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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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2,838 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,838
Reviews: 1,116
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 231 | 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 BDJake
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a beer I used as a gateway for a long time into my progression towards liking craft beer, one I have very many bottle caps srom in my popcorn tin at home. I used to love it, being one of the only hometown beers available in San Diego when I first turned 21, but over the years I drank less and less of it. I did pick up a bomber recently to get back in touch with an old friend, and in a fair, not too bashing review, I decided to rate it as I see it now.

A- clear golden blonde, not like most better IPA's out there, with an almost white head that didn't lace nor retain very well

S- a little bitter, somewhat grainy, but not very complex

T- low hop presence, bready malt backbone, but also a bit metallic- many pilseners I've had are more hoppy than this

M- moderate body and carbonation

D- average says it best, seeing as they're more concerned with pushing product than giving us something to savor

Photo of Misfit138
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass/

A- Dark yellow or light orange in color, rather transparent. White bubbly head, that left lacing.

S- Sweet citrus hops, not much else

T- Crisp clean flavor, initial sweet malt followed by a lemony/grapefruit ending.

M- Medium bodied that is fairly carbonated.

D- Drinkability is pretty high for this. Being over 6% alcohol the did a nice job, but in my opinion it i pretty mild tasting for an IPA. I would recommend it if you like pale ales more so than IPA's. Not bad, its just that there are better IPA's out there.

Photo of uabigdaz
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- Gold color with very little head, slight film remains over top center of beer, and around glass, but nothing substantial. Slight amount of suspended sediment create a slightly opaque look.

S- Smells of citrus are significant. Slightly sour finish. Smells of hops are concealed by the overwhelming smell of citrus...

T- Tastes ok. I mean, I guess. It's ok. Kind of thin. Like citrus finishing with hops then pine. Interesting, but not exciting or exotic. Just ok. Wait let me try again... yep, ok.

M- Not the most enjoyable beer to savor. This beer hits the tongue sharply. I don't know what it is about it honestly, it's just not the most pleasant mouthfeel. It's even sharp on the lips.

D- I know, I know, it sounds like I don't like this beer. I do. I like it very much. I find this beer to be very drinkable and drinking a six pack of this on the weekend is a nice time for me. I find this beer to be average, but I really like the bitterness of hops, and this being on sale is a very economical way to OD on hops.

Overall, this beer is ok, but nothing special. It is a regular in my fridge for the sole reason that I live in a rural area and my local grocer carries a limited selection so I've tried everything they have. If you have the choice of this and something else, try something else first, but make sure to try this sometime.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
1.55/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Fail. Shame on Redhook for (1) putting out this beer and (2) calling this an IPA. THIS IS NOT AN IPA. I don't know what this is but it is definitely not an IPA.

It poured the color of straw left in the sun for too long. This should have been the first hint.

It smelled like beer but where are the hops?

Tasted like a skunked Redhook ESB minus the malt character.

Drain pour.

Photo of livingregret
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden orange. Fluffy white with ample lacing the whole drinking experience

Smell: Mild hops, sweetness via grapefruit. Average smell

Taste: Very "tame" for an IPA. This beer is NOT trying to revolutionize the way we think of IPA's but it does a fine job at being generic. Which honestly...isn't a bad thing. Some hop bitterness(not a lot but some) at the end. Slight citrus

Mouthfeel: A touch thin yet sticky from the malt

Drinkability: very easy to drink lots of these

Photo of imperialstout27
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pub glass.

A: Light orange/ straw color. One finger slightly off-white head that recedes fairly quickly. Light chill haze that cleared after a few minutes.

S: Mild to moderate hop levels on the nose. Citrusy - grapefruit, orange, lemon perhaps.

T: Nicely grainy with very moderate bitterness for the style. Hop profile is pleasant, although not at all intricate or interesting. Very distinct citrus rind flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Thin and watery, although I thought it a bit better as it warmed. Decent carbonation.

D: Pretty high, actually. The simple, unoffensive flavor, matched with the thin body and uncomplicated nature of this beer equals the potential for significant levels of consumption, especially considering the inexpensive price.

Overall this is a very mellow IPA - seems more like an APA, really. If I was grading more to style, the scores would be lower. Uncomplicated, unexceptional, no flaws. Easy drinking and good for situations, like some parties, when you know you're not going to be paying enough attention to what's in your glass to break out the real good stuff, but you want something that tastes good. Unoffensive - could be a good intro to better beer for the uninitiated palate. Good for parties where you don't want to offend your guests' palates, but you refuse to offend your own at the same time. Good for what it is and the price point.

Photo of atremains
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy gold/orange, similar to the appearance of apple juice. Fluffy white head that produces considerable lacing and a nice looking white sheet with a ring around the the top.
S- Very weak, all I can really get is some faint hop tones and some random sweetness?
T- Weak again, watery. Cracker-like. Hops with a bit of malt. This one is giving me trouble picking anything out. On a side note, the flavors were more present in belching than in drinking the beer.
M- Thin, watery, highly carbonated, and a bit oily.
D- Surprising that the 6.5% is masked so well, I guess if tossing back beer with nearly lifeless qualities is your thing you could do this one all night.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask served in a pint; Advertised as "IPA w/ Summit and Nelson"

Appears a still orange with a foamy off-white cap. Retention is fair and there is minimal lacing.

Aromas of tangerines and hop oil with faint tobacco and a sticky caramel base. Pretty straightforward with nothing really jumping out at me.

The taste is very similar to the nose with tangerines, a dose of hop oil and mild bitterness. Some sticky caramel holds down the low end. Balanced and drinkable.

Oily mouthfeel with a light medium body. Being on cask, the carbonation is low and turns this into more of an english style IPA with a twist.

Pretty easy to drink, but the flavor profile isn't overwhelming enough to keep me happy glass after glass.

Photo of Mr3dPHD
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass with dinner (chicken & sun dried tomato).

Appearance - Clear orange in color with a thick cream colored head. Some nice lacing too.

Smell - Bright citrus hops. Definite aroma of tangerine.

Taste - Pretty strong hoppy flavor, although for the style I'd say pretty average. There's a distinct citrus flavor, but a bit lighter than what the smell might lead you to believe. Mild sweetness throughout with a nice bitter finish. I found it to be pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth...medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink for an IPA.

Generally, when I'm in the mood for an IPA it's because I want something that packs a powerful hoppy punch. This is not that beer. Now that's not to say this isn't a great beer...in fact, I thought it was quite good! It's just not what I'm looking for in an IPA. I'll definitely drink Long Hammer in the future, but it will more than likely show up as a standard daily drink-with-dinner brew as opposed to a hops fix.

Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Brewpub in Portsmouth.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with fair head retention and OK lacing. On the nose I get a goodly amount of citrus and pepper, with a hint of green tobacco. Flavors replicate the nose in this very smooth, very drinkable IPA. The bitterness is dialed down a bit with the cask conditioning, but this beer is quite well balanced and is very, very drinkable. On the cask, this almost comes across as a British style IPA, and a pretty good one in fact. There is some bitterness, but it really doesn't dominate the flavor profile.

I know it's fashionable to put these guys down, but this beer surprised me. Nothing wrong with this at all, and I'd happily order it again.

Photo of teovaldi
2.63/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an extremely clear gold with a very small head, lots of bubbles and pretty decent lacing

Very very light hop smell.

Watery tasting bitteness that is barely an pale ale let alone an IPA. Finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel was smooth, slighty short of medium bodied and a bit under carbonated.

I could drink a few of these...but dont really want to. The best thing about this beer is that it was quite cheap for an IPA.

Photo of mwa423
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Apple juice color and clarity with a thin white head that didn't stick around too long.

S - Slightly hoppy/floral aroma with a strong hint of malt.

T - Bitter hop flavor with a heavy, but smooth malt hit.

M/D - Mouthfeel is full and rich, drinkability is average with heavy hops when you gulp but nothing unexpected.

Photo of ralree
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice cloudy gold color with a fluffy white head of 1 finger. Good retention and nice lacing.

S: Lighter smell than many IPAs. Hops are there, but subdued, malt smells more sugary than grainy.

T: Nice strong grainy malt, and a nice hop following. Has an alkaline taste I don't really like, though. The hops stick with you after swallowing. Malt tastes slightly toasted. After a few swigs, it starts tasting like regular beer, though. OK for a house beer, but doesn't compare to the luxury IPAs on the market.

M: Overcarbonated and watery, this is one of the worst feeling IPAs I've had. A bit astringent. Light body. Oily.

D: Drinks alright except for the carbonation - burns a lot going down. Easy to put down since it's so light.

Photo of NicholasSchell
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Short lived 1 finger head, hazy medium amber color (not just hazy, tons of floaties), very bubbly.

S- Sweet malt and honey, pleasant citrusy hops.

T- Does not live up to the aroma, a little hop bitterness and almost not maltiness to balance t out, kind of watery/weak tasting, not an IPA, barely a Pale Ale.

M- Medium-light body, well carbonated.

D- Easy to drink, but wouldn't do it again unless I had to.

Photo of nelnutter
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A/S: Gold/copper/orange-ish color. Lighter than most. 1 finger head with decent retention. Smelled of citrusy hops, though much lighter than other IPA's.

T/M: Very nice taste, definite orange citrus flavor and decently bitter. However, like the smell, it was much more muted than usual. Almost feel like it was on the right track, as the taste was very good, but needed to be amped up a notch. Feel was lightly carbonated, medium bodied.

D: Price-wise, very good. But you get what you pay for. Hopheads like me will not be left 100% satisfied, but those just getting into IPA's, it's a very good start. I bought a 12 pack for the Superbowl and even my non-IPA-loving friends liked it. So I'd buy it again for the same crowd and drink a few myself. However, it wouldn't be my first choice for myself...needs a little more umph.

Photo of Soozy
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Eh...it's ok.

Pours a hazy gold with a slight head. A stingy bitter smell to it, mixed with some floral hops. The initial taste isn't anything impressive, no solid malt characteristics on this one. The bitterness of the hops dominate, and there is some floral hop flavor. I feel like this is a Bud Light doused in hops to try to add some character.

Like I said...it's an ok beer.

Photo of vdread
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Long Hammer IPA

poured from a plain looking bomber. didn't look like it would be much, but at $2.99 a bomber, i couldn't pass it up! even if it does turn out to be horrible.

other reviews pummel this delicious brew to the ground. maybe i just give too much credit to the over the top bitterness that others seem opposed to. maybe i'm just crazy.

pours yellow with a thin head that leaves a few spots of lace behind. looks a little watery. obviously not very heavy on the malt. smells great! enticing citrus and hop smells jump out.

citrus hops dominate the taste. solidly bitter, light on the malt. not a very complex taste, but one that is easy to enjoy. this beer's strength comes not from it's massive complexity or versatility. it's just a nice, solid, bitter IPA.

mouthfeel light, if slightly light. easily drinkable, very enjoyable hoppy beer.

if you like IPAs, don't trust the horrible reviews on this guy. go out and try it for yourself. you may be pleasantly surprised like i was.

Photo of Patrick999
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saw a relatively fresh Long Hammer single on the shelf and picked it up. Hey, I'll give it a fair taste.

Poured into a Stone pint glass. Clear gold. Bubbles pretty active. Head retains well and leaves some decent lacing. Not the best I've ever seen, but still good.

Light hop of a piney variety in the nose. Not bad. The hop aroma could just use some more intensity, that's all.

Likewise on the taste. Hop forward, just not very intense at all. Not overtly malty, either, so this *is* what I would call balanced. Minor bite of alcohol.

Not much to say about the feel. It's crisp, scrubs the palate and generally does what it should.

Obviously, for an experienced IPA drinker, this will fall short of the mark. Not bad, just not especially memorable, challenging, or even beautifully simple. Would work OK as a football game beer, or as an introduction to IPA for a newbie.

Edit: Just poured a not-very-fresh Bell's Two-Hearted to go up against this. Even the slightly stale Two-Hearted blew it away.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Man back in the day of Ballard's Bitter, this was one of the more available and desireable beers out there. No more.

Everything is completely average and blanded out about this beer now. Appearance is less vibrant, more clear. Taste, hops are more subdued, a crisp hop bill is replaced with a more woody feel. Mouthfeel, more wood, less hop citrus, not drinkable. Barely above BMC stuff.

This used to be a decent beer.

Photo of JustinJTisdale
4.5/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to first try this beer at the redhook brewery in portsmouth and since then Ive been blown away.

Its probably my favorite IPA. Its not overbearing in any sense. They managed to take a traditional recipe and balance it. Not as much hops as one would expect but enough to bring out the real aroma of the times.

Floral highlights with tart bitter hoppy undertones.

Get it, got it? good.

Photo of ragglefraggle
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was my first IPA so it does hold some sort of sentimental value to me seeing as it's what got me hooked on them. Pretty thin feeling mf which does kinda lend to its drinkability. Smells like most IPA's in my opinion only in a very weak sense. The hops are also there but not enough to satisfy a real hop head though. Overall, a great beer if you want to start trying IPA's without getting carried away on hops.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

long live long hammer! thank the good lord that the marketing team came up with this phallic expression for pushing such a beer on an unsuspecting public. gotta do. hopefully this beer becomes a beer that gets other people started on other flavors.
had on cask at red hook.
looks reasonable, orangey color, the normal casky head that slowly dissipates. actually in this case, very slowly. smells kinda like the fields of yakima. only if you're in your car with the ac on and the windows up. little citrus/grapefruit thing, little pine, little grassiness. the taste is underwhelming but not bad. little malt body to hold this beer up. maybe they are more worried about counting calories? the hops are there but a bit too light. it honestly feels like an unbalanced ipa that's trying to straddle it all and just comes out a little bland. very thin tasting. as much crap as i'm giving them, though, not a bad beer, and i know the path they put us down in the pac nw.

Photo of PintOHops
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared a golden/copper color, rather bright for the style, produced a 2 finger head with ok retention, and lite-medium Co2 could be seen. The lacing was pretty good, a little broken but good. Smelled of the typical IPA aroma, an upfront & dominate spicy/fruity hop aroma with a slightly stronger pineapple & grapefruit smell. Only slightly herbal with very subtle caramel, good hop aroma and only slightly on the cleaner side.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted rather clean or tame, but still very delicious and hopy, some clean spice upfront with fruity pineapple/grapefruit and orange rind toward the finish. Finishes bitter but not to the extreme, and some slight dryness as well. Mouthfeel was extremely smooth and lightly carbonated, around medium bodied. I think I would have appreciated more Co2 bite to it.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Decent drinkability, mostly due to it's under par flavor, and knowing there is much better out there. The price was certainly right though, I paid 14bucks for a 12pack of this beer, which was definitely worth it. This beer offers traditional IPA flavors/aromas on a budget, with some decent bitterness in the flavor which I really liked, decent hop fix when low on cash, otherwise Id look elsewhere.

Photo of HalfFull
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass. Shows a deep straw color, perhaps a tinge of orange/golden. Beer looks clear and watery. A thin head is fleeting and hard to dig back up, carbonation is light on the draught.

Slight orange floral hop flavor, bit of grain. Thin and reaching, with some wet pine notes when agitated vigorously. Otherwise not a lot going on.

Taste follows with light citrus and grain. No real hop spice/bite here. Feel is easy but watery to a degree. Bitterness is minimal even though there is little sense of much residual sugars. Seems highly attenuated for an IPA, and especially from Redhook. Drinkability is OK by way of its very nonchalance. It doesn't push me away, but there won't be a second date either.

Photo of whtguitarguy
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the beer that might make me like IPA. The beer has a hoppy flowery aroma which seems to be characteristic all across IPAs, and vaguely like grass. Taste is very hoppy and bitter, but it isn't too overwhelming which made me go for another since it came in a mixed 12.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,838 ratings.