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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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2,903 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,903
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 20
Gots: 294 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Overlord
2.28/5  rDev -30.3%
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
3.07/5  rDev -6.1%
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
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
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
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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

Quite a light gold coloured body, lighter than usual for an IPA in my view. Head is pillowy white to begin with, but quickly dissipates to a film that leaves little lacing. Small bead of carbonation. Not a lot. Looks ok.

Nice piney hops on the nose, but with an underlying diacetyl sweetness that's quite unwelcome. For an IPA, it's also pretty tame, no explosion of floral characteristics. Pretty weak.

Taste is a little better, but again, to call this an IPA is a stretch. Light citrus/grapefruit characters on the front palate, and just a hint of reedy, resin character on the back, but that's all the mention of hops there is. Otherwise, there's a sweet honey/butterscotch character that doesn't do it it any favours at all. Mouthfeel is quite light and clean, rather bland which matches the flavour.

I'll say it again: this is a pretty tame IPA. There's certainly some pleasant flavours to it, but it's not the type of IPA I've come to expect - balanced way too much towards sweetness. Hey, it's not a bad beer... But it's not a good IPA either.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hit Redhook up for their seasonals, you shant be dissapointed, but this IPA is just subpar in every respect.

It's watery and mild in many respects. Aroma is weak for an ipa. Some grassy bitterness, but thats it.

Short and sugary sweet finish, not at all impressive. Bleh. Chewy aftertaste, but some florals in there that add some character. It's approachable, as far as IPAs go, and perhaps one of the most drinkable, but just because of it's light flavor.

Infact... got an idea for you RedHook!!! Label this a LITE IPA!!! Boom, instant hit in the mass market.

Photo of tomj6
2.42/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried this beer for the first time not expecting much and thats exactly what I found. Nice hop aroma and even starts off decent (bittering hops). After that there was nothing. No complexity or balance. There are too many good IPAs out there to bother with this subpar brew.

Photo of treyrab
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap tonight at Bar Blues in State College, PA

A: Pours a hazy light copper color with a small white head. Nothing special in the appearance.

S: The smell is not too bad, with some decent citrus and pine hops. Also a grassy malt aroma as well.

T: The taste starts off decent. It starts with a citrusy hops and some pine hops but finishes with a sweet barley-wine like characteristic that does not fit at all for the style.

Overall, not a beer I would recommend nor try again if I had the chance.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- pours a light piss yellow color. somewhat cloudy and looks pretty carbonated.

S- grapefruit hops, alcohol and malts.

T- dry grapefuit hops and german malts. Somewhat sour and over riped.

M- dry but somewhat fresh and crisp. Malty as well.

D- not bad to drink. A decent beer for relaxing with but i wouldnt recommend a sixer of it.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed a sixer back in Santa Fe. Out of the bottle this one was a golden color with copper highlights. One finger of bone white head, mediocre retention and lacing. The nose was herbal hops, slightly malted and a sweetness like raisins. The flavors were quite average however. Piney hops dominate adding a bitter resin character to the beer. Doesn't have the malt backbone to offset this nor can much be tasted beyond the gradations of hops. The mouthfeel was ok but in general I was sorry I didn't have five more of something else...

Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at teh Jewel in downtown Elmhurst on a grocery run. Good excuse to try a beer that I can get pretty much anywhere now.

Pours a nice, bone, one finger head that slinks down to a nice film of foam. Only a scant bubble or two in this very pale light copper with some dark pilsner highlights. The arom is a nice, clean citric splash with some soft toasted malt. Simple yet pretty pleasing. The taste slowly rolls the toasted, faintly biscuit malts over the front of the tongue. The midle begins to show the evolving hop flavors. First bitter flowers in the middle that slowly move to rindy orange peels that linger for a bit after each sip. Not a bad tasting IPA made for some long sea fairng shoe drinking sessions.

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

Pours a clear golden-copper with a decent white head. Retention is mediocre with OK lacing.

Smells of hops, with a bit of raisin. This doesn't carry on to the taste, where the hoppy bitterness dominates, along with other grains and a real 'bready' flavor for an IPA.

Not bad overall, but certainly wouldn't be my first pick unless there were only BMC available.

Photo of Jerzy86
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- nice head and color
S- Hoppy and quite malty
T- Bitter at first then it kind of mellows out
M- Definetly not the best, but I did think that it was fairly on target for an IPA
D- After two I had to stop...

Overall I love IPA's and I used to think this was one of my favs, as I have had a chance to expand my beers I would have to say that this falls a little short...

Photo of burnstar
3.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 but mostly dominated by a rather harsh bitterness throughout. 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 SpecialK088
2.26/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Light cloudy copper low head with no real retention decent lace.

S-scary i dont really smell the hops! Malt, a degree of sweetness and u really gotta take a big smell in to get the hops.

T-I think my girlfriend just put it well "thats a girls IPA"( no offense here just a figure of speech ladies :) no bite small notes of hops and citrus.

M-Light body and overcarbonated

D-I dont see me doing much over finishing this one, if i get there.

Photo of keeperchaos
2.57/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From bottle to mouth, ie, drinking from the bottle.

Smooth very mild hop taste, no linger, no bite.
For an IPA, very dull.
Red Hook has yet to impress me and with the "long hammer" I thought they wouldve, heh, "nailed" it, but they missed.
Wouldnt buy a 6pk, but would have on with a friend and then go on to tell them how a real IPA should bite me in the ass.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Clear light yellow with a nice pillowy head. Good lace show too.

S. A faint whiff of pine. Not much else.

T. Though this case is slightly dated, the hops still come through rather nicely. Resinous piney hops. The malt body is somewhat weak. Still pretty tasty.

M. This beer has a very good mouth feel. Perfect level of carbonation, smooth, light bodied and even a bit creamy.

D. Another very easy drinker from RedHook. High ABV a bit dangerous since this is so easily downed. Paired nice with spicey fried rice.

Photo of LarrBear
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours gold and turns orange as it settles. Not much head. The smell upon opening the bottle is somewhat promising with an assurance of strong bitterness, which I prefer in an IPA. However the bitterness of this beer overpowers any other intended flavor, and leaves such an unappealing after-taste that I found it difficult to finish.

Photo of naterock
2.76/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale yellow with a tint of orange. little head that sticks lightly. looks like a budweiser with decent head.

Smells grassy and little hoppy nose, very faint and un-impressive.

Tastes slightly bitter, grassy and earthy hops are present, gives way to one of the worst aftertastes from an IPA I've ever had.

Mouth is medium crisp but the taste bothers the finish, I bought a six and will probably let them sit for a while before I finish it off, just a pathetic IPA really.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

4 A copper and orange, clear, modest off-white head but rings of lace all the way down.
3.5 S served too cold, but detected earthy floral and citrusy hops
3.5 T seemed a bit weak at first, then more flavor emerged. well-balanced. nice bitterness along with the hop flavor and restrained aroma. some alc in the taste
3.5 M light to medium bodied, goes down easy but for abv
1.5 D 6.5 abv a bit excessive for this particular beer. developed severe headache within an hour after finishing-coincidence? it was just one beer!

Photo of avalon07
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this beer had a copper color and almost nonexistent head. Not much lacing.

S: Smelled slightly of hops, but there was also this weird, unidentifiable element that made it somewhat off-putting.

T: You get a middling dose of hops up front, but then there's this kind of unpleasant grassy quality that appears. Also, it's a little on the piney side.

M: An average amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This beer did nothing for me. It really didn't seem like an IPA - mainly due to that grassy taste. There are many better examples of this style.

Photo of zerofear13
3.84/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was real excited to try Redhook's famous IPA. Poured out an orange, cloudy color. Carbonation visible. Head was decent for an easy pour. Smelled of citrus fruits - orange and grapefruit maybe. For such a popular IPA, I figured the hoppy bitterness would be very present in the smell, but not overpowering here.

The taste was very good. Citrus-flavored hops, quite bitter. Unbalanced toward the hop side, but very much so expected from such a renowned IPA. I'm a bit shocked by the claims that this beer isn't hoppy enough. I'm completely content with the bitter taste it leaves on the tongue without assaulting it from the first sip.

I enjoyed this brew a lot. I will definitely be picking up more in the near future, despite the fact that the alcohol content and apparent bitterness might stop you from drinking too many in a single sitting.

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


Today's hop-heads would not be pleased with this brew. Others?

This brew is paler than most modern IPA's with a thin white head that doesn't last.

Aroma, well there are some hops in there but far short from that gotcha floral zapp we have come to love.

The flavor is far from an IPA, there are hops in there but the bitterness is absent.

Overall, drink a Heineken!

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,903 ratings.