1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

Not Rated.
Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
75
okay

2,483 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,483
Reviews: 1,097
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 100 | 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)
View: Beers (48) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Redhook Long Hammer IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,483 | Reviews: 1,097 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of billybob
billybob

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a slightly hazy golden color, quarter in off white head with a hard pour but did leave some lasting lace. strong bitter hops in the nose. slightly oily on the tongue with that hop bitterness and not much else there. good carbonation and mouthfeel but nothing to go with it. not something i would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 14:58:09 | More by billybob
Photo of acrawf6
acrawf6

Louisiana

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had it poured into a clear plastic cup at the bar, so i cant really comment too much on the appearance, but it looked like a rich golden color. Head was white an foamy and rested nicely on top for a while.

Smell. Decent hop aroma, apples and pears are the the dominant characteristics i get, with a small citrus touch.

Taste. I would say there is a slight tartness and fruit flavor- pears is what i get again, with some pineapple. not a bad flavor, but is different, and i think milder than most other ipas.

Mouthfeel. body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Fills my mouth nicely, and the 6.5% is hidden pretty well.

Overall, an enjoyable one down here because, frankly, ipas are quite rare on tap around here. But it isnt one i would think would win any awards. I'd say the hops are on the milder side (not a bad thing), but there isnt anything in it really to want me to really seek it out. But worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2007 02:40:23 | More by acrawf6
Photo of theformula
theformula

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light straw body w/ 2 finger head and sticky lacing; head descends quickly.

Piney hops dominate, and sweet honey and citrus comes through, especially the typical grapefruit. No malts except in the honey note.

Light body w/ good carbonation. Crisp feel to the palate.

Decent IPA with the expected layers of flavor for the style. Sweet malts lie in the background, but the depth isn't there. Good citrus and pine layers from hops.

Drinkable, but there's better out there. A macro-brew trying to be a micro-brew is what I think of. There's worse, but there's so many better examples out there. A good beginner IPA for the newbie.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 03:22:04 | More by theformula
Photo of IronLover
IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-orange in color with lots of floaties and a thick haze. Poured with a thin white head that leaves a nice cap and lots of wet lacings. Light floral hop aroma with lemon and orange aromas and an earthy grassy undertone. Medium bodied with nice carbonation, but a little watery at the finish. Appears to be a fuller bodied beer than it actually is. A mix of malt flavors with orange and lemon hop flavors right up front, banana in the middle and light pine hop finish that leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. Quite different than most IPAs that are available. A complex flavor profile that lacks the hop intensity that I've come to expect from an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 02:43:31 | More by IronLover
Photo of ChrisA
ChrisA

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I first started drinking micros this was one of the first I picked up. I would get upset reading the reviews, thinking that it wasn't that bad...

My friend had a party this weekend and he bought this instead of the Bridgeport IPA I had advised. I'm sorry he did. I couldn't believe how much my tastes had changed. This is not a stellar example of an IPA and I will most likely not be drinking it again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 01:49:51 | More by ChrisA
Photo of Joey7F
Joey7F

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I settled on this IPA (my first IPA btw) when there were no others in stock. I am a fan of Redhook's Amber ESB so that also aided in my decision. I enjoyed the taste of this brew, but I can't say it made me really want another. I think SNPA is hoppier so the reviews for this one that say you can only taste the hops make me scratch my head a little. It went well with Indian food, but was just decent on its own. Also as it warmed the taste did not stand up as well as the ESB. We also bought a sixer of Paulaner last night which helped please everyone.

--Joey

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 20:32:47 | More by Joey7F
Photo of BlackBearForge
BlackBearForge

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 07/15/2011

Long Hammer IPA pours a pale gold in the glass with a thin whitish head that disappears instantaneously leaving scant lacing.

The aroma is faintly reminiscent of citrus with a hint of malt.

The flavor recovers from the aroma somewhat with a light lemony/orange citrus background to the bready malts. Bitterness is the key note speaker of the hops and not entirely in a good way. More malts might help as well as flavoring hops. Alcohol is not entirely masked and there appears to be a somewhat astringent side to the finish. Warming a tad seems to alleviate some of the negative features.

The mouthfeel is light/medium and the carbonation while not excessive seems somewhat harsh.

Overall, while drinkable, I do not find Long Hammer IPA overly enjoyable though I suppose the flavor profile might grow on you with time.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 01:33:40 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of burcher
burcher

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK. At first drink this is a decent and even alternative american pale ale available at most of our local grocery stores. Two or 3 six-packs might lead one to decide this is a fine example of an APA and a decent every day drinker. Having consumed many more than that I think this is a very inconsistent example of an apa and a bit funky (not in a good way) pale.

Aroma and hop flavor are not typical grassy and fruity. Rather, a bit earthy and not in a way that is expected. Color, head, carbonation etc. all fine. The biggest difference in this beer is the hop flavor that comes across as dirty or unhealthy as if RH is using cheap or otherwise undesirable hops to build the hop backbone. Sometimes this is a nice, unique, and different flavor but upon further experience it comes across as cheap.

In the world of grocery store APAs this one is near the bottom although it is not a horrible beer by any means.

c+

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 00:26:39 | More by burcher
Photo of ipazilla
ipazilla

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Long hammer, from 12 oz. bottle.
Although this is a pretty standard tasting and bodied ipa I find myself liking it as its departs from the high heady flavors of strong ipas and gives you a sort of easy drinking taste that makes it a good beer for a hot day or just a thirsty one. Good drinkability and light flavor make this a good starter ipa. Not a bad beer or a great one, but good enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 14:17:17 | More by ipazilla
Photo of philbertk
philbertk

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Long Hammer IPA--India Pale Ale--2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV-45 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Clear bright thin gold color. Mild floral IPA hop front. Crisp mild sweet creamy clean caramel butter grassy tasty malt body. Smooth easy hop spice clean end. More hops? Mellow hop IPA. Sampled 12/29/2006.

Long Hammer IPA--India Pale Ale 2007 22 oz. 6.50% ABV. 45 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Tight off white lacy head. Clear bright rich dark gold color. Mild earthy floral hop front.Mellow sweet mild pine butterscotch caramel creamy mild earthy body. Crisp mild citrus hop spice refreshing end. Sampled 8/14/2007.

Long Hammer IPA--India Pale Ale--New Solid Block Graphic--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 42 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Rich lacy white head. Clear bright fizzy rich pretty gold color. Mellow floral hop front. Smooth mild crusty sweet hint crystal malt body. Balanced mild hop citrus spice sweet end. Well Made mild IPA. Hoppy after Lithuania Trip. Sampled 9/18/2008. Purchased for $2.99 each.

Long Hammer IPA--India Pale Ale--New Solid Block Graphic--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 45 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Dense lacy white head. Clear thin bright gold color. Mild floral hop front. Thin crisp mild creamy easy caramel crystal smooth mild sweet body. Balanced mild hop spice citrus hint easy end. Smooth somewhat bland pretty mild hop IPA. Sampled 8/22/2008. Purchased 6-Pack for $6.99.

Red Hook Ale Brewery, Inc.--Long Hammer IPA Is A Big Fan Of Dry Hopping, Which Sounds Much Dirtier Than It Is--2011 New Graphic Retro Stubby 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 44 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Nice mild lace lasting 1/2 inch off white head. Clear thin bright gold color. Delicate floral Cascade hopp front. Crisp mellow mildly cloying sweet smooth light caramel malty doughy fruit hint rich Pale Ale body. Clean mild refreshing light crisp hop spice balanced smooth end. Well made mellow hop Session IPA. Soft rather than sharp hops. Sampled 3/22/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $7.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 3/22/2011.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 03:59:31 | More by philbertk
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint.

Appearance: gold, bubbly body but thin white head comes off roughly 1/3" off the initial pour.

Smell: light floral, and slight pine. Bleak if you ask me.

Taste: hops and malt, slight pine feel that makes you feel that you're drink your first light IPA.

Mouth: not bad at all, medium heavy and smooth.

Overall: more like your everyday IPA, I would buy it again but not at the price I paid at the bar. Salud.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 23:35:24 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of treyrab
treyrab

California

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap tonight at Bar Blues in State College, PA

A: Pours a hazy light copper color with a small white head. Nothing special in the appearance.

S: The smell is not too bad, with some decent citrus and pine hops. Also a grassy malt aroma as well.

T: The taste starts off decent. It starts with a citrusy hops and some pine hops but finishes with a sweet barley-wine like characteristic that does not fit at all for the style.

Overall, not a beer I would recommend nor try again if I had the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2008 03:22:42 | More by treyrab
Photo of Alextricity
Alextricity

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A yellow/pale amber color. Pours with a pretty nice head, but it goes away after a couple minutes. There's little to no lacing.

Smell: Hardly there. Maybe some hoppiness or sweetness, but it's hard to detect much of anything.

Taste: Like the smell, hard to get much out of it. As an IPA, it's a pretty big disappointment, but if you just look at it as a BEER, it's mediocre. Slight hoppiness with minor bitterness. Bits of malt. It's really just light.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation, but with the lack of taste, it's sort of watery, really.

Everything about this beer is light. The appearance, smell, taste... like I said, it's not a bad beer or anything, but it sure isn't much of an IPA. If you're used to BMC's, you'll probably like this one, as it doesn't have much taste to speak of. I wouldn't be opposed to drinking another one of these, but I probably won't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 00:52:26 | More by Alextricity
Photo of sstackho
sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours an uninspired clear gold with some carbonation. Decent lacing. The aroma doesn't bring much more to the table and is noticeably lacking. The flavour profile is pretty nicely hoppy, although it's just missing a little fullness to make it a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 02:38:53 | More by sstackho
Photo of jjanega08
jjanega08

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pretty average. Pale yellow color with a small head... however there was some pretty respectable lacing in my glass.
S= not much here but some spicy hops and a lemon or orange kinda thing going on...
T= average at best. Not very impressive expessially for an ipa. Not nearly as flavorful as I like. Tasted like a step up from a budweiser with a little tiny citrus hop note in it. Like I said average at best
M= pretty nice. Well carbonated medium body more like an ipa than the taste. The mouthfeel was definitally enjoyable
D= pretty respectable if you are working your way up to some more full flavored beers. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that the flavor was so muted for an ipa...

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2008 04:14:14 | More by jjanega08
Photo of TroyS
TroyS

Idaho

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ok Redhook....nice job on this one. This is one of your best offerings in my opinion. This beer looks better than it is, but I'm a freak when it comes to the way a beer looks probably because a great looking beer normally = a good tasting beer at minimum.

Long Hammer pours nice and light. It pours like any ale, but the head fades at a slower rate and leaves behind a surprisingly nice lace for you if that's your thing.

The nose on this sucker is screaming Douglas Fir(christmas tree). This is a sharp brew. This is not an Imperial kinda distinctly hoppy and sharp brew, but a really nice macro brew working to keep up with the Stones of the world. Hey Stone...keep working or you'll wake up lower on the ladder, but until then, which I hope will be never, keep up the great work!

This is a VERY drinkable IPA. There's a bit of pine and the hops will get your attention, but overall a great beer to introduce lawn mover beer lovers to the real world of beer. A great beer that should be found everywhere. Don't get me wrong....if you're not in an "everywhere" type O' place, then don't pick this beer. It is not world class, but one of the best that I've found in my big box retailer. Recommend - for sure give this beer a drink. You'll enjoy it as will your friends. Surprising crisp taste. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 00:03:21 | More by TroyS
Photo of BitteBier
BitteBier

Indiana

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very clear with fleeting head. Muted aromas and relatively lack of body. First notes are sweet, then moving to bitter. Reasonably drinkable but a tad oily.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2002 18:51:59 | More by BitteBier
Photo of patpbr
patpbr

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

as the label states- Long hammer IPA is a big fan of dry hopping, which sounds much dirtier than it is.

A - light in color, head did not last long. some carbonation.

S - floral

T - A little sweet. I like more of a strong hop character when drinking this style. very drinkable

M - some carbonation but not as much as I would have liked. works well enough.

O - Its an IPA, but not an exciting one

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 22:17:47 | More by patpbr
Photo of runesead
runesead

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Longhammer has an IPA bite that can best be appreciated by the beach.

I picked Longhammer up when I went to North Carolina this past summer. It had the extra hops bite that really refreshed me in the warm, salty air.

I haven't had it lately, but I remember it being a step up from most IPAs

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 22:51:38 | More by runesead
Photo of Beerswag
Beerswag

California

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

06-14-2013 01:43:27 | More by Beerswag
Photo of Andrew_Rios122
Andrew_Rios122

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

07-22-2014 01:23:17 | More by Andrew_Rios122
Photo of standardcherry
standardcherry

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

05-11-2012 07:28:23 | More by standardcherry
Photo of bpfrush
bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

11-15-2011 17:58:15 | More by bpfrush
Photo of doremite
doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

07-13-2013 12:39:55 | More by doremite
Photo of sgttibbs
sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

12-15-2013 20:32:01 | More by sgttibbs
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,483 ratings.