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Redhook Long Hammer IPA | Redhook Ale Brewery

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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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Longhammer was a breath of fresh air compared to the other beers on tap at the Redhook Brewery. I say this because the ESB, Golden, Mudslinger, and Copper ales all seemed to taste similiar. The longhammmer was a clear golder beer with pining/citrus nose. The taste is dominated by pine, not a whole lot of citrus. The mouthfeel is good and I could do a session with this beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I remember this simply being called Redhook IPA until the name change some time ago. So anyway, let's give this a taste drive:

Light bodied blonde in appearance, its head is thin, but leaves some good lacing on the glass. Hoppiness is less powerful in the smell as other IPA's I've had, mixed in with a cooked veggie scent. The taste seems to be more bitter than hoppy, with little action in the malt department. Its easier to drink per se than others, but nothing too encouraging for me to have another of. If you want a tasty IPA, cross this off your wish list.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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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 Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This isn't the best IPA to be sure, but I didn't find it as bad as reviews indicate. Redhook IPA is light copper in color with an average head. The aroma is west coast hoppy, not as intense or of as high quality as possible for the style. The taste if of citrusy hops with some floral hop action mixed in. Mild maltiness is also in the mix, especially noted in the finish. Bitterness is present, but not enough to totally ravage the palate. Drinkability is very good, probably because the bitterness isn't incredably high. Either the recipe has changed or this beer is underated, because this is tasty enough to deserve better than a 3.04 average.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Clear light yellow with a nice pillowy head. Good lace show too.

S. A faint whiff of pine. Not much else.

T. Though this case is slightly dated, the hops still come through rather nicely. Resinous piney hops. The malt body is somewhat weak. Still pretty tasty.

M. This beer has a very good mouth feel. Perfect level of carbonation, smooth, light bodied and even a bit creamy.

D. Another very easy drinker from RedHook. High ABV a bit dangerous since this is so easily downed. Paired nice with spicey fried rice.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

According to the bottle: Bottled 20 Jun 05, 6.5%ABV. Pours a nice clear golden color, small head dissapates quickly, some carbonation, some light lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, citrusy. The taste is not bad, hoppy with a little bite at the end, not as good as others for sure, but not bad. Medium body. This is drinkable, but there are other IPAs way better, but maybe for an intro into the style it would be good.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A: Slightly darker than golden yellow with boring, fizzy head.

S: Bits of malt and hops.

T: Very light for an IPA, malts are the predominant taste with a hint of hops and apple, does not seem like a 6.5% beer.

M: Light-bodied with not a lot of carbonation.

D: Drinkable beer, nothing objectionable, just a little to pallid compared to what I look for in an IPA.

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Photo of Zorro
3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A new beer invading the California Von's Supermarkets.

In the glass this is a paler shade of amber with a decent white head.

The smell is sweet and decently hoppy with a sweet citrus aroma. There is a fair amount of grapefruit and raw hop aroma to this beer. The malt aroma to this is not complex but over all it gives the impression of orange blossom aroma to this when combined with the hops used.

The taste begins sweet with a good solid hop bitter snap in the first sip with a slight pan browned sugar aftertaste. Fairly bitter with a big amount of lemon and lemon zest flavor to it. Quite nice in the bitterness level this is decently hopped to IPA standards.

The mouthfeel is OK, not mediocre though.

Better than expected and far better than this companies mediocre at best IPA. Not going to make me forget DFH 60 minute but good none the less.

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Photo of biegaman
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Redhook IPA is a lovely golden coloured beer with too many flashing highlights to keep track of them all. My favourite are the sharp amber ones that hit only when held directly up into the light. Although its body is transparent, chill haze (and a bit of suspended proteins) mark up the otherwise clear beer. While it has some head, it could use an upgrade.

The aroma has plenty of hop bitterness but none of the pleasant hop flavours - there's good heavy metal music and then there's music that is just loud and distorted. This is the latter. There's no rhythm, no intricacies and certainly nothing to get your head nodding. Some citrus notes make it through, and some toasted maltiness, but it's not exactly catchy.

I took my first sip and just said 'no'. This isn't what comes to mind when I think IPA and it certainly isn't hitting the spot now that I'm craving one. The flavour on the whole is faint and diluted, but the hoppiness in particular is non-existent save for a weedy, leafy herbal flavour that sort of lingers like bitter greens. Their oiliness sticks to the palate astringently.

Redhook IPA is an easy beer to drink if flavour isn't high on your list of important things and especially if you don't have a palate for bitterer beers. It is at least twice as bitter as commercial swill, mind you, but it won't turn your cheeks inside out. That said, it does leave a distastefully bitter greens taste in the mouth that can be quite pungent and lasting.

Redhook IPA isn't going to win over lager drinkers any more than it will hop heads. It's an IPA that lacks the character typical of the style yet has enough hoppiness to turn away the average Joe. The $2 I paid for this bottle is a fair price but it does not represent good value for money. If you're in the North-West, there are much better options available to you.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a beer that is not worth having at all unless you have it fresh, and preferably on draft. Had that way it is a pleasant enough ipa even if it is nowhere near tops in in its class. Pours golden with little head but decent lacing. The smell is of light citrusy hops and with a light graininess. The taste starts with lemon and grapefruit and some developing bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little light and spritzy. In the right conditions a pleasant drinker. I have to say that I don't often have Redhook beers anymore. I never thought they were the best beers on the planet, but I feel they have lost a great deal of what charm they once had. The real problem with this beer is that I probably had it in peak condition, and it was just decent. Most people will have it on its way to staleness in the bottle, and the experience just won't be as good.

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Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nearly no hop aromas, and only provided a faint lemon and light graininess.

The taste consisted of a husky grain, a light mustiness, some grass and a biting rind at the finish.

The mouthfeel was on the thinner side with an astringent finish.

Overall a disappointing IPA for sure.

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Photo of John_M
4.07/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Brewpub in Portsmouth.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with fair head retention and OK lacing. On the nose I get a goodly amount of citrus and pepper, with a hint of green tobacco. Flavors replicate the nose in this very smooth, very drinkable IPA. The bitterness is dialed down a bit with the cask conditioning, but this beer is quite well balanced and is very, very drinkable. On the cask, this almost comes across as a British style IPA, and a pretty good one in fact. There is some bitterness, but it really doesn't dominate the flavor profile.

I know it's fashionable to put these guys down, but this beer surprised me. Nothing wrong with this at all, and I'd happily order it again.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy light gold color with a two-finger eggshell head.

Smell: plenty of earthy hops; not bad but not particularly complex.

Taste: there's a little bit of malt flavor and it's a bit on the sweet side. It is not a super-hoppy IPA; rather, it's more along the lines of an APA. Like the aroma, hops are mostly earthy with a little citrus.

Mouthfeel: a bit too light for me, but not horrible.

Drinkability: I think this is a perfectly decent sessionable IPA and wouldn't mind having a few.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An extremely clear gold beer with a small, quickly vanishing head. Lacing is solid. A steady stream of tiny bubbles work their way towards the surface.

Hoppy aroma of citrus, mostly tangerine and pine, but extremely muted. Taste is disappointingly lacking; traces of tropical fruit notes and pine are present, but are overshadowed by a merely middling bitterness. Nearly nothing there; faintly sweet underneath the bitterness, a little salty on the end, but extremely small in the flavor department.

Additionally, the mouthfeel is a little too spritzy and over-carbonated, with a body on the thin side. Can't really recommend this one, as it fails to deliver much and needs a ton of amplification of subtler characteristics. Bland bitterness comes to the top, coupled with excessive carbonation, making for a pretty mediocre IPA. This was a pretty fresh bottle but it had to sit and arm for a while before the more interesting but weakly represented aspects of its flavor and taste emerged. I enjoyed the tangerine aspect of the flavor but I really had to strain to discern it.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from the infamous woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is kind of mild, some bitterness, a bit of pine and a touch of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is easy drinking but kind of light for the style.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a light gold coloured body, lighter than usual for an IPA in my view. Head is pillowy white to begin with, but quickly dissipates to a film that leaves little lacing. Small bead of carbonation. Not a lot. Looks ok.

Nice piney hops on the nose, but with an underlying diacetyl sweetness that's quite unwelcome. For an IPA, it's also pretty tame, no explosion of floral characteristics. Pretty weak.

Taste is a little better, but again, to call this an IPA is a stretch. Light citrus/grapefruit characters on the front palate, and just a hint of reedy, resin character on the back, but that's all the mention of hops there is. Otherwise, there's a sweet honey/butterscotch character that doesn't do it it any favours at all. Mouthfeel is quite light and clean, rather bland which matches the flavour.

I'll say it again: this is a pretty tame IPA. There's certainly some pleasant flavours to it, but it's not the type of IPA I've come to expect - balanced way too much towards sweetness. Hey, it's not a bad beer... But it's not a good IPA either.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Light clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor actually fairly balanced for an IPA some sweetness with very slight bitter finish. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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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 Derek
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 09 05 06, so there's a little age on it.

A: Golden-yellow, slight haze; white head, some retention & lace.

S: Not a lot of aroma for an IPA: some citrus & spice, slight alcoho, light caramel & bread.

T: Not very hop-forward, but there's a plethora of subtle flavours: grassy, spicy, woody, slight floral, hint of mint, and some pine & citrus in the finish. Not at all what I expected from the Pacific Northwest, but interesting. Modest bitterness with only a little biscuity malt. Alcohol comes through in the flavour.

M: Well-attenuated, body is relatively light for its weight, modest carbonation, silky smooth, slight acidity in the dry finish.

D: The alcohol flavour is a little too much for me to session.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- The light golden copper body is clear with a big carbonation of large bubbles and a thin soapy head that does last a good while.

S- The light pine hops aroma has a hint of fresh grain in the background but it is pretty light.

T- The dry crisp malt flavor has a sulfury hint in the finish. The bitter hops have a faint soapy pine taste that gives a note of floor cleaner but the hops have a nice taste.

M- The light mouthfeel has a slippery texture. No alcohol or bitterness in the finish.

D- This beer has the taste of an average lager with some hop character. I would like to see a bit of depth in the malt or some ale fruitiness to give the hops some support.

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Photo of akorsak
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: The ale opens with a hiss. As it pours into a glass, a luxurious head emerges that gradually coats the sides with fluffy lace. The ale is an amber color, more orange than not with nice clarity.

S: The nose is very inviting, showing off a mouth-water barrage of citrusy hops. The orange peel and grapefruit aromas are punctuated by a peppery zest.

T: The IPA's taste is reserved, hoppy but not too much so. The dry orange peel flavors are strong up front, adding a tobacco flavor that gets drier the longer you've waited since the last sip. As the ale warms, the hops recede a bit, allowing a fuller malt body to emerge.

M: The mouthfeel is IPA, hoppy with a solid citrus edge. The flavors are not revolutionary but for an IPA fan they are comforting.

D: The nice dry finish is good and I'd gladly belly up to a few more bottles.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium golden-rod color with a thin sudsy white head.

S: a slight fruitiness upfront and sweet malt, which soon yielded to a light floral pine aroma and citrus.

T: clean, perhaps a tad to much so lacking a good malt backing and pungent hop punch per style. There was some noticeable spicy cascade notes, and grassiness but was very smooth and refined quickly fading off the tongue.

M: light with only a slight flora hoppiness detected that soon ended as well.

D: Ones enough, basically an underachiever by style and not 6 pack worthy.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle from the Portsmouth NH brewery marked 051909. Sampled on September 25, 2009. It pours more orange-amber than anything else with a slight haze and a nice foamy white head. The aroma is uniquely floral more than hoppy. Maybe there is a vague yeast scent in there too. The mouthfeel is about medium. The hops are way more evident in the taste than in the aroma, which makes it kind of nice.

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Photo of beertunes
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly hazy, pale yellow with a tall, fluffy, white head that had OK retention and lacing. The aroma was fairly typical, although a bit on the subdued side for the style. Mostly floral hop notes, with some citrus in the background.

On the tongue, the citrus notes were bolder and the floral tones moved to the back. Despite not having much of a malt presence, the beer had a mildly sweet finish. The body was just on the thin side of average for the style. Drinkability was OK, but not great.

Overall, a good beer to use as an introduction to the style. It would give someone an idea of what to expect and provide a good baseline for judging other IPA's. In other words, a training wheel IPA.

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