Redhook Long Hammer IPA | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

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 a0lbudman
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy gold white head with a good lace
S-a piney citrus hop smell with hints of malt
T-hop comes in at first then you get a citrus pine hop aftertaste, then the malt comes in to smooth it out in the finish
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-good hop bitterness with a nice clean finish

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Small head with OK retention on a transparent copper/butterscotch body

S- Smell is of resiny piney/citrus hops

T- Tastes like the smell but not as potent as most american IPAs

M&D- Sorta slick and oily but overall pretty resfreshing and easy to drink for 6.5%ABV

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Photo of ski271
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, slightly ruddy medium amber with a small, foamy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. Good lacing.
S- Good mix oily hops, and buttery, bread malts and yeast. A little butterscotch and white grape in there.
T- Bitey hops briefly, then some surprisingly large, meaty malts and yeast come out. A little bland though The hops return toward the finish, ending with a good grapefruit bitterness.
M- Medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation
D- Wow, a Redhook beer I actually like! Most of their beers I’ve found to be average at best, but this one is ok. Nothing special, but decent.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange hue; slight lacing-no head. Clear.

Smell: Cascade hops.

Flavor: mild IPA; reminds me of an English IPA. Great for training a newbee's pallate for hops or learning what Cascade hops taste like.

Drinkability: very good if you aren't a hophead, but an IPA needs more hops than this no matter what the Brits do to their IPAs.

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Photo of BeerMagistrate
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This guy's line summed it up: "It's not going to rock your world, but it's rock solid."

And actually, to me, that's part of the appeal of this beer. It's just a perfect go-to IPA. Quality flavor, but not too hoppy, and super drinkable. Great all year round.

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Photo of erosier
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber color with a nice white head that sticks to the sides of the glass like a good IPA. The smell was excellent of a fresh hoppy aroma. The taste is very nice with a fresh hoppy flavoring. The aftertaste is also very clean. It has good carbonation and a very good mouthfeel. The only problem is how light the beer poured when it was out of the bottle. I would have expected a beer like this IPA to be darker. Other than that it's a pretty decent IPA.

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Photo of TheRaven
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is easy to smash his beer if you are a true aficionado. That said, not a half-bad session IPA. I grabbed a double-deuce in a gas station on the way to a baseball game. Right next to the Schlitz and Olde English. Under the right circumstances, and price conditions ($1.50), this beer can be a pleasant surprise and a welcome find for a beer snob just looking for one more drink and listening to some Grateful Dead. The key is to temper your expectations.

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Photo of glockmanpat
3.79/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap - clear amber color slight head that doesn't last long

Ar - Pine notes as well as some malty notes.

T - Some bitterness and malt characteristics. Easy to drink.

M - about right for the style. Easy on the tongue.

O - descent beer that i don't believe will win any awards but definitely a drinkable everyday beer. And at only $18.00 in the Philadelphia market it will not break the bank. I will definitely be drinking this beer again.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.79/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Here in England we don't get too many readily available IPAs so I was keen to try this when I saw it. I only really have SNTorpedo and some UK brewed American Style IPAs to compare this too.

The beer was quite pale and looked a bit like a pale lager. The head was decent and there was a good amount of lacing on the glass.

The smell was very nice with pronounced hop and tropical fruit aroma

The taste was crisp and refreshing with a very nice long bitter hop finish.

Longhammer is pretty carbonated - again more like a lager.

This American IPA was very tasty and seemed very well hopped and flavoursome without being extreme in any one department. As an introduction to a basic USA IPA I would say this was very appropriate with all the hoppiness and at least some of the bitterness one would hope for.

If many America craft beer drinkers s consider this sub par for the style then you are indeed blessed with some wonderful beers over there. I hope to try more of them soon!

My mark out of one hundred would be 81.

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Photo of Sydney10
3.79/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Visual: pours a light golden color.
Smell: Light fruity smell. Orange and grapefruit notes.
Taste: Wheat taste and the fruit smells match the taste.
Overall: Light body but not watery. Decent choice for a beer.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Eli's on the Hill (Branford, CT) poured into a frosted American pint glass.

Dark golden-amber with a soft white head. Despite the fact that the glass was chilled (I wish it wasn't), the head remained for a while and was able to leave a little lace around the edge. The body seemed pretty clear, but I couldn't tell if the haziness was from the beer or the condensation on the glass.

Surprisingly hoppy. I've had this in the bottle before and it seriously let me down. But on tap, a wider range of herbs and flowers came to the nose. A sweeter floral bouquet was quite pleasant with faint notes of citrus.

Again, much better on tap than in the bottle. Citrus, herbs (soft grass and pine), fruits (especially apricot), as well as hoppy oils are extremely present. A good balance between the malty profile and the softer hop astringency and bitterness. Very smooth and creamy texture, medium-bodied, and finishes with a hoppy resin bite at the end. It leaves a sweet cotton-candy-like aftertaste.

Much more impressed now that I've had it on tap as opposed to in the bottle (which tasted like rubbish). The hops are much more pleasant and noticeable. It is, surprisingly, much sweeter and less bitter than the traditional IPA (which makes this more of a golden ale or APA than an IPA). However, I still enjoyed the broad bouquet that allows this to be both a pairing beer as well as a session beer.

Though most IPA's are best paired with greasy/spicy food (as the hops cut through the grease and flavor), I would say this would be better paired with less grease, and more with foods that focus more herbs and spices (such as blackened fish) or cream based items (soups, soft cheeses, etc). But, due to it's fruity profile, may even be paired well with fruit. Give it a try!


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Photo of meechum
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Beef O Brady's here in Dacula

A - Poured into a pint shaker it has a straw color with a tinge of copper to it but more straw color and kind of hazy. Small head maybe a finger or finger and half but leaves a good sticky lacing with good rings down the glass as it was emptied

S - Not much there..a small appearance by the hops but it's not very assertive

T - It's a good hopped up pale..there's nothing crazy about it and as an initiate of IPAs probably not a bad choice, if you're into a strong assertive hop profile this isn't for you. Had a decent malt backbone in there too but it was a bit confused..

M - A little slick with a right amount of carbonation

D - Overall a very inoffensive offering...I thought it was good with my dinner and worked well but it's nothing special. If you're out somewhere and this is one of the more "premium" picks it's worth a shot

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Photo of positiverpr
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a:brilliant clarity. golden and lighter than expected for an ipa. 1/2" head that had some staying power. decent lacing.

a:good ipa aroma that is all cascade. minimal malt aroma. no yeast aroma.

t:not much bitterness. some good flavor hopping that is smooth. no alcohol presence. mostly 2-row i guess, as i dont percieve much darker malt. i get some dms hints. clean fermentaion.

m:light to medium body. no noted hop residue. medium carbonation.

o:a good entry ipa. i know that redhook is trying to get cross-over customers so i cant fault them with the low bittering hops. i can see this kind of beer getting people hooked on hop aroma and flavor without the initial shock of the bitterness. i wouldnt buy this beer except, like today, when im eating and its the only non-macro on tap.

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Photo of BaronRogue
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, I'm glad I picked this up before I read the reviews, otherwise I might have been put off. Picked up a sixer on sale at Ralph's, bottled on Dec. 08, 2010.

Anyway, I can't understand the hate. Definitely a moderately good beer, even if it doesn't compete with other craft IPAs.

Cloudy gold with a medium head and average lacing.

Smell is barely there but decent when you catch a whiff of it. Sour pine.

Definitely doesnt taste like an average IPA, but that doesn't mean that it tastes bad. Orange-y with a bitterness that fades in and out. Malts (or what i believe to be malts) are quite present in the background. Aftertaste is good, not great.

Feels solid in the mouth, and drinkability is good, although at 6.5% you might want to moderately pace yourself.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Blarney's, Willimantic, Conn.

A: Poured a clean looking light amber with a nice two-finger head of white foam. Left some very nice lacing behind.

S: Smell is pine and citrus hops. There's a little sweetness in the nose as well, like a lemon drop candy or something.

T: Tastes unsurprisingly like many other IPAs; cloves, pine, lemon/orange peel and some ester alcohol. The finish is clean and dry.

M: Thin and refreshing mouthfeel. Not too spectacular, but not a letdown, and nothing unpleasant.

D: I liked this enough where I'd probably buy a 6-pack to share with friends or keep around when I wanted a simple IPA. ABV might keep you from drinking more than 4 or so.

Overall, not a bad IPA, nor a great one. As American IPAs go, however, this is one that would probably prove more reliable than others in terms of consistent taste and delivery. Perhaps too generic for some, but a decent IPA for Redhook.

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Photo of Jra1985
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Light amber color with a good two finger head. Head retention was suprisingly low. Decent looking beer though.

S-Smell of hops and pines. Good smelling beer.

T-Tastes like pines and a bitter hops. Really not that bad. Not as hoppy as most IPAs.

M-Good carbonation and light to medium body. Kind of pale for an IPA but goes down smooth.

O-Overall this is a good beer. Definitely not the Best IPA I have had but still a good beer. With all the better IPAs out there I will not likely buy this one again though.

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Photo of mbunje
3.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had the redhook standard IPA before and was not impressed. So I gave this a shot as I am an IPA fan.

Poured gently into a Pint glass. Not much head, but what was there was bone white and left average lacing. It's a nice golden color, but a rich gold and a bit cloudy, not dirty, just looks like it has some substance.

Smell is unremarkable. A little citus, nothing overpowering.

Taste is good. It is hoppy, but not sharp. Dry aftertaste. I like it.

Mouthfeel is a bit of carbonation. Not oily like some heavy IPAs. Pretty dry finish

Very drinkable IPA. Could have many (I bought a 12'er, what do I mean "could"?).

Overall: Not as in your face as Stone IPA, not as meager as the Sierra IPA has become (it ain't the same as it was 10 years ago, don't even kid yourself). Much better than the old Redhook IPA (which was just a PA). Good effort from a mass production micro brew.

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Photo of mempath
3.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bought a bunch of IPA singles to review from Total Wine/Wilmington DE...glad i bought this before i saw the low marks. want to give it a fair shake.

a-actually, very nice...deep head really did an odd, Guinness-like bubbling...not as magickal...but like two different head-forming processes going on...i love to watch that (better than tv)...incredible lacing...thick, variety of smallish bubble laces...color is not as 'IPA' looking as i am used to...a medium-deep golden color...looks like some heavy duty lager. nice 1/4 inch of head remains for a few minutes before setting into a thick veneer that holds its own.

i pour the rest and that same odd downward cascade (like a waterfall) going against the head-rising and really interesting.

s-smells like an IPA...not a cali-PA for sure...and not supposed to be one...catching nice hop-n-malt balance.

t-after looking at the other reviews, i don't know, did i get a rare 'good' bottle? nothing skunky. true, the hop ghouls do not jump out and slap you in the face. i didn't expect this to...certainly a summer IPA, but it sure is refreshing and balanced. maltiness really doesn't rise up into the forefront, but i think it's doing its work in the back office. true, i want hops that take me on (ruination, 60 minute, all those west coast monsters...), but this is not the urine that many seem to be comparing it to...i have actually had much tamer IPAs.

m-that head told me there was carbonation to come. it didn't actually feel that way, so, i did expect something more 'crisp' but this still has a thickness to it i really like. not watery at all.

d-on a warm spring day, this would easily be enjoyed in multiples. i really must try another so i can see if it's really as bad as so many truly knowledgeable BA enthusiasts have said. C+ wouldn't make me happy if i was working at Red Hook...but then, it could be worse.

nonetheless, from this bottle, i have to say, nice, good, a notch above average for sure, recommended if you want a certain, american take on the IPA. remember, i dream of hop-creatures in mosh pits. this isn't a punk, but rather an edgey new waver...;)

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Photo of godzillalad
3.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice refreshing IPA, not too bitter with a long lasting malty taste

Its the kind of beer I would drink a lot of if it wasn't quite so strong, but I drink a lot of it anyways...

Bottle in the picture is not the same as the bottle imported to Ireland.

Nice all round IPA

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.82/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper color with barely any head to speak of. Does leave some decent lacing.

Smell is some citrusy hops mostly.

Taste is actually quite good. Despite other reviews I've seen on this beer, I found it to be a good example of the IPA style. Piney, bitter hops and just a bit of pale malt to balance it out. Slightly dry in the finish.

Perhaps I had lowered expectations for this beer because of its score, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Paired with a spicey jambalaya, it did the trick.

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Photo of SodoSyco
3.82/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Coppery, lots of head, quite a bit of lacing once poured.

S- Smells good, has kind of a flowery/citrus type smell which I really like because it is pretty unique.

T- Bitter but not too bitter, hints of grapefruit and lots of hops. My first impression was that it had kind of an herbal taste to it.

D- It is not as smooth as it cohuld be, it still good though.

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Photo of DKMonroe
3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not overwhelmingly awesome but it's a decent tasting brew. Color is a little light, its perfectly white head is large when first poured but dissipates, and leaves some good lacing as its consumed. Smell is not intense, but there is some floral hints and some orange that is picked up. Taste of some orange peel, and slightly better than the smell. Some hops but nothing that bites back. A little sweet.

It is your basic IPA

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Photo of Amalak
3.84/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This had a gold color with no bubbles, average head and average lace. Definitely had that nice IPA scent to it.

This IPA has a nice bite to it; real quality IPA. It also has a hint of fruit to it. To be honest, nothing really stands out about it, but just really solid.

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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 Intrinsic
3.84/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red Hook IPA is a good example of an American IPA. It’s golden straw in colour, nicely carbonated, but lacking a little in head and lacing. However, the smell is great, with strong citrus (grapefruit) hops aromas and fair bit of pine as well. The taste is almost completely towards the bitter end of the spectrum with very little balance, but honestly that’s a quality that I like in IPAs. It’s very bitter. It’s also very dry. Overall, this is a pretty good American IPA. I would definitely buy this again.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.24 out of 5 based on 3,291 ratings.
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