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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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2,906 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,906
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 20
Gots: 294 | 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: pbrian on 03-29-2001

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 atremains
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy gold/orange, similar to the appearance of apple juice. Fluffy white head that produces considerable lacing and a nice looking white sheet with a ring around the the top.
S- Very weak, all I can really get is some faint hop tones and some random sweetness?
T- Weak again, watery. Cracker-like. Hops with a bit of malt. This one is giving me trouble picking anything out. On a side note, the flavors were more present in belching than in drinking the beer.
M- Thin, watery, highly carbonated, and a bit oily.
D- Surprising that the 6.5% is masked so well, I guess if tossing back beer with nearly lifeless qualities is your thing you could do this one all night.

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

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler Pint. 6.5% ABV Bottled 030309 punched into the label.

A - Clear and devoid of bubbles. Brilliant honey gold color with a two finger off-white foamy head. Alright retention that ended up leaving a ring and artistic-like lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Mainly floral hops appear on the aroma but a slight fruitiness hits too. A touch of citrus and pine with a small pear/apricot blend. Yeasty (no sediment) with a malty backbone that balances decently.

T - Light pale malts in the background hold the structure together loosely while hops are more free to roam. Largely pine with a drop of lemony citrus, it's a floral hop that bitters extensively and leaves a long, lingering flavor in the mouth.

M - Bitter. Eye-twitching, head-shaking bitter. At least it is for me right now. A little dry with a medium body and a crisp, refreshing finish.

D - It might take me a while to finish this beer off since the bitterness keeps slapping me in the face but its a mediocre IPA. A better offering from Red Hook than the Sunrye at least.

Photo of alexrichman
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6-pack at QFC - bottle dated July 20th of this year. Poured into a snifter.

A> Cloudy orange-blonde appearance... uhh .. where is the head? Produced about 1/4 finger of foam when ruffed up a little bit... dissapears quickly and leaves little lacing... definetely not very impressive

S> Okay, now this isn't bad - sweet malt, citrusy hops with a faint green apple. The aroma hops remind of of Columbus hops.

T> This is kind of a mess... just not balanced very properly... also where did all the hops go? Nice roasted malt flavor and slight bitter linger. The finish saves this from being completely dissapointing.

M> Not very carbonated... a little thin, especially for the style.

D> Surprisingly this beer is very drinkable - good aroma, decent (although lacking) flavor. This seems like a good beer for BBQs, parties, etc. The totally tame taste and high ABV seems like this would be a good "everyman" beer

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

An extremely clear gold beer with a small, quickly vanishing head. Lacing is solid. A steady stream of tiny bubbles work their way towards the surface.

Hoppy aroma of citrus, mostly tangerine and pine, but extremely muted. Taste is disappointingly lacking; traces of tropical fruit notes and pine are present, but are overshadowed by a merely middling bitterness. Nearly nothing there; faintly sweet underneath the bitterness, a little salty on the end, but extremely small in the flavor department.

Additionally, the mouthfeel is a little too spritzy and over-carbonated, with a body on the thin side. Can't really recommend this one, as it fails to deliver much and needs a ton of amplification of subtler characteristics. Bland bitterness comes to the top, coupled with excessive carbonation, making for a pretty mediocre IPA. This was a pretty fresh bottle but it had to sit and arm for a while before the more interesting but weakly represented aspects of its flavor and taste emerged. I enjoyed the tangerine aspect of the flavor but I really had to strain to discern it.

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

Poured clear with a moderate head with small bubbles. Some lace. Some citrus and floral, but not much depth beyond that on second and third sniff.

Taste was moderately bitter, but not much mouthfeel or malt. Okay bitterness hits in the aftertaste, but nothing too complex. Doesn't measure up to some of the great micro IPAs being produced by several breweries around the country.

Ultimately, this a beer that I would enjoy pretty cold to chase a long bout of gardening or other hot work or play. When it begins to warm, there is not much to recommend it as repeatable in other situations.

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

Unique bottle, kinda stubby but not at the same time. Pours a pale orange beer with a small to medium sized head. Slightly hazy. Floral hops and oranges come out of the nose and a wheat malt-like backing. Nothing out of this world.

Interesting taste, floral and citrusy in front, harshly bitter in the back. It's sort of an odd bitter, somewhat medicinal maybe, close to unpleasant. That medicinal bitterness tends to linger for a while in the aftertaste. A little salty as well, making for a weird mouthfeel. Some nice floral and citrus hop tastes hidden in there, but maybe there was a little too much dry-hopping or something because all of these seemed to be drowned out for the most part by the bitterness. I'm all about more hops in beer, but these seem a bit strong and odd for a regular IPA and a flavor or two are definitely off.

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 5pmsomewhere
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,906 ratings.