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Redhook Long Hammer IPA | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA
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

Added by pbrian on 03-29-2001

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1,178
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3,263
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3.24
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27.78%
 
 
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Photo of acmurphy696
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my first rules for any beer is that it must at least stand for something and not just blandly sit there. Well, at least Long Hammer fulfills that part. But while the beer has a distinct taste, I don't know if that taste is very good. There is a definite hop edge here, but what follows is not quite there. Maybe it lacks a malt balance or something, I don't know. Still, this isn't a bad beer. Unlike my experience with Goose Island IPA, I'm not having to search for a flavor beneath the hops.

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Photo of Ronbo56
3.84/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Don't understand why there isn't more love for this perfectly acceptable, accessible IPA.
L: Yellow-gold, looks nice but that's not why you're here. Reasonably long-lasting head but not overly foamy.
S: Way less intense than many IPAs but plenty of hops if you want to find them. More malt aroma than some IPAs.
T: Light for an IPA and very drinkable. Nice summer brew but also pairs well with food. Does not overwhelm.
O: A very light touch for an IPA. Pairs very well with spicy food (had it with both Indian and Thai). With powerful IPAs like Torpedo I don't even think about food - one or the other would suffer. Not with the Redhook. It may not be special, but it's very drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/24/2015. Pours crystal clear deep golden/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.2%. Overall this is a nice IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink for the style. Would be a good entry level IPA. Not too bitter; but still has nice hop complexity, with a bit more malt presence. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours yellow, very clear with a nice white foam head, good retention. Aroma is hoppy and malty. Taste is mild, medium bitterness, very drinkable beer in the low stats of an IPA. Price is excellent. Cheers

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I don't think this is the same beer as Ballard's Bitter/IPA. Good clarity, golden in color and drapes a solid 4/5" white head. Dat boi good. Aroma is nice, there is a minor amount of soft dry hopping.

Taste is underhopped by current standards, there's hops, there's bitterness but they lay in the soft 40-50ibu range. The malt takes on some of that beechwood + barley tones. Its not heavy but some of those strange malt tones definitely compete and bring this one dangerously close to being balanced.

Somewhere between your standard mass produced lager, they decided to switch it up, drop in some ale yeast and moar hops. Its a neat gateway ipa.

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Photo of Justkeepbrewing
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Keeping it simple is what this beer does. Nothing about this ipa will knock your socks off. With that being said, it does nothing to offend. The hops come through but don't linger at all. I feel as though I drink a bit quicker as a result. Final verdict: easy drinking, decent beer. Not heavy or desert like in the least. I like it but would not refer to it as a true ipa.

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Photo of Philemon
2.22/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Not too impressed by this claimed IPA from this old time Brewery. Maybe it's because I am a fan of the new craft beer movement. But it's almost as thirst guys took an old lager and tried to paint it with new hops? I dunno what it is, it just misses the point for me!

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Photo of dbraz45
4.16/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid offering from Redhook. Typical IPA in appearance, golden hue and nice carbonation. This is not an over the top IPA in terms of bitterness, but it is delicious nonetheless. This one may not have all the pizzazz of some newer offerings, but it definitely stands the test of time. Give this one a try.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
2.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into English pint glass. Hoppy National IPA Day!

L - Pours a clear, golden straw color, with a slight amber hue. Almost like a pilsner. A good lacing of foam that lingers.

S - Slight citrus and pine, sweeter than others but a bit weak.

T - Citrus rind that transforms to rubbing alcohol. Slightly malty, reminiscent of a pale ale.

F - Light, thin, medium carbonation. Drinkable compared to other IPAs which are more sippable.

O - Maybe not a true IPA, again, reminiscent of a pale ale. It's fine. Not terrible, not my favorite IPA, but decent for the price.

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Photo of ppvora
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into an ale glass.

Golden yellow color, a finger of head, some aeration.

Aroma: Mango, orange, nectar, honey and hops! Loved the aroma.

Taste: Hoppy, but no fruit or citrus. Interesting...the aroma is quite different from the taste. Some barley and malt. No complexity to note.

Mouthfeel: OK, nothing unusual to report.

Overall: A great introduction to hoppy beers for those who aren't used to them.

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Photo of IPA1978
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a lot going on here as todays ipa's go, hop flavor is bitter with a just a touch of spice and pine. Malt character is nondescript just provides a medium body. But its decent simple ipa go with some pizza.

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Photo of mcshaver
2.91/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

There is a strong hoppy-citrus aroma from the bottle; however, the nose largely disappears after pouring with the exception of a delicate must. Color does well to the description of pale ale, though with a slight buttery-amber shade to it. Pours with little to no head and clarity leaves a little to be desired, but is by no means something to complain about. Taste is flavorful at first with a mouthful of hops and bitterness, but diminishes to a watery, musty ale by the end of the glass. The beer is surprisingly drinkable with a thin, light body and no remarkably unpleasing tastes aside from a mild metallic undertone. Not necessarily indicative of the IPA style, but by no means a bad beer considering it was both smooth and balanced.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.04/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice IPA. Quite a bit less potent than most west coast IPAs. Darker than a lager but not as dark as some IPAs. Again the smell and taste are relatively subtle, but a great beer I'd love to drink on many occasions. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Sabtos
1.24/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sparkly clear carbonated gold, your basic champagne-like AAL appearance.

Smells like skunked melon.

Tastes like bitter aluminum.

This may be worse than your basic, cheap, conglomerate AAL. Yuck!

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Photo of Squire123
3.32/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear light yellow, white cap with good lacing.

Aroma: Pine, citrus hops.

Taste: Starts off well enough, hops and a small amount of malt. Hops quickly take over and dominate all the way through to the finish which carries a lingering hop bitterness.

Texture: Rather thin and otherwise unremarkable.

Overall: Not a good impression though it's not a bad taste. Hop presence is there but lacks enough malt to balance. I believe we're past the point where just adding more hops is enough to set the product apart.

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Photo of Dentist666
2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into pint.
Pours slightly hazy golden beer with thin off-white head, low retention.
Smell - biscuity, lemony.
Taste - malts, medicinal bitterness.
Light body, soft carbonation, very plain and insipid.
Poor for american and also far away from english IPA.

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Photo of Burnthedevice
3.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A bit pale in color with a thin, quickly dissipating, but sill slightly craggly head. Aroma is pleasant, with pine and some tropical fruit. Taste wise, hop flavor is present, but somehow flat and one dimensional. Malt presence is lacking, which is unfortunate because it could lend some needed complexity to this beer. Mouthfeel is good carbonation wise, but a bit watery. Some off flavors as the beer warms. Definitely not my first choice in the world of IPAs, but you could do worse. I bought a 6 pack of this at a local gas station for 5 bucks, where it was being sold at 50%off. For that price, you could do MUCH worse. If I were to find this stuff that deeply discounted again, I would buy it, and be happy with my purchase. If not, I wouldn't seek it out, but if someone offered me one I would not complain about it.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
2.76/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Really bubbly golden body, head dissapated within 5 seconds
Corn, grain, barley, apple
Tastes exactly how it smells plus a little bit of hops
Very dry and light bodied
If it had 5% less flavor it'd be indisinguishable as an IPA and would just be a bud light. Easy drinking though

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
2.81/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L-Okay color. pours a straw-red ambe-rish with a nice head that loses volume quickly.
S-Really not much, mainly malt with a little bit of hops; very little hops.
T-Again its alright, slight bitterness from a slight bit of hops that I think I can taste. Its really just a malty beer.
F-Has the mouthfeel of a light domestic beer. Crisp but nothing special.
O-I hadn't ever heard about this beer, so I didn't know what to expect. This beer is just okay. If I could think of a comparison it would almost be the IPA comparison to PBR. I don't even know if it is even an IPA... With that being said, this beer is refreshing, I would drink this beer at a pool party or an event similar. I wouldn't seek this beer out again though. It really isn't anything special at all. Pretty boring.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.71/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Redhook Ale Brewery - Long Hammer IPA. 6.2% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into snifter. Bottled 1/6/16.

Look: Body is a bright orange/yellow, with a half finger white head, that quickly dissipates into a ring. Great clarity.

Smell: Mainly bready malt, along with some faint hops and some citrus and tropical fruit; the aroma seems dull and weak.

Feel: Light body, almost medium. Carbonation is crisp and lively.

Taste: Again, mainly bready malt provides most of the flavor, leaving a cracker like taste. Some hop flavor and bitterness appear, along with the tropical and citrus fruits, but are soon gone, leaving more malt taste.

Overall: This is pretty malty for an IPA, with very little hop presence; it's not bad, but not a good IPA in terms of that. I would recommend this beer to those looking to get into bitter beers, since it has some hop presence, without being too bitter.

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Photo of adamhdg
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: bright and gold with little head
S: actually quite dull in its smell even after a gentle stir
T: hoppy from start to finish and after. Somewhat bitter almost like a grapefruit
F: bright and carbonated, maybe a little too much for my taste
O: not the best. I look forward to exploring more in the world of IPA

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is obviously not a top tier IPA. Some might say it's a low grade IPA. I say it's a very drinkable pale ale - but not necessarily a true IPA given that the the bitterness is on the low end. That being said it's decent, it's very drinkable and best of all it's cheap. Not much on the complexity side but a very enjoyable beer none the less. It's actually much way better on tap. Either way this is a solid hoppy beer be it an IPA or a nice pale ale - none the less it's a good beer.

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Photo of do_ob
3.19/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Clear light golden in appearane with good carbonation. About 1 finger of bubbly white foam on top that dissipated quickly. Light citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple on the nose along with a fairly strong bready malt aroma. The taste follows, as I get a lot more malt than anything. There is a noticable hop resin flavor in there along with some floral notes. Not bad tasting, but not all that great. Albeit being a bit malty, it is balanced well. Pretty nice mouthfeel - smooth and creamy as it warmed a little. This would be a decent beer for someone who was looking to transition into drinking IPAs but didn't want to jump into the deep end.

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Photo of DAVIDWYCKOFF
3.19/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best in its price range. 2.50 for a 22oz glass bottle at every store I've seen it stocked, period. I live in Northern California.
Color close to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Less lacing, white (ish) head, dissipates pretty quickly.
Smells kinda like Lagunitas Ipa, but... slightly off. Smells cheaper.
Tastes like Lag Ipa, if not better. I find this more balanced than Lag, similar hop profile. Most Lagunitas beer (minus Lil Sumpin) IMO taste unbalanced, and kinda shitty, in their own unique way. This LH does the hop profile justice, without going too far.
Feels: Smoother than Lag, not as smooth as Sierra Nevada Pale or even Torpedo.
Lagunitas admits they suck it. This is better and half the price. At least red hook doesn't lie and claim it's craft beer. There are many, many beers that are too good to compare, but for the thrifty IPA buzz, this is the one. Lagunitas fans, save your money with this or find a truly well made beer. Just my two or three cents.

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Photo of AdmiralBaltimore_29
4.16/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first had the Long Hammer IPA at my club's associate's home and I was very impressed with it's flavor. Not bitter at all. It's very impressive and I like it.

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