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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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2,707 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,707
Reviews: 1,109
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 195 | 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 Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Gueuzedude, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught at a Mexican restaurant in Manhattan Beach, California. Reviewed from notes. Cost was $6.00 USD plus tax and tip. Expectations were below average.

Paired with tortilla chips and guacamole.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Cream, barley, and clean malts. Indistinct hops. A light aroma. Somewhat weak for an IPA, without much presence.

T: Some cream and restrained hops. Clean malts with some layering, but nothing notable. Hints of light milky notes towards the back end. Simple but pleasant. Balanced alright. Built decently for the style, but weak and noncommital to its flavours.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours and style fairly well. Adequate carbonation. Light. A bit too thin. Too smooth.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. Not a remarkable beer. I wouldn't get it again unless no better offerings were available. A decent IPA for fans of the style, but rather generic and bland all around. Don't expect a hop bomb from this one.

Pairs decently with Mexican food.

Low C

kojevergas, May 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an average beer all around. Doesn't really taste totally like an IPA but parts of it do making this just an odd beer overall. It's a pretty high ABV and it does go down smooth for sure. But balance wise and style wise the lines are a little bit blurred and make it hard to judge this beer.

oriolesfan4, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Halcyondays, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of Gavage
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a light gold color with a thin head. Very weakly carbonated. The aroma was average, as I noticed a slight bit of malt and a minimal floral nose. The IPA tasted weak, and was unbalanced with more maltiness than hops. The malt dominated the initial taste, but was quickly subdued by a slight bitterness which lingered on the tongue. This seemed way too sweet for this style, and clearly the expected IPA bitterness was not strong enough.

Gavage, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of GClarkage
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

03/25/07- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness date found. Supposedly there is, but I couldn't find any after a minute of looking. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Medium to light pils yellow colored pour. 1/2 inch head which settles with a light rim. Light lace spots left.

Smell- Some resemblence of hops. Not really outwardly scented. A bit of pine hops and a bit of minor bitter lemon. A bit grainy as well.

Taste- Hops are predominant. some light caramel malt is present, but mostly some weak flavored pine and light grapefruit hops. Not very assertive.

Mouthfeel- Kinda seltzery with a mid to high carbonation rate. Not really any aftertaste.

Drinkability- Ehhh, will pass on this one again if seen. Not anything special here. But, is was an IPA, so if I see a new one, I have to try it.

GClarkage, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -8.3%

imperialking, Nov 22, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, beeragent, for getting me off of the hook! It does, indeed, come in a CAN and I join you in this Serving Type, having scored some at Pinocchio's in Media on Friday. Let nothing stand in The CANQuest's (TM) way!

From the CAN: "Long Hammer IPA is a big fan of dry hopping, which sounds much dirtier than it is."; "Est. 1981 Seattle"; "Weighs less to pack out than in".

I CAN't believe my CANfusion! I dry-hopped both of yesterday's Dirty Blondes w/my Long Hammer! Tonight, Long Hammer goes BOOM!

The Crack was a total surprise as it was a) brimful and b) foamy as all get-out. This was a fresh CAN that had been refrigerated up until I bought it and directly after I got home following the two-hour trip. Upon settling, I employed the inverted Glug which netted me two fingers of tawny head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose smelled of minty, grassy hops and my mouth was watering in anticipation. Mouthfeel was slightly thin, but the taste was purely hops in the mouth. It had a mostly peppermint taste, but there was a nice grassiness, also. Finish was dry and tasty with the hops lingering well after the swallow. I would definitely give this some cooler space, either at the beach or on Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually).

woodychandler, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -8.3%

drewone, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev +7%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 27, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer , with bottled on dating (04 03 07) etched onto the front label, Pours very clear, light honey amber, with a near white head, leaves long sliding strands of lacing. On the nose I pick up respectable wiffs of leafy fresh hops. Easy drinking and fairly enjoyable ale. Hops moderatly evident, resiny. A wee bit thin in the middle, watery, I would say. This one is missing the complexity, and malt backbone + hop crunch of higher scoring exemplars of the style. A decent sessioner or "in a pinch IPA" but I will always try to find a true "craft beer" if available. Support the little guys, I say..."Eat the Rich"

Billolick, May 02, 2007
Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

At first I thought this was actually a decent IPA with a big of hops. Maybe on par with Flying Dog's IPA. As it warmed up a bit, the hops fade to an unpleasantly low level where they're just a bitter herb-like taste. Meh, here I thought Redhook might have made a decent IPA. Alas. I guess I'd call this an extra pale ale based on other XPA's I've had like Summit's out of MN.

tempest, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

barleywinefiend, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Georgiabeer, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

akorsak, Oct 06, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

ejimhof, Oct 16, 2012
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2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

DoubleJ, May 15, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 27, 2006
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3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Xchange in D.C.

The beer is a light orange / yellow color and appears clear with mild effervescence. The aroma is rather weak, with a light dose of hops and citrus. The flavor is average, and could be bolder. The hop presence is pretty subdued and tame. The finish has a subtle odd note with a hint of alcohol. Overall, a mediocre example of the style. I won't order this again.

Huhzubendah, Dec 02, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Zorro, Feb 24, 2007
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3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

jdhilt, Jul 11, 2007
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3.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized white to slight off white head slowly settles to a nice lacing above a clear rich copper golden colored beer.

Decent aroma coming off this beer off very light sweet malts and citrus to pine style aroma hops.

Citrus and pine style hops taste with just a bit of the caramel malts sneaking in.

Light dry aftertaste with a bit of the citrus hops sticking around with this medium bodied beer.

On sale this week at Albertson's, pretty good for the price.

LXIXME, Nov 10, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Stinkypuss, Sep 10, 2008
Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 2,707 ratings.