Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA

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2,847 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,847
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 237 | 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 IronDjinn
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 of this in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, it's been a while since I had any Red Hook.

Pours out a light clear amber, lots of carbonation, with a big spongy, slightly off-white head to it with amazing retention. Lots of chunky sticky lacing in its wake as well.

Aroma is a decent balance, some bready malt playing nicely with white grapefruit and tangerine from the hops, with a touch of pine.

A palatable IPA, but the flavour is quite subdued for the style, as if someone hit the mute button. Perhaps an okay stepping stone beer for those wishing to take baby steps into the land of hops, as these ones are pleasant and unintimidating, sweet and fruity. However this can also not be considered a hoppy IPA--nor much akin to the style either.

That considered it's still quite quaffable, the first lawnmower beer of the IPA style that I've come across. Not my first pick to reach for within the style, nor anywhere's near the top half, but I'd buy another 6 to barbeque with on a hot day (or mow the lawn).

Photo of bashiba
2.17/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a slightly hazy dark yellow with almost no head and just a touch of retention.

Smell is a very light bit of green hops.

Taste has a very light malty base with just a bit of juniper hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and watery.

I can drink it, buts very boring and bland, and is definitly lacks the hops of a real IPA.

Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: The ale opens with a hiss. As it pours into a glass, a luxurious head emerges that gradually coats the sides with fluffy lace. The ale is an amber color, more orange than not with nice clarity.

S: The nose is very inviting, showing off a mouth-water barrage of citrusy hops. The orange peel and grapefruit aromas are punctuated by a peppery zest.

T: The IPA's taste is reserved, hoppy but not too much so. The dry orange peel flavors are strong up front, adding a tobacco flavor that gets drier the longer you've waited since the last sip. As the ale warms, the hops recede a bit, allowing a fuller malt body to emerge.

M: The mouthfeel is IPA, hoppy with a solid citrus edge. The flavors are not revolutionary but for an IPA fan they are comforting.

D: The nice dry finish is good and I'd gladly belly up to a few more bottles.

Photo of josiahschlender
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redhook was the brewery that got me started on IPAs a couple years ago. Its availability and affordability were key for me in that stage. I still like this beer, time to get down to the review.

Appearance is attractive, a golden-amber color, lighter than most in this style. Aggressive pour yielded a decent, medium-lasting head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is potent, pine sap laden, with some grapefruit and lemon peel citrus. Mostly hops dominating here, hard to discern anything else for me.

Again, hops are dominant in the taste Piney and fruity, turning quite bitter at the end, like eating lemon peel. As the beer warmed up, I noticed more balancing malts, but pretty much too little, too late. Not terrible, but could be done better.

Mouthfeel has a long, bitter finish. Not too complex, might be too much for those who haven't acclimated to hops.

Overall, I still like this beer, it's just not at the top of my list anymore. I'm glad a solid beer like this is this good and this easy to obtain for a reasonable price point.

Photo of nortmand
2.4/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours light golden with a little bit of head.

Not much to the aroma. A bit o' skunk, some pine resins, citrus and an unpleasant astringency.

Sweet malts up front quickly become astringent hops mid tongue. Harsh, unbalanced bitterness lingers too long. Not pleasant.

Medium body, too unbalanced, no clear definition to this beer and the end bitterness is way over the top for the lack of malt.

Photo of cafemondegar
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with very little head, an amber color with a hint of orange. It has an aroma of hops but that's about all I could get in the olfactory department. Unlike some other IPAs I have had, this beer smells about average. The taste is unmistakably hops and pine. Since mouthfeel is directly related to smell (if you can't smell, food doesn't taste as good), the lack of a floral aroma takes away from the mouthfeel.
It's a decent IPA and I'll have one anytime but I don't see myself going crazy over it.

Photo of PhageLab
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Goody's Deli in Hampton, served in a chilled pint glass. This may be slightly biased, as this beer holds a soft spot in my heart, as it was my gateway beer to the craft world.

A - Quarter inch white puffy head, which stuck around for a good while. Through the frost it glowed a deep gold.

S - Light hoppy floral scent with nice hints of citrus, not too strong, but reasonably noticeable.

T - Mild bitterness, small amount of sweetness, mild spice, and a dry finish.

M - Light-bodied and clean, not much lingering around.

D - Highly drinkable and easy to enjoy, it was my gateway beer and due to it's availability and popularity I can see it doing the same for many more. I'd definitely recommend it to someone trying to break from the standard water-lagers.

Photo of jpkoch1962
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from a local Kroger Store. Served at cellar temps in pint glass. Poured a very light amber with a long lasting rocky head. The aroma was fairly strong -mainly of pine, lemons, and floral hints - Prehaps from late hopping? The taste was rather disappointing. I know classifications do not mean what they use to, but this was a very thin bodied ale - way too thin for an IPA or . The front end through the finish lacked a firm malt base, and very little malt character. To compensate, Redhook also lowered the bittering threshold. Only medium to light bitterness.

This was a very underwhelming IPA. Perhaps it is dumbed down to please the BMC masses. Redhook's ESB incomparison has much more character. Redhook should reclassify this as an American Pale Ale.

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

Poured from a bottle with a 08/07 drink by date. The color is clear amber and it is topped by a one finger white head, even after a generous pour. There is a good amount of sticky lacing around the top of the glass.

The aroma after the pour seemed to be fairly strong on the hop side. I detect a good amount of pine and grapefruit, as well as leaning toward the leafy, flowery scent. The taste is mild to medium hoppy with very little malt blended in. This is a fairly decent ipa, but not one to rave about.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last of a six pack purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA in August 2007. 12 ounces, price unknown.

Pours a chill hazed orange-golden. Almost no head.

Aroma if slightly sweet malt base, and citrusy hops. Flavor follows through, although the hops are a mix of flowery-citrusy and sharper, harsher bitter hops. Actually a decent blend. I'm not a big fan of oily weedy piney hops, and this one keeps from going there.

Overall a decent choice.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this bottle from a buddy - Thanks Ross. I have never had a Redhook beer before, so hopefully this will be a good experience.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance - Poured a transparent straw color and produced a quickly dissipating 1 1/2 finger head. Looks more like a macro lager than most IPAs I have imbibed. It is missing that golden orange hue that most IPAs have.

Smell - There is a very soft hop scent. I would have liked a lot more. There is some bready malts, almost sweet. Very light citrus notes. Smells like Lone Star with citrus spritzed into it.

Taste - Tastes kinda like a citrusy Lone Star, or how a Lone Star would if it had any kind of hop profile. The hops are mainly apparent in the beer's aftertaste. There is a bready sweetness from the malt, and slightly metallic "tin"-like flavor on the back of the sweetness. This IPA is missing that characteristic bite that most other IPA have.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is pretty thin for an IPA. It does, however, go down very smooth.

Drinkability - It was an easy-drinking brew, but the flavor and the smell were lacking.

This was an extremely weak tasting IPA. Not worth buying especially when brands like Stone, Avery, DFH, Bear Republic, and Victory are located on the same isle. Hopefully this isn't the best that Redhook has to offer.

I still appreciate the gift of brew, from my good friend Ross. Thanks buddy.

Photo of BeerTaster
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

an ok beer but nothing great. color was a little light as well was the head. tasted a little less hoppy than i would expect for an IPA with just a tuch of citrus.body felt a little thin drinkability was ok though. all in all I would'nt pick this one unless choices were limited.

Photo of malcontent
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A not-quite-clear orange/gold with a short-lived head but excellent lacing.

Yes, the hops are there in a understated, piny fashion but there's a shocking malt profile highlighted instead. In fact, the beer begins to grow flat-out grainy in aroma as it warms.

Way too malty/sweet up front to be an IPA. Artificial corn-like flavor floods the palate. The beer is saved somewhat by an assertive and long hop finish. Unfortunately that finish takes too long to materialize. The alpha acid does seem a bit higher than I'd expect from a bigger brewery, though. As the beer warms up the macro corn taste creeps back up in a big way.

The body may be the strongest aspect of the beer. Solid body, no hop oiliness, even -handed carbonation. An average to below average IPA but drinkable nonetheless. I could see snagging a 6 pack of this if I were in a convenience store stocked only with macros. Otherwise, I'm keeping my distance.

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

This beer pours a clear gold with a head that rose and faded quickly. Looks a lot more like a lager than an IPA... There is some wispy retention on the glass. Smells appetizing -- I get mango from the esters and citrusy hops. Mmm... fruit salad. I like the way the fruit aromas mix with the graininess of this beer in the nose, but less so on the tongue. I agree with the reviewer who described the taste as soapy -- I especially get that in the weakly bitter finish. So, it doesn't quite live up to our expectations for IPA's -- in Redhook's defense, it's a moderately tasty beer that has become very affordable at the local supermarket (thanks to A-B), and is remarkably sessionable for a 6.5% pale ale. As a grad student on a budget, I'll continue to buy it as long as it's on sale, though I should really just make 10 gallons of true IPA and stop supporting mediocre "craft" brewing...

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

12oz bottle. Pours an uninspired clear gold with some carbonation. Decent lacing. The aroma doesn't bring much more to the table and is noticeably lacking. The flavour profile is pretty nicely hoppy, although it's just missing a little fullness to make it a really good beer.

Photo of phisig137
2.1/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by Dec 6, 2007. Pours a clear light gold color with a 1 finger head. Poor retention, but nice lace.

Aroma is quite grainy, with a hint of adjunct sweetness. There is a faint aroma of stale hops, but you've really got to dig for it.

Flavor is rather pathetic. Raw cereal grains dominate the flavor, and it shows a pretty healthy dose of oxidation/wet cardboard flavors, despite being fresh. Hops are nowhere to be found. Tastes like a slightly heavier version of Bud. Mouthfeel is light and slick. Drinkability is decent at best.

Overall, pretty pathetic. I'd have to say that the best thing about this beer is the moderate amount of lace that sticks to the glass... Yeah, that's the best thing about a beer for me too... Don't even bother with this one.

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

12oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, straw yellow appearance. Topped with a fairly large, creamy, off-white head.

Grass and a hint of citrus are the main aromas. Some salt, yeast, and bread finish it off.

Taste is more bitter than sweet, grassy and herbal in character. A little citrus flavor and a bready middle.

Medium in body. Low to medium carbonation, could pick up some and it would be better. Dry.

Overall, a decent IPA. Nothing I would go out of my way for, but not something I would turn down, either.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A (maybe) rhetorical question: does beer taste better in cask? This certainly does. I've had it in bottles and on tap, but it's so much better in cask. A golden color with a thick white, very sticky head. Floral aroma, and a citrus (grapefruit) taste. Very smooth and drinkable. It held up well with jerk chicken wings and Hungarian peppers.

Photo of meechum
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Beef O Brady's here in Dacula

A - Poured into a pint shaker it has a straw color with a tinge of copper to it but more straw color and kind of hazy. Small head maybe a finger or finger and half but leaves a good sticky lacing with good rings down the glass as it was emptied

S - Not much there..a small appearance by the hops but it's not very assertive

T - It's a good hopped up pale..there's nothing crazy about it and as an initiate of IPAs probably not a bad choice, if you're into a strong assertive hop profile this isn't for you. Had a decent malt backbone in there too but it was a bit confused..

M - A little slick with a right amount of carbonation

D - Overall a very inoffensive offering...I thought it was good with my dinner and worked well but it's nothing special. If you're out somewhere and this is one of the more "premium" picks it's worth a shot

Photo of nickfl
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of white head with good retention. Copper color and (much to my surprise) signifigant, particulate and chill haze.

S - A little bit of peppery hop aroma and sweet malt. Bready and yeasty.

T - Nice spicy/ resiny hop flavor. Nice bready malt and smooth bitterness in the finish.

M - Dry and clean with a bit of astringency.

D - Easyly sessionable beer. Has a reasonable amount of hop character, but the aroma is lackluster and the haze is quite bad and surprising from a fairly large craft brewery. Overal it is an ok beer.

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

A: Poured into a pint glass, it appears lighter in color than expected for an IPA. Body is clear and light golden, with a 1/2-finger ivory head. No bubbles appear at all. There is some lacing.

S: At first blush I smell something sweet -- I wrote "corn?" but after a few minutes I think it was more grainy. Slightly floral or perfumey scent and just a hint of orangey hops. But pretty faint all around.

T: First impression is the finish -- a long taste of minerally hops lingers in the aftertaste and frankly isn't all that pleasant. There's a hint of something sweet underneath, but the most noticeable characteristic is the grassy, minerally hop taste that finishes it. Needs more balance and in my opinion better hop flavors.

M: Definitely on the light side for an IPA, heft-wise, and in fact is a bit thin and watery.

D: OK. I almost gave it a 3.5 because at least it's fairly light, but that dominant minerally hop taste is just too much to want to drink a lot of this.

Notes: Not sure this rises to the level of an IPA, but on the other hand, I'm not sure what you'd call it otherwise. I'll pass on this in the future, though at least it is a lighter beer with some bitter hop flavors that works OK in the summer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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