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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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2,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,801
Reviews: 1,112
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 224 | 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)
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Photo of Omnium
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Omnium, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Fatduck
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Fatduck, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz stubby bottle, pours golden in color with a nice frothy white head, good retention and excellent lace. Doesn't appear to be an IPA. My initial thoughts are that it's mislabeled, but given color isn't everything and it looks good, it gets the 4. Aromas are herbal hops, biscuit, faint citrus. Tastes are biscuity, herbal hops, grassy, sharply astringent, sharp cheddar cheese perhaps. This really tastes more like a pilsner than an IPA to me; and for a pilsner it's pretty good. For an IPA it's lacking some qualities I'd expect for the style. Mouth-feel is thin-to-medium, smooth and dry. Overall, kind of watered down or bland compared to its counterparts in the IPA category.

barnzy78, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Iparob66
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%

Iparob66, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of niknar
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a semi-cloudy copper color with a smallish head (fairly benign pour). Little to no lacing on the glass as the head quickly settles. Seems to me I had a much larger head on this one the other day... but with a more aggressive pour. Aroma is pretty tame, but seems to contain a certain yeasty hint to it. Maybe a tiny touch of citrus as well... but very faint across the board. Taste is rather bland. Hops seem to dominate the flavor characteristics (as you would expect on an IPA), but it lacks the balance and complexity of the better beers in this class. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, but perhaps slightly overcarbonated. This seemed to give it a little bit of a mouthfeel that is too thin. Still highly drinkable, I'd rate this beer as perhaps a gateway drink for the macro-going-micro crowd. Certainly not an "A" list offering, but still has some merits here or there.

niknar, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of tastybeer
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine clear color with a white two finger head. Soapy retention and spotty lace remain. Nose is faint but with a swirl, grassy, floral, and candy-like hops reveal themselves. Bready malts are extra faint. Taste is a bit more hoppy and has a punch of bitterness which I say, actually enhances the beer. This could almost be considered and IPA. Mouthfeel is a little disappointing to me. Nothing exciting. Easy to suck down though.

There definitely could be a boatload more hops here, and I would appreciate some malts that hold up a bit better too.

tastybeer, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

PhillyStyle, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-copper with a decent white head. Retention is mediocre with OK lacing.

Smells of hops, with a bit of raisin. This doesn't carry on to the taste, where the hoppy bitterness dominates, along with other grains and a real 'bready' flavor for an IPA.

Not bad overall, but certainly wouldn't be my first pick unless there were only BMC available.

philipquarles, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium golden-rod color with a thin sudsy white head.

S: a slight fruitiness upfront and sweet malt, which soon yielded to a light floral pine aroma and citrus.

T: clean, perhaps a tad to much so lacking a good malt backing and pungent hop punch per style. There was some noticeable spicy cascade notes, and grassiness but was very smooth and refined quickly fading off the tongue.

M: light with only a slight flora hoppiness detected that soon ended as well.

D: Ones enough, basically an underachiever by style and not 6 pack worthy.

beerthulhu, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of frickersticker3
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

frickersticker3, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of blackie
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance: Pours a .25" white head. The beer is orange-golden in color.

smell: The hop aroma is a mixture of green hops and boiled hop matter, kinda tealike. Some hints of citrus and floral tropical fruit. Not much malt character save for some caramel, the sweetness is moderate.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is medium, and the body on the light side of the medium range.

taste: A tealike, boiled hop character comprises the hop flavor. Some caramel malt gives a light sweetness. A moderate bitterness comes in for the finish.

drinkability: ok, but not a good beer

Bottled on 01/04/06

blackie, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of zoso1967
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled July 11, 2011

Long Hammer pours your classic IPA medium amber color with a nice and frothy cap of foam. The head is beige in color and has both excellent retention and lacing. I find it interesting that highly tuned beers like this always look fantastic, but sometimes fall short in other categories.

The aroma is nice, but does not really blow me away. It is sweet and hoppy with a pleasant floral citrus character that hints at orange and grapefruit. Unfortunately a hint is about all you get. Even the sweetness seems a bit bland.

The flavor is sweet and pretty boring. The malt character at least has a bit more interest to it in the taste, but this interest is added by a flavor that almost seems stale. I highly doubt this brew would be stale after just a month and a half. The hops are similar to the aroma, but perhaps a bit zestier. The more I drink this the less enthused I am about the hop character in general. The bitterness seems a bit overly harsh.

The mouthfeel is medium with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer finishes fairly dry despite the sweetness in the flavor, with hop bitterness lingering on the palate.

I remember when this was one of the only IPAs you might find in a chain restaurant or even a local bar. I bought it for old time sake and am not surprised at why they have recently done an overhaul of the branding at Redhook. It is a decent beer that is of obvious quality, but it is pretty tame and lacks soul. I am fairly certain that in this day and age I could do much better, even at a chain.

zoso1967, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of BBM
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this beer on tap, looking for a little pep. Well, unfortunately this brew didn't deliver entirely. It looks like an IPA (perhaps a bit too filtered...), it smells nice, with floral and citrus hop, but the taste just isn't there. There's almost no hop bite at all! Faint, fleeting floral and herbal hop notes start out, but the the rest of it is a bit too watery and bland. There's not even a real big malt profile here. To be honest it's not a bad beer, it tasted ok and all, but it's not an IPA. And I had no real desire to have another.

BBM, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on draft at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a golden-amber, slightly murky body with a fairly think, white head with pretty nice retention and lacing.

S: A fairly hoppy smell with some sweet malt notes. Seemed nice for the style.

T: A fairly sweet, toffee malt taste with some cascade hop undertones that weren't very powerful. The bittering hop taste seemed to be overpowered by the sweeter malts.

M: The mouthfeel was medium bodied, but a little on the thin side. Overall, still pretty nice feel on the palette.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combo makes the beer easy to drink. I was hoping for a bit more hop presence to really balance out the sweeter malts. Still, pretty good beer overall.

maddogruss, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

4 A copper and orange, clear, modest off-white head but rings of lace all the way down.
3.5 S served too cold, but detected earthy floral and citrusy hops
3.5 T seemed a bit weak at first, then more flavor emerged. well-balanced. nice bitterness along with the hop flavor and restrained aroma. some alc in the taste
3.5 M light to medium bodied, goes down easy but for abv
1.5 D 6.5 abv a bit excessive for this particular beer. developed severe headache within an hour after finishing-coincidence? it was just one beer!

brewmudgeon, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow with a healthy white head that had decent retention.

Smells of citrus backed by a slight floral bouquet.

Taste was hop forward with citrus leaning towards grapefruit. The flavor started out well, but didn't lead anywhere exciting - just sort of trailed off towards bland. A decent beer, but nothing exciting.

Chickenhawk9932, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Stoneman78
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Player's Sports Bar in Clairemont, one of a few non-CMB beers available

Appearance is clear orange hue, thin white layer of foam, fair lacing

Smell is mostly pale bread malts over very light pine hops, clean and crisp but non-descript

Taste is subtle malts balanced by bittering hops, grains and yeast in the middle, finishes clean

Mouthfeel is light/medium-bodied, watery texture, light carbonation

Drinkability is fair, this feels more like a lightly hopped pale ale than an IPA, some decent balance and easy-drinking, but nothing too exciting going on here

Stoneman78, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of SykDoc
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a straw color that is cloudy due to sediment. A 1 inch off-white head forms and reduces to a nice over-the-top lacing. Carbonation also visible.

The aroma is of hops, but quite weak. The hoppiness, primarily appears in the citrus realm with an orange-like sweetness.

The taste includes a pine/citrus hops that is backed by a odd bitterness and some earthy tones.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with a bit too light carbonation. A quick bite with almost no follow through.

Overall, this ia a reasonable beer, but nothing really stands out, nor makes it exceptionally bad.

SykDoc, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of thain709
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A clear amber body...kind of light for an IPA...a one finger white head forms and falls into a ring...nice lacing

S - Sweet malts and piney hops...pretty balanced in the nose...but not overpowering aromas

T - I would have rather had the nose replace the taste...very unbalanced...starts off very sweet...almost to the point of cloying...there really isn't a middle to this beer...it turns right over to a harsh earthy hop bitterness...the malts do not come back to help...I would have scored lower but the two flavors are nice...it's just too much of both with no balance

M - Light bodied...not much to this one...harsh bitterness

D - This is definitely not my favorite IPA...it wouldn't be too bad if there was some balance to the beer...if I needed hops I would go back...but only if I had to

thain709, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of Atron67
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I had this last night and i thought it was a pretty solid IPA, it had a solid bitterness and hop kick, however it gets a low session rating because something about it, maybe the aftertaste bothered me by the end of the 6 pack that made me not want to drink much more of it. I highly nejoyed the first one, but it dropped off

Atron67, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 1 finger head. Ok lacing, and decent retention. Color is a light orange/golden.

S. Weak smell of citrus hops. Bit of a fruity smell, citrus tropical fruit.

T. Taste is a balance of citrus hops and a more biscuity malt. Just a slight sweetness.

M. light/medium bodied. low/medium carbonation.

D. Not much smell or flavor. Not a bad IPA for what is acutally there. An ok beer.

siradmiralnelson, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy straw color with contrasting white head.

Nose is citrus, focused toward lemon.

Palate is rather timid in terms of hop presence, very citrus-acidic but not the same amount of accompanying citrus flavor with the acidity. Some grapefruit. Has a macro-lager like characteristic that is unwelcome.

Light bodied. Watery.

yemenmocha, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of StaveHooks
3.14/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a DFH IPA glass

A - Pours clear and brassy with 1.5 fingers of sticky white sea foam that slowly melts, clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - Clean bready malts, caramel sweetness, piney hops, orange cream

T - Bittering hops upfront mixed with soft bready malts, pine seems to be the dominate hop flavor with citrus and floral skirting the edges of the semi-sweet pale malts. The flavors are somewhat thin and the beer finishes with floral/pine bitterness.

M - Medium body with the carbonation giving it a bit of heft.

Well brewed beer but the flavors were thin for the ABV creating a typical and average IPA. I did like the piney hops which seems hard to find these days amongst all the citrus and floral varieties. Good price for a 12 pack.

StaveHooks, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at my local 99 Restaurant & Pub. Big ass 25 oz mug at that. Some old lady in the booth next to me was whooping and hollering that I was drinking a mug of beer the size of my head. Needless to see I almost had beer come through my nose out of sheer laughter. Any way … back to the beer.

Real nice lacing and it actually left rings down the glass, perfect clarity off of a pale golden yellow colour. Faint aroma of esters and grain. A bit buttery in the mouth with more alcoholic esters, odd fruitiness and flavourless hop bitterness left me wondering where the IPA is. Dry, pale and well … weak maltiness. Not a bad flavour but somewhat bland.

It was fine to wash down some steak tips and sides but not a beer I’d drink alone just for the sake of drinking beer.

Jason, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap during a brewery tour at the Portsmouth location.

Appearance: Amber color with white head that did not last long.

Smell: Hops, not very potent like have come to expect from IPAs.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium to light bodied and well balanced. Kinda bland for an IPA, I expected more, almost slightly watered down.

Overall: A little diappointed with this one. Guess I am used to heavier IPAs now. Good starter IPA for those just getting into IPAs.

Cavanaghty, Aug 24, 2012
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,801 ratings.