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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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2,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,506
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 11
Gots: 111 | 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 biggred1


3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazed yellow with a thin white foamy head, left a minimal amount of lace on the glass.

S-Mild fresh floral hop aroma,some bready yeast.

T-Mild sweet caramel maltiness up front with a kind of salty one note hop bitterness.

M-A little on the thin side with a creamy carbonation.

D-Not great but definately drinkable, more APA than IPA to my tastes but still a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 22:34:37 | More by biggred1
Photo of KeefD


3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with nice amount of foam and long trails of lacing down the glass. Aroma is moderately hoppy for an IPA, with backgrounds of pale malts. Taste is good, but somewhat lacking in depth. Definite hop character, but nothing overly exciting. Good malt backbone, but really wish this one had some stronger hop bitterness to bring it through. Slightly piney, slight tropical fruitiness, but again, nothing exciting. Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation and very easy to drink. An average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 21:34:22 | More by KeefD
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle left at my house after a poker game, so now it is mine and I'm drinking it. The beer is slightly hazy and yellow-orange colored, thin wispy head. The smell is hops, go figure, not too strong but nice anyway. The taste is good, hops bitterness but not enough lasting hops flavors, it felt kind of 1-dimensional in terms of hops component. Overall not bad, OK with dinner, but not interesting enough to drink by itself in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 00:09:26 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of sdockter


3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After pouring into a pint glass, there was a lot of carbonation, and a very large white head. Yellow-orange color, more towards yellow. Good head retention.

Aroma was citrus and pine hops, very little malt aroma.

Flavor was citrus and pine hops with very little malt to back it up. Dry clean finish. Body is very light, beer is very drinkable. This beer is not really to style and is more like a pale ale than an IPA. A drinkable beer, but very middle of the road for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 21:44:43 | More by sdockter
Photo of garcia2a


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slight cloudy golden yellow with a thin head that laced slightly.

The bouquet is pretty well balanced with a malt whisp and a fair amount of hops. Not much if anything else on the back end. This translated pretty well to the taste as if is pretty much simply smooth hops. Plesaing on the palate with a very slight alcohol and citrus back taste.

The body is light making this beer very easy to drink. During the warmer months this should be refreshing, as it is not a hops beast and really not one for the hop-heads. Quite the opposite, this brew is as hoppy as a one legged kangaroo.

All and all, not a bad brew to enjoy and relax with.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 20:02:33 | More by garcia2a
Photo of animal69


3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly cloudy med. gold w/ a decent white head that settles a bit quick leaving a moderate lacing in my nonic ; a moderate smell, some citrus/cattish hops, maybe a hint of cereal grain ; flavor's a bit on the thin side, a moderate hop bite and somewhat metallic up front, a bit of piney hops and minerals come out about midway , finish is dry and a bit metallic ; a med.-light body and moderatly carbonated ; a decent drinking beer, just an avg. Am. IPA though...

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 22:09:14 | More by animal69
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured 12 ounce bottle into SA pint glass
A-hazy golden color with a thick head that quickly disipates, very sticky lacing
s-strong hops smell, somewhat grassy
t-somewhat bitter, but not over powering
M&D-medium body with lots of carbonation, very easy drinking
Overall-a good IPA, I would definitely buy this again

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 20:35:01 | More by bonkers
Photo of rye726


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

Average brown color with a white to light tan head. The nose has some fresh fruity hops, but not much of a malt backbone. The taste is even less complex. Some bitter hops and very pale malt. The body is light and has good carbonation. Drinkable, but not an impressive example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 04:48:43 | More by rye726
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bready notes, caramel notes, some hints of rye cracker here and there. Fruity sweetnesses dwell in here, dried apricot is the first thing that I notice in that regard. Peach, nectarine, apricot bitterness.
I took a look at the Bro's reviews and I have to agree when Jason said "just call it an American golden ale and be done with it!"
That's pretty much what the profile of this is all around with more bittering hops than average.... or like a hoppy cream ale. My scoring pretty much reflects style points. This just doesn't quite fly as an IPA but it's a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 03:35:53 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of BeerSox


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

12oz bottle into nonic.

Thick one finger head sits on top of a clear honey hue base. Sticky lacing on the glass.

Grassy hops that have a bit of sharpness to them, but not quite citrusy.

Grainy malts with hops that have a unique character. They have a bit of spice, but the flavor of them seems a little weird (but not really bad). There is almost a candy flavor in there. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

This is an okay IPA. Maybe it's just my personal preference but there was something slightly off with the flavor of this one. Oh well, see for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 01:20:30 | More by BeerSox
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, golden color with hyperactive carbonation that yields virtually no head. Opens with a wide ring of sticky lacing.

Floral, hoppy nose with hints of pine and pepper.

Cascade hops upfront that give way to notes of peppery spice and citrus rind. Moderate bitterness that never bites. Dry, clean finish.

Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable. Go ahead, put the Hammer down. More akin to a traditional APA-style. Nevertheless, considered a decent "gateway" IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 22:36:14 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of AshevilleSippin

North Carolina

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

This was a very pleasant surprise. It was several months past its prime and I was drinking it more or less to clear it out of my beer fridge. My brother aptly dubbed it a 'mercy killing'. My expectations were pretty low especially in light of the previous RedHooks I'd rated.

This baby poured a deep golden straw color with a one-finger off white head. Lacing was a bit weak but it was present nonetheless.

On the nose I got bready sweetness and some bright herb.

Medium bodied and the taste was excellent. First impressions were crisp and bitter. But then this stong malt presence rolled up on me and pulled it all into perfect balance. Some caramel for sure. Exceptionally well balanced. Smooth and bitter at the same time.

There's a dry quick finish to it that leaves the taste of caramel and dry grain husk. I could drink these all day.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 11:48:10 | More by AshevilleSippin
Photo of mnstorm99


2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice clear light copper yellow pour with a white head that disipates but never completely goes away.
Aroma is faint hops, citrus and woody. and a wierd aromatic malt?
Taste is similar to the aroma, biscuit mixed with toasted malts? it just seems wierd to me. This is a dry IPA, and the hops just aren't there the way I would like them.
Thin mouthfeel and a touch overcarbonated, this is a drinkable beer, I just wouldn't pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 16:09:36 | More by mnstorm99
Photo of bort11


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

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. A finger's width of head and leaves a spotty lacing. Color is a clear golden orange.

Smell is slightly sweet with a moderate hops bitterness. Taste also has a mild citric hops flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. Seems more of an APA than an IPA. This is a no frills ale. Drinkable, but not very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 15:24:59 | More by bort11
Photo of nmyers


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

A- Nice orangish-yellow color, with a white head and good retention.

S- Hops aroma and that's about it.

T- A pleasant hops taste with a nice bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied, and a pleasant bitter taste.

D- This is a slightly average IPA, and it's easy to drink.

This is an OK beer. IMO

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 01:16:51 | More by nmyers
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce single bottle just copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.59...
Pale, lucid, light-amber appearance with almost no head at all... pretty bland and unnatractive for an IPA...
Slight hint of hops and citrus in the nose, but nothing too assertive...
Taste was good, but not great... very light on the hops, but with noticeable floral and grapefruit essences present...
Slick, slightly watery mouthfeel with not too much going on in this department...
Good level of drinkability due to the uncloying flavors, but certainly not a stellar beer...
Pretty mediocore...

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 21:24:00 | More by dsa7783
Photo of ragnarsword


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

This is not the best IPA I've ever had, but as an easily accessible IPA I love it. The color is a golden brown with a very floral nose. As for the taste, it has a very sharp hop bite that finish very cleanly, no questionable after taste. I enjoy it with a meal or on it's own.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 00:02:29 | More by ragnarsword
Photo of hooligan


3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a crystal clear amber with a thick foam uptop... very pretty. Smell is piney with a whisper of bready yeast as the beer warms.

The taste is crisp and clean, a snappy, piney hop upfront (cascade?) that settles quickly. The beer is not very thick but the body is relatively enjoyable, nonetheless.

This is my "can't get to the beer store, so I went to the grocer" beer - it's quite drinkable, but is really a slightly higher gravity APA at best... enjoy it but realize it's not very indicative of the American IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 22:34:56 | More by hooligan
Photo of TroyS


3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ok Redhook....nice job on this one. This is one of your best offerings in my opinion. This beer looks better than it is, but I'm a freak when it comes to the way a beer looks probably because a great looking beer normally = a good tasting beer at minimum.

Long Hammer pours nice and light. It pours like any ale, but the head fades at a slower rate and leaves behind a surprisingly nice lace for you if that's your thing.

The nose on this sucker is screaming Douglas Fir(christmas tree). This is a sharp brew. This is not an Imperial kinda distinctly hoppy and sharp brew, but a really nice macro brew working to keep up with the Stones of the world. Hey Stone...keep working or you'll wake up lower on the ladder, but until then, which I hope will be never, keep up the great work!

This is a VERY drinkable IPA. There's a bit of pine and the hops will get your attention, but overall a great beer to introduce lawn mover beer lovers to the real world of beer. A great beer that should be found everywhere. Don't get me wrong....if you're not in an "everywhere" type O' place, then don't pick this beer. It is not world class, but one of the best that I've found in my big box retailer. Recommend - for sure give this beer a drink. You'll enjoy it as will your friends. Surprising crisp taste. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 00:03:21 | More by TroyS
Photo of Wetpaperbag


3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on a Redhook Brewery Tour, they were giving the nitro tap a try to see how it took. I had never had a nitro tap IPA before now. The nitro made a sharper tasting beer smooth and creamy. I would say that over all it was a good beer, creamy head, good over all taste and nice finish. I want to go back and give it another sample.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-24-2008 05:49:12 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of andrewt960

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a nice corn yellow, to a light gold. Decent head that didn't stick around long. Lacing was fairly strong and stuck around for the duration of the beer.
S- At the crack of the bottle I was pretty impressed... nice combination of pine, grapefruit smelling hops. As it was poured it became less strong, but still pretty good.
T- Taste was great. Perhaps not as strong as some other IPA's that I have had, but having said that, it makes it remarkably refreshing. Nothing sticks around in this beer... taste dissipates fairly quickly.
D- This is a very drinkable beer, and I look forward to this beer in the summer. At 6.5%, this beer will go down very smoothly in the warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 00:04:55 | More by andrewt960
Photo of billybob


3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a slightly hazy golden color, quarter in off white head with a hard pour but did leave some lasting lace. strong bitter hops in the nose. slightly oily on the tongue with that hop bitterness and not much else there. good carbonation and mouthfeel but nothing to go with it. not something i would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 14:58:09 | More by billybob
Photo of Nesued

South Carolina

2.38/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Was grilling out some burgers and figured a nice hoppy offering was worth a try.

Appearance - Golden in color with a sligh hazy appearance. An ample head formed with a slight lacing remaining after resolution. Carbonation is moderate with a small feeding frenzy providing support to the remaing thin ring.

Smell - Grapefruit nose. Not as bright and lively as I've had with other IPAs but it very much prepares you for a hop onslaught. A bit of a grassy nose as well.

Taste - Started with a hoppy presence that retained it's vigor throughout the middle, but ended on a very, almost metallic finish. In summary: You had me at hello, but lost me once we got to know each other.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is lively and provides an ample transport media, however this offering thins out very quickly.

Drinkability - Nope, not again. Had the makings of a nice hoppy offering, but failed to maintain any depth that might have been contributed by the least bit of malt to provide balance. Exceedingly out of balance, at least for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 00:47:08 | More by Nesued
Photo of shabbtastic

New York

3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden copper color with a small white head. Lacing was great.

S - Smell of citrus hops and pale malt. Pretty standard for the style.

T - Piney hop up front followed by a pleasant hint of green apple. Pretty good in my book regardless of the ratings it gets.

M - Light mouthfeel, decent carbonation with a dry finish.

D - Very solid brew IMO. I could easily drink a few in a sitting. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 00:48:38 | More by shabbtastic
Photo of jackorain


2.4/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Straw clear yellow to gold/copper. Nice white, tight head, good retention and good lace.

Smells of citrus (lemon, grapefruit) clean not much else.

Caramel malt, citrus, mostly lemon with a touch of grapefruit. Gets very sour as it warms, disturbingly so.

Sticky, light to medium body

The sour finish almost had me dump this one near the end but I perciveered and finished it. I will not be having it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 16:49:00 | More by jackorain
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,506 ratings.