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Redhook Long Hammer IPA | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Long Hammer IPARedhook Long Hammer IPA
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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 devinoconnor
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really don't understand why I seem to be the only one who likes Red Hook.

Again, I found this as a pretty darn good IPA but again, I'm in the minority.

Pours a golden bright color. Smell bursting with hops which provides a nice aroma.

Taste is again, hops, with a hint of orange. Rather serious IPA at 6.5 ABV, but worth it. I enjoyed. And recommend.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Okay, it's a rather good IPA but falls short compared to the average Oregon IPA (I use Deschutes Inversion as my standard to judge by). This one pours nicely, has a good aroma with those typical IPA notes. The texture is good, but it seems something is missing here. I felt it better than most reviewers describe, but it's that something missing...

Overall good if there is not much selection where you might be.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep amber yellow, thin half finger head with minimal retention and some lacing, strings of bubbles from the carbonation are apparent.

Floral aroma with some resin and citrus, not over powerful in the nose but it could also be the pint glass I'm using.

Hop bitterness comes on pretty strong but drops off quickly, lemon pulp and floral notes start to become apparent but after the bitterness from the hops drops off everything else drops with it. Clean finish, feels like somethings missing...

Light in body, crisp and well carbonated fells a little watery at times.

Overall not a bad beer I was just left wanting some more flavor from it.

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

#110. It's been a while since I've done a review, but I've decided to review this beer as the bottle date was September 2 2010 which makes this one old IPA. I enjoyed the Winter Hook release well enough so I'm going to anticipate good things with this.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a 1/5 finger depth frothy head of a mildly pleasing semi-thick consistency. Retention is average; the head dies away gradually but there is a consistent shrouding on the surface. Some light droopy lacing speckles the sides of the glass, but most of it doesn't stick for long. Color is a hazy pale gold. There's an extraordinary amount of pulpy substance suspended in the mix. It's very curious and bizarre. A great deal of medium sized carbonation bubbles rise consistently throughout the beer. The pulpiness of this beer makes it curiously unique, but I'm not sure if it's appealing to me; it certainly won't be to the casual drinker. 3

(Smell) There is far more malty aroma in the nose than hop character, but both lend detectable traces to this brew. This beer lacks the spicy fresh edge that piney hops provide; instead this 7 month-old beer has a very mild, but inviting aroma. I think this would only be better in the case of a fresher beer, but much of the character is still detectable in this beer. There's lots of excitement that this beer needs to be a decent quality IPA; it's just not quite there. 2.5

(Taste) A lackluster blend of malty madness and a lighter hop presence. There's some slight piney highs in the midsection of the taste, but they're faint, only fragments of what might have been a quality IPA six months ago. The fruit content is easy to pick out in this beer; there is a detectable grapefruit character and possibly some grape, very light low acid citrus flavors too. A little more fruitier than my average IPA, but maybe time drained out the other flavors and this is all that's left. Balance isn't quite what I'm looking for, but I'm determined to try this in a fresher batch. It could only be better. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Super super smooth. Almost uncharacteristic for an IPA, it could certainly use some prickly texture to complement the style. There is a little thickness that might allude from the pulpy appearance, but this beer manages a light body at the most. Alcohol is tucked away quite well. There are no astringent or off flavors which is pleasing. 3

(Overall) This is about as average as IPAs can get. I'm sure that there may be some lacking quality due to the age of the beer, but this beer was at least 6 months bottled at the time of my purchase, making quality control or distribution something that needs some serious improvements. The flavors aren't well balanced and the mouthfeel is dull and unexciting. There's improvements to be made through and through, but this beer still manages to be a decent beer, or maybe I just am forgiving with IPAs. 2.5

Redhook Ales Brewery's
Long Hammer IPA:
C- (2.58)

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Photo of gh02t
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked it up at the grocery store because I had not tried it before, from the bottle into my most prized pint glass.

A- pale golden, slightly hazy. 1 finger of head that thins a little quickly but leaves a decent lace behind.

S- citrus and pine maybe a hint of grassiness. Not strong, but pleasant enough.

T- generic American IPA, not bad at all but not particularly amazing. Taste is overwhelmingly pine-hops, though not too terribly strong. A hint of maltiness on the way down. Not the best balance of flavors. Doesnt go well with food.

M- it bubbles. You can swallow it if you choose.

Overall- eh. Slightly better than average.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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 WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Longhammer was a breath of fresh air compared to the other beers on tap at the Redhook Brewery. I say this because the ESB, Golden, Mudslinger, and Copper ales all seemed to taste similiar. The longhammmer was a clear golder beer with pining/citrus nose. The taste is dominated by pine, not a whole lot of citrus. The mouthfeel is good and I could do a session with this beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught. Pours deep golden with a white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is of biscuit malt and citrus hops. Body is light and not too crisp for IPA. Taste is mostly citrus hops with some sweet, malty notes. Long, hoppy finish. Pleasant, easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of JesteR14
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden straw color. Hazy when put up to some light. Nice white one finger head.

S- This beer smells kind of fruity, some pine and hops with that are fairly mellow. Sounds like a nice east coast IPA.

T- I like this taste, its a very easy drinker with some balanced flavor. You can taste the pine and hops like a good IPA should have, but it has a great mellow balance that make it a good drinker. Not exactly the FINEST IPA.. but a damn sure drinkable one... for under 10 dollars a 6 pack....

M- Great bubbily carbonation and a nice mellow IPA. This is one to drink with the friends and laugh about how disgusting Budweiser is...

O- Good IPA but not my favorite. This is an easy drinker but nothing fantastic. Ill get this beer again because i love IPA's and i love cheap IPA's ;) Sometimes... Its good when you see it at the Circle K for 9. 85! im sold!!!

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.26/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

This one was left behind by someone at a gathering of friends I recently had. Poured into a pint glass. THis one is a cloudy sraw color with about an inch of white head. Good sticky lace.

This one smells kind of bitter and toasty. Doesn't seem to have the hop character I would expect from the style. Kind of has a bit of a rotten fruit smell to it. This one is bitter but it really lackes complexity. This is just a somewhat watery bitter mess. I think this hardly resmbles an IPA.

The feel isn't bad. The body is light and there is good carbonation. Nothing offensive there. Overall, this is lame. There are a lot of beers I would drink before this. Still trying to figure out why I grabbed it.

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Photo of philbertk
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Long Hammer IPA--India Pale Ale--2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV-45 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Clear bright thin gold color. Mild floral IPA hop front. Crisp mild sweet creamy clean caramel butter grassy tasty malt body. Smooth easy hop spice clean end. More hops? Mellow hop IPA. Sampled 12/29/2006.

Long Hammer IPA--India Pale Ale 2007 22 oz. 6.50% ABV. 45 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Tight off white lacy head. Clear bright rich dark gold color. Mild earthy floral hop front.Mellow sweet mild pine butterscotch caramel creamy mild earthy body. Crisp mild citrus hop spice refreshing end. Sampled 8/14/2007.

Long Hammer IPA--India Pale Ale--New Solid Block Graphic--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 42 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Rich lacy white head. Clear bright fizzy rich pretty gold color. Mellow floral hop front. Smooth mild crusty sweet hint crystal malt body. Balanced mild hop citrus spice sweet end. Well Made mild IPA. Hoppy after Lithuania Trip. Sampled 9/18/2008. Purchased for $2.99 each.

Long Hammer IPA--India Pale Ale--New Solid Block Graphic--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 45 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Dense lacy white head. Clear thin bright gold color. Mild floral hop front. Thin crisp mild creamy easy caramel crystal smooth mild sweet body. Balanced mild hop spice citrus hint easy end. Smooth somewhat bland pretty mild hop IPA. Sampled 8/22/2008. Purchased 6-Pack for $6.99.

Red Hook Ale Brewery, Inc.--Long Hammer IPA Is A Big Fan Of Dry Hopping, Which Sounds Much Dirtier Than It Is--2011 New Graphic Retro Stubby 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 44 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Nice mild lace lasting 1/2 inch off white head. Clear thin bright gold color. Delicate floral Cascade hopp front. Crisp mellow mildly cloying sweet smooth light caramel malty doughy fruit hint rich Pale Ale body. Clean mild refreshing light crisp hop spice balanced smooth end. Well made mellow hop Session IPA. Soft rather than sharp hops. Sampled 3/22/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $7.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 3/22/2011.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean and clear deep golden amber with a large white foamy head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smells very hoppy. A bit funky too. Dry and piney with a bit of floral residuals.

Taste is the same but there is a bit more sweetness to it ip front. Slightly caramel flavor with some light citrussy pineapple notes and a piney finish with light floral notes throughout.

Moderate body with some pretty foamy carbination.

Good taste but the drinkability suffers due to the high foaminess.

Overall good but far from excellent.

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Photo of Bodart
1.4/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I am a big ipa fan and have tried many india pale ales brewed by numerous breweries. Long Hammer is not impressive at all. The smell was bordering on sour, and the taste wasn't any better....no citrus notes like most good india pale ales. Perhaps I got an outdated specimen...if not ....Long Hammer isn't very impressive.

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Photo of Tundruth
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden in color and slightly cloudy, coated by a thick white head.

Smells of citrus, pine, and floral hops, fairly strong smelling.

Tastes of orange peel and nice bitter hops with a little bit of a sweet finish.

This beer is medium in body with a good, light amount of carbonation that finishes dry.

Not bad, a drinkable IPA with a sweet and sourness going on in the hops.

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Photo of Tartarus
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden translucent amber, good amount of carbonation and about a fingers worth of head that dissappated fairly quickly and left a little film of head on top. Head clings to the glass after sips.

S: A little bit of hops, not getting a ton of smell, nothing really of note.

T: Citrus hops, are present but not overbearing. Not bad but not really notable.

M: Smooth, a little bit of carbonation.

D: Tastes are subdued, but still good, I could definitely go through a couple of these, but 6.5% abv would make me think twice. Good beer, just not great.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This clean yellow/amber IPA with an attractive white bubbly head and sparse lace seems to improve every year.

Nice nose of fresh grapefruit citrus.

Tastes bold and citrus-oriented, with a faint hint of pine and a tiny bitterness in the finish.

A solid and tasty sessionable IPA. Not outstanding but worthy nonetheless.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
2.97/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a medium sized white head which disappears within a few minutes.

S: Mostly contained citrus smell with hints of some floral notes.

T: Tasted similar to how it smelled. Mostly citrus but lacked the herbal tastes that characterize many American IPAs. It also lacked the kick of bitterness also associated with IPAs.

M: It was a smooth drink with decent carbonation that wasn't overbearing.

D: Overall, it was a decent drink, but not exactly what I'm looking for in an IPA. I probably wouldn't purchase this again if I'm in the mood for an IPA.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with no head.

Aroma is a bunch of fruity, floral, citrus and caramel malt mashed together.

Taste is a lot of bread and sweet malt. Some fruity citrus is present from the hops but isn't as bitter as expected. The hop flavor is subdued overall. There is a faint hint of bitterness on the finish.

Light body with little carbonation. Relatively drinkable IPA.

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Photo of sweett3k
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass has a good head, nice carbination and a light goldish yellow in color. Floral smell with tones of pine. Very light beer not heavy at all. Does not have that strong bitter smack to it. Very easy to drink. No bite. Taste like a light IPA beer if there is such a thing. Overall I like my IPA with more bite. Maybe Seattle should stick to coffee.

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Photo of DKMonroe
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not overwhelmingly awesome but it's a decent tasting brew. Color is a little light, its perfectly white head is large when first poured but dissipates, and leaves some good lacing as its consumed. Smell is not intense, but there is some floral hints and some orange that is picked up. Taste of some orange peel, and slightly better than the smell. Some hops but nothing that bites back. A little sweet.

It is your basic IPA

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Photo of JMad
3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle of this into my pint glass...

It was a light copper color with a thin white head.

I smelled lots of floral hops, some grapefruit, sugar and caramel.

The taste has a bitter rush of grapefruit, pine, alcohol, and a bready finish with a lingering bitterness.

It has a medium to light body, with soft carbonation that leaves the mouth nice and dry.

This beer has a different kind of biterness, I thought it was pretty good.

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Photo of danriverbrew
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this IPA on tap at Kick Back Jack's in Danville, VA.

Appearance: Had a nice amber apperance. Knowing that it was an IPA a head of time, my first thought was: "Darker IPA = Stronger IPA".

SMELL: Starting to think I judged it to soon. Not a whole lot of aroma. There were some suddle floral notes but not as much as one would hope for in a good IPA.

TASTE: Acceptable taste. Nice, sweet, hoppy, kinda citrus. A good basic IPA taste profile.

MOUTHFEEL: Not too much carbonation but a nice bitterness at the end of a sip.

DRINKABILITY: A good drinkable IPA. Although I pre judged this beer early, I was over all satified. I ordered two more after that. There just wasn't a whole lot to write home about.

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

Had both 12oz bottles and draught into a pint glass. Pours a medium-to-thick, off-white, foamy head and a cloudy, orange appearance, with fuzzy, white particulate matter floating everywhere. Carbonation is moderate and a good amount of lacing rings are left down the glass. Aroma is all citrus hops, and the taste is likewise hop heavy, although a breadiness is detected in the middle, and all of this is pretty mild. Mouth-feel is even bodied, and Redhook Long Hammer IPA finishes wet and spicy. Overall, this is an interesting and mild ale.

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Photo of miltonclipper
2.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A light amber color with noticeable carbonation, but a not-so-impressive head.

It was hard to discern the IPA aromas that I enjoy so much.

Despite this, it had a good taste that would encourage another round.

As for the mouthfeel, it is flatter than the carbonation would suggest. The clarity and relatively lack of smell leave also contribute to an unimpressive sensation in the mouth.

I would recommend this IPA to a light lager drinker as an introduction because it is not overpowering. After that, I would "move up" to the more distinctive taste of other IPA's.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a nice two finger white head which gives way to some good lacing on the glass. The aroma is faint, what is there is a floral and citrus hop smell. The tatse is pretty subdued for an ipa, no big hop bite, a small floral hop is blended with a weak grainy malt. The taste is a standard ipa taste nothing to blow you away. The mouthfeel is moderatley carbonated. The drinkability is okay, it isn't a hard drink, its mellow and smooth. There isn't though a big hop presence that an ipa drinker wants, not enough to keep me interested.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 3,321 ratings
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