Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery
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Ratings: 2,590 | Reviews: 1,102 | Display Reviews Only:
3.88/5 rDev +19%
A decent beer, an average IPA, yep that is the bias going into this review.
Appearance is ok, not a lot of head, but it stuck around for a bit.
Smell is a bit weak on the hops but refreshing and some floral notes mixed with an abundance of fruit.
Taste had a good mixture of hop bitterness and fruit sweetness.
Mouthfeel is just not that oily, cloying type I like.
Drinkability is pretty good.
07-06-2007 04:38:19 | More by supercolter
3.1/5 rDev -4.9%
Cloudy orange-honey color with some floaties; okay head when poured roughly.
Citrus and earthy/herbal scents over a roasty malt presence; alcohol comes out to stretch as it warms.
Roasted (or burnt) malt flavor with spicy herbal hop bitterness. Maybe some sourness or citrus acidity in there also.
Good mouthfeel, smooth with a crisp finish.
I dunno about this beer, seems like the flavor is out of whack- that roasted/burnt flavor doesn't sit well with me.
07-04-2007 17:05:21 | More by BeerZack
2.15/5 rDev -34%
20 oz pint poured at IFC bar, Greenwich Village.
Poured a typical darkish golden amber with decent head, which left nce lacing as the beer was drunk. The appearance was the high point with this beer, unfortunately.
Smell really lacking in fresh hoppy aromatics, if anything, there was a skunkoid aroma.
Flavor was uninspired for an American IPA...no floral, pine or grapefruit notes as I come to expect...just malty ale taste, some of that sour sjunk, farly decent bitterness. Sort of a chore to finish, it's never good when you wish you had ordered a smaller glass so you can move on to somethng better.
My only taste of this beer at a bar that may not practice good tap line maintenance, etc., so i will gladly edit this review if I ever have the chance to taste this beer again.
07-01-2007 20:57:18 | More by kenito799
2.85/5 rDev -12.6%
12 oz. bottle
A: Slightly darker than golden yellow with boring, fizzy head.
S: Bits of malt and hops.
T: Very light for an IPA, malts are the predominant taste with a hint of hops and apple, does not seem like a 6.5% beer.
M: Light-bodied with not a lot of carbonation.
D: Drinkable beer, nothing objectionable, just a little to pallid compared to what I look for in an IPA.
06-29-2007 22:51:41 | More by Halcyondays
2/5 rDev -38.7%
A - "Kristal" clear, looks like a macro-lager.
S - Fresh, fresh, fresh hops masking an otherwise phenolic, "sterile" scent. "It smells like a dentist's office," was a friend's take.
M - Watery, medium carbonation; again, maco-lager.
T - Dank hops surrounded by phenolic notes - tastes like a homebrew.
D - A little too phenolic. Came as no surprise when I noticed that this was affiliated with Busch, I've had a few Red Hooks that I like but this is definitely not one of them.
06-24-2007 02:10:20 | More by yourunclewalt
District of Columbia
2.15/5 rDev -34%
Pours a clear, light caramel color; quite light for an IPA... Nice half inch head formed, but needed a heavy handed pour (perhaps just too cold). Aroma is heavy in the floral, herby hops, not any citrus noted. Quite a bit of sweet crystal malts in the nose... this one seems to be more malt forward in the nose than hops, also not boding well for style. On the palate, it's an awkward amalgamation of bitter, flavorless hops, an awfully thin body and a biting finish. There's so much lacking in this IPA that I think it's perhaps the worst I've ever had. It's very harsh and abrasive with a very fusel like finish showing its 6.5% abv closer to 11%. I don't think I'll be finishing this bottle, a big dissapointment.
06-23-2007 21:31:21 | More by dreadnatty08
3.48/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours a clear golden color. Smallish head is gone quick. Carbonation is apparent.
Smell doesn't have a lot detectable to me, could be allergies.
Taste is very light on the hops bitterness , very little malt profile. This beer seems closer to an American Pale Ale, than an Indian variety.
Mouthfeel is thin, crisp.
Drinkability of this beer is pretty good if your looking to cool down, the high ABV's keep it from being sessionable .
06-19-2007 00:02:31 | More by shroompod
3.03/5 rDev -7.1%
Pours a crystal clear amber that's slightly darker than straw with a shallow wispy white head that fades quickly. Some lacing.
The smell is timid. A pils malt base with a clean lemon air.
The mouth feel and flavor mirror the timid aroma. Reminds me a lot of a Pilsner with a singular crisp clean finish.
Drinkability - I'm not an expert, but it doesn't seem true to style. It's not altogether offensive. The 6.5% ABV is hidden well.
06-18-2007 22:31:22 | More by jjayjaye
2.53/5 rDev -22.4%
Redhook's original IPA was one of my "gateway beers" that transitioned me into drinking something other than Leine's and Guiness. I haven't had one for years, but I saw the new name and packaging and thought I'd try this one out for old time's sake ... and this beer was disappointing all around. Last night I had one with some pizza, and it was fine. Tonight on it's own, not so much.
I'll just cut to the taste. Lots of grapefruit and pine needle taste, and some unexpected buttery sweetness, and not much else. 15 minutes later, it's still there on my tongue and it's not good. The hops is there, and I'm a fan of the hops, but the hops taste lacks some complexity that makes a good IPA. In the "cheap" beer category of $6 a six-pack, there are much better IPA choices.
06-17-2007 03:05:46 | More by uiplanner
2.98/5 rDev -8.6%
A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Golden yellow, with a thin off white bubble. Good lacing on the glass but seemed a little bland on the eyes.
Light hop nose, nothing much else to the smell.
Plenty 'o hops!!! Very bitter and a very bland aftertaste and very thin for an IPA. Carbonation gives a slight creaminess. Very dry finish and slight metallic twinge.
Nice enough to drink every once in a while but an IPA that has lots of room for improvement.
06-17-2007 01:32:12 | More by ghostmech007
3.58/5 rDev +9.8%
Pours a clear, golden to light amber with 1/2" bubbly, foamy head that is just offwhite and leaves a nice foamy lace all the way up the glass. Moderate piney hop smell with a hint of citrus. Pretty mild smell for an IPA. The taste is clean and crisp with a slighly piney, mild initial hop bitterness. Pretty nice balance between hops and malt, but a little light flavored for an IPA. Light to medium, refreshing mouthfeel. In terms of drinkability, it is light enough for a session beer, but just interesting enough to taste. I would probably buy it again.
06-15-2007 15:24:43 | More by walshclimb
3.38/5 rDev +3.7%
Long Hammer IPA pours a light gold, clear with no real head. Aroma is raw hops, kind of grassy. Taste is dry and bitter, some hop flavor but not very clean. The bitterness is there, but there's no malt backbone. There is some sweet malt flavor, but its just too light. The beer is thin, especially for its strength. It certainly goes down easy enough, but not very enjoyable.
06-15-2007 02:43:23 | More by ericj551
3.7/5 rDev +13.5%
Sampled May 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, almost polished copper color and is topped by an initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a lacy pattern on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. The aroma is a mix of medium hop levels and dry malt. Notes of grapefruit, bergamot, dusty malt, fresh milled grain, and soda crackers are all fairly noticeable in the aroma. A solid, if somewhat muted nose.
A medium sweetness is balanced by a clean, slightly herbaceous bitterness, both of which linger on in the finish. Dulled, yet still noticeable, bergamot flavors mix with notes of pine and even a note of menthol which creeps into the finish from time to time. An interesting mix of hop flavors are noticeable in this beer. This beer is certainly a bit muted by today's more hops until it hurts standards, but this is a very well balanced, easily drinkable IPA.
06-13-2007 21:41:37 | More by Gueuzedude
3.2/5 rDev -1.8%
Quick review... nothing real exciting. Looks almost like a Budweiser when poured. Minimal head possibly due to being a bit to cold. Aroma is very light of citrus with a touch of hops. Could be more. Taste is very light for the style. Smooth and crisp. The hops aren't really there until the end. I am getting some of the fruit in the taste also, pears or green apples maybe? Finishes nice and for 6.5 quite drinkable. It was enjoyable but I think the Redhook IPA is better. Nice to enjoy this one while it's here though. Good.
06-13-2007 01:03:36 | More by lonestar4lunch
3.35/5 rDev +2.8%
Appearance - hazy golden yellow, a thin layer of white bubbles. Good lacing on the sides, seems a little light on content though.
Aroma - strong pine aroma. No fruit, all pine, got that? One dimensional, but I hail from pine tree country so it's all good to me.
Taste - some biscuity malt in the fore, quite brief, and then brash hoppy and metallic flavors. Plenty of hops, just not much else there besides that core unsupported bitterness. Not much development on the swallow & aftertaste, just some general dryness and raw hoppiness. No mistaking the style, that's for sure.
Mouthfeel - thin for an IPA. Well-carbonated and has some creaminess/smoothness but it could use more.
Drinkability - the sixer will drink and at first glance comes across as one I'd probably not bother with. However, in retrospect, for a pleasant enough, available IPA that doesn't ask $7 to $10 of me for a sixer's worth, this one has its levels set more for enjoyment rather than review.
This is one to sneak into a blind taste test to see if removal of megabrewer bias effects score...
06-12-2007 15:55:37 | More by brewdlyhooked13
2.15/5 rDev -34%
Unless the purpose of this beer is to disappoint me, I do not believe it is successful in its mission. And I slightly resent another review which suggests that Long Hammer should be excused because it is cheap. In my view, it should be avoided because it does not have much to recommend it, regardless of its price.
It pours in appearance similar to macro-lager. It is a fairly light yellow with decent frothy head. Aroma is OK; lightly hoppy and promising good things to come. However flavor is extremely minimal. You could try to give this beer some benefit of the doubt by suggesting it is an "English" IPA, but the commercial description, which mentions the transcontinental railroad, pipeines, and skyscrapers leads me to believe that this was intended to be an American IPA, but just seriously missed the mark. Mouthfeel is slightly flat.
This beer strikes me as being brewed to be innoffensive for the mainstream beer consumer, of which I doubt there are many on this site. Redhook ESB is a fine beer...and this one is not.
06-11-2007 17:42:03 | More by BeerBelcher
3.63/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours a slightly darker shade of gold with a good 3/4 inch head of foam. Aroma is floral and citrusy. I can definitely pick up the smell of Cascade hops in this one. Taste was hoppy, grapefruity and piney. The malt flavor was more evident as the beer warmed to room temp. Mouthfeel was fairly light. This is a very sessionable IPA, lighter in body than most, but deceptive in that it is over 6% alcohol. The price wasn't bad either, 4.99 at one of my local grocery stores. I could easily down a sixer of this in an afternoon. Not an over the top beer, but solid none the less.
06-10-2007 20:23:07 | More by rodrot
3.88/5 rDev +19%
Served ice cold in a "Boston Lager" glass from 12 oz amber bottle.
Aroma is all grassy hops.
Appearance is bright, crystal clear, light straw color with a white head leaving moderate lacing--looks more like an all-malt pils than an IPA, doesn't pour thick like the typical IPA.
Tastes matches the aroma--grassy hops, medium-low bitterness, just enough malt to not be soapy or sour.
Mouthfeel is watery with a crisp finish.
Drinkability is just fine. This is the Coors Light of IPAs I guess, a great example of the California XPA style. Well, there are two styles of XPA, high gravity and low gravity (and I love 'em both)--this is the latter. The polar opposite of syrupy, gooey, barleywine-like IPAs. I like it and wish I'd bought two--I'd have the second right now. If it came in a can, I'd buy a 30 pack to take to the beach. Highly recommended.
06-09-2007 21:00:30 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
3.4/5 rDev +4.3%
12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.
Appearance: Pours a clear, pale orange-gold color. Rocky and foamy white (or slightly off-white) head gradually becomes a dense foam and laces the glass a good deal at the top of the glass. But later there's no head or lace whatsoever.
Smell: Nice light & refreshing hoppy pine aroma. Some sweeter floral undertones are present as well.
Taste: Initial taste is of pine sap, followed by some citrusy grapefruit-like elements, and the finish and aftertaste is predominated by a hoppy bitterness that lingers.
Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with light yet consistant carbonation. As smooth as an IPA can be.
Drinkability: Aftertaste is more lingering than other strong (hop-wise) IPAs. The lack of a crisp finish makes it incredibly tiring. After half a glass it has the same taste from beginning of one quaff to the beginning of the next, aftertaste included.
A decent IPA, but it doesn't really make much of an impression -- either good or bad (except in the initial smell). It feels... lethargic. I'd rather spend my money on Sierra Nevada or Stone.
06-02-2007 23:39:03 | More by mithrascruor
2.63/5 rDev -19.3%
Red Hook never really impressed me, and this one is no exception. Pour was ok nice amber with plenty of white head and lace. Subtle notes of floral woodsy pine, which move over to the quaff, but on a very subdued basis. Body is light and watery, I cant help but wonder how much AB forked this beer up for Red Hook trying for a mass market appeal again.
Best thing about this crap? Cheap.
06-02-2007 21:22:23 | More by Vancer
4.15/5 rDev +27.3%
12oz. bottled 040307 stamped at the bottom front label.
Pours a clear golden color with a thick head of large off white bubbles. Aroma is pine and citrus. A bit perfume like. Instantly creamy perception upon sipping. Interesting. Flavor is not as intense as the aroma, minus the perfume quality, but follows suit. Mild bitterness brings up the rear. Not a rip your face off IPA. Just a nice, enjoyable hoppy IPA. On the cheep side too by comparison.
06-01-2007 21:44:28 | More by sacfly
4.1/5 rDev +25.8%
Dazzling golden-yellow color. Very very hazy. One finger of puffy white head. Looks summery but we'll just see about that. Some nice lace.
Excellent woody hop smell. Combination of woody with a hint of flowers. It's sweet and doesn't try too hard to woo this old hophead. Really unexpectedly good. Balanced pale malt
Good balance of pale malt flavor vs the nice piney hop. It's sweet at first and then bitter at the end. Really a nice IPA that doesn't overdo the hops.
Good thickness, creamy and a tad bouncy but not too bubbly. A really nice pale, woody IPA. And a good value.
05-31-2007 01:00:51 | More by williamherbert
3.53/5 rDev +8.3%
I had this bad-boy on-tap at the Taste of Cincinnati on the new Fountain Square. It has a great amber color and a good smell. It is a well hopped beer that has plenty of zing and dances on the tongue long after in is swallowed. It went well with with the curry chicken ragoons I ate.
Like most Red Hook offerings, this is worth your time and money.
05-30-2007 19:24:22 | More by pumarocks
3.5/5 rDev +7.4%
On tap at AK's bar & grill in Fairview TX. Terrible pour from the girl working the bar. No head at all. Medium gold color and mostly clear. I thought about sending it back but just drank it. The smell had some hops to it. Taste was ok. Not as flavorful as some but but not bad. Had a little buttery taste. The more I drank the more I actually liked it. When faced with one of these vs. bud or miller there is no contest.
05-28-2007 02:24:37 | More by ttu94
3.75/5 rDev +15%
A- Clear, slightly ruddy medium amber with a small, foamy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. Good lacing.
S- Good mix oily hops, and buttery, bread malts and yeast. A little butterscotch and white grape in there.
T- Bitey hops briefly, then some surprisingly large, meaty malts and yeast come out. A little bland though The hops return toward the finish, ending with a good grapefruit bitterness.
M- Medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation
D- Wow, a Redhook beer I actually like! Most of their beers Ive found to be average at best, but this one is ok. Nothing special, but decent.
05-25-2007 20:48:30 | More by ski271
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,590 ratings.