Redhook Long Hammer IPA | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA
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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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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

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

Visual:
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.

Aroma:
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.

Taste:
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.

Overall:
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!

Cheers!

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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 operation...wow 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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Photo of WakeandBake
3.84/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/pale tea color with a lingering, slightly off-white head that leaves some light lacing. The aroma and flavor indicate a fresh, floral, grapefruit, and light pine hop presence. There is also a bit of toasty caramel malt in the flavor. The bitterness level is mild to moderate; just enough to make this beer interesting. The only downsides are that the body seems a bit thin and watery from time to time and there is also a tinge of a metallic edge in the finish sometimes. Pretty good,suprised it was rated so low

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Photo of zerofear13
3.84/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was real excited to try Redhook's famous IPA. Poured out an orange, cloudy color. Carbonation visible. Head was decent for an easy pour. Smelled of citrus fruits - orange and grapefruit maybe. For such a popular IPA, I figured the hoppy bitterness would be very present in the smell, but not overpowering here.

The taste was very good. Citrus-flavored hops, quite bitter. Unbalanced toward the hop side, but very much so expected from such a renowned IPA. I'm a bit shocked by the claims that this beer isn't hoppy enough. I'm completely content with the bitter taste it leaves on the tongue without assaulting it from the first sip.

I enjoyed this brew a lot. I will definitely be picking up more in the near future, despite the fact that the alcohol content and apparent bitterness might stop you from drinking too many in a single sitting.

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Photo of les1721
3.84/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark golden color, head retention not so good.
Smell is citrusy and a bit sweet.
Taste is very hoppy but not at all bitter. Malt character is a little caramely but not too sweet. The hops are citrus and friut but not bitter enough to be a bonified IPA. A bit of a dissapointment if your looking for a serious ipa but a good tasting pale ale.
Mouthfeel is light to medium.
Drinkability is very high because of the lack of bitterness. But it is a decieving beer being at 6.5%. A good session beer but not a real IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of HeroJH
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why the scores are that low on this... I think this is a very well crafted beer. It says IPA, and no, it's not the punch you in the face 100 IBU style Imperial or Double, it's the normal style. Maybe more of a pale ale really? Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale ale. But anyway, I think this is a great "Gateway beer" and very accessible to a lot of people. It's well balanced and very easy to drink. I enjoy picking it up, and having it on a hot day.

A - Gold clear. Normal head, reduces to a light foam here and there, and around the edge.

S - A touch of caramel, grain and bitter hops if you really want it.

T - I like it... nice amount of bitter. Approachable to someone that hasn't had that much. Balanced, well done... Nothing complex, but that balance (for a bitter) is nice

M - very refreshing, light, crisp, clean. None of that weird tangy bitterness at the end, that I dislike.

D - well, just as I said in mouthfeel... it's just nice, and I think the balance and the easy mouthfeel on this make it highly drinkable! Great for when friends that don't know the 'world of beer' that come over.

Anyway, I'm a little dismayed that it's in the C's, but really, most of us are quite honest, and on this site, C+ is 'ok'. 'B' is Good, and A is outstanding. I heard some people recently lumping red hook in with the coors/bud thing. Well anything Anheuser-Busch. Anheuser-Busch owns 25% of redhook... probably more as an investment, diversification and a 'toe in' to what they probably knew was going to be a big area. And they don't have any say. Redhook is one of the pioneers in the craft brew movement, and they should be respected for that. They've been a successful pioneer because they're still accessible. They're like a Sam Adams in that sense. Red Hook was the first beer I had where I went, 'wow, I like this, why doesn't all beer taste this good'. So perhaps I'm a little biased ;-)

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date September 17, 2013 printed on the label. It seems as though I've come full circle here, as I am re-reviewing this beer, my first ever written review on BeerAdvocate. Here we go again.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Pours a murky light lemon-yellow colored body with some bubbles rushing topside, and about a finger of frothy doughy off-white head. Just a bit of spotty lacing. Looks pretty good to me.

S - Smell is simple, but nice. Some resinous pine hops, grapefruit, & some honeyed graham cracker malt to keep things in good harmony.

T - Taste follows the nose wonderfully. Bitter pine and grapefruit hops, and a lovingly nice balance of honey, graham cracker, and biscuit malt.

M - Aftertaste is of resinous pine and grapefruit bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, not the most extraordinarily complex IPA out there, but hits it's mark on every level indefinitely. This is the ideal session IPA for me, a beer that I will always consider to be a classic go-to IPA, and one of the first beers that started me on my craft beer journey.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA ---4/5.

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Photo of kgs
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Long Hammer is my secret pleasure. Another supermarket steal, particularly when it's on sale, as it was at Publix last week. Probably its only offense is that after the mild citrusy hop flavor there is pretty much... uh... mild citrusy hop flavor. That, and its mouthfeel could be a little less thin.

But one exception to the single mild citrusy note (and this is why I keep buying it) is some elusive and delicious characteristic unique to Red Hook beers -- maybe a slight malt flavor or even a water profile I'm catching (and I don't have a particularly refined palate, but I have always found Red Hook beers to have this characteristic and it's why I love them).

One way to characterize this beer is as a food-friendly IPA. For this alone I give it a very approving nod. My guess is when the big-hops fad has quelled a bit, this type of beer will stand out as an example (though not the exemplar) of a beer that pairs well with actual food people would eat at a meal. The usual line about a big IPA "going well with spicy food" is just plain dumb; a big IPA can really only stand alone -- pairing it with loud food only gives your mouth too much to deal with. But Long Hammer would even be great in a Welsh rarebit -- the cheddar would shine right through it.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a pint glass:

A: orange-copper cloudy body with a small white head, no lacing

S: hoppy, floral with some grassiness and lemon notes

T: strong hops, yet still some spices come out as the beer warms

M: medium, sessionable, strong hoppy grassy finish, no aftertaste

O: pretty good AIPA, I'd have this again

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Photo of engagechad
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into insulated tumbler at a cookout - chilled

Pours a ambery orange with mediocre head, smells faintly of hops but it's nice.. Taste is mildly bitter with some good earth backbone.

Overall this is actually a pretty decent IPA in my opinion. I would definitely purchase this if I needed an affordable IPA

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.24 out of 5 based on 3,274 ratings.
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