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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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2,636 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,636
Reviews: 1,105
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 wallaceandvomit
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%

a- light head, didnt last very long, dark amber
s- nice medium hops scent with a good dose of floral scents
t- a little closer to the bitter hops taste than the malt
m- light mouthfeel, not much of a mouthfeel
d- decent beer by all means but not something i think ill try again

wallaceandvomit, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Mit
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%

A-Pours a cloudy unfiltered golden colour. Minimal issues.

S-Grape fruit hops with a nice malts to balance it out.

T-Bitterflavors, hoppy but def not the hoppiest Amer IPA I have tasted. Kinda soft on flavour for a 6.5 % beer.

M-Surprisingly thing for a 6.5 % beer.

D-Very drinkable, and a great intro to American IPAs for the beginner.

Mit, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
2.78/5  rDev -15%

Pours decently for a finger thick white head, and has a pale slightly hazy gold colored body.

The aroma has a bit of spruce and citrus character.

The taste is a little more towards a light tasting orange with no malt back bone.

Feel wise it is a little thin and watery. A decent bbqing beer, but not much soul to this one.

TheSarge, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of Canibacea
2.13/5  rDev -34.9%

A basic shortcut ipa. Owned by anheasuer busch. Used to drink this back in the day when i had a less refined palate and didnt know it was owned by anheasur.

a few shortcuts were taken for this beer and it is evident in the taste. hop presence is decent, but there is a lingering metallic bitterness that is not nice.

If you want good beer, spend another buck or two and you can have GOOD beerrr

Canibacea, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
3.53/5  rDev +8%

This brew surprised me as a gas station available 6 pack. Satisfactory light bodied IPA with a hop profile on the mellow end for a textbook IPA.
The best IPA ever? Absolutely not.
Respectable option if beer choices are limited? Why yes certainly!

Appearance is light golden honey color with a semi cloudy haze. Decent white head and lthin lace collar.
Smells and tastes of a noticeable but mellow citrus hopped IPA on a pale malt body.
Mouthfeel is very light body, high carbo and crisp hop finish that works well given the thin body, allows the hops to shine more than expected.

This seems more like an APA than a true IPA.

unclejimbay, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from a bottle into a White Hawk IPA pint glass.

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with an orange hue. Superb lacing down the glass. Other than that, it is light colored for an IPA. Looks more like an APA.

S: Light piney and citrus hops with a decent malt presence in the scent. Also detectable are honey, maple candy and orange peel. Smells like an APA.

T: Very nice, easy to drink with a light grapefruit hop hint on the front, middle is pure malt and the finish is awfully bland for an IPA. Not bitter in the least bit. Tastes like an APA.

D: There is nothing offensive going on here, so I could probably take a few of these down no problem. Refreshing and clean pale ale.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I have a hard time believing that this beer is in fact an IPA; nay, it is more of an American Pale Ale. For that reason, (and I blame RedHook for this,) lots of reviewers will underscore it, as well they should since it is lacking in the IPA world. Why not change the name? Probably because IPA's are so hot right now.

WeezyBoPeep, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of bundy462
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

A: Golden with a big white head.

S: Not much hop for the style. The nose is very clean in fact, some toasty malt and slight bittering hop but not much else.

T: Not bad, but certainly a weak and shallow IPA. The hops are very unimpressive and there's just not much interesting going on.

M: Smooth, goes down easy.

O: OK beer, but I'd prefer almost any other IPA that I've had.

bundy462, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of sjverla
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

sjverla, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of macrent2
3.63/5  rDev +11%

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!

macrent2, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of dcook11
2/5  rDev -38.8%

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.

dcook11, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Mrkinkle
4.43/5  rDev +35.5%

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.

Mrkinkle, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

VelvetExtract, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.7/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

AlCaponeJunior, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of SassyBootblack
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

SassyBootblack, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of lumikuuro
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

lumikuuro, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of jiggahertz
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

jiggahertz, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of eclaycamp
2.78/5  rDev -15%

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.

eclaycamp, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

LairdChisholm, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +22.3%

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.

therica, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

srandycarter, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of katan
3.5/5  rDev +7%

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.

katan, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of IwuvBEER
2.17/5  rDev -33.6%

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.

IwuvBEER, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of LacquerHead
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

LacquerHead, Aug 04, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

DrDemento456, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of bigrzman
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

bigrzman, Jul 31, 2010
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,636 ratings.