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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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2,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,872
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 19
Gots: 271 | 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: Musky on 01-10-2007

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

12 oz. bottle tried 22 Jun 2007.

Large lacy head. Clear bright golden yellow color. Strong crisp aroma of resin, citrus. Starts with resin and some citrus, a little malt for balance. Finish and aftertaste is bittersweet. Overall taste is light. Light body, somewhat watery. Moderate alcohol.

Not bad but more like a rubber mallet than a hammer.

Photo of stingrayvr6
2.53/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one at Marbar in Philly. Probably stale, with a very metallic smell. Not too much head though what was of it stuck around. The taste was pretty dry and not as bitter as I like my IPA's. Pretty weak taste overall, even watery. Probably trying to appeal to people who really shouldn't be drinking an IPA. Not for anyone who can handle the strength of Dogfish 90min. Not awful, just not for the serious.

Photo of cvfish
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a dull copper head that produced a fizzy white head that had no retention or lace to it

S - The scent of this beer had a grainy scent to it, and a little bit of hops

T - This beer had no IPA taste to it, if they would have billed this as a light APA, then maybe I would have been more receptive to it, but the grainy tastes and slight hops made this very underwhelming

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - If they would have billed this as something other than an IPA, I would have been more receptive, but as an IPA, this is not a good representation of the style

Photo of bensiff
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is below average for the style. I pours a deep golden color and is strikingly clear with a persistent white head. There is a heavy bit of carbonation that pushes the "C" hops to the nose. At this point the beer seems like its going to be a nice IPA. Then you taste it. It hits the tongue with a carbonic bite falling to a flat maltiness and finally finishes with a slightly astringent note. Overrall not really worth buying when considering the other IPA's available.

Photo of tigg924
2.21/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: clear, orange-brown, no head

Smell: small malts, small hops, come citrus

Taste: very light, a little honey, some hops

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, ever so slightly bitter, watery

Drinkability: As a beer over allI would probably give this a C+, B-. This is way too light for an American IPA. With an American IPA, I expect some bite--not neccessarily a hop bomb, but some hops. I would drink this beer as a lawnmower beer, but just not if I am looking for an IPA

Photo of mempath
3.81/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bought a bunch of IPA singles to review from Total Wine/Wilmington DE...glad i bought this before i saw the low marks. want to give it a fair shake.

a-actually, very nice...deep head really did an odd, Guinness-like bubbling...not as magickal...but like two different head-forming processes going on...i love to watch that (better than tv)...incredible lacing...thick, variety of smallish bubble laces...color is not as 'IPA' looking as i am used to...a medium-deep golden color...looks like some heavy duty lager. nice 1/4 inch of head remains for a few minutes before setting into a thick veneer that holds its own.

i pour the rest and that same odd downward cascade (like a waterfall) going against the head-rising operation...wow and really interesting.

s-smells like an IPA...not a cali-PA for sure...and not supposed to be one...catching nice hop-n-malt balance.

t-after looking at the other reviews, i don't know, did i get a rare 'good' bottle? nothing skunky. true, the hop ghouls do not jump out and slap you in the face. i didn't expect this to...certainly a summer IPA, but it sure is refreshing and balanced. maltiness really doesn't rise up into the forefront, but i think it's doing its work in the back office. true, i want hops that take me on (ruination, 60 minute, all those west coast monsters...), but this is not the urine that many seem to be comparing it to...i have actually had much tamer IPAs.

m-that head told me there was carbonation to come. it didn't actually feel that way, so, i did expect something more 'crisp' but this still has a thickness to it i really like. not watery at all.

d-on a warm spring day, this would easily be enjoyed in multiples. i really must try another so i can see if it's really as bad as so many truly knowledgeable BA enthusiasts have said. C+ wouldn't make me happy if i was working at Red Hook...but then, it could be worse.

nonetheless, from this bottle, i have to say, nice, good, a notch above average for sure, recommended if you want a certain, american take on the IPA. remember, i dream of hop-creatures in mosh pits. this isn't a punk, but rather an edgey new waver...;)

Photo of Kegatron
2.52/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on cask at the Cataqua Public House (Portsmouth, NH) on 2/20/09 in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper with a finger of unimpressive soapy looking white colored foam. This really doesn't budge much but it also doesn't leave much lacing back either. The aroma is actually decent but just isn't very assertive at all. Floral hops and citrus, with a touch of sweetness. Some more warm-up and vigorous swirling get a little bit more release but not a lot.

The taste is similar to the aroma, with some light bitterness, citrus, and a backbone of sweet caramel and bread. The makings of a good IPA are here but it's just not robust or forward at all, with the taste just opting to fizzle out in the mouth. The mouthfeel is very light bodied with an almost watery feel at times. A bit of a creamy cask feel does come out some but not nearly enough and the overall feel is a definite major drawback of this beer right now.

Wow, this was one of the few beers that I've had where I think the cask conditioning actually hurt it. It was just WAY too light in mouth and the flavors at times barely got this out of Pale Ale territory. Not a very good IPA.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.1/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Red Hook Long Hammer IPA....

Appearance-pale golden color, large fizzy head. Lazy carbonation, bubbles are barely there.

Smell-Sour hops aroma, pungent smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel- muddled taste, too sweet and not uniform, nothing there to back up the sweetness, hops are there but not really holding the beer up. Sweetness is disconcerting.

Drinkability-too sweet and at best inoffensive.

Overall- one of the worst IPAs I've had, Red Hook's other beers have been alright but this one needs to be reformulated. Not worth your time or money.

Photo of webbcreative
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 22, 2009
Pours Golden color. 1 finger head, that dissipated quickly. Smells wonderfully hoppy and clean. Has a good medium mouthfeel. Has a pretty clean taste too it and has some bitterness, but really not all that bitter, i expected a bit more out of an IPA. I like it, but then again im just now getting into IPAs and im still not loving overly hopped beers. Even with that I thought i would be getting a bit more out of this one...but still has a good flavor, just not too much going on here. I am abit suprised to see the abv on this is 6.5% though, feels much less.

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a thin, white head. Thin, delicate lacing on the way down.

Smell: Grassy, citrusy hop scents overlaying a very basic pale maltiness.

Taste: Pale malts with a medium sweetness. In succession: citrus, soap, grass. Medium bitterness. Dry, only faintly bitter finish. Redhook simply phones it in with this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: As an India Pale Ale, it's very basic, very average, but not very memorable.

Photo of BeanBone
2.07/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-amber body. Two fingers of bubbly, off-white head that quickly fade into a ring around the glass. Below-average lacing.

Aroma: It's all just a little thin. Some citrusy hops over caramel malt and lots of booze. This is nothing like what an IPA should smell like, even if you adjust for the general thinness.

Taste: Unfortunately, the hops aren't much more potent in the mouth. They're somewhat bitter off the line, but without any of the usual floral or citrusy notes to back them up. It's much the same in the malt department. Thin, grainy pale malt just kind of chugs along in the background like the rest of the beer. Everything but some of the bitterness vanishes almost instantly. The alcohol is still somewhat prominent, but a little more hidden than in the nose. In a bizarre twist, there's a lot of soap flavor here. So much so, that the first glass that I tried I dismissed as some sort of washing-up accident where I forgot to rinse the glass before drying. But, alas, all six bottles were just as soapy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a good bit of frothiness and a carbonation level firmly on the high side. Finish is somewhat dry.

Drinkability: It's very bland, and rather soapy. So, while it may go down quickly, what's the point?

Verdict: Shallow, bland, and watery, Long Hammer disappoints at every turn. This would be weak even for a Pale Ale, let alone a full-blown IPA. Shame on Redhook for misusing the IPA label so badly.

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

A: Light amber to dark gold, nice foamy white head with moderate retention; moderate soapy lacing.

N: Floral hops, not too complex, but pleasing.

T: Floral hops balanced with slightly husky malt. Metallic aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish. Medium body.

D: Nice, balanced IPA. Good session beer, not overwhelming.

Photo of Schwab
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found the beer on tap at the most unusual place around the corner form my house so I couldn't resist since I haven't had a Long Hammer IPA in almost forever and remembered it being quite good! Well... not so quick.

Beer had nice amberish color in glass and about 1/2" head that stayed for a while and later left laces. Taste was ok, but more like of a regular PA or APA, definitely not IPA. Beer is balanced, but far from hoppy as an IPA can (should) be IMO. Smell is ok, mouth feel nice and not overly dry at all.

D- Well, if the price were right I could have had quite a few more even though I was not overly impressed. Will go for another one again somewhere else if I come across it.

Photo of Frosthazard
2.76/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Light slightly cloudy amber brew, small whiteish head, remained for a while, and left good lacing.

S - Not alot to be desired, a little leafy and citrus notes come through, a tad bit of pine, needs more though.

T - Reminds me of hefeweizen trying hard to be a IPA. Light, a little citrus and hops, pine, but little of it.

M - Nice carbonation, but bland.

D - I could drink this one, but it wouldn't be something I would buy again. Needs a more distinct flavor, hard to tel where they were going with it.

Photo of BrewerB
2.89/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Wasatch provided this as an extra in a trade. Thanks!

A - Poured into my North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin nonic pint glass. Somewhat hazy, medium golden color. Formed a 2 - 3 finger off-white head with good retention and a nice lacing on the glass.

S - Surprising amount of fruity esters mixing with the hops. Some saltine cracker-ish maltiness. Hops are very lackluster for an IPA. They aren't non-existent but are seriously underwhelming in intensity. Perhaps a floral hop character with a very mild citrus.

T - Moderate level of pine-like hop bitterness, clean malt. Variety/complexity in the hop character is lacking. Finishing medium-dry.

M - Moderate level of carbonation with a medium body. Somewhat watery/thin feeling.

D - No thanks. Missing out on the bold hop flavors that define the style. Would not buy this beer again and if you're a potential trading partner, please don't include it as an extra ;-)

Photo of mckajd03
1.82/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Weak sauce. Tastes like a good IPA that got diluted by a lot of water- like a light beer that tried to be hoppy. The only redeemable quality is the nose, but that's quickly forgotten about because the aftertaste stays with you for a long time, and it's gross. It will take me quite a while to work my way through the six. Overall, its an embarrassment to the style.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: It was a clear light amber in appearence with a light white head that was not well retained at all.

S: Aroma was mainly hops with a little pine mixed in. Not a lot to it really and certainly not as strong as expected.

T: Taste followed the nose exactly. The hops were not overwhelming by any means, but a nice consistent melo flavor.

M/D: Carbonation was average. The beer was light and had a average dry bitter aftertaste to it. Overall, the beer is decent. I would not call it one of my go to beers, but I will probably pick it up again or order it when I am out, but not my first choice.

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A pretty clear, very light colored ipa. A very light copper color. Decent sized off-white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Doesn't have a lot of aroma. A touch of hops.

Flavor? I don't know if I would apply that word to this beer. Mostly a watered down type of taste. Hops are definitely there, but they are just a touch of bitterness and nothing else. Not a whole lot to back them up either.

Mouthfeel is dry and bitter, light bodied and highly carbonated.

I didn't really want to finish my first one of these, and wouldn't get another one.

Photo of djeucalyptus
2.91/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a rich golden straw copper color with an ample bright white two-finger head that has fair retention. As it drops, it leaves a fair trail of lacing. Not bad looking... although that may be the best part.

I keep sniffing, trying to extract hop aroma (or any other, at that) from the brew. My brain may be imagining hops, as they seem entirely hidden underneath the light malt, hints of caramel, and traces of herbal bitterness, almost english bitter-esque. Not getting the blast of citrus and pine I'm expecting. They do show up a touch as it warms slightly, but only slightly.

Taste somewhat confirms my noses fear. A fairly bitter, fairly malty, yet surprisingly not that hop-forward brew. A nice biscuity, bready, earthy malting with some pleasant sweetness. A nice green grassy hop bitterness. traces of grapefruit and pine, but as it warms, it comes across more as lemon. a bit more earthy bitterness. Interesting. but i'm not sold.

Body is moderate, but somewhat weak... carbonation doesn't do much to inflate what feels like a weak, sickly brew. There is a pleasant clean bitterness, but it is fleeting, almost taunting my taste buds.

This one is simply weak. Not awful. Nothing bad. Nothing funky. but nothing good. Really doesn't fit superbly into the IPA category (hence some of the low rating)... it feels stuck somewhere between an APA and an ESB... which can be a depressing place if you think you're an IPA.

Photo of Squelch
2.71/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber colored, crystal clear. No head.

Smell: Little hop aroma. Needs much more. Very not to style

Taste: Nice hop crispness. Malt is not complex. Good balance. No hop harshness. Lacks overall complexity.

Mouthfeel: Like it should be. Nothing really stands out.

Drinkability: A nice introduction to IPA to the BMC folks, but there are much better examples of the style out there.

Photo of gonzo46and2
2.62/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a radiant golden color with a huge and fluffy white head. The retension is good and expected with any hoppy beer.

Aroma is pine, grapefruit, lemon , citrus peel... not much malt here.

Overall the taste is nice but isn't any hoppier than many american pale ales like SNPA. Redhook really nailed the winter warmer and ESB and I'd rather go with them on those styles and pick up a better representation of IPA from another brewer.

Photo of tittymcj
3.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one provided by William Pang (Queens, NY).

This one poured a very crisp, clear golden color, with a white head that receded very rapidly, leaving behind very little lacing.

Strange smell in that the main thing coming through is the sweet malt smell, but what really hits the nose is the stinging citrus hops.

The taste is pretty similar. A lot of bready malt, but balanced well with the hops. Not a typically powerful hop profile.

Light, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Well carbonated, and a bit bitter from the hops.

Very drinkable beer. Very light, very crisp, very pleasant to drink.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark golden beer, ever-so-slightly hazy. The pale white head receded quickly.

S-A thin aroma of resiny, at times grassy, hops. It smells dry.

T-A pleasant, soft resinous hop flavor, backed by a slighter maltiness. Hops could have been more pronounced. Overall, the flavors seem subdued, but also well-balanced. Slight hop flavor persists to the clean, dry finish.

M-Good carbonation, moderate and light. A pleasant medium body. Nondescript.

D-A fine IPA. Certainly nothing near the best, but since this brew seems to be widely available at many restaurants and bars, at least one can have a shot at something moderately hoppy.

Photo of Fatduck
3.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Long time IPA lover, first time drinking Long Hammer, boy am I unimpressed.

Beer looks good its a pale coppery color with a light tan head. Smells a bit weak, what hops are there are a bit grassy and mild. Taste is pretty much the same, very mild hops for an IPA, grassy. A bit of caramel malts but mostly its pretty watery. In the mouth it feels thin and weak, like a real IPA with half water, but its a nice drinkable brew, gotta give it that.

This is a pretty bad beer, it tastes like what BMC would do if they made an IPA, oh wait... that's what it is.

Photo of eporter66
3.67/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft in a pint glass

The Bar had this labeled as Redhook IPA, but apparently it also goes by Longhammer. The beer is a gold color with about a half finger head with good lacing. The beer was poured very cold from the tap, and I did not get much fragrance from the beer.
Upon tasting however, it seemed to have a distinct flavor of green/sour grapes (in a good way). This was a different flavor that I have never found before and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately we were in a hurry, but I was looking to have another, I will go back soon. There was an odd flavor/taste in the back of the mouth that quickly went away, a little bitter I suppose.
Good mouthfeel and definitely good marks for drinkability. I am enjoying IPA's more and more, and Redhook is one that I definitely want more of.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,872 ratings.