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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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75
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2,872 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,872
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 19
Gots: 271 | FT: 0
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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 Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

According to the bottle: Bottled 20 Jun 05, 6.5%ABV. Pours a nice clear golden color, small head dissapates quickly, some carbonation, some light lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, citrusy. The taste is not bad, hoppy with a little bite at the end, not as good as others for sure, but not bad. Medium body. This is drinkable, but there are other IPAs way better, but maybe for an intro into the style it would be good.

Photo of Minkybut
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice pretty golden color but much like any other regular beer. The head was nice anf fluffy and held on pretty well. The lacing was good and held up pretty well also. The taste was a little harsh a little pineapply. I just did not like the taste and will not buy again as this is like the third try.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Xchange in D.C.

The beer is a light orange / yellow color and appears clear with mild effervescence. The aroma is rather weak, with a light dose of hops and citrus. The flavor is average, and could be bolder. The hop presence is pretty subdued and tame. The finish has a subtle odd note with a hint of alcohol. Overall, a mediocre example of the style. I won't order this again.

Photo of thespaceman
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Shows a nice amber in color, with a thick head and decent lacing and retention. Smell is of citrus like elements, a bit grassy and reserved, with a bit of malt spice. Up front, this beer has balancing issues. Too much malt like breadiness takes the hop profile and shoves it aside, I would have liked more zing from the hops but I was dissapointed. Mouthfeel is carbonated and slick, again, bitterness is low due to more malt being present. Overall, I would consider this more of a Pale then an IPA, IPA's should be balanced but still have a decadent like hop profile, and this one falls way short of that. I like Red Hook but hopefully they tweak this to show more of the hops and less of the weak malt flavoring that completely throws this brew out of sync.

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

i drink this one when it is on sale and nothing else is striking my fancy. staggeringly average IPA with a lighter than normal yellowish hue. slight piney hop nose, but at least it doesn't have the damp cardboard stink that some of the other budget IPAs have (Double Take or the Fresh n Easy contract brew come to mind). mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for a beer of this style, and the bitterness feels restrained. short finish leaves me wanting more. at less than a dollar per bottle it's not a bad choice, but for a couple of bucks more you could do much better.

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

Poured light copper with a decent off white head with good side lacing.
Aroma had a decent mix of citrus floral hops and some fainter malts.
Taste was dry, bitter but rather bland with a weak (watery) mouthfeel, but rather bland. Generally lacking any definitive flavor.
Less than what I expect from an IPA.

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

The beer flowed from the bottle a yellow-golden color with virtually no foam. The aroma is grainy with a little bit of piny hops. A little thin on the palate. Flavors are mild and malty. It finishes with some pine and citrus hops. Overall not that impressive.

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

This beer looked better than it taste. The nose had good hops and some toasted grain. This long hammer is a step up from there reg. ipa. It drinks almost like a dbl ipa except the midpalate leaves you hanging. There's not enough malt backbone to hold up this brew.
And the finish fades to quickly. A very good effort for a AB. beer.

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

Brewed six weeks ago at the NH site (marked on the bottom of the label).

Poured into a pint glass. Less than a finger's-width of off-white head sits on top of a golden/light amber body.

Smells like lemon pledge and some light hops; there isn't so much else. Smells good though.

Tastes piney. Like if Christmas tree water was drinkable. It's not bad though. Finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel is watery.

I want to like this beer, it being from my area and all (and, admittedly, the cool bottle). But it's really nothing special. There's no reason to buy it when you can buy Smuttynose Finest Kind instead. I used the rest of the sixer to steam crab legs and they were awesome.

Photo of Broombrew
3.07/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into glass

A- gold color. poured with a one finger head that keeps pretty well for a little bit then dissipates.

b- hit right away with a pleasant smell. fairly hoppy, flowery aroma.

T- pretty high, but not overly carbonated. balance between hops and malts is nice, nice hop flavor, but disappointed with the lower than expected hop presence from an ipa.

m - a little light in feel but not watery. goes down smooth.

d - very easy to drink. could throw back several, though not quite a session beer with the slightly higher alcohol level. would definitely have another, although id choose many others before this one.

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

This is not one of Red Hook's best but this is what made the brewery catch on in the Northwest. This beer is drinkable and has a higher alcohol content but is not incredible. It tastes similar to the brewery's Blonde and does not have the hoppiness of a traditional IPA. Not a bad beer but not my first choice from this great macrobrewery.

Update 01/04/06:
I reviewed this beer when the ABV was listed at 7.2%. I see now that it is listed at 5.11%. That is a drastic change.

Photo of Foyle
3.07/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance-- pours with a 3/4" head that dissipates rapidly. Considerable lacing. Golden color.

Aroma -- distinctive citrus and pine hop aroma.

Mouthfeel -- light to medium body. Slightly sticky.

Flavor -- a little unusual for an IPA in that the beginning and middle are bitter but the finish is sweet malts. Finish is mostly dry.

Overall -- very nice mild IPA

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: It was a clear light amber in appearence with a light white head that was not well retained at all.

S: Aroma was mainly hops with a little pine mixed in. Not a lot to it really and certainly not as strong as expected.

T: Taste followed the nose exactly. The hops were not overwhelming by any means, but a nice consistent melo flavor.

M/D: Carbonation was average. The beer was light and had a average dry bitter aftertaste to it. Overall, the beer is decent. I would not call it one of my go to beers, but I will probably pick it up again or order it when I am out, but not my first choice.

Photo of Catracho5
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Long Hammer IPA is just Redhook IPA renamed in honor of the hard working railroad folk.

Pours a golden color with minimal head.

Decent hop smell, citrus elements along with a couple other fruit aromas, but a bit weak for an IPA.

Balance between the malt and the hops is good for an otherwise unremarkable offering from Redhook. Fairly smooth, hops in the forefront, bit thin tasting though.

Not an overwhelming IPA, so I can imagine this would be a good transition beer for those trying to get into the style.

Photo of jwc215
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours light golden yellow with a thin head that sticks around. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of light citrus with a touch of lemon zest. Bready notes come through. Smells more like an APA.

The taste is of light citrus with floral notes and a lemon zest. Bready malt balances it out. Almost too much so. Lackluster finish.

It has something of a body to it, but the taste flees off the palate.

This one is weak. It seems caught between APA and IPA (an APA with higher alcohol, which to its credit is pretty well hidden)? Whatever...with so many solid IPA's out there, why bother ...

Photo of whiplash3825
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An easy pour yields an orange-yellow liquid with a <1-finger head with a retention of nil. Curiously there are what seems like millions of little particles in suspension which makes it look very thick like Jello or jelly. I like chunks in my hefeweizen, but I'm not sure what the heck I'm seeing here! Brewed six months ago so age shouldn't be a factor.

Mild hops in the nose and little else.

Taste is all hops, bitter but light... any malt flavors are completely overwhelmed by the hops. Still it's pretty refreshing on this 90+ degree day; I'll take it over a BMC any day!

Thin mouthfeel, but so is the taste and smell, so at least it's consistent!

Pretty easy-drinking... for a non-hophead like me probably easier than your typical "to-style" IPA. Pretty mild all the way around.

Photo of obrike
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well...my wife knows i like IPAs, so she picked this one up for me...a sweet gesture at least.

Kind of a a dull yellow pour...spotty lacing though, and a small ring of head remained for the duration.

Not much aroma on this one...especially for an IPA...where is the citrus, pine? Almost getting an adjunct scent in this one...oops.

Certainly not what you want in an IPA...but not horrible...more malt in this one than hops, a bit of sweetness initially but i'm having a tough time finding the hops.

I'm not gonna slam this one, even though I'm not sure IPA status is correct. It doesn't taste horrible...but it certainly doesn't taste like an IPA. Try again Long Hammer...I'll give you another shot.

Photo of KlayWey
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of GClarkage
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

03/25/07- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness date found. Supposedly there is, but I couldn't find any after a minute of looking. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Medium to light pils yellow colored pour. 1/2 inch head which settles with a light rim. Light lace spots left.

Smell- Some resemblence of hops. Not really outwardly scented. A bit of pine hops and a bit of minor bitter lemon. A bit grainy as well.

Taste- Hops are predominant. some light caramel malt is present, but mostly some weak flavored pine and light grapefruit hops. Not very assertive.

Mouthfeel- Kinda seltzery with a mid to high carbonation rate. Not really any aftertaste.

Drinkability- Ehhh, will pass on this one again if seen. Not anything special here. But, is was an IPA, so if I see a new one, I have to try it.

Photo of jayfarley3
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance is a hazy yellow color with a nice head that dissipates quickly. smell is lightly hoppy, pretty weak aroma for an ipa. taste is about the same. this beer is medium bodied and is pretty smooth but it is a boring beer especially when you were hoping for an ipa.

Photo of andrewmartin
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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

Photo of Patrick999
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saw a relatively fresh Long Hammer single on the shelf and picked it up. Hey, I'll give it a fair taste.

Poured into a Stone pint glass. Clear gold. Bubbles pretty active. Head retains well and leaves some decent lacing. Not the best I've ever seen, but still good.

Light hop of a piney variety in the nose. Not bad. The hop aroma could just use some more intensity, that's all.

Likewise on the taste. Hop forward, just not very intense at all. Not overtly malty, either, so this *is* what I would call balanced. Minor bite of alcohol.

Not much to say about the feel. It's crisp, scrubs the palate and generally does what it should.

Obviously, for an experienced IPA drinker, this will fall short of the mark. Not bad, just not especially memorable, challenging, or even beautifully simple. Would work OK as a football game beer, or as an introduction to IPA for a newbie.

Edit: Just poured a not-very-fresh Bell's Two-Hearted to go up against this. Even the slightly stale Two-Hearted blew it away.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clean, domestic lager color with a bit of copper to it. Head is sudsy, just a touch of off white.

S: Muted citrus; old OJ, mellow lime and grapefruit rind. Quite a bit of dingy forest floor as well.

T: Begins bitter with out a lot of flavor going to one side of the hop spectrum or the other. Evidient grapefruit rind goes first with starfruit, under ripe pear and bay leaves. Next step is simply a dull redwood bark taste that lingers for a while. That’s really about it.

M: Medium body with a soft water feel to it.

D: Pretty boring IPA. Most brewers would call this a pale ale. Lacks sweetness for balance.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,872 ratings.