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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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2,807 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,807
Reviews: 1,112
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 224 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, 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 donkeyrunner
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

According to our Redhook tour guide this used to be called Ballard Bitter but it didn't sell well so Redhook's marketing department changed it to Long Hammer IPA. Nothing about the beer changed about the beer except the label but now it's supposedly the #1 selling IPA in America. Sales must be down again as it's not just Redhook IPA.

Amber with thin, tight, white head. Thick blanket of retention leaves several foamy rings. Just about everything you'd every want from a fine lookin' IPA.

Biscuity malt with some grapefruit/pine hops. Hops don't exactly leap from the glass.

Given the paltry hop aroma I'm pleasantly suprised to find my glass filled with a prickly and lively IPA! More bitterness than flavor, which is again grapefruit and pine. Biscuit and butter finish.

donkeyrunner, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear, bright, pale amber body beneath two fingers of soft eggshell head. Nice retention, plenty of clingy lace. Beautiful beer.

S: Clean bready malt and rather dull piney hops. Maybe a touch of soapiness. Overall it's malty, herbal, and fairly boring.

T: Resinous pine up front, with the malt dominating the midsection and pure bitterness on the finish. Not bad at all, but less than memorable.

M: Slick medium body with plenty of soft carbonation. Enjoyable.

O: I've never enjoyed this beer all that much, but this bottle is probably the best it's ever tasted. It's not a good IPA by any stretch, but for the price it's passable.


woosterbill, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Zraly
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, two-finger head into my Samuel Smith nonic pint glass. Light notes of citrusy, zesty hops with a hint of malt.

Overall this is quite bland -- nothing too special, but definitely drinkable. A bit bready and the citrus hops are quite nice but do not sustain long enough for the chalk-dry finish. A bit of bitter lemon peel. Carbonation is sufficient.

I think a salty dish would work well, which is not something I often envision for most brews. I'd fancy some boiled peanuts myself.

Zraly, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped Pint glass

A - Beer pours with a light clear copper colored body; nice one finger size white colored head; dissipated rather quickly, but left behind a nice ring of lacing around the glass; not much visible carbonation

S - Smells of hops; there is plenty of citrus notes in this beer; slightly strong and not very overwhelming; somewhat of a caramel back-end but very light; hints more at a creamy and soapy pine note; pretty smooth

T - Mostly sweet caramel, sugary flavor; not much of a hop, pine or citrus blast; I taste more sugar in this drink than most American IPA's; could use more bite, but is pretty smooth for a beer lacking much flavor

M - Slightly creamy and effervescent; nice touch of hop bitter aftertaste, but it withers away after a while

D - Good, light hop flavored beer; nice for a beginners in the craft; not to heavy but good

ferrari29, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled July 11, 2011

Long Hammer pours your classic IPA medium amber color with a nice and frothy cap of foam. The head is beige in color and has both excellent retention and lacing. I find it interesting that highly tuned beers like this always look fantastic, but sometimes fall short in other categories.

The aroma is nice, but does not really blow me away. It is sweet and hoppy with a pleasant floral citrus character that hints at orange and grapefruit. Unfortunately a hint is about all you get. Even the sweetness seems a bit bland.

The flavor is sweet and pretty boring. The malt character at least has a bit more interest to it in the taste, but this interest is added by a flavor that almost seems stale. I highly doubt this brew would be stale after just a month and a half. The hops are similar to the aroma, but perhaps a bit zestier. The more I drink this the less enthused I am about the hop character in general. The bitterness seems a bit overly harsh.

The mouthfeel is medium with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer finishes fairly dry despite the sweetness in the flavor, with hop bitterness lingering on the palate.

I remember when this was one of the only IPAs you might find in a chain restaurant or even a local bar. I bought it for old time sake and am not surprised at why they have recently done an overhaul of the branding at Redhook. It is a decent beer that is of obvious quality, but it is pretty tame and lacks soul. I am fairly certain that in this day and age I could do much better, even at a chain.

zoso1967, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (Jun 9 '11) poured into a pint glass

A: Pours clear golden yellow with just under two fingers of white head. Leaves little lacing, not great on head retention.

S: Hop character is light and mostly floral (almost noble like), pilsner malt, not much else. Doesn't smell much like an IPA.

T: As with the nose, the hops are rather light (in both intensity and flavor), mostly floral with some spicy and almost metallic qualities. Lots of pale grains with plenty of pilsner I believe. There is a decent bit of bitterness in the finish, but the flavor just isn't really there.

M: Medium body, moderate to high carbonation. Not all that resinous/sticky, a little bitter but nothing unusual.

O: I would have a very tough time believing that this was an IPA if someone handed me an unmarked glass. It's more like a bigger-bodied pilsner.

Satchboogie, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden yellow with orange highlights throughout. 1 inch frothy head with ok retention and lace

Smell: Very muted citrus hops with traces of caramel

Taste: The beer is very malt forward as opposed to hop forward like I like in my IPA's. Hints of grapefruit orange and spice

Mouthfell: Medium body and medium to high carbonation with a dry tart finish

Overall: It's ok but not bright fresh and clean like I prefer IPA's but it is worth a try

DarthKostrizer, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 07/15/2011

Long Hammer IPA pours a pale gold in the glass with a thin whitish head that disappears instantaneously leaving scant lacing.

The aroma is faintly reminiscent of citrus with a hint of malt.

The flavor recovers from the aroma somewhat with a light lemony/orange citrus background to the bready malts. Bitterness is the key note speaker of the hops and not entirely in a good way. More malts might help as well as flavoring hops. Alcohol is not entirely masked and there appears to be a somewhat astringent side to the finish. Warming a tad seems to alleviate some of the negative features.

The mouthfeel is light/medium and the carbonation while not excessive seems somewhat harsh.

Overall, while drinkable, I do not find Long Hammer IPA overly enjoyable though I suppose the flavor profile might grow on you with time.

BlackBearForge, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Weird little bottle, but I do really like the bottle cap and the quote underneath it: Cheers to 12oz curls!

A: Pours a clear golden color with lots of small carbonation bubbles released to the top. A 1.5 finger white head formed on top, but quickly reduced to a thin layer of foam on top. Splotchy lacing down the sides.

S: A little bit of hop presence, but seems lacking compared to most IPA aromas, very little bit of orange. Would have guessed it for a weak pale ale actually. Has a sort of funky grain aroma, and not in a pleasant way.

T: Similarly disappointing. Somewhat bitter with no citrus and just a touch of pine. Very grainy and bready with a little bit of caramel. Bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not very smooth at all, actually a little difficult to drink.

O: Not a good IPA at all, glad I only got one bottle. The best part about this beer is the bottle cap.

mdaschaf, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unique bottle, kinda stubby but not at the same time. Pours a pale orange beer with a small to medium sized head. Slightly hazy. Floral hops and oranges come out of the nose and a wheat malt-like backing. Nothing out of this world.

Interesting taste, floral and citrusy in front, harshly bitter in the back. It's sort of an odd bitter, somewhat medicinal maybe, close to unpleasant. That medicinal bitterness tends to linger for a while in the aftertaste. A little salty as well, making for a weird mouthfeel. Some nice floral and citrus hop tastes hidden in there, but maybe there was a little too much dry-hopping or something because all of these seemed to be drowned out for the most part by the bitterness. I'm all about more hops in beer, but these seem a bit strong and odd for a regular IPA and a flavor or two are definitely off.

chodinheaven, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of redfire89
2.33/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark hazy orange color
S- Very hoppy aroma
T- A generic hoppy flavor with a touch of citrus, as you drink it actually tastes worse.
M- Very watery with a horrible aftertaste
O- To me Killian's Irish Red tastes much better, it's similar but less offensive. If it didn't have that aftertaste I would enjoy it.

redfire89, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of blackcompg
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this really cheap at Wal-Mart, picked up a 6xer, curious to see how I will rate this...

Appearance - Pours a clear yellow-amber, some small n large bubbles, 1/2 finger head that dissipates very quickly, pretty nice color.

Smell - Not a very strong smell, but what I can smell is slight floral and citrus, and some sugary carmel. Sweet notes are stronger in the nose than the hops.

Taste - Some floral and citrus hops, some citrus sweetness in the background, finishes with some bitterness that turns to dried yellow grapefruit peel going long, also pick up some alcohol in the back of the throat after the sip.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel, a little watery and juicy, some crispness from a pretty good amount of carb, semi dry finish after the sip.

Overall - At 44 IBU's, there's not alot of bitterness here. BUT, with the flavors being out of balance, the bitterness comes as a "punch" at the end of the sip. This has 4 distinct parts - floral-citrus, semi-sweet citrus juice, a semi-dry bitterness, then alcohol. There's really not any complexity, and almost no harmony of these 4 pieces - they all happen separately, and are felt individually. It's okay and will quench your thirst, and I would probly take this over a macro, although this almost makes me think of a macro "flavored with hops and amped alcohol". I will finish the 6xer, but I will not purchase this again.

blackcompg, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into maudite snifter.

A- Pours a pale slightly hazy copper color with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

S- Very disappointing. No hops, almost feels like I'm smelling the glass.

T- I was expecting a lot more flavor from this ipa.

M- Watery

O- I don't think I would get this one again.

HopsKeepDroppin, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of dmamiano
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brassy amber pour with a very small head and lacing was non existant
slight hop aroma...actually trying like crazy to get something from the nose of this one.
Taste is a bit thin...nice bitterness in the finish but pretty empty in between.
This one was ok...not good and wont look for it again

dmamiano, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Jerone
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a medium gold with bubbles and a white head.

Smell is of floral hops, maybe some citrus.

Taste is on the mild side with floral hops and a slight bit of malt in the background. Could use with a bit more flavor. Mouthfeel is medium body with medium carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but uninspiring for an IPA.

Jerone, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of zachsmith
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

head was one finger with little to no retention

for an ipa the smell was pretty bland, faint citrus maybe a hint of
grassy malt

kind of dry, it maybe a personal preference but i like a big malty stage to allow the hops to perform

i like most of redhooks beers but this is sort of a dissapointment.

zachsmith, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Golden and clear body topped by a head just darker than eggshell and having some solid stamina.

S - Rather malty for an IPA. There is some fruit but it seems more grape and apple than citrus.

T - Mild grassy hops more than anything. I'm not going to call it boring for an IPA but... I may call it not that interesting.

M - Medium bodies brew with a moderately sticky feel on the lips.

~ The look and feel are solid while the scent and taste leave a bit to be desired. I wouldn't really recommend it to a friend. But, I would like to try it on tap in it's home state just to see if the bottle and travel halfway across the county has had an adverse affect.

cdkrenz, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of fivehoursfree
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

a: It looked like beer, gold, no head, slightly fizzy

s: weak hints of pear

t: light hop flavor, slightly sweet, not much there.

m: smooth, but watery. slightly carbed. easy to drink

o: A weak, all around IPA. I've had Pale ales with more hop punch than this. It's a nice drinkable beer, maybe as a gateway IPA, just not what I expect from an IPA.

fivehoursfree, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Redhook IPA is a lovely golden coloured beer with too many flashing highlights to keep track of them all. My favourite are the sharp amber ones that hit only when held directly up into the light. Although its body is transparent, chill haze (and a bit of suspended proteins) mark up the otherwise clear beer. While it has some head, it could use an upgrade.

The aroma has plenty of hop bitterness but none of the pleasant hop flavours - there's good heavy metal music and then there's music that is just loud and distorted. This is the latter. There's no rhythm, no intricacies and certainly nothing to get your head nodding. Some citrus notes make it through, and some toasted maltiness, but it's not exactly catchy.

I took my first sip and just said 'no'. This isn't what comes to mind when I think IPA and it certainly isn't hitting the spot now that I'm craving one. The flavour on the whole is faint and diluted, but the hoppiness in particular is non-existent save for a weedy, leafy herbal flavour that sort of lingers like bitter greens. Their oiliness sticks to the palate astringently.

Redhook IPA is an easy beer to drink if flavour isn't high on your list of important things and especially if you don't have a palate for bitterer beers. It is at least twice as bitter as commercial swill, mind you, but it won't turn your cheeks inside out. That said, it does leave a distastefully bitter greens taste in the mouth that can be quite pungent and lasting.

Redhook IPA isn't going to win over lager drinkers any more than it will hop heads. It's an IPA that lacks the character typical of the style yet has enough hoppiness to turn away the average Joe. The $2 I paid for this bottle is a fair price but it does not represent good value for money. If you're in the North-West, there are much better options available to you.

biegaman, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a murky orange-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of orange and papaya with a little bit of pine and bready malt mixed in. The flavor is pineapple and orange citrus with bread and caramel malt. The bitterness is fairly low and the beer is easy to drink. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at Paolo's Ristorante (Washington, DC).

Another lost review found randomly during cleaning today. This was imbibed in late April, 2010. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit rind, cantaloupe, sweet caramel, and cucumber. The taste holds notes of orange peel, light caramel, grass, grapefruit rind, and lemon peel. A strident bitterness pervades the finish something fierce. Balance be damned, apparently. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, an okay IPA, but not one I'd wanna drink again, really. It seems like they tried to make this a hop-bomb, but only managed to make it too bitter.

TMoney2591, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of rinhaak
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale golden orange with a full head.

The nose lacks any hop aroma and is more like a pale. It's sweet and a bit fruity with aromas of raspberries and artificial strawberries.

A pretty simple beer in the mouth, it lacks any real hop presence. While it is nicely carbonated and moderately refreshing, there really isn't much going on.

Overall a pretty simple beer that lacks character of any kind. Not bad, just really ordinary.

rinhaak, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of kflorence
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: Pours a crystal clear golden, copper in color with a thin layer of foam that dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of lacing around the glass. Carbonation levels look solid. First impression is that this will be a very light brew without much complexity.

S: Not much on the nose. Some sweet malts, grains, grass, honey and of course a bit of floralness from the hops, but much less prominent than expected.

T: Similar to the aroma with prominent notes of grass, grains, sweet malts and a very subtle floral and pine hop presence. This is much more like a weakly hopped pale ale than your typical American IPA, and it doesn't offer much in the way of other flavors, either.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation, it doesn't offer much in the way of substance and comes off rather thin and a bit watery, though it is crisp and easy to drink.

O: Well, this is not at all what I expected when I made the purchase and I definitely feel the "IPA" label of this beer is misleading. This is an APA, at best, and there are plenty of APA's that have more hops than this. That said, there is nothing wrong with this beer, per se, but it certainly lacks complexity or depth. It is quite drinkable, however, and would make a great refreshing brew for a hot day, or a good session brew (the 6.5% alcohol is masked very well). So I guess how much you enjoy it will depend on what you're after.

kflorence, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear copper color with a decent sized, thin, bubbly, foamy, white head. Disappears fairly fast leaving no real lace.

S - Some pine and citrus rind hops but nothing really good or distinguishable. A touch of grassy aroma and some maltiness. Not very hoppy.

T - Similar to the aroma, it taste a lot like a pale ale with a bready malt flavor and only hints of hops. The hop flavors that are there are mostly just a bitter citrus rind, and herbal/grassy flavors. Nothing really distinguishable other than mostly bitter flavors,

M - Light to medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Fairly crisp feel.

D - Wasn't really what I was looking for in an IPA. Touches of bitter hops but it wasn't all that refreshing nor did it have me wanting another.

Notes: Was a bit more like an APA than an IPA. Not enough hops and what was there was not great. A beer I would probably pass on in the future as I'm sure there will be better choices.

FreshHawk, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
3.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this ontap at Fire n Ice Grill in Boston. It was served a little on the warmer side, which is shocking for a chain restaurant but I don't mind. Not every beer has to be served frozen like uh... Coors Lite.

A light golden copper. It was served with no head but a ring around the glass from the disapated film.

A floral aroma up front with some citrus. Bready malt in the background. The floral smell is the main attraction here.

As far as the taste, floral, I also detect some pine that I didn't get in the aroma, a little bit of a peppery spice as well. A bready malt at the end.

Light body, light carbonation. Feels okay.

This is a refreshing IPA and not all that bitter. This could be the IPA people can use as a gateway IPA if they have never tried one. Tasty and certainly not boring.

9InchNails, Jul 12, 2011
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,807 ratings.