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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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BA SCORE
75
okay

2,640 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 2,640
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 15
Gots: 172 | 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 zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%

A - Poured out an amber color with a foamy, two-finger head. Leaves a little lace.

S - It smelled of Cascade hops and pine.

T - A good dose of hops and pine flavors. There is also a subtle malt taste. Slight bitter bite.

M - Crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - An okay IPA. Not the best in the world.

zeff80, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%

I had this a few years ago during my introduction to West Coast IPAs - methinks I've learned a lot since...

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with lots and lots of thin, rocky, foamy white head, which leaves a pretty decent wall of drooping lace around the glass as it slowly melts away. It smells of mild, soft grapefruit hops, and caramel nougat. The taste is weedy, citrusy hops, a bit of mild sweet lemon, and some bready malt. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, a bit slick, and it finishes on the sweet side, the bready/caramel malt standing out over the still noticeable muddled hops.

A very restrained, but still acceptable version of the style, most likely best served as an introduction to those unfamiliar with it. Easy to drink, and unassuming.

biboergosum, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%

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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 22, 2002
Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -8.3%

SocalKicks, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%

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 TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev -8.3%

On-tap 11/29/07 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: There’s a pale hops bitterness up front that dominates the taste. Some caramel & citrus sweetness comes in next. The malt character is on the thin side. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.

D: Not too tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, I didn’t really like this one too much. There are many other IPA’s that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%

I have to say that overall I was surprised by this beer. Coming from such a larger brewery, I didn’t think that it would be able to deliver the flavor profile it did. To me this is a typical, though slightly tame, IPA. If your bottle is going to be like the one I got, it’s worth trying.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%

A - Two fingers of white head with good retention. Copper color and (much to my surprise) signifigant, particulate and chill haze.

S - A little bit of peppery hop aroma and sweet malt. Bready and yeasty.

T - Nice spicy/ resiny hop flavor. Nice bready malt and smooth bitterness in the finish.

M - Dry and clean with a bit of astringency.

D - Easyly sessionable beer. Has a reasonable amount of hop character, but the aroma is lackluster and the haze is quite bad and surprising from a fairly large craft brewery. Overal it is an ok beer.

nickfl, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.38/5  rDev -27.2%

Appears copper amber hue with an off white cream colored head that leaves even solid rings of lacing throughout the pour. Aroma contains faint citrus pince hop aroma with a slight buttery touch of malt to it, the aroma overall seems a bit toned down for an IPA. Taste has some off metallic along with a lot of bitterness only with minimal malt sweetness detected to balance the bitter flvor, in my opinion this beer just didn't taste good. Mouthfeel is thin a bit watery in fact, not impressed but I don't expect much from Redhook these days. Drinkability from this mass produced IPA is I will pass and go for a classic representation like a Hop Devil.

WVbeergeek, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of Kegatron
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Served on cask at the Cataqua Public House (Portsmouth, NH) on 2/20/09 in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper with a finger of unimpressive soapy looking white colored foam. This really doesn't budge much but it also doesn't leave much lacing back either. The aroma is actually decent but just isn't very assertive at all. Floral hops and citrus, with a touch of sweetness. Some more warm-up and vigorous swirling get a little bit more release but not a lot.

The taste is similar to the aroma, with some light bitterness, citrus, and a backbone of sweet caramel and bread. The makings of a good IPA are here but it's just not robust or forward at all, with the taste just opting to fizzle out in the mouth. The mouthfeel is very light bodied with an almost watery feel at times. A bit of a creamy cask feel does come out some but not nearly enough and the overall feel is a definite major drawback of this beer right now.

Wow, this was one of the few beers that I've had where I think the cask conditioning actually hurt it. It was just WAY too light in mouth and the flavors at times barely got this out of Pale Ale territory. Not a very good IPA.

Kegatron, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%

There little ploy worked, I picked this long hammer ipa on a whim, wasn't much else in that store that excited me. I now see it's the old dog in a new package, well at least I know it's fairly fresh, born on date Nov 29 06

Pours efferevescent bronze with a 2 fingers deep offwhite head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Faint perfumy hops & a little lemon, not much considering how much hops are in the taste profile

T: Lemony & grapefruit hops up front with a little fruittyness. A little breadyness as it warms. Finishes citrussy & dry

MF: Medium bodied with restrained carbonation. Balances okay

If this is in fact 6.5 ABV its well hidden. Drinks pretty darn easy, but seems to be a bit too timid style-wise an an AIPA. This ins't a bad one to go with if you are limited in choice. I have fond memories of supping Ballard's Bitter at the Dragon Hill Lodge in Seoul, a oasis in a sea of crap American & Korean beer, so this will always have a soft spot in my heart. I'll take this over the esb, which has lost all its character IMO. A good training wheels IPA IMO. This 12 pack will get consumed within the next 72 hours, loads of football this weekend!

russpowell, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.95/5  rDev -9.8%

A little backstory, before beginning: back in the early-early '90's, I was just getting my feet wet in the wide, wonderful world of beer, and cartoonist Peter Bagge was inaugurating his newest comic book series, "Hate." In the first issue, protagonist Buddy Bradley admits that he has become something of a "beer snob", being among all of the "mini-breweries" of the Pacific Northwest and displays a bottle of Redhook Ballard Bitter. Next time I shopped for beer, I grabbed a 6'er, curious to try Buddy's beer, and what do you know, I liked it, and for some years the BB had a regular run in my refridgerator's rotation.
But times change...I taste it now anew, for the first time in years...
clear, pale amber hue, 1/2" silky white head, with copious bubbles.
Aroma: soapy, and slightly sweet, minor fruit, muted peach, muffled apricot, nothing to speak of, really...
Taste: more soap! a bit floral, herbal, I can taste the hops on the tongue, (Centennial?), but they are so small, and disappear so quickly, that it barely counts! There's a cameo of spiciness,(a hint of ginger, even cinnamon) and a fairly decent initial texture,but the body is too, too thin for my taste, and this brew's miniature charms drift away like a leaf in an autumn gust. It's not terrible at all, but I can't really see that "IPA" belongs on the label, not anymore. I remember it being bigger and bolder than this!
Yes, times change. Buddy Bradley, the former slacker spokesmodel, is now married with a daughter, and the Redhook Ale Brewery has been practically bought out and wussified by Anheuser-Busch, and that cool, stubby brown bottle is now a tall, green-labeled longneck.
Cheers to what once was, and to my next, better beer. (hmm, there's a growler of Masala Mama in the fridge, calling my name...)

feloniousmonk, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%

I had this as part of a mix-a-six, poured chilled from the 12 oz brown bottle into teku chilled.

The color is a ruddy amber with moderate haze with slightly off white head which has average sized bead. The lace sticks in a spotty pattern, the smell is fruity and citrus mostly with a moderately hoppy odor and slightly sweet fragrance. The mouthfeel is mostly sweet but has a moderate bitterness to balance with mostly dry finish and moderate carbonation.

The flavor is somewhat bitter citrus up front with slight tangy yeast and becomes sweeter toward the middle with some caramel malt backing and light hint of pine from the hops near the finish but balanced more than bitter with the impression of a dry hopped pale ale in general. The overall impression is not that this is that bad, however for the style it seems a little tame. I would drink it again but don't recommend this if you are looking for a true American IPA with more bitterness than your average pale ale.

Slatetank, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%

Never reviewed it so here it goes. Beer poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass (rogue). Beer has a big white head of small and medium bubbles, moderate to low carbonation and is yellow with a slight haze. Looks fine.

Beer smells like nothing -- well it's a little malty.

Beer is medium bodied with almost no hop flavor and all hop bitterness. it is mildly malt -- I'm really disappointed. I haven't had this beer in years and I remember liking it...oh wait that's Redhock IPA, nevermind, this beer sucks.

drabmuh, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%

a fairly standard american ipa, with an obvious attempt to hop the crap out of it, balance and body were neglected to some extent. pours a flatish looking light brass color with minimal head. great nose though, big mean hops and an alcoholy dryness. really alluring. taste is well hoppy, but not as well rounded as some others, missing that malty middle to fill it out. pleasant finish, medium body. not perfect but a reasonable ipa

StonedTrippin, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -8.3%

First had: on tap at Redhook, Woodinville, WA

Poured into a pint glass an orange-yellow with a small wisp of white bubbles for a head. Mild citrus in the aroma and some pale malt evidence. Light malt sweetness in the taste, with citrus zest and, light grassy hops. Hmm. Decent, but not great. Light-medium mouthfeel, and somewhat drinkable, but certainly not exemplary of the style.

Rifugium, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%

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.

WesWes, Jan 09, 2004
Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%

Can't fault the clear and attractive golden color plus nice sudsy foam. Light aroma of flowers and biscuits. A touch of hops rather than a slap, which is pleasant enough. Very easy drinking with nice watery mouthfeel. If this was a Pilsener, nobody would complain. It's not much of an IPA, so pick your attitude. Want a deal? $2.59 at my favorite Ocean Beach store, Liticker's on Voltaire.

I opened this hoping for some hop stupidity to perk up a couple of anemic browns and pseudo-hefes, but this ain't going to do it.

03-24-2012 update - somehow I ended up with another bottle of this. A fresh one, dated March 7. The aroma nice, floral, intriguing, so I'd up my score on that. Quite inoffensive. Quite sprightly, like tonic water.

mactrail, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%

The beer pours a murky orange-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of orange and papaya with a little bit of pine and bready malt mixed in. The flavor is pineapple and orange citrus with bread and caramel malt. The bitterness is fairly low and the beer is easy to drink. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours light golden yellow with a thin head that sticks around. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of light citrus with a touch of lemon zest. Bready notes come through. Smells more like an APA.

The taste is of light citrus with floral notes and a lemon zest. Bready malt balances it out. Almost too much so. Lackluster finish.

It has something of a body to it, but the taste flees off the palate.

This one is weak. It seems caught between APA and IPA (an APA with higher alcohol, which to its credit is pretty well hidden)? Whatever...with so many solid IPA's out there, why bother ...

jwc215, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

I brought this to a gathering of semi-beer-geeks, not the type that fill these forms out, but still avoid "bad" beers even if they're micros. So, perhaps we were fooled when seeing the other scores, but these are my scores and I'm sticking to them.

The appearance has a slight chill haze. Fluffy head that leaves spotty lace. Golden color.

Decent flowery hop aroma.

Here's a solidly hoppy IPA. Not much in the way of balance, but I would say it matches the profile nicely. I like the mouthfeel of this one--enough carbonation to balance the fullness.

Again, I don't see the complaint here. It's not a home run, but it does get the guy to first.

smcolw, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%

Sampled May 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, almost polished copper color and is topped by an initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a lacy pattern on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. The aroma is a mix of medium hop levels and dry malt. Notes of grapefruit, bergamot, dusty malt, fresh milled grain, and soda crackers are all fairly noticeable in the aroma. A solid, if somewhat muted nose.

A medium sweetness is balanced by a clean, slightly herbaceous bitterness, both of which linger on in the finish. Dulled, yet still noticeable, bergamot flavors mix with notes of pine and even a note of menthol which creeps into the finish from time to time. An interesting mix of hop flavors are noticeable in this beer. This beer is certainly a bit muted by today's more hops until it hurts standards, but this is a very well balanced, easily drinkable IPA.

Gueuzedude, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of MarkyMOD
3/5  rDev -8.3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 07, 2012
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,640 ratings.