Redhook Long Hammer IPA | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA
3,330 Ratings
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 ssjkyle
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jk3
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of km02600
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of cswhitehorse
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Long Hammer pours a clear light orange yellow color with a good one finger foam head. Pretty decent lacing.

The aroma was citrusy and had a hint of pine. The taste was very light for an IPA. Not much malt background and the hop presence was virtually absent. Not very bitter at all. IBU must be low for this one. In the mouth it was thin and didn't leave much of a mark. Overall a very middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.12/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dazzling golden-yellow color. Very very hazy. One finger of puffy white head. Looks summery but we'll just see about that. Some nice lace.

Excellent woody hop smell. Combination of woody with a hint of flowers. It's sweet and doesn't try too hard to woo this old hophead. Really unexpectedly good. Balanced pale malt

Good balance of pale malt flavor vs the nice piney hop. It's sweet at first and then bitter at the end. Really a nice IPA that doesn't overdo the hops.

Good thickness, creamy and a tad bouncy but not too bubbly. A really nice pale, woody IPA. And a good value.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.66/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

Am I drinking a different beer than many other reviewers? I don't find this beer so bad.

A- It's an amber color with a 1f creamy linen-white head. Good retention, nice rings of lacing.

S- It smells ok. Mild hop aroma, some citrus and earthiness.

T- Densely concentrated hop flavors. Floral and citrus. Some caramel malts, too.

M- Medium feel and good carbonation. It lacks bitterness, too clean.

O- Not great, but not a brew that I'd turn down. The hops do get lost in the finish.

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Photo of Zraly
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, two-finger head into my Samuel Smith nonic pint glass. Light notes of citrusy, zesty hops with a hint of malt.

Overall this is quite bland -- nothing too special, but definitely drinkable. A bit bready and the citrus hops are quite nice but do not sustain long enough for the chalk-dry finish. A bit of bitter lemon peel. Carbonation is sufficient.

I think a salty dish would work well, which is not something I often envision for most brews. I'd fancy some boiled peanuts myself.

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Photo of Skillz
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sadly, the best option at a local restaurant while on vacation in Myrtle Beach...and don't get me started on the cost of this "specialty" beer.

Presentation: 12 oz. amber bottle. "Brewed on" date of 5/5/03.

Appearance: Despite the frosted mug, I was able to discern a very clear golden appearance. Very quick-to-disappear fizzy head offers no lacing.

Smell: Hardly anything present in the aroma department, and one looks rather silly sticking one's nose in the glass to get a whiff of anything (like I'll ever see any of these people again...).

Taste: Taste is not good. Hardly an IPA. Barely any bitterness. Quite malty sweet. No appreciable aftertaste other than just a slightly bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side. Low-medium-bodied and fizzy.

Drinkability: Not as bad as expected. It not a beer to drink when you want something to think about. More of a "grab-n-go" beer when the the mind is in neutral and a beer is all you want.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer flowed from the bottle a yellow-golden color with virtually no foam. The aroma is grainy with a little bit of piny hops. A little thin on the palate. Flavors are mild and malty. It finishes with some pine and citrus hops. Overall not that impressive.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Shy5
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of projectflam86
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden color with light amber hues. A decent off-white head leaves some nice lacing.

S- Some light citrus and floral hop scents are present. A bit of sweetness and esters come through.

T- Initial bitterness from the hops with a light citrus flavor. A bit of malt sweetness comes through with caramel flavoring. The finish is soapy and diacetyl...a bit weird?

M- Light bodied with ok carbonation. Lingering aftertastes that was a bit 'off'.

D- Worth trying, but not worth buying. Doesn't hold up against the big boys.

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Photo of duvel1979
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hunteraw
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light caramel, had to pour straight down the middle in order to produce a meaningful head on this one. Poured at 45 degrees for the first two I had in the six-pack, and almost no head formed. Nice lacing, very clear.

Smells of fresh hops... has another aroma in there somewhere unrelated to the hops that I associate with homebrew, but I can't pin it down.

Tastes like drinking a sweet hop tea. Little in the way of malt flavors going on. Hop flavor, followed by hop bitterness.

Not exceedingly drinkable... Needs more carbonation and more malt flavor, and a dryer finish. If nothing else, though, a good way to show non-beer-drinkers what hops actually taste like.
Mouthfeel is a little on the sweet side, and not as carbonated as I'd prefer. Long, bitter finish.

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Photo of DamageCase76
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of corywalston
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of kmo1030
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice clear dark gold, with a moderate white head.
the aroma has some mild but very pleasant floral citrusy hops, and some bready caramel malts.
the taste unfortunately very mild after a promising aroma. the flavors i do pick up are similar to the aroma with fresh tasting hops. fair amount of bitterness at the finish kind of covers things up. soapy at times... this would have benefited from less hop addition early on in the brewing.
the body is a little thin with fine moderate carbonation.
drinkability is good the glass goes pretty quick and it's fairly refreshing.
i thought this was going to be a hit from the aroma, but the taste doesn't deliver, a little bit of a one trick pony in that department as well, the hops, namely the bitterness dominates (for lack of a better term).

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Photo of JizackFH
2.48/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Found this review while going through an old beer notebook of mine.

This beer pours a really clear golden amber color. It has about of a finger of pure white head resting on top. The head has okay retention, and it leaves behind no signs of lace on the glass. The nose is a bit faint, but it has a bit of caramel malt in the front. There is a nice piney hop aroma here as well. Also, I am getting some scents of orange peel and grapefruit. The taste starts off with a decent maltiness. There is a decent hop flavor/bitterness here as well. Also, I am getting some citrus flavor. The finish leaves some lingering piney hop bitterness on the palate. This has a body that is on the lighter side of medium, and it has decent carbonation, it goes down easy and has a pretty smooth feel to it. There is a pretty good bitter bite that accompanies this. There is decent drinkability here. It goes down easy, but it is a bit on the light side and the flavor is lacking a bit. It just kind of seems like a enteric version of an IPA. It isn't bad, but it isn't that good either. I'd drink this one again, but I wouldn't pay for it.

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Photo of chadwicktorres
1/5  rDev -69.5%

Photo of ale207
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of gpawned
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of carlmoberg
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 3,330 ratings
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