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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
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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 angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review adapted from notes taken 8/16/11

Appearance: Clear golden orange, little white head with good retention and good lacing

Smell: Kind of odd - herbal, floral, with just a hint of pine and citrus - very mild, and arguably weird, but it's definitely not a bad hop profile - malts are pale, seem adequate

Taste: Not too shabby - more hoppy than the nose would suggest - some grapefruit rind, some orange rind - a little astringent - malts are mostly pale but a little toasted - a little earthy/muddy - not exactly complex, but not bad

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nice carbonation

Overall: Very average

I had this back in early 2008 and I thought the hop profile was terrible. Three years later, I'm somehow less negative. It's so mild that I find it hard to really complain about. This is about as average as it gets (but "average" should not imply "garbage"). It's decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 23:05:45 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color with a thick off-white head that sticks nicely to the sides of a snifter glass.

Not too much going on in the nose. Basic grassy hops with some muted malts in the background. Hints of honey and green grapes.

Hay flavors dominate the palate mixed with some some bubble gum, more honey and hibiscus flowers. Im also getting an odd bit of a wheat/rye profile as well. Hops are not as prevelent as they should be in an IPA. Vanishing finish lends this one more towards session status.

APA maybe, IPA...I think not. An ok beer, just not a good example of the style. This one did sit in my beer fridge for 2 months, I remember it being a tad tastier fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 05:48:03 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Tonmeister


3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured in a 16oz Goose Island glass.

A: golden amber with a solid white head when poured aggressively, but the head has dissipated and is now very thin and not solid. I can see through it. The lacing dissipates when tilting the glass.

S: piney, citrusy, earthy with a slight hop presence and a nice sweet blend as a result from the malt

T: earthy, lemon, citrusy, hoppy. It's not as sweet as it smells, but it still fairly well balanced. It seems pretty light for an IPA.

M: Thin bodied with moderate carbonation. It goes down very easily.

O: This is a very smooth beer. It goes down fairly smooth. I would't consider this an IPA. More of a Pale Ale, a very good one at that. Only reason I don't consider it an IPA is because I like it more bitter… with aggressive hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 03:30:08 | More by Tonmeister
Photo of hooligan


3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a crystal clear amber with a thick foam uptop... very pretty. Smell is piney with a whisper of bready yeast as the beer warms.

The taste is crisp and clean, a snappy, piney hop upfront (cascade?) that settles quickly. The beer is not very thick but the body is relatively enjoyable, nonetheless.

This is my "can't get to the beer store, so I went to the grocer" beer - it's quite drinkable, but is really a slightly higher gravity APA at best... enjoy it but realize it's not very indicative of the American IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 22:34:56 | More by hooligan
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very small head and looks very light. Almost like a Foster's. Surprisingly rich aroma. Smells primarily of vanilla. Also smells of hops. Tastes ok. A little metallic. Pretty bitter. A little too much going on here. Nothing consistent. Fairly drinkable. Tastes ok and is not too heavy, but the aftertaste is neither offensive nor appealing.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 19:06:51 | More by dwarbi
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3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Longhammer is one of the first IPAs I ever tried. Felt it was worthy of a revisit, this time from the tap, into a standard pint glass.

Pours a perfectly clear light orange with a frothy head nearly two fingers tall that recedes to about half its size then doesn't go anywhere, leaving thick bubbled sheets of lace.

Citrusy hops prickle the nose with lots of grapefruit and spicy lemon. Bright, snappy and solid, but nothing special.

The hops don't follow to the flavor, however. There seems to be a lot more pale malt here than I got from the nose, giving me a strong flavor of crackers before lime, just a tiny hint of bitter grapefruit, and herbal basil sneak in. The finish is subtly sweet.

The mouthfeel increases my sense of this beer's insubstantiality: light, watery body; delicate, tickly carbonation.

I can see how Longhammer is so popular with the masses, as it's definitely an approachable IPA. But for this beer drinker, big flavors and hops that smack you in the mouth are more important than approachability. Longhammer is decent, but nothing more.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 21:52:50 | More by Phelps
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3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up some of this at Target (!) -- not exactly where one shops for good brew... However, I had never tried it, and I decided to give it a whirl.

The appearance is very nice. This beer pours to a nice, golden color with a moderate, lacy head. While initially the head looks tight and creamy, it gives way to a more laced appearance.

Smell -- for an IPA, I was decidedly underwhelmed by the aroma. In short -- I expected more hops character. My score does not indicate that the scent is unpleasant -- far from it. However, for a beer badged as an IPA, I would expect a more hop-centric aroma. I detected hops, but more subtle than a traditional IPA. I also detected some citrus overtones, but exactly which, I could not isolate.

Taste -- I scored this beer a 3.0. As an IPA, it is (in my opinion) way to sweet, fruity, and light on hops. This is not to say that LH IPA isn't an enjoyable beer and doesn't taste good. It has a very nice, albeit subtle, flavor. It isn't exactly what I'd expect from an IPA, though.

Mouthfeel -- very nice. Smooth initially, with a nice finish. Not overly carbonated.

Drinkability -- Also very nice. Although it falls short as an IPA, it is still a nice beer to drink. Very smooth and refreshing, along with a decent ABV. To an IPA devote', I expect it would be a disappointment. However, it could be a nice "transition" beer for one looking to move away from BMC offerings in small steps.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 02:12:51 | More by PerroGrande
Photo of Theheroguy


3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was fairly underwhelmed by this beer. The hop presence in this IPA is minimal in both the taste and smell. Its not a bad beer overall but it is in my mind a poor example of an AIPA.

It pours a hazy light yellow with a white head.

If you want a nice slightly hoppy beer that is easy drinking I would recommend this. If you're looking for a nice hoppy IPA look elsewhere.

This beer did pair with my dinner very nicely because it had enough flavor to through the pork chops but didn't overpower anything. I believe that as a food pairing beer this is actually and excellent choice.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 23:21:32 | More by Theheroguy
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3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange almost like a pilsner.

The smell on this one doesn't really overwhelm in any fashion but has a light hop aroma.

Taste: for an IPA this one isn't really that big, nothing dramatic in any way. Has a little grassy hop taste and fresh taste as well.

Mouthfeel is light and nothing extraordinary.

Drinkability: Being that it isn't that big I guess you could pound a bunch of em but who wants to do that anyways. Can't say that I dislike it as much as a lot of other people so I would say give it a shot it might be a good intro beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 04:56:25 | More by midnite2sixman
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3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A reddish-orange pour is topped with an off-white head. Retention is adequate. The usual citrus and hop aromas are present, as well as some orange peel and a slightly earthy acidicy. Tastes spicy, malty and lemony with a decent mix of orange and hops throughout. Mouth-feel is medium bodied and it goes down pretty smooth. A tasty yet not overpowering IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 19:38:39 | More by stephens101
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Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Redhook IPA is a lovely golden coloured beer with too many flashing highlights to keep track of them all. My favourite are the sharp amber ones that hit only when held directly up into the light. Although its body is transparent, chill haze (and a bit of suspended proteins) mark up the otherwise clear beer. While it has some head, it could use an upgrade.

The aroma has plenty of hop bitterness but none of the pleasant hop flavours - there's good heavy metal music and then there's music that is just loud and distorted. This is the latter. There's no rhythm, no intricacies and certainly nothing to get your head nodding. Some citrus notes make it through, and some toasted maltiness, but it's not exactly catchy.

I took my first sip and just said 'no'. This isn't what comes to mind when I think IPA and it certainly isn't hitting the spot now that I'm craving one. The flavour on the whole is faint and diluted, but the hoppiness in particular is non-existent save for a weedy, leafy herbal flavour that sort of lingers like bitter greens. Their oiliness sticks to the palate astringently.

Redhook IPA is an easy beer to drink if flavour isn't high on your list of important things and especially if you don't have a palate for bitterer beers. It is at least twice as bitter as commercial swill, mind you, but it won't turn your cheeks inside out. That said, it does leave a distastefully bitter greens taste in the mouth that can be quite pungent and lasting.

Redhook IPA isn't going to win over lager drinkers any more than it will hop heads. It's an IPA that lacks the character typical of the style yet has enough hoppiness to turn away the average Joe. The $2 I paid for this bottle is a fair price but it does not represent good value for money. If you're in the North-West, there are much better options available to you.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 01:34:10 | More by biegaman
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at a show in Brooklyn.

Pours out a light golden-coppery color with a medium-sized off-white head. Head holds pretty well and looks like a solid IPA.

Smell is heavily hopped and bitter with not much discernible malt, although there is a sweet, slightly floral scent running through there.

Flavor is a little too bitter on the hops without enough malt to balance it out very well. It's almost like there's nothing but bitter, slightly past-their-prime hops in it. Kind of bland other than that.

Overall: Not great, but certainly not awful. It's not exactly the definition of a nuanced IPA, but it's solid enough to drink for four bucks a pint at a show. I thought this one was significantly better than their ESB.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 15:35:20 | More by whartontallboy
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North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy, heavily carbonated, light amber color. Decent head, great lacing around the glass. It has a grassy, slightly piney nose, very inviting for an IPA fan. The hops come through first, with an almost too strong piney flavor that left me with a slight citrus, bitter finish. The beer was thin, almost watery. Overall I enjoyed this IPA and would recommend trying it but as a bar manager I'm not sold that I would save a tap for it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 09:08:27 | More by CarolinaAle32
Photo of Jimmys


3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: a very dull color. big fluffy white head with good retention. definitely not clear as i can see a significant amount of matter floating around in my glass.

S: a floral hop aroma is definitely present, but not overpowering. definitely pine. sort of sappy. a touch of maltiness

T: crisp citrus mixes well with an earthy pine like effervescence. definitely on the softer side. not so much maltiness here. a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol-like alcohol flavor.

M: soft carbonation on a medium body.

D: a good beer, definitely not great. more of an APA due to the slightly muted characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 22:59:35 | More by Jimmys
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3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brewmaster told me that the Long Hammer IPA is the old recipe from Ballard Brewing in Seattle called 'Ballard Bitter".. Somehow, I remember Ballard Bitter being much better that this. Not impressed. Looking for hops ? Dogfish 60min IPA is your answer..

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 02:59:15 | More by kjloewe
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North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My friend gave this to me after thinking he ordered a Red Oak amber ale, so I already give it high marks for its value. This one was unfortunately the best choice on draft last night but after the second one, I was tired of it (hence the lower score for drinkability). Too light in color for the style, average and not overwhleming hoppiness, a bit on the heavy side. Only $2.75 a pint once I had to pay for one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2005 18:34:21 | More by Backer2004
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New York

3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

an ok beer but nothing great. color was a little light as well was the head. tasted a little less hoppy than i would expect for an IPA with just a tuch of citrus.body felt a little thin drinkability was ok though. all in all I would'nt pick this one unless choices were limited.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 00:06:00 | More by BeerTaster
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District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one without a lot of options at a local non-craft brew bar in DC. Poured your standard looking copper color, some bubbles, but fairly weak head. Nose is hops, some light fruitiness. Taste is likewise, although a little bit maltier than I expected. It's actually not nearly as bad as I guessed. Feel is pretty weak, though. Too carbonated, kind of just "fizzy," rather than full. Overall, a very mediocre IPA, although not nearly as bad as I guessed. I only had one though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2008 17:53:57 | More by soupyman10
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3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12-ounce can. “SEP1412” is written on the bottom, which I assume is the canning date. Yikes.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is hazy gold. Two fingers of fluffy, white head left an even skim and ring around the edge.

Smell: Floral hops and bready malts. Given the age of the can, I assume most of the hops have fallen out. However, there are hints of grapefruit citrus.

Taste: Decent mouthfeel and floral hops offer a nice bitterness. Bready malts, hints of orange and grapefruit.

Drinkability: Meh. It does not help that this can is almost six months old (I need to be much more vigilant in the beer aisle), but this is not keeping pace with competitors. I will need to try a fresher can in the future, though.

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 19:52:34 | More by TheQuietMan22
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3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly cloudy med. gold w/ a decent white head that settles a bit quick leaving a moderate lacing in my nonic ; a moderate smell, some citrus/cattish hops, maybe a hint of cereal grain ; flavor's a bit on the thin side, a moderate hop bite and somewhat metallic up front, a bit of piney hops and minerals come out about midway , finish is dry and a bit metallic ; a med.-light body and moderatly carbonated ; a decent drinking beer, just an avg. Am. IPA though...

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 22:09:14 | More by animal69
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3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light golden color in teku glass. White head that lingers fairly well.

Smell is heavy with lemon citrus. Very nice fresh smell. Inviting.

Taste is dissappointing. Some malty sweetness. Not much complexity here. No hop character. Minimal bitterness

Mouthfeel is watery. Very bland.

Overall this was fair at best. Probably won't buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:04:43 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, straw yellow appearance. Topped with a fairly large, creamy, off-white head.

Grass and a hint of citrus are the main aromas. Some salt, yeast, and bread finish it off.

Taste is more bitter than sweet, grassy and herbal in character. A little citrus flavor and a bready middle.

Medium in body. Low to medium carbonation, could pick up some and it would be better. Dry.

Overall, a decent IPA. Nothing I would go out of my way for, but not something I would turn down, either.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 18:59:18 | More by
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3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 22:56:35 | More by mmcave
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3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bomber into Duvel glass

Appearance: clear golden orange with 2 finger bubbly white head, lots of lacing

Smell: citrusy, grapefruit, lots of floral action, lemon, hay

Taste: It has an initial hint of citrus and grapefruit, but it is immediately replaced by a corny, bready dull palate, which fades into a sharp lingering bitterness. The nose indicated a lot more flavor, but it really is the corn/bread taste that dominates the palate, with a dry bitterness that doesn't really please. You can taste the adjunct macro in it, which is sad because I didn't rated this not initially knowing Red Hook was owned by InBev (which makes sense why I see this at every gas station).

Mouthfeel: High carbonation but rather thin bodied

Overall: An alright IPA, better than the rating may indicate, especially for the price, but nothing I would seek out. It was about $2.50, otherwise I would not have given it much look. Not to be biased or discriminate, as before I knew Red Hook was owned by Anheuser-Busch/InBev, I thought I tasted a hint of corn taste. I bet this was even better before they sold out, but i'm not gonna go there.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 03:25:35 | More by Roman5150
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber colour; slightly on the pale side. Bordering almost on a pilsner in colour, but not quite as yellow. Very light in colour.

Fruity, hoppy smell with traces of malt. No zest; in fact the hops seem somewhat subdued. The smell doesn't hit me like some PNW IPAs. Faint cut-grass smell.

Taste is fairly bland. Faint hop zing, definite fruity and cut-grass taste. Very watery, not much malt. The taste isn't weak, but certainly isn't as strong as some IPAs I've had. One-dimensional and just not exciting.

Okay mouthfeel. The carbonation is good, but the blandness of taste makes it seem just too fizzy. Drinkable, but so is water...why drink it when you can get something more exciting?

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 05:04:07 | More by BDTyre
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,512 ratings.