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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
okay

2,932 Ratings
THE BROS
67
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Ratings: 2,932
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 19
Gots: 321 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,932 | Reviews: 1,146
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.

Photo of BigRedN
3.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass the beer is a very pale amber. Almost golden, clear, almost looks like a macro lager. The beer had a thin head that faded to a small dollop on the liquid with a ring around the glass. Patchy lacing at best.

Smell: Aromas of hops. Smells more like an IPA than it looks. Scent of pine, a touch floral, and even a little citrousy (lemon zest). The smell has my hopes up.

Taste: Very one dimensional, all hop bitterness from the middle to the end. The bitterness is nice, not too over the top, but the piney, hops just get to me by the end.

Mouthfeel: Touch dry, clean finish without a lingering aftertaste. Lighter in body.

Drinkability: Not a terrible beer, just not a very good IPA in my book. I knew it would not be great but I like the ESB so I thought I'd give this a try. I was disappointed, even though I only paid 4.99. There are much better beers available for just a few $$ more.

Photo of beeroclock
3.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light golden color with very little head even with an aggressive pour. Little to no lacing, however the pour brought out some good smell from the beer, I could smell the grassy and citrus odor pretty strongly. The taste was piney hops but kind of on the light side. An easy drinking beer, but would have liked more hops and some more bitter bite to it.

Photo of Omnium
3.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice gold color, thin layer of fizzy head, minor lacing.
S - Weird crackery smell, pepper, some hidden pine, and just a really off skunky smell.
T - Taste follows the smell, there's a big time crackery flavor here, its like im eating saltine's people! You definitely get that odd skunk kinda flavor, dont know what thats about. This is a lame flavor for an IPA.
M - So little bitterness for an IPA, bad metallic aftertaste.
O - This is just flat out bad. Horrible example of an IPA, the smell is almost unbearable, and the taste doesnt save it at all.

Photo of Fatduck
3.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Long time IPA lover, first time drinking Long Hammer, boy am I unimpressed.

Beer looks good its a pale coppery color with a light tan head. Smells a bit weak, what hops are there are a bit grassy and mild. Taste is pretty much the same, very mild hops for an IPA, grassy. A bit of caramel malts but mostly its pretty watery. In the mouth it feels thin and weak, like a real IPA with half water, but its a nice drinkable brew, gotta give it that.

This is a pretty bad beer, it tastes like what BMC would do if they made an IPA, oh wait... that's what it is.

Photo of grynder33
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold pour with an orangish tint, distinct but not very stong hop aroma, nice light hop taste, with a sweetness making its presence known in the aftertaste. This might be a nice IPA to introduce someone to the style, also an IPA you could drink all night.

Photo of BeerZack
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange-honey color with some floaties; okay head when poured roughly.

Citrus and earthy/herbal scents over a roasty malt presence; alcohol comes out to stretch as it warms.

Roasted (or burnt) malt flavor with spicy herbal hop bitterness. Maybe some sourness or citrus acidity in there also.

Good mouthfeel, smooth with a crisp finish.

I dunno about this beer, seems like the flavor is out of whack- that roasted/burnt flavor doesn't sit well with me.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, bottled 5.25.07 so let's see how it holds up...

A: Pours a bit cloudy (i can still see though it but still has a bit of a haze to it) golden straw color with a creamy looking one inch pure white head, not much carbonation is visible, a bit of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Not very hop heavy as other IPAs, the nose on this one seems a bit more subdued almost like an english pale ale, bits of pine lemon and apple?!?! here and there, smells pretty sweet as well.

T/MF: I mean the hops are here and the bitterness is evident, but this does not taste like any ipa I've ever had, and I'm not saying that in a good way. It just seems a bit off because there is a bit of a apple taste mixed in with everything else. The beer is not quite as sweet as other people have been saying, but again this is just my opinion. Tastes a bit metallic as well, damn...The mouthfeel is pretty clean and the beer leaves a strip of hop oil on the tongue.

D: A strange interpretation of an ipa to be sure, maybe the worst beer that considers itself an IPA I've ever had, but it is still drinkable though not that enjoyable.

Photo of Csylvia14
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of frickersticker3
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I consider myself the lord of IPA's, in a small town who is challenged to shelving the goods. Which hasn't stopped me from tasting and such...IPAs are golden and crafted on levels of distinction and taste. And when it comes to this IPA, I would rather crush some Ranger IPA. This IPA hits, but after awhile...the flavor doesn't continue as much as having the first taste.

Had in a bottle, looks like it would pour very lame and clear.

Smell is there, just like any strong righteous IPA.

Taste has value at the start, but after a couple bottles...it's the same taste as the start...no hop to hop 2.

Mouthfeel is there.

If you have heartburn...and a man with balls, drink this. But after awhile...the taste will roll flat...And thats why I suggest the Ranger.

Photo of bort11
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. A finger's width of head and leaves a spotty lacing. Color is a clear golden orange.

Smell is slightly sweet with a moderate hops bitterness. Taste also has a mild citric hops flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. Seems more of an APA than an IPA. This is a no frills ale. Drinkable, but not very interesting.

Photo of BucBasil
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a pint glass at Hard Rock Cafe at Universal City, CA.

A: Pure ornage with a slight haze. Nice offwhite head with ok retention.

S: Orange rind and slight floral with a sweet note in the back.

T: Slightly watery, but has an ok hop profile. Floral. Piny with a hint of sap. Slight honey character. orange rind. Somewhat unbalanced without malts to back anything up.

O: This was an ok beer. Nothing special. Average, but better than anything else offered at the Hard Rock.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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