Redhook Long Hammer IPA | Redhook Ale Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
redhook.com

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

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#45,361
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16.46%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,220 | Ratings: 3,383
Photo of jkblr
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can stamped April 10 19 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 6.2% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright straw yellow with off white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint with light citrus and malt. The taste is semisweet pils malt with just a hint of pine and citrus. Medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, ok. Not a modern American IPA by any stretch, but a good reminder of the first IPA I remember.

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Photo of HonoluluLouie
3.74/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straight from the bottle tasted different from poured in a glass. The bottle seemed smoother and I was hard put to find the piney taste. Poured into a glass the pine hoppiness hit my tongue. Nice hint of citrus and pineapple with a crisp finish
The price at Tamura's Market of $13 makes this my new go to IPA No overpowering alcohol taste for a 6.2 abv.

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Photo of VABA
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a clear amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has very slight piney hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very slight piney flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-An average IPA

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L -Dark gold/pale amber. Pours with 3mm very fine-bubble white head, reduces to lacing.
S - I get some fruity notes, presumably from the hops, melon perhaps.
T - Definitely fruity notes, then into some snappy bitter hopping. Subtle perfumed peach notes right at the tail-end.
F - It's very refreshing for a 6.2%, and it doesn't convey as a beer of quite that strength. I like it's balance too, it comes together nicely, with nothing I note standing out of place.
O - It has presence, I reckon you'd have to be pretty hard-boiled to session this. I like it and am glad I tried it, though at the price I'm unlikely to buy it again.
The lable hasn't changed in the 17 years the above pic has been here, unusual these days! Bought from M+S at Paddington Station, London W2 at £2.79 for a 355ml bottle. I've seen this nowhere else in London, so maybe it's aimed primarily at US commuters to the 'Silicone Triangle' to the west of London. BB: 29/08/19

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Photo of OldskoolT68
5/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Redhook Long Hammer IPA is in my top 5 most favorite beers of all time. It has a very smooth & not at all overpowering. The first time I drank it was in the mid 90's at Sting concert in Atlanta Georgia (Sting was amazing live), but I digress.
If I knew someone who had never tried an IPA before, I would recommend Redhook Long Hammer.

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Photo of ncvillain
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just reviewed a very average pilsner rated over 3.5 on BA and then come to find Long Hammer rated under 3.3 on BA??? Yes, long hammer is an average IPA, but I can buy a pint can for 1.49 at my local gas station. And if my local brewery made an IPA this good, I'd be in there twice a week instead of twice every six months. If you live in Portland or Asheville you might never have a reason to drink this beer. For the rest of us, it's not a bad option if your local IPA options are limited.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper filtered with little carbonation and 2 fingers of light beige head.

Smells fruity of peaches, apples, pears and black tea.

The taste follows the nose and is light and fruity.

Medium body with little carbonation, and a dry, tannic tea like finish.

Got in Redding, drinking here today, Sept 1st, 2018. Decent brew.

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Photo of BeerSnobHater
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks lighter than it tastes. Smells piney. Tastes crisp and pleasantly bitter. Feels smooth as it goes down. This is my go-to beer - I have quaffed more of this brew over the last 10 years than any other. Very drinkable in hot weather or especially when thirsty after physical exercise. 12pk price at Rite Aide is a great value - better than many IPAs that cost more.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - light yellow not quite straw colored. Medium foam head with only light lacing. Only moderate carbonation.
Smell - Not very strong, get the pine, fruit, some grains wheat perhaps. Very moderate for an IPA, no strong hop aroma.
Taste - lots of malt and bread. Can actually taste the alcohol a bit but its not too overwhelming or anything. Very little bitterness, do pick up more sweetness than hops. There is a strange spice note, almost like cloves or cinnamon. Nothing major but it does kind of taste like apple pie. But the major flavor is of malt, wheat bread, slight pine, slight citrus, and brown sugar. It's weird because i like it but it just isn't very pale...
I'm not sure what they were going for with this one. It's sweet. It tastes decent. But it lacks the IPA flavor I'm looking for. This beats macro lagers for flavor but loses to most IPA's.
So that being said, i gotta give this good beer a grade of B

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber, moderate foamy head, lots of sticky lacing.
Smells of sticky sweet citrus blossom, tropical, grain, orange, banana, pineapple, caramel malt.
Taste is of he above notes but also a dull, lingering bitterness, some metallic elements, and sweet citrus that penetrates all the way through.
Overall enjoyable but a bit of a mess, pleasant notes with some unpleasant undertones.

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Photo of spectru
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy pale amber with a cream colored frothy head, fairly persistent, lacy; Mild aroma, slightly citrusy; Mild flavor, not strongly hoppy at all; Mouthfeel - smooth, slightly tangy; A pleasant, mild, drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12-Pack $13.99 Don Quiojte
Golden-amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Citrus, some bitterness, but fairly smooth
Overall a nice beer, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, Nov, 2017:
Pours a darker golden; quite clear with maybe the slightest bit of haze. Head isn't huge, but revives easily, some lacing.

Nose has a bit of a stale beer note to it. Piney in a slightly wooden sense, there's a does of dry shredded wheat cereal in a box to it. It's not the newest bottle, but it's not too enticing at this point.

The taste is a little more balanced. There is still that grainy cereal malt opening and backbone, but a decent does of pine wood bitterness joins it early. The two form an earthy, damp fall morning flavor. As it warms a little citrus (orange) comes out to accent, but it's mostly one-noted. A medium to medium light body, it's just a little flat, and there is a lingering bitterness.

So not a bad beer overall, the nose was really sort of a shock and disappointing. The rest of the beer was about as expected.

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Photo of fastedward5
4.26/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I will just say up front that I am not a big fan of IPA's because they sometimes can be way overhopped. At least, to me, as that is not my thing. And this beer isn't. To me, its hoppiness is just right so not only do I taste hops (in a moderate amount) but a lot of other flavors as well including some sweetness and maltiness (which admittedly I tend to favor). So I think if your palate runs similar to mine, you will like this beer. Very smooth for an IPA and in no way overpowering. It kept a nice head and the orange and spice flavors complemented each other. Probably a lot more than that going on, I am still new to reviewing beer! I'll definitely drink it again.

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Photo of MittenBreezeMD
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Great value for a moderately drinkable IPA. Expected drastically more aroma from a dry hopped beer but I can only slightly get grassy with a little citrus. Taste is overwhelmingly malty with no apparent hop profile other than a faint bitterness. Too much Carmel 20L in my opinion. Feel is very light aside from the maltiness on the tongue. The look is extremely clear, which I personally love. Overall very drinkable, with the value matching. I don't think I would considered this an IPA maybe just an amber or APA.

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Photo of nhdjinn
3.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

reminds me more of old school British IPA before the market went crazy for high hops and abv values
form a 1 pint can for $1.69 that alone makes this a good choice

looks crystal clear golden color good head retention
smell grassy citrus with malt
taste slight caramel with hoppy notes. not overly hoppy for abv more of a pale ale level
feel medium mouth feel
overall - for $1.69 you can not go wrong. same price as a bud 16 oz can but infinitely better. A good go to beer

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Photo of TBDave
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one tastes like a rather generic IPA. It’s very light on the carbonation. Overall it’s not bad, but there are better IPAs in the same price range.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If I'm in the mood for an IPA, this is one of my favorites, especially since it's not too pricey. I love the Red Hook sampler 12-packs, hard to find around here lately.

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Photo of Markkus
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The commercial description listed of this beer is a flat out lie for the examples I have tried. There was really not much to the aroma to begin with. A bit of grainy malt. After warming up a bit some floral end citrusy hop notes were barely detectable. Very thin White head, brilliant clarity, and a light gold color. If this IPA truly was Dry-hopped, then the flavor is quite subdued, matching the disappointment of the aroma. Moderately low carbonation for the style, and a medium to medium light body. Halfway decent beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way to try it unless it is extremely fresh.

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Photo of LordRogan
2.11/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2

Little to no aroma for a dry hopped IPA. Gentle bitterness. Just another brewery jumping on the IPA bandwagon. WE DONT NEED ANY MORE BORING IPAs FOLKS. If you fancy an American IPA, don't buy this. English IPA? Maybe nut the fact that they advertise as "dry hopped" means that that was not what they were going for.

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Photo of joedvegas
2.82/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Amber color with a little bit of haze. Nice foamy white head that lingers. Soft scents of orange-peel and tangerine, with a hint of pine. Not a lot going on flavor wise. Slight hints of honey and violet. Medium feel, brief palate coating, finish fades quickly.

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Photo of pro45
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light gold with a soapy white head, Smell test reveals malts, and a bit of skunk. Reminds me of a pilsner. No skunk in the taste but again, I'm getting more pilsner qualities. Mild hops, malty, spice, cracker, bready. Mouthfeel is light. I may have gotten an old bottle. The date says 2017 and also has the number 10 (October?) and FEB listed. Overall not too impressive for an IPA.

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Photo of SimplySinister
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A – Hazy gold brew poured from short neck 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Minimal head, minimal lacing, minimal carbonation.

S – Hops and citrus. Standard IPA with perhaps a few additional citrus notes. Grapefruit? I’m getting grapefruit and lemon peel.

T – Really nice. IPA style bitter without it being a bitter nightmare. Very, very decent.

M – Clean, crisp. Typical IPA. Just like the typical IPA, the flavor lingers a little. In this case, it’s not a bad thing.

D – Let me be the first to admit, I’m not a huge fan of this style. This is mainly because it has been somewhat popularized and co-opted by individuals with unruly facial hair and expensive retro clothing. With that being said, this beer is actually very drinkable. Second, I’ve never been a fan of 6%+ beers save imperial styles and the like, though this beer shines at 6.2%. Third, I’d really love to hate this beer as it is a macro and BA members despise anything macro even if it’s a good beer (unless it’s imported). I don’t. In fact, there are about a dozen reasons why I shouldn’t like this beer but I do! Weird. All in all, really good beer. Solid 3.75+

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Photo of brownfly70
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: clear, dark straw to gold, nice head didn't last long

Aroma: light malty aroma, strong very apparent fresh hop aroma (like smelling fresh hop cones)

Flavor: strong fresh green hop flavor (just like how the fresh hop aroma would taste), very clean no off flavors, finish brings a little of a light grain flavor, bitterness is apparent but smooth not harsh.

Texture: medium body, semi dry, moderate carbonation, oily feeling on tongue lingering

Overall: good beer, was definitely surprised about how fresh and green the hop aroma and flavor is and even more surprised that it is not harsh but pleasant. Really shows the full flavor of the hops.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 2 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: not especially aromatic; smells more like a pilsner that an IPA;

T: not a lot of flavor; floral with grain in the background from start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: easy drinking, but not comparable to what we're now used to in an IPA:

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 3,383 ratings