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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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Reviews: 1,175 | Ratings: 3,256
Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Grapefruit to golden yellow with a small thin white head. Moderate citrus aroma. So-so taste that is astringent and still very overcarbonated. For an IPA, not very drinkable.
Expirey date was a couple of months ago, but it was sold to me past that date.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a clear apple juice color with a 1 inch puffy white head that fades to a film. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and herbal and pine hops. Taste is of sweet malt up front with an herbal and pine hop flavor that comes in on the finish. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good basic IPA. Nothing too great but not too bad either.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Two finger thick head on a clear dark golden body. Nice lacing. Very nice woody, pine and wet sock hop like aroma. The flavor is a bit of a let down. Initially it is piney hop heavy but it waters down quickly in the finish. A nice coriander and floral note though. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Overall this one is an average beer and a below average IPA. More like an IPA of the masses or a weak APA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a fairly standard american ipa, with an obvious attempt to hop the crap out of it, balance and body were neglected to some extent. pours a flatish looking light brass color with minimal head. great nose though, big mean hops and an alcoholy dryness. really alluring. taste is well hoppy, but not as well rounded as some others, missing that malty middle to fill it out. pleasant finish, medium body. not perfect but a reasonable ipa

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours out as a nice looking copperish gold color, the head is pretty good looking. The lacing is nice and thick for a typical ipa. The smell is hoppy and has a good malt aroma too. The taste has a pretty good bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall the beer has pretty good quality from start to finish. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are light aromas of herbal hops and passionfruit in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of pine resin along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied, somewhat crisp and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink and has an interesting aroma/taste but doesn’t really deliver a hop punch compared to other IPAs. It’s like an APA with a bit more hops.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Compares quite similarly in the bottle as it did on tap. Still as pine-ey and citrusy in the nose as in the keg with a very mild malt character. I usually like my standard IPA's to have a lighter body to let the hops show cleaner, but this is a bit too thin in the malt flavor and the body. Expectedly over-attenuated to increase the alcohol, but sacrificing the flavor and body. The malt seem a bit strained, allowing a grainy-bite to occur and the hops show a mild metalic flavor under a lacking sweetness and creaminess. It's not bad beer, I've just gotten used to drinking better.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: On the piney side of the IPA world, the aroma has a touch of the malt coming through as well

Taste: Starts out with a good dose of piney hops that grows in intensity through the finish; a touch of perfumy sweetness on the tip of the tongue at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Perhaps the recipe has changed or perhaps we just have a case of piling on A-B, but this beer is better than other reviews attest; my beer was bottled within the last 40 days, and that may be positively affecting my view as well

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Photo of biboergosum
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. I had this a few years ago during my introduction to West Coast IPAs - methinks I've learned a lot since.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with lots and lots of bubbly, rocky, and thinly foamy white head, which leaves a pretty decent wall of drooping lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of mild white grapefruit, musty pine needles, bready caramel malt, a waft of sugary nougat, and further leafy, perfumed hops. The taste is weedy, wet pine needles, indistinct citrus pith, further wan tropical fruit notes, a touch of sweet overripe lemon, and some understated grainy, bready malt sweetness.

The carbonation is on the low end of things, just a timid frothiness presiding, the body an adequate medium weight, a bit slick, but smooth enough. It finishes on the sweet side, the bready/caramel malt standing out over the still noticeably muddled and disorganized hops.

A very restrained, but still acceptable version of the style, most likely best served as an introduction to those unfamiliar with it, as I was, once. Easy to drink, and unassuming, something to kill when your taste buds and/or palate have already been.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a small foamy head with average retention. Aroma of citrusy hops is quite pleasant. Taste is also dominated by some citrusy hops with some very subtle notes of malt. Body is slightly thin with some medium to low carbonation. Interesting and better then expected.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized white to slight off white head slowly settles to a nice lacing above a clear rich copper golden colored beer.

Decent aroma coming off this beer off very light sweet malts and citrus to pine style aroma hops.

Citrus and pine style hops taste with just a bit of the caramel malts sneaking in.

Light dry aftertaste with a bit of the citrus hops sticking around with this medium bodied beer.

On sale this week at Albertson's, pretty good for the price.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught at a Mexican restaurant in Manhattan Beach, California. Reviewed from notes. Cost was $6.00 USD plus tax and tip. Expectations were below average.

Paired with tortilla chips and guacamole.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Cream, barley, and clean malts. Indistinct hops. A light aroma. Somewhat weak for an IPA, without much presence.

T: Some cream and restrained hops. Clean malts with some layering, but nothing notable. Hints of light milky notes towards the back end. Simple but pleasant. Balanced alright. Built decently for the style, but weak and noncommital to its flavours.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours and style fairly well. Adequate carbonation. Light. A bit too thin. Too smooth.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. Not a remarkable beer. I wouldn't get it again unless no better offerings were available. A decent IPA for fans of the style, but rather generic and bland all around. Don't expect a hop bomb from this one.

Pairs decently with Mexican food.

Low C

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an average beer all around. Doesn't really taste totally like an IPA but parts of it do making this just an odd beer overall. It's a pretty high ABV and it does go down smooth for sure. But balance wise and style wise the lines are a little bit blurred and make it hard to judge this beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an amber color with a foamy, two-finger head. Leaves a little lace.

S - It smelled of Cascade hops and pine.

T - A good dose of hops and pine flavors. There is also a subtle malt taste. Slight bitter bite.

M - Crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - An okay IPA. Not the best in the world.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.31/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

This is not a good beer. While I'm glad that something like this is becoming more mainstream, it's not something I enjoy like seeing Sierra everywhere, as I do not enjoy drinking this beer.

Pours a moderate copper color with a white head. The nose brings faint hints of citrus and pine with a pretty hefty dose of generic doughy bread in place of actual hop characteristics. The taste is the same way; this is just a generic base with a mild sprinkle of hops. Medium feel with no appreciable bitterness levels. Drinks fine, but there's no reason to want to drink more of this.

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Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fat Bob's Smokehouse in Buffalo,came to the table in a standard pint glass a lighter golden with thin formed soapy-like head that stuck around for most of the pint being drank.Very light hop aromas for an IPA faint pine and citrus with some dry bready malt showing through as well,at first swallow you get a touch of hop quality a little pine resin but it fades out quick and becomes a little bland I was hoping to get some nice hop to cut through the bbq but it really didnt hit home.A pretty average beer that with some pretty average bbq last night.

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Photo of nickfl
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of white head with good retention. Copper color and (much to my surprise) signifigant, particulate and chill haze.

S - A little bit of peppery hop aroma and sweet malt. Bready and yeasty.

T - Nice spicy/ resiny hop flavor. Nice bready malt and smooth bitterness in the finish.

M - Dry and clean with a bit of astringency.

D - Easyly sessionable beer. Has a reasonable amount of hop character, but the aroma is lackluster and the haze is quite bad and surprising from a fairly large craft brewery. Overal it is an ok beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.52/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on cask at the Cataqua Public House (Portsmouth, NH) on 2/20/09 in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper with a finger of unimpressive soapy looking white colored foam. This really doesn't budge much but it also doesn't leave much lacing back either. The aroma is actually decent but just isn't very assertive at all. Floral hops and citrus, with a touch of sweetness. Some more warm-up and vigorous swirling get a little bit more release but not a lot.

The taste is similar to the aroma, with some light bitterness, citrus, and a backbone of sweet caramel and bread. The makings of a good IPA are here but it's just not robust or forward at all, with the taste just opting to fizzle out in the mouth. The mouthfeel is very light bodied with an almost watery feel at times. A bit of a creamy cask feel does come out some but not nearly enough and the overall feel is a definite major drawback of this beer right now.

Wow, this was one of the few beers that I've had where I think the cask conditioning actually hurt it. It was just WAY too light in mouth and the flavors at times barely got this out of Pale Ale territory. Not a very good IPA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice American-style IPA. Golden in color with a short lived, bright white head. (Limited head retention is expected in many higher alcohol brews). The aroma could be a bit bigger, but offers some bright, citrusy hop notes and a nice sweet malt. The body is pretty firm; the carbonation is a little lower than some American-style IPA's at @ 2.5 volumes/ltr. CO2. The flavor is well balanced between sweet malt and a zippy hop flavor (cascade?). The finish is long lasting with a lot of malt and a hop bitterness that is distinct, but not overwhelming. Nicely done.

Re-review / 1 June 2007: The new double label is very nice; and it remains a "delicate", really well-balanced and drinkable IPA. The head retention was much better, and it left a wide ring of lace at the outset of the glass. There's still a nice hit of citrusy in the nose, and I'm also picking up a bit of spiciness, and more citrus rind in the flavor. Very nicely done.

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Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't fault the clear and attractive golden color plus nice sudsy foam. Light aroma of flowers and biscuits. A touch of hops rather than a slap, which is pleasant enough. Very easy drinking with nice watery mouthfeel. If this was a Pilsener, nobody would complain. It's not much of an IPA, so pick your attitude. Want a deal? $2.59 at my favorite Ocean Beach store, Liticker's on Voltaire.

I opened this hoping for some hop stupidity to perk up a couple of anemic browns and pseudo-hefes, but this ain't going to do it.

03-24-2012 update - somehow I ended up with another bottle of this. A fresh one, dated March 7. The aroma nice, floral, intriguing, so I'd up my score on that. Quite inoffensive. Quite sprightly, like tonic water.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

Pours a light golden amber, slightly hazy, under 2 fingers of ivory head. Head is not dense but has decent retention.

A - PREVIOUSLY "strong piney hops aroma with lesser citrus" -- NOW "nice fruity and rather fresh hop aroma" -- and light toasted malt components.

T - Hop-favored balance with notable malt presence and some fruitiness and bubblegum. Moderate (for style) amount of hop flavor with a lasting and typically bitter hop aftertaste, but more bubblegum than I can remember. Rough transition to grapefruit peel i the aftertaste.

M - medium body with good carbonation. Dry finish works well in an IPA.

O - an enjoyable, if mediocre IPA. {NOW near 4, but prior rating left standing}

{Not just a new bottle? -- Revisited in August 2011, with a suspicion that Red Hook has improved the formulation of this IPA; the packaging and listed ABV (6.5%) has changed. ... 2012 sample seems to split the difference.}

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.91/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yeasty orange-gold with a single stream of small bubbles in the exact center of the glass. The head is ivory-not-quite-ecru in color and is reasonably firm. When the cap begins its descent, assorted chunks and wisps of lace are left behind, though they aren't abundant.

Redhook IPA smells like a watered-down APA since, rather than being eagerly hoppy, it's reluctantly hoppy. Orange and grapefruit esters approach the nose with caution... nay, trepidation. If the nose is any indication, this beer isn't an IPA by my definition.

It's a little better on the palate; at least we're up to average now. IPA is more hoppy than the nose had me believing, but it's still on the tame side. The bittering is a little too harsh and unsupported; more malt would definitely be welcome. I'm not sure what varieties of hop were used. Whatever their identities, they haven't been used to good effect.

The finish is neither short nor long with the flavor bugging out before the bitterness (not a good thing). The mouthfeel is roughly midway between light and medium for the style with an acceptable amount of carbonation. Like every other one of this beer's attributes, it's much closer to a (light) APA than an IPA.

Redhook beer has yet to make a favorable impression on me (I did like the Winter Ale come to think of it). This IPA doesn't measure up. It lacks most of the qualities that I look for in beer of this style. The mustachioed dude on the label says "Ya sure, Ya betcha". My reply is "Uh no, no thank you".

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a thin, white head. Thin, delicate lacing on the way down.

Smell: Grassy, citrusy hop scents overlaying a very basic pale maltiness.

Taste: Pale malts with a medium sweetness. In succession: citrus, soap, grass. Medium bitterness. Dry, only faintly bitter finish. Redhook simply phones it in with this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: As an India Pale Ale, it's very basic, very average, but not very memorable.

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

On-tap 11/29/07 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: There’s a pale hops bitterness up front that dominates the taste. Some caramel & citrus sweetness comes in next. The malt character is on the thin side. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.

D: Not too tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, I didn’t really like this one too much. There are many other IPA’s that I would pick first.

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

First had: on tap at Redhook, Woodinville, WA

Poured into a pint glass an orange-yellow with a small wisp of white bubbles for a head. Mild citrus in the aroma and some pale malt evidence. Light malt sweetness in the taste, with citrus zest and, light grassy hops. Hmm. Decent, but not great. Light-medium mouthfeel, and somewhat drinkable, but certainly not exemplary of the style.

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