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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 Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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 gdrydenc
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light orange, breaking into the yellow spectrum. There's a finger of white head that dissipates quickly.

S - The smell of this beer is great. There's fruit and pine that break through. There's not much in the way of malts, but it smells like a nice IPA.

T - The taste is a little disappointing, as compared to the smell. The taste is a little more bitter than I anticipated, with less fruit and pine.

M - This beer is a but thin. Not a phenomenal finish to this, either. There's a bitterness that lingers, which I don't like.

Overall, this is a nice, moderately priced, beer. I would absolutely buy it again. It's a good 95-degrees-out beer, and a great sharing beer.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.19/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a pry-off 12oz bottle to standard pint, with a pretty awesome bottling date format: "BOTTLED ON: APR 19 11 - 12:03 NH"

Appearance (4.0): 2-finger, smooth and pillowy head of fine bubbles, bone-white. The body is perfectly clear, and perfectly golden. Very little lacing.

Smell (2.5): Piney hops dominate the nose, with a very mild, bready malt undertone. The smell is actually relatively tame, not overly aromatic but what does come through is predominantly piney and second grassy hops, followed by a soft, light, bready malt scent.

Taste (3.0): Hops are actually NOT what comes across right away. They’re there, but the first thing you get is that very mild malt body—very light and just a hint of sweetness. Bready. Then the piney hops come in and wash everything away, and dominate the aftertaste, mixing with the body just a bit to make for a bright, almost lemony mix. There’s also a metallic undertone in the finish, like the lemony flavor turns into the metallic note. Not very unpleasant, really, but it is what it is.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Good, active carbonation that sticks around a bit. A little coarse and tingly, not fine and velvety like a well-bottle-conditioned beer. Could be wrong, but it almost feels force-carbed, honestly (not that it’s the end of the world). The body is a bit thin and watery.

Overall (4.0): I have to agree with the Bros’ assessment that this isn’t really an IPA (I’d say it’s generally closer to an APA), which lowers its score a bit. But, if we’re just grading for enjoyment, this is a nice session beer, and very quaffable—the kind of thing I’d want during the summer. Can’t hate it for that.

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.44/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

May 12 bottle date.
Served in tulip pint.

A lifeless and dull yellowy orange color. Small white head with bad retention and no lacing.
Smells like a slightly hopped up adjunt lager. No real malts coming through-- and the hops aren't aromatic, instead they smell purely like bittering hops.
The flavor is bland and any ingredients used seem to vanish. All that comes across is a slight citrus/pine hop and harsh bitterness.
It has a numbing effect on my tongue-- very odd. It's like heavy seltzer water in feel.

Wow. This is really a poor ipa. I will not be buying this ever again.

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

Purchased a 6pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA
Purchase Price : $8.99/6pk
Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a very clear, golden honey color. A nice, but not very dense, two finger, white colored head. Fades to a thin white coating on top of the beer. Leave a decent amount of lace on the glass.

S - A maltly, slightly citrusy smell.

T - I'm a huge IPA fan and I don't get the really bad reviews of this beer. A decent hop bite with a malty background. Not quite as citrusy as I like my IPAs and it's not quite as balanced like some of the higher rated IPAs but a good beer, in my opinion. The ABV is barely noticeable.

M - A thinner consistancy. A bitter aftertaste after each sip.

O - A blind purchase on my part. I hadn't seen it on the shelves before so I gave it a try. Will I buy again? Probably not since there are better IPAs out there, and maybe it is more of a pale ale than an IPA, but I'll have no problem finishing the remaining beers in the 6pk. Is it the best IPA out there? No, but it's not he worst beer I've ever had either.


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Photo of kflack
2.27/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, bottled on 4/4/11.

Pours a light amber color with lots of carbonation. One finger head and no lacing to speak of.

Smells of grapefruit, and slight orange peel. Getting a strong sweetness in the nose.

Taste is bitter and hoppy up front, but none of that lingers around.

Overall very unimpressive, I think if coors light made an IPA this is what it would taste like.

Do not seek this out.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
2.48/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into my iron horse mug.

A pours a clearish amber color

S smells like a christmas tree with a very strong pine smell.

T a light pine flavor with some light malt flavors.

Overall this is mediocre ipa. There is nothing special about this one but at least it is not terrible.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.26/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a typical orange-yellow color. Moderate haze. One finger of white head that dissipates quickly. It's pretty standard and boring to look at, but unoffensive.

This smells like cracker malt and pine needles and, unfortunately, cooked vegetables. This vegetal character sort of ruins the aroma for me. It's an off-aroma and it's certainly off-putting. Still, even looking past the vegetal character, this is substandard for an American IPA. There's not enough hops, frankly. It smells like a decent APA. Which is fine, but not when you are rating a beer to supposed style.

The taste is, well, pretty meh. It's main problem, really, is that it tastes like a pale ale much more than it does an American IPA. This is moderately hopped, and there is plenty of piny hop flavor... only it's on par with, say, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in terms of the amount of that flavor. Hell, SNPA is considerably more complex, as there is little grapefruit flavor to speak of with Redhook Long Hammer IPA. I have to mention the finish, too. It's very metallic on the aftertaste. A friend described this beer as "tasting like blood."

The mouthfeel is pretty sharp with carbonation, but not in a bad way. It goes well with the light body. If we still scored beers on "Drinkability" than this beer would get a good score in that category. Instead, we're scoring for overall impressions. And this beer's overall impression is not a positive one. Avoid. I'm only scoring it as a 2.5 because this beer would make for a nice APA.

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Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -8.5%
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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Photo of KTCamm
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Portsmouth brewery poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden straw color, some white foam, some lacing. Grassy pine smell, minor, but there.

Taste is a fruity blended hop, kind of low to medium intensity - notes of graprefruit, touch of citrus. Finishes somewhat clean, little residual bittering.

This is a good IPA - certainly not great, but one I don't mind having every so often.

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Photo of Groomsy
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Stamped with a production date of March 21, 2011.

Appearance: This seems way to light for an IPA and looks a little dull. The body was a light and radiant golden orange, totally translucent, topped by a one-finger head of soapy foam which faded quickly. There was a little bit of sediment in suspension, but it was barely noticeable. Some occasional carbonation bubbles raced to the top of the body, and as the beer was consumed, the beer left some decent but quickly fading lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Meh... It has all the makings of an IPA in the nose, but it's just weak on all fronts. The most noticeable scents are some floral hops, a little bit of pine, and a vague presence of pale malts and, if I try really hard, some caramel. Some citrus scents (grapefruit) emerge later, but after that, this beer seems to fall off in the aroma category. Not bad, just weak for an American IPA. Nothing really offputting except for a slightly soapy scent, and even that is faint.

Taste: This IPA is confused and needs some serious direction, or at least some boldness. It seems like an IPA with training wheels, or, at best, a more assertive pale ale that still needs direction. The beer starts out with some astringent hop flavors in the form of a weird blend of citrus and pine/herbal tastes; not what I would call a good mix, even for an IPA. The middle of the palate just sort of floats by while some biscuity malts appear in the finish only to be zapped away by a biting bitterness which reminds me of mint leaves and maybe a hint of floral/spicy hops. It's not disgusting or offputting, but way too tame for an American IPA.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin and smooth, but the carbonation seems a little too sharp and biting. Flavors come and go pretty quickly, and the beer creates a fairly large drying sensation in the mouth in the finish.

Overall: Sessionable drinking, good for certain foods? Absolutely. But not what I would call a good fit for the American IPA style bump up both the malt and hops, and have the flavors chase one target, and this would be an okay beer. This will be my first and last sixer of this brew.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.47/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

New, sort off stubby-esque bottle. Bottled on date of 3/22/11

The appearance is definitely looking more like a pale lager than an IPA. Clear, light sunny color.

Biscuits, light sweet malts, sort of astringent, with a bit of pleasant citrus and floral hops.

Taste is fairly decent, but there appears to be a few different hop varieties in there, and they don't mesh entirely well. There's some spicy, herbal hops, and the finish has a fairly bitter bite. And there's some sweeter, tangy hops in there too. Fairly malty and bready as well.

The feel has a slick, oily texture, somewhat crisp, and lighter. Nothing really awful about it and the most appealing aspect, though forgettable.

Overall, not very good. Reasonably fresh for a Redhook IPA, but that doesn't apparently make it any more redeeming.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: a very dull color. big fluffy white head with good retention. definitely not clear as i can see a significant amount of matter floating around in my glass.

S: a floral hop aroma is definitely present, but not overpowering. definitely pine. sort of sappy. a touch of maltiness

T: crisp citrus mixes well with an earthy pine like effervescence. definitely on the softer side. not so much maltiness here. a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol-like alcohol flavor.

M: soft carbonation on a medium body.

D: a good beer, definitely not great. more of an APA due to the slightly muted characteristics.

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Photo of dmbsteve
2.84/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a one finger head that quickly dissipates. Light lacing.

Mostly citrus aromas. A little grass. Pleasant smell.

Taste is bready malt and lightly hopped for an IPA. Smooth drinking but not aggressive enough for an IPA (IMO). Sort of a weird minty aftertaste.

Body is light and just thin in general. If there was a such thing as a "light IPA" this would be the poster child.

This would be a good first IPA for someone who is just getting into hoppy beers (ie. Non BMC offerings). But in the craft brew arena this doesn't quite cut it.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
2.62/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into goblet.
Straw colored brew that produces a quick-falling head with a stern pour. Smells grassy with a touch of pine. Taste is clean and mild with plenty of bitterness. A bit of floral hop flavor but there is a real lack of depth in the palate. Light bodied with a fluid mouthfeel. This is a drinkable blond ale that appeals to a broad spectrum of consumers. That's not a bad thing, especially if it leads people to better beer. The issue I have is, it appears that they took a mild ale, did a little dry hopping and changed the name to cash in on the IPA bandwagon. When the marketing is more of a focus than the product, I tend to steer clear.

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Photo of DCon
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap last night for $5 @ Lester's Sports Bar & Grill in Saint Louis, MO. Poured into a clear pint glass and finished two back to back with friends from tennis.

Appearance- Received with a bright and clear golden/pale body with white and clear 1 finger of head. There were rings of lacing down the side of the glass but the retention was HORRIBLE...

Smell- From the beginning, smelled grassy hops and a hint of some citrus ones as well. The hops were nice but very limited scents for anything else.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Basic above average hop but doesn't meet the American IPA guidelines with having a huge upfront hop taste. Has more of the English IPA attributes but still appreciate the ale. Has a good sweetness and bitterness to it. Has a Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, a "too-smooth" of a taste for an IPA, and dry.

Overall- Enjoyable but nothing special. Very dulled down and doesn't have as many hops as I thought it had in the past. I'm hoping to have again and maybe my outlook will be different. While enjoy so many great IPA's lately, its tough to rate these average ones.

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Photo of hdf561
2.71/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I will be honest Im not much of an IPA fan but this beer had been staring me down at the grocery store for awhile and I caught it on sale so I gave it a try.

Over all its on ok beer, I found it kind of bitter tasting, and I did not like the smell. However it did not have an overpowering taste of after taste which made it drinkable.

It also made my mouth extremely dry which is something I never really experienced before.

Over all this beer is just ok, I would drink it if it was at a buddys house but I do not think I will be buying this again, alot better beers for less money.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden color with a paper thin head. NO lacing on the glass.

S: Nice citric smell with some bready sweetness. Pretty bland smell. Not a whole lot going on here.

T: The same as the smell, except it is really just bitter. Some grapefruit hints and malts to accompany.

VERY BITTER!! There is no real flavor profile to back up the intensity of the bitterness. No real malt to back up.

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Photo of LazyL
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: the bottles have recently changed to a sort of retro stubby.
The look is a pleasing clear light copper with bright yellow highlights and a generous white creamy head. The nose is on the subtle side but good with some citrus, light malt and a touch of vanilla. The taste is pretty much the same. Nothing stands out and there is only a mild dry bitternes on the finish with a bit of oily grapefruit peel. More of a Northwest Pale Ale but very easy to drink and a refreshing brew. A solid good.

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Photo of gopens44
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Solid yellow and a touch hazy with a lazy slightly off white foamy head that may have reached a finger.

S - Piney hops overpowered most anything else

T - Like the nose,the pine scent of the hops breaks through first with a bit of a malty finish. Maybe some old fashioned licorice taste lingering around.

M - Highly carbonated with a dry finish that doesn't have too much aftertaste. Some, not a ton though.

O - Lots of distaste for this it seems, but it wasn't altogether too bad. Good for a casual beer pick up from time to time when the selection isn't great.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a pint glass at Hard Rock Cafe at Universal City, CA.

A: Pure ornage with a slight haze. Nice offwhite head with ok retention.

S: Orange rind and slight floral with a sweet note in the back.

T: Slightly watery, but has an ok hop profile. Floral. Piny with a hint of sap. Slight honey character. orange rind. Somewhat unbalanced without malts to back anything up.

O: This was an ok beer. Nothing special. Average, but better than anything else offered at the Hard Rock.

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

This one pours a fairly pale color, pretty much gold with a modest off-white head. The retention is so so, and there is a bit of splatter-like lace.

The aroma is rather faint for an IPA, but it smells appropriate. Bitter grapefruit, fresh lemon, and pine give it what it needs. Auxiliary flavors of bubblegum, and a nice toasted malt backbone give it some complexity. The aroma really is pretty commendable, but some more intensity would have been nice.

The flavor walks the same line as the nose, good but weak. It fits, but it's just too shy. It has nice juicy citrus flavor with a spicy clove note. The finish is herbal with lingering bitterness.

The body is light, and the feel doesn't aid it too much (for it's essentially just carbonation). It's fairly slick with a pretty dry finish. It is easy to drink, no doubt.

I would say this is more of an APA, but not a bad one. It just doesn't have the vigor of a good IPA (after all, it does claim only 44 IBUs). The flavors are respectable, it just needs to turn the volume up and throw in some more body. Perhaps Big Ballard will be on my agenda later.

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Photo of velosuds
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on Mar 03 11 per the label. Paid $7.59 for a sixer on sale at local grocer.

A-Looks can be deceiving, which sadly is the case with this beer. I keep going back to Red Hook because they were the first micro brewery I discovered 20 years ago. Pour is a golden amber with a two finger bone white head with just modest retention, but decent lacing.

S-Aroma is more like an APA. I mostly smell grainy malts and just the slightest citrus. No where near adequate for an IPA. Label suggests generous dry hopping, but either they used the wrong variety, or not nearly enough.

T-There is plenty of bitterness on the palate to be an IPA, but it appears no hops were used in finishing since also not much contribution to the flavor.

M-Not bad, but a little thin.

O-I would give this a 3.25. Another nondescript IPA I won't bother with again. About the only thing positive I can comment on is this might be a good introduction to the IPA style for someone only accustomed to BMC swill.

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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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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 3,344 ratings