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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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2,835 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,835
Reviews: 1,114
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 229 | 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 GClarkage
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

03/25/07- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness date found. Supposedly there is, but I couldn't find any after a minute of looking. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Medium to light pils yellow colored pour. 1/2 inch head which settles with a light rim. Light lace spots left.

Smell- Some resemblence of hops. Not really outwardly scented. A bit of pine hops and a bit of minor bitter lemon. A bit grainy as well.

Taste- Hops are predominant. some light caramel malt is present, but mostly some weak flavored pine and light grapefruit hops. Not very assertive.

Mouthfeel- Kinda seltzery with a mid to high carbonation rate. Not really any aftertaste.

Drinkability- Ehhh, will pass on this one again if seen. Not anything special here. But, is was an IPA, so if I see a new one, I have to try it.

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

Bottle: Modern label. I've always enjoyed Red Hook's label style here. Bottled on 12-18-06 (more on this later).

A: Pours a clear light honey color. Small, perfectly sized frothy head which dissipates slowly into a small, clingy, broken lace. Excellent, unending carbonation. Very nice head for an IPA. Very appealing.

S: Hops hit me first. Some orange peel in there? Slightly. More hops. Overall a light unoverpowering scent. It wouldn't scare away a macro drinker.

T: Pleasantly hopped. A tad bit of sweetness. The taste buds are hinting at sour, but I'm not tasting it. Rather weak hoppiness for an IPA. Bitterness lingers, but not as strongly as I had expected. Bitter doesn't really come through strongly until well after the finish. Longer in the glass, the sour comes through, but only slightly. Well balanced, if light.

M: Carbonation hits the sides and front of the tongue when sipped. Not too dry. Comfortable. Nothing else remarkable here.

D: Quite tasty...quenching, perhaps. I think I'll have another.

Summary: I would definitely like to try this beer on a hot summer's afternoon. It's not your typical IPA, in that the hops don't take charge of the rest of the beer. While that may be appealing to some taste-wise, it's not what I expected. Nonetheless, it certainly has it's place in my arsenal. I think this is a good beer for introduction of macro-drinkers into the IPA realm. It's not overpoweringly bitter, and it goes down easy. However, it packs a wallop alc%-wise.

BIA (Buy It Again?): Absolutely...especially at the $2.99/six pack that I got it for this time! It may be "old" (3 whole months), but it's an IPA! (Don't tell the liquor stores our dirty little secret!)

Photo of theopholis
2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance- Pours a very light amber with a large layer of fluffy white head. Leaves some lacing, but it quickly disappears.

Aroma- Lots of floral hops and a very small note of malt sweetness. Maybe some biscuit in there to.

Taste- A bit disappointing. Has a good hop profile. Lots of fresh fresh-cut grassy, pine and other flavoring hops. Bitterness level is pretty good to. But there is very little malt or malt sweetness. This is more like a hop tea than a beer. But, despite the disappointment, I still managed to drink the entire 6-pack.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light-bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: I'm a hop-head, and even I didn't care for it. Not that the hops were to much, but the malt was to little. Stick with Redhooks IPA. It's much better.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours with a small 1/4 inch head that sticks around and leaves a nice lace. Carbonation is medium and colour is a filtered bright gold just on the edge of copper, but lighter in colour than a lot of IPA's I've had. Smell is very floral, lavender and lilac coming to mind immediately. Mandarin orange and a light biscuity malt aroma round things off. Very crisp and pleasant nose I do say, but not over-the-top.

Taste is lively with the hops dominating the palate to be sure. Piney, resiny, oily, slightly citric hops. Anise is in evidence, and although the character of the brew definitely leans towards the bitter, there is a heathy dose of crackery malt in the finish especially. Light caramel sweetness comes in a the beer warms a little. My only real complaint is that it's a little bit raw for my taste and could stand to have a little more malty body to balance it out a bit. Finish is quite dry and very bitter, but like I said, the biscuity malt shines through in the aftertaste. Carbonation is a little numbing than I'd prefer, but that's a mild quibble. This is a solidly drinkable and refreshing IPA, but one that's still just a litle bit unfinished for my palate.

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

12 oz. bottle- color of clear amber, with a small off white head - nose of honey , hard floral hopps , and citrus hoppyness – taste of resin , hopps , lemon lime citrus , malts , and grapefruit- body is watery , and – aftertaste of hopps , malt , and slight metallic

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very clear golden color with a thin head which quickly dissipated. The smell is of hops – fresh and citrus like. The taste is bitter, but not strong. This is a mild tasting IPA. The mouthfeel compliments it well – somewhat thin. This is an easy beer to drink and I find it quite refreshing.

Photo of sleazo
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at PB bar and grill Medium yellow hue with Quarter inch head. Crisp piney hops dominate the smell. a decent smelling brew.
Taste -hops mildly hit you upfront with rthe aforementioned pine. Malty breadness finishes it off and lingers as the aftertaste. This is an ipa? The hops do not come to the forefront and the aftertaste is sweet rather than dry. Pale ale is more like it

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an amber color with a foamy, two-finger head. Leaves a little lace.

S - It smelled of Cascade hops and pine.

T - A good dose of hops and pine flavors. There is also a subtle malt taste. Slight bitter bite.

M - Crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - An okay IPA. Not the best in the world.

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

A new beer invading the California Von's Supermarkets.

In the glass this is a paler shade of amber with a decent white head.

The smell is sweet and decently hoppy with a sweet citrus aroma. There is a fair amount of grapefruit and raw hop aroma to this beer. The malt aroma to this is not complex but over all it gives the impression of orange blossom aroma to this when combined with the hops used.

The taste begins sweet with a good solid hop bitter snap in the first sip with a slight pan browned sugar aftertaste. Fairly bitter with a big amount of lemon and lemon zest flavor to it. Quite nice in the bitterness level this is decently hopped to IPA standards.

The mouthfeel is OK, not mediocre though.

Better than expected and far better than this companies mediocre at best IPA. Not going to make me forget DFH 60 minute but good none the less.

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

Light straw body w/ 2 finger head and sticky lacing; head descends quickly.

Piney hops dominate, and sweet honey and citrus comes through, especially the typical grapefruit. No malts except in the honey note.

Light body w/ good carbonation. Crisp feel to the palate.

Decent IPA with the expected layers of flavor for the style. Sweet malts lie in the background, but the depth isn't there. Good citrus and pine layers from hops.

Drinkable, but there's better out there. A macro-brew trying to be a micro-brew is what I think of. There's worse, but there's so many better examples out there. A good beginner IPA for the newbie.

Photo of goschool
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redhook ESB was my favorite beer for a few months after I turned 21 and I also enjoyed the hell out of their Nut Brown, which was on tap at a bar near my house in DC, but I wasn't in love with their IPA. There are two possible reasons. Either, it took me a year or so to get into hops, so any hoppy beer would've been a turn off or it was a lousy IPA. I think it was a combination of both. I was disappointed, but not too surprised, at what a poor offering Redhook ESB really is after I revisited it. Let's see how this new Redhook IPA tastes.

Appearance: This one pours a peach color with a large layer of fluffy white head.

Smell: The nose has a light aroma of grapefruity hops and a very small note of caramel and biscuity malts.

Taste: Hey-hey, there are hops in this IPA. Grapefruit, fresh-cut grass, and a bit of resinous pine come out nicely, presenting a refreshing level of bitterness that straddles the line between an APA and IPA. A bit of sweet malt hangs out in the front and comes in again at the finish to round out a beer that would've been far from complex.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied with plenty of carbonation. The hoppy bitterness keeps this from being as silky smooth as it tries to be.

Drinkability: Before this beer, the guys at Redhook seemed to be firmly entrenched in "play it safe" mode- making boring examples of accessible styles, but they did a pretty good job with this one. As good as this is, I'm going to be leaving it on the shelf in favor of any one of the big handful of better tasting micro-brewed IPA's in the future.

Photo of Reidrover
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper coloured with a nice enough large rocky/frothy off white head. Nice aroma, nothing spectacular slighly hoppy with a lager like malt presence. Quite sweet and malty for your typical IPA, though hops do appear at the back of the taste. Thinnish mouthfeel, slick but at least the after taste is nice. Overall a lightweight IPA, rather like the original Redhook IPA..a pale ale basically. But it hides the 6.5% alcohol very well and you could get drunk before you know it. OK for a summer camping/boating trip.

Photo of mbunje
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had the redhook standard IPA before and was not impressed. So I gave this a shot as I am an IPA fan.

Poured gently into a Pint glass. Not much head, but what was there was bone white and left average lacing. It's a nice golden color, but a rich gold and a bit cloudy, not dirty, just looks like it has some substance.

Smell is unremarkable. A little citus, nothing overpowering.

Taste is good. It is hoppy, but not sharp. Dry aftertaste. I like it.

Mouthfeel is a bit of carbonation. Not oily like some heavy IPAs. Pretty dry finish

Very drinkable IPA. Could have many (I bought a 12'er, what do I mean "could"?).

Overall: Not as in your face as Stone IPA, not as meager as the Sierra IPA has become (it ain't the same as it was 10 years ago, don't even kid yourself). Much better than the old Redhook IPA (which was just a PA). Good effort from a mass production micro brew.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from 12oz bottle a clear light gold with a smallish head of foam that shrinks quickly leaving just a fine layer with little lacing.

The smell has some citrus hop nose to it but it's on the light side.

The taste on first sip has good citrus hops, notably lemon, which is followed by some nice malty notes that make for a good balance, something that I didn't get from their original IPA.Further sips in and the balance continues with the finish becoming more aggressively bitter but overall, this is a very smooth and somewhat subdued sample of the style. It might make for a good introductory IPA to those wanting to try something new and are used to drinking Macros. I certainly can't see anyone being overwhelmed drinking this. ;^)

Bottom line: A better product than their original and it has the potential to be a good cross over beer but, for me, it's not very exciting and not something I'd buy very often.

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

Pours a bright gold color, with a little fleeting head.

A pretty nice hoppy aroma on this one. A bit of pine and citrus noted.

Flavor is pretty light, but decent. Crisp and dry, finishes with a hint of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is above average, but nothing special.

Drinkable but uninteresting IPA. Another Redhook beer that is session worthy, but pretty pedestrian.

Photo of idResponse
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Standard IPA here. Nothing outstanding but at least it's solid!
Looks pretty, looks like an IPA. Smells like an IPA, Tastes like an IPA, feels like an IPA and drinks like an IPA should.

Unfortunately I can find nothing interesting to say about this beer.

I cannot fault anything in this beer either.

If they were selling it for 6$ a sixpack I would buy it daily because it is a solid and tasty beer. It just isn't a remarkable beer.

This will definately woo over someone who is an IPA nonbeliever.

Photo of dickroop
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good pour produced a 1/2-finger, beige, frothy head that was gone in a flash. The ale was orange-amber and clouded with a SERIOUS load of floaties (which I don't object to) and also some darker, larger debris particles (which sorta concerned me). The smell was not much, slightly hoppy and a little peppery with some biscuity aroma.

The taste was weak on any true hop flavor. Very ordinary, no real hop flavor notes to report. There was a pleasant bitter finish, but the bittering was generic rather that trying to produce any genuine hop character. The malts were ordinary as well. The mouthfeel was undistinguished, not watery, but not hearty either. A little bit of malt-stickiness to the finish.

Dinkability was diminished by the total ordinariness of this, the overall lack of flavor intensity. Went down OK, but it's almost a case of why bother to drink the stuff? I will pass on this one in future, w/ great disappointment.

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

I had this on tap at Collin's Pub in Seattle. Served in a standard pint, the beer is surprisingly light in color; best described as burnished gold with a dense white head. Nice lacing.

Nose is also on the lighter side. I get some citrus and caramelized grains.

The taste is bitter but this is not a hop bomb by any stretch of the imagination. Pinesap and grapefruit backed and balanced by some semi sweet malts. Not assertive enough, but there is no off or bad favors.

The mouth is solid and a bit oily. I think the IBUs are low enough to make this sessionable.

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck - new style Red Hook bottle and label (a bit tacky looking as far as I'm concerned). ABV and bottled date clearly marked.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish orange color with a decent head. Good retention, quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Grassy and hoppy - some grapefruit and pine. Definitely hop dominated.

Taste: Nice and hoppy - fairly bitter finish. Dominated by the sticky pine flavors. Medium mouthfeel, average carbonation.

Overall impression: Very drinkable IPA. Nothing outstanding, but a solid example of the style.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.22/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought of six pack of this as soon as I saw it.
Poured into a pint glass. Seems a bit light in the body color. Dark yellow/straw. Some hints of orange or burgundy. Light fluffy head, almost like a Czech pilsner.
Smells light. A bit of hops is present. Not very piney or citrus. Can make out the malt and some biscuit, slightly.
Taste comes through with the hops. Not overpowering and very gradual. A nice movement from the sweet malt to the dry hop range. Not too much pine or citrus, just about right.
Drinks well, nothing too strong or weak.

Photo of cerveza5150
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

AP: Pours a golden yellow, large bubbles of carbonation with a soapy head. The head starts to dissapate almost immediately. Lacing is present down the glass.

S: Slight smell of sweet malt. Almost reminds me of over-ripe fruit. Some slight apple cider tones are also present. Not very impressive. The hops are non-existant in the nose...this in an IPA???

T: Surprise of the century. I was gearing up for a bland 'Budweiser'-esque imitation IPA (I think the normal Redhook IPA is a TERRIBLE excuse for an IPA!!), but the hops that were absent in the nose exploded out on the palette. This ale would have definately benefited from some liberal dry hopping. The hops finish a little weak, but the overall taste is quite good. Not the best IPA taste by a long shot, but not that bad either. Reminds me of Firestone's Pale Ale.

M: Something metallic on the finish kinda turns me off. It still tastes macobrewed and that comes out in the mouthfeel quite a bit.

D: Overall, not worth the 8 bucks I paid for a six pack. I could have a few of these while watching the game, but I'm not convinced that this is an award winner.

Photo of RJLarse
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I spotted a six pack of Long Hammer IPA in a grocery store and brought it home to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a brassy yellow color and is clear. A bubbly one-finger head forms, and disappears quickly, leaving a little ring of foam around the edge of the beer. There is a little lacing on the glass.

The smell is floral and fruity. It's nice but not particularly pungent or strong.

The taste is weak for the style. There is a mild grapefruit flavor, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, but thin and a little watery.

This is a very drinkable beer, but an unremarkable one. It's not as full-flavored as many other IPAs in the same price range, and lacks a lot of character. Still it's a light drinkable brew, good on a hot day, a nice "macro crossover" perhaps, but there are better IPAs.

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

A fairly decent I.P.A., if a little boring. On the plus side, it gives you the familiar taste of an I.P.A., with some pine notes. Unfortunately, it lacks body & character, leaving a rather unremarkable impression. Still, it's better than average, and offers enough to be worth trying. It might appeal to those overwhelmed by complexity and/or bitterness of traditional I.P.A.s.

Photo of Musky
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice botte with a design of greenery embossed on the bottle. Pours a nice golden yellow color with a thick rich head of small bubbles. Leaves a ring along the top of the glass where the head started. Has a heavy hop aroma with what smells like cascade or willamette (still getting my hops down.) Starts out smooth and then nails you with a nice hop bite at the back of your palate that lingers for a while. If you like hoppy beers then you will like Long Hammer!!!

3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One inch of light tan head lasts only a couple of minutes from a strong pour. Body is a rich golden tone, very vibrant. Nose is a honey sweet hoppy mix. Even hosts hints of citrus and mellon. Subdued bitter quickly balances with silky hints of vanilla and subtle sweetness. Bitter feel all around is soft and even. Maybe to soft to truely represent my opinion of a IPA in general. Relatively thin mouthfeel. Easy to drink.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,835 ratings.