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Redhook Long Hammer IPA | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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

Added by pbrian on 03-29-2001

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Reviews: 1,163 | Ratings: 3,211
Photo of Pencible
3.94/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear pale amber with a little white head. It smelled like a mix of strong citrus and pine hops with some malt. It tasted mostly typical with nice mostly pine hops flavor and some malt. It was surprisingly thick with little carbonation and a sweet/bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a good clean beer, better than I expected.

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color with a white head that doesn't stay long, but leaves a sticky film around the inside of the glass. Aroma of sweet honey and orange peel. Hop flavor is bright and citrusy, with some pine notes as well. Not an overly complex flavor, but very refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really don't understand why I seem to be the only one who likes Red Hook.

Again, I found this as a pretty darn good IPA but again, I'm in the minority.

Pours a golden bright color. Smell bursting with hops which provides a nice aroma.

Taste is again, hops, with a hint of orange. Rather serious IPA at 6.5 ABV, but worth it. I enjoyed. And recommend.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I did not look at the reviews for this beer before I tried it. It was the only IPA at the local supermarket that was available that I hadn't tried. I really enjoyed it. I don't get the bad reviews on it. Perhaps, subconscious brand bias?

This head generated a nice head, very thick and clinged well. Ipas in general have big heads, which is part of their appeal.

Smell was a good hop smell. Cascades, a little different than other cascades.

Taste was hoppy and somewhat agressive, but had some malt backbone to balance.

Mouthfeel was a little less carbonated than most IPAs.

This beer was a good beer and I will look to try another one.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed the offering from Red Hook, the first one of theirs that I have had. Great dark amber, almost caramel color that was appealing day and night. The smell was awesome, by far the best smelling IPA I've had - very fruity. The taste was great as well, strong flavors of citrus and spices. The only downer was the mouthfeel,to much bitter aftertaste for my liking. Otherwise a great beer. I'm looking forward to some more tonight.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I will start out by saying that This Beer Is Underrated.

Sure, the head isn't fantastic and the smell won't blow your socks off, but the taste is there, mouthfeel is good and drinkability is a quaffer. When I drink this brew, it just reminds me of a slightly stronger aroma hopped version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale... which certainly isn't a bad thing. I think the only thing that's holding this beer's ratings back (aside from beer snobbery) is that it represents itself as an IPA instead of an APA. Put this in the APA catagory and there won't be many that outrank it.

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Photo of streetcommander
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into "coke" glass because it was clean.

Very nice golden amber color with good two finger white head, two minute retention, and surprisingly substantial lacing.

Beer snobs will balk, but this is a fantastic beer for the price, despite it's diversion from the defacto IPA "standards" The fact is, it's closer to an IPA than any other type of beer. It's really very enjoyable. Drinkabilty is high and even higher considering it ABV of 6.5.

Tastes of sweet malt, good carbonation, and commercial hops. Nothing glamorous but still very pleasant for a commonly available grocerystore beer. Very drinkable and refreshing. Very drinkable to a typical macro-light-domestic-corn-rice-no-flavor beer drinker. I would consider it a viable gateway beer for the yet to be enlightened. Solid for a frugal session beer.


The only real negative is an apparent inconsistency in the quality. Never swillish, but some times far better than others.

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Photo of JayQue
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy gold with a small head. The head covered the top of the glass all the way down and left some nice lacing. Some hops smell, The taste was good, but not great. Some bitterness, but not the hop flavor I have come to expect with Harpoon or Hop Hog. The beer had a nice feel to it , not too watery and no unpleasant aftertaste. I guess you could call it balanced, but I was expecting more hops flavor. Drinkability was good, if this was the available beer, I would have no problem with having several more. Given the choice, there are a few APA's and IPA's I would choose over this one.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight earthy malt, citrus hops, hint of alcohol, hint of grain, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong citrus hops, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, hint of dry hop, and hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.96/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased in Alabama in a mix a 6pk for $9.99. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Very good. Opens well. Pours unclear unfiltered golden good.

S- Very hoppy. Nice amarillo hops.

T- Very good. Bite on the tongue tells me arrmirllo hops!!

M- Typical IPA. Not special

O- Very good. Will look for it on tap if I can get it. Nice to be in the US to get something good like this..

Food Pairing

This nice little IPA goes well with... Sushi

Enjoy!

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Photo of tweeder263
3.97/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a slightly hazy gold brew with a one finger head.Has a very nice "raw" hop scent to it,,nice. Taste of a dry brew with some hop flavor but much less then i expected. A decent brew actually,,i kinda like most of the redhook stuff i try. Decent mouthfeel to it. Drinkability is high,, its not gona blow you away but it doesnt seem "tiresome".

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

a: pours a nice golden orance color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving no lacing at all
s: strong aromas of citrus and piny hops hints of sweet malts
t: strong flavors of citus and piny hops
m: medium bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i really enjoy this however for an ipa it really is hop heavy little balance

but it is good

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

I don't get all the hate for this beer. I tend to enjoy it on occasion. Living in a land where the better stores close at 7pm and getting off at 8, being able to find this in a gas station is quite good. Sure it isn't the best around, but it is not meant to be either. For what it is, I will take it and gladly.

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Photo of jar2574
3.97/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow brew under average white head. Decent lacing.

I like the smell - piney hops and honey. Could use a stronger smell though, just a touch too faint.

Taste is nice too, although I bet the hop-heads dont like it. This IPA is balanced with smooth malty flavor. I taste honey, bread, piney flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easy-to-drink. Another good session beer by Red Hook. I like balanced IPAs and this is one.

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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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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.