A little grass. Pleasant smell.

Taste is bready malt and lightly hopped for an IPA. Smooth drinking but not aggressive enough for an IPA (IMO). Sort of a weird minty aftertaste.

Body is light and just thin in general. If there was a such thing as a "light IPA" this would be the poster child.

This would be a good first IPA for someone who is just getting into hoppy beers (ie. Non BMC offerings). But in the craft brew arena this doesn't quite cut it.

dmbsteve, May 10, 2011
Photo of JunkYardJake
2.6/5  rDev -20.5%

12oz bottle into goblet.
Straw colored brew that produces a quick-falling head with a stern pour. Smells grassy with a touch of pine. Taste is clean and mild with plenty of bitterness. A bit of floral hop flavor but there is a real lack of depth in the palate. Light bodied with a fluid mouthfeel. This is a drinkable blond ale that appeals to a broad spectrum of consumers. That's not a bad thing, especially if it leads people to better beer. The issue I have is, it appears that they took a mild ale, did a little dry hopping and changed the name to cash in on the IPA bandwagon. When the marketing is more of a focus than the product, I tend to steer clear.

JunkYardJake, May 03, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%

Enjoyed on-tap last night for $5 @ Lester's Sports Bar & Grill in Saint Louis, MO. Poured into a clear pint glass and finished two back to back with friends from tennis.

Appearance- Received with a bright and clear golden/pale body with white and clear 1 finger of head. There were rings of lacing down the side of the glass but the retention was HORRIBLE...

Smell- From the beginning, smelled grassy hops and a hint of some citrus ones as well. The hops were nice but very limited scents for anything else.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Basic above average hop but doesn't meet the American IPA guidelines with having a huge upfront hop taste. Has more of the English IPA attributes but still appreciate the ale. Has a good sweetness and bitterness to it. Has a Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, a "too-smooth" of a taste for an IPA, and dry.

Overall- Enjoyable but nothing special. Very dulled down and doesn't have as many hops as I thought it had in the past. I'm hoping to have again and maybe my outlook will be different. While enjoy so many great IPA's lately, its tough to rate these average ones.

DCon, May 02, 2011
Photo of hdf561
2.7/5  rDev -17.4%

I will be honest Im not much of an IPA fan but this beer had been staring me down at the grocery store for awhile and I caught it on sale so I gave it a try.

Over all its on ok beer, I found it kind of bitter tasting, and I did not like the smell. However it did not have an overpowering taste of after taste which made it drinkable.

It also made my mouth extremely dry which is something I never really experienced before.

Over all this beer is just ok, I would drink it if it was at a buddys house but I do not think I will be buying this again, alot better beers for less money.

hdf561, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of midwestbrewers
2.95/5  rDev -9.8%

A: Pale golden color with a paper thin head. NO lacing on the glass.

S: Nice citric smell with some bready sweetness. Pretty bland smell. Not a whole lot going on here.

T: The same as the smell, except it is really just bitter. Some grapefruit hints and malts to accompany.

VERY BITTER!! There is no real flavor profile to back up the intensity of the bitterness. No real malt to back up.

midwestbrewers, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of LazyL
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Note: the bottles have recently changed to a sort of retro stubby.
The look is a pleasing clear light copper with bright yellow highlights and a generous white creamy head. The nose is on the subtle side but good with some citrus, light malt and a touch of vanilla. The taste is pretty much the same. Nothing stands out and there is only a mild dry bitternes on the finish with a bit of oily grapefruit peel. More of a Northwest Pale Ale but very easy to drink and a refreshing brew. A solid good.

LazyL, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of gopens44
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%

A - Solid yellow and a touch hazy with a lazy slightly off white foamy head that may have reached a finger.

S - Piney hops overpowered most anything else

T - Like the nose,the pine scent of the hops breaks through first with a bit of a malty finish. Maybe some old fashioned licorice taste lingering around.

M - Highly carbonated with a dry finish that doesn't have too much aftertaste. Some, not a ton though.

O - Lots of distaste for this it seems, but it wasn't altogether too bad. Good for a casual beer pick up from time to time when the selection isn't great.

gopens44, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of BucBasil
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured on tap into a pint glass at Hard Rock Cafe at Universal City, CA.

A: Pure ornage with a slight haze. Nice offwhite head with ok retention.

S: Orange rind and slight floral with a sweet note in the back.

T: Slightly watery, but has an ok hop profile. Floral. Piny with a hint of sap. Slight honey character. orange rind. Somewhat unbalanced without malts to back anything up.

O: This was an ok beer. Nothing special. Average, but better than anything else offered at the Hard Rock.

BucBasil, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of climax
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%

This one pours a fairly pale color, pretty much gold with a modest off-white head. The retention is so so, and there is a bit of splatter-like lace.

The aroma is rather faint for an IPA, but it smells appropriate. Bitter grapefruit, fresh lemon, and pine give it what it needs. Auxiliary flavors of bubblegum, and a nice toasted malt backbone give it some complexity. The aroma really is pretty commendable, but some more intensity would have been nice.

The flavor walks the same line as the nose, good but weak. It fits, but it's just too shy. It has nice juicy citrus flavor with a spicy clove note. The finish is herbal with lingering bitterness.

The body is light, and the feel doesn't aid it too much (for it's essentially just carbonation). It's fairly slick with a pretty dry finish. It is easy to drink, no doubt.

I would say this is more of an APA, but not a bad one. It just doesn't have the vigor of a good IPA (after all, it does claim only 44 IBUs). The flavors are respectable, it just needs to turn the volume up and throw in some more body. Perhaps Big Ballard will be on my agenda later.

climax, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of velosuds
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on Mar 03 11 per the label. Paid $7.59 for a sixer on sale at local grocer.

A-Looks can be deceiving, which sadly is the case with this beer. I keep going back to Red Hook because they were the first micro brewery I discovered 20 years ago. Pour is a golden amber with a two finger bone white head with just modest retention, but decent lacing.

S-Aroma is more like an APA. I mostly smell grainy malts and just the slightest citrus. No where near adequate for an IPA. Label suggests generous dry hopping, but either they used the wrong variety, or not nearly enough.

T-There is plenty of bitterness on the palate to be an IPA, but it appears no hops were used in finishing since also not much contribution to the flavor.

M-Not bad, but a little thin.

O-I would give this a 3.25. Another nondescript IPA I won't bother with again. About the only thing positive I can comment on is this might be a good introduction to the IPA style for someone only accustomed to BMC swill.

velosuds, Apr 19, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +20.8%

I really don't understand why I seem to be the only one who likes Red Hook.

Again, I found this as a pretty darn good IPA but again, I'm in the minority.

Pours a golden bright color. Smell bursting with hops which provides a nice aroma.

Taste is again, hops, with a hint of orange. Rather serious IPA at 6.5 ABV, but worth it. I enjoyed. And recommend.

devinoconnor, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of cbarrett4
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%

Okay, it's a rather good IPA but falls short compared to the average Oregon IPA (I use Deschutes Inversion as my standard to judge by). This one pours nicely, has a good aroma with those typical IPA notes. The texture is good, but it seems something is missing here. I felt it better than most reviewers describe, but it's that something missing...

Overall good if there is not much selection where you might be.

cbarrett4, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Fenris244
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a clear deep amber yellow, thin half finger head with minimal retention and some lacing, strings of bubbles from the carbonation are apparent.

Floral aroma with some resin and citrus, not over powerful in the nose but it could also be the pint glass I'm using.

Hop bitterness comes on pretty strong but drops off quickly, lemon pulp and floral notes start to become apparent but after the bitterness from the hops drops off everything else drops with it. Clean finish, feels like somethings missing...

Light in body, crisp and well carbonated fells a little watery at times.

Overall not a bad beer I was just left wanting some more flavor from it.

Fenris244, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Jadjunk
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%

#110. It's been a while since I've done a review, but I've decided to review this beer as the bottle date was September 2 2010 which makes this one old IPA. I enjoyed the Winter Hook release well enough so I'm going to anticipate good things with this.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a 1/5 finger depth frothy head of a mildly pleasing semi-thick consistency. Retention is average; the head dies away gradually but there is a consistent shrouding on the surface. Some light droopy lacing speckles the sides of the glass, but most of it doesn't stick for long. Color is a hazy pale gold. There's an extraordinary amount of pulpy substance suspended in the mix. It's very curious and bizarre. A great deal of medium sized carbonation bubbles rise consistently throughout the beer. The pulpiness of this beer makes it curiously unique, but I'm not sure if it's appealing to me; it certainly won't be to the casual drinker. 3

(Smell) There is far more malty aroma in the nose than hop character, but both lend detectable traces to this brew. This beer lacks the spicy fresh edge that piney hops provide; instead this 7 month-old beer has a very mild, but inviting aroma. I think this would only be better in the case of a fresher beer, but much of the character is still detectable in this beer. There's lots of excitement that this beer needs to be a decent quality IPA; it's just not quite there. 2.5

(Taste) A lackluster blend of malty madness and a lighter hop presence. There's some slight piney highs in the midsection of the taste, but they're faint, only fragments of what might have been a quality IPA six months ago. The fruit content is easy to pick out in this beer; there is a detectable grapefruit character and possibly some grape, very light low acid citrus flavors too. A little more fruitier than my average IPA, but maybe time drained out the other flavors and this is all that's left. Balance isn't quite what I'm looking for, but I'm determined to try this in a fresher batch. It could only be better. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Super super smooth. Almost uncharacteristic for an IPA, it could certainly use some prickly texture to complement the style. There is a little thickness that might allude from the pulpy appearance, but this beer manages a light body at the most. Alcohol is tucked away quite well. There are no astringent or off flavors which is pleasing. 3

(Overall) This is about as average as IPAs can get. I'm sure that there may be some lacking quality due to the age of the beer, but this beer was at least 6 months bottled at the time of my purchase, making quality control or distribution something that needs some serious improvements. The flavors aren't well balanced and the mouthfeel is dull and unexciting. There's improvements to be made through and through, but this beer still manages to be a decent beer, or maybe I just am forgiving with IPAs. 2.5

Redhook Ales Brewery's
Long Hammer IPA:
C- (2.58)

Jadjunk, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of gh02t
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Picked it up at the grocery store because I had not tried it before, from the bottle into my most prized pint glass.

A- pale golden, slightly hazy. 1 finger of head that thins a little quickly but leaves a decent lace behind.

S- citrus and pine maybe a hint of grassiness. Not strong, but pleasant enough.

T- generic American IPA, not bad at all but not particularly amazing. Taste is overwhelmingly pine-hops, though not too terribly strong. A hint of maltiness on the way down. Not the best balance of flavors. Doesnt go well with food.

M- it bubbles. You can swallow it if you choose.

Overall- eh. Slightly better than average.

gh02t, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

Pours a light golden amber, slightly hazy, under 2 fingers of ivory head. Head is not dense but has decent retention.

A - PREVIOUSLY "strong piney hops aroma with lesser citrus" -- NOW "nice fruity and rather fresh hop aroma" -- and light toasted malt components.

T - Hop-favored balance with notable malt presence and some fruitiness and bubblegum. Moderate (for style) amount of hop flavor with a lasting and typically bitter hop aftertaste, but more bubblegum than I can remember. Rough transition to grapefruit peel i the aftertaste.

M - medium body with good carbonation. Dry finish works well in an IPA.

O - an enjoyable, if mediocre IPA. {NOW near 4, but prior rating left standing}

{Not just a new bottle? -- Revisited in August 2011, with a suspicion that Red Hook has improved the formulation of this IPA; the packaging and listed ABV (6.5%) has changed. ... 2012 sample seems to split the difference.}

chinchill, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev +11%

The Longhammer was a breath of fresh air compared to the other beers on tap at the Redhook Brewery. I say this because the ESB, Golden, Mudslinger, and Copper ales all seemed to taste similiar. The longhammmer was a clear golder beer with pining/citrus nose. The taste is dominated by pine, not a whole lot of citrus. The mouthfeel is good and I could do a session with this beer.

WoodBrew, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of mikeg67
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%

Draught. Pours deep golden with a white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is of biscuit malt and citrus hops. Body is light and not too crisp for IPA. Taste is mostly citrus hops with some sweet, malty notes. Long, hoppy finish. Pleasant, easy drinking IPA.

mikeg67, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of JesteR14
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%

A- Golden straw color. Hazy when put up to some light. Nice white one finger head.

S- This beer smells kind of fruity, some pine and hops with that are fairly mellow. Sounds like a nice east coast IPA.

T- I like this taste, its a very easy drinker with some balanced flavor. You can taste the pine and hops like a good IPA should have, but it has a great mellow balance that make it a good drinker. Not exactly the FINEST IPA.. but a damn sure drinkable one... for under 10 dollars a 6 pack....

M- Great bubbily carbonation and a nice mellow IPA. This is one to drink with the friends and laugh about how disgusting Budweiser is...

O- Good IPA but not my favorite. This is an easy drinker but nothing fantastic. Ill get this beer again because i love IPA's and i love cheap IPA's ;) Sometimes... Its good when you see it at the Circle K for 9. 85! im sold!!!

JesteR14, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
2.23/5  rDev -31.8%

This one was left behind by someone at a gathering of friends I recently had. Poured into a pint glass. THis one is a cloudy sraw color with about an inch of white head. Good sticky lace.

This one smells kind of bitter and toasty. Doesn't seem to have the hop character I would expect from the style. Kind of has a bit of a rotten fruit smell to it. This one is bitter but it really lackes complexity. This is just a somewhat watery bitter mess. I think this hardly resmbles an IPA.

The feel isn't bad. The body is light and there is good carbonation. Nothing offensive there. Overall, this is lame. There are a lot of beers I would drink before this. Still trying to figure out why I grabbed it.

Bendurgin, Mar 30, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -1.2%

Long Hammer IPA--India Pale Ale--2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV-45 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Clear bright thin gold color. Mild floral IPA hop front. Crisp mild sweet creamy clean caramel butter grassy tasty malt body. Smooth easy hop spice clean end. More hops? Mellow hop IPA. Sampled 12/29/2006.

Long Hammer IPA--India Pale Ale 2007 22 oz. 6.50% ABV. 45 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Tight off white lacy head. Clear bright rich dark gold color. Mild earthy floral hop front.Mellow sweet mild pine butterscotch caramel creamy mild earthy body. Crisp mild citrus hop spice refreshing end. Sampled 8/14/2007.

Long Hammer IPA--India Pale Ale--New Solid Block Graphic--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 42 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Rich lacy white head. Clear bright fizzy rich pretty gold color. Mellow floral hop front. Smooth mild crusty sweet hint crystal malt body. Balanced mild hop citrus spice sweet end. Well Made mild IPA. Hoppy after Lithuania Trip. Sampled 9/18/2008. Purchased for $2.99 each.

Long Hammer IPA--India Pale Ale--New Solid Block Graphic--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 45 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Dense lacy white head. Clear thin bright gold color. Mild floral hop front. Thin crisp mild creamy easy caramel crystal smooth mild sweet body. Balanced mild hop spice citrus hint easy end. Smooth somewhat bland pretty mild hop IPA. Sampled 8/22/2008. Purchased 6-Pack for $6.99.

Red Hook Ale Brewery, Inc.--Long Hammer IPA Is A Big Fan Of Dry Hopping, Which Sounds Much Dirtier Than It Is--2011 New Graphic Retro Stubby 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 44 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Nice mild lace lasting 1/2 inch off white head. Clear thin bright gold color. Delicate floral Cascade hopp front. Crisp mellow mildly cloying sweet smooth light caramel malty doughy fruit hint rich Pale Ale body. Clean mild refreshing light crisp hop spice balanced smooth end. Well made mellow hop Session IPA. Soft rather than sharp hops. Sampled 3/22/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $7.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 3/22/2011.

philbertk, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of ryanonline
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%

Clean and clear deep golden amber with a large white foamy head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smells very hoppy. A bit funky too. Dry and piney with a bit of floral residuals.

Taste is the same but there is a bit more sweetness to it ip front. Slightly caramel flavor with some light citrussy pineapple notes and a piney finish with light floral notes throughout.

Moderate body with some pretty foamy carbination.

Good taste but the drinkability suffers due to the high foaminess.

Overall good but far from excellent.

ryanonline, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Bodart
1.35/5  rDev -58.7%

I am a big ipa fan and have tried many india pale ales brewed by numerous breweries. Long Hammer is not impressive at all. The smell was bordering on sour, and the taste wasn't any better....no citrus notes like most good india pale ales. Perhaps I got an outdated specimen...if not ....Long Hammer isn't very impressive.

Bodart, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Tundruth
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%

Golden in color and slightly cloudy, coated by a thick white head.

Smells of citrus, pine, and floral hops, fairly strong smelling.

Tastes of orange peel and nice bitter hops with a little bit of a sweet finish.

This beer is medium in body with a good, light amount of carbonation that finishes dry.

Not bad, a drinkable IPA with a sweet and sourness going on in the hops.

Tundruth, Mar 14, 2011
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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