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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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2,901 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,901
Reviews: 1,135
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 20
Gots: 294 | 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 GRPunk
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- It poured an amber hue with a thin off-white head, medium to heavy carbonation and good lacing.

S- It wasn't super overpowering, but the aroma that was there was straightup hops. Mostly grapefruit and pine scents.

T- It seemed a bit light for such a decent aroma. It had a watered down hop flavor. I knew it was there, but it seemed like it was really hiding. The flavor did improve as it warmed.

M- While it had a thin texture, it seemed to come with a bit of a burning sensation.

D- It wasn't difficult to drink, but it wasn't a great beer. I'll finish the two I have in the fridge and I'd have one if offered at a party or something, but it doesn't make me want to drink more.

Photo of botham
3.87/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. pours a hazy golden amber with a finger of white head that is dense and frothy. lacings are moderate.

spicy hops dominate the aroma, along with a touch of fruity sweetness and a light malty aroma. definitely hop oriented in the nose, without overdoing it. well balanced.

taste is very hoppy, with only a bit of sweetness and fruityness present. true to a good IPA, this one is unbalanced when compared to other styles, but does well within the style to be strong on the hops, with the malts providing subtle sweetness to add to the overall flavor. base is a creamy, bready flavor.

aftertaste is dry with bitter hops still present.

mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with a silky texture that goes down rather smooth, and finishes dry.

drinkability is not as good overall due to the high concentration of hops, but lovers of this style (myself included) will have no problem tipping a few of these back in a night. cheers!

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

Pours a big head with good clarity and many a racing bubble. Golden yellow color, lacking the orange/rust hues of many IPAs.

Smells of soft flowery hops, nice and simple, nothing amazing, a bit one-dimensional but attractive nonetheless.

Honey, toasted toffee and malt come first in the flavor, followed by a fruity, flowery hop signature. Pretty standard stuff, but certainly not bad either.

Mouthfeel is soft and airy, buttery even, but a little on the thin side.

Easy to drink...maybe a little too easy. Enjoyable IPA if you're not looking for bolder, wilder flavors. And perhaps the perfect gateway beer for any macro lager drinker looking for something better.

Photo of BillA
4.27/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet resulted in a decent head.

Rather murky dark appearance.

This is a good ( though rather mild) American IPA. Nicely bitter and hoppy onset, with this bitterness predominating throughout. Struck me as a toned-down version of Stone's highly regarded Ruination. Doesn't have the more complex citrusy flavors of some single-hopped IPA's, but a winner just the same.

Photo of perfectkaos
3.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the 3rd beer ive tried from the sampler case.

pours a golden yellow color, not what i expected for the style, but one whiff of the beer and you know youve got an ipa. definite hop aroma.

the beer has a crisp hoppy taste as you would expect from an ipa and enough of an alcohol kick to keep you interested. A well balanced IPA not overly hoppy but not watered down either.

i'd have this one again, but only if it were the only ipa available. still no hop devil, double simcoe or white hawk... but drinkable. It seems that all redhook beers fall into that category of being better than your run of the mill american beer, but nothing to write home about either

Photo of July2Nov
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale gold with a finger of head.
S: Strong scent of hops right up front.
T&M: It's very shocking to the palette. The hops are very pronounced and that's not always a good thing, like for instance in this brew. It tend tends to mellow out near the end and the mouth is left with a slight cotton-mouth dryness.
D: I bought this one on a whim and probably will not again. The taste just doesn't do it for me, but if friends had this and that was all they had, I would drink it (not a ringing endorsement by any means).

Photo of mikesgroove
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on the shelf last week, hadnt remembered ever seeing it before so I decided to pick one up. Poured a decent amber color, very clear with alot of carbonation. A smallish wite head formed but qucikly left leaving behind only a slight amount of lace. Nothing really spectacular here. Smell was light, some grapefruit and orange peel tones, a touch of sweetness, but it needed to be stronger to give more of a punch. The taste followed that up almost exactly. It had a smooth crisp, light feel. Good carbonation, not slick or oily and left a decent dry finish, but felt a tad thin to me. The flavors were al right, just nothing that was gonna make you stop and take notice of it.
Overall tis was ok. It just came off as a bit too light for me and thats why it doesnt get a better score. I would put it right above average, only because it is not bad, however needs to be juiced up a bit to have some of those flavors start to come out. Really should have a bit more of a pop to it. Not a bad session beer, and the light profile really allows you to throw it down in quantity.

Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Light clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor actually fairly balanced for an IPA some sweetness with very slight bitter finish. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

Photo of BBM
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this beer on tap, looking for a little pep. Well, unfortunately this brew didn't deliver entirely. It looks like an IPA (perhaps a bit too filtered...), it smells nice, with floral and citrus hop, but the taste just isn't there. There's almost no hop bite at all! Faint, fleeting floral and herbal hop notes start out, but the the rest of it is a bit too watery and bland. There's not even a real big malt profile here. To be honest it's not a bad beer, it tasted ok and all, but it's not an IPA. And I had no real desire to have another.

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

On tap at Lord Stanley's annex in Dekalb, Illinois.

Pours gold, light for an APA but very pretty and sparkly. The bartender didn't put a head on it but the large amount of lacing seemed to suggest that there would have been one, had it been properly poured.

Smells of a very nice, citrusy blend of two or three west coast hops and a medium strength caramel and sugar malt. Nice balance, just strong enough.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells. Very well balanced and easy drinking in spite of its high level of flavor.

Photo of Onslow
3.07/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Bennigans in The Galleria....

Starts off quite smooth..

Lacing is decent for an IPA..

not overally hoppy..

More like an English style IPA..

Made for the masses, a good intro to bitter beers..

Overall, a nice relaxed beer that isn't to flashy..

Jessica is a dork!

Photo of supercolter
3.87/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent beer, an average IPA, yep that is the bias going into this review.
Appearance is ok, not a lot of head, but it stuck around for a bit.
Smell is a bit weak on the hops but refreshing and some floral notes mixed with an abundance of fruit.
Taste had a good mixture of hop bitterness and fruit sweetness.
Mouthfeel is just not that oily, cloying type I like.
Drinkability is pretty good.

Photo of BeerZack
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange-honey color with some floaties; okay head when poured roughly.

Citrus and earthy/herbal scents over a roasty malt presence; alcohol comes out to stretch as it warms.

Roasted (or burnt) malt flavor with spicy herbal hop bitterness. Maybe some sourness or citrus acidity in there also.

Good mouthfeel, smooth with a crisp finish.

I dunno about this beer, seems like the flavor is out of whack- that roasted/burnt flavor doesn't sit well with me.

Photo of kenito799
2.17/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

20 oz pint poured at IFC bar, Greenwich Village.

Poured a typical darkish golden amber with decent head, which left nce lacing as the beer was drunk. The appearance was the high point with this beer, unfortunately.

Smell really lacking in fresh hoppy aromatics, if anything, there was a skunkoid aroma.

Flavor was uninspired for an American IPA...no floral, pine or grapefruit notes as I come to expect...just malty ale taste, some of that sour sjunk, farly decent bitterness. Sort of a chore to finish, it's never good when you wish you had ordered a smaller glass so you can move on to somethng better.

My only taste of this beer at a bar that may not practice good tap line maintenance, etc., so i will gladly edit this review if I ever have the chance to taste this beer again.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A: Slightly darker than golden yellow with boring, fizzy head.

S: Bits of malt and hops.

T: Very light for an IPA, malts are the predominant taste with a hint of hops and apple, does not seem like a 6.5% beer.

M: Light-bodied with not a lot of carbonation.

D: Drinkable beer, nothing objectionable, just a little to pallid compared to what I look for in an IPA.

Photo of yourunclewalt
2/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - "Kristal" clear, looks like a macro-lager.

S - Fresh, fresh, fresh hops masking an otherwise phenolic, "sterile" scent. "It smells like a dentist's office," was a friend's take.

M - Watery, medium carbonation; again, maco-lager.

T - Dank hops surrounded by phenolic notes - tastes like a homebrew.

D - A little too phenolic. Came as no surprise when I noticed that this was affiliated with Busch, I've had a few Red Hooks that I like but this is definitely not one of them.

Photo of dreadnatty08
2.2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear, light caramel color; quite light for an IPA... Nice half inch head formed, but needed a heavy handed pour (perhaps just too cold). Aroma is heavy in the floral, herby hops, not any citrus noted. Quite a bit of sweet crystal malts in the nose... this one seems to be more malt forward in the nose than hops, also not boding well for style. On the palate, it's an awkward amalgamation of bitter, flavorless hops, an awfully thin body and a biting finish. There's so much lacking in this IPA that I think it's perhaps the worst I've ever had. It's very harsh and abrasive with a very fusel like finish showing its 6.5% abv closer to 11%. I don't think I'll be finishing this bottle, a big dissapointment.

Photo of shroompod
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. Smallish head is gone quick. Carbonation is apparent.

Smell doesn't have a lot detectable to me, could be allergies.

Taste is very light on the hops bitterness , very little malt profile. This beer seems closer to an American Pale Ale, than an Indian variety.

Mouthfeel is thin, crisp.

Drinkability of this beer is pretty good if your looking to cool down, the high ABV's keep it from being sessionable .

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

Pours a crystal clear amber that's slightly darker than straw with a shallow wispy white head that fades quickly. Some lacing.

The smell is timid. A pils malt base with a clean lemon air.

The mouth feel and flavor mirror the timid aroma. Reminds me a lot of a Pilsner with a singular crisp clean finish.

Drinkability - I'm not an expert, but it doesn't seem true to style. It's not altogether offensive. The 6.5% ABV is hidden well.

Photo of uiplanner
2.53/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Redhook's original IPA was one of my "gateway beers" that transitioned me into drinking something other than Leine's and Guiness. I haven't had one for years, but I saw the new name and packaging and thought I'd try this one out for old time's sake ... and this beer was disappointing all around. Last night I had one with some pizza, and it was fine. Tonight on it's own, not so much.

I'll just cut to the taste. Lots of grapefruit and pine needle taste, and some unexpected buttery sweetness, and not much else. 15 minutes later, it's still there on my tongue and it's not good. The hops is there, and I'm a fan of the hops, but the hops taste lacks some complexity that makes a good IPA. In the "cheap" beer category of $6 a six-pack, there are much better IPA choices.

Photo of ghostmech007
2.91/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Golden yellow, with a thin off white bubble. Good lacing on the glass but seemed a little bland on the eyes.

Light hop nose, nothing much else to the smell.

Plenty 'o hops!!! Very bitter and a very bland aftertaste and very thin for an IPA. Carbonation gives a slight creaminess. Very dry finish and slight metallic twinge.

Nice enough to drink every once in a while but an IPA that has lots of room for improvement.

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

Pours a clear, golden to light amber with 1/2" bubbly, foamy head that is just offwhite and leaves a nice foamy lace all the way up the glass. Moderate piney hop smell with a hint of citrus. Pretty mild smell for an IPA. The taste is clean and crisp with a slighly piney, mild initial hop bitterness. Pretty nice balance between hops and malt, but a little light flavored for an IPA. Light to medium, refreshing mouthfeel. In terms of drinkability, it is light enough for a session beer, but just interesting enough to taste. I would probably buy it again.

Photo of ericj551
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Long Hammer IPA pours a light gold, clear with no real head. Aroma is raw hops, kind of grassy. Taste is dry and bitter, some hop flavor but not very clean. The bitterness is there, but there's no malt backbone. There is some sweet malt flavor, but its just too light. The beer is thin, especially for its strength. It certainly goes down easy enough, but not very enjoyable.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled May 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, almost polished copper color and is topped by an initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a lacy pattern on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. The aroma is a mix of medium hop levels and dry malt. Notes of grapefruit, bergamot, dusty malt, fresh milled grain, and soda crackers are all fairly noticeable in the aroma. A solid, if somewhat muted nose.

A medium sweetness is balanced by a clean, slightly herbaceous bitterness, both of which linger on in the finish. Dulled, yet still noticeable, bergamot flavors mix with notes of pine and even a note of menthol which creeps into the finish from time to time. An interesting mix of hop flavors are noticeable in this beer. This beer is certainly a bit muted by today's more hops until it hurts standards, but this is a very well balanced, easily drinkable IPA.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quick review... nothing real exciting. Looks almost like a Budweiser when poured. Minimal head possibly due to being a bit to cold. Aroma is very light of citrus with a touch of hops. Could be more. Taste is very light for the style. Smooth and crisp. The hops aren't really there until the end. I am getting some of the fruit in the taste also, pears or green apples maybe? Finishes nice and for 6.5 quite drinkable. It was enjoyable but I think the Redhook IPA is better. Nice to enjoy this one while it's here though. Good.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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