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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
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1,141 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,141
Hads: 3,062
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 20
Gots: 407 | 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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Reviews: 1,141 | Hads: 3,062
Photo of LazyL
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: the bottles have recently changed to a sort of retro stubby.
The look is a pleasing clear light copper with bright yellow highlights and a generous white creamy head. The nose is on the subtle side but good with some citrus, light malt and a touch of vanilla. The taste is pretty much the same. Nothing stands out and there is only a mild dry bitternes on the finish with a bit of oily grapefruit peel. More of a Northwest Pale Ale but very easy to drink and a refreshing brew. A solid good. (497 characters)

Photo of rfabian
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find this being served at the football stadium in Houston today. Finding an IPA on tap at the game makes me a very happy camper after being presented with 6 varieties of American Adjunct Lager at the tailgate party.

Served in the usual stadium plastic tumbler it produces a half inch head with good lacing. The appearance is light amber and perhaps slightly cloudy. The aroma is of citrus hops. The taste is of moderate hop bitterness and some malt. The feel is medium bodied with a clean finish. Highly drinkable.

Redhook is a member of the Craft Brewer's Alliance which is close to becoming a major brewing conglomerate. Perhaps this explains why they'd have a kiosk at the stadium. In any case I was glad to have decent ale to drink at the game. (769 characters)

Photo of Deatherage
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPA is just a genre of beer and that means there should be a degree of flavor between beers. This beer is defiantly on the light side of usual amount of hops but still a great beer. It complemented an array of different food and snacks because of this lighter taste. (266 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Light copper color with a thick white head.

Aroma: Smooth with a floral hop aroma. Some hints of malt underneath.

Taste: Grassy, floral hop taste. Smooth. Dominated mostly by the hops with only a touch of malt underneath. Smooth. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Hops with a touch of breadiness/malt. Dominates the palate.

Verdict: A smooth, hoppy IPA that is simple in nature but satisfying. Could be a bit more balance but still very drinkable. (444 characters)

Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- Deep, clear gold with a substantial and resilient white head.

S -- Piny and citrus hops with biscuit malt peeking through.

T -- Same piny, resinous hop as in the nose, mellow biscuit malt back, finishing with citrus hop aftertaste. Balance definitely to the hops, but the malts don't run and hide.

M -- Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Slight alcohol warming.

D -- Very drinkable without being in your face as American IPAs can be. I found this to be just the ticket for a hop-craving I was having, though not going overboard. A nice brew to have on hand.

This beer deserves more respect than it gets. (615 characters)

Photo of Musky
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice botte with a design of greenery embossed on the bottle. Pours a nice golden yellow color with a thick rich head of small bubbles. Leaves a ring along the top of the glass where the head started. Has a heavy hop aroma with what smells like cascade or willamette (still getting my hops down.) Starts out smooth and then nails you with a nice hop bite at the back of your palate that lingers for a while. If you like hoppy beers then you will like Long Hammer!!! (470 characters)

Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's sad to see so much trashing of this beer in the reviews, it's really pretty good stuff. Maybe it's due to Redhook's "sellout" success to become nationally distributed and available. No compromise here, as good as many of our mid-Atlantic micro offerings. Yes it's modest on hops bite for an IPA and I guess that's why they call it an American IPA. But there are more bitters than the typical APA so.... think of it as a pretty decent IPA that's on the low IBU range of IPA's (44 IBU per the brewer's website). For those who tire of sour IBU stomachs, you might enjoy this one. Seems a lot of old reviews from early formulas still linger on here from many years ago, contributing to a much lower than deserved overall rating score.

A= nice goldish yellow, healthy modest head, nice rimming, plentiful lacing.

S= a nice nose of malts, sweet and maybe roasted, and a plentiful offering of hops florals.

T= rich complex malts, light honey, a nice blend of mid-range hops with a touch of higher end bittering hops (Alchemy, Cascade, Willamette according to the brewer's website).

M= a nice blend on the tongue, decent dry bitters without being acidic, nice bready malts lingering, some florals remaining for a few minutes.

D= I find this offering very drinkable, sorry for those who don't. This is class stuff. It's going with an Italian sub that I just started eating, goes just fine. I could session on this easily for the evening.

And for those who doubt the veracity of my review on this bottle, I'm now drinking a nice (and recent standard stock of mine) Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. I actually found more malts and complexity in this Long Hammer. But I still have 4 more bottles and plan to buy more, and I will sure as hell down-rate this Long Hammer if I have one less-impressionable experience. (1,808 characters)

Photo of Tresha
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful gold colour with an aroma of fruitiness, probably citrusy but more orange than lemon. It has a very light bitterness but as hoppy as any good India Pale Ale. Very refreshing and day with nice sunny weather. This beer's got good character. (263 characters)

Photo of ale1
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

most local store now carry this

probably the lowest price hopped ale you'll find and won't be dissappointed

served in a pint glass @50°

nice lacing with good carbonation

i 've had redhook as a regular in the fridge now for several years if that gives any indication.

nice malt- hop nose with hop finish.

goes well with meat dishes and other dishes (356 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eventhough some people gave this a mediocre rating I thought it was a good IPA. Being from Washington and NOT a RED HOOK fan I tasted this on tap in Solvang, CA and liked it, ALOT. It came to me a orange-yellow, small head, smelled of citrus and floral scents and tasted like it smells. Plenty of hops ot back it up. Eventhough I do not like Red Hook I like Long Hammer. (370 characters)

Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle dated “bottle 07 1 07” into my Sam Adams pint glass (thanks, guys!), it’s a pale orange dusky color with a small amount of carbonation. Two fingers of white head quickly resolves to a thin cap but with good sticky lacing along the sides. Nose of piney hops, crisp and smart with light floral notes. Mouth of piney and floral hops with a slight nod toward the malt; balance is good overall. A bit of a dry, lightly burned hoppy finish. Crispness on the palate is aided by middle-to-high carbonation. Wet and quenching with middle-to-low viscosity. Good drinkability; 6.5% ABV precludes this brew as a session beer, but otherwise, sure, I’d come back for more.

Overall: Probably the best of the Redhook products I’ve tried, and a cut above their “regular” IPA. Definitely worth a few tries. (816 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too funny...well, its been 5 years since I first reviewed this beer. I've become a lot more knowledgeable about what makes an IPA great and what makes on run-of-the-mill and this is just that.

Reviewed on 08-28-03-

Redhook makes a great IPA. Had it on tap when I visited the brewery up in Portsmouth, NH, also have had from the bottle many times. It has a clear light amber appearance with a clean look. The aroma of hops is very apparant and it provides that necessary crispness and all around hoppy mouth feel. Its a very refreshing beer and will leave you asking for another before you reach the last sip. (611 characters)

Photo of pittvkyle7
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light amber color, not much head, small but fast bubbles. Nice lacing.

mostly a piney hop smell

good up front piney hops with some friut tastes like lemon and grapfriut. The malt is there with a toasted biscut taste. Good malt balance for an IPA.

medium mouthfeel, kind of bubbly but creamy too. dry finish.

very drinkable. I thought this was a good representation of style, and a tasty well balanced IPA. (419 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Flour City Brewers' Fest 2008. Redhook Long Hammer IPA is a dense, light golden ale with a huge, white, fluffy, rocky head. It leaves excellent lacing. It has a huge aroma of hops-- not citrusy, maybe Saaz. It is medium light bodied and pretty smooth with a dry finish. The flavor is pretty mellow and really well balanced. It tastes grassier than the aroma and I'm detecting some lemon that I didn't pick up in the aroma. I'd like to compare this to Ballard Bitter.
(rated Aug 17, 2008) (502 characters)

Photo of FrozenJoe
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great everyday, go-to type beer. Labeled an IPA, but more of an amber ale.

Appearance: Amber color. A little cloudy. Medium head. Medium lacing.

Smell: Sweet. Yeasty. Pine cones and hops.

Taste: Brown bread. Sweet. Lemony hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick. Bitter. Good.

Overall: A great drink. A very under-appreciated beer. If you're looking to be blown away by hops then this beer isn't for you. If you want balance and great taste then this is your beer. I could drink this everyday. (491 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.02/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light gold color with thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malt scent with floral hop notes. The taste is fine. It is dry and hoppy. There is a good balance of malts and hops here; a pleasant tasting ale. The mouthfeel is outstanding. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good IPA. I would buy this one again. (376 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A (maybe) rhetorical question: does beer taste better in cask? This certainly does. I've had it in bottles and on tap, but it's so much better in cask. A golden color with a thick white, very sticky head. Floral aroma, and a citrus (grapefruit) taste. Very smooth and drinkable. It held up well with jerk chicken wings and Hungarian peppers. (341 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice American-style IPA. Golden in color with a short lived, bright white head. (Limited head retention is expected in many higher alcohol brews). The aroma could be a bit bigger, but offers some bright, citrusy hop notes and a nice sweet malt. The body is pretty firm; the carbonation is a little lower than some American-style IPA's at @ 2.5 volumes/ltr. CO2. The flavor is well balanced between sweet malt and a zippy hop flavor (cascade?). The finish is long lasting with a lot of malt and a hop bitterness that is distinct, but not overwhelming. Nicely done.

Re-review / 1 June 2007: The new double label is very nice; and it remains a "delicate", really well-balanced and drinkable IPA. The head retention was much better, and it left a wide ring of lace at the outset of the glass. There's still a nice hit of citrusy in the nose, and I'm also picking up a bit of spiciness, and more citrus rind in the flavor. Very nicely done. (947 characters)

Photo of DrJTL
4.03/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I laugh when I read "beginners beer". Maybe a beginning of the night beer. This beer is a staple beer. No nonsense just good beer. No need for the thinking cap and big adjectives to describe this pale ale. Two row barley, cascade hops, yeast, and done. Simplicity is a beautiful thing, however difficult for many so called experts to comprehend. (347 characters)

Photo of Grundle20
4.03/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance:
The beer pours golden yellow in color, not really what I was expecting. There's a big white head on the beer that displays both great retention and lacing. Color aside this was nearly the perfect looking pour.

Smell:
As the color of the beer would suggest the beer offers very little in the way of malty sweetness. The scent is for the most part that of bitter grapefruit but it's a little weak. Paired with the citrus notes there's an underlying medicinal and new leather like smell. Stylistically I think it could use some malt sweetness but on the whole I find the scent to be pleasant, albeit a little weak.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Hops obviously take the show here given the apparent lack of caramel malts in this beer. This makes for a very clean, light, and refreshing beverage though. Generally I appreciate the overall balance of sweet malts and hops in an American IPA but I have to admit it's kind of nice drinking something that stands out from a ridiculously flooded genre. Towards the end of the drink as the clean citrus hop bitterness subsides a rather undesirable reminder of the lack of foody malts comes through in the way of a very grainy and dry pale malt finish. Bitterness rings on in to the aftertaste.

Drinkability:
Well I can't say this is the best example of an American IPA but it's certainly an easy drinking example. Overall the beer is very light with a good amount of flavor so ultimately this beer goes down very easy.

Bottom Line:
Easily the best Red Hook beer I've ever had and probably the best commercial non seasonal IPA I've ever had. I'm glad I know this beer is decent because given its availability this will make for a nice go-to beer. It won't wow you but it's worth a shot. (1,744 characters)

Photo of kjyost
4.03/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz pour at Wild Wings, Grand Forks.

Pours what appears to be a rich brownish red (the restaurant was dark) with a light tan head that laces exceptionally well up and down the glass the entire pour. Fairly strong hop presence on the nose with citrus being prominent. Nice nutty malt backbone that compliments the hops and crisp bitterness. A very enjoyable and quaffable pint. (379 characters)

Photo of Bekke
4.05/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New label (green and blue), probably new recipe after merger with Widmer - much better than previous bottling. Drank it out of the bottle, so can't comment on appearance. Good hops. Slightly flinty, metallic taste, with a bit of pine, touch of citrus. Some bitterness. Very refreshing. Enjoyable to drink alone or with seafood dinner. (334 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.05/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had two of these with a NY strip while out to dinner. This pours froma very appealing bottle into a chilled (WTF?) pint glass. Light amber gold with a half-finger head.

Not much goin on in the nose other than very typical grapefruit and lemon rind hop scents. Smells generic but very pleasant.

Taste is also pretty standard for and IPA. Really, nothing is striking me as being special or outstanding with this one, but it is very good. A good standard IPA.

I like this one for it's extremely high drinkablility and refreshing qualities. Nothing really grabbing my attention, but I would definitly pick up a sixer! Good, but not outstanding. (651 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
4.05/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to go against the flow, in that I really enjoyed this beer. Poured to a hazy lemony yellow with suspended yeast particles and a medium thicfk, white head that lingered thru mid-glass and left good lacing. Nose was a very hoppy citurs fruit (grapefruit, lemons and oranges) with a hint of apples. Mouthfeel was tangy and the flavor followed the hoppy fruit of the nose.

This was all topped off with a nice, semi-dry, bitter finish. Surprisingly good. (457 characters)

Photo of evanackerman
4.06/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

beer pours a very nice golden color with a white head. lacing is in rings as the beer is consumed.

aroma is very nice, pine and citrus hops in the forefront and a nice bready malt component also.

taste matches the aroma, a pretty good if not understated IPA, definitely not a hop monster like many of the more highly rated and popular IPAs on this site.

mouthfeel is perhaps a bit thin for the style but not bad.

overall, a very drinkable beer, not the best ever but I think better than the reputation it gets here. (519 characters)

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.