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 dd43
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Buck89
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 ralree
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice cloudy gold color with a fluffy white head of 1 finger. Good retention and nice lacing.

S: Lighter smell than many IPAs. Hops are there, but subdued, malt smells more sugary than grainy.

T: Nice strong grainy malt, and a nice hop following. Has an alkaline taste I don't really like, though. The hops stick with you after swallowing. Malt tastes slightly toasted. After a few swigs, it starts tasting like regular beer, though. OK for a house beer, but doesn't compare to the luxury IPAs on the market.

M: Overcarbonated and watery, this is one of the worst feeling IPAs I've had. A bit astringent. Light body. Oily.

D: Drinks alright except for the carbonation - burns a lot going down. Easy to put down since it's so light.

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

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

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

Photo of woosterbill
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear, bright, pale amber body beneath two fingers of soft eggshell head. Nice retention, plenty of clingy lace. Beautiful beer.

S: Clean bready malt and rather dull piney hops. Maybe a touch of soapiness. Overall it's malty, herbal, and fairly boring.

T: Resinous pine up front, with the malt dominating the midsection and pure bitterness on the finish. Not bad at all, but less than memorable.

M: Slick medium body with plenty of soft carbonation. Enjoyable.

O: I've never enjoyed this beer all that much, but this bottle is probably the best it's ever tasted. It's not a good IPA by any stretch, but for the price it's passable.


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

Photo of ehammond1
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap

Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, CA
Ravens 14 Chargers 34

Clear copper and amber in color with a thin khaki colored head that doesn't leave much stick to the glass.

Malty, bready aroma with some citrus elements, though not a ton. This beer doesn't pack a big aroma, but what's here is appropriate, though a bit on the sweet and bready side of the spectrum.

The taste follows the aroma. Caramel and toffee flavors present initially, with a moderate level of bitterness, and some citrus and pine elements. Decent enough for on tap at a Charger game.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Nothing special, though not at all terrible. Average.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

RedHook's Longhammer IPA pours an orange-amber in a pint glass. Quality head and lacing; citrus and pine hop flavor throughout the beer - good solid IPA, balanced but overall a muted IPA.

Personally: I will put it to you like this, I was at a ACDC concert recently and my choices were Amstel Light, Heineken, Miller Lite and this. Good IPA that certainly tastes much better than macro-pilsners.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A lot of people seem to be going needlessly hard on this beer. That isn't to say that what we have here is a great beer, it's not, but it's much more drinkable than many of the reviews here would make it out to be.

Unremarkable appearance, though quite a few shades lighter yellow than I was expecting from an IPA (other reviews claim it isn't even remotely an IPA, with good reason). Smell is mostly of sugar. Bit of a dissapointment there, but at least it doesn't reek, so we'll call that part average.

Taste is a bit unique, which nets it at least a few points. Definately has a few hops in it, but with a bit of sweetness that takes away from the enjoyment. Also suffers from a somewhat odd mouthfeel, finishing with a dryness that offsets oddly the sweetness that it starts off with.

Still, worse beers out there, though with as much as I paid for this at the supermarket, you could probably do better if you looked around. In a pinch though, this might do.

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Photo of Dave128
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a funky looking bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - A rigorous pour yields a finger and a half of white head. The body is golden in color and slightly hazy. Lacing is not bad here.

S - Well, it smells like an IPA. All I can really smell is grassy hops. Slightly citrusy.

T - Doesn't really have much malt character to it. It comes in right away with a sharp citrusy hop flavor followed by some pretty intense bitterness. Not too well balanced. Pretty dry on the finish.

M - Light body and a bit overcarbonated. The bite from the carbonation made the bitterness seem extra dry.

O - A drinkable IPA, but it needs some more malt character for it to be good.

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Photo of hophugger
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very light yellow gold color(almost seems too light for a IPA. Head is weak, lacing is pretty decent. I like Redhook, but it seems that most of the reviews I give them ate similar. Although, the hops bitterness, pine and citrus comes through, overall, everything seems weak and watered down. A little disappointing.

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Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 of this in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, it's been a while since I had any Red Hook.

Pours out a light clear amber, lots of carbonation, with a big spongy, slightly off-white head to it with amazing retention. Lots of chunky sticky lacing in its wake as well.

Aroma is a decent balance, some bready malt playing nicely with white grapefruit and tangerine from the hops, with a touch of pine.

A palatable IPA, but the flavour is quite subdued for the style, as if someone hit the mute button. Perhaps an okay stepping stone beer for those wishing to take baby steps into the land of hops, as these ones are pleasant and unintimidating, sweet and fruity. However this can also not be considered a hoppy IPA--nor much akin to the style either.

That considered it's still quite quaffable, the first lawnmower beer of the IPA style that I've come across. Not my first pick to reach for within the style, nor anywhere's near the top half, but I'd buy another 6 to barbeque with on a hot day (or mow the lawn).

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Photo of roller
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, clear straw color with a one-finger white head that broke up into a thin, holey collar that left a little bit of lacing. Aroma isn't too strong and is of piney hops with a bready body. The taste is much of the same, with bread up front and bitter citrus rind in the finish. There's not a ton of flavor to be honest. It's medium bodied and quite fizzy. I bought this at the supermarket because it said IPA. Not a bad beer, but not anything special. Would be good for a cookout.

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Photo of biggred1
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazed yellow with a thin white foamy head, left a minimal amount of lace on the glass.

S-Mild fresh floral hop aroma,some bready yeast.

T-Mild sweet caramel maltiness up front with a kind of salty one note hop bitterness.

M-A little on the thin side with a creamy carbonation.

D-Not great but definately drinkable, more APA than IPA to my tastes but still a decent brew.

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Photo of umfskibum
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Regular 12 oz. bottle out of a sixer, with brewing and expiration dates clearly marked.

A: Pours a nice warm hue, a cross between straw yellow and orange. Just enough fogginess to betray its IPA heritage. White, foamy head that melts down to a white ring around the glass' edge and a slight coat across the top.

S: Pretty blah. Fairly strong scents of grass and grain, mild hop scents and stronger sweet malt smells. A nice enough nose, just fairly average.

T: Flavor is mostly of the "cascade hops" that Redhook brags of, grassy and notes of citrus. More bitter in the finish, with a dry and almost sour aftertaste.

M: Dry and crisp on the palate, with some nice fizzy qualities.

D: Not too shabby. Something about the flavor and the mouthfeel of this brew leaves you wanting more, although I must say it is otherwise an average brew.

As far as I can tell, there is nothing bad with this brew; it is a nice, drinkable IPA. However, nothing really separates it from the pack as a brew. I liked it, but not enough to keep me from giving another IPA a shot the next time I go shopping.

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Photo of cameraman
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden/amber color, with a quater inch white colored head that forms. It dissolves away quickly, leaving a film on top. The fragrance is hops at the front citrus and pine, but ir almost seems stale in the scent. The malt finishes out the aroma, but very feintly. The malt starts the flavor out, and is very dominant at the front. Then strong flavors of citrus, pine, and earthy flavors come out, but it tastes like the don't belong together for some reason. It tastes like something is just off. The is medium as one would expect, thins out a bit, and then miraculously gains weight at the end, very inconsistant. The only redeeming characteristic of the feel is the dry palate it leaves behind. A hopeful attempt at an IPA, the hops just seemed out of place.

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Photo of DCon
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap last night for $5 @ Lester's Sports Bar & Grill in Saint Louis, MO. Poured into a clear pint glass and finished two back to back with friends from tennis.

Appearance- Received with a bright and clear golden/pale body with white and clear 1 finger of head. There were rings of lacing down the side of the glass but the retention was HORRIBLE...

Smell- From the beginning, smelled grassy hops and a hint of some citrus ones as well. The hops were nice but very limited scents for anything else.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Basic above average hop but doesn't meet the American IPA guidelines with having a huge upfront hop taste. Has more of the English IPA attributes but still appreciate the ale. Has a good sweetness and bitterness to it. Has a Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, a "too-smooth" of a taste for an IPA, and dry.

Overall- Enjoyable but nothing special. Very dulled down and doesn't have as many hops as I thought it had in the past. I'm hoping to have again and maybe my outlook will be different. While enjoy so many great IPA's lately, its tough to rate these average ones.

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Photo of brakspear
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much superlative to say about this beer, a below average IPA from the Pacific Northwest. Pours amber with a medium white head that leaves a trace of lacing. Aroma is sweet, grainy and with just a touch of citrus hops. Flavor is also sweet with only a slight hop bitterness. With a watery body, this IPA has been bested by other brewers in the region.

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Photo of hopheaddeluxe
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jimmah120
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into pint

Look is a yellow-gold with a small white head. Smell is oily pine, white bread. Taste is bitter one-note piney hops with some light bready malt. Feel is a medium but a tad over-carbonated.

Very average IPA that is more like a regular pale with some additional hopping. Not very impressive but good for the price. Cheaper than most other IPAs.

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Photo of Beric
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving: At the brewery in a sampler
Served: 4 July 2015

Appearance: Lighter copper color than many IPAs, crowned with a half finger soapy white head. Somewhat hazy but nothing abnormal here. Surprised with the coloring a bit, but intrigued.

Smell: This one has more dank undertones than the brighter, citrusy IPAs native to this region. Hints of grapefruit and pine, but still an underlying dankness.

Taste: This one is kind of a mess. The malts clash with the hops and it tastes a bit grainy and dank. Definitely not a good IPA.

Mouthfeel: Significantly more watery than expected.

Overall: Kind of a hot mess, especially compared to other west coast IPAs which it competes against. The tour guide joking called this a training wheels beer for real West Coast IPAs and she was totally right.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.24 out of 5 based on 3,301 ratings.
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