1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

Not Rated.
Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,641 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,641
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 15
Gots: 173 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Redhook Long Hammer IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,641 | Reviews: 1,105 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of alexgash
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep brassy body with a small, ringy, off-white head. Juicy Fruit malt backbone with floral, very citrusy hop aromas. Herbal and citrus hop bitterness up front. Sugary fruit malt follows. Juicy citrus and light pine hop bitterness into the finish. Moderate body with a mildly creamy feel. Not bad, but not remarkable.

alexgash, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of les1721
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark golden color, head retention not so good.
Smell is citrusy and a bit sweet.
Taste is very hoppy but not at all bitter. Malt character is a little caramely but not too sweet. The hops are citrus and friut but not bitter enough to be a bonified IPA. A bit of a dissapointment if your looking for a serious ipa but a good tasting pale ale.
Mouthfeel is light to medium.
Drinkability is very high because of the lack of bitterness. But it is a decieving beer being at 6.5%. A good session beer but not a real IPA in my opinion.

les1721, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of gwood
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured to clean standard pint...

Pours a nice light copper that was very clear and clean. Head was a nice bright white and two fingered from a bit of an agressive pour. The head laced quite well due to the big pour but is was a bit ropey and retention wasn't stellar, although it did hang out for a while.

Nose is clean and upfront, nothing overpowering. Floral with some pine and slight grassy notes. This brew is quite well balanced but not a real homerun in any particular area. There is a nice malt back to the very straight forward hops up front, hops come back at the finish with a bit of pepper that counters the crisp and linger with an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite good really. There is a nicely done feel to this beer, silky almost like there are quite a few late hops adds to it. Overall drinkability is also quite good for the style. A good session IPA for hop heads IMHO.

gwood, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

At first I thought this was actually a decent IPA with a big of hops. Maybe on par with Flying Dog's IPA. As it warmed up a bit, the hops fade to an unpleasantly low level where they're just a bitter herb-like taste. Meh, here I thought Redhook might have made a decent IPA. Alas. I guess I'd call this an extra pale ale based on other XPA's I've had like Summit's out of MN.

tempest, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Boppar
4.25/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A: Nice straw gold color. Half-finger off-white head. Killer lacing and retention!

S: Honey. Floral hops. Apples.

T: Tastes just the way it smells. There is a strong hop presence, but thankfully, it is not as overdone as many IPAs are.

M: Velvety smooth and creamy.

D: Refreshing and quaffable. What a great style example!

Boppar, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, light golden colored body. Half an inch of white foamy head faded fast. Above average amount of fast rising carbonation. Sticky lacing spots.

A very malted grain aroma. Hops are subdued but present in the background but don't overpower the bread quality. Sweet on the nose but not typical of style.

Pine taste of hops oil blends with an earthy grain flavor. An aftertaste had a soapy presence. Gritty grape note is also very faint in the back of the throat.

Watery, with a quick sharp burst of carbonation on the tongue. A very generic macro feel.

An average choice. Good to wash down a burger of hot dog. Nothing to go hunting for on the shelves. Weak offering in a field of much better choices.

RedChrome, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the smell is a light hoppy aroma, not over powerful at all. The look is just of your average beer...nothing different. The tase is pretty good, kind of weak for an IPA, which I do not prefer but may be a selling point for this beer. I find that some people do not enjoy the bitterness of most IPAs. I prefer the really bitter beers. Since it is not that bitter, it makes it a very easy beer to drink. I recommend this beer for anyone who wants a nice intro into an IPA.

DrinkSlurm, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is a clear copper/amber color with a medium thin off-white head that dissapears pretty quickly. Stringy lacing. The aroma is muted hops, pine and malt. Medium-bodied and rather smooth with floral hops and earthy malt flavors. On the whole the flavor profile is kind of vacuous. The finish is mildly bitter and short. Nothing offensive, but nothing going on that makes it stand out among the other grocery store IPAs.

Dogbrick, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of erosier
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber color with a nice white head that sticks to the sides of the glass like a good IPA. The smell was excellent of a fresh hoppy aroma. The taste is very nice with a fresh hoppy flavoring. The aftertaste is also very clean. It has good carbonation and a very good mouthfeel. The only problem is how light the beer poured when it was out of the bottle. I would have expected a beer like this IPA to be darker. Other than that it's a pretty decent IPA.

erosier, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Blarney's, Willimantic, Conn.

A: Poured a clean looking light amber with a nice two-finger head of white foam. Left some very nice lacing behind.

S: Smell is pine and citrus hops. There's a little sweetness in the nose as well, like a lemon drop candy or something.

T: Tastes unsurprisingly like many other IPAs; cloves, pine, lemon/orange peel and some ester alcohol. The finish is clean and dry.

M: Thin and refreshing mouthfeel. Not too spectacular, but not a letdown, and nothing unpleasant.

D: I liked this enough where I'd probably buy a 6-pack to share with friends or keep around when I wanted a simple IPA. ABV might keep you from drinking more than 4 or so.

Overall, not a bad IPA, nor a great one. As American IPAs go, however, this is one that would probably prove more reliable than others in terms of consistent taste and delivery. Perhaps too generic for some, but a decent IPA for Redhook.

Gambrinus1184, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of noremorse1
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date on beer reads October 2nd, 2007 so this beer is about 25 days old. Not bad... although I am 45 minutes from the brewery.

Pours a light brownish-orange with a significant amount of clarity. Little head that drops quickly. Moderate amount of lacing. Smell is hoppy, with hints of pine needles and citrus. Taste follows suit with a citric and piney taste. Mouthfeel is a light cream that coats the mouth for a moment. I enjoy this beer. Perhaps it is part of my bias towards Washington and Oregon brewers, perhaps it is my ability to get beers this fresh. This beer is one of my session beverages of choice (along with Broken Halo IPA) I recommend it to anyone who wants a good beer for a decent price. Although, it may be more expensive elsewhere. Also, I have not tried this version that is brewed out east. People say that is even better.

noremorse1, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of mooseisloose
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a pale yellow. Smell is hoppy and honey sweet. Light lacy head. Mouthfeel has good carbonation, not too much but enough. Taste is hops and hops and more hops. Tastes like cascades throughout. Good IPA Standard and flavorful. I've heard alot of people knock this beer due to is production size but if this is the "macro" of IPA's, I would still drink it anytime, anywhere.

mooseisloose, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a easy drinking IPA. Good color, clarity, aroma, body, flavor, and finish. Nothing exceptional though. Orangish, golden color with some copper tones. Fresh scent. Very easy drinking, perhaps even a session beer. Decent finish. Very well balanced, especially for an IPA.

drpimento, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of tweeder263
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a slightly hazy gold brew with a one finger head.Has a very nice "raw" hop scent to it,,nice. Taste of a dry brew with some hop flavor but much less then i expected. A decent brew actually,,i kinda like most of the redhook stuff i try. Decent mouthfeel to it. Drinkability is high,, its not gona blow you away but it doesnt seem "tiresome".

tweeder263, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of TheTrevor
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light amber with very little head. The smell reminded me of yeast with just a touch of floral hops. The taste was smooth and a little sweet with a hops taste that are very present but without any real bitterness. The mouthfeel was pretty average but I'd say the beer is very drinkable. I wouldn't put it high on my list of IPAs, but I can see myself picking up a six-pack to keep in the fridge if I can find it for cheap enough.

TheTrevor, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fat Bob's Smokehouse in Buffalo,came to the table in a standard pint glass a lighter golden with thin formed soapy-like head that stuck around for most of the pint being drank.Very light hop aromas for an IPA faint pine and citrus with some dry bready malt showing through as well,at first swallow you get a touch of hop quality a little pine resin but it fades out quick and becomes a little bland I was hoping to get some nice hop to cut through the bbq but it really didnt hit home.A pretty average beer that with some pretty average bbq last night.

oberon, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a small foamy head with average retention. Aroma of citrusy hops is quite pleasant. Taste is also dominated by some citrusy hops with some very subtle notes of malt. Body is slightly thin with some medium to low carbonation. Interesting and better then expected.

Phyl21ca, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of crazybrody06
2.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. very clear golden amber color with a 1 1/2 finger head, rings of lace all the way down the glass. Not a good beer, not an IPA. no hop bitterness, not much flavor or smell to speak of. I might be able to drink more of this but there are much better beers in my fridge to try and luckily I only bought a single of this.

crazybrody06, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice clear dark gold, with a moderate white head.
the aroma has some mild but very pleasant floral citrusy hops, and some bready caramel malts.
the taste unfortunately very mild after a promising aroma. the flavors i do pick up are similar to the aroma with fresh tasting hops. fair amount of bitterness at the finish kind of covers things up. soapy at times... this would have benefited from less hop addition early on in the brewing.
the body is a little thin with fine moderate carbonation.
drinkability is good the glass goes pretty quick and it's fairly refreshing.
i thought this was going to be a hit from the aroma, but the taste doesn't deliver, a little bit of a one trick pony in that department as well, the hops, namely the bitterness dominates (for lack of a better term).

kmo1030, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of IronDjinn
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 of this in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, it's been a while since I had any Red Hook.

Pours out a light clear amber, lots of carbonation, with a big spongy, slightly off-white head to it with amazing retention. Lots of chunky sticky lacing in its wake as well.

Aroma is a decent balance, some bready malt playing nicely with white grapefruit and tangerine from the hops, with a touch of pine.

A palatable IPA, but the flavour is quite subdued for the style, as if someone hit the mute button. Perhaps an okay stepping stone beer for those wishing to take baby steps into the land of hops, as these ones are pleasant and unintimidating, sweet and fruity. However this can also not be considered a hoppy IPA--nor much akin to the style either.

That considered it's still quite quaffable, the first lawnmower beer of the IPA style that I've come across. Not my first pick to reach for within the style, nor anywhere's near the top half, but I'd buy another 6 to barbeque with on a hot day (or mow the lawn).

IronDjinn, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of bashiba
2.17/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a slightly hazy dark yellow with almost no head and just a touch of retention.

Smell is a very light bit of green hops.

Taste has a very light malty base with just a bit of juniper hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and watery.

I can drink it, buts very boring and bland, and is definitly lacks the hops of a real IPA.

bashiba, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: The ale opens with a hiss. As it pours into a glass, a luxurious head emerges that gradually coats the sides with fluffy lace. The ale is an amber color, more orange than not with nice clarity.

S: The nose is very inviting, showing off a mouth-water barrage of citrusy hops. The orange peel and grapefruit aromas are punctuated by a peppery zest.

T: The IPA's taste is reserved, hoppy but not too much so. The dry orange peel flavors are strong up front, adding a tobacco flavor that gets drier the longer you've waited since the last sip. As the ale warms, the hops recede a bit, allowing a fuller malt body to emerge.

M: The mouthfeel is IPA, hoppy with a solid citrus edge. The flavors are not revolutionary but for an IPA fan they are comforting.

D: The nice dry finish is good and I'd gladly belly up to a few more bottles.

akorsak, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of josiahschlender
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redhook was the brewery that got me started on IPAs a couple years ago. Its availability and affordability were key for me in that stage. I still like this beer, time to get down to the review.

Appearance is attractive, a golden-amber color, lighter than most in this style. Aggressive pour yielded a decent, medium-lasting head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is potent, pine sap laden, with some grapefruit and lemon peel citrus. Mostly hops dominating here, hard to discern anything else for me.

Again, hops are dominant in the taste Piney and fruity, turning quite bitter at the end, like eating lemon peel. As the beer warmed up, I noticed more balancing malts, but pretty much too little, too late. Not terrible, but could be done better.

Mouthfeel has a long, bitter finish. Not too complex, might be too much for those who haven't acclimated to hops.

Overall, I still like this beer, it's just not at the top of my list anymore. I'm glad a solid beer like this is this good and this easy to obtain for a reasonable price point.

josiahschlender, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of nortmand
2.4/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours light golden with a little bit of head.

Not much to the aroma. A bit o' skunk, some pine resins, citrus and an unpleasant astringency.

Sweet malts up front quickly become astringent hops mid tongue. Harsh, unbalanced bitterness lingers too long. Not pleasant.

Medium body, too unbalanced, no clear definition to this beer and the end bitterness is way over the top for the lack of malt.

nortmand, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of cafemondegar
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with very little head, an amber color with a hint of orange. It has an aroma of hops but that's about all I could get in the olfactory department. Unlike some other IPAs I have had, this beer smells about average. The taste is unmistakably hops and pine. Since mouthfeel is directly related to smell (if you can't smell, food doesn't taste as good), the lack of a floral aroma takes away from the mouthfeel.
It's a decent IPA and I'll have one anytime but I don't see myself going crazy over it.

cafemondegar, Sep 30, 2007
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,641 ratings.