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Redhook Long Hammer IPA - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA

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2,284 Ratings

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Ratings: 2284
Reviews: 1088
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%

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 WalterHeisenberg

New Mexico

4.65/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Aggressive pour into pint glass
A: Clear honey yellow golden nice fat foamy white head. Lingers for a few minutes. Minimal lacing.no apparentl carbonation Looks very nice
S: lemon heads.Very floral Malty hint of hops. Smells good
T: lemony malty hoppy peppery upfront malty lemony in the middle hoppy down the back. Very minimal bitterness.Very balanced. Malty after taste. Hint of metal hint if that of alcohol
M:slightly syrupy smooth Not watery
O; Easy drinking looks good tastes good drinks smooth. Low bitterness for an IPA. 6% nicely hidden. A quality brew for a bargain price. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 04:53:56 | More by WalterHeisenberg
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow with loose lagery froth that goes fast.
Sweet lemon hard candy nose with some cornmeal grain underneath.
Lemon butter cookie up front with classic pine and citrus Cascade end.
Lemon Starburst finish and some oily, bitter peel linger.
Light, crisp, slight cling, soft.

Bright, snappy and refreshing. And totally not an IPA - too thin, 44 IBUs don't cut it and the 6% is neither here (IPA) nor there (APA).
Almost more like overstrength, dry-hopped hopped English blonde. Nice for summer, and there are some hops (though I miss the Willamette berry). Just don't believe the label.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 15:33:38 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Brew date of January 2, 2013

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger width head, sub-par retention, and a layer of microbubbles that spots the surface. Spotty lacing.

Smell - Aroma is floral with lesser citrus notes, and plays nicely off a slightly toasted bread malt undertone.

Taste - Sweet bready malts and faint hints of caramel to start, supported by a soft floral and mild orange pith bitterness that hit mid-taste and fight the malts for supremacy well into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. A touch buttery at first, but finishes semi-dry.

Overall - Once upon a time this was one of my favorite IPA's... Oh how things have changed. Fairly weak in the hops department, in fact it's almost probably a touch more malty than it is hoppy. Red Hook might wanna consider rebranding this beer as a dry-hopped pale ale, because it doesn't cut it anymore in today's hop-heavy IPA world... then again, without that 'IPA' moniker, it might not sell as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 02:11:40 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12-ounce can. “SEP1412” is written on the bottom, which I assume is the canning date. Yikes.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is hazy gold. Two fingers of fluffy, white head left an even skim and ring around the edge.

Smell: Floral hops and bready malts. Given the age of the can, I assume most of the hops have fallen out. However, there are hints of grapefruit citrus.

Taste: Decent mouthfeel and floral hops offer a nice bitterness. Bready malts, hints of orange and grapefruit.

Drinkability: Meh. It does not help that this can is almost six months old (I need to be much more vigilant in the beer aisle), but this is not keeping pace with competitors. I will need to try a fresher can in the future, though.

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 19:52:34 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of ItsTheLimit


3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Short-nose bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Fairly standard appearance, pale golden to amber color, small thin head that loses retention very quickly. Some visible carbonation. Nothing spectacular, but not bad.

Light citrus-y smell with some grassy notes present. Some floral hops are noticeable as well.

Taste is almost closer to a pale ale than what's expected from an American style IPA. Some citrus and hops in the front, but somewhat muted. Hop bitterness is present in the finish, which is actually quite nice.

This is a very light-feeling beer with nice carbonation. Goes down very smoothly and hides it's alcohol well. Relatively refreshing, given the style.

This is a decent, if unspectacular beer. I could definitely see getting this at a bar or restaurant if other options weren't available and not being disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 01:42:42 | More by ItsTheLimit
Photo of PaleZombie


3.31/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Very light golden straw color, with a small amount of carbonation bubbles. Mildly cloudy.

S- Floral citrus smell, some mild hints of hops and malts. Not very strong.

T- Floral hints at first followed by some grapefruit taste, mild hop flavor, with a medium/mild bitter taste in the finish.

M- Medium carbonation with a fairly light body and very smooth. Somewhat dry.

O- I liked this beer. Personally I would not go as far as considering it an IPA but more of a pale ale. However labeling aside This is very drinkable and I would consider it the easy drinking lawnmower beer of IPA's very refreshing smooth. Great easy drinker and crossover beer for those new to the IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 07:09:11 | More by PaleZombie
Photo of Jellopants356


2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Color is a dull amber, almost lagerish. Smells a bit sour, not a good sign. Ugh, there's no hops. Totally devoid of soul. Thin mouthfeel to boot. Not impressed. I usually rate beers on the high side, this one is especially bad, so below average it goes.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 04:01:35 | More by Jellopants356
Photo of aparabola


4.21/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had an IPA in awhile. So refreshing! Surprised from the overall ratings. Am I missing something? Little help? I guess there are a lot better IPA's? I have had my fair share. In pub's, etc. I really like this one!!! I always pour into a chilled glass. This one was yummy to me. Can anyone recommend a better IPA?

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 00:29:52 | More by aparabola
Photo of weonfire


3.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A - Beautiful golden yellow/brown. white head. about 1 finger head. head faded after 2-3 min.

S - Citrus hops. flowery, grapefruit. makes me smile.

T - Duller then expected. Isn't poor but smell is much better than taste. Citrus just isn't there.

M - A bit watery. viscosity is low.

O - flavor could be better. while living out in seattle i did drink a bunch of these. when a particular beer isn't doing well, redhook slaps a new name on that particular beer recipe. so the brew i sip today probably isn't the same recipe i had back in 2008. any rate - its descent. good $4 beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 17:21:39 | More by weonfire
Photo of carolinahophead

North Carolina

3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is poured from a 22 oz bomber.
Straw gold color with a bold head . A lot of carbonation present.
Light citrus and malt aromas. Light taste for an IPA . You do get the hop bitterness up front and but the carbonation does over take the taste . This could be a pale ale .
Medium mouthfeel with a short finish.
Lets say this an average IPA , it's not bad , easy to drink, but at 6.2 % watch out if you session it. Might be a good choice in warm weather .

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 21:54:29 | More by carolinahophead
Photo of Earpe

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very good IPA....one you can usually get at your local store. this is my fall back IPA when i cannot get to the store that carries my favorites. the color is that of a dark golden.

the smell is that of citrus (grapefruit), it goes down with a little bite, but overall it is smooth. 6.2 %abv, and it is not the double IPA's I love (like i said it is my stand by). over all i rank it as one of my top 10 IPA's (probably around 6 or 7). Long hammer's bottle does not look like what is pictured above.

If you love IPA's....you will like this...Southern tier 2x and Laguntas Maximus are steps above this IPA, however you will pay a little more for them.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 00:30:16 | More by Earpe
Photo of George75

2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden color with about a finger of thin head that dissipates quickly into a thin white film around the edges.

Slight citrus (orange) aroma with some notes of grass. Very underwhelming for an American IPA.

Taste is also underwhelming for an American IPA. Almost no malt sweetness and very little actual hop flavor with pronounced bitterness from start to finish.

Carbonation is probably the best part of this beer as the mouthfeel is excellent. Slightly buttery reminds me of a bitter Sam Summer Ale.

Overall this is a mostly poor example of a modern American IPA. I expected a lot from this beer but alas it did not deliver. Their Winter Hook, on the other hand is amazing!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 00:21:15 | More by George75
Photo of silverking


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well, it's a clear golden brew with a white head that dissappears almost as fast as you can pour it. Pine, citrus, and malt notes fight for dominance on the nose, although there is no clear victor. Malt definitely strikes me as the most prevelant flavor, although citrus is a close second, with the pine only becoming apparent in the finish. The finish is bittersweet. The carbonation is over the top, but it is counter-acted by a beautiful oily mouthfeel. I feel like I am becoming more scrupulous in my reviews, but maybe that is a good thing. This used to be one of my favorite brews, but now it's okay at best.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 23:55:14 | More by silverking
Photo of Bitter_Echo


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear yellow. Smells like a regular beer that is well crafted. Doesn't invite a strong hop presence, and any note that is hop like is not very interesting. Taste is clean and sweetish with an only slight hop bitterness, and not as hop forward as an IPA should be. Not hardly a bitter sustain Mouthfeel is nice and a bit dry and carbonation is way high adding to an overall creaminess. This is like a regular old beer, and tastes like it should, but this isn't an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 21:44:42 | More by Bitter_Echo
Photo of garuda


2.55/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pale gold, white head has some retention and lacing. Not bad.

S/T - Herbal hops, backed up by some pale malts, grainy, cereal grain sweetness, finishing lightly bitter with some pine and herbal notes. Some astringency.

M - Light body, lively carbonation. Turns thin halfway through, a little watery. Slight astringency.

O - Lighter, less bold flavors and aroma than the standard IPA. Just seems to be lacking the needed depth in the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 01:05:33 | More by garuda
Photo of Ethanol4one

New York

4.5/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Say Cheese!

I had this in Ft. Lauderdale, without much head, but with a nice cheesey hop aroma, and strong cheddary hops permiates the flava: moreover, it's thin, light and very mildly creamy. The bitter cheese taste made it distinctive and flavorful from the first to last sip.

I'd rather one of this after mowing all this lawn down in South Florida than say, Mehilla. There's was British dude at the next table over-smoking, and talking loudly about his new telephoto lens, and some con artist who stole $200 million dollars, and Long Hammer stood up well to those affronts.

I'd like to see more big bouncing bubbles at the pour.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 23:47:22 | More by Ethanol4one
Photo of Ricochet


2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a good head that stays, minimal lace. Yellow to amber color. Smells of orange and grain. Mouth is thin, with slight bitter and foam. Orange profile with a bit of juicy fruit at the end. Not very hoppy, not real bitter, in fact, more like a pale ale than a IPA. Overall, okay, but more like a BMC style "IPA" than a real IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:43:07 | More by Ricochet
Photo of tronester


3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a thin white head. A hint of pine in the aroma. Taste is dry bready flavor up front, followed by some citrus and pine. A bit watery for its alcohol content. Overall a pretty good tasting, but somewhat light version of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 21:15:34 | More by tronester
Photo of Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured in pint glass.
A - Pours a light gold, 1 inch head with some lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus and hops

T - Hops and citrus up front with some sweetness coming through from the malts.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this beer. Will get again.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 23:30:07 | More by Damian74Shensky
Photo of BierStein711


4.18/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Budget IPA

Amber/copper brown to orange in color. I am happy to say that this is a diamond in the rough.

I had heard that this beer was not too good from the store employees, but my satisfaction was immense

Smell: hop, pine, and hemp. Very herbal in scent!

Taste: pine, oak, and hop! Smooth finish from the malt

Mouthfeel: Barely carbonated!

Overall, this is a brilliant beer! Try it today.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 05:56:37 | More by BierStein711
Photo of khooke


2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: amber, carbonated, thin carbonated head (very bubbly), dissipated quickly after pouring

S: very faint hops, almost no smell at all

T: light resin hoppiness but very light, slight sharpness, slight yeasty aftertaste

M: very carbonated, can feel the carbonation if you let it sit in your mouth - fizzy on the tongue, feels fizzy when swallowing. Carbonation is almost distracting from the flavor.

Overall: light and easily drinkable, but nothing particularly memorable as an IPA

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 06:49:20 | More by khooke
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hammer IPA pours a clear yellow color with a nice size white head. There is a weak floral aroma. The taste has a nice floral taste, but finishes a bit watery, and on a malty backbone. The taste is almost full, a bit watery, but very drinkable. Overall its a decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 03:41:56 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of kshizzle101


3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - golden in color. One inch head which dissipates in about 2 minutes. Some lacing.

Smell - grapefruit. Other sweet scents but nothing overpowering.

Taste - grapefruit, lemon, and other sweet hops. Somewhat coppery or metallic

Mouthfeel - a little syrupy but overall very smooth

Overall - not a bad little beer. A little weak on the hops for an ipa but overall an above average ipa offering from Red Hook.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:23:26 | More by kshizzle101
Photo of thatruth


2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz poured into Terrible Beauty pint glass.

pours a light tea color into a light, crisp amber. head disipates rather quickly, slippery lacing rather weak.

hops smell super pear-y. not in a dense way, purely aromatic. but it's definitely there.

initial taste is rather bland and flat. hops taste stale or something. not too bad, but certainly not the greatest.

aftertaste is nothing to write home about. mouthfeel is sticky and dry to an eventually wet and tangy. sort of odd.

had this beer once at bumbershoot or a concert somewhere. after not enjoy an esb, i swore to avoid red hook. has prevailed my year in washington, but today i got gas on the way home and they had budweiser, steel reserve, rainier, and red hook ipa. should have got the rainier.

**bottled on: Oct 04 12

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 02:00:25 | More by thatruth
Photo of glockmanpat


3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap - clear amber color slight head that doesn't last long

Ar - Pine notes as well as some malty notes.

T - Some bitterness and malt characteristics. Easy to drink.

M - about right for the style. Easy on the tongue.

O - descent beer that i don't believe will win any awards but definitely a drinkable everyday beer. And at only $18.00 in the Philadelphia market it will not break the bank. I will definitely be drinking this beer again.

Serving type: can

10-30-2012 01:21:33 | More by glockmanpat
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,284 ratings.