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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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2,703 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,703
Reviews: 1,108
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 194 | 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 cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 12-11-07 poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear orangish copper color with a white head. The aroma is extremely faint for an IPA, with just a touch of malt and citrusy hops. The taste is a touch of sweet malt up front, with a little more hops appearing in the finish compared to the aroma, but it is still subdued for an IPA. Overall, this is more of a pale ale than an IPA, not bad, but it does not stand up against most of the other IPAs out there.

cjgator3, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of illidurit
2.15/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at some crappy dive bar. Poured into a pint glass. Orange color with an off-white head that leaves a little lacing.

Aroma is very muted, with a faint soapy hoppiness and a touch of sweetness.

Flavor is pretty awful. Thin grainy maltiness with a dose of diacetyl, then soapiness, then a pathetic hop finish that is reasonably bitter but flavorless. This is supposed to be an IPA??

Mouthfeel is average, body is thinnish.

illidurit, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of phorty
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mine has a bottled date of 10/31/07.

Appearance: Slightly dark golden color with quickly disappearing head. Lots of carbonation bubbles coming up and sticking on the side of the glass.

Smell: Clean and floral hops.

Taste: Pretty crisp and refreshing with less hop kick than most IPA's.

Mouthfull: Lighter than most IPA's but not watery.

Drinkability: Pretty high with less bitterness than I used to in an IPA. I didn't really notice the higher ABV.

This is better than I remember it being. It's not great, but good.

phorty, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of alysmith4
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty much your average American IPA. Poured a nice golden body with a half-inch head. Smell was of grain, hops, sugar, and straw. Tasted like a nice, well-balanced IPA with a lot of nice, juicy, hop flavor. Carbonation was average. I'm surprised at such a nice quality of beer from a large producer, and it's a good quality for being available alongside the BCM at the supermarket. This is my go-to beer when I can't get to a specialty beer store.

alysmith4, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A nice clear light amber with a good head that retained well.

S: Nice hop aroma, but perhaps a little less than usual IPAs

T: Nice, fresh and balanced. The only knock is the absence of major hops one would expect from an IPA. This beer is a little too balanced to be an IPA, if that makes sense. I would have probably rated this a little higher if it was classified as an APA.

MF: Average.

D: Very easy to drink. A good beer, perhaps just miscategorized.

MerkinMan, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear pale amber with a little white head. It smelled like a mix of strong citrus and pine hops with some malt. It tasted mostly typical with nice mostly pine hops flavor and some malt. It was surprisingly thick with little carbonation and a sweet/bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a good clean beer, better than I expected.

Pencible, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of highwa51
5/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was very surprised to log onto beeradvocate.com and find that this beer only earned a C+ overall and a C- from the bros. I found that this beer was exquisitely drinkable and delicious. I was in the mood for a spring beer. I usually drink dark malty beers, but i felt a craving for a very hoppy beer, maybe due to the approaching summer and higher temps. I saw this IPA in the air force base shoppette and opted for the RedHook ESB instead (very good ale). After a few stops I finally picked up the longhammer. This IPA hits the spot... perfectly!

Appearance - I drink this brew straight from the bottle. I would have poured it into a goblet of some sort, but I just got off work and I need a beer.

Smell - this beer smells very much like an IPA, but with overtones not unlike freshcut grass, and an obvious alcohol possession.

Taste - after smelling the longhammer I took a very apprehensive swig. First off I was blown away by the balance. The taste was very hoppy and bitter, but finished with an exceptional sweet smoothness.

Mouthfeel - very crisp, and refreshing.

Drinkability - I believe this is one of the most drinkable beers i have tasted.

Some people might be taken back by the absence of the bitterness in this IPA. It is too strong and bitter to be a pale ale. But, if you are looking for balance... look no further.

highwa51, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of jf60657
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A sales rep just brought this for me to try.

Poured a nice amber color with a head that died quickly into very light lacing.

smell is a little malty with a crisp hop aroma.

Tastes very light. Hops are there, a little muted. some piney notes and a little citrusy. good. No aftertaste at all.

Mouthfeel is dry and clean.

Overall I could drink a million of these. Very drinkable. For what this is, a session IPA for less money than most others, it succeeds remarkably.

jf60657, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Light copper color with a thick white head.

Aroma: Smooth with a floral hop aroma. Some hints of malt underneath.

Taste: Grassy, floral hop taste. Smooth. Dominated mostly by the hops with only a touch of malt underneath. Smooth. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Hops with a touch of breadiness/malt. Dominates the palate.

Verdict: A smooth, hoppy IPA that is simple in nature but satisfying. Could be a bit more balance but still very drinkable.

Brad007, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of bretseeley
2.35/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Indigo Joes. I'd not heard good things about it, but decided to give it a try since it's so rare to even find an IPA on tap in Arizona.

Looks a little pale when poured. Not much of the darker orange color typical of the style. Doesn't really taste like an IPA at all. Not really a blast of hops or malt, but a little overriding sourness to it.

Not one I would try again. With all the good IPAs out there, it makes you wonder why a place would feature this as their only IPA.

bretseeley, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of kwm13
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've never tried anything from Redhook so I picked up this beer in what they're calling a "Greatest Hits" 12-pack along with three other varieties. The price was $14.69 plus tax and deposit.

I'm a big IPA fan so I was hopeful that this brew would do the trick.

The appearance was nice. A golden color with about a half inch of head on it.

This IPA had a plesant smell of herbal, flowerly-like hops.

First taste was nice. It had a slight sweetness to it that I wasn't expecting. It finished very clean and left minimal after taste. In general it was relatively light and had a mild flavor of hops.

I have two more of these left and will enjoy them. Not the best IPA I've ever had, but it was nice to ty a new one.

kwm13, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a nice orangish golden hue with a decent head that retained itself quite well. A very light hop presence in the smell, but I think I detected some earth tones and some mild citrus. A rather light hoppy taste, at that, with some barely noticeable citric notes. Medium bodied at best, there really isn't much in here, yet alone would I consider this an IPA. It made for a nice beer to try, and I'm not saying it is bad, but if you want a real IPA you shouldn't bother trying this.

clayrock81, Mar 14, 2008
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1" barely off-white head. Good retention at 1/2". Good lace. Deep golden/copper color.

S - Sharp citrus. Grapefruit. Good hoppy aroma.

T - Grapefruit, lemon. Light malt backing.Nice bitterness lingering into the finish. Could use more malt.

M - Medium bodied with over medium carbonation.

D - Good drinkability...not too shabby.

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

A - Light amber-gold coloration, with a thin white head

S - Good floral hops smell, very fresh and clean

T - Good floral hops taste, clean flavors without too high bitterness levels. On the lighter side for an IPA as far as taste but still very tasty.

M - Light crisp mouthfeel, small crisp bubbles of carbonation.

D - Good here. Very sessionable beer with nice rounded taste. ABV at 6.5% is not noticable, very nice and flavorful.

BravoTwo, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Bookseeb
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice amber in appearance, no cloudiness, having a thick head with good lace. Smell is hoppy, citrusy, but light in aroma. Taste has the hops, grapefruit and a light sweetness in the malt, which also seems on the light side. Mouthfeel is smooth, but light for an IPA with crisp carbonation. Certianly nothing to get excited over for true IPA lovers.

Bookseeb, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Player's Sports Bar in Clairemont, one of a few non-CMB beers available

Appearance is clear orange hue, thin white layer of foam, fair lacing

Smell is mostly pale bread malts over very light pine hops, clean and crisp but non-descript

Taste is subtle malts balanced by bittering hops, grains and yeast in the middle, finishes clean

Mouthfeel is light/medium-bodied, watery texture, light carbonation

Drinkability is fair, this feels more like a lightly hopped pale ale than an IPA, some decent balance and easy-drinking, but nothing too exciting going on here

Stoneman78, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of SaltyLime
2.15/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - cloudy amber with a clean white one finger head that shrunk to a bubbly ring, some lacing/smearing of the head

Smell - yummy piney hops! nice floral output

Taste - surprisingly rough bitterness that did not match the soft aroma, a sharp bite on finish...thank goodness I had some salty pretzels on hand

Mouthfeel - I'm no fan of IPAs, but this seemed off

Drinkability - will pass on this next time, nothing special, hops seemed to go bad in the middle of the tasting from ripe to rotten

SaltyLime, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of mentor
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1-9-2008 (6 58). Pours thin layer of off-white head over a brilliant light copper liquid. Smells musty earthy and piney hops. Biscuity malt.

Tastes citrus hoppy and supporting malt sweet. Hops are more grassy than bitter, but both are present. Pith, oranges, and piney. Touch of sour or acid sting which combines with the carbonic sting. Nice enjoyable. Not a stunninglyu complex beer, but well done. Md-light body and md-heavy carbonation.

mentor, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a few of these a friend gave to me and I drank straight from the bottle so not much I can say about appearance. Smell was somewhat off, had a skunky/ bad hop smell, if that is possible. Taste is ok, really didnt mind it somewhat malty, good amount of hops. A nice bitterness to it. It is somewhat watery, carbonation is fine but a very light mouthfeel. Overall not a bad beer, not great. Other than the smell I'd say I'd recommend it, just dont expect too much.

bunnyhustle, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nearly no hop aromas, and only provided a faint lemon and light graininess.

The taste consisted of a husky grain, a light mustiness, some grass and a biting rind at the finish.

The mouthfeel was on the thinner side with an astringent finish.

Overall a disappointing IPA for sure.

plaid75, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of johnnyirishman
2.13/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Its an ok beer but not a good IPA style beer(although it claims that it is)

A- Golden in color with an offwhite head that dident stick around..
S- Not much of a smell, considering its an IPA you would expect some prevalent hopps smell but its very minimal
T,M- Slight hopps and bitterness but very bland to say the least...
D- Ehhh, if you are in a pinch its drinkable otherwise steer clear of this sad attempt at an IPA

johnnyirishman, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of beercat11
2/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer does not taste like an IPA at all, more like a lager I would say. There was one six on the shelf on a recent trip to FLA giving the impression that it might be in demand. I love IPAs and that is really all I want to drink but this beer is awful for an IPA. The people at Red Hook are drunk on something better or don't know what an IPA is. Even calling this an Impotent Pale Ale would give it too much credit. I could not taste any hops no matter how I tried. The appearance is the only half decent characteristic of this brew.

beercat11, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
2.33/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a cloudy light gold with little head but had some decent lacing.

Where are the hops? Not your typical IPA if this realy is one

Not much flavor needs more HOPS...tasted more like a pale ale or a golden ale.

I'd avoid this beer if you truly enjoy IPAs

Matty1918, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, bottled 5.25.07 so let's see how it holds up...

A: Pours a bit cloudy (i can still see though it but still has a bit of a haze to it) golden straw color with a creamy looking one inch pure white head, not much carbonation is visible, a bit of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Not very hop heavy as other IPAs, the nose on this one seems a bit more subdued almost like an english pale ale, bits of pine lemon and apple?!?! here and there, smells pretty sweet as well.

T/MF: I mean the hops are here and the bitterness is evident, but this does not taste like any ipa I've ever had, and I'm not saying that in a good way. It just seems a bit off because there is a bit of a apple taste mixed in with everything else. The beer is not quite as sweet as other people have been saying, but again this is just my opinion. Tastes a bit metallic as well, damn...The mouthfeel is pretty clean and the beer leaves a strip of hop oil on the tongue.

D: A strange interpretation of an ipa to be sure, maybe the worst beer that considers itself an IPA I've ever had, but it is still drinkable though not that enjoyable.

bluemoonswoon, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of eberkman
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, clear gold with a slightly orange hue. Small white head -- quickly vanishes to a surface film.

Not much to the nose -- some faint traces of floral hops and some citrus notes. Taste is disappointing -- not offensive, but there's no there there. Thin and watery. Very spritzy fruity tart sweetness. Hops are light and wimpy -- NOT what I'd be expecting in an IPA, even an English-style IPA.

Mouthfeel -- crisp carbonation but an overall thin feel that doesn't seem to fill the mouth with much presence. Drinkable in terms of lightness, but kind of dull and boring. Higher ABV than the taste lets on.

Not terrible, but nothing to see here. Move along.

eberkman, Feb 16, 2008
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,703 ratings.