Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA

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2,847 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,847
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 237 | 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:
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 popery
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A blandly bitter IPA. There are some citric-pine hops in the aroma, but very little hop richness comes through in the flavor. The beer looks alright, golden with a rocky off-white head. The aroma is long on hops but you can tell that things are out of whack. Malt contributes very little to the nose. This beer is in dire need of stronger, richer malt flavors. I don't know if it's the lack of malt or a problem with the hops, but the hops also lack richness and depth. They have some bitter citric flavor, but the bitterness overwhelms their richer qualities. This is not to say that there is no sweetness. In fact, there is some syrupy sweetness but it only makes the feel somewhat cloying rather than adding depth to the beer. The mouthfeel is somewhat astringent. I like a strongly bitter hop kick, but it needs hop richness to balance it out. This beer overemphasizes this bitterness with far too little balancing sweetness. Not a horrible IPA, but not a good one.

Photo of magictrokini
2.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not happy with this one. Like an IPA with a lot of vanilla poured in. Hazy yellow pour with a big white head. Hoppy and sweet aroma. Good hops up front, but then the wave of vanilla smacks you. The sweetness turns sickening after a while. Finish is metallic.

What happened to the old Redhook IPA that was actually good? I know this site says this is just a pseudonym for "Redhook IPA." I've had the "Redhook IPA" and this is not "Redhook IPA," sir.

Photo of ndekke39
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given a six-pack from a friend. Decanted a 12 oz. bottle with an October 28, 2008 date on it into a pint glass. Pours a very clear golden color with a small white head. Nice retention, fair amount of lacing.

Aroma is a little one-note, but not bad. Strong citrusy, piny hop aromas. Tiny dash of rubber in there, too.

Flavor is more balanced. Starts with a good wallop of the hops. Again very piny. Really blooms in the middle of the mouth, then finishes with a fairly clean, bready aftertaste.

Good effervescence on the tongue. Mouthfeel is appropriate. Not too watery, but not too thick.

This IPA isn't particularly remarkable, but it certainly stands up as a strong session IPA. It could be a little more balanced, but it's easy to drink and still quite enjoyable.

Photo of cottonkoozie
2.63/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A little lacing, head dissapated faster than i wanted to see in a ipa. golden slightly cloudy color.

S - You can smell the hops, but there isn't enough, and also a sweet smell i didn't care for.

T - Add a bunch more hops and this stuff would be great. The flavor is a little hard to explain. Hops are there but need to be stronger. Needs to be more bitter for me. The flavor would give a really good balance to a lot more hops. A spicy aftertaste is there too, but as with the rest of the taste, needs hops to balance.

M - Good mouthfeel, good carbonation and fullness. Not watery.

D - One or two of these and I want something else.

This is a beer that the brewmaster fogot ingredients too. Could be very good, but needs more HOPS. The flavor would be a great balance, just isn't getting that opportunity.

Photo of orangemoustache
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange with a tall head of bleach white bubbles,nothing special. The nose is citrusy and floral,understated. Flavors are subtle grapefruit and a touch of pine,needs another heaping pile of hops thrown in to be something better than average,which it is, barely. Light bodied and fizzy,it really lacks that creamy feel that you get from a quality IPA. I'm probably being a little too critical, just an average beer.

Photo of hoppheadIPA
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this beer for the 1st time tonight. Bought a sixer on sale. After the pour into a pint glass, produced a descent, orange amber color, nothing to write home about with a 1" rocky head that left heavy sheets of lacing as I drink. Smell was the best asset of this beer. Citrusy and hoppy. Very good smelling. Taste was very dissapointing. Wasn't quite what it smelled like. A little dull for an IPA. You can taste the pine, but the crispness wasn't there. Mouthfeel was right up there with taste. Well I guess it was down there. Just average. This is a pretty good session beer. It goes down pretty good.

Photo of jjanega08
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pretty average. Pale yellow color with a small head... however there was some pretty respectable lacing in my glass.
S= not much here but some spicy hops and a lemon or orange kinda thing going on...
T= average at best. Not very impressive expessially for an ipa. Not nearly as flavorful as I like. Tasted like a step up from a budweiser with a little tiny citrus hop note in it. Like I said average at best
M= pretty nice. Well carbonated medium body more like an ipa than the taste. The mouthfeel was definitally enjoyable
D= pretty respectable if you are working your way up to some more full flavored beers. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that the flavor was so muted for an ipa...

Photo of xhcadamx
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Very light and very carbonated. Not your typical IPA

S - Smelled like a citrusy pale ale

T - has a very light and refreshing taste. This is a very good Pale Ale not sure why they consider this an IPA. Tastes a lot like it smells.

M - very thin bodied and over-carbonated.

D - based on style I would say drinkability is very low. This tastes exactly like a couple of Pale Ales that I have had. If this were called an Extra Pale Ale this would get a much score.

Long Hammer is by no means a bad beer, in fact it is quite the opposite. The reason for the low score is in the fact that Red Hook decided to name it an IPA. Call it a Pale and it would get way higher reviews...

Photo of positiverpr
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a:brilliant clarity. golden and lighter than expected for an ipa. 1/2" head that had some staying power. decent lacing.

a:good ipa aroma that is all cascade. minimal malt aroma. no yeast aroma.

t:not much bitterness. some good flavor hopping that is smooth. no alcohol presence. mostly 2-row i guess, as i dont percieve much darker malt. i get some dms hints. clean fermentaion.

m:light to medium body. no noted hop residue. medium carbonation.

o:a good entry ipa. i know that redhook is trying to get cross-over customers so i cant fault them with the low bittering hops. i can see this kind of beer getting people hooked on hop aroma and flavor without the initial shock of the bitterness. i wouldnt buy this beer except, like today, when im eating and its the only non-macro on tap.

Photo of PerzentRizen
2.23/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I have really appreciated Redhook in my neck of the woods as Mississippi has really bad distribution. However, this beer is exceptionally tasteless at any temperature below 55 degrees. I usually like my IPA's around 45 - some may say this is too cold but that is how I like them. I tried this beer again at 50, at 55, and 60 degrees and there wasn't much there. It wasn't bad or turned it was just very 1 note and that note was played very softly.

Mine was poured into a Duvel glass. There was no head retention past the initial pour. The nose on this one is dead. I can detect some semblence of malt, but very little hop. The initial taste proves me correct - unfortunately. Wow how can they get by calling this an IPA - pale ale maybe but that would be a stretch without a bit more hop action.

Do yourself a favor get something else with your $7.50. I would even call the Budweiser American Ale better than this.

Photo of HopEnthusiast
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear gold with a smallish head. Nice lacing though. Not much aroma- just some herbal hops. Taste is pretty average. A bit of malt sweetness and character. Not a lot of hop flavor complexity. Medium to perhaps a bit light bodied. Moderately carbonated. Pretty drinkable. Not bad overall just unexciting.

Photo of MTNboy
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a light bronze almost brass colored body. It ahs a little bit of off white head and nice lace. It has a very floral bitter grassy aroma with fruity and herbal tones. It crisp and bitter but not sour as some mass produced IPA's tend to be. It has some fruity sweetness. It is not a hopheads dream but I thought it was alright. Light with some bite to it.

Photo of tadowdaddy
2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A -- Golden color with a bit of an orange tint. Hardly any head and very minimal lacing.

S -- Didn't get many hops at all out of this beer. Smelled basically like a floral perfume. Did not get another scent out of the beer.

T -- Got very little hop taste and no malt at all. Basically tasted like I sprayed a bottle of rose perfume in the air and opened my mouth.

M -- Actually hurt my mouth to drink this one. Left a horrid aftertaste in my mouth. Anyone ever eaten a raw persimmons?

D -- Not easy to drink. Took a lot to swallow this beer. Won't be indulging again.

Photo of Monkeypaws
2.78/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this in a bottle numerous times because I have friends who find humor in the name. I was never impressed to tell the truth. I had it on draft for the first time recently, and while better than the bottled product, I still found it to lacking the essential hops presence even the most minimal IPA should carry. The aroma and flavor were muted rather than explosive. I didn't get much hops in any of it, so boo.

Photo of vikingmike
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm a bit surprised at some of the low reviews here. Maybe its just me, but I really enjoyed this beer!

Appearance: A misty, beautiful golden orange colour

Smell: Some faint fruitiness here.

Taste: Moderate hop bitterness. Hides its 6.5% alcohol very well, I think. Some fruits come to mind...almost like a mixture of banana and tangerine. The bitterness lingers around and the aftertaste is really nice.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth.

Overall: I could easily see myself going through 6 of these. True, I don't know why they stamped IPA on the bottle but altogether this was a thoroughly enjoyable brew

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this to a gathering of semi-beer-geeks, not the type that fill these forms out, but still avoid "bad" beers even if they're micros. So, perhaps we were fooled when seeing the other scores, but these are my scores and I'm sticking to them.

The appearance has a slight chill haze. Fluffy head that leaves spotty lace. Golden color.

Decent flowery hop aroma.

Here's a solidly hoppy IPA. Not much in the way of balance, but I would say it matches the profile nicely. I like the mouthfeel of this one--enough carbonation to balance the fullness.

Again, I don't see the complaint here. It's not a home run, but it does get the guy to first.

Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- Deep, clear gold with a substantial and resilient white head.

S -- Piny and citrus hops with biscuit malt peeking through.

T -- Same piny, resinous hop as in the nose, mellow biscuit malt back, finishing with citrus hop aftertaste. Balance definitely to the hops, but the malts don't run and hide.

M -- Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Slight alcohol warming.

D -- Very drinkable without being in your face as American IPAs can be. I found this to be just the ticket for a hop-craving I was having, though not going overboard. A nice brew to have on hand.

This beer deserves more respect than it gets.

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

My first quaf of the night at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ for against the Isles. For a hockey rink, the venue had plenty of choices and I was more than happy to try an IPA to watch the puck drop.

A: Poured a medium to light amber and yellow accents with a finger and a half white head. Initially lacing but by the time I walked the 4 sections back to me seat, the legs had fallen to oblivion and there was only a partial cap. I am happy to report that a quick swirl, evenin a plastic stadium cup, revived the legs for a few minutes.

S: The nose was mild on the hops and somewhat piney and resin overtones. Some candy action going on but perhaps mellow hops. Good amount of bready/doughy under tones.

T: This is the mildest IPA I've ever had. I'll chalk this one up to the low end of the American spectrum. The lack of hops was the first thing I noticed, or lack there of. A sweetness came in shortly thereafter, perhaps some butterscotch. Eventually the hops showed up, as I kept thinking to myself if this was the wrong beer on the tap or perhaps watered down. No zing to say the least but some citris (gratefruit undertones) as it warmed and I got used to the beer. The metallic ring was not to my liking but the limited bitterness helps remind you this is a IPA due to the sweet nature. Overall, lots of sweet malt more than hops, like an English versin.

M: Medium nearing thick body, highly chewy from the malts. Bitterness follows to attempt at a dry finish but comes up short and remains too sweet.

D: Nothing wrong this one if your not looking for a hop bomb or a clear IPA. A mellow quiet fellow to have and the ABV you very difficult to detect if at all. I would chalk this up to a new recipe perhaps or a more delicate and nuanced version of a IPA.

Photo of albern
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of Redhook and I haven't had one in awhile, disappointed long ago that it sold its soul to A-B. Nevertheless, the IPA isn't a bad beer, and I give it higher marks than many of the reviewers. I think it is an IPA and I disagree with the bros. on this score. The bottle I'm reviewing is not a pale or blonde ale that I detect. The beer is a bit on the pale side and it does have the perfumey aroma of a blonde ale. There is some creamy head and a bit of lacing. The aroma has some bready, malty and a touch of some herbal hop presence.

The taste is not overly complex but it is good. There is a hoppy bitterness, a creaminess, a bready malt backbone, and some citrus notes in the mid section to make it a passable and decent IPA. This is a bit too full bodied to be anything but an IPA, and there is a lingering hop bitterness beyond the finish that seals the deal for me. It is a bit drying in the finish, a pretty sweetish malty beer in the middle, a fairly carbonated beer as well. There is a mouth puckering chewiness in the finish as well. This is a decent beer that I would have again, although this is not a stellar IPA.

Photo of Overlord
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have five more of these to drink? Damn.

Pours a golden yellow. Big white, sudsy foam head. Smells like ... is that skunk? Also some faint citrus.

The taste is just rancid. Not an IPA, not really even a good pale ale. Just a weird citrus-y chemical taste. Ugh. Not good at all.

Average mouthfeel.

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

The beer flowed from the bottle a yellow-golden color with virtually no foam. The aroma is grainy with a little bit of piny hops. A little thin on the palate. Flavors are mild and malty. It finishes with some pine and citrus hops. Overall not that impressive.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an average beer all around. Doesn't really taste totally like an IPA but parts of it do making this just an odd beer overall. It's a pretty high ABV and it does go down smooth for sure. But balance wise and style wise the lines are a little bit blurred and make it hard to judge this beer.

Photo of Bekke
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New label (green and blue), probably new recipe after merger with Widmer - much better than previous bottling. Drank it out of the bottle, so can't comment on appearance. Good hops. Slightly flinty, metallic taste, with a bit of pine, touch of citrus. Some bitterness. Very refreshing. Enjoyable to drink alone or with seafood dinner.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium golden-rod color with a thin sudsy white head.

S: a slight fruitiness upfront and sweet malt, which soon yielded to a light floral pine aroma and citrus.

T: clean, perhaps a tad to much so lacking a good malt backing and pungent hop punch per style. There was some noticeable spicy cascade notes, and grassiness but was very smooth and refined quickly fading off the tongue.

M: light with only a slight flora hoppiness detected that soon ended as well.

D: Ones enough, basically an underachiever by style and not 6 pack worthy.

Photo of Jimbo07
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

pretty darn good. probably the best beer at my local bar, next to anchor liberty ale. basically, a very very mild ipa... (very) would not consider it to be ipa, which makes sense because the price is too good to be true. i recommend the beer in general, though if your in the mood for a good ipa, i do not recommend getting this beer.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,847 ratings.