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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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2,835 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,835
Reviews: 1,114
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 229 | 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 Reagan1984
2.63/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was served this beer on tap and it came with a thin wispy white head that essentially faded before I had my 2nd taste.

There was a slight hop aroma, but I was struck by the lack of aroma, especially for an IPA on tap.

The beer was a bright copper/golden color and slightly hazy.

Frankly, I'm not impressed. The taste was too sweet and not well balanced. Not an IPA for Hop Heads. But I am willing to guess those who enjoy it prefer more malt intense styles to begin with.

The initial flavor was of citrus hops with an overly sweet malt blast.

Just a light hop finish that lingers. Also a little spice note as you drink. I thought the mouth feel was a little light for an IPA, but perhaps that led to acceptable drinkability

There is nothing special about this IPA and I would not go out of my way to have another.

Many, Many better IPA choices in this world that are readily available.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An easy pour yields an orange-yellow liquid with a <1-finger head with a retention of nil. Curiously there are what seems like millions of little particles in suspension which makes it look very thick like Jello or jelly. I like chunks in my hefeweizen, but I'm not sure what the heck I'm seeing here! Brewed six months ago so age shouldn't be a factor.

Mild hops in the nose and little else.

Taste is all hops, bitter but light... any malt flavors are completely overwhelmed by the hops. Still it's pretty refreshing on this 90+ degree day; I'll take it over a BMC any day!

Thin mouthfeel, but so is the taste and smell, so at least it's consistent!

Pretty easy-drinking... for a non-hophead like me probably easier than your typical "to-style" IPA. Pretty mild all the way around.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale clear yellow, with nice 2-3 finger head. Excellent retention, settling to a decent white cap and some nice lacing.

S - General floral/citrus hop aroma, but no malt to speak of; maybe a little grainy. Decent but uninteresting.

T - Wow, for this to be an IPA, I really like it. It's the average leafy hop thing going on, but somehow it's lighter and crisper than other IPAs. This is probably due to a complete lack of malt, which could be a flaw, probably putting this closer to a pale ale. Either way the hop presence is forthright and crisp without the numbing bitterness in the finish.

M - Very disappointing. Moderately carbonated, but about midway through the beer becomes watery. Quite unpleasant even with the modest hop bitterness.

D - Not a bad brew, but the watery-ness drops this to average. The taste would keep me coming back, but the mouthfeel is a bit much to overlook.

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

This comes out of the tap a pretty transparent golden with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled white head. Aroma is hoppy and slightly fruity. Flavor is strong and quite hoppy, not all that bitter. Texture has something of an edge, but it is not overly rough. Not the best IPA I have had, but worth a try.

Photo of biggred1
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazed yellow with a thin white foamy head, left a minimal amount of lace on the glass.

S-Mild fresh floral hop aroma,some bready yeast.

T-Mild sweet caramel maltiness up front with a kind of salty one note hop bitterness.

M-A little on the thin side with a creamy carbonation.

D-Not great but definately drinkable, more APA than IPA to my tastes but still a decent brew.

Photo of KeefD
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with nice amount of foam and long trails of lacing down the glass. Aroma is moderately hoppy for an IPA, with backgrounds of pale malts. Taste is good, but somewhat lacking in depth. Definite hop character, but nothing overly exciting. Good malt backbone, but really wish this one had some stronger hop bitterness to bring it through. Slightly piney, slight tropical fruitiness, but again, nothing exciting. Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation and very easy to drink. An average IPA.

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

A bottle left at my house after a poker game, so now it is mine and I'm drinking it. The beer is slightly hazy and yellow-orange colored, thin wispy head. The smell is hops, go figure, not too strong but nice anyway. The taste is good, hops bitterness but not enough lasting hops flavors, it felt kind of 1-dimensional in terms of hops component. Overall not bad, OK with dinner, but not interesting enough to drink by itself in the future.

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

After pouring into a pint glass, there was a lot of carbonation, and a very large white head. Yellow-orange color, more towards yellow. Good head retention.

Aroma was citrus and pine hops, very little malt aroma.

Flavor was citrus and pine hops with very little malt to back it up. Dry clean finish. Body is very light, beer is very drinkable. This beer is not really to style and is more like a pale ale than an IPA. A drinkable beer, but very middle of the road for an IPA.

Photo of garcia2a
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slight cloudy golden yellow with a thin head that laced slightly.

The bouquet is pretty well balanced with a malt whisp and a fair amount of hops. Not much if anything else on the back end. This translated pretty well to the taste as if is pretty much simply smooth hops. Plesaing on the palate with a very slight alcohol and citrus back taste.

The body is light making this beer very easy to drink. During the warmer months this should be refreshing, as it is not a hops beast and really not one for the hop-heads. Quite the opposite, this brew is as hoppy as a one legged kangaroo.

All and all, not a bad brew to enjoy and relax with.

Photo of animal69
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly cloudy med. gold w/ a decent white head that settles a bit quick leaving a moderate lacing in my nonic ; a moderate smell, some citrus/cattish hops, maybe a hint of cereal grain ; flavor's a bit on the thin side, a moderate hop bite and somewhat metallic up front, a bit of piney hops and minerals come out about midway , finish is dry and a bit metallic ; a med.-light body and moderatly carbonated ; a decent drinking beer, just an avg. Am. IPA though...

Photo of bonkers
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured 12 ounce bottle into SA pint glass
A-hazy golden color with a thick head that quickly disipates, very sticky lacing
s-strong hops smell, somewhat grassy
t-somewhat bitter, but not over powering
M&D-medium body with lots of carbonation, very easy drinking
Overall-a good IPA, I would definitely buy this again

Photo of rye726
2.53/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Average brown color with a white to light tan head. The nose has some fresh fruity hops, but not much of a malt backbone. The taste is even less complex. Some bitter hops and very pale malt. The body is light and has good carbonation. Drinkable, but not an impressive example of the style.

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

Bready notes, caramel notes, some hints of rye cracker here and there. Fruity sweetnesses dwell in here, dried apricot is the first thing that I notice in that regard. Peach, nectarine, apricot bitterness.
I took a look at the Bro's reviews and I have to agree when Jason said "just call it an American golden ale and be done with it!"
That's pretty much what the profile of this is all around with more bittering hops than average.... or like a hoppy cream ale. My scoring pretty much reflects style points. This just doesn't quite fly as an IPA but it's a decent beer.

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

12oz bottle into nonic.

Thick one finger head sits on top of a clear honey hue base. Sticky lacing on the glass.

Grassy hops that have a bit of sharpness to them, but not quite citrusy.

Grainy malts with hops that have a unique character. They have a bit of spice, but the flavor of them seems a little weird (but not really bad). There is almost a candy flavor in there. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

This is an okay IPA. Maybe it's just my personal preference but there was something slightly off with the flavor of this one. Oh well, see for yourself.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, golden color with hyperactive carbonation that yields virtually no head. Opens with a wide ring of sticky lacing.

Floral, hoppy nose with hints of pine and pepper.

Cascade hops upfront that give way to notes of peppery spice and citrus rind. Moderate bitterness that never bites. Dry, clean finish.

Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable. Go ahead, put the Hammer down. More akin to a traditional APA-style. Nevertheless, considered a decent "gateway" IPA.

Photo of AshevilleSippin
4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very pleasant surprise. It was several months past its prime and I was drinking it more or less to clear it out of my beer fridge. My brother aptly dubbed it a 'mercy killing'. My expectations were pretty low especially in light of the previous RedHooks I'd rated.

This baby poured a deep golden straw color with a one-finger off white head. Lacing was a bit weak but it was present nonetheless.

On the nose I got bready sweetness and some bright herb.

Medium bodied and the taste was excellent. First impressions were crisp and bitter. But then this stong malt presence rolled up on me and pulled it all into perfect balance. Some caramel for sure. Exceptionally well balanced. Smooth and bitter at the same time.

There's a dry quick finish to it that leaves the taste of caramel and dry grain husk. I could drink these all day.

Photo of mnstorm99
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice clear light copper yellow pour with a white head that disipates but never completely goes away.
Aroma is faint hops, citrus and woody. and a wierd aromatic malt?
Taste is similar to the aroma, biscuit mixed with toasted malts? it just seems wierd to me. This is a dry IPA, and the hops just aren't there the way I would like them.
Thin mouthfeel and a touch overcarbonated, this is a drinkable beer, I just wouldn't pick it up again.

Photo of bort11
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. A finger's width of head and leaves a spotty lacing. Color is a clear golden orange.

Smell is slightly sweet with a moderate hops bitterness. Taste also has a mild citric hops flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. Seems more of an APA than an IPA. This is a no frills ale. Drinkable, but not very interesting.

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

A- Nice orangish-yellow color, with a white head and good retention.

S- Hops aroma and that's about it.

T- A pleasant hops taste with a nice bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied, and a pleasant bitter taste.

D- This is a slightly average IPA, and it's easy to drink.

This is an OK beer. IMO

Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce single bottle just copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.59...
Pale, lucid, light-amber appearance with almost no head at all... pretty bland and unnatractive for an IPA...
Slight hint of hops and citrus in the nose, but nothing too assertive...
Taste was good, but not great... very light on the hops, but with noticeable floral and grapefruit essences present...
Slick, slightly watery mouthfeel with not too much going on in this department...
Good level of drinkability due to the uncloying flavors, but certainly not a stellar beer...
Pretty mediocore...

Photo of ragnarsword
4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not the best IPA I've ever had, but as an easily accessible IPA I love it. The color is a golden brown with a very floral nose. As for the taste, it has a very sharp hop bite that finish very cleanly, no questionable after taste. I enjoy it with a meal or on it's own.

Photo of hooligan
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a crystal clear amber with a thick foam uptop... very pretty. Smell is piney with a whisper of bready yeast as the beer warms.

The taste is crisp and clean, a snappy, piney hop upfront (cascade?) that settles quickly. The beer is not very thick but the body is relatively enjoyable, nonetheless.

This is my "can't get to the beer store, so I went to the grocer" beer - it's quite drinkable, but is really a slightly higher gravity APA at best... enjoy it but realize it's not very indicative of the American IPA style.

Photo of TroyS
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ok Redhook....nice job on this one. This is one of your best offerings in my opinion. This beer looks better than it is, but I'm a freak when it comes to the way a beer looks probably because a great looking beer normally = a good tasting beer at minimum.

Long Hammer pours nice and light. It pours like any ale, but the head fades at a slower rate and leaves behind a surprisingly nice lace for you if that's your thing.

The nose on this sucker is screaming Douglas Fir(christmas tree). This is a sharp brew. This is not an Imperial kinda distinctly hoppy and sharp brew, but a really nice macro brew working to keep up with the Stones of the world. Hey Stone...keep working or you'll wake up lower on the ladder, but until then, which I hope will be never, keep up the great work!

This is a VERY drinkable IPA. There's a bit of pine and the hops will get your attention, but overall a great beer to introduce lawn mover beer lovers to the real world of beer. A great beer that should be found everywhere. Don't get me wrong....if you're not in an "everywhere" type O' place, then don't pick this beer. It is not world class, but one of the best that I've found in my big box retailer. Recommend - for sure give this beer a drink. You'll enjoy it as will your friends. Surprising crisp taste. Cheers!

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on a Redhook Brewery Tour, they were giving the nitro tap a try to see how it took. I had never had a nitro tap IPA before now. The nitro made a sharper tasting beer smooth and creamy. I would say that over all it was a good beer, creamy head, good over all taste and nice finish. I want to go back and give it another sample.

Photo of andrewt960
4.15/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a nice corn yellow, to a light gold. Decent head that didn't stick around long. Lacing was fairly strong and stuck around for the duration of the beer.
S- At the crack of the bottle I was pretty impressed... nice combination of pine, grapefruit smelling hops. As it was poured it became less strong, but still pretty good.
T- Taste was great. Perhaps not as strong as some other IPA's that I have had, but having said that, it makes it remarkably refreshing. Nothing sticks around in this beer... taste dissipates fairly quickly.
D- This is a very drinkable beer, and I look forward to this beer in the summer. At 6.5%, this beer will go down very smoothly in the warm weather.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,835 ratings.