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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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2,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,489
Reviews: 1,098
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 104 | 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 Shaw


4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer almost three years ago and wasn't impressed. A few weeks ago I bought a six-pack for a party and was shocked at how good the beer was. I'm not sure if this has been re-formulated or I'm simply getting fresher beer: thanks to the bottled-on date, I can tell this is good.

It's a nice light gold color with a foamy white head. It has a light aroma of hops.

In my previous review I wrote "Lots of hop flavor and bitterness muscle out the malt flavor." That's pretty much true again, but it's just better. I'm not noticing any of the funky smells or flavors I wrote about in 2003. It's heavy on wonderful citrus and pine-like hop flavors. Good stuff, this.

This is a good, solid hoppy beer that's not too expensive and is widely available. If you're looking for hops and don't want to drop a lot of dough, I would recommend this brew. If you haven't tried it in a while, give it another chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 05:49:29 | More by Shaw
Photo of andrewmartin


3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep gold, almost amber color with moderate head that dissapates slowly. Lacing also noticeable

S: Flowery hop armoa with some malt/sweetness

T: Starts off with a pleasent hop taste, but there really isn't any complexity, almost feels like your drinking hop flavored water. Not a great malt balance

M: Not surprisingly, with the lack of malt, the mouthfeel is a bit thin

D: Pretty easy to drink, espeically considering its alcohol content

Probably wouldn't pick this up again, an ok but not great representation of the style

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 00:18:31 | More by andrewmartin
Photo of teg8612


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

A-Nice coppery color with 1 inch head that sticks to the sides while drinking.

S-Nice pine smell with hop chaser.

T-Sweat malt flavor to start and spicy hops to open the nazzle pasages. Earthy flavors and bitterness that sticks around a little bit. Surprised to get any malt at all since IPA are hopped so much that it usually kills the other tates for me. Only slightly hoppier than an APA which Hop-heads will call "Weak!"

M-Medium bodies with nice carbonation.

D-I can drink a ton of this with the right food. Not my normal style for a regular sit-down at my favortie pub but it will do the trick for a one-hitter-quitter before I go home. Step 2 after APA on that Ladder to Hop-heaven.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2006 03:34:09 | More by teg8612
Photo of gunnerman


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

This IPA pours a golden red color with minimal head but leaves very good sticky lace. Smell is of Sweet malt with a hint of italian herbs. Taste is of herbs and a slight bitterness from the hops. This beer I drank pretty quickly it went well with some chicken I was eating and it went down smooth and quickly, this would be a good quick party beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 23:42:41 | More by gunnerman
Photo of rhoadsrage


3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- The light golden copper body is clear with a big carbonation of large bubbles and a thin soapy head that does last a good while.

S- The light pine hops aroma has a hint of fresh grain in the background but it is pretty light.

T- The dry crisp malt flavor has a sulfury hint in the finish. The bitter hops have a faint soapy pine taste that gives a note of floor cleaner but the hops have a nice taste.

M- The light mouthfeel has a slippery texture. No alcohol or bitterness in the finish.

D- This beer has the taste of an average lager with some hop character. I would like to see a bit of depth in the malt or some ale fruitiness to give the hops some support.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 20:38:52 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of RBorsato


4.5/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright clear light gold with a nice off-white head and decent carbonation. Suprisingly nice grapefruit citrusy aroma with other orange citrus character. Solid hop flavors (citrusy but less distinct than aroma) with a nice malty balance. Medium bodied and smoothly refreshing with a nicely bitter (not harsh) finish.

A very nice Redhook and a total suprise/shock for me ... sorry I avoided this one for so long!

Per RH website:
Grains: 2-row Klages, Munich, and Crystal
Hops: Northern Brewer, Willamette, and Cascade
Color: 8.4 SRM (Brass)
IBU: 38.5
ABV: 6.51% (6.5% per bottle)
OG: 1.05773

Bottled: 05/22/06
Tasted: 06/20/06

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 19:29:19 | More by RBorsato
Photo of BEERchitect


3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Compares quite similarly in the bottle as it did on tap. Still as pine-ey and citrusy in the nose as in the keg with a very mild malt character. I usually like my standard IPA's to have a lighter body to let the hops show cleaner, but this is a bit too thin in the malt flavor and the body. Expectedly over-attenuated to increase the alcohol, but sacrificing the flavor and body. The malt seem a bit strained, allowing a grainy-bite to occur and the hops show a mild metalic flavor under a lacking sweetness and creaminess. It's not bad beer, I've just gotten used to drinking better.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 13:46:27 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of EPICAC


3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a thin creamy head.

Smell: Strong piney hop aromas, light fruity malts appear upon swirling.

Taste: A strong resiny hop bitterness is present throughout. Light toasty and fruity malts provide balance.

Mouthfeel: Oily and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink.

Overall: Not that bad, but not that good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2006 05:09:18 | More by EPICAC
Photo of ReDave


3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head, creamy, that at least stays a 1/4 inch all the way down, with a fairly thick lace. Nose is rather malty, low to non-existent hop aroma. Flavor isn't too bad, a "lesser" IPA than I'm used to, but if I'm going to have to purchase something affiliated with A-B, this will do.... some nice bitter aftertaste. Maybe not recommended, but not my last choice of IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 03:58:16 | More by ReDave
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Apearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: On the piney side of the IPA world, the aroma has a touch of the malt coming through as well

Taste: Starts out with a good dose of piney hops that grows in intensity through the finish; a touch of perfumy sweetness on the tip of the tongue at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Perhaps the recipe has changed or perhaps we just have a case of piling on A-B, but this beer is better than other reviews attest; my beer was bottled within the last 40 days, and that may be positively affecting my view as well

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 01:52:26 | More by brentk56
Photo of hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one many times in the past, deserves a review!
Pours dark, golden yellow color, clear with a small head, a little lacing lingers in the glass.
Healthy floral hop notes in the aroma, as well as some pine and citrus.
Pretty high hop taste for what I consider (at this date anyway) to be a fairly mainstream brew. Nice healthy bite accompanied with a little citrus fruit flavor and a slight malt sweetness to balance it out.
If you are looking for a little bit of hops but are afraid of the bite, this is a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 23:35:46 | More by hungryghost
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Amber colour; slightly on the pale side. Bordering almost on a pilsner in colour, but not quite as yellow. Very light in colour.

Fruity, hoppy smell with traces of malt. No zest; in fact the hops seem somewhat subdued. The smell doesn't hit me like some PNW IPAs. Faint cut-grass smell.

Taste is fairly bland. Faint hop zing, definite fruity and cut-grass taste. Very watery, not much malt. The taste isn't weak, but certainly isn't as strong as some IPAs I've had. One-dimensional and just not exciting.

Okay mouthfeel. The carbonation is good, but the blandness of taste makes it seem just too fizzy. Drinkable, but so is water...why drink it when you can get something more exciting?

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 05:04:07 | More by BDTyre
Photo of ernie

Russian Federation

3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Handsome bottle with a cheerful label. Color is darker than expected, carbonation properly low, head modest, almost no lace.

Aroma a bit faint for this type of brew, but altogether pleasant - herbs, spices, hops and a hint of roasted malts.

Start malty, body firm, general taste is refreshingly bitter. Lots of hops! Finish bisquity-hoppy.

Not the best IPA in my life, but decent and tasty. Worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 19:57:48 | More by ernie
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light amber beer with 1/4" head that dissipates after a couple sips and a several minutes. The smell is light to moderate hoppiness (pine and citrus). The taste is pretty good with the hops coming a bit stronger than the smell let on. Mouthfeel is lighter than most. I could go for this again if lack of choice forced me to (as it did last night). Nothing stands out about this beer, just a normal ipa a bit lighter on the hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 13:13:00 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of MiScusi


3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The clear brownish/red color and fairly lively mouthfeel are what you would expect for a west coast IPA, but the taste left a little to be desired. The hops gave a lot of bitterness without a lot of the hop flavor, if that makes sense. Probably not one of the better IPA's out there, but not one of the worst either.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2006 01:31:12 | More by MiScusi
Photo of marcobrau


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

Well, after reading some of the reviews here for Redhook IPA, I'm pretty convinced I'm drinking a different beer. This Redhook IPA pours a clear blonde hue, with a good deal of carbonation that settles to a think layer of bubbles. The appearance is okay. There's a decent amount of "piney" hops in the aroma; which is pleasant. The flavor is pleasant and hoppy enough for me, certainly for a Sunday afternoon. The finish is quite bitter but in a very tasty way.A slight toasted malt flavor keeps this beer from being to boring. Overall, this is a light-bodied IPA that IMO has a good enough hop signature that I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 20:34:24 | More by marcobrau
Photo of NolateM


3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a fairly light color for an IPA, just kind of a regular golden-yellow pilsnery color, with a pretty nice thick white head.

Had a pleasant lemon zest aroma.

The taste wasn't particularly potent or quite as hoppy as I'd hoped for, but it was still a good beer. It wasn't your typical pack-a-punch IPA, it was a bit of a milder IPA, but still had a bit of hop presence, and that nice tangy zesty piney lemony thing going on. Tastes like a good, refreshing summer beer that goes down real easy, and it was a buck or two less than most six-packs, so why not? Well, I mean, other than the fact that you'd be supporting Anheuser-Busch...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 03:36:34 | More by NolateM
Photo of bigman147

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours slight amber/golden with slight chill haze. Good lacing with a good 1" head. Foam lingers on the top of the beer forever. Definitely the way I like my IPA's to pour

S: Good hop aroma. Very tradional American IPA with use of Cascades. Slight Citrus and Grapefruit aromas. Very pleasant but nothing overly intriguing.

T: Taste is hoppy with good bitterness that isn't lingering. Good body and malt notes.

M & D: Like above, this beer has a pleasant mouthfeel. It is not lingering. Its a clean crisp IPA without being overly bitter. Malt is present but is just a transport mechanism for the hops. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 01:59:15 | More by bigman147
Photo of ChillMike


4.35/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow I can't believe this beer is getting such low reviews. I really enjoyed this, albeit not your typical HOP PACKED IPA....

Pours a bright gold color with a small white head that appears to leave some nice lacing. The first smell that rushes to my olfactory is oranges, it’s followed by pine, hops and a faint smell of malt. The initial taste is once again is a citrus and stays until it’s followed by 2 other flavor stages. The first one is sort of a hop and malt type flavor then it’s followed by a bitter hop flavor and ends with a nice citrus flavor. Definitely a very surprisingly nice beer, not exactly full of the type of hops I’ve come to expect from IPAs

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 04:25:00 | More by ChillMike
Photo of Drew966


3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redhook IPA poured a golden yellow with a small white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Smell is okay, not really hoppy. I like the taste, but it is not to style. I find the taste fairly enjoyable, a little sweet toward the end, some citrus, hoppy bitterness definitely present. I wouldn't drink it everyday, but I don't think it's bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 03:25:47 | More by Drew966
Photo of sinistermadman


3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold while emitting a reasonable head which laces the glass with a vengeance.

Smell is grassy and barn-like. Not a lot of hop presence in the nose, more pale malt than anything.

Somewhat languid showing on the palate. Taste is of tonic water and grassy hops - a somewhat out-of-balance concoction. Giving respect where respect is due the slick mouthfeel makes this brew quite drinkable, especially cconsidering the abv. Not at all bad, just an average IPA that won't roundhouse you in the face, which is sometimes preferable.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 00:19:26 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of nsw


1.85/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A Safeway Club Card burning a hole in my pocket suckered me into purchasing a 12-pack at Safeway in Natomas, Sacramento.

A: Strange - golden, but not rich and caramelly looking like my favorite Boonville Hop Ottin' IPA. Poured into Bud Light Tahoe pub glass (appropriate), resulting in a 3/4 inch head.

S: Socks? A 1967 quarter minted in Denver but sniffed in Tuscaloosa in present day?

T: Slurping the head and there are some piquant hop notes. All right! What a deal! Let's drink. Hmm... What the!?!? Where'd the hops go? The other reviewer who mentioned that this "tastes like they squeezed lemon into it and added vodka" is spot-on. Awful, no clean hop notes, lots of metal. Harsh.

M: So angry.

O: Buy this beer and you'll be sorry. With the new Bel-Air in town dealing 22-oz pounders of Hop Ottin', and Lagunitas IPA readily available, Sacramento-Natomas IPA folks should wisely stow their Safeway Club Card and pony up for a real IPA. I'll be saving the other 11 of my 12-pack for the VERY latter stages of a party.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 01:54:56 | More by nsw
Photo of kkosmoski

New York

3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at the local grocery looking for an exciting new IPA to try. I was neither blown away nor disappointed.
I was surprised with the appearance of this beer. I expected to see the typical amber/coppery color that most IPA's display, but this one poured a very light golden color not far away from your macro lagers. Very clear, which means this beer was very likely filtered and had some of its flavor stripped away. Head was quick to dissipate.
Smell was very pleasant. Hops take center stage. I was hit with a very aggressive piney/grassy hop aroma.
I thought the taste was pretty good as long as you are not hung up on a beer style fitting exactly between a predetermined set of numbers. Hop presence was definately there with some moderate bitterness. Not much in the way of malt, mostly hops. I appreciate a beer that is on the heavy side of its style as I'm sure most beer geeks do, so I don't see the need to criticize an offering that is on the light side or maybe even down a class on the style scale. I'm sure that if this beer was flirting with DIPA range that there would not be any complaints.
Mouthfeel was somewhat lacking for an IPA, and probably the least appealing attribute of this beer.
Drinkability was good. The light mouthfeel will not wear out the palate, and the flavor was very likable. I could definately session this beer.
Overall, I thought this was a solid offering. Probably not something that is going to blow away the veteran beeradvocate, but it is a nice drinking beer. Something that could introduce the macro drinker to hops and lead them on the path of righteousness.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 13:19:17 | More by kkosmoski
Photo of barknee

New York

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich medium amber hue with light foam and moderate lacing. Fresh hops are easily detectable on the nose, as they should be with a nice pine and juniper quality that is very pleasant. The taste is moderately hoppy and crisp; quite enjoyable and nicely bitter. This beer is a middle of the road; well perhaps a further up the road IPA in terms of its structure and character. It is not over the top nor is it too sedentary, providing the consumer with the true character and essence of a good IPA kept well in proportion.
Mouthfeel is slightly viscous and coating, with sweet malt residing on the finish.
This is a nice and balanced IPA that will certainly satisfy all but the greediest of hopologists.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 23:51:18 | More by barknee
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2.63/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

had this in fl. one of the very few half way decent beers I could find in the stores before I went to total winefrom the bottle. poured a golden orange with a small white head. aroma hops, citrus, leang towards orange and not much going on after that. flavor hops, citrus no leaning to grapefruit. for a inexpenive beer not to bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 13:35:21 | More by walleye
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,489 ratings.