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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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2,701 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,701
Reviews: 1,108
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 193 | 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 jettjon
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle dated “bottle 07 1 07” into my Sam Adams pint glass (thanks, guys!), it’s a pale orange dusky color with a small amount of carbonation. Two fingers of white head quickly resolves to a thin cap but with good sticky lacing along the sides. Nose of piney hops, crisp and smart with light floral notes. Mouth of piney and floral hops with a slight nod toward the malt; balance is good overall. A bit of a dry, lightly burned hoppy finish. Crispness on the palate is aided by middle-to-high carbonation. Wet and quenching with middle-to-low viscosity. Good drinkability; 6.5% ABV precludes this brew as a session beer, but otherwise, sure, I’d come back for more.

Overall: Probably the best of the Redhook products I’ve tried, and a cut above their “regular” IPA. Definitely worth a few tries.

jettjon, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of planetscott
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A lawnmower IPA?

Appearance is light straw color, not the copper orange I am used to with other IPAs. Smell is clean, crisp piney cascades. Taste is quite light for an IPA. Closer to an APA then an IPA. Not much malt flavor, but not out of balance either. Mouthfeel is average for an IPA. Drinkability is good in that it is a "lawnmower" IPA. Also, a good gateway IPA for those ramping up to bigger beers.

Overall, a decent brew, but not the IPA I prefer.

planetscott, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of roller
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, clear straw color with a one-finger white head that broke up into a thin, holey collar that left a little bit of lacing. Aroma isn't too strong and is of piney hops with a bready body. The taste is much of the same, with bread up front and bitter citrus rind in the finish. There's not a ton of flavor to be honest. It's medium bodied and quite fizzy. I bought this at the supermarket because it said IPA. Not a bad beer, but not anything special. Would be good for a cookout.

roller, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of jayfarley3
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance is a hazy yellow color with a nice head that dissipates quickly. smell is lightly hoppy, pretty weak aroma for an ipa. taste is about the same. this beer is medium bodied and is pretty smooth but it is a boring beer especially when you were hoping for an ipa.

jayfarley3, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of berserker256
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good IPA. Dark gold with a medium white head. The smell of the hop flower is abundant. Hint of pine. Tastes good. I'm not a huge fan of super hoppy IPAs but this one has a pleasant taste. Not overpowering. Nice warm feeling from the alcohol. I like that. Good beer.

berserker256, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of Atron67
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I had this last night and i thought it was a pretty solid IPA, it had a solid bitterness and hop kick, however it gets a low session rating because something about it, maybe the aftertaste bothered me by the end of the 6 pack that made me not want to drink much more of it. I highly nejoyed the first one, but it dropped off

Atron67, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.33/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden straw color with a very small white head that diminishes. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a very faint citrusy smell, with little else. I had to double check the label as I can't believe that a modern American IPA would have such little hop aroma.

Fairly harsh bitterness and completely non-descript flavor upfront leading into just a hint of citrusy hops. Finishes as harsh as it started and with no additional redeeming flavors. Slightly metallic at the finish.

Medium body, light carbonation.

What a poor excuse for an IPA. Not quite an instant drain pour, but I'll never drink this again. They have no business selling this with all of the quality IPA options available. Save your money and buy something else.

MaltyGoodness, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was a hazy yellow in color with decent lacing. bouqet was very subtle, mainly got a bit of sweet malt and fruitiness. taste was moderately sweet with an almost medium bitterness on the back end. for an ipa, the hops don't really show themselves in this one. medium in body with a decent mouthfeel. this beer lacks complexity and at 6.5% i would expect more flavor and aroma.

MrMcGibblets, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fairly pale orange-yellow color with a modest but favorable looking head that does die down to a very thin cover. Lacing is pretty decent. The aroma is not huge but is tastey enough with that familiar blend of hops and citrus, a little sweet suggested. The first taste is mild, and pleasant of malt, hops and crackers with a lemon touch. It's has a good presence of very fine carbonation but is still a bit acqueous, but not enough to hurt in my view. Makes it very drinkable. I could drink lots of these. Refreshing, tastey. A small tang at the tongue and a subtle dry finish, not much bitterness, just enough to fulfill the ipa experience. Well done, a good middle of the road offering. Shouldn't hurt anybody's feelings and suits me just fine! Defintely try this one out.

Durge, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of sloejams
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not terribly sure how this is an IPA. Also, not terribly sure how a friend I trust in beer pick this up.

It's pretty boring and not IPA-like at all. It's very yellow. It tastes yellow even, whatever that tastes like. It doesn't taste like an IPA that is for sure.

sloejams, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of Grundle20
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours golden yellow in color, not really what I was expecting. There's a big white head on the beer that displays both great retention and lacing. Color aside this was nearly the perfect looking pour.

As the color of the beer would suggest the beer offers very little in the way of malty sweetness. The scent is for the most part that of bitter grapefruit but it's a little weak. Paired with the citrus notes there's an underlying medicinal and new leather like smell. Stylistically I think it could use some malt sweetness but on the whole I find the scent to be pleasant, albeit a little weak.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Hops obviously take the show here given the apparent lack of caramel malts in this beer. This makes for a very clean, light, and refreshing beverage though. Generally I appreciate the overall balance of sweet malts and hops in an American IPA but I have to admit it's kind of nice drinking something that stands out from a ridiculously flooded genre. Towards the end of the drink as the clean citrus hop bitterness subsides a rather undesirable reminder of the lack of foody malts comes through in the way of a very grainy and dry pale malt finish. Bitterness rings on in to the aftertaste.

Well I can't say this is the best example of an American IPA but it's certainly an easy drinking example. Overall the beer is very light with a good amount of flavor so ultimately this beer goes down very easy.

Bottom Line:
Easily the best Red Hook beer I've ever had and probably the best commercial non seasonal IPA I've ever had. I'm glad I know this beer is decent because given its availability this will make for a nice go-to beer. It won't wow you but it's worth a shot.

Grundle20, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of Neehan
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was served in a pint glass, showing a light straw-colored body with a thin yet very sticky head that left spider-web lacing on the glass. The nose was strong and powerful (in comparison to the taste) with a strong shot of grapefruit up front and a good compliment of grassy undertones smelling certainly well-hopped. The taste was fair and a bit disappointing because while pleasant, it was weak and watery in comparison to what you would expect by what the smell is offering. The watery texture takes away from the taste and mouthfeel but lends itself to slightly increasing the drinkability.

Neehan, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of Gator1107
4.33/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice golden orangish color with a slight head, not thick.

Smell: Very strong scent of hops, and a blend of citrus

Taste: Very refreshing, the first swig is overcoming with hops, followed with the taste of grapefruit. Finshes off with a nice bitter fruit after taste.

Mouthfeel: A very bitter beer, which makes it so wonderful, dries me out leaving we wanting more.

Drinkability: This has become one of my favorites. Reason one, it is very affordable compared to what else is available locally. The second reason, it has become available now in my area on a consistent basis. And third, it is a well crafted beer with a wonderful flavor and taste, A great beer for everyday drinking or special occassions.

Gator1107, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of ByTor2112
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at First Street in W-S.
Light golden color with a good head and decent lacing.
Aroma- lightly hoppy, not as assertive as I would hope. Grassy
Mouthfeel- some malty sweetness, plenty of hop flavor but no boldness to it. A little floral with soem citrus flavors barely seeping through. This beer tastes good. I wish RH would have been a little more aggressive with the hops. Not a disappointment, just middle of the road for an IPA.

ByTor2112, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of Risser09
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance:Transparent golden color with orange hues. 1" white head with a generous amount of bubbles in various sizes. No apparent carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Generous hop oil and quite peppery in the nose. Smells very fresh. Other aromas are gummi worms, tutti frutti, and a generous alcohol sting.

Taste: Bitter at first but with no sustained momemtum. Flavors include ground pepper, cilantro, lavendar and hop leaves. Perhaps some tea in there as well. Not very complex but crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and promising at first but this beer does fall flat right in the middle. Nice bitter hop finish with a drying feel makes you drink on and on. Not bad!

Drinkability: Great, this is one of those IPAs you go to when there isn't a big selection at a bar. Also, if they are trying to pass this off as a micro brew, you might feel inclined to buy it. Try it. I did.

Risser09, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of HugoGrim
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fairly standard look to this IPA, though a bit light in color. Aggressive pour produces a nice head, though dissipates quickly.

Aroma is below average. No hops detectable whatsoever.

Flavor is not much better. At only 6.5% the alcohol is surprisingly noticeable. Very one dimensional hop profile, with no real complexity. I would honestly hesitate to even call this an IPA, as I've had pale ales with more hops.

HugoGrim, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours light golden yellow with a thin head that sticks around. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of light citrus with a touch of lemon zest. Bready notes come through. Smells more like an APA.

The taste is of light citrus with floral notes and a lemon zest. Bready malt balances it out. Almost too much so. Lackluster finish.

It has something of a body to it, but the taste flees off the palate.

This one is weak. It seems caught between APA and IPA (an APA with higher alcohol, which to its credit is pretty well hidden)? Whatever...with so many solid IPA's out there, why bother ...

jwc215, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Hook- Long Hammer IPA

Appearance- Light golden orange with a small sticky head.
Smell- Floral oily hops with a touch of citrus rind.
Taste- Floral piney hops with a splash of grapefruit bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and light up front with a moderate hoppy bitterness in the end.

Overall- Not bad. An easy 1 to throw back. A good IPA that you could chug on the golf course on a hot summer day.

NJpadreFan, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from month old notes (thought I lost them)
on tap

A: 1 finger white head that left some lacing on the glass. Body was a bit pale for my taste.

S: Nice citrusy aroma. Maybe the hops were a bit understated for an IPA, but still not a bad scent.

T: Taste was much like the smell. Not as hoppy as an IPA should be, but it's well balanced with malty sweetness.

M: Middle of the road body and carbonation. Clean, slightly bitter finish.

D: More of a pale ale than an IPA - they really should rename it, but it's quite quaffable no matter what they call it.

OKCNittany, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, golden yellow-orange color with a glistening white head comprised of many minute bubbles. The smell isn't too intense but it is pretty well balanced with a slightly sweet malt nose that is complemented well by the underlying hop smell. The taste is not quite as balanced; obviously since this is an IPA the beer steers towards bitter. The initial taste is of light malt, immediately followed by a bitter hoppiness that lingers through the rest of the taste. However after a few drinks, the bitterness is barely discernable. There is a slight graininess about the beer, but the alcohol is pretty well covered by the hop bite. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sudsy carbonation. Overall, a drinkable beer and pretty good; not my favorite IPA ever but it's solid.

gmfessen, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a beer that is not worth having at all unless you have it fresh, and preferably on draft. Had that way it is a pleasant enough ipa even if it is nowhere near tops in in its class. Pours golden with little head but decent lacing. The smell is of light citrusy hops and with a light graininess. The taste starts with lemon and grapefruit and some developing bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little light and spritzy. In the right conditions a pleasant drinker. I have to say that I don't often have Redhook beers anymore. I never thought they were the best beers on the planet, but I feel they have lost a great deal of what charm they once had. The real problem with this beer is that I probably had it in peak condition, and it was just decent. Most people will have it on its way to staleness in the bottle, and the experience just won't be as good.

Georgiabeer, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of PorterLambic
2.48/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours yellow with a tint of honey. No head remains after the intial pour, like soda.
Smell is hops with a hint of citrus.
Taste is a bit more involved, happily, with hops, grass, pine and a light lemon note.
Light body, hops dries out the tongue. Aftertaste is hops, pine/resin. While it may fit in with the style, I was not impressed with this Redhook offering. Absolutely no depth here at all.

PorterLambic, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
2/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle.

Light amber with a weak off white head, and minimal lacing. Doesn’t look promising.

Aroma is light caramel and grapefruit.

Flavor is lightly malty, lightly hoppy. Touch of sugar in the finish. Weak, bland, boring. This is supposed to be an IPA? Nice try bud.

Padron4KM, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of YankChef
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a born on date clearly on the bottom.

Appearance: clear straw colored yellow with a slight orange haziness

Smell: Very flat aroma, hate to say it just smells like beer but it isnt giving me much.

Taste: Very very crisp for an IPA, almost would venture to say it isnt really an IPA. Crispness flows swiftly into a quick hop punch that doesnt linger. ALmost has the lingering flavor of a macro lager.

Mouthfeel:very light and crisp with high carbonation.

Overall: It is what it is and for 12 bucks a 12 pack its damn good. My go to beer when i dont wanna break the bank, good combination of flavor, a/c and price.

YankChef, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of cokes
2.08/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Smudged brassy apicot in color, with a large-bubbled fleeting lace of dirty ivory.

I guess it looks ok.

The nose brings its impending ruin, with that fucked-up Redhook scent of bleached flour and steamed veggies-- cooked carrots especially, and also bizarre tomato nuances, oh, and the requisite spoonfuls of diacetyl-- deeper in, there are vapid straw and pine tones.
And basically, what you get on the nose is what you get in the mouth. Flour. Veggies. Burnt buttered popcorn. Vague sprucey hops. And general garbage.
Thin in feel. Thin in substance. Thick in irksome off-flavors. That equation does not equal a winner.

I was duped into thinking this was something new, and not just their old horrible IPA repackaged as a new horrible IPA. Mine didn't even have that neato split label. Fuckers.

cokes, Jul 27, 2007
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,701 ratings.