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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
okay

2,501 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 2,501
Reviews: 1,098
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 108 | 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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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

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

A: Nice golden amber coloring with about a fingers worth of head, dissipates down to a nice thick foamy veil across the top.

S: Not a whole lot going on here. Catching some floral hops and a little bit of citrus here but there isn't alot there.

T: Nice maltyness up front, with some doughy breadyness to it. Leads right into some peppery and citrus hops flavor. Bitterness is good and after taste has a little bit of sweetness with a dry biscuit taste to it.

M: Medium carbonation works well with hoppy bitterness and spice notes, higher ABV leaves a slight dry feeling for a crisp clean taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 00:22:15 | More by ChrisPratz
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden-bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into nice lacing. The aroma is of citrus and pine. The taste is of citrus with a hint of pine. It is a nice flavor, but it is fairly mild. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a decent IPA. I could drink it again, but would like it more if the flavor were stronger, and the bitterness were higher.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 22:23:20 | More by KarlHungus
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 14:48:20 | More by GRPunk
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 13:46:27 | More by BEERchitect
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

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

this was a hazy yellow in color with decent lacing. bouqet was very subtle, mainly got a bit of sweet malt and fruitiness. taste was moderately sweet with an almost medium bitterness on the back end. for an ipa, the hops don't really show themselves in this one. medium in body with a decent mouthfeel. this beer lacks complexity and at 6.5% i would expect more flavor and aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2007 16:21:01 | More by MrMcGibblets
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has been a while since I have visited the brews of Redhook. I figured it was about time to dive back in to a college staple. Pours a hazy straw color with a heavy foam head. THe aroma is lightly of citrus with a toffee malt sweetness. A huge sharp bitterness is teh first impression on the palate with undertones of sweet, sharp cotton candy-like malt character. A moderate citrusy spiceflows through a lingering bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 16:19:49 | More by beernut7
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youngleo

Michigan

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

Poued to a nice offwhite head. Had some big bubbles. Had some floaties. Ale itself was golden in color. Left some decent lacing. Head hung around for a while. Smelled of floral hops, and had a citrus smell. Maybe a hint of alcohol was detected. Tasted very mild compared to other IPA Ive had. Not that this was a bad thing. It still had that citrus, hoppy flavor to it, just not as strong as you might expect. Had a dry feeling after drinking, and was slightly bitter.
Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was right. Would love to make a session beer out of this one. But at 6.5 ABV you would have to be carefull.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 20:07:35 | More by youngleo
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mithrascruor

California

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 23:39:03 | More by mithrascruor
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SwiftyMcBeer

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a thin head. This smells a little weak and that carries over into the taste. It's like someone took a hop-bomb and cut it with Miller lite or something. That isn't doing this beer justice though, because it isn't miller lite, it's better then that, just not by a ton. It is an extremely drinkable IPA and you could do a lot worse on a summers day out by the lake. A good value beer and maybe a way to introduce some swill drinkers to something with a touch more care put into it.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 20:57:59 | More by SwiftyMcBeer
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

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

Pours a pale, golden color with hyperactive carbonation that yields virtually no head. Opens with a wide ring of sticky lacing.

Floral, hoppy nose with hints of pine and pepper.

Cascade hops upfront that give way to notes of peppery spice and citrus rind. Moderate bitterness that never bites. Dry, clean finish.

Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable. Go ahead, put the Hammer down. More akin to a traditional APA-style. Nevertheless, considered a decent "gateway" IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 22:36:14 | More by CaptainIPA
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jbsteiny

Hawaii

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear gold with a head that rose and faded quickly. Looks a lot more like a lager than an IPA... There is some wispy retention on the glass. Smells appetizing -- I get mango from the esters and citrusy hops. Mmm... fruit salad. I like the way the fruit aromas mix with the graininess of this beer in the nose, but less so on the tongue. I agree with the reviewer who described the taste as soapy -- I especially get that in the weakly bitter finish. So, it doesn't quite live up to our expectations for IPA's -- in Redhook's defense, it's a moderately tasty beer that has become very affordable at the local supermarket (thanks to A-B), and is remarkably sessionable for a 6.5% pale ale. As a grad student on a budget, I'll continue to buy it as long as it's on sale, though I should really just make 10 gallons of true IPA and stop supporting mediocre "craft" brewing...

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 09:32:13 | More by jbsteiny
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kbub6f

New York

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, cream-colored, dense foam head has a pillowy collapse. The color of the beer is a clear, peachy gold. Fine carbonation. Spots and lines of lacing. There's a faint citrus aroma with a little sour milk. Sweet milk in front with a touch of citrus hops. The middle is sweet, tangy fruit, milk and caramel. A lightly bitter finish shows a little light alcohol. It's a decent, light, fresh beer. Not much intensity.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 23:50:56 | More by kbub6f
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bonkers

New Jersey

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

poured 12 ounce bottle into SA pint glass
A-hazy golden color with a thick head that quickly disipates, very sticky lacing
s-strong hops smell, somewhat grassy
t-somewhat bitter, but not over powering
M&D-medium body with lots of carbonation, very easy drinking
Overall-a good IPA, I would definitely buy this again

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 20:35:01 | More by bonkers
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arizcards

Arizona

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

Original Review 3-5-05:
Purchased a bottle at AJ's for $1.19 back on MLK day 2005.

Poured a golden color with a nice head and is leaving a scattered lacing - 3.5.
Nose is somewhat muted. I am detecting hints of the malts but not detecting any floral hops - 3.0.
Taste is better than a macro and is a bit hoppy but is lacking the normal amount of hops presentation found in this style - 3.0. Mouthfeel is fairly lively on the palate and has more consistency than a macro - 3.5.
Overall drinkability is not bad, a good beer for after some yardwork, but not one I will actively seek out again in the future - 3.5.

2nd Review 6-3-12:
Received a bottle for helping out a friend back in February. Bottled on 12-20-11.
Brew poured golden with a smallish white head that is leaving a little lacing behind - 3.5.
Nose has hints of northwest hops - 3.0.
Taste is pretty well balanced, drinks similar to an APA. Pale and Caramel malts provide a bready backbone and blend pretty well with citrus hops - 3.5.
Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and refreshing - 3.5.
Overall this is not a bad beer, pretty easy drinker for an IPA - free at that - 3.5.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 01:05:32 | More by arizcards
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noremorse1

Michigan

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

Date on beer reads October 2nd, 2007 so this beer is about 25 days old. Not bad... although I am 45 minutes from the brewery.

Pours a light brownish-orange with a significant amount of clarity. Little head that drops quickly. Moderate amount of lacing. Smell is hoppy, with hints of pine needles and citrus. Taste follows suit with a citric and piney taste. Mouthfeel is a light cream that coats the mouth for a moment. I enjoy this beer. Perhaps it is part of my bias towards Washington and Oregon brewers, perhaps it is my ability to get beers this fresh. This beer is one of my session beverages of choice (along with Broken Halo IPA) I recommend it to anyone who wants a good beer for a decent price. Although, it may be more expensive elsewhere. Also, I have not tried this version that is brewed out east. People say that is even better.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 02:37:47 | More by noremorse1
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Kastler

Washington

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

Poured into a chilled beer mug

A - A very nice dark golden look. Although there was a tiny bit of sediment that came out of solution since I put it in a chilled glass. Head almost non-existent.

S - Minimal smell. Uncharacteristic of most IPAs

T - Nice hoppy taste. Pretty Mild

M - Good creamy mouthfeel

O - A decent brew, though pretty mild for an IPA. Was hoping for that bold, hoppy aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 02:39:31 | More by Kastler
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

RedHook IPA pours a transparent bronze shade and leaves a very minimal amount of head retention. The smells are nice, some hops and faint fruity notes. The first taste is good yet not very bold. There is a strong hop-bitterness in the aftertaste and I also seem to sense some type of bread, which I did not expect. The mouthfeel and drinkability are slightly over-par, it has a really nice warming affect after you take a drink. You would almost think it had a higher alcohol content, even though 6.51 is still very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 06:05:26 | More by jasonpeckins32
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden color with some slight lace atop. Very little aroma at first, but after some initial warming a mild floral hop aroma was detectable.

Hop bitterness that finishes out a smooth mouthfeel is really the only characteristic to distinguish this from beer that really isn't good. Slight acidic/metallic aftertaste as well. Drinkable, but IPA's are usually much better and I expected more from this.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 13:36:42 | More by IrishRedRock
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mreatsum

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tried this beer out of desperation for hop flavor at my small town liquor store. I was mildly surprised. Don't really know or care how it looks in a glass. It does smell excellent. The taste is fair and balanced. Not really over the top hops but you do taste it some. The aftertaste stays with you, which I love. A little bland for an IPA, has very little malt sweetness. In the mouth its very refreshing no burn or bite. Overall, I enjoyed this blind purchase. I would by it again but the price is a factor in that. I give major points to year long availability, which this is. There are better and there are worse. Give it a try, you will not be let down.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 07:41:04 | More by mreatsum
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gpogo

California

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden body with a cream colored large head. Head dissipates to a foamy cap and leaves a nice dense lacing.

A- Sweet perfume-like aroma, incredibly fruity.

T- A little watery. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors with some light caramel flavors. Finishes dry with a light bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

D- Decent IPA, very drinkable. In no way is this a hop-bomb.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 20:23:49 | More by gpogo
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of light for an IPA I think. A very light amber with an aveage size head. Fast fading.
Aroma is light, but there are hints of hops and malts, why one can almost pull out some citrus hops.
Flavor while not bad is rather thin. You can pull out some citrus hops and some bready malts but there real light. A bitter ending.
To me drinks more like a pale ale. It.s light and thin on the palette.
Bought up in lake Placid were my options were limited. And since I'm a reviewer I picked up this variety pack at the local market.
This is a good average beer no frills. I'd be happy to drink this at any one of those chain restarunts.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 10:17:31 | More by micromaniac129
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planetscott

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A lawnmower IPA?

Appearance is light straw color, not the copper orange I am used to with other IPAs. Smell is clean, crisp piney cascades. Taste is quite light for an IPA. Closer to an APA then an IPA. Not much malt flavor, but not out of balance either. Mouthfeel is average for an IPA. Drinkability is good in that it is a "lawnmower" IPA. Also, a good gateway IPA for those ramping up to bigger beers.

Overall, a decent brew, but not the IPA I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 22:36:55 | More by planetscott
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Naes

New York

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a golden colored IPA with a small white head that leaves a good amount of lace.
The aroma is a faint amount of pine.
The flavor is also mildly piney, with a slight grapefruit twinge. There is also a slight toasty malt presence near the finish, followed by the bitter hop aftertaste.
Mouth feel is light bodied and generously carbonated.
This is not a stand out IPA, but a good one that goes down way too easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 08:09:24 | More by Naes
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Wave in Waltham 6/14
This beer pours a clear straw yellow, a one finger white head to it. Not much head retention or lacing to speak of. Nose is rather muted, there are some mild citrus hops mixed with a touch of graininess in the nose. Taste was more than I expected. Citrus hops up front, mostly of grapfruit with some mild malts mixed in, a touch of breadiness mutes the hops. Lighter bodied, medium carbonation. This beer goes down very easily, not a great representation of it's style - definitely won't stand up for those looking for a hop burst, but a nice alternative to typical bar BMC offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2009 17:32:17 | More by Jayli
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bigman147

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours slight amber/golden with slight chill haze. Good lacing with a good 1" head. Foam lingers on the top of the beer forever. Definitely the way I like my IPA's to pour

S: Good hop aroma. Very tradional American IPA with use of Cascades. Slight Citrus and Grapefruit aromas. Very pleasant but nothing overly intriguing.

T: Taste is hoppy with good bitterness that isn't lingering. Good body and malt notes.

M & D: Like above, this beer has a pleasant mouthfeel. It is not lingering. Its a clean crisp IPA without being overly bitter. Malt is present but is just a transport mechanism for the hops. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 01:59:15 | More by bigman147
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,501 ratings.