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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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1,148 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,148
Hads: 3,118
Avg: 3.24
pDev: 27.78%
Wants: 21
Gots: 444 | 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: 1,148 | Hads: 3,118
Photo of YankChef
3.97/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a born on date clearly on the bottom.

Appearance: clear straw colored yellow with a slight orange haziness

Smell: Very flat aroma, hate to say it just smells like beer but it isnt giving me much.

Taste: Very very crisp for an IPA, almost would venture to say it isnt really an IPA. Crispness flows swiftly into a quick hop punch that doesnt linger. ALmost has the lingering flavor of a macro lager.

Mouthfeel:very light and crisp with high carbonation.

Overall: It is what it is and for 12 bucks a 12 pack its damn good. My go to beer when i dont wanna break the bank, good combination of flavor, a/c and price.

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Photo of SquidHead
3.97/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drinking in a Goodwill Basic Beer glass, poured foamy out of a 1 Pint 6 Fl. Oz bottle. Interesting feature about the beer bottle is contrary to the usual long and slick bottle design, the Long Hammer IPA has a short and stout neck with a long bottle shape. It looks like an adult baby bottle.

Color: The color reminds me of an autumn sunset mixed with spring break vomit. Hues of pale yellow brown ripple through the beer, and opaque foam cusps the crest of the glass.

Taste: Like a beer, being my first post the only difference I've noticed between Long Hammer IPA and PBR is that the Long Hammer is heavy regardless of a light color which startled me at the first sip. It tastes hoppy, but it could just be love. As the Long Hammer gets warm it begins to sit in your mouth longer and longer between sips. Rain trickles down the window, I take another sip and reflect over what type of malt that went into the barrel and settle on a mixture of orange and lemon. There's ash in my beer.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.97/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Freakin Frog in Las Vegas, NV

A- golden straw, 2 finger white head, very nice retent, filmy lace rings, very nice

S- toasted malt, soft citrus, floral

T- leafy herbal hops control balance of flavor, some supporting toasted malt is there to balance bitterness, some grain husk at finish, buttery throughout, fruity characters

M- higher carbonation + hops= tongue abuse, medium body

D- rather enjoyable and very sessionable, not a hop heads delight but a nicely balanced IPA with good flavor, leans toward English style IMO, I'll by back to this

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Photo of jakester
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from a sampler case I bought at The Beer Mart in Reading, Pa. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Expiry date clearly marked on the case, and born on date clearly marked on the label. YAY!

Pours a clear gold with a two finger head of off-white foam. Head drops to a good coating and a ring, with very good lacing.

Aroma is strong grassy/piney hops, light toffee and bready pale malts, and clean fruitiness.

First flavor is a really nice grassy/piney hoppiness, followed by bready sweet malts, fruity, with a pretty strong hop bitterness. Aftertaste is semi-sweet and very hoppy. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with soft to medium carbonation. Finish is lip-smacking sweet with a good grab at the back of the throat from bitterness.

I really like IPA's like this. Gold, grassy, bitter, nice head...It's an all day beer. Great burps!

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Photo of MOShepp
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess I'll go against the grain on this one. I thought it was pretty good. Had on tap, medium yellow with a nice frothy head that faded quickly but left tons of lacing.

Aroma of citrus and floral hops.

I'll admit this isn't your classic IPA but it works for me. Hops start off strong then vanishes quickly, but in a smooth interesting way, I can't explain it.

If your set on a traditional IPA then pass, otherwise its refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of rkcrozier
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs game in Pennsylvania. Never had a Redhook beer and I was impressed. It wasn't the best IPA that I've tasted but it was pretty good, maybe it was the total surprise of having the option of having a microbrew at a ballgame.

Hard to review the pour as it was served in a plastic cup but the color was a golden brown and the head disappeared very quickly.

Could smell the hops and a hint of lemon (?) the taste was very filling - great feel as it went down.

I would love to find this beer in a bottle to taste it again. I think the ballpark atmosphere kind of threw me off as I wasn't prepared to make notes of a tasting.

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Photo of HoosBrews
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is light amber and generously carbonated. Lots of floral hops in the nose. Taste is clean and crisp with a pretty good dose of hops. Decent mouthfeel, without any alcohol burn. Very drinkable. I prefer DIPA, but this is my guilty pleasure, fairly mass-produced IPA. Especially yummy in the summer.

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Photo of LazyL
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of rfabian
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of Deatherage
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of Musky
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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!!!

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Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of Tresha
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of ale1
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of yesyouam
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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)

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Photo of FrozenJoe
4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.02/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.