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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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2,644 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,644
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 15
Gots: 175 | 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 farrago
2.78/5  rDev -15%
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.

farrago, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

jujubeast6000, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of bheilman
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

bheilman, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

allergictomacros, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of droomyster
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

droomyster, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Dark cloudy golden. Medium carbonation pours into a slight, white, bubbly head. Dissipates quickly leaving a layer of bubbly foam on the surface. Leaves really nice beer ring lacing.

S: Sharp hops and yeast, hints of lemon and lime.

T: Prominent, slightly syrupy sweet, hops and lemon.

M: Light feel. Hops assault the mouth. A sweet lemony taste follows, but the hops are the story. They linger through the entire experience. A bit metallic. Does have an unusual distracting aroma that filters into the nose as you drink.

D: Good drinkability. Refreshing.

Good flavor, good atmosphere. Hops are really sharp, so this may not be a favorite if you're not a hophead. I am, and this is a pretty decent quaff.

bmwats, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a thin head. This smells a little weak and that carries over into the taste. It's like someone took a hop-bomb and cut it with Miller lite or something. That isn't doing this beer justice though, because it isn't miller lite, it's better then that, just not by a ton. It is an extremely drinkable IPA and you could do a lot worse on a summers day out by the lake. A good value beer and maybe a way to introduce some swill drinkers to something with a touch more care put into it.

SwiftyMcBeer, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of gpogo
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden body with a cream colored large head. Head dissipates to a foamy cap and leaves a nice dense lacing.

A- Sweet perfume-like aroma, incredibly fruity.

T- A little watery. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors with some light caramel flavors. Finishes dry with a light bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

D- Decent IPA, very drinkable. In no way is this a hop-bomb.

gpogo, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw yellow... a bigger head on this one, creamy with a nice lacing on the way down

S: Hops are a bit on the mild side with an unusual sweetness and something that seems a bit metallic.

T: I certainly wouldn't have called it an IPA. Hop bitterness is very mild, and there's a slight fruitiness. Some notable traces of butterscotch-diacetyl that linger after each sip.

M + D: Body is fine... carbonation is pretty good, body is a standard medium. Unfortunately, it falls a bit short both in style and in general. Drinkability isn't a huge issue... more of a matter of why.

Proteus93, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear pale amber with a small white head, some lacing.

smell is of sweet fruit, caramel, some citrus, some hay and grass in the back.

taste is a tad watery, light grapefruit, some caramel, a little pine, and hops, ends bitter and a tad sweet, becomes more watery as it warms.

froghop, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of midnite2sixman
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange almost like a pilsner.

The smell on this one doesn't really overwhelm in any fashion but has a light hop aroma.

Taste: for an IPA this one isn't really that big, nothing dramatic in any way. Has a little grassy hop taste and fresh taste as well.

Mouthfeel is light and nothing extraordinary.

Drinkability: Being that it isn't that big I guess you could pound a bunch of em but who wants to do that anyways. Can't say that I dislike it as much as a lot of other people so I would say give it a shot it might be a good intro beer.

midnite2sixman, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy true golden color with a small white dissapating head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma is of soft but bright lemon juice and a lot of pale base malt. Simple and one demensional.

Flavor is the same as above.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a little on the watery side.

Very drinkable, good session ale.

hoplover82, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Mistofminn
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a "Redhook Greatest Hits" box.

Pours a clear copper color, reminiscent of an American macro lager almost. Lively carbonation. Large two finger head is produced from an aggressive pour. Retention is amazing, I'm shocked. 10 minutes later, there is still a one finger head.

Smell has a fruity or floral hint to it. There is something hidden here...something I can't quite put my finger on. Overall, the nose is very light and mild, nothing standing out too much.

My first sips didn't give me any hints as to what the hidden character is...not yet at least. A very very light bitterness is present, really not up to par with other IPA's. I'm actually surprised at how little bitterness there is going on. To be honest, at first (when the brew is cold from the fridge), there is nothing go on. But then....

I really wasn't expecting this, but I definitely get a Belgian quality here. Spicey and very lightly fruity, this is the hidden character that I couldn't name in the nose. I swear to you, this tastes like a lightly hopped Belgian Pale Ale. At first, I wasn't too keen on the taste, but I LOVE Belgians, and I'm starting to love this. For sure, let this one warm before you drink it.

Very light mouthfeel. Crisp from the carbonation. Definitely drinkable, I could session this all night.

I know it seems strange, but I love the Belgian qualities I get in this. It took me a while to put my finger on it, but it gets more pronounced every sip I take. I really like this one. I'm a fan!

Mistofminn, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 22oz. bottle, dated Oct. 8, 2008. So 2 1/2 months later, in my belly.

Not a huge fan of Redhook beers, but this tops all the others I have tried.

Light amber/copper color... not cloudy at all.

Smells dry-hoppy.. slightly floral with some thick malt notes in scent.

Love the taste. Not a very strong IPA... some pine notes as well as a bit of a citrus zinger to it. Rather smooth and not overwhelming. The hops and malts balance very well. Doesn't leave my mouth dry... and the aftertaste... tastes like the ale!

No head at all with little to no lacing. But it is very drinkable and has just the right amount of carbonation for my taste. A very good standard and basic west coast Ale.. whether a pale, or IPA... call it what you will... or what they do anyway.

Docer, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of ocelot2500
2.55/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color, a big amount of head that doesn't stick around for too long.

Smells mostly of citrus hops and some sweetness.

Tastes of citrus hoppiness and a little matly sweetness. This is a very weak IPA and I would've thought it was a pale ale.

Feels a bit thin in the mouth.

Fairly drinkable.

ocelot2500, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Small head with OK retention on a transparent copper/butterscotch body

S- Smell is of resiny piney/citrus hops

T- Tastes like the smell but not as potent as most american IPAs

M&D- Sorta slick and oily but overall pretty resfreshing and easy to drink for 6.5%ABV

EnojysAnyBeer, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass

A: Golden with no head given the generous pour

S: Light aroma mainly of honeysuckle and pale malt

T: Quenching and pretty nicely balanced although I think this brew fits better in the APA category (especially if my wife will enjoy it raight along with me). Plenty of pale malt and some caramel malt sweetness hits with a citrus and herbal, honeysuckle tartness that is pretty dry.

M: Way too watery and light in body for the style although the aftetaste is pleasant citrus/grapefruit.

D: I like the on-tap version far more than the bottle -- especially when it is poured to 16oz mark. It went very well with piping hot sausage pizza.

argock, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of patobandito
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like about an IPA should, maybe a bit darker than to be expected, but good color. Foamy white head with a light lacing. Smells citrusy ,a bit of hops, but not a real strong smelling beer. Tastes similar, citrus with some hops bitterness to finish. A bit thin in my opinion, and that seems to be the norm for Red Hook beers. Overall this isnt a bad IPA, if it can be called that. Its one of the first IPA's I have had so I can't really compare it to much. I may re-review this after some further 'research' into IPA's.

patobandito, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of ebingen
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Most IPA's I've come across tend to have very similar appearances, this one was a bit more transparent than others, and has an amber color to it.

Smell: I didn't really mind the smell, but nevertheless, I was not superbly impressed with its smell. I just want to take this opportunity to say that I am not reviewing this beer to slam it - I'm drinking it right now and it's convenient for me to review this beer atm, but I feel that its smell is its weakpoint and thus does not segue into a fantastic taste. There is room for improvement here.

Taste: The taste is actually quite nice. The hops in this beer are very pleasing and increases its drinkability to compensate for its not-so impressive smell. This redeeming quality makes it a bit surprising.

Mouthfeel: What can I say? Average. Nothing noticeably outstanding in this area, but I am after all an amateur.

Drinkability: To me, this beer barely qualifies as a session beer. It trails an interesting aftertaste that is somewhat inviting. This is a good beer if you're throwing a party and it's on sale at your local grocery store, but you have enough self respect to not purchase some unmentioned macro lagers (you probably know what I'm talking about).

Conclusion: It's not a terrible brew, but it's not fantastic either.

ebingen, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Chuggs
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first pouring very disappointed. Weak frosting and watery apperance. Aroma not full with light fullness, not expected from an IPA. The Pale Ale I had previously presented much better. But don't sell this ale short. Has good drinkability with a nice bitter hop and refreshing feel on the tongue. This guy is much better than its rating.

Chuggs, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Flour City Brewers' Fest 2008. Redhook Long Hammer IPA is a dense, light golden ale with a huge, white, fluffy, rocky head. It leaves excellent lacing. It has a huge aroma of hops-- not citrusy, maybe Saaz. It is medium light bodied and pretty smooth with a dry finish. The flavor is pretty mellow and really well balanced. It tastes grassier than the aroma and I'm detecting some lemon that I didn't pick up in the aroma. I'd like to compare this to Ballard Bitter.
(rated Aug 17, 2008)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/pale tea color with a lingering, slightly off-white head that leaves some light lacing. The aroma and flavor indicate a fresh, floral, grapefruit, and light pine hop presence. There is also a bit of toasty caramel malt in the flavor. The bitterness level is mild to moderate; just enough to make this beer interesting. The only downsides are that the body seems a bit thin and watery from time to time and there is also a tinge of a metallic edge in the finish sometimes. Pretty good,suprised it was rated so low

WakeandBake, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of popery
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A blandly bitter IPA. There are some citric-pine hops in the aroma, but very little hop richness comes through in the flavor. The beer looks alright, golden with a rocky off-white head. The aroma is long on hops but you can tell that things are out of whack. Malt contributes very little to the nose. This beer is in dire need of stronger, richer malt flavors. I don't know if it's the lack of malt or a problem with the hops, but the hops also lack richness and depth. They have some bitter citric flavor, but the bitterness overwhelms their richer qualities. This is not to say that there is no sweetness. In fact, there is some syrupy sweetness but it only makes the feel somewhat cloying rather than adding depth to the beer. The mouthfeel is somewhat astringent. I like a strongly bitter hop kick, but it needs hop richness to balance it out. This beer overemphasizes this bitterness with far too little balancing sweetness. Not a horrible IPA, but not a good one.

popery, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
2.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not happy with this one. Like an IPA with a lot of vanilla poured in. Hazy yellow pour with a big white head. Hoppy and sweet aroma. Good hops up front, but then the wave of vanilla smacks you. The sweetness turns sickening after a while. Finish is metallic.

What happened to the old Redhook IPA that was actually good? I know this site says this is just a pseudonym for "Redhook IPA." I've had the "Redhook IPA" and this is not "Redhook IPA," sir.

magictrokini, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of ndekke39
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given a six-pack from a friend. Decanted a 12 oz. bottle with an October 28, 2008 date on it into a pint glass. Pours a very clear golden color with a small white head. Nice retention, fair amount of lacing.

Aroma is a little one-note, but not bad. Strong citrusy, piny hop aromas. Tiny dash of rubber in there, too.

Flavor is more balanced. Starts with a good wallop of the hops. Again very piny. Really blooms in the middle of the mouth, then finishes with a fairly clean, bready aftertaste.

Good effervescence on the tongue. Mouthfeel is appropriate. Not too watery, but not too thick.

This IPA isn't particularly remarkable, but it certainly stands up as a strong session IPA. It could be a little more balanced, but it's easy to drink and still quite enjoyable.

ndekke39, Dec 11, 2008
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,644 ratings.