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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,297
Reviews:
1,193
Avg:
3.24
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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Photo of htc
4.5/5  rDev +38.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +38.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of dfwprosportsjon
4.49/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A Pilsner look with light golden color and nice head that dissipates slowly to thin head that lasts. Limited veins.
S Very hoppy aroma.
T Very smooth, sweet IPA with limited bitterness. Grapefruit hop taste that lingers.
M Very smooth drink that is arguably my favorite part of the selection. Maybe the smoothest IPA I've ever had.
O A good sweet IPA with enough bitterness for the style but with a sweetness and creaminess that makes it unique. Very drinkable. This beer gets surprisingly poor reviews and I think it's due to it being on the light side hop wise for the style. I understand that criticism but it has solid bitterness and it's creaminess and drinkability make it unique. It's the opposite of a Stone selection but has it's place in the beer pantheon as a lighter hopped, smoother IPA. Underrated in my opinion.

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Photo of 123321123321
4.43/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mrkinkle
4.42/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Red Hook Long Hammer IPA is one of my favorite Red Hooks...
6-pack for $7.99

A- Light golden-orange with two fingers of head after being poured, which settles to a thin white foam. Beer is very clear.

S- Bright hoppy wheat smell with a malty citrus note.

T- Burst of cascade hops, followed by a nice sweet malt notes accented with orange peel and coriander. finishes dry.

M- Tingly sensation that makes you want more.

D- Excellent Fall IPA for the price.

Serving type: 12oz. Bottle poured into chilled 16oz. glass.

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Photo of Mbertrand2
4.4/5  rDev +35.8%

Photo of Oysterhaven
4.4/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TastyTaste
4.4/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle, at an Old Chicaogo. I like inclusion of the phrase "Ya Sure, You Betcha" on the label, being from Minnesota. The beer was a very solid IPA, good hops bitterness, even though I could've used more. I know, I'm a confessed Hophead. This is a good beer that I'd galdly get again.

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Photo of lenny87
4.37/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of theozag
4.33/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For those of you who haven't seen or tried an IPA, they are a sort of ale that's neither from India nor pale. Like most pale ales, Red Hook is only "pale" in comparison to porter and stout. In fact, that's where the catagory Pale Ale got its name in the first place. The word India comes in because this particular sort of pale ale was originally designed to withstand the trip to the Indian colony from Britain with no loss of quality. In the case of Red Hook, the result is a very enjoyable if somewhat unique beer. The simplest way i can put it is, 'The taste of Guinness Draught without the weight.' Red Hook's head boils to a thick, white mass that remains over the beer throughout the whole pint. It does become noticably thinner in the center over time, but it never really fades away. Red Hook's start, body, and finish are very close to those of Guinness Draught. It is full-bodied with a rich hoppy flavor. It sits heavy on the tongue and has a consistent if somewhat thin palatte. Red Hook finished smooth with a clear and pleasant aftertaste. It differentiates from Guinness b/c of its color and feeling in your stomach. Red Hook is a deep amber color and when it hits your gut, you feel no weight or fullness (what some people call "drinking a loaf of bread" when talking about Guinness). The overall experience is a highly enjoyable beer with a rich flavor and a resulting feeling that you can down twice as many Red Hooks as stouts.

- Backdated tasting: I first reviewed this beer on 13SEP03, this post is based on notes from that review. -

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Photo of pjohnston007
4.33/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought from a Food Lion in Petersburg, VA. Not sure how old this six pack is, but there is a very slight skunk-like odor---which is odd in an IPA.

I love the color, the sturdy brilliant white head, and the mouthfeel of this brew. It's a very tasty IPA and it stands out from many other IPAs I've had over the years. This seems like a more substantial or serious IPA than others (Saranac, for instance). I'll buy this one again, and I might even look into getting this on-keg! Well done, Red Hook!

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4.32/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of ChillMike
4.32/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow I can't believe this beer is getting such low reviews. I really enjoyed this, albeit not your typical HOP PACKED IPA....

Pours a bright gold color with a small white head that appears to leave some nice lacing. The first smell that rushes to my olfactory is oranges, it’s followed by pine, hops and a faint smell of malt. The initial taste is once again is a citrus and stays until it’s followed by 2 other flavor stages. The first one is sort of a hop and malt type flavor then it’s followed by a bitter hop flavor and ends with a nice citrus flavor. Definitely a very surprisingly nice beer, not exactly full of the type of hops I’ve come to expect from IPAs

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Photo of PaulK
4.3/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice color, reasonable sized head. The head recedes rapidly though, which leaves something to be desired. Also, the bottles are a rather odd shape, but I won't hold that against them. Just seems like a pointless marketing tactic that I'm not a huge fan of.

S - Smell is okay, but it's hard to smell the hops. Nothing special in the smell.

T - I personally think it tastes amazing. I would compare it to a number of higher quality APAs, but it isn't as bitter as I think of for an IPA. I'm a big fan of the flavor, but wish they could have gone a little harder on the hops.

M - Thick and well carbonated. Despite the head receding, the mouthfeel is great. I try to drink these beers in a smaller glass and pour half at a time to keep the carbonation strong.

O - Overall, this has quickly become my favorite everyday beer. It's cheap enough to sit around and drink a few without hitting your pocket, but tastes comparable to much more expensive beers. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who's a fan of creative pale ales.

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Photo of Gator1107
4.3/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice golden orangish color with a slight head, not thick.

Smell: Very strong scent of hops, and a blend of citrus

Taste: Very refreshing, the first swig is overcoming with hops, followed with the taste of grapefruit. Finshes off with a nice bitter fruit after taste.

Mouthfeel: A very bitter beer, which makes it so wonderful, dries me out leaving we wanting more.

Drinkability: This has become one of my favorites. Reason one, it is very affordable compared to what else is available locally. The second reason, it has become available now in my area on a consistent basis. And third, it is a well crafted beer with a wonderful flavor and taste, A great beer for everyday drinking or special occassions.

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Photo of Durge
4.27/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fairly pale orange-yellow color with a modest but favorable looking head that does die down to a very thin cover. Lacing is pretty decent. The aroma is not huge but is tastey enough with that familiar blend of hops and citrus, a little sweet suggested. The first taste is mild, and pleasant of malt, hops and crackers with a lemon touch. It's has a good presence of very fine carbonation but is still a bit acqueous, but not enough to hurt in my view. Makes it very drinkable. I could drink lots of these. Refreshing, tastey. A small tang at the tongue and a subtle dry finish, not much bitterness, just enough to fulfill the ipa experience. Well done, a good middle of the road offering. Shouldn't hurt anybody's feelings and suits me just fine! Defintely try this one out.

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Photo of BillA
4.27/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet resulted in a decent head.

Rather murky dark appearance.

This is a good ( though rather mild) American IPA. Nicely bitter and hoppy onset, with this bitterness predominating throughout. Struck me as a toned-down version of Stone's highly regarded Ruination. Doesn't have the more complex citrusy flavors of some single-hopped IPA's, but a winner just the same.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.26/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one reminded me more of a wheat beer when I poured it. It was a cloudy yellow color with particles, which I didn't think looked good in an IPA.

Oh, but the smell! Aromatic and bittering hops mingled and came through, promising a world of wonder awaiting those brave enough to step forth to the challenge...

It was quite bitter, but well balanced. The aftertaste was bitter and slightly nutty, which went together well.

The mouthfeel was a little thin... and it would be a more drinkable beer were it not for the appearance. That distracted somewhat from the taste experience.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.26/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-gold with a tint of amber. thin cream head. fairly light for an IPA

S-impressively strong hops and citrus presence. I'm actually quite pleased with this aroma

T-hits with a fairly strong hit of hops and citrus, this however ends the experience. there is almost no after-taste and no bitterness. over all its a smooth IPA that is great for beginners.

M-medium carbonation with a great creamy finish

D-hmm i actually like this a lot....i'm very confused by the other peoples' reviews...the taste isn't too complex but its otherwise a great drink. i could have many glasses of this with complete satisfaction

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Photo of skierson1
4.26/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BK2084
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Kybartle
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of alesaram
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of ashepherd0831
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.24 out of 5 based on 3,297 ratings.
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