Redhook Long Hammer IPA | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
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1,187
Ratings:
3,283
Avg:
3.24
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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Photo of The_Feebler_Elf
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m giving this beer a solid 3.5, mainly because it holds a special place in my home and heart. It’s nothing particularly noteworthy, with a so-so appearance, a decent piney-citrusy aroma, and a taste that lacks the depth and character of a higher-caliber IPA. However, since I can get it readily at my local Rite-Aid for about a buck a bottle, it’s usually in my fridge - and I’m a-ok with that.

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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 Real_Thirsty_Guy
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden/Pale Yellow Color...Medium Body with a slight haze
The Beer has a sweet smell and dull breadiness when sloshed about...the malts take the sniff in the wrong direction
There are bold hops although without too much character and for a lower abv IPA this brew comes across boozy
Overall this one is not real tasty is plenty bitter and gets by on boldness as a substitute for lack of anything special.

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Photo of imperialstout27
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pub glass.

A: Light orange/ straw color. One finger slightly off-white head that recedes fairly quickly. Light chill haze that cleared after a few minutes.

S: Mild to moderate hop levels on the nose. Citrusy - grapefruit, orange, lemon perhaps.

T: Nicely grainy with very moderate bitterness for the style. Hop profile is pleasant, although not at all intricate or interesting. Very distinct citrus rind flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Thin and watery, although I thought it a bit better as it warmed. Decent carbonation.

D: Pretty high, actually. The simple, unoffensive flavor, matched with the thin body and uncomplicated nature of this beer equals the potential for significant levels of consumption, especially considering the inexpensive price.

Overall this is a very mellow IPA - seems more like an APA, really. If I was grading more to style, the scores would be lower. Uncomplicated, unexceptional, no flaws. Easy drinking and good for situations, like some parties, when you know you're not going to be paying enough attention to what's in your glass to break out the real good stuff, but you want something that tastes good. Unoffensive - could be a good intro to better beer for the uninitiated palate. Good for parties where you don't want to offend your guests' palates, but you refuse to offend your own at the same time. Good for what it is and the price point.

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Photo of NicholasSchell
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Short lived 1 finger head, hazy medium amber color (not just hazy, tons of floaties), very bubbly.

S- Sweet malt and honey, pleasant citrusy hops.

T- Does not live up to the aroma, a little hop bitterness and almost not maltiness to balance t out, kind of watery/weak tasting, not an IPA, barely a Pale Ale.

M- Medium-light body, well carbonated.

D- Easy to drink, but wouldn't do it again unless I had to.

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Photo of BeckHardy
1.76/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. No date at all but the beer appears to be fresh. No skunk or funk smell. In fact very little aroma. A hint of citrus and hops perhaps. The appearance is clear/copper with some bubbles. A quickly fading eggshell white head. Very little lacing. The taste is slightly sweet with some bitterness but not overwhelming. A faint taste of citrus at the back of the throat. The mouth feel is a little lemon and the finish is semi-wet/puckering. Over all not bad but with 6.5% abv you probably would not want to drink more than one. I'd like to compare this with their esb. I don't see why the bros gave it a poor rating. It is a good beer. Not great but I'll give it a B.

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Photo of Musky
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice botte with a design of greenery embossed on the bottle. Pours a nice golden yellow color with a thick rich head of small bubbles. Leaves a ring along the top of the glass where the head started. Has a heavy hop aroma with what smells like cascade or willamette (still getting my hops down.) Starts out smooth and then nails you with a nice hop bite at the back of your palate that lingers for a while. If you like hoppy beers then you will like Long Hammer!!!

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Photo of mattwjones
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was given a sixer by my brother last weekend.

The beer looked nice - color like cooking oil but with bubbles (this is not to imply syrupy at all)

The smell was pleasant. Nothing that comes out and smacks you with hops or malt, but still nice.

The taste is bitter, light and has a nice malty aftertaste. This might be a good transition beer for someone who might think that Miller Highlife is good stuff (I have a soft spot for the stuff, but rarely drink it anymore).

The mouthfeel was crisp and carbonated.

Drinkability was a high point of this beer. It was quite drinkable and at 6.5% it does not have as high of an ABV as many IPA's but packs more of a punch than alot of traditional beers.

Overall, I would drink this stuff again but I would probably not but it unless I found it at a place that I didnt expect to find any decent brews (i.e. gas station or small town grocery store).

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Photo of Miketwolf21
2.44/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I poured this out to reveal a golden and rather boring color, think macro lager. The aromas were not there, and neither was the head. Just a hint of pine could be detected. The flavor was, "This is the most boring IPA I have ever had." That was all I could think about while I drank this. Sure it was bitter, but even that wasn't interesting. It even tasted rather watered down. The hops were very unrefined. I would not consider this an IPA. Redhook has been an incredible disappointment. Given its bland and unremarkable nature, it is easy to chug, which is laughable for an IPA.

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Photo of TheHopHeadGirl
2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A good go to beer at the Tavern on R street in Dc. Compared to the Dogfish ipa 60, I prefer this beer. No major noticeable aftertaste like the ipa 60. Just a smooth drinking cheap hop beer! The label is different from the one listed. It's in a different bottle too. A fatty bottle with small top. Has mountains on it and the sky is green and a guy with a hammer in on top of a mt with a hammer advertising RED HOOK in red.

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Photo of mckajd03
1.82/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Weak sauce. Tastes like a good IPA that got diluted by a lot of water- like a light beer that tried to be hoppy. The only redeemable quality is the nose, but that's quickly forgotten about because the aftertaste stays with you for a long time, and it's gross. It will take me quite a while to work my way through the six. Overall, its an embarrassment to the style.

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Photo of TheViceBlog
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the only decent and microbrewed beer on tap at the local bar I go to every so often to kill some time with my buddies, watch sports, hit on women, and play "Big Buck Hunter." And Long Hammer is a perfect brew for those occasions.

This is a solid enough IPA. Goes down easy. Alcoholy, but not as complex as your typical IPA. I guess you could call this a "beginner's" IPA. Especially since my macro-swilling friends can handle it too. But there's nothing wrong with that. When I'm drinking it on draft, paying more attention to friends, women, sports on TV, and bar games than unequivocally savoring the beer in hand, it is perfect for what it is. A tasty enough, highly drinkable beer. This is the kind of brew you want to get effed up on during long drinking sessions.

Aaron
www.theviceblog.com

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Photo of d1ckvanswype
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A very nice looking beer, all golden and clear, though maybe a little underwhelming for the head, which was off-white and disappeared quickly.

S: Very light and clean smelling, hop oils featuring two notes: Sweet pine and mildly bitter yellow citrus fruit. Sweet malts round it out, very delicate nose for an IPA but not unpleasant at all.

T: The two note hop oils carry over into the flavor, again that strangely sweet and refreshing pine and a bitter yellow citrus, maybe akin to yuzu. Sweet, slightly bready and roasty malts make it rather enjoyable to drink, but there's no way this can be a real IPA. The hop presence and bitterness are too low, at least to me. This really falls into that weird APA/IPA midpoint category that seems to be cropping up.

M: Great mouthfeel actually, it feels rich and somewhat thick in the mouth, with a nicely spritzy feeling across the tongue from the hop bitterness and the salty carbonic acid. Barely, barley starting to get sticky feeling halfway through a bottle, not overtly resinous.

O: Not a BAD beer, certainly one that helped me get into the flavors of hops along with Sierra Nevada's Pale, but as I get into bigger, better beers this one seems more and more just slightly above average. Not talking down about this beer though, I still enjoy drinking it, I'm just out of the honeymoon phase about it.

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Photo of barleypopmaker
2.28/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is is a pale goldish yellow in color and fairly clear. There is a good head and retention is good.Very faint malty aroma, a bit weak. There is so little hop aroma for an IPA, that this is barely a pale ale much less an India Pale Ale which should be much hoppier. The weak hop aroma is that of grapefruit and other citrus fruits. The malt is a bit sweet smelling.

Wow, just as weak as the aroma. I am very disappointed. There is a weak sweet malt flavor and a small citrusy and piney hop flavor. The malt is sweet and slightly bready but overall lacks any depth what so ever. There is some bitterness on the tail end that is weak, although it does have a resinous tinge to it. But at the hop levels this beer is right along with the malt profile this beer is barely at the level it should be.

A bit thin and watery for an IPA. There is a slight sourness to the beer that probably should not be there as well. Carbonation is OK.

This beer is not an IPA by any means, at least the bottle I got. Rogue bad bottle or old beer maybe, but I'm just reporting what was in my glass. It would be generous to even call this beer a pale ale. It is more along the lines of a blonde ale if anything. It is possible I had a bad bottle, but from what I have been hearing that is probably not the case. This beer needs more of everything. It needs more malt, a lot more malt, and tons more hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness to qualify for an IPA in my eyes. I am not impressed at all. Although the beer is drinkable and does not taste bad. It just lets you down if your a hop head seeking out a good IPA.

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Photo of Gator1107
4.3/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice golden orangish color with a slight head, not thick.

Smell: Very strong scent of hops, and a blend of citrus

Taste: Very refreshing, the first swig is overcoming with hops, followed with the taste of grapefruit. Finshes off with a nice bitter fruit after taste.

Mouthfeel: A very bitter beer, which makes it so wonderful, dries me out leaving we wanting more.

Drinkability: This has become one of my favorites. Reason one, it is very affordable compared to what else is available locally. The second reason, it has become available now in my area on a consistent basis. And third, it is a well crafted beer with a wonderful flavor and taste, A great beer for everyday drinking or special occassions.

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Photo of AlfaMale
3.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not overly hoppy like most American IPAs are these days. More smooth like a traditional IPA with just the correct amount of hops. Different bottle seemed a bit awkward at first, but it really didn't matter to the taste and feel of the smokey amber liquid. Overall a very nice beer that I was surprised to find in Tampa. I'll search this one out again or just wait until my next trip to Seattle. I recommend it. I feel the previous reviews are too harsh by those who think more hops are better to no end. Simply not true. It is a great American fallacy.

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Photo of aficionado224
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear amber color with a two-finger head. It looks exactly like one would expect an IPA to look.

S- Smells good, slightly sweet, and floral.

T - Tastes just like it smells, sweet and floral

M - This ale sits well on the palate, round and smooth, not too light, and not toio heavy.

I like this brew and although it isn't one of my favorites, I will be buying it again.

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Photo of martino_cappachino
2.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Head was very fizzy about two finger-lengths in size, with an even lacing that diminishes pretty quickly.

Clear sunset blonde yellow in appearance Strong aromas of grass with meadow-ish accents

Has sort of a wet bitter hop taste with a dash of salt and pepper. Just a tiny bit of malt that keeps the hop flavor from truly taking over. A bit of citrus on the palate, but none too discernable to lead into categorization. Carbonation was light to moderate.

A great ipa to have on the average occasion, but nothing special if you're craving quality.

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Photo of beveragebattle
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Round 1-Value
Redhook Longhammer IPA @ $2.99 per 22 oz. bottle with 6.2% ABV


Round 2-Aroma
Citrusy pinecone

Round 3-Flavor
Understated hops and a piney element

Round 4-Finish
30 seconds

Round 5-Packaging
The 22 oz. bottle profile is unique because of the short neck. The label is short on creativity, as well. Mountains divide the label in half paying homage the Cascades climbing community. I appreciate the informative aspects of the label (i.e. flavor profile, bottled on date, and brewing technique information).

Results
Redhook is a clear superior dollar value winner at $2.99 per deuce-deuce. Redhook IPA is among the best deal in the beer world and a uniquely drinking IPA.

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Photo of wesclaypool
2.38/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

a - Looks alright. Light, murky gold color with pretty good head. A bit of lacing as well.

s - Hops dominate the smell, not much else comes through.

t - Surprising to have the taste be so bland and devoid of hops considering how much they came through the smell. Really not a great tasting beer in my opinion.

m - Again, just sort of okay. Not much going on, but not really objectionable.

d - If it weren't for the taste, this would be a pretty good beer. Unfortunately, the taste is the most important part, and this one drops the ball in that area.

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Photo of Tresha
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful gold colour with an aroma of fruitiness, probably citrusy but more orange than lemon. It has a very light bitterness but as hoppy as any good India Pale Ale. Very refreshing and day with nice sunny weather. This beer's got good character.

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Photo of scurvy311
3.32/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This a beer I tried as a jesture to a friend whom I am trying to get into drinking different beers. I could not tell him no, since he said he "kinda liked it". I have to admit that the drinkability, which if that was the only thing you went by, is very high, but then again, I am really easy to please.

The appearance, taste, and mouthfeel were all average. Nothing worth wasting space expounding upon.

The smell was nice and aromatic, but I love hop aroma...

As I said, high on the drinkability scale for me. If you like IPAs this is a good one. If you consider yourself an officianado of IPAs, then you can find many faults, but I say just drink and enjoy.

btw, it is hard not to like beer in the middle of an oppressive gulf-coast Louisiana summer.

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Photo of FatCaster
2.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--Poured from bottle into a mug. A decent sized head formed, then dissipated into foam that ringed the glass. The color is golden, tending more toward yellow and very transparent.

S--Sweet and piney, it smells like a lighter-handed IPA ought to.

T--Starts and ends watery with a touch of pleasant hops in the middle. Should be more shockingly hoppy than it is. More sweet and more hops.

M--Fairly light carbonation and thin body. Pleasant but nowhere near memorable.

D--Its an IPA so not really a multi-beer brew. In my opinion its a bit too drinkable for the style. Just my opinion.

Fairly lightweight IPA. You could call it a good intro to the style. Not bad, I've just had better.

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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 manofmanners
2.36/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was in New Hampshire and went to the Red Hook brewery. They have a restaurant in the brewery and that is where I had this beer.

I like IPA's, when the server brought out the beer It had a crisp clean look to it, light but not too light in color. It smell okay, it did not knock me out but it did not impress me either, it was middle-of-the-road.
When I tasted it I did everything in my power not to spit it out. It was overly bubbly and felt like I was drinking a ginger ale.
The taste was overly bitter.

This is perhaps the second time I never finished a beer in my life. I wouldn't have this beer again.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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