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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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2,706 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,706
Reviews: 1,109
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 195 | 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 chocosushi
2.45/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

chocosushi, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of shand
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

shand, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Duhast500, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of nicksta
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

nicksta, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of rundocrun
2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

rundocrun, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

jsprain1, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

grittybrews, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Tone, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of engagechad
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
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

engagechad, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

GarthDanielson, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +7%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of gdrydenc
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

gdrydenc, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of fmccormi
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

fmccormi, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
1.43/5  rDev -56.3%
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.

AleWatcher, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev +7%
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.


BuxMontBeerLover, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of kflack
2.23/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

kflack, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
2.48/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

beerandcycling88, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a typical orange-yellow color. Moderate haze. One finger of white head that dissipates quickly. It's pretty standard and boring to look at, but unoffensive.

This smells like cracker malt and pine needles and, unfortunately, cooked vegetables. This vegetal character sort of ruins the aroma for me. It's an off-aroma and it's certainly off-putting. Still, even looking past the vegetal character, this is substandard for an American IPA. There's not enough hops, frankly. It smells like a decent APA. Which is fine, but not when you are rating a beer to supposed style.

The taste is, well, pretty meh. It's main problem, really, is that it tastes like a pale ale much more than it does an American IPA. This is moderately hopped, and there is plenty of piny hop flavor... only it's on par with, say, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in terms of the amount of that flavor. Hell, SNPA is considerably more complex, as there is little grapefruit flavor to speak of with Redhook Long Hammer IPA. I have to mention the finish, too. It's very metallic on the aftertaste. A friend described this beer as "tasting like blood."

The mouthfeel is pretty sharp with carbonation, but not in a bad way. It goes well with the light body. If we still scored beers on "Drinkability" than this beer would get a good score in that category. Instead, we're scoring for overall impressions. And this beer's overall impression is not a positive one. Avoid. I'm only scoring it as a 2.5 because this beer would make for a nice APA.

Reaper16, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Redhook, Woodinville, WA

Poured into a pint glass an orange-yellow with a small wisp of white bubbles for a head. Mild citrus in the aroma and some pale malt evidence. Light malt sweetness in the taste, with citrus zest and, light grassy hops. Hmm. Decent, but not great. Light-medium mouthfeel, and somewhat drinkable, but certainly not exemplary of the style.

Rifugium, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Portsmouth brewery poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden straw color, some white foam, some lacing. Grassy pine smell, minor, but there.

Taste is a fruity blended hop, kind of low to medium intensity - notes of graprefruit, touch of citrus. Finishes somewhat clean, little residual bittering.

This is a good IPA - certainly not great, but one I don't mind having every so often.

KTCamm, May 30, 2011
Photo of Groomsy
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Stamped with a production date of March 21, 2011.

Appearance: This seems way to light for an IPA and looks a little dull. The body was a light and radiant golden orange, totally translucent, topped by a one-finger head of soapy foam which faded quickly. There was a little bit of sediment in suspension, but it was barely noticeable. Some occasional carbonation bubbles raced to the top of the body, and as the beer was consumed, the beer left some decent but quickly fading lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Meh... It has all the makings of an IPA in the nose, but it's just weak on all fronts. The most noticeable scents are some floral hops, a little bit of pine, and a vague presence of pale malts and, if I try really hard, some caramel. Some citrus scents (grapefruit) emerge later, but after that, this beer seems to fall off in the aroma category. Not bad, just weak for an American IPA. Nothing really offputting except for a slightly soapy scent, and even that is faint.

Taste: This IPA is confused and needs some serious direction, or at least some boldness. It seems like an IPA with training wheels, or, at best, a more assertive pale ale that still needs direction. The beer starts out with some astringent hop flavors in the form of a weird blend of citrus and pine/herbal tastes; not what I would call a good mix, even for an IPA. The middle of the palate just sort of floats by while some biscuity malts appear in the finish only to be zapped away by a biting bitterness which reminds me of mint leaves and maybe a hint of floral/spicy hops. It's not disgusting or offputting, but way too tame for an American IPA.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin and smooth, but the carbonation seems a little too sharp and biting. Flavors come and go pretty quickly, and the beer creates a fairly large drying sensation in the mouth in the finish.

Overall: Sessionable drinking, good for certain foods? Absolutely. But not what I would call a good fit for the American IPA style bump up both the malt and hops, and have the flavors chase one target, and this would be an okay beer. This will be my first and last sixer of this brew.

Groomsy, May 18, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
2.48/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

New, sort off stubby-esque bottle. Bottled on date of 3/22/11

The appearance is definitely looking more like a pale lager than an IPA. Clear, light sunny color.

Biscuits, light sweet malts, sort of astringent, with a bit of pleasant citrus and floral hops.

Taste is fairly decent, but there appears to be a few different hop varieties in there, and they don't mesh entirely well. There's some spicy, herbal hops, and the finish has a fairly bitter bite. And there's some sweeter, tangy hops in there too. Fairly malty and bready as well.

The feel has a slick, oily texture, somewhat crisp, and lighter. Nothing really awful about it and the most appealing aspect, though forgettable.

Overall, not very good. Reasonably fresh for a Redhook IPA, but that doesn't apparently make it any more redeeming.

EgadBananas, May 14, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 11, 2011
Photo of JunkYardJake
2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,706 ratings.