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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
okay

2,806 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 2,806
Reviews: 1,112
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 224 | 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:
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 ruleof72
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- light caramel, clear with OK head that stayed around awhile, almost no lacing
S- slight hop and syrup smell
T- Hop flavor there but not real prominent
M- decent, medium bodied with good carbonation
D- OK but not fantastic.

This IPA is a little above average but not much more. It has all the components but nothing exceptional in any area. Everything seemed to be on the "light" side. Maybe it is brewed that way in order to not offend the casual micro drinker who buys it. It's a good beer but nothing special.

ruleof72, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of mmcave
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at locate liquor store by a friend who left a couple over at my house, so I thought I'd give it a try. Poured harshly to create head, but to no real avail, the head rose and fell fast and now is lingering in patches around surface of the beer. Lacing is present, how ever it seems to be a little inferior. The body appears to be a light, thinnish golden hay color. It smells of mild pine, but lacking the complexity I like in my IPA. Its as if there is a bridge made from the hops to the malt and with most the bridge is complete, but with this from the hops to the malt there are a couple holes (sorry for the shitty analogue). There are also some grapefruit, citrus hints to be smelled, but nothing too inspiring or exciting. The flavor is decent, some carbonation is present with relaxed bitterness and easy drinkability, but nothing that really excites me. The after taste is too wimpy, to kick my taste buds around and when I drink this I feel like I can taste the steel vats it was fermented in. Honestly I've had a lot worse, but I've had better. If selection is limited give it a try, but if not reach for something else.

mmcave, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CONTAINER VOLUME: 355 ml
CONTAINER TYPE: bottle
FRESH: bottled 6/26; consumed 10-13
PURCHASED @: Sullivan’s
COST: $7/sixer
HEAD: less than 1/2" disapating
LACE: good spotting
COLOR: slightly hazy; yellow w/ orange tint
AROMA: pine and floral hops
MOUTHFEEL: light to medium
PALATE: slightly slick; medium cond. bite
TASTE: piney bitterness
COMMENTS: this is like a light beer. it’s nice though; but at less than 40 IBU’s this is on the border. FFF’s Pale Ale has more hops than this
CONDITIONS:
MOWING/WORKING ON CAR- n
WITH FRIENDS- y
SIPPING- m
GET MY BUZZ ON-m

TechMyst, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with a small sudsy white head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Very clean and a bit reserved in the nose. Mild hop aroma wild and semi solid malt attribute in the nose.

Taste: The taste here is gentle and extremely approachable. It is slightly fruity flavor, with a bit of an apricot and vanilla, followed by a nice citric hop that is portrayed as a splash on lime and a hint of pine. There is nothing grandiose here but that is part of its appeal. It dues have a slightly sour, dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly juicy through the center with a crisp dry finish.

Drinkability: Overall this beer is an easy drinking sessionable beer. This is a beer I would drink all day and or night when the occasion would call for it. It is a simple straightforward tasty beer with no fireworks but sometimes that is what is in order.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium yellow color with a smaller head of whtie foam. Minor notes of lace.

S: Hops. Pine and citrus. I really wasn't hoping for much, but was plesantly suprised.

T: Another nice suprise. A good portion of hops and malty grain. Not overbearing, but good enough for when hops are lacking in my daily diet.

M: Light and kind of thin. Lacks a hop-oil presence which is usually present.

D: Yeah, i'd have this again. Not bad.

Notes: A good beer to introduce macro-lovers to when looking to explain and provide an example of how hops affect flavor.

Frozensoul327, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of umfskibum
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Regular 12 oz. bottle out of a sixer, with brewing and expiration dates clearly marked.

A: Pours a nice warm hue, a cross between straw yellow and orange. Just enough fogginess to betray its IPA heritage. White, foamy head that melts down to a white ring around the glass' edge and a slight coat across the top.

S: Pretty blah. Fairly strong scents of grass and grain, mild hop scents and stronger sweet malt smells. A nice enough nose, just fairly average.

T: Flavor is mostly of the "cascade hops" that Redhook brags of, grassy and notes of citrus. More bitter in the finish, with a dry and almost sour aftertaste.

M: Dry and crisp on the palate, with some nice fizzy qualities.

D: Not too shabby. Something about the flavor and the mouthfeel of this brew leaves you wanting more, although I must say it is otherwise an average brew.

As far as I can tell, there is nothing bad with this brew; it is a nice, drinkable IPA. However, nothing really separates it from the pack as a brew. I liked it, but not enough to keep me from giving another IPA a shot the next time I go shopping.

umfskibum, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale amber with a half finger white head that melts quickly to a fine lace ring.
Smells of light malt with grassy hops...sort of a hay smell, just not as sweet.
The taste again was lightly sweet pale amber malt that moves quickly to a thin citrus peel hops bitterness.
The after taste is surprisingly a little sticky...not quite cloying, merely sticky because I still get a faint drying with this beer.
Nothing memorable....nothing bad either. Just unimpressively average.

IntriqKen, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had two of these with a NY strip while out to dinner. This pours froma very appealing bottle into a chilled (WTF?) pint glass. Light amber gold with a half-finger head.

Not much goin on in the nose other than very typical grapefruit and lemon rind hop scents. Smells generic but very pleasant.

Taste is also pretty standard for and IPA. Really, nothing is striking me as being special or outstanding with this one, but it is very good. A good standard IPA.

I like this one for it's extremely high drinkablility and refreshing qualities. Nothing really grabbing my attention, but I would definitly pick up a sixer! Good, but not outstanding.

pmcadamis, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of xav33
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Redhook IPA
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, chuggalugged 09/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass

Poured clear amber with a small creamy white mostly diminishing head with fair lacing.

Smelt of moderate spruce and light toasted grain.

Flavor was upfront moderate bitter sprucey hops and light acidic citrus followed by a light piney bitterness and a hint of sweet orange and bananas for a moderately long finish. Mouthfeel was light and watery with lively carbonation.

Overall, it tastes like a good IPA, but offers nothing out of the ordinary.

xav33, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of TexIndy
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a bottled on date. Had a big three finger head and good lacing. Was a golden/honey color with some carb. Smell was heavy on hops with the dishwashing soap smell. Decent mouthfeel. I'm hit or miss on American IPA's and this one missed. Wasn't overly hoppy like some others but just wasn't well balanced for me. Worth trying just to mark off list. (2, RB/NA, ML, O)

TexIndy, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
2.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a modest head and slight lacing.

Smell is sweet malt and mild citrus hop.

Taste is dominated by bready caramel maltyness, and only mild hops. There is also a sour mustiness. Finish is a little off with diacetyl notes that don't quite seem to unify with thye rest of the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Touch of hop oil residue.

This brew doesn't quite fit the profile of an IPA. Where's the hops? I would avoid this one in the future.

Blakaeris, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Ando
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good IPA. It certainly does not compare to the greats like Stone or Dogfish Head, but it is nevertheless an excellent brew. While the taste isn't going to wow you with in complexity or intriguing subtleties, Red Hook does achieve a very good balance between hops and fruit. This IPA also has a lingering thickness that makes the mouthfeel enjoyable. Very drinkable. Overall, a pretty good beer that I would buy again.

Ando, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a soapy, yellowed head that leaves some whispy lacing. Smells lightly of hops...citrusy, floral, and grassy. Taste follows the smell seemlessly with some added grain. The citrus lingers on the tongue along with a decent bitterness. Light, sweet apricot notes in both the flavor and aroma. The mouthfeel is fairly light and dry.

If you're looking for a good IPA, keep walking - it could use some more flavor to back up the bitterness. This is, however, a pretty good candidate for a sessionable pale ale, and its not a bad beer at all by any means.

wedge, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine clear color with a white two finger head. Soapy retention and spotty lace remain. Nose is faint but with a swirl, grassy, floral, and candy-like hops reveal themselves. Bready malts are extra faint. Taste is a bit more hoppy and has a punch of bitterness which I say, actually enhances the beer. This could almost be considered and IPA. Mouthfeel is a little disappointing to me. Nothing exciting. Easy to suck down though.

There definitely could be a boatload more hops here, and I would appreciate some malts that hold up a bit better too.

tastybeer, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of wavz
4.22/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite daily drinking IPA's. All around good taste, hoppy aroma, rich amber color, and a great price. And easily found at a local publix store in FL.If you are looking for a great example of a perfectly balanced IPA you have found the right one.

Wavz

wavz, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of Generik420
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was disappointed in this beer personally. The pint I was poured was a very cloudy yellowish amber color with a white head. I normally wouldn't think of an IPA being cloudy, especially from a brewery the size of Redhook. The aroma was pretty nice, definitely a strong hop presence. Flavor was somewhat unremarkable. Hops had a hint of citrus, but overall seemed a little bland and uninspired. Somewhat thin mouthfeel, and pretty easy drinking. This could be more of a session beer then most of the other IPAs I have drank in my time. Not horrible, not great. Just an average IPA, but if it was the only option available for this style at a bar, I would definitely order it again. I would not go out of my way for it.

Generik420, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber color with excellent head and lacing. Big aroma of plenty of grapefruity hops, flowery and citrusy and very appetizing. Flavor is a tasty mix of biscuit malt and perfumy bitterness, lightly fruity, finishing with forcible dryness. Moderate, neutral body.

Is this the Ballard Bitter repackaged? It's been several years since I had the classic old Ballard, but I don't recall it having any of the delicious hop character that this beer displays. Very nice.

allengarvin, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of Shaw
4.13/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer almost three years ago and wasn't impressed. A few weeks ago I bought a six-pack for a party and was shocked at how good the beer was. I'm not sure if this has been re-formulated or I'm simply getting fresher beer: thanks to the bottled-on date, I can tell this is good.

It's a nice light gold color with a foamy white head. It has a light aroma of hops.

In my previous review I wrote "Lots of hop flavor and bitterness muscle out the malt flavor." That's pretty much true again, but it's just better. I'm not noticing any of the funky smells or flavors I wrote about in 2003. It's heavy on wonderful citrus and pine-like hop flavors. Good stuff, this.

This is a good, solid hoppy beer that's not too expensive and is widely available. If you're looking for hops and don't want to drop a lot of dough, I would recommend this brew. If you haven't tried it in a while, give it another chance.

Shaw, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of andrewmartin
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep gold, almost amber color with moderate head that dissapates slowly. Lacing also noticeable

S: Flowery hop armoa with some malt/sweetness

T: Starts off with a pleasent hop taste, but there really isn't any complexity, almost feels like your drinking hop flavored water. Not a great malt balance

M: Not surprisingly, with the lack of malt, the mouthfeel is a bit thin

D: Pretty easy to drink, espeically considering its alcohol content

Probably wouldn't pick this up again, an ok but not great representation of the style

andrewmartin, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of teg8612
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Nice coppery color with 1 inch head that sticks to the sides while drinking.

S-Nice pine smell with hop chaser.

T-Sweat malt flavor to start and spicy hops to open the nazzle pasages. Earthy flavors and bitterness that sticks around a little bit. Surprised to get any malt at all since IPA are hopped so much that it usually kills the other tates for me. Only slightly hoppier than an APA which Hop-heads will call "Weak!"

M-Medium bodies with nice carbonation.

D-I can drink a ton of this with the right food. Not my normal style for a regular sit-down at my favortie pub but it will do the trick for a one-hitter-quitter before I go home. Step 2 after APA on that Ladder to Hop-heaven.

teg8612, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of gunnerman
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA pours a golden red color with minimal head but leaves very good sticky lace. Smell is of Sweet malt with a hint of italian herbs. Taste is of herbs and a slight bitterness from the hops. This beer I drank pretty quickly it went well with some chicken I was eating and it went down smooth and quickly, this would be a good quick party beer.

gunnerman, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- The light golden copper body is clear with a big carbonation of large bubbles and a thin soapy head that does last a good while.

S- The light pine hops aroma has a hint of fresh grain in the background but it is pretty light.

T- The dry crisp malt flavor has a sulfury hint in the finish. The bitter hops have a faint soapy pine taste that gives a note of floor cleaner but the hops have a nice taste.

M- The light mouthfeel has a slippery texture. No alcohol or bitterness in the finish.

D- This beer has the taste of an average lager with some hop character. I would like to see a bit of depth in the malt or some ale fruitiness to give the hops some support.

rhoadsrage, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright clear light gold with a nice off-white head and decent carbonation. Suprisingly nice grapefruit citrusy aroma with other orange citrus character. Solid hop flavors (citrusy but less distinct than aroma) with a nice malty balance. Medium bodied and smoothly refreshing with a nicely bitter (not harsh) finish.

A very nice Redhook and a total suprise/shock for me ... sorry I avoided this one for so long!

Per RH website:
Grains: 2-row Klages, Munich, and Crystal
Hops: Northern Brewer, Willamette, and Cascade
Color: 8.4 SRM (Brass)
IBU: 38.5
ABV: 6.51% (6.5% per bottle)
OG: 1.05773

Bottled: 05/22/06
Tasted: 06/20/06

RBorsato, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Compares quite similarly in the bottle as it did on tap. Still as pine-ey and citrusy in the nose as in the keg with a very mild malt character. I usually like my standard IPA's to have a lighter body to let the hops show cleaner, but this is a bit too thin in the malt flavor and the body. Expectedly over-attenuated to increase the alcohol, but sacrificing the flavor and body. The malt seem a bit strained, allowing a grainy-bite to occur and the hops show a mild metalic flavor under a lacking sweetness and creaminess. It's not bad beer, I've just gotten used to drinking better.

BEERchitect, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a thin creamy head.

Smell: Strong piney hop aromas, light fruity malts appear upon swirling.

Taste: A strong resiny hop bitterness is present throughout. Light toasty and fruity malts provide balance.

Mouthfeel: Oily and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink.

Overall: Not that bad, but not that good.

EPICAC, Jul 05, 2006
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,806 ratings.