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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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2,923 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,923
Reviews: 1,140
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 19
Gots: 320 | FT: 0
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Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pbrian on 03-29-2001

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
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Ratings: 2,923 | Reviews: 1,140
Photo of ipazilla
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Long hammer, from 12 oz. bottle.
Although this is a pretty standard tasting and bodied ipa I find myself liking it as its departs from the high heady flavors of strong ipas and gives you a sort of easy drinking taste that makes it a good beer for a hot day or just a thirsty one. Good drinkability and light flavor make this a good starter ipa. Not a bad beer or a great one, but good enough.

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

I felt like having an IPA I hadn't tried yet and stumbled across this one. As many have said, it's basically something of a watered down version of an IPA, not particularly bad, but nothing special.

The color is a nice yellow/amber with decent lacing. The head is small though somewhat lasting. The aroma is malty, very similar to the Red Hook ESB, with a noticeably piney hoppiness.

Basically, imagine the ESB with more hops. The pine smell/taste is just about all they impart. They add bitterness and standard aroma, but little complexity and few other flavors. This is a drinkable beer and nice on a hot day, but nothing to go out of one's way for. Many other better IPAs exist, and at equal or lesser prices as well. However, it could be a good introduction to the style for those accustomed to less hoppy beers.

Photo of kshankar
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap...a lot of IPA elements. Lacing was there throughout. Yellow with some carbonation. Thick foam. Decent retention.

Aroma was a piney hop one...but it was mild. I didn't get quite a kick from it like I expect.

Taste was basically an IPA light. Mouthfeel was also similar. Drinkability would be "higher" to people who don't really go for IPA's, I guess...its just an IPA starter. Try it out, it isn't bad..but not the greatest IPA

Photo of FatCaster
2.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--Poured from bottle into a mug. A decent sized head formed, then dissipated into foam that ringed the glass. The color is golden, tending more toward yellow and very transparent.

S--Sweet and piney, it smells like a lighter-handed IPA ought to.

T--Starts and ends watery with a touch of pleasant hops in the middle. Should be more shockingly hoppy than it is. More sweet and more hops.

M--Fairly light carbonation and thin body. Pleasant but nowhere near memorable.

D--Its an IPA so not really a multi-beer brew. In my opinion its a bit too drinkable for the style. Just my opinion.

Fairly lightweight IPA. You could call it a good intro to the style. Not bad, I've just had better.

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

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass.

A-Two fingers of white foam above clear light amber ale. Carbonation evident for several minutes.

S-Hops with a very slight hint of citrus and some yeast smell.

T-Bitter hops without the yeast or citrus taste present in the smell. Not much balance.

M-Good carbonation but thin mouthfeel, just a slight bitter aftertaste.

D-Weak IPA, drinkable but not memorable.

Photo of redneckchugger
2.66/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a plale yellow, decent head, nice lacing.
The smell is weak, not delicate , sublte or nuanced, just weak. I tget the hops a little and a bit bready malt, but its just weak. Like me in high school gym class weak.
The taste is better than the small, but its still a loser, tases like you poured water in the beer, its just weak.
This beer is a big disapointmet. I was hoping to really like it and give it a great score, i really was. I root for the underdog what cn i say, and i love it when i like a beer that gets bagged on. But this one sucks. Its not horrible tasting, its just bland.

Photo of BierFan
3.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Looks pretty good. Golden/amber/orange body. Bountiful off-white head displays decent retention.

Smell: Citric hop aroma that one would expect from an American IPA. The aroma does seem to be a little light, however.

Taste: Underwhelming. The hops and malts are present but they seem too watered down. Orange and a little pine from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Did I just drink air? Way too thin of a mouthfeel.

Photo of morebeergood
3.32/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Rockafella's in Salem center. Served in a standard pint glass. Yellow color with a hint of amber, minimal head. Average looking. Smelled hoppy and a the taste was certainly full of hops. Not overly hopped, but just enough to make its presence known. If you are looking for a full fledged IPA, this may be a bit boring. I found it mild enough to be enjoyable. Didn't want more than one, but had no problem enjoying one on a warm afternoon on a bar patio.

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

On tap at Daddy Oh's Toledo, OH.

Clear golden witha one inch head and slight lacing.

Smells of fresh citrus hop and a slight grainy sweetness.

Taste is fresh and crisp citrus hop witha slight honey sweetness in the finish.

This is a quaffable beer, light and average in the American IPA style. A good session beer!

Photo of jadpsu
3.07/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured light copper with a decent off white head with good side lacing.
Aroma had a decent mix of citrus floral hops and some fainter malts.
Taste was dry, bitter but rather bland with a weak (watery) mouthfeel, but rather bland. Generally lacking any definitive flavor.
Less than what I expect from an IPA.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler Pint. 6.5% ABV Bottled 030309 punched into the label.

A - Clear and devoid of bubbles. Brilliant honey gold color with a two finger off-white foamy head. Alright retention that ended up leaving a ring and artistic-like lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Mainly floral hops appear on the aroma but a slight fruitiness hits too. A touch of citrus and pine with a small pear/apricot blend. Yeasty (no sediment) with a malty backbone that balances decently.

T - Light pale malts in the background hold the structure together loosely while hops are more free to roam. Largely pine with a drop of lemony citrus, it's a floral hop that bitters extensively and leaves a long, lingering flavor in the mouth.

M - Bitter. Eye-twitching, head-shaking bitter. At least it is for me right now. A little dry with a medium body and a crisp, refreshing finish.

D - It might take me a while to finish this beer off since the bitterness keeps slapping me in the face but its a mediocre IPA. A better offering from Red Hook than the Sunrye at least.

Photo of projectflam86
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden color with light amber hues. A decent off-white head leaves some nice lacing.

S- Some light citrus and floral hop scents are present. A bit of sweetness and esters come through.

T- Initial bitterness from the hops with a light citrus flavor. A bit of malt sweetness comes through with caramel flavoring. The finish is soapy and diacetyl...a bit weird?

M- Light bodied with ok carbonation. Lingering aftertastes that was a bit 'off'.

D- Worth trying, but not worth buying. Doesn't hold up against the big boys.

Photo of PerroGrande
3.14/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up some of this at Target (!) -- not exactly where one shops for good brew... However, I had never tried it, and I decided to give it a whirl.

The appearance is very nice. This beer pours to a nice, golden color with a moderate, lacy head. While initially the head looks tight and creamy, it gives way to a more laced appearance.

Smell -- for an IPA, I was decidedly underwhelmed by the aroma. In short -- I expected more hops character. My score does not indicate that the scent is unpleasant -- far from it. However, for a beer badged as an IPA, I would expect a more hop-centric aroma. I detected hops, but more subtle than a traditional IPA. I also detected some citrus overtones, but exactly which, I could not isolate.

Taste -- I scored this beer a 3.0. As an IPA, it is (in my opinion) way to sweet, fruity, and light on hops. This is not to say that LH IPA isn't an enjoyable beer and doesn't taste good. It has a very nice, albeit subtle, flavor. It isn't exactly what I'd expect from an IPA, though.

Mouthfeel -- very nice. Smooth initially, with a nice finish. Not overly carbonated.

Drinkability -- Also very nice. Although it falls short as an IPA, it is still a nice beer to drink. Very smooth and refreshing, along with a decent ABV. To an IPA devote', I expect it would be a disappointment. However, it could be a nice "transition" beer for one looking to move away from BMC offerings in small steps.

Photo of AmberMan22
2.63/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this on tap, unfortunately the waitress handed me a liter mug instead of the pint glass that I ordered...

A: Looks a cloudy golden color, lacing present but not really impressive.

Smell: hops are there, but it is simply overwhelmed with fruity tones, mainly oranges.

Taste: Quite fruity, again, hops feel like they're being forced to do too much. Not especially a favorite for me, and I quickly realized I'm trapped with a huge mug of this stuff.

Mouthfeel: Meh, a fairly light feel to it considering the hoppy taste, I mainly wanted it out of my mouth as soon as possible.

Drinkability: You'd probably have to pay me to drink this again. I would not say this is even worth a try, especially if you really like IPAs -- it'll just ruin your impressions of the style.

Photo of david18
2.4/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

There is really nothing I like about this beer. It's not the worst in the world but i really wouldn't call it an ipa. Maybe more of an apa but even at that it's not worth getting. Any craft beer in the pale or amber category would be preferable over this. Appearance and smell is fine, just doesn't stand out in any other way.

Photo of berley31
2.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured with a spare, white head, and no lacing. Body is clear, flat, and a dark golden color. Some carbonation, but not much. Quite unimpressive.

S: Very weak for an IPA... I smell a little hops and maybe some orange as well, but it doesn't exactly jump out and grab you. Feeling a little bit wary, now...

T: Again, weak. Lightly sweet at first, and finishes lightly bitter with the hops. Where is the flavor, the punch? Disappointing.

M: Nothing special here, either. Body is light and thin-textured, with soft-to-average carbonation.

D: Sure, you can drink it... it goes down easy. But it doesn't have a whole lot in taste or anything else, either. As drinkable as water is not something I'm looking for in a beer, let alone an IPA. More of an IPA experience than, say, Alexander Keith's... but not much.

Photo of barleypopmaker
2.28/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is is a pale goldish yellow in color and fairly clear. There is a good head and retention is good.Very faint malty aroma, a bit weak. There is so little hop aroma for an IPA, that this is barely a pale ale much less an India Pale Ale which should be much hoppier. The weak hop aroma is that of grapefruit and other citrus fruits. The malt is a bit sweet smelling.

Wow, just as weak as the aroma. I am very disappointed. There is a weak sweet malt flavor and a small citrusy and piney hop flavor. The malt is sweet and slightly bready but overall lacks any depth what so ever. There is some bitterness on the tail end that is weak, although it does have a resinous tinge to it. But at the hop levels this beer is right along with the malt profile this beer is barely at the level it should be.

A bit thin and watery for an IPA. There is a slight sourness to the beer that probably should not be there as well. Carbonation is OK.

This beer is not an IPA by any means, at least the bottle I got. Rogue bad bottle or old beer maybe, but I'm just reporting what was in my glass. It would be generous to even call this beer a pale ale. It is more along the lines of a blonde ale if anything. It is possible I had a bad bottle, but from what I have been hearing that is probably not the case. This beer needs more of everything. It needs more malt, a lot more malt, and tons more hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness to qualify for an IPA in my eyes. I am not impressed at all. Although the beer is drinkable and does not taste bad. It just lets you down if your a hop head seeking out a good IPA.

Photo of HoosBrews
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is light amber and generously carbonated. Lots of floral hops in the nose. Taste is clean and crisp with a pretty good dose of hops. Decent mouthfeel, without any alcohol burn. Very drinkable. I prefer DIPA, but this is my guilty pleasure, fairly mass-produced IPA. Especially yummy in the summer.

Photo of maddogruss
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on draft at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a golden-amber, slightly murky body with a fairly think, white head with pretty nice retention and lacing.

S: A fairly hoppy smell with some sweet malt notes. Seemed nice for the style.

T: A fairly sweet, toffee malt taste with some cascade hop undertones that weren't very powerful. The bittering hop taste seemed to be overpowered by the sweeter malts.

M: The mouthfeel was medium bodied, but a little on the thin side. Overall, still pretty nice feel on the palette.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combo makes the beer easy to drink. I was hoping for a bit more hop presence to really balance out the sweeter malts. Still, pretty good beer overall.

Photo of Buebie
2.78/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottling date of June June 10th 2009, Picked up the 12 pack of bottles for $9

Poured from the brown long kneck into a pub glass. The pour produces a 2'' billowing white head. The beer itself is a pale straw yellow with just a touch of haze, but its mostly transparent. Very light in color for an ipa, looks more like a pils.
Some sticky lace clings to the glass, but mostly falls away.

Aroma of fresh cut hay with grassy hops, some oxidization, a bit of pine, some mild bready malt. Its pretty disappointing for an ipa in the aroma category.

The taste on this has some decent hop bitters, but its no ipa. It pales in comparison to anything that represents an ipa. If I were an ipa and I drank this, I would be offended, I'd put out a hit on this ipa.
All I really get is a touch of sweet malts, yeasty bread, and mild grassy hops with just a bit of bitter pine.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with mild carbonation.

Dissapointing for the style, but not bad I guess for a $9 12 pack.

Photo of kbeals
3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bit hazy. Golden in color with about a finger of fizzy white head. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Mild citrusy hops, although not the smack in the face that most IPA's have. Pretty one-dimensional.

T- Identical to the smell. Some light citrusy hops and that's pretty much it. Disappointing.

M- The body feels watered down, plenty of carbonation.

D- The good part of this beer is that it is drinkable. It's not overpowering and is a good beer to have if you feel like drinking a few.

Photo of chadhops
1.98/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer on vacation in NC and was pretty happy to find another IPA to try....

The color was probably one of the lighter IPA's i've seen with it being a golden pale

Pour was very clean and not much head on it...seemed very carbonated and with a soda pop-like bubble to it.

Smell was just okay. there was a hint of aroma but probably towards the bottom when compared to other IPAs

Taste followed the smell with there feeling like i wasn't getting the whole taste....like it was missing something...but there was a decent bitter to it.

Drinkability was light but not enjoyable. I found myself good and 2 bottles then decided to move on to something else.

In all, it was good to try once try but not exactly what I'd expect from an IPA.

Photo of runesead
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Longhammer has an IPA bite that can best be appreciated by the beach.

I picked Longhammer up when I went to North Carolina this past summer. It had the extra hops bite that really refreshed me in the warm, salty air.

I haven't had it lately, but I remember it being a step up from most IPAs

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

Had on tap at The Wave in Waltham 6/14
This beer pours a clear straw yellow, a one finger white head to it. Not much head retention or lacing to speak of. Nose is rather muted, there are some mild citrus hops mixed with a touch of graininess in the nose. Taste was more than I expected. Citrus hops up front, mostly of grapfruit with some mild malts mixed in, a touch of breadiness mutes the hops. Lighter bodied, medium carbonation. This beer goes down very easily, not a great representation of it's style - definitely won't stand up for those looking for a hop burst, but a nice alternative to typical bar BMC offerings.

Photo of kgs
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Long Hammer is my secret pleasure. Another supermarket steal, particularly when it's on sale, as it was at Publix last week. Probably its only offense is that after the mild citrusy hop flavor there is pretty much... uh... mild citrusy hop flavor. That, and its mouthfeel could be a little less thin.

But one exception to the single mild citrusy note (and this is why I keep buying it) is some elusive and delicious characteristic unique to Red Hook beers -- maybe a slight malt flavor or even a water profile I'm catching (and I don't have a particularly refined palate, but I have always found Red Hook beers to have this characteristic and it's why I love them).

One way to characterize this beer is as a food-friendly IPA. For this alone I give it a very approving nod. My guess is when the big-hops fad has quelled a bit, this type of beer will stand out as an example (though not the exemplar) of a beer that pairs well with actual food people would eat at a meal. The usual line about a big IPA "going well with spicy food" is just plain dumb; a big IPA can really only stand alone -- pairing it with loud food only gives your mouth too much to deal with. But Long Hammer would even be great in a Welsh rarebit -- the cheddar would shine right through it.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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