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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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2,493 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,493
Reviews: 1,098
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 105 | 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 Redrover


3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Collin's Pub in Seattle. Served in a standard pint, the beer is surprisingly light in color; best described as burnished gold with a dense white head. Nice lacing.

Nose is also on the lighter side. I get some citrus and caramelized grains.

The taste is bitter but this is not a hop bomb by any stretch of the imagination. Pinesap and grapefruit backed and balanced by some semi sweet malts. Not assertive enough, but there is no off or bad favors.

The mouth is solid and a bit oily. I think the IBUs are low enough to make this sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2007 19:08:23 | More by Redrover
Photo of rowew


3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck - new style Red Hook bottle and label (a bit tacky looking as far as I'm concerned). ABV and bottled date clearly marked.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish orange color with a decent head. Good retention, quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Grassy and hoppy - some grapefruit and pine. Definitely hop dominated.

Taste: Nice and hoppy - fairly bitter finish. Dominated by the sticky pine flavors. Medium mouthfeel, average carbonation.

Overall impression: Very drinkable IPA. Nothing outstanding, but a solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 01:49:07 | More by rowew
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.22/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought of six pack of this as soon as I saw it.
Poured into a pint glass. Seems a bit light in the body color. Dark yellow/straw. Some hints of orange or burgundy. Light fluffy head, almost like a Czech pilsner.
Smells light. A bit of hops is present. Not very piney or citrus. Can make out the malt and some biscuit, slightly.
Taste comes through with the hops. Not overpowering and very gradual. A nice movement from the sweet malt to the dry hop range. Not too much pine or citrus, just about right.
Drinks well, nothing too strong or weak.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 23:39:15 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of cerveza5150


3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

AP: Pours a golden yellow, large bubbles of carbonation with a soapy head. The head starts to dissapate almost immediately. Lacing is present down the glass.

S: Slight smell of sweet malt. Almost reminds me of over-ripe fruit. Some slight apple cider tones are also present. Not very impressive. The hops are non-existant in the nose...this in an IPA???

T: Surprise of the century. I was gearing up for a bland 'Budweiser'-esque imitation IPA (I think the normal Redhook IPA is a TERRIBLE excuse for an IPA!!), but the hops that were absent in the nose exploded out on the palette. This ale would have definately benefited from some liberal dry hopping. The hops finish a little weak, but the overall taste is quite good. Not the best IPA taste by a long shot, but not that bad either. Reminds me of Firestone's Pale Ale.

M: Something metallic on the finish kinda turns me off. It still tastes macobrewed and that comes out in the mouthfeel quite a bit.

D: Overall, not worth the 8 bucks I paid for a six pack. I could have a few of these while watching the game, but I'm not convinced that this is an award winner.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 21:53:18 | More by cerveza5150
Photo of RJLarse


2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I spotted a six pack of Long Hammer IPA in a grocery store and brought it home to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a brassy yellow color and is clear. A bubbly one-finger head forms, and disappears quickly, leaving a little ring of foam around the edge of the beer. There is a little lacing on the glass.

The smell is floral and fruity. It's nice but not particularly pungent or strong.

The taste is weak for the style. There is a mild grapefruit flavor, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, but thin and a little watery.

This is a very drinkable beer, but an unremarkable one. It's not as full-flavored as many other IPAs in the same price range, and lacks a lot of character. Still it's a light drinkable brew, good on a hot day, a nice "macro crossover" perhaps, but there are better IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 00:17:11 | More by RJLarse
Photo of Contra

New York

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

A fairly decent I.P.A., if a little boring. On the plus side, it gives you the familiar taste of an I.P.A., with some pine notes. Unfortunately, it lacks body & character, leaving a rather unremarkable impression. Still, it's better than average, and offers enough to be worth trying. It might appeal to those overwhelmed by complexity and/or bitterness of traditional I.P.A.s.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 02:42:49 | More by Contra
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4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice botte with a design of greenery embossed on the bottle. Pours a nice golden yellow color with a thick rich head of small bubbles. Leaves a ring along the top of the glass where the head started. Has a heavy hop aroma with what smells like cascade or willamette (still getting my hops down.) Starts out smooth and then nails you with a nice hop bite at the back of your palate that lingers for a while. If you like hoppy beers then you will like Long Hammer!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 01:01:14 | More by Musky


3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One inch of light tan head lasts only a couple of minutes from a strong pour. Body is a rich golden tone, very vibrant. Nose is a honey sweet hoppy mix. Even hosts hints of citrus and mellon. Subdued bitter quickly balances with silky hints of vanilla and subtle sweetness. Bitter feel all around is soft and even. Maybe to soft to truely represent my opinion of a IPA in general. Relatively thin mouthfeel. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 02:33:02 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of russpowell


3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

There little ploy worked, I picked this long hammer ipa on a whim, wasn't much else in that store that excited me. I now see it's the old dog in a new package, well at least I know it's fairly fresh, born on date Nov 29 06

Pours efferevescent bronze with a 2 fingers deep offwhite head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Faint perfumy hops & a little lemon, not much considering how much hops are in the taste profile

T: Lemony & grapefruit hops up front with a little fruittyness. A little breadyness as it warms. Finishes citrussy & dry

MF: Medium bodied with restrained carbonation. Balances okay

If this is in fact 6.5 ABV its well hidden. Drinks pretty darn easy, but seems to be a bit too timid style-wise an an AIPA. This ins't a bad one to go with if you are limited in choice. I have fond memories of supping Ballard's Bitter at the Dragon Hill Lodge in Seoul, a oasis in a sea of crap American & Korean beer, so this will always have a soft spot in my heart. I'll take this over the esb, which has lost all its character IMO. A good training wheels IPA IMO. This 12 pack will get consumed within the next 72 hours, loads of football this weekend!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 03:53:07 | More by russpowell
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pale yellow with a bit of cloudiness. The head is about a finger thick, frothy with decent lacing. The hops are piny and bitter at the end. Well balanced, flavorful and just the right strength makes this a good beer. Wonder why it isn't rated better?

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 23:22:06 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I did not look at the reviews for this beer before I tried it. It was the only IPA at the local supermarket that was available that I hadn't tried. I really enjoyed it. I don't get the bad reviews on it. Perhaps, subconscious brand bias?

This head generated a nice head, very thick and clinged well. Ipas in general have big heads, which is part of their appeal.

Smell was a good hop smell. Cascades, a little different than other cascades.

Taste was hoppy and somewhat agressive, but had some malt backbone to balance.

Mouthfeel was a little less carbonated than most IPAs.

This beer was a good beer and I will look to try another one.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 23:36:58 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of jclzony


2.28/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours with a nice orange to amber color with a light creamy head. However, the use of the IPA label is only that. Its aroma and taste were small on the hops let alone close to the expectations one would have for a beer labeled as an IPA. It tasted more like a typical mainstream pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 00:51:01 | More by jclzony
Photo of ruleof72


3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- light caramel, clear with OK head that stayed around awhile, almost no lacing
S- slight hop and syrup smell
T- Hop flavor there but not real prominent
M- decent, medium bodied with good carbonation
D- OK but not fantastic.

This IPA is a little above average but not much more. It has all the components but nothing exceptional in any area. Everything seemed to be on the "light" side. Maybe it is brewed that way in order to not offend the casual micro drinker who buys it. It's a good beer but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 23:36:08 | More by ruleof72
Photo of mmcave


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

Bought at locate liquor store by a friend who left a couple over at my house, so I thought I'd give it a try. Poured harshly to create head, but to no real avail, the head rose and fell fast and now is lingering in patches around surface of the beer. Lacing is present, how ever it seems to be a little inferior. The body appears to be a light, thinnish golden hay color. It smells of mild pine, but lacking the complexity I like in my IPA. Its as if there is a bridge made from the hops to the malt and with most the bridge is complete, but with this from the hops to the malt there are a couple holes (sorry for the shitty analogue). There are also some grapefruit, citrus hints to be smelled, but nothing too inspiring or exciting. The flavor is decent, some carbonation is present with relaxed bitterness and easy drinkability, but nothing that really excites me. The after taste is too wimpy, to kick my taste buds around and when I drink this I feel like I can taste the steel vats it was fermented in. Honestly I've had a lot worse, but I've had better. If selection is limited give it a try, but if not reach for something else.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 22:56:35 | More by mmcave
Photo of TechMyst


3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

FRESH: bottled 6/26; consumed 10-13
PURCHASED @: Sullivan’s
COST: $7/sixer
HEAD: less than 1/2" disapating
LACE: good spotting
COLOR: slightly hazy; yellow w/ orange tint
AROMA: pine and floral hops
MOUTHFEEL: light to medium
PALATE: slightly slick; medium cond. bite
TASTE: piney bitterness
COMMENTS: this is like a light beer. it’s nice though; but at less than 40 IBU’s this is on the border. FFF’s Pale Ale has more hops than this

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 01:54:42 | More by TechMyst
Photo of Phatz


3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with a small sudsy white head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Very clean and a bit reserved in the nose. Mild hop aroma wild and semi solid malt attribute in the nose.

Taste: The taste here is gentle and extremely approachable. It is slightly fruity flavor, with a bit of an apricot and vanilla, followed by a nice citric hop that is portrayed as a splash on lime and a hint of pine. There is nothing grandiose here but that is part of its appeal. It dues have a slightly sour, dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly juicy through the center with a crisp dry finish.

Drinkability: Overall this beer is an easy drinking sessionable beer. This is a beer I would drink all day and or night when the occasion would call for it. It is a simple straightforward tasty beer with no fireworks but sometimes that is what is in order.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 04:40:49 | More by Phatz
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3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium yellow color with a smaller head of whtie foam. Minor notes of lace.

S: Hops. Pine and citrus. I really wasn't hoping for much, but was plesantly suprised.

T: Another nice suprise. A good portion of hops and malty grain. Not overbearing, but good enough for when hops are lacking in my daily diet.

M: Light and kind of thin. Lacks a hop-oil presence which is usually present.

D: Yeah, i'd have this again. Not bad.

Notes: A good beer to introduce macro-lovers to when looking to explain and provide an example of how hops affect flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 00:31:11 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of umfskibum


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

Regular 12 oz. bottle out of a sixer, with brewing and expiration dates clearly marked.

A: Pours a nice warm hue, a cross between straw yellow and orange. Just enough fogginess to betray its IPA heritage. White, foamy head that melts down to a white ring around the glass' edge and a slight coat across the top.

S: Pretty blah. Fairly strong scents of grass and grain, mild hop scents and stronger sweet malt smells. A nice enough nose, just fairly average.

T: Flavor is mostly of the "cascade hops" that Redhook brags of, grassy and notes of citrus. More bitter in the finish, with a dry and almost sour aftertaste.

M: Dry and crisp on the palate, with some nice fizzy qualities.

D: Not too shabby. Something about the flavor and the mouthfeel of this brew leaves you wanting more, although I must say it is otherwise an average brew.

As far as I can tell, there is nothing bad with this brew; it is a nice, drinkable IPA. However, nothing really separates it from the pack as a brew. I liked it, but not enough to keep me from giving another IPA a shot the next time I go shopping.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 04:24:49 | More by umfskibum
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3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale amber with a half finger white head that melts quickly to a fine lace ring.
Smells of light malt with grassy hops...sort of a hay smell, just not as sweet.
The taste again was lightly sweet pale amber malt that moves quickly to a thin citrus peel hops bitterness.
The after taste is surprisingly a little sticky...not quite cloying, merely sticky because I still get a faint drying with this beer.
Nothing memorable....nothing bad either. Just unimpressively average.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 09:36:10 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of pmcadamis


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

I had two of these with a NY strip while out to dinner. This pours froma very appealing bottle into a chilled (WTF?) pint glass. Light amber gold with a half-finger head.

Not much goin on in the nose other than very typical grapefruit and lemon rind hop scents. Smells generic but very pleasant.

Taste is also pretty standard for and IPA. Really, nothing is striking me as being special or outstanding with this one, but it is very good. A good standard IPA.

I like this one for it's extremely high drinkablility and refreshing qualities. Nothing really grabbing my attention, but I would definitly pick up a sixer! Good, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 01:37:41 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of xav33


2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Redhook IPA
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, chuggalugged 09/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass

Poured clear amber with a small creamy white mostly diminishing head with fair lacing.

Smelt of moderate spruce and light toasted grain.

Flavor was upfront moderate bitter sprucey hops and light acidic citrus followed by a light piney bitterness and a hint of sweet orange and bananas for a moderately long finish. Mouthfeel was light and watery with lively carbonation.

Overall, it tastes like a good IPA, but offers nothing out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 04:23:32 | More by xav33
Photo of TexIndy


2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a bottled on date. Had a big three finger head and good lacing. Was a golden/honey color with some carb. Smell was heavy on hops with the dishwashing soap smell. Decent mouthfeel. I'm hit or miss on American IPA's and this one missed. Wasn't overly hoppy like some others but just wasn't well balanced for me. Worth trying just to mark off list. (2, RB/NA, ML, O)

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 01:08:48 | More by TexIndy
Photo of Blakaeris


2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a modest head and slight lacing.

Smell is sweet malt and mild citrus hop.

Taste is dominated by bready caramel maltyness, and only mild hops. There is also a sour mustiness. Finish is a little off with diacetyl notes that don't quite seem to unify with thye rest of the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Touch of hop oil residue.

This brew doesn't quite fit the profile of an IPA. Where's the hops? I would avoid this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 20:06:02 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of Ando


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

Good IPA. It certainly does not compare to the greats like Stone or Dogfish Head, but it is nevertheless an excellent brew. While the taste isn't going to wow you with in complexity or intriguing subtleties, Red Hook does achieve a very good balance between hops and fruit. This IPA also has a lingering thickness that makes the mouthfeel enjoyable. Very drinkable. Overall, a pretty good beer that I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 23:45:26 | More by Ando
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North Carolina

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

Pours a clear gold with a soapy, yellowed head that leaves some whispy lacing. Smells lightly of hops...citrusy, floral, and grassy. Taste follows the smell seemlessly with some added grain. The citrus lingers on the tongue along with a decent bitterness. Light, sweet apricot notes in both the flavor and aroma. The mouthfeel is fairly light and dry.

If you're looking for a good IPA, keep walking - it could use some more flavor to back up the bitterness. This is, however, a pretty good candidate for a sessionable pale ale, and its not a bad beer at all by any means.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 20:59:44 | More by wedge
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,493 ratings.