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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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2,508 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,508
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 11
Gots: 112 | 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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Photo of aristeros


3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours lager-yellow into the glass, about a finger of white head that goes away more quickly than it probably should have, no lacing. Significant carbonation visible.

Smells of grapefruit, general citrus, and hops. Hops should be first, not last.

There's that citrus, malts, and hops a close third. The grapefruit actually -overpowers- the hops. Not as big a punch as an IPA probably should have. A solid IPA like, say, Stone is like a left hook, and this is like an action movie punch that was pulled a bit.

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel, crisp like it should be. Drinkability is good in that it won't interfere with my food and I can have several easily if I wanted to. Sort of like a Sierra Nevada "IPA inspired" ale.

Grabbed a six-pack of this because I was torn between New Belgium 1334, Paulaner, and Trying Something New at a place that didn't have much of a selection.

Looking at some of the other comments--"gateway beer" for friends you're trying to convert to a more bitter ale with body--I think there's a valid point there, and could see myself using Long Hammer like that, but a guy designed this beer, and not to convert his friends. I imagine a scenario in which the brewmaster was told to cut back on the hops to increase the appeal.

It's an IPA lite, but cranking up the hops on this one and giving it a little more time and you could potentially have something really interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 03:04:19 | More by aristeros
Photo of thespaceman


3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Shows a nice amber in color, with a thick head and decent lacing and retention. Smell is of citrus like elements, a bit grassy and reserved, with a bit of malt spice. Up front, this beer has balancing issues. Too much malt like breadiness takes the hop profile and shoves it aside, I would have liked more zing from the hops but I was dissapointed. Mouthfeel is carbonated and slick, again, bitterness is low due to more malt being present. Overall, I would consider this more of a Pale then an IPA, IPA's should be balanced but still have a decadent like hop profile, and this one falls way short of that. I like Red Hook but hopefully they tweak this to show more of the hops and less of the weak malt flavoring that completely throws this brew out of sync.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 19:18:57 | More by thespaceman
Photo of willyumlong


2.33/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bought this at a little bar cuz we missed the train and had an hour to kill before the next one
eh is that coors light or...
not horrible but a little too fruity mostly lemon flavors, does taste clean but just not what i perfer. pretty much like a bud light thats got some lemons thrown in it.
not a whole lot of feel here, does anyone have a sprite?
not gonna drink this again, enjoyed trying it but wasn't worth $4.50 a glass or $1.50 for that matter, oh well now i know

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2009 08:48:39 | More by willyumlong
Photo of torsoul


2.28/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have to be honest, when I took the first sip of Long Hammer I thought someone was going to pop out of the closet and tell me it was a joke. This is not an IPA. This is borderline Golden Ale at best. Now, don't get me wrong, I've had worse beers, but never one that so blatantly labeled itself something it clearly wasn't!

The color is very dark, but not bad. The flavor and smell are nearly nonexistent. The mouthfeel is fine but ruined by the lack of flavor.

This is fine if you want something better than some big name American brews, but don't be fooled. Pass this up if you're looking for an actual IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 20:41:07 | More by torsoul
Photo of nicnut45


4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised by the bad reviews for this beer. Kind of upset that the bros ripped on this one. Then when they give advise on reviewing a beer they ask you to use positive critism.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden straw color. Not much head, thin white settles to a few patches.

Aroma: Floral, piney, malty. Good hop aroma, balanced out with sweet smelling hops. Syrupy sweet malt smell. Goes good together.

Taste: Good balance of malt and hops. Sweet at first then a nice bitter somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick syrupy. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkablility: I could drink many of these. A good hop presence for an IPA that isn't too dominating. Nice tasty hops without being too extravagant.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 14:55:37 | More by nicnut45
Photo of scottbrew4u


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

A: Golden with light orange honey color and clear with larger rising carbonation. Off-white head sits high. Great lacing as this goes down.
S: Floral hops with fresh grassy scent. Light clover honey smell and some lightly roasted malt aromas. A wheat smell comes through with a light fruitiness from the yeast.
T: Citrus and floral hop flavors with fresh apricot and honey flavors. Other flavors of fresh wheat and toasted grains are highlighted.
M: Medium body and crisp with a bit of alcohol warmth coming through near the end.
D: Easy on the eyes and easy on the palate this beer is quite nice for the style. It's one of my favorites from Redhook. I am not a huge hophead so a hardcore hop fan would be dissapointed with this IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 02:52:19 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of Yeastcakes


3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - cellar temp, 0.5L german glass.
A - spicy and floral hops, present but not overbearing.
A - Nice finger and a half of head upon pour but disappears rather quickly for an IPA. Clear, pale yellow in color.
M - light to medium body, some sticky-slickness from the hops, light to medium carbonation.
T - Nice forward spicy and floral hops from the aroma. Nice clean aftertaste without a lot of the bitter hop residue. Malt not in flavor but present enough to balance out the beer.
D - One of the cleaner IPAs. This would be a good beer to introduce someone who is turned off by more assertive IPAs to the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 01:37:32 | More by Yeastcakes
Photo of maximum12


3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this shouldn't take long.

Not a bad beer, drinkable, but about as mediocre a brew as I have ever tried. The only thing that rose above average was the smell, which was pretty good. Otherwise, middle-of-the-road all 'round. A beer to look for in wastelands of good taste.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2009 01:39:59 | More by maximum12
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4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They say that Long Hammer dates back to 1984 and is actually the original Ballard Bitter that's been revisited and repackaged. I won't refute that, but it seems like a stretch to add a touch of dry hopping and reinvent a bitter as an IPA. Those of us who recall the old Ballard Bitter (Ya, Sure, Ya Betcha) have a tough time reconciling that the two are even remotely related. They would outwardly appear to have no more in common than a Prius and a DeSoto.

Redhook frequently offers Long Hammer on cask at their Forecaster's Pub. The cask pour emits a luscious floral hop aroma on a bright copper body with modest haze and airy suds. The flavor is dominated by classic pine-citrus notes courtesy of Cascade and Willamette hops. It also hints at mandarin orange and is not overly bitter. The conditioned body is serene and inviting.

I've also drunk bottled Long Hammer and found it to be among the more palatable of the inexpensive, widely distributed IPAs. The abundance of low reviews here is puzzling, as this is a perfectly fine ale. In addition, it's available everywhere, often at favorable prices.

Serving type: cask

03-30-2009 06:11:33 | More by RedDiamond
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3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why the scores are that low on this... I think this is a very well crafted beer. It says IPA, and no, it's not the punch you in the face 100 IBU style Imperial or Double, it's the normal style. Maybe more of a pale ale really? Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale ale. But anyway, I think this is a great "Gateway beer" and very accessible to a lot of people. It's well balanced and very easy to drink. I enjoy picking it up, and having it on a hot day.

A - Gold clear. Normal head, reduces to a light foam here and there, and around the edge.

S - A touch of caramel, grain and bitter hops if you really want it.

T - I like it... nice amount of bitter. Approachable to someone that hasn't had that much. Balanced, well done... Nothing complex, but that balance (for a bitter) is nice

M - very refreshing, light, crisp, clean. None of that weird tangy bitterness at the end, that I dislike.

D - well, just as I said in mouthfeel... it's just nice, and I think the balance and the easy mouthfeel on this make it highly drinkable! Great for when friends that don't know the 'world of beer' that come over.

Anyway, I'm a little dismayed that it's in the C's, but really, most of us are quite honest, and on this site, C+ is 'ok'. 'B' is Good, and A is outstanding. I heard some people recently lumping red hook in with the coors/bud thing. Well anything Anheuser-Busch. Anheuser-Busch owns 25% of redhook... probably more as an investment, diversification and a 'toe in' to what they probably knew was going to be a big area. And they don't have any say. Redhook is one of the pioneers in the craft brew movement, and they should be respected for that. They've been a successful pioneer because they're still accessible. They're like a Sam Adams in that sense. Red Hook was the first beer I had where I went, 'wow, I like this, why doesn't all beer taste this good'. So perhaps I'm a little biased ;-)

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 01:43:55 | More by HeroJH
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Rhode Island

3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottled served in a willibecker. Bottled on 02/09/09 stamped on the label. Poured a golden orange with excellent clarity and a one inch frothy, bright white cap. Head eventually recedes into a thin slick with tiny ringlets and a band around the edges of the glass. Copious tiny bubbles evident in solution. Nose reveals piny hops and some citrus qualities. Taste is consistent with nose, but is much more subdued than suggested by the aromas and finish is a little too clean for the style - not much hops presence lingers, but a bit of wheat comes out at the back. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and mildly effervescent. Somewhat bland for the style, fairly easy drinking, but a little too under-hopped.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 22:41:22 | More by Jwale73
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2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 22 Jun 2007.

Large lacy head. Clear bright golden yellow color. Strong crisp aroma of resin, citrus. Starts with resin and some citrus, a little malt for balance. Finish and aftertaste is bittersweet. Overall taste is light. Light body, somewhat watery. Moderate alcohol.

Not bad but more like a rubber mallet than a hammer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 17:56:27 | More by htomsirveaux
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New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one at Marbar in Philly. Probably stale, with a very metallic smell. Not too much head though what was of it stuck around. The taste was pretty dry and not as bitter as I like my IPA's. Pretty weak taste overall, even watery. Probably trying to appeal to people who really shouldn't be drinking an IPA. Not for anyone who can handle the strength of Dogfish 90min. Not awful, just not for the serious.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2009 04:03:35 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of cvfish


2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a dull copper head that produced a fizzy white head that had no retention or lace to it

S - The scent of this beer had a grainy scent to it, and a little bit of hops

T - This beer had no IPA taste to it, if they would have billed this as a light APA, then maybe I would have been more receptive to it, but the grainy tastes and slight hops made this very underwhelming

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - If they would have billed this as something other than an IPA, I would have been more receptive, but as an IPA, this is not a good representation of the style

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 22:50:48 | More by cvfish
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2.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is below average for the style. I pours a deep golden color and is strikingly clear with a persistent white head. There is a heavy bit of carbonation that pushes the "C" hops to the nose. At this point the beer seems like its going to be a nice IPA. Then you taste it. It hits the tongue with a carbonic bite falling to a flat maltiness and finally finishes with a slightly astringent note. Overrall not really worth buying when considering the other IPA's available.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 02:59:14 | More by bensiff
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2.2/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: clear, orange-brown, no head

Smell: small malts, small hops, come citrus

Taste: very light, a little honey, some hops

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, ever so slightly bitter, watery

Drinkability: As a beer over allI would probably give this a C+, B-. This is way too light for an American IPA. With an American IPA, I expect some bite--not neccessarily a hop bomb, but some hops. I would drink this beer as a lawnmower beer, but just not if I am looking for an IPA

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2009 14:59:52 | More by tigg924
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3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bought a bunch of IPA singles to review from Total Wine/Wilmington DE...glad i bought this before i saw the low marks. want to give it a fair shake.

a-actually, very nice...deep head really did an odd, Guinness-like bubbling...not as magickal...but like two different head-forming processes going on...i love to watch that (better than tv)...incredible lacing...thick, variety of smallish bubble laces...color is not as 'IPA' looking as i am used to...a medium-deep golden color...looks like some heavy duty lager. nice 1/4 inch of head remains for a few minutes before setting into a thick veneer that holds its own.

i pour the rest and that same odd downward cascade (like a waterfall) going against the head-rising operation...wow and really interesting.

s-smells like an IPA...not a cali-PA for sure...and not supposed to be one...catching nice hop-n-malt balance.

t-after looking at the other reviews, i don't know, did i get a rare 'good' bottle? nothing skunky. true, the hop ghouls do not jump out and slap you in the face. i didn't expect this to...certainly a summer IPA, but it sure is refreshing and balanced. maltiness really doesn't rise up into the forefront, but i think it's doing its work in the back office. true, i want hops that take me on (ruination, 60 minute, all those west coast monsters...), but this is not the urine that many seem to be comparing it to...i have actually had much tamer IPAs.

m-that head told me there was carbonation to come. it didn't actually feel that way, so, i did expect something more 'crisp' but this still has a thickness to it i really like. not watery at all.

d-on a warm spring day, this would easily be enjoyed in multiples. i really must try another so i can see if it's really as bad as so many truly knowledgeable BA enthusiasts have said. C+ wouldn't make me happy if i was working at Red Hook...but then, it could be worse.

nonetheless, from this bottle, i have to say, nice, good, a notch above average for sure, recommended if you want a certain, american take on the IPA. remember, i dream of hop-creatures in mosh pits. this isn't a punk, but rather an edgey new waver...;)

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 18:29:11 | More by mempath
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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on cask at the Cataqua Public House (Portsmouth, NH) on 2/20/09 in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper with a finger of unimpressive soapy looking white colored foam. This really doesn't budge much but it also doesn't leave much lacing back either. The aroma is actually decent but just isn't very assertive at all. Floral hops and citrus, with a touch of sweetness. Some more warm-up and vigorous swirling get a little bit more release but not a lot.

The taste is similar to the aroma, with some light bitterness, citrus, and a backbone of sweet caramel and bread. The makings of a good IPA are here but it's just not robust or forward at all, with the taste just opting to fizzle out in the mouth. The mouthfeel is very light bodied with an almost watery feel at times. A bit of a creamy cask feel does come out some but not nearly enough and the overall feel is a definite major drawback of this beer right now.

Wow, this was one of the few beers that I've had where I think the cask conditioning actually hurt it. It was just WAY too light in mouth and the flavors at times barely got this out of Pale Ale territory. Not a very good IPA.

Serving type: cask

03-02-2009 17:58:40 | More by Kegatron
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New York

2.03/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Red Hook Long Hammer IPA....

Appearance-pale golden color, large fizzy head. Lazy carbonation, bubbles are barely there.

Smell-Sour hops aroma, pungent smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel- muddled taste, too sweet and not uniform, nothing there to back up the sweetness, hops are there but not really holding the beer up. Sweetness is disconcerting.

Drinkability-too sweet and at best inoffensive.

Overall- one of the worst IPAs I've had, Red Hook's other beers have been alright but this one needs to be reformulated. Not worth your time or money.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 00:18:50 | More by TheDeuce
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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
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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
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,508 ratings.