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 Hackattack
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love all of this brewery's stuff. Visited the Seattle brewery in the dawning days of the craft brew revolution. It was a fun and tasty experience. I like the ESB they make the best.

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Photo of andrewh995
2.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This really isn't an IPA in my opinion. It has very little bitterness or hops and has more of a sweeter crisp flavor. It's definitely drinkable and quite refreshing actually, but far from an IPA.

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Photo of Thy_Philosopher_King
2.45/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The IPA that i did not truly enjoy. I first found this because one of my girl friends said there were no IPAs at the market, so i went my self and found this one.

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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 Carolvs
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lacks the gourmet perfection of many of the contemporary craft beers (think Ballast Point Sculpin IPA), yet nonetheless, a decent session IPA for the price and not as lackluster as generally reviewed here at BA.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Dec 12, 2016.

Bright white and shiny beaming head, two fingers and slightly soapy with scattered lacing and good coating. Body color beams nicely a simple but bright tangerine orange body, clear and shiny with slow streams of linear carbonation. Nice looking.

For an IPA this is extremely closed. Neutral sensing malt, and maybe a touch of florals? But really reaching here, neutral and shutdown. Perhaps a faint caramel touch but that's really reaching.

Palate unfortunately continues the same theme. Light bodied almost session in character, with no malt flavor. Neutral and meaningless or distinct hop flavor in the mid palate. Slightly sugary malt bill on the finish that's very papery and white flour tasting.

Overall even for a regular beer there isn't much being delivered here, in fact it hardly has any bitterness at all strangely. Seems like an IPA whose time has long since past, but is drinkable without any faults.

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Photo of JeffBlue
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

(11/27/16, 220z, Long Beach) First time in almost 10 years trying this (w/ not favorable memories) and it is not any better this time around. However, I recall it being more bitter. I came off a bit "bready" like a common pilsner. Would've rated a bit higher if not under this classification. As a lager this would be a decent beer, 2.75

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Photo of puck1225
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Slightly cloud golden yellow with a small short lived head but good lacing. Subdued floral smell. The taste is fruity and a bit grassy. Not bad, but probably not something to buy on a regular basis.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer looks decent enough (actually I don't rate much of anything over 4.0) but this beer lacks in every sense . . .

Appearance = below average
Smell = malty and outdated
Taste = malty and outdated
Feel = below average
Overall = drinkable


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Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look-3.25- dark straw color with good clarity, but a little haze. Nice one finger white head, didn't last too long but left lots of lacing
Smell- 3- not weak but not quite a strong hop aroma, cascade really shines through the pale malt smell. Citrus, floral, spicy hop aroma, bready malt smell is well balanced. Could use more hop aroma.
Taste- 3.5- mild amount of hop flavor all the way through the palate, pine flavor dominates with notes of citrus and floral. Lingering bitterness is accompanied by a slight alcohol warmth that gradually imposes on the balance of bitterness.
Feel- 3- mouthfeel was a little thin for an IPA of 6.2%, carbonation was just right, medium to medium low.
Overall- 3.25 - body could have been better, great pine hop flavor, aroma lacking on the hops a little, but I would buy a second pint in warmer weather.

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Photo of acmurphy696
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my first rules for any beer is that it must at least stand for something and not just blandly sit there. Well, at least Long Hammer fulfills that part. But while the beer has a distinct taste, I don't know if that taste is very good. There is a definite hop edge here, but what follows is not quite there. Maybe it lacks a malt balance or something, I don't know. Still, this isn't a bad beer. Unlike my experience with Goose Island IPA, I'm not having to search for a flavor beneath the hops.

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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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/24/2015. Pours crystal clear deep golden/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.2%. Overall this is a nice IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink for the style. Would be a good entry level IPA. Not too bitter; but still has nice hop complexity, with a bit more malt presence. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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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 rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I don't think this is the same beer as Ballard's Bitter/IPA. Good clarity, golden in color and drapes a solid 4/5" white head. Dat boi good. Aroma is nice, there is a minor amount of soft dry hopping.

Taste is underhopped by current standards, there's hops, there's bitterness but they lay in the soft 40-50ibu range. The malt takes on some of that beechwood + barley tones. Its not heavy but some of those strange malt tones definitely compete and bring this one dangerously close to being balanced.

Somewhere between your standard mass produced lager, they decided to switch it up, drop in some ale yeast and moar hops. Its a neat gateway ipa.

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Photo of Justkeepbrewing
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Keeping it simple is what this beer does. Nothing about this ipa will knock your socks off. With that being said, it does nothing to offend. The hops come through but don't linger at all. I feel as though I drink a bit quicker as a result. Final verdict: easy drinking, decent beer. Not heavy or desert like in the least. I like it but would not refer to it as a true ipa.

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Photo of Philemon
2.22/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Not too impressed by this claimed IPA from this old time Brewery. Maybe it's because I am a fan of the new craft beer movement. But it's almost as thirst guys took an old lager and tried to paint it with new hops? I dunno what it is, it just misses the point for me!

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Photo of dbraz45
4.16/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid offering from Redhook. Typical IPA in appearance, golden hue and nice carbonation. This is not an over the top IPA in terms of bitterness, but it is delicious nonetheless. This one may not have all the pizzazz of some newer offerings, but it definitely stands the test of time. Give this one a try.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
2.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into English pint glass. Hoppy National IPA Day!

L - Pours a clear, golden straw color, with a slight amber hue. Almost like a pilsner. A good lacing of foam that lingers.

S - Slight citrus and pine, sweeter than others but a bit weak.

T - Citrus rind that transforms to rubbing alcohol. Slightly malty, reminiscent of a pale ale.

F - Light, thin, medium carbonation. Drinkable compared to other IPAs which are more sippable.

O - Maybe not a true IPA, again, reminiscent of a pale ale. It's fine. Not terrible, not my favorite IPA, but decent for the price.

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Photo of ppvora
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into an ale glass.

Golden yellow color, a finger of head, some aeration.

Aroma: Mango, orange, nectar, honey and hops! Loved the aroma.

Taste: Hoppy, but no fruit or citrus. Interesting...the aroma is quite different from the taste. Some barley and malt. No complexity to note.

Mouthfeel: OK, nothing unusual to report.

Overall: A great introduction to hoppy beers for those who aren't used to them.

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Photo of IPA1978
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a lot going on here as todays ipa's go, hop flavor is bitter with a just a touch of spice and pine. Malt character is nondescript just provides a medium body. But its decent simple ipa go with some pizza.

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Photo of mcshaver
2.91/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

There is a strong hoppy-citrus aroma from the bottle; however, the nose largely disappears after pouring with the exception of a delicate must. Color does well to the description of pale ale, though with a slight buttery-amber shade to it. Pours with little to no head and clarity leaves a little to be desired, but is by no means something to complain about. Taste is flavorful at first with a mouthful of hops and bitterness, but diminishes to a watery, musty ale by the end of the glass. The beer is surprisingly drinkable with a thin, light body and no remarkably unpleasing tastes aside from a mild metallic undertone. Not necessarily indicative of the IPA style, but by no means a bad beer considering it was both smooth and balanced.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.04/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice IPA. Quite a bit less potent than most west coast IPAs. Darker than a lager but not as dark as some IPAs. Again the smell and taste are relatively subtle, but a great beer I'd love to drink on many occasions. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Sabtos
1.24/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sparkly clear carbonated gold, your basic champagne-like AAL appearance.

Smells like skunked melon.

Tastes like bitter aluminum.

This may be worse than your basic, cheap, conglomerate AAL. Yuck!

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Photo of Squire123
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold color with white cap with good lacing.

Aroma: Piney, citrus hops supported by caramel malt.

Taste starts off well enough, hops and a small amount of malt. Hops quickly take over and dominate all the way through to the finish which carries a lingering hop bitterness.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Overall it's a good taste but with this ABV I'd like to see more malt presence. Hop are there in a pleasant way but the scale is tilted too far in the hop direction. I understand this is intended to be a craft competitor but I believe we're past the point where just adding more hops is enough to set the product apart.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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