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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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2,873 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,873
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 19
Gots: 272 | 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 cookin420
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my 2007 world series champion red sox mug.
Aggresive pour yields another unfortunate head from a red hook beer.
Very pale and crystal clear. What head there is is white.
The aromatic hops in this are engaging and well defined.
I taste lemon. Not a generic citrus but lemon. The hops are also a bit grassy, almost certainly of german descent. A little more bittering hop would be nice.
Mouthfeel is superior even for a redhook. This feels like a wheat beer. It's really fantastic.
Drinkability; This beers downfall for sure. Way too drinkable. Dangerously drinkable.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Normally I wouldn't waste any time on Red Hook, but I'd heard from several people that this was actually a good IPA. Nothing mind blowing, but yeah, it's a good IPA. It least it lived up to my expectations, but it didn't exceed them either. Obviously, that's nothing to complain about, merely an observation.

The beer pours to a pale golden yellow color with a very feint amber hue. Clarity is great. Good carbonation as well. The head sits at good inch for a few minutes and then falls to a film. Lacing covers the glass quite well.

The smell is good, but could stand to be a bit more formidable. Good hops bouqet, showing off some pine resinous aroma with a hint of grapefruit. The malt holds up quite well to the hops. Kind of pale and biscuity. Pretty good balance... it just needs "more."

The taste is good as well. Fairly non-descript pale malt flavor aside from a feint biscuit. The hops are there too, just as described in the nose. Still seems just a bit lacking. Has a good balanced bitterness, but some more flavoring hops could do wonders for this beer.

The body is thin. Fairly crackling carbonation, but somehow it still seems a bit soft. The bitterness is there, but it doesn't really jump out at you. Overall, it's very easy to drink, and not unpleasant at all. Just a good IPA, nothing more, nothing less.

Photo of Foxman
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a quite clear and uniformly carbonated amber gold. A finger of creamy white head dips soon. Wires of lacing circuit the inside of the glass.

The aroma is rather sweet, with toasted malt and a smidgeon of caramel. The hops are distantly citrusy and crisp in the nose. An ephemeral drift of alcohol winds about.

Upon tasting, the malt is fairly sweet and with a light strain of caramel and biscuit. The hops are more notable, with a dry grapefruit piece, but also astringent and distractingly acerbic. The alcohol is again more hinted than spotlighted. A flash of residual grain sweetness drops promptly toward the close as a biting bitterness, well out of proportion for the flavored hop presence, lingers longer than necessary. In a word, the flavor is unimpressive.

A bit more than light bodied, it does carry a slickness with it, but that dissipates quickly, leaving the rubbery bitterness on the palate.

I guess if I was jonesing for an IPA in the land of lame, watery ales and lagers, I would take this as a blessing. But I don't live in such a land, and likely never will. It looks nice, but it trends downward from there. The bitterness is gratuitous and utterly unbalanced, and that's not because of excessive IBU's, but because it doesn't seem so much brewed as tossed together. Live and learn, I say, so this one shall remain forever unbought.

Photo of ohoove
2.26/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a very disappointing beer in my opinion and I am still perplexed how this is getting away with being called an ipa.
I've had pale ales that blew this selection away. Weak in every aspect. Glad that this was part of a variety 12er and i didn't buy a 12er of just this, then again , the 4 varieties in this 12er were at least consistent- underachieving. Sorry.

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

Grapefruit to golden yellow with a small thin white head. Moderate citrus aroma. So-so taste that is astringent and still very overcarbonated. For an IPA, not very drinkable.
Expirey date was a couple of months ago, but it was sold to me past that date.

Photo of AltBock
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle with a label that's split into two different colors. The top half contains a big green sledgehammer coming down hard on the bottom half of the label. When this sledgehammer hits, out comes these rays of green light that look like the hammer came down on a green sun breaking the sun into a million pieces. The bottom half of the label is a navy blue color with the name of the beer in it. There is no back label because everything can be found on the main label. The address of the brewery, ABV%, Red Hook label, refund values, and half of the barcode can be found on the top half of the label. The bottom half contains the other half of the barcode, US Government warning, and some kind of batch number or best before date stamped right onto the label. You can't miss this bottle because it's capped with a bright lime green colord pop off cap.

Appearance: When poured into a Bell's Brewery pint glass, Long Hammer is a clear bubbly light yellowish amber color with a head of white foam that was about an inch in height. This head of foam quickly faded into a small white skim, nice amount of white rings along the edge, and a few streaks of white stickly lace around the glass.

Smell: The aroma is a bit on the light side that contains citrus fruits, a touch of toasted malt, a pinch of peach juice, and some floral hops in the background. It would have been better if the citrus fruits and floral hops came out more, but they seemed to be bogged down by something. Whatever it was, really bogged them down good.

Taste: The body of the beer was alot like the aroma in a way, it was light and a bit watery. It's true that it was light and watery, but at least I could detect a few flavors in this beer beside just hops and water. I could detect a pinch of toasted malts, grapefruit, and a few dried floral hops. Even though I could taste the hops, it just seemed like there wasn't nearly enough of them in this beer.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer was light and watery, but not the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a long lasting aftertaste of citrus fruits and floral hops. No water taste in here.

Drinkability: It's basically just another decent affordable not over the top IPA that can be missed. It could have been worse, but it could have been better. For me, I done with Long Hammer and I don't want another one.

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

On-tap 11/29/07 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: There’s a pale hops bitterness up front that dominates the taste. Some caramel & citrus sweetness comes in next. The malt character is on the thin side. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.

D: Not too tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, I didn’t really like this one too much. There are many other IPA’s that I would pick first.

Photo of alexgash
3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep brassy body with a small, ringy, off-white head. Juicy Fruit malt backbone with floral, very citrusy hop aromas. Herbal and citrus hop bitterness up front. Sugary fruit malt follows. Juicy citrus and light pine hop bitterness into the finish. Moderate body with a mildly creamy feel. Not bad, but not remarkable.

Photo of les1721
3.84/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark golden color, head retention not so good.
Smell is citrusy and a bit sweet.
Taste is very hoppy but not at all bitter. Malt character is a little caramely but not too sweet. The hops are citrus and friut but not bitter enough to be a bonified IPA. A bit of a dissapointment if your looking for a serious ipa but a good tasting pale ale.
Mouthfeel is light to medium.
Drinkability is very high because of the lack of bitterness. But it is a decieving beer being at 6.5%. A good session beer but not a real IPA in my opinion.

Photo of gwood
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured to clean standard pint...

Pours a nice light copper that was very clear and clean. Head was a nice bright white and two fingered from a bit of an agressive pour. The head laced quite well due to the big pour but is was a bit ropey and retention wasn't stellar, although it did hang out for a while.

Nose is clean and upfront, nothing overpowering. Floral with some pine and slight grassy notes. This brew is quite well balanced but not a real homerun in any particular area. There is a nice malt back to the very straight forward hops up front, hops come back at the finish with a bit of pepper that counters the crisp and linger with an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite good really. There is a nicely done feel to this beer, silky almost like there are quite a few late hops adds to it. Overall drinkability is also quite good for the style. A good session IPA for hop heads IMHO.

Photo of tempest
2.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

At first I thought this was actually a decent IPA with a big of hops. Maybe on par with Flying Dog's IPA. As it warmed up a bit, the hops fade to an unpleasantly low level where they're just a bitter herb-like taste. Meh, here I thought Redhook might have made a decent IPA. Alas. I guess I'd call this an extra pale ale based on other XPA's I've had like Summit's out of MN.

Photo of Boppar
4.25/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A: Nice straw gold color. Half-finger off-white head. Killer lacing and retention!

S: Honey. Floral hops. Apples.

T: Tastes just the way it smells. There is a strong hop presence, but thankfully, it is not as overdone as many IPAs are.

M: Velvety smooth and creamy.

D: Refreshing and quaffable. What a great style example!

Photo of RedChrome
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, light golden colored body. Half an inch of white foamy head faded fast. Above average amount of fast rising carbonation. Sticky lacing spots.

A very malted grain aroma. Hops are subdued but present in the background but don't overpower the bread quality. Sweet on the nose but not typical of style.

Pine taste of hops oil blends with an earthy grain flavor. An aftertaste had a soapy presence. Gritty grape note is also very faint in the back of the throat.

Watery, with a quick sharp burst of carbonation on the tongue. A very generic macro feel.

An average choice. Good to wash down a burger of hot dog. Nothing to go hunting for on the shelves. Weak offering in a field of much better choices.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the smell is a light hoppy aroma, not over powerful at all. The look is just of your average beer...nothing different. The tase is pretty good, kind of weak for an IPA, which I do not prefer but may be a selling point for this beer. I find that some people do not enjoy the bitterness of most IPAs. I prefer the really bitter beers. Since it is not that bitter, it makes it a very easy beer to drink. I recommend this beer for anyone who wants a nice intro into an IPA.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is a clear copper/amber color with a medium thin off-white head that dissapears pretty quickly. Stringy lacing. The aroma is muted hops, pine and malt. Medium-bodied and rather smooth with floral hops and earthy malt flavors. On the whole the flavor profile is kind of vacuous. The finish is mildly bitter and short. Nothing offensive, but nothing going on that makes it stand out among the other grocery store IPAs.

Photo of erosier
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber color with a nice white head that sticks to the sides of the glass like a good IPA. The smell was excellent of a fresh hoppy aroma. The taste is very nice with a fresh hoppy flavoring. The aftertaste is also very clean. It has good carbonation and a very good mouthfeel. The only problem is how light the beer poured when it was out of the bottle. I would have expected a beer like this IPA to be darker. Other than that it's a pretty decent IPA.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Blarney's, Willimantic, Conn.

A: Poured a clean looking light amber with a nice two-finger head of white foam. Left some very nice lacing behind.

S: Smell is pine and citrus hops. There's a little sweetness in the nose as well, like a lemon drop candy or something.

T: Tastes unsurprisingly like many other IPAs; cloves, pine, lemon/orange peel and some ester alcohol. The finish is clean and dry.

M: Thin and refreshing mouthfeel. Not too spectacular, but not a letdown, and nothing unpleasant.

D: I liked this enough where I'd probably buy a 6-pack to share with friends or keep around when I wanted a simple IPA. ABV might keep you from drinking more than 4 or so.

Overall, not a bad IPA, nor a great one. As American IPAs go, however, this is one that would probably prove more reliable than others in terms of consistent taste and delivery. Perhaps too generic for some, but a decent IPA for Redhook.

Photo of noremorse1
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date on beer reads October 2nd, 2007 so this beer is about 25 days old. Not bad... although I am 45 minutes from the brewery.

Pours a light brownish-orange with a significant amount of clarity. Little head that drops quickly. Moderate amount of lacing. Smell is hoppy, with hints of pine needles and citrus. Taste follows suit with a citric and piney taste. Mouthfeel is a light cream that coats the mouth for a moment. I enjoy this beer. Perhaps it is part of my bias towards Washington and Oregon brewers, perhaps it is my ability to get beers this fresh. This beer is one of my session beverages of choice (along with Broken Halo IPA) I recommend it to anyone who wants a good beer for a decent price. Although, it may be more expensive elsewhere. Also, I have not tried this version that is brewed out east. People say that is even better.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a pale yellow. Smell is hoppy and honey sweet. Light lacy head. Mouthfeel has good carbonation, not too much but enough. Taste is hops and hops and more hops. Tastes like cascades throughout. Good IPA Standard and flavorful. I've heard alot of people knock this beer due to is production size but if this is the "macro" of IPA's, I would still drink it anytime, anywhere.

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

This is a easy drinking IPA. Good color, clarity, aroma, body, flavor, and finish. Nothing exceptional though. Orangish, golden color with some copper tones. Fresh scent. Very easy drinking, perhaps even a session beer. Decent finish. Very well balanced, especially for an IPA.

Photo of tweeder263
3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a slightly hazy gold brew with a one finger head.Has a very nice "raw" hop scent to it,,nice. Taste of a dry brew with some hop flavor but much less then i expected. A decent brew actually,,i kinda like most of the redhook stuff i try. Decent mouthfeel to it. Drinkability is high,, its not gona blow you away but it doesnt seem "tiresome".

Photo of TheTrevor
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light amber with very little head. The smell reminded me of yeast with just a touch of floral hops. The taste was smooth and a little sweet with a hops taste that are very present but without any real bitterness. The mouthfeel was pretty average but I'd say the beer is very drinkable. I wouldn't put it high on my list of IPAs, but I can see myself picking up a six-pack to keep in the fridge if I can find it for cheap enough.

Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fat Bob's Smokehouse in Buffalo,came to the table in a standard pint glass a lighter golden with thin formed soapy-like head that stuck around for most of the pint being drank.Very light hop aromas for an IPA faint pine and citrus with some dry bready malt showing through as well,at first swallow you get a touch of hop quality a little pine resin but it fades out quick and becomes a little bland I was hoping to get some nice hop to cut through the bbq but it really didnt hit home.A pretty average beer that with some pretty average bbq last night.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a small foamy head with average retention. Aroma of citrusy hops is quite pleasant. Taste is also dominated by some citrusy hops with some very subtle notes of malt. Body is slightly thin with some medium to low carbonation. Interesting and better then expected.

Photo of crazybrody06
2.67/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. very clear golden amber color with a 1 1/2 finger head, rings of lace all the way down the glass. Not a good beer, not an IPA. no hop bitterness, not much flavor or smell to speak of. I might be able to drink more of this but there are much better beers in my fridge to try and luckily I only bought a single of this.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,873 ratings.