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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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2,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,872
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 19
Gots: 271 | 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 mithrascruor
3.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale orange-gold color. Rocky and foamy white (or slightly off-white) head gradually becomes a dense foam and laces the glass a good deal at the top of the glass. But later there's no head or lace whatsoever.

Smell: Nice light & refreshing hoppy pine aroma. Some sweeter floral undertones are present as well.

Taste: Initial taste is of pine sap, followed by some citrusy grapefruit-like elements, and the finish and aftertaste is predominated by a hoppy bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with light yet consistant carbonation. As smooth as an IPA can be.

Drinkability: Aftertaste is more lingering than other strong (hop-wise) IPAs. The lack of a crisp finish makes it incredibly tiring. After half a glass it has the same taste from beginning of one quaff to the beginning of the next, aftertaste included.

A decent IPA, but it doesn't really make much of an impression -- either good or bad (except in the initial smell). It feels... lethargic. I'd rather spend my money on Sierra Nevada or Stone.

Photo of Vancer
2.66/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Red Hook never really impressed me, and this one is no exception. Pour was ok – nice amber with plenty of white head and lace. Subtle notes of floral woodsy pine, which move over to the quaff, but on a very subdued basis. Body is light and watery, I can’t help but wonder how much AB forked this beer up for Red Hook – trying for a mass market appeal again.

Best thing about this crap? Cheap.

Photo of sacfly
4.15/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled 040307 stamped at the bottom front label.
Pours a clear golden color with a thick head of large off white bubbles. Aroma is pine and citrus. A bit perfume like. Instantly creamy perception upon sipping. Interesting. Flavor is not as intense as the aroma, minus the perfume quality, but follows suit. Mild bitterness brings up the rear. Not a rip your face off IPA. Just a nice, enjoyable hoppy IPA. On the cheep side too by comparison.

Photo of williamherbert
4.12/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dazzling golden-yellow color. Very very hazy. One finger of puffy white head. Looks summery but we'll just see about that. Some nice lace.

Excellent woody hop smell. Combination of woody with a hint of flowers. It's sweet and doesn't try too hard to woo this old hophead. Really unexpectedly good. Balanced pale malt

Good balance of pale malt flavor vs the nice piney hop. It's sweet at first and then bitter at the end. Really a nice IPA that doesn't overdo the hops.

Good thickness, creamy and a tad bouncy but not too bubbly. A really nice pale, woody IPA. And a good value.

Photo of pumarocks
3.51/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this bad-boy on-tap at the Taste of Cincinnati on the new Fountain Square. It has a great amber color and a good smell. It is a well hopped beer that has plenty of zing and dances on the tongue long after in is swallowed. It went well with with the curry chicken ragoons I ate.

Like most Red Hook offerings, this is worth your time and money.

Photo of ttu94
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at AK's bar & grill in Fairview TX. Terrible pour from the girl working the bar. No head at all. Medium gold color and mostly clear. I thought about sending it back but just drank it. The smell had some hops to it. Taste was ok. Not as flavorful as some but but not bad. Had a little buttery taste. The more I drank the more I actually liked it. When faced with one of these vs. bud or miller there is no contest.

Photo of ski271
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, slightly ruddy medium amber with a small, foamy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. Good lacing.
S- Good mix oily hops, and buttery, bread malts and yeast. A little butterscotch and white grape in there.
T- Bitey hops briefly, then some surprisingly large, meaty malts and yeast come out. A little bland though The hops return toward the finish, ending with a good grapefruit bitterness.
M- Medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation
D- Wow, a Redhook beer I actually like! Most of their beers I’ve found to be average at best, but this one is ok. Nothing special, but decent.

Photo of atsprings
2.16/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a crisp light amber with a thin quickly diminishing head. The aroma was of some hops, but barely present. The taste was off-balance with an overly bitter hop presence that overpowers the malt and just leaves everything tasting off. The beer is crisp and the 6.5% is well hidden, but that does not make up for the taste. I must say I was thoroughly unimpressed by this beer, and felt obliged to follow it up with a Two Hearted to make things up to myself.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clean, domestic lager color with a bit of copper to it. Head is sudsy, just a touch of off white.

S: Muted citrus; old OJ, mellow lime and grapefruit rind. Quite a bit of dingy forest floor as well.

T: Begins bitter with out a lot of flavor going to one side of the hop spectrum or the other. Evidient grapefruit rind goes first with starfruit, under ripe pear and bay leaves. Next step is simply a dull redwood bark taste that lingers for a while. That’s really about it.

M: Medium body with a soft water feel to it.

D: Pretty boring IPA. Most brewers would call this a pale ale. Lacks sweetness for balance.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.82/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper color with barely any head to speak of. Does leave some decent lacing.

Smell is some citrusy hops mostly.

Taste is actually quite good. Despite other reviews I've seen on this beer, I found it to be a good example of the IPA style. Piney, bitter hops and just a bit of pale malt to balance it out. Slightly dry in the finish.

Perhaps I had lowered expectations for this beer because of its score, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Paired with a spicey jambalaya, it did the trick.

Photo of pittvkyle7
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light amber color, not much head, small but fast bubbles. Nice lacing.

mostly a piney hop smell

good up front piney hops with some friut tastes like lemon and grapfriut. The malt is there with a toasted biscut taste. Good malt balance for an IPA.

medium mouthfeel, kind of bubbly but creamy too. dry finish.

very drinkable. I thought this was a good representation of style, and a tasty well balanced IPA.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I remember this simply being called Redhook IPA until the name change some time ago. So anyway, let's give this a taste drive:

Light bodied blonde in appearance, its head is thin, but leaves some good lacing on the glass. Hoppiness is less powerful in the smell as other IPA's I've had, mixed in with a cooked veggie scent. The taste seems to be more bitter than hoppy, with little action in the malt department. Its easier to drink per se than others, but nothing too encouraging for me to have another of. If you want a tasty IPA, cross this off your wish list.

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

A firm pour into a half-liter mug offers up a voluminous pale tan head of very good duration and lacing. Pale golden in color and brilliant, no yeasty beasties here. Nose is positively delicate, with flowery hops affecting notes of white pepper, and light golden fruit implied by the biscuity, pale malt. A lightly crisp, tingling hop bite is my first sip impression, and it's a gentle one at that. It blends well with the malt, but isn't as spicey as the Pacific Northwest hop-bombs I'm accustomed to in the style, so color me surprised. Lighter in body and fairly light on the mouthfeel, too. I appreciated a mild sweetness here, but almost would've preferred a bit more body/sweetness/booze (and at 6.5% this beer is rather dangerously drinkable*). Pleasing floral hop aromatics and bitterness linger more in the manner of a Yankee rendition of a British IPA, which I also find interesting and worth noting. Very mild fruit and vegetal notes also impress themselves as this warms, and the dryness in the finish is definitely worth noting, but ultimately I'm left with the impression that this needs "more of something" in order to convince me. Don't get me wrong, as this is a stylistic departure from Ballard Bitter (or what used to be, anyway), but it's getting to the point where I need to be convinced by Redhook these days (am I the only person who feels that Copperhook and Sunrye just don't cut it?) I'm also left with the impression that if they ramped up the malts and hops on Long Hammer it could make for the basis of a well-balanced Imperial IPA, and in that sense I think they're on to something with this recipe. But you see where I say it's "dangerously drinkable" up above? ( * ) The main problem with this beer as it stands is I wouldn't want to have more than one in a sitting: it's almost like "an American IPA for folks that *don't like* American IPAs", hence my impression of being unconvinced. In other words, this is BudHook at its finest.

Photo of daliandragon
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not an overly attractive IPA, with a golden color that leans decidedly away from copper and has plenty of visible carbonation. The snow white head is reasonably decent and the lacing is atually outstanding, with about 80 percent coverage and great stickiness. Nose is faint grassy hops but doesn't really take it anywhere.

Nice moderate hop assault with pine and some backing citrus Nothing outstanding, but utilitarian aand definitely drinkable. Mouthfeel is broad and a touch of oil to the texture makes the aftertaste a treat. Not a great IPA but ok for a macro and better than I expected.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty light for an ipa, not much head or lacing present. smells of floral hops and some citrus tones. Tastes ok, hop taste is good but not strong enough compared to other ipa's still a good beer, but not as strong. floral hops are there, but could use some more bitterness. Mouthfeel is wam and full, has the potential to be better.

Photo of Derek
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 09 05 06, so there's a little age on it.

A: Golden-yellow, slight haze; white head, some retention & lace.

S: Not a lot of aroma for an IPA: some citrus & spice, slight alcoho, light caramel & bread.

T: Not very hop-forward, but there's a plethora of subtle flavours: grassy, spicy, woody, slight floral, hint of mint, and some pine & citrus in the finish. Not at all what I expected from the Pacific Northwest, but interesting. Modest bitterness with only a little biscuity malt. Alcohol comes through in the flavour.

M: Well-attenuated, body is relatively light for its weight, modest carbonation, silky smooth, slight acidity in the dry finish.

D: The alcohol flavour is a little too much for me to session.

Photo of acrawf6
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had it poured into a clear plastic cup at the bar, so i cant really comment too much on the appearance, but it looked like a rich golden color. Head was white an foamy and rested nicely on top for a while.

Smell. Decent hop aroma, apples and pears are the the dominant characteristics i get, with a small citrus touch.

Taste. I would say there is a slight tartness and fruit flavor- pears is what i get again, with some pineapple. not a bad flavor, but is different, and i think milder than most other ipas.

Mouthfeel. body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Fills my mouth nicely, and the 6.5% is hidden pretty well.

Overall, an enjoyable one down here because, frankly, ipas are quite rare on tap around here. But it isnt one i would think would win any awards. I'd say the hops are on the milder side (not a bad thing), but there isnt anything in it really to want me to really seek it out. But worth trying.

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

on tap @ Freakin Frog in Las Vegas, NV

A- golden straw, 2 finger white head, very nice retent, filmy lace rings, very nice

S- toasted malt, soft citrus, floral

T- leafy herbal hops control balance of flavor, some supporting toasted malt is there to balance bitterness, some grain husk at finish, buttery throughout, fruity characters

M- higher carbonation + hops= tongue abuse, medium body

D- rather enjoyable and very sessionable, not a hop heads delight but a nicely balanced IPA with good flavor, leans toward English style IMO, I'll by back to this

Photo of theWrkncacnter
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle bought at a local grocery store, no date. Minimal Head with minimal lacing. Maybe it was a bad pour, but I'd like a little more head. Smell is slightly of hops with some big stinky malt scents. Smells better than it tastes. This is seriously oxidized. Tastes like wet cardboard with a little bit of hops added for good measuere. A little sweetness as the beer fades on the tounge with lingering hops. Mouthfeel suffers from the lack of carbonation, but otherwise alright. Drinkability is good, despite the other flaws it hides the 6.5% alcohol well. Maybe I got a bad batch or something, but I wasn't impressed at all, in fact I had a hard time getting in to this one at all. It improves a bit as it warms, but still not great. Very disappointed.

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at a pub in downtown Indianapolis. Served at a reasonable temperature.

Appearance is a yellow-amber color with not too much carbonation and a pretty nice head. Decent retention, too.

Smell is a little hoppy, but not too strong or complex.

Taste is a little light, but a good balance of malt, toastiness and American hops. Finish is just a little bitter and very refreshing.

Nicely drinkable with a medium-light body and good finish. Goes well with food. Reminded me a lot of the standard Redhook IPA.

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

bottled on: 4/17/07 consumed on: 4/30/07 (only 13 days old)

AP: Pours an orange hued golden color with fast bubbles streaming up to create a one-finger bubbly but frothy and slightly off-white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves a substantial cover but the carbonation mellows at the end.

Nose: Fruity/citrus hop with grapefruit, banana and a herbal and zesty scent with a rather big buttery malt way down deep.

Taste: Right off you will notice the delightful fruity/citrus with pineapple and grapefruit but also an herbal and mildly zesty hop that attacks the tastebuds in a really good way. The hop flavor becomes a bit bitter and herbal in the aftertaste. The malt is smooth and buttery and mildly sweet and actually plays a very big role in the flavor of this IPA.

Feel: light to medium body with a crispy and mildly dry effect with a zesty bite.

DA: 6.5% is not exactly a session beer but it's pretty easy to drink. Overall, this a nice IPA nothin' fancy but pretty standard.

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

I had this on-tap first at the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee's PNC Field "Stadium Club" while I was waiting for a game. I was unaware at that point that it had affiliation with A-B but that would make sense due to my other options that day... Miller, Bud, Coors, Yuengling, A-B Spring Wheat Summer Heat, and collectable Yankee Bud Light bottles.

A nice deep orange and light yellow body with a sticky head and corresponding lace.

Smell was more present on-tap that my bottle experience with this brew. Beautiful hops, citrus and even some pilsner? and wheat?

I was pleased (at 11am) that this IPA was sort of tame. Very mild flavors but a nice variety of hops, citrus and malts.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and exciting. A lasting quality as I was still enjoying this beers amusement into the games inital innings.

If it wasn't the early hours of the day, I might have ordered a few of these out of simply excitement that I wasn't forced to drink your typical bullsh*t; especially at a ballgame.

Photo of Billolick
3.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer , with bottled on dating (04 03 07) etched onto the front label, Pours very clear, light honey amber, with a near white head, leaves long sliding strands of lacing. On the nose I pick up respectable wiffs of leafy fresh hops. Easy drinking and fairly enjoyable ale. Hops moderatly evident, resiny. A wee bit thin in the middle, watery, I would say. This one is missing the complexity, and malt backbone + hop crunch of higher scoring exemplars of the style. A decent sessioner or "in a pinch IPA" but I will always try to find a true "craft beer" if available. Support the little guys, I say..."Eat the Rich"

Photo of beeroclock
3.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light golden color with very little head even with an aggressive pour. Little to no lacing, however the pour brought out some good smell from the beer, I could smell the grassy and citrus odor pretty strongly. The taste was piney hops but kind of on the light side. An easy drinking beer, but would have liked more hops and some more bitter bite to it.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold, clear. Nice carbonation. Decent head, some lacing.

Punchy American hops, citric and a little spicy. Sweet malt underneath. Balance leans towards the hops, but smells good.

Medium bodied and fairly flat/smooth. Knife-edged hoppiness hits first – there is a blatantly one-dimensional hop presence. Then we get a sweet toasty bread malt layered in there. Hard to dig around too much in the shadow of that hop. Kind of a cooked veggie vibe down in the back, can’t say for sure what it tastes like.. maybe it’s just the bitterness.

Not my favorite IPA by any stretch. Could benefit from some balancing and palate-broadening.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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