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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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2,511 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,511
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 GordonQuid


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Daddy Oh's Toledo, OH.

Clear golden witha one inch head and slight lacing.

Smells of fresh citrus hop and a slight grainy sweetness.

Taste is fresh and crisp citrus hop witha slight honey sweetness in the finish.

This is a quaffable beer, light and average in the American IPA style. A good session beer!

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 15:23:22 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of lonestar4lunch


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quick review... nothing real exciting. Looks almost like a Budweiser when poured. Minimal head possibly due to being a bit to cold. Aroma is very light of citrus with a touch of hops. Could be more. Taste is very light for the style. Smooth and crisp. The hops aren't really there until the end. I am getting some of the fruit in the taste also, pears or green apples maybe? Finishes nice and for 6.5 quite drinkable. It was enjoyable but I think the Redhook IPA is better. Nice to enjoy this one while it's here though. Good.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 01:03:36 | More by lonestar4lunch
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a fairly standard american ipa, with an obvious attempt to hop the crap out of it, balance and body were neglected to some extent. pours a flatish looking light brass color with minimal head. great nose though, big mean hops and an alcoholy dryness. really alluring. taste is well hoppy, but not as well rounded as some others, missing that malty middle to fill it out. pleasant finish, medium body. not perfect but a reasonable ipa

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 22:49:45 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Rennpferd


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pint was served to me with a hazy golden hue. Little activity. It had a frothy full head that didn't last long.

I could not smell anything, there was no scent that I could tell. Maybe I went smell blind, but only during this beer.

It was slightly malty, sweet and smooth. It had a refreshing finish.

It was very drinkable and would have had a second or third but had to move on.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 20:02:42 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of dudecandle

New York

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into 16oz pint:

A: Hazy orange-yellow with a faint trace of head on top. Wouldn't have enough head to lace if it tried.

S: Hop aroma is the strongest note, and in IPA terms, it's barely there. Perhaps a sweet malt profile with subtle citrus, but I may be generous in suggesting so.

T: Similar to the smell: a weak hope dominates. Slightly bready.

M/D: Least aggressive IPA I've ever had. This being said, it makes for easy drinking, and not wholly unpleasant at it.
I had been pleasantly surprised to see any IPA on tap at a real craphole of a bar, so for these very specific circumstances, it sufficed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2009 07:09:57 | More by dudecandle
Photo of TheBierBand


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, I wasn't sure where to review this beer. There were two listings. One for the Woodinville, WA brewing location and one for the Portsmouth, NH location. My bottle had Portsmouth, NH on the bottle lable, so, I decided to review it here. Surprising that there are only 81 reveiwers here yet 480+ reviewers for the Washington location.... oh well, here goes:

Pourred into a pintglass to produce a 1" head of pure white foam. The head had minimal retention and left a bit of spotty lace on the glass as it dwindled down to a thick cap. The beer is lighter than most IPA's I've had.... more of a golden yellow.

Smell: Good nose... somewhat piney and a bit of toasted malt.

Taste: A little disappointing.... not enough of a hops bite to be considered an IPA but it shows up in the finish. In the middle there is more of a light malt ... then at the end the hops makes it's presence known... not overpowering at all.

MF: A little too thin for my taste... not very robust as I prefer in my favorite IPA's.

Drinkability: Good safe beer.... nothing extreme for the hop heads. At $7.99 a sixer it's average in every respect.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 23:09:20 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of idResponse

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Standard IPA here. Nothing outstanding but at least it's solid!
Looks pretty, looks like an IPA. Smells like an IPA, Tastes like an IPA, feels like an IPA and drinks like an IPA should.

Unfortunately I can find nothing interesting to say about this beer.

I cannot fault anything in this beer either.

If they were selling it for 6$ a sixpack I would buy it daily because it is a solid and tasty beer. It just isn't a remarkable beer.

This will definately woo over someone who is an IPA nonbeliever.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 16:39:56 | More by idResponse
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3.21/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured minimal head on a clear, copper body.
The aroma has a mild lemon and honey smell to it. Not much though.
The taste is fairly tame for an American IPA. Moderate bitterness followed by lemon bitterness to finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Not a bad drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 01:14:03 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

I had this a few years ago during my introduction to West Coast IPAs - methinks I've learned a lot since...

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with lots and lots of thin, rocky, foamy white head, which leaves a pretty decent wall of drooping lace around the glass as it slowly melts away. It smells of mild, soft grapefruit hops, and caramel nougat. The taste is weedy, citrusy hops, a bit of mild sweet lemon, and some bready malt. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, a bit slick, and it finishes on the sweet side, the bready/caramel malt standing out over the still noticeable muddled hops.

A very restrained, but still acceptable version of the style, most likely best served as an introduction to those unfamiliar with it. Easy to drink, and unassuming.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 03:57:05 | More by biboergosum
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

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

Pours a clear gold with a soapy, yellowed head that leaves some whispy lacing. Smells lightly of hops...citrusy, floral, and grassy. Taste follows the smell seemlessly with some added grain. The citrus lingers on the tongue along with a decent bitterness. Light, sweet apricot notes in both the flavor and aroma. The mouthfeel is fairly light and dry.

If you're looking for a good IPA, keep walking - it could use some more flavor to back up the bitterness. This is, however, a pretty good candidate for a sessionable pale ale, and its not a bad beer at all by any means.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 20:59:44 | More by wedge
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3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This straw-colored brew is probably the lightest IPA I've ever seen, only a shade darker than a BudMilCoors. There's a wave of piney fresh hops in the nose, some grain, but also a hint of butteriness that doesn't belong. Fortunately that faint off-smell is overwhelmed by the bitter hops in the taste. The taste is pleasantly bitter and dominated by the piney hops but it finishes too cleanly and it seems a bit lacking in the malt department. There are better and bigger IPAs but this one's not bad if you're looking for something bitter to pair with food or you want one that won't fill you up.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 06:21:09 | More by johnrobe
Photo of billybob


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


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


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
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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
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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


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.


Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 20:32:47 | More by Joey7F
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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
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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.


Serving type: bottle

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

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
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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


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
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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
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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