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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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2,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,489
Reviews: 1,097
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
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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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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 22, 2009
Pours Golden color. 1 finger head, that dissipated quickly. Smells wonderfully hoppy and clean. Has a good medium mouthfeel. Has a pretty clean taste too it and has some bitterness, but really not all that bitter, i expected a bit more out of an IPA. I like it, but then again im just now getting into IPAs and im still not loving overly hopped beers. Even with that I thought i would be getting a bit more out of this one...but still has a good flavor, just not too much going on here. I am abit suprised to see the abv on this is 6.5% though, feels much less.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 22:23:59 | More by webbcreative
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a thin, white head. Thin, delicate lacing on the way down.

Smell: Grassy, citrusy hop scents overlaying a very basic pale maltiness.

Taste: Pale malts with a medium sweetness. In succession: citrus, soap, grass. Medium bitterness. Dry, only faintly bitter finish. Redhook simply phones it in with this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: As an India Pale Ale, it's very basic, very average, but not very memorable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 02:00:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
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2.05/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-amber body. Two fingers of bubbly, off-white head that quickly fade into a ring around the glass. Below-average lacing.

Aroma: It's all just a little thin. Some citrusy hops over caramel malt and lots of booze. This is nothing like what an IPA should smell like, even if you adjust for the general thinness.

Taste: Unfortunately, the hops aren't much more potent in the mouth. They're somewhat bitter off the line, but without any of the usual floral or citrusy notes to back them up. It's much the same in the malt department. Thin, grainy pale malt just kind of chugs along in the background like the rest of the beer. Everything but some of the bitterness vanishes almost instantly. The alcohol is still somewhat prominent, but a little more hidden than in the nose. In a bizarre twist, there's a lot of soap flavor here. So much so, that the first glass that I tried I dismissed as some sort of washing-up accident where I forgot to rinse the glass before drying. But, alas, all six bottles were just as soapy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a good bit of frothiness and a carbonation level firmly on the high side. Finish is somewhat dry.

Drinkability: It's very bland, and rather soapy. So, while it may go down quickly, what's the point?

Verdict: Shallow, bland, and watery, Long Hammer disappoints at every turn. This would be weak even for a Pale Ale, let alone a full-blown IPA. Shame on Redhook for misusing the IPA label so badly.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 03:41:35 | More by BeanBone
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3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light amber to dark gold, nice foamy white head with moderate retention; moderate soapy lacing.

N: Floral hops, not too complex, but pleasing.

T: Floral hops balanced with slightly husky malt. Metallic aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish. Medium body.

D: Nice, balanced IPA. Good session beer, not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 11:13:46 | More by KevinBrewer
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3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found the beer on tap at the most unusual place around the corner form my house so I couldn't resist since I haven't had a Long Hammer IPA in almost forever and remembered it being quite good! Well... not so quick.

Beer had nice amberish color in glass and about 1/2" head that stayed for a while and later left laces. Taste was ok, but more like of a regular PA or APA, definitely not IPA. Beer is balanced, but far from hoppy as an IPA can (should) be IMO. Smell is ok, mouth feel nice and not overly dry at all.

D- Well, if the price were right I could have had quite a few more even though I was not overly impressed. Will go for another one again somewhere else if I come across it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2009 00:46:02 | More by Schwab
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2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Light slightly cloudy amber brew, small whiteish head, remained for a while, and left good lacing.

S - Not alot to be desired, a little leafy and citrus notes come through, a tad bit of pine, needs more though.

T - Reminds me of hefeweizen trying hard to be a IPA. Light, a little citrus and hops, pine, but little of it.

M - Nice carbonation, but bland.

D - I could drink this one, but it wouldn't be something I would buy again. Needs a more distinct flavor, hard to tel where they were going with it.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 23:11:38 | More by Frosthazard
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2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Wasatch provided this as an extra in a trade. Thanks!

A - Poured into my North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin nonic pint glass. Somewhat hazy, medium golden color. Formed a 2 - 3 finger off-white head with good retention and a nice lacing on the glass.

S - Surprising amount of fruity esters mixing with the hops. Some saltine cracker-ish maltiness. Hops are very lackluster for an IPA. They aren't non-existent but are seriously underwhelming in intensity. Perhaps a floral hop character with a very mild citrus.

T - Moderate level of pine-like hop bitterness, clean malt. Variety/complexity in the hop character is lacking. Finishing medium-dry.

M - Moderate level of carbonation with a medium body. Somewhat watery/thin feeling.

D - No thanks. Missing out on the bold hop flavors that define the style. Would not buy this beer again and if you're a potential trading partner, please don't include it as an extra ;-)

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 03:38:39 | More by BrewerB
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1.78/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Weak sauce. Tastes like a good IPA that got diluted by a lot of water- like a light beer that tried to be hoppy. The only redeemable quality is the nose, but that's quickly forgotten about because the aftertaste stays with you for a long time, and it's gross. It will take me quite a while to work my way through the six. Overall, its an embarrassment to the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 23:51:24 | More by mckajd03
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3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: It was a clear light amber in appearence with a light white head that was not well retained at all.

S: Aroma was mainly hops with a little pine mixed in. Not a lot to it really and certainly not as strong as expected.

T: Taste followed the nose exactly. The hops were not overwhelming by any means, but a nice consistent melo flavor.

M/D: Carbonation was average. The beer was light and had a average dry bitter aftertaste to it. Overall, the beer is decent. I would not call it one of my go to beers, but I will probably pick it up again or order it when I am out, but not my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 20:45:26 | More by PhillyStyle
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2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A pretty clear, very light colored ipa. A very light copper color. Decent sized off-white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Doesn't have a lot of aroma. A touch of hops.

Flavor? I don't know if I would apply that word to this beer. Mostly a watered down type of taste. Hops are definitely there, but they are just a touch of bitterness and nothing else. Not a whole lot to back them up either.

Mouthfeel is dry and bitter, light bodied and highly carbonated.

I didn't really want to finish my first one of these, and wouldn't get another one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2009 02:31:35 | More by Hojaminbag
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2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a rich golden straw copper color with an ample bright white two-finger head that has fair retention. As it drops, it leaves a fair trail of lacing. Not bad looking... although that may be the best part.

I keep sniffing, trying to extract hop aroma (or any other, at that) from the brew. My brain may be imagining hops, as they seem entirely hidden underneath the light malt, hints of caramel, and traces of herbal bitterness, almost english bitter-esque. Not getting the blast of citrus and pine I'm expecting. They do show up a touch as it warms slightly, but only slightly.

Taste somewhat confirms my noses fear. A fairly bitter, fairly malty, yet surprisingly not that hop-forward brew. A nice biscuity, bready, earthy malting with some pleasant sweetness. A nice green grassy hop bitterness. traces of grapefruit and pine, but as it warms, it comes across more as lemon. a bit more earthy bitterness. Interesting. but i'm not sold.

Body is moderate, but somewhat weak... carbonation doesn't do much to inflate what feels like a weak, sickly brew. There is a pleasant clean bitterness, but it is fleeting, almost taunting my taste buds.

This one is simply weak. Not awful. Nothing bad. Nothing funky. but nothing good. Really doesn't fit superbly into the IPA category (hence some of the low rating)... it feels stuck somewhere between an APA and an ESB... which can be a depressing place if you think you're an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 20:57:34 | More by djeucalyptus
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United Kingdom (England)

2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber colored, crystal clear. No head.

Smell: Little hop aroma. Needs much more. Very not to style

Taste: Nice hop crispness. Malt is not complex. Good balance. No hop harshness. Lacks overall complexity.

Mouthfeel: Like it should be. Nothing really stands out.

Drinkability: A nice introduction to IPA to the BMC folks, but there are much better examples of the style out there.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2009 02:00:40 | More by Squelch
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2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a radiant golden color with a huge and fluffy white head. The retension is good and expected with any hoppy beer.

Aroma is pine, grapefruit, lemon , citrus peel... not much malt here.

Overall the taste is nice but isn't any hoppier than many american pale ales like SNPA. Redhook really nailed the winter warmer and ESB and I'd rather go with them on those styles and pick up a better representation of IPA from another brewer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 05:33:37 | More by gonzo46and2
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3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one provided by William Pang (Queens, NY).

This one poured a very crisp, clear golden color, with a white head that receded very rapidly, leaving behind very little lacing.

Strange smell in that the main thing coming through is the sweet malt smell, but what really hits the nose is the stinging citrus hops.

The taste is pretty similar. A lot of bready malt, but balanced well with the hops. Not a typically powerful hop profile.

Light, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Well carbonated, and a bit bitter from the hops.

Very drinkable beer. Very light, very crisp, very pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 21:35:21 | More by tittymcj
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3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark golden beer, ever-so-slightly hazy. The pale white head receded quickly.

S-A thin aroma of resiny, at times grassy, hops. It smells dry.

T-A pleasant, soft resinous hop flavor, backed by a slighter maltiness. Hops could have been more pronounced. Overall, the flavors seem subdued, but also well-balanced. Slight hop flavor persists to the clean, dry finish.

M-Good carbonation, moderate and light. A pleasant medium body. Nondescript.

D-A fine IPA. Certainly nothing near the best, but since this brew seems to be widely available at many restaurants and bars, at least one can have a shot at something moderately hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 17:52:03 | More by CHSLBrew
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3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Long time IPA lover, first time drinking Long Hammer, boy am I unimpressed.

Beer looks good its a pale coppery color with a light tan head. Smells a bit weak, what hops are there are a bit grassy and mild. Taste is pretty much the same, very mild hops for an IPA, grassy. A bit of caramel malts but mostly its pretty watery. In the mouth it feels thin and weak, like a real IPA with half water, but its a nice drinkable brew, gotta give it that.

This is a pretty bad beer, it tastes like what BMC would do if they made an IPA, oh wait... that's what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 05:36:12 | More by Fatduck
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft in a pint glass

The Bar had this labeled as Redhook IPA, but apparently it also goes by Longhammer. The beer is a gold color with about a half finger head with good lacing. The beer was poured very cold from the tap, and I did not get much fragrance from the beer.
Upon tasting however, it seemed to have a distinct flavor of green/sour grapes (in a good way). This was a different flavor that I have never found before and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately we were in a hurry, but I was looking to have another, I will go back soon. There was an odd flavor/taste in the back of the mouth that quickly went away, a little bitter I suppose.
Good mouthfeel and definitely good marks for drinkability. I am enjoying IPA's more and more, and Redhook is one that I definitely want more of.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2009 00:42:18 | More by eporter66
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3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at the Black Rooster Pub in D.C.

A: Somewhat average golden IPA that's a bit too clear and filtered.

S: Fruity; slight citrus (mostly orange) overtones. Hops definitely poke out.

T: Watered-down fruity esters and the floral hops. However, hops kick back in at the end and leaves a decent bite.

M: Somewhat over-carbonated as it hits the tongue, but ends up leaving the mouth buttery and slick.

D: Smooth, but more of a watered-down IPA than anything... like IPA for beginners to the style, to ease them in. I prefer mine more intense.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2009 03:25:25 | More by thekanna
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This had a gold color with no bubbles, average head and average lace. Definitely had that nice IPA scent to it.

This IPA has a nice bite to it; real quality IPA. It also has a hint of fruit to it. To be honest, nothing really stands out about it, but just really solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 00:33:38 | More by Amalak
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2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker glass.

Pours a medium straw with a nice finger and a half head that leaves moderate lace. No visible cloud.

Aroma is medicinal and floral hops, light grain profile and honey on buttermilk biscuits.

Flavor is of grassy hops. Smallish sweet malt profile is overpowered by hop flavor. The sweetness is cloying without the malt flavor to support it. Very watery flavor, bland at times.

The mouthfeel was thin and watery. Drinkable, if you can handle the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 00:30:28 | More by wheatyweiss
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New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly colored, arguably more yellow than orange, easily transparent, thin white head disappears almost as soon as it's poured. Orange citrus, sweet spices, non-aggressive hops and honey driven nose, has good lift in the nostrils but lack of clear palette of scents makes it appear too airy, smells like "beer." Medium-bodied, on the sweet side yet inoffensively so, steadily dries out towards the finish. Malty with that same touch of honey, glazed orange and lemon citrus. At times tastes more like a sweeter pilsner than IPA. Pretty damn smooth, no problem gliding through the mouth. Carbonation too high for the overall mouth weight, disperses things. Inoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 17:56:05 | More by farrago
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2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5/28/2006 (Tap @ the Brewery, Woodinville, WA: ):

Very big head, off-white(yellowish) frothy, big bubbles, good lacing. Clearish yellowish appearance-very clear. Very bitter aroma. Bitter taste, but not too much. Smooth, acidic bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 04:43:42 | More by jujubeast6000
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3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light in color; more of a yellow than a gold. Nice citrusy smell. Seems like it has a fairly wide distribution so I'm glad about that, because although it's not a great IPA, it's far superior to the buds and coors typical of most bars in the USA. The taste is nice, and as my boy SwiftyMcBeer stated, it's a nice introduction for people that are used to drinking the mass-produced water-like beer. It is extremely drinkable and I was surprised by the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 01:56:19 | More by bheilman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold. Dense white foam.

S - Grapefruit and some pine and orange. Light malt backing.

T - Nice fresh hoppiness and a malt that leans to the sweet side. Notes of orange with an strong bitter finish.

M - Smooth, medium body. Carbonation is spot-on: not too much, and not too little.

D - Solid, drinkable IPA. The orangey flavour is interesting, giving a nice, clean but fruity flavour.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 20:19:22 | More by allergictomacros
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3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a medium white head that settles into a soapy film. Smells of orangey and piney hops with a honeyish sweetness in the background. Taste is completely unexpected: none of the hoppy kapow I was anticipating. Oh there are hops, to be sure, but Long Hammer has more of simple sweetness than anything else, but not in a terribly complicated or interesting way. Hops finally come out to express themselves on the finish but I wish they'd made a stronger showing on the palate. Body is fine; drinkability is so-so an account of its taste not living up to the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 03:59:41 | More by droomyster
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