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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
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2,489 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 2,489
Reviews: 1,098
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 104 | 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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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass
Bottled on date marked for 05/13/05

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice head on top at first. Over the course of a few minutes the head vanishes to a 1/2 inch white thin lace.

Nice aroma of raw and agressive hops in the nose. Floral and citrus twang with a grainy quality mixed in there too.

Sweet and syrupy grain flavors up front with a bitter hop snap finish. Orange citrus highlights with an earthy, soft malt profile. Gotta like the respectable 6.5 % ABV.

A solid American IPA from Redhook. One of their better beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 00:25:54 | More by Hibernator
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beersarang

California

3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty gold with a white head that sticks all over the place. Nice appearance.

Slightly bready grassy hoppy aroma, run of the mill.

Thin malt struggles against the grassy hops. Crisp hop bite is pleasant but the malt dies more and more as the beer warms. Actually becomes bland later on. Pretty average.

Thin bodied with normal carbonation, I blame the filtering.

Ok beer, got it for cheap so I won't complain.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 06:25:17 | More by beersarang
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Luigi

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange-hazy color and a small white head. Stick a little to the glass. The smell is way to sweet for an IPA. A little bitterness from the hops can be detected. The taste is nothing like an IPA. An almost artificial sweetness seems to dominate up front. A hint of fruit from the hops but not much else. Has a light malty aftertaste. This is not an IPA. None of the flavors that I look for in an American IPA are present.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 06:20:00 | More by Luigi
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yeasty orange-gold with a single stream of small bubbles in the exact center of the glass. The head is ivory-not-quite-ecru in color and is reasonably firm. When the cap begins its descent, assorted chunks and wisps of lace are left behind, though they aren't abundant.

Redhook IPA smells like a watered-down APA since, rather than being eagerly hoppy, it's reluctantly hoppy. Orange and grapefruit esters approach the nose with caution... nay, trepidation. If the nose is any indication, this beer isn't an IPA by my definition.

It's a little better on the palate; at least we're up to average now. IPA is more hoppy than the nose had me believing, but it's still on the tame side. The bittering is a little too harsh and unsupported; more malt would definitely be welcome. I'm not sure what varieties of hop were used. Whatever their identities, they haven't been used to good effect.

The finish is neither short nor long with the flavor bugging out before the bitterness (not a good thing). The mouthfeel is roughly midway between light and medium for the style with an acceptable amount of carbonation. Like every other one of this beer's attributes, it's much closer to a (light) APA than an IPA.

Redhook beer has yet to make a favorable impression on me (I did like the Winter Ale come to think of it). This IPA doesn't measure up. It lacks most of the qualities that I look for in beer of this style. The mustachioed dude on the label says "Ya sure, Ya betcha". My reply is "Uh no, no thank you".

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 20:24:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
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superdavex

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook must have changed their recipe since I last tasted this brew. The time previous to this one was about three years ago. I must say, I was definately not impressed with the beer at that time. This time, on the other hand, I was impressed by the subtle yet hoppy taste of this beer. This is one smooth drinking brew and the 6.5 abv doesn't hurt either. I would definately recomment this one. Not the hoppiest of IPA's but not too hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 02:06:04 | More by superdavex
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clemtig76

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 04/04/05. Pours a hazy golden amber color with a decent head. Very hoppy aroma with a faint touch of caramel malt. Piney/citrusy hops dominate the taste profile of this ale. While this IPA is certainly not the best IPA I have ever had, it is not the worst either. Craft beers are slim pickings in my neck of the woods and this one, while not a top choice, it is a good fall back beer

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 17:34:02 | More by clemtig76
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Radisson in Kissimee, FL

Appearance: Clear golden straw color with a nice two-fingered fluffy white head.

Smell: Nothing going on in this department. A little hop whiff here and there but nothing to get excited about.

Taste: Mild peppery and tea-like hop notes. A bittering, boring, and somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin and mildly carbonated with a drier, alcohol finish.

Drinkability: Easy going down and definitely hits the spot but it's nothing out of the ordinary. Enough hops to satisfy but probably will leave most wanting some more complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2005 00:05:35 | More by mattcrill
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TongoRad

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale amber wit a good looking head that lingers quite a while.

Aroma is mild for an IPA. Mostly citrusy hops and caramel malt with some diacetyl and maybe a touch of DMS in the background, along with something metallic. It's not really offensive, though not particularly inspiring either.

Bitterness is noticibly high for the amount of malt here. The diacetyl is more pronounced on the palate than the nose. Caramel flavor is also evident. The beer finishes with a citrus peel/resiny quality.

I guess I would drink this one again without much complaint if the choices were slim. As it is I don't think I'll be getting it again- pretty average in every way.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2005 02:21:09 | More by TongoRad
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SupaCelt

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Ya Sure Ya Betcha" shouted the bottle of Redhook Ballard Bitter, I mean IPA, I mean what the hell is this again?

Appearance: A hazed orange color with a short lived cap of white fluff. Not much lacing to speak of. Fat carbonation fart bubbles.

Smell: Mostly grainy with a vague hint of pine. It entertains the thought of honey and barley congregating. Smells just like an "un-American IPA" smells. This is probably better classed with the English India Pale Ales. Scaled down hop persona.

Taste: This really does come off like one of the old timey IPA's. Mostly grainy malt characters, but with a slightly exaggerated hop bitterness. Honey impression again. *Now that I have finished my drink, I will say that the flavours became more pronounced as the vessel warmed in my greasy little hand. Still, they just lacked authority. All this old chap needs is to go all the way and be a real American ( like Hulk Hogan :o ) instead of being the American IPA who talks with an English accent. Keep it real!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is just a bit round without any sharp bite notable. About medium weight.

Drinkability: This bloke is undoubtedly consumable. Nothing offensive here, just a mild mannered brew you could drink copious amounts of while enjoying a good meal.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2005 06:44:44 | More by SupaCelt
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TinusTime

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear colour with a decent head. Aroma took me a back. Piney hop nose right off the bat. I didnt expect it to be that hoppy. Taste was rich and full flavoured. Malty at first but not to long before the pine and floral hops came in to kick out the jams. West coast style all the way.. I just didnt expect this from the " Watered down" Redhook. Guess you shouldnt judge a book by the cover. Mouthfeel was above average, almost a bit heavy but not so much so. Drinkability.. Yep Yep for a buck less than some more highly rated beers this honestly stacked up.. I was shocked. The hop notes were rich and noteworthy.. If in a pinch and the price is right I have no problem recommending this.

PS-- I love how the packaging half covers up that this beer used to be Ballards Bitter

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 02:51:18 | More by TinusTime
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This isn't the best IPA to be sure, but I didn't find it as bad as reviews indicate. Redhook IPA is light copper in color with an average head. The aroma is west coast hoppy, not as intense or of as high quality as possible for the style. The taste if of citrusy hops with some floral hop action mixed in. Mild maltiness is also in the mix, especially noted in the finish. Bitterness is present, but not enough to totally ravage the palate. Drinkability is very good, probably because the bitterness isn't incredably high. Either the recipe has changed or this beer is underated, because this is tasty enough to deserve better than a 3.04 average.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 02:20:37 | More by Gagnonsux
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thesilverhand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful gold, with a thick frothy white head that left nice lace on my glass. Very attractive.
The first impression I had from the aroma was yeast...a touch of fresh-baked bread up front. This was followed by earthy hops. It reminds me a bit of a freshly-mowed lawn. In a good way.
The flavour is dominated by the bitter of the hops. There's enough malt body to hold it together quite nicely. The earthy, grassy hop character noted in the nose carries through quite nicely here. There's a slight metallic tang on the back end that detracts from the beer a bit.
The mouthfeel is pleasant and a bit creamy. Quite nice, although the metallic tang is evident here, too.
Overall, this is a really nice simple IPA. Highly drinkable. The grassiness reminds me of summer, and this would be a really nice beer for just that...I'll have to try it next on a hot summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 15:08:44 | More by thesilverhand
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The most enjoyable beer during my visit to the brewpub. Pour when pulled was a lovely golden color, topped with a frothy and creamery head. Aromawise, I liked the light grassy/haylike notes. Medium mouthfeel. This beer was pleasant and easy to drink. The aroma was duplicated in the taste, and the grassy hops were the most notable and delicious element.

Serving type: cask

04-16-2005 18:14:34 | More by PatandDavid
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle (only bottled three weeks ago) with thick head. It has a light amber colour, and a very hoppy, slightly liquorice nose.

Says on the bottle that it is a.k.a. Ballard Bitter, and this fits when you taste it. Despite the fairly high alcohol content, this one has a fairly subtle flavour. It is rather creamy before a subtle but pleasant hoppy finish takes over. The nose suggested something acrid which hopheads would love, but it is nothing like that at all. Nevertheless it is pleasant, smooth and eminently drinkable.

Do not file under typical Northwestern IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 06:45:12 | More by charlatan
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mjbrewboy

China

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't tried this beer in awhile. It seems like it's gone through a few changes over the years and I thought I'd give it another taste. The bottle I had tasted better than I remember it. Nice and brilliant with a straw color. Decent body and head retention. Fairly dry aftertaste. I noticed a nice hop bouquet on the nose which suggests it was dry-hopped. Maybe it wasn't, perhaps just really fresh as the beer had a born on date suggesting the beer was less than two weeks old. I thought it was a good beer that I will sample again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 03:34:38 | More by mjbrewboy
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

RedHook IPA pours a transparent bronze shade and leaves a very minimal amount of head retention. The smells are nice, some hops and faint fruity notes. The first taste is good yet not very bold. There is a strong hop-bitterness in the aftertaste and I also seem to sense some type of bread, which I did not expect. The mouthfeel and drinkability are slightly over-par, it has a really nice warming affect after you take a drink. You would almost think it had a higher alcohol content, even though 6.51 is still very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 06:05:26 | More by jasonpeckins32
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Rootdog316

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of my favorite tasting ales that I've ever had on draft. It definitely has a flare of a spicy Belgian Ale. It has almost a brass like color, and in reality though, it tastes just like a true English style Bitter-Beer. Another great feature is that its 6.5% alcohol per volume.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2005 11:17:47 | More by Rootdog316
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LiquidBreadMan

Texas

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While this isn't the best IPA-style brew I've ever quaffed, it's still a decent one. As many have mentioned, Red Hook pours slightly lighter than the average IPA -- a deep gold -- with an average head and quite a bit of lace. You won't be overwhelmed by the aroma of this brew, which is a pleasant combination of sharp fruitiness and some heavy sweetness. Although this isn't exactly what an IPA afficionado expects from said beer, it's not a terrible experience. The taste is surprisingly better than most reviews I've read here, with middle-of-the-road hops and a nice bitter-clean aftertaste. (I drank Red Hook ESB and IPA on a regular basis a few years ago. I read the reviews here and thought that perhaps this beer had gone to the dogs. Not so.)

If you travel the globe drinking craft IPAs, chances are that you won't be a big fan. But this is an excellent IPA-style beer for the aspiring IPA connoisseur. And it's not bad for the rest of us.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 13:27:51 | More by LiquidBreadMan
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arizcards

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Original Review 3-5-05:
Purchased a bottle at AJ's for $1.19 back on MLK day 2005.

Poured a golden color with a nice head and is leaving a scattered lacing - 3.5.
Nose is somewhat muted. I am detecting hints of the malts but not detecting any floral hops - 3.0.
Taste is better than a macro and is a bit hoppy but is lacking the normal amount of hops presentation found in this style - 3.0. Mouthfeel is fairly lively on the palate and has more consistency than a macro - 3.5.
Overall drinkability is not bad, a good beer for after some yardwork, but not one I will actively seek out again in the future - 3.5.

2nd Review 6-3-12:
Received a bottle for helping out a friend back in February. Bottled on 12-20-11.
Brew poured golden with a smallish white head that is leaving a little lacing behind - 3.5.
Nose has hints of northwest hops - 3.0.
Taste is pretty well balanced, drinks similar to an APA. Pale and Caramel malts provide a bready backbone and blend pretty well with citrus hops - 3.5.
Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and refreshing - 3.5.
Overall this is not a bad beer, pretty easy drinker for an IPA - free at that - 3.5.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 01:05:32 | More by arizcards
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swid

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redhook IPA pours a light golden color with a very small head; fairly high carbonation; moderate lacing. It's hard to put a finger on it precisely, but this just doesn't quite "look" like an IPA. The aroma is hops, plain and simple. Good, yet not terribly complex.

The initial taste of the beer, while bitter, is nowhere near as hoppy as most other American IPAs. The malt sweetness can be tasted after a second or so after the initial tasting; there seems to be a hint of roasted character somewhere in this beer as well. The mouthfeel is very light for this style of beer, and it finishes with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Redhook IPA is an enjoyable beer...just don't be any under pretenses that this is an IPA. Still, it's a clean, simple beer that makes a good stepping-stone to hoppier, more complex beers...like an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 21:12:34 | More by swid
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KoG

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems to be a toned down IPA in the hop department.

Slight orange tint in an otherwise yellow liquid. Decent head and lacing give it an appetizing look.

Smell is a bit weak on the hops. Slight flowery hop aroma with a bit of citrus and some malt coming through.

Taste is a bit weak on hops but finishes with a malty base and citric twang.

Goes diown smooth with a bit of dryness. Not a bad IPA, just not much more than average.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 02:22:47 | More by KoG
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ahking

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light in color for an IPA, just a tinge darker than a pilsner. Not a very strong hop aroma here which is another downer. Flavor-wise this beer is close to the style with a decent hop kick, but nothing that will bowl you over. I'd stick with Redhook's ESB which is a better brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 23:11:13 | More by ahking
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Sixpoint

New York

2.63/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oh, no. This is a micro-not!

What is this beer? I'm confused. Ballard Bitter? IPA? American IPA? What does this mean?

I'm sorry, I'm confused. Are American IPA supposed to be golden colored like a pilsner? What's the deal here?

The aroma was pretty weak. There is a faint whiff of some citrusy notes, probably some mass-produced American hops.

The balance is pretty nice, but let's face it, it's like two toddlers on a teeter-totter. There's no body and malt, so there's no hops.

The head dissipates quickly and the lacing is minimal. I do not get the impression that this is a "craft" beer at all. I'm disappointed. No wonder Red Hook's finances are looking pretty weak.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2004 14:35:14 | More by Sixpoint
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

2.35/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I love a good IPA. This was not one.

Pilsner like in appearance. The hops are bland, weak and sub par. I can't even call this an average beer. Local advertising and may have given this beer a better reputation than it deserves.

I'm all about trying beers for the first time. There won't be a second chance for this beer from me. I am most unforgiving when my beer drinking time is wasted.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2004 01:26:54 | More by fdrich29
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n8tron

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is by no means a bad beer, its just not a very good beer. I like IPA's a lot and i enjoy the taste, but this is fairly lacking as far as taste goes. I couldn't believe that it had 6.5% alcohol, i couldn't taste, though i could certainly feel it after a few. So I guess this could go both ways, if you like the taste of IPA's stay away, but if you like to get drunk quick on a easily drinkable but tasteless beer, buy buy buy!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 22:32:29 | More by n8tron
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,489 ratings.