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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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2,934 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,934
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 19
Gots: 322 | 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: pbrian on 03-29-2001

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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Ratings: 2,934 | Reviews: 1,146
Photo of jbsteiny
3.44/5  rDev +5.2%
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
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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
2.14/5  rDev -34.6%
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
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
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
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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.

Photo of Atron67
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.38/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Durge
4.27/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

Photo of sloejams
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of Grundle20
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Photo of Neehan
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Gator1107
4.3/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Risser09
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of HugoGrim
2.71/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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 ...

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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