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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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2,512 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,512
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 11
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
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 Drewcifer


3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy golden color with a tall white head that's a bit thin, fades fast.

Aroma is mostly hops - citric and pine. A very slight malt underneath.

Taste follows the aroma - citric and pine taste, not much malt to it, but altogether a bit weak and unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is peppy, it's a light-to-medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

Hey, it's a fairly drinkable beer that's just about average for its style. Nothing wrong here, but nothing amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2008 18:38:17 | More by Drewcifer
Photo of Nugganooch


3.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from the variety pack – Dated Mar. 8, 2013
*notes taken 06/09/13 – Imperial Nonic glass

A: Golden straw color with some light hazing although it is mostly clear. Some sudsy white stuff on top with honest hang time. Stick is rather disappointing with only some slippery streaks of lace left behind.

S: Pine, spice, herbs, and a light twist of weed smell make up most of the nose. There is some subtle pale malt sweetness coming through as the hoppy aromas dissipate. Not half bad with some nice hoppy notes.

T: Flavors open with big sappy pines and some herbal spice with lesser notes of citrus. There is a firm bready malt backing with a touch of caramel sweetness tot it. Kind of grainy actually. Hops are resinous and lingering from a nice upper amount of bitterness to the beer. Alcohol is kept well disguised all throughout. Satisfyingly hoppy.

M: Kind of watery and on the thinner side overall. Nice even carb lends to a drying crisp finish. Hops offer a light constricting bitterness and the oils are a lightly resinous.

D: Satisfies that hop fix on the cheap but definitely falls short of being great. Has some good hoppy character but that comes with some grainy malts and a watery mouthfeel. Perfectly average I would say.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 22:29:44 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of Juice-O


3.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This IPA has a classic appearance, somewhat cloudy and amber. You can definitely smell the hops from the dry hopping of the brew, however I was very disappointed with the mouth feel and the taste. There was very little carbonation it the beer I had and it felt flat. The taste was average and had a slightly strange bitterness to it. Overall, I was not very happy with it and I am stuck with 5 more bottles. Maybe I'll try another one for the heck of it...

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 00:30:02 | More by Juice-O
Photo of PvtSnowball


3.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from one of the local quick marts.

A: A slightly cloudy golden with moderate head and retention.

S: Mild notes of hops, pine and citrus.

T: Same as the smell. Mild yet well balanced.

M: Clean and crisp. Goes down easy.

O: A good intro IPA. Not for the hop sadist though. It was the first IPA I ever had and works well in that capacity. Nice to revisit but probably won't buy again.

Serving type: can

07-12-2014 22:41:13 | More by PvtSnowball
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2007 02:21:36 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of cjgator3


3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 12-11-07 poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear orangish copper color with a white head. The aroma is extremely faint for an IPA, with just a touch of malt and citrusy hops. The taste is a touch of sweet malt up front, with a little more hops appearing in the finish compared to the aroma, but it is still subdued for an IPA. Overall, this is more of a pale ale than an IPA, not bad, but it does not stand up against most of the other IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 05:38:32 | More by cjgator3
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Portsmouth brewery poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden straw color, some white foam, some lacing. Grassy pine smell, minor, but there.

Taste is a fruity blended hop, kind of low to medium intensity - notes of graprefruit, touch of citrus. Finishes somewhat clean, little residual bittering.

This is a good IPA - certainly not great, but one I don't mind having every so often.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 20:33:27 | More by KTCamm
Photo of thekanna


3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at the Black Rooster Pub in D.C.

A: Somewhat average golden IPA that's a bit too clear and filtered.

S: Fruity; slight citrus (mostly orange) overtones. Hops definitely poke out.

T: Watered-down fruity esters and the floral hops. However, hops kick back in at the end and leaves a decent bite.

M: Somewhat over-carbonated as it hits the tongue, but ends up leaving the mouth buttery and slick.

D: Smooth, but more of a watered-down IPA than anything... like IPA for beginners to the style, to ease them in. I prefer mine more intense.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2009 03:25:25 | More by thekanna
Photo of Nwmike


3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Long hammer is a great beginners IPA. Mellow piney citrus hop. A bit more bite than a session beer. Easy to drink for the masses. Well built beer in the northwest with good ingredients. Now only if the would mass produce Big Ballard Imperial. That is a wonderful imperial IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2014 05:58:40 | More by Nwmike
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale clear yellow, with nice 2-3 finger head. Excellent retention, settling to a decent white cap and some nice lacing.

S - General floral/citrus hop aroma, but no malt to speak of; maybe a little grainy. Decent but uninteresting.

T - Wow, for this to be an IPA, I really like it. It's the average leafy hop thing going on, but somehow it's lighter and crisper than other IPAs. This is probably due to a complete lack of malt, which could be a flaw, probably putting this closer to a pale ale. Either way the hop presence is forthright and crisp without the numbing bitterness in the finish.

M - Very disappointing. Moderately carbonated, but about midway through the beer becomes watery. Quite unpleasant even with the modest hop bitterness.

D - Not a bad brew, but the watery-ness drops this to average. The taste would keep me coming back, but the mouthfeel is a bit much to overlook.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 06:35:12 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of AJFitz

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: pours a light golden color, very clear, fairly light compared to some other IPAs I've had. thin head which shrinks quickly, but remains enough to produce good lacing throughout.

Smell: can definitely smell the hops with a hint of citrus flavors too.

Taste: slight taste of the malts, some citrus flavors, and the hop taste to finish it off. Nothing is too overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: thin, lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: for an IPA it goes down smooth. Not a whole lot of flavor from any one part of it, but not a bad beer to sip on during the summer months, not what I would consider a true IPA, but it does have a good taste if you're not looking for that big hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 16:46:51 | More by AJFitz
Photo of ernie

Russian Federation

3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Handsome bottle with a cheerful label. Color is darker than expected, carbonation properly low, head modest, almost no lace.

Aroma a bit faint for this type of brew, but altogether pleasant - herbs, spices, hops and a hint of roasted malts.

Start malty, body firm, general taste is refreshingly bitter. Lots of hops! Finish bisquity-hoppy.

Not the best IPA in my life, but decent and tasty. Worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 19:57:48 | More by ernie
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had both 12oz bottles and draught into a pint glass. Pours a medium-to-thick, off-white, foamy head and a cloudy, orange appearance, with fuzzy, white particulate matter floating everywhere. Carbonation is moderate and a good amount of lacing rings are left down the glass. Aroma is all citrus hops, and the taste is likewise hop heavy, although a breadiness is detected in the middle, and all of this is pretty mild. Mouth-feel is even bodied, and Redhook Long Hammer IPA finishes wet and spicy. Overall, this is an interesting and mild ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 18:52:43 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of chagf


3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This came in a variety 12 pack of Redhook beers and was poured into a standard pint glass.
I'll try not to bore you with a standard appearance, nose, taste , mouthfeel review because I feel like everyone here pretty much already has it covered. No, the aromas do not engulf my nose (in fact as I was trying to get a better smell I accidentally stuck my nose into the head) and yes, the mouthfeel is kind of thin. That said, I think this is a very sessionable beer.
Good point by a few of the reviewers that the title IPA might be misleading.
I'm pretty sure this costs over $8 at most grocery stores here in New Orleans which makes it a lot less attractive relative to more complex beers that might be equally priced (I'm guessing they are cheaper in the Northwest?). In fact, I wouldn't have bought it if it wasn't on sale. Still, I wouldn't mind drinking several of these at a time; in fact, I'd enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 05:08:54 | More by chagf
Photo of mactrail


3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't fault the clear and attractive golden color plus nice sudsy foam. Light aroma of flowers and biscuits. A touch of hops rather than a slap, which is pleasant enough. Very easy drinking with nice watery mouthfeel. If this was a Pilsener, nobody would complain. It's not much of an IPA, so pick your attitude. Want a deal? $2.59 at my favorite Ocean Beach store, Liticker's on Voltaire.

I opened this hoping for some hop stupidity to perk up a couple of anemic browns and pseudo-hefes, but this ain't going to do it.

03-24-2012 update - somehow I ended up with another bottle of this. A fresh one, dated March 7. The aroma nice, floral, intriguing, so I'd up my score on that. Quite inoffensive. Quite sprightly, like tonic water.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 04:38:47 | More by mactrail
Photo of abcsofbeer


3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a 08/07 drink by date. The color is clear amber and it is topped by a one finger white head, even after a generous pour. There is a good amount of sticky lacing around the top of the glass.

The aroma after the pour seemed to be fairly strong on the hop side. I detect a good amount of pine and grapefruit, as well as leaning toward the leafy, flowery scent. The taste is mild to medium hoppy with very little malt blended in. This is a fairly decent ipa, but not one to rave about.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 00:25:04 | More by abcsofbeer
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3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a beer that is not worth having at all unless you have it fresh, and preferably on draft. Had that way it is a pleasant enough ipa even if it is nowhere near tops in in its class. Pours golden with little head but decent lacing. The smell is of light citrusy hops and with a light graininess. The taste starts with lemon and grapefruit and some developing bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little light and spritzy. In the right conditions a pleasant drinker. I have to say that I don't often have Redhook beers anymore. I never thought they were the best beers on the planet, but I feel they have lost a great deal of what charm they once had. The real problem with this beer is that I probably had it in peak condition, and it was just decent. Most people will have it on its way to staleness in the bottle, and the experience just won't be as good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2007 06:29:01 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.43/5  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

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 04:39:40 | More by perfectkaos
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3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a medium white head that settles into a soapy film. Smells of orangey and piney hops with a honeyish sweetness in the background. Taste is completely unexpected: none of the hoppy kapow I was anticipating. Oh there are hops, to be sure, but Long Hammer has more of simple sweetness than anything else, but not in a terribly complicated or interesting way. Hops finally come out to express themselves on the finish but I wish they'd made a stronger showing on the palate. Body is fine; drinkability is so-so an account of its taste not living up to the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 03:59:41 | More by droomyster
Photo of zachsmith


3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

head was one finger with little to no retention

for an ipa the smell was pretty bland, faint citrus maybe a hint of
grassy malt

kind of dry, it maybe a personal preference but i like a big malty stage to allow the hops to perform

i like most of redhooks beers but this is sort of a dissapointment.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 07:35:36 | More by zachsmith
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3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper and clear, nice 2 finger head in an hourglass pilsner glass. Lacing is good. Head retention is strong.

Smells like a good IPA. Plenty of hops and pine.

Taste is a bit sweet. Not unbearably so, but certainly not a typical "hop bomb" like your usual American IPA.

Finishes very dry, not my favorite. Very carbonated and an easy drinker.

I gave it a pretty high overall score due to the fact that it isn't a bad beer at all, just not the typical American IPA. Seems like an IPA light beer, if there is such a thing. It's a good beer, but doesn't represent the style very well at all. Also, not a great beer to just sit and drink, would probably be a bit better paired with some food.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 12:19:57 | More by HarrySTruman
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3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep brassy body with a small, ringy, off-white head. Juicy Fruit malt backbone with floral, very citrusy hop aromas. Herbal and citrus hop bitterness up front. Sugary fruit malt follows. Juicy citrus and light pine hop bitterness into the finish. Moderate body with a mildly creamy feel. Not bad, but not remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 03:05:11 | More by alexgash
Photo of swid


3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redhook IPA pours a light golden color with a very small head; fairly high carbonation; moderate lacing. It's hard to put a finger on it precisely, but this just doesn't quite "look" like an IPA. The aroma is hops, plain and simple. Good, yet not terribly complex.

The initial taste of the beer, while bitter, is nowhere near as hoppy as most other American IPAs. The malt sweetness can be tasted after a second or so after the initial tasting; there seems to be a hint of roasted character somewhere in this beer as well. The mouthfeel is very light for this style of beer, and it finishes with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Redhook IPA is an enjoyable beer...just don't be any under pretenses that this is an IPA. Still, it's a clean, simple beer that makes a good stepping-stone to hoppier, more complex beers...like an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 21:12:34 | More by swid
Photo of jmz62565


3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very light,too light for my taste,gold color with a very,very,small head.The is very hoppy.The taste,like the smell,is very hoppy and ends with a bitter taste that's almost bitter.The m/f is light and a little watery.Not a bad brew,but there's room for improvement.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2005 22:02:55 | More by jmz62565
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New York

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light orange color, little head retention, and not a lot of bubbles floating to the top.

Smell: A nice balance of juicy and floral hops with some citrus and sourness. Mild but balanced.

Taste: Could be a bit stronger, as the taste is mild, but there's balanced floral hops, citrus, slight caramel malt and toasted grain.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and a bit watery.

Drinkability: Overall not bad. I could have a few pints of this. Easy-going and went well with a Reuben.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2008 22:17:13 | More by asabreed
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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