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 Soozy
3.32/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5's ok.

Pours a hazy gold with a slight head. A stingy bitter smell to it, mixed with some floral hops. The initial taste isn't anything impressive, no solid malt characteristics on this one. The bitterness of the hops dominate, and there is some floral hop flavor. I feel like this is a Bud Light doused in hops to try to add some character.

Like I's an ok beer.

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Photo of vdread
3.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Long Hammer IPA

poured from a plain looking bomber. didn't look like it would be much, but at $2.99 a bomber, i couldn't pass it up! even if it does turn out to be horrible.

other reviews pummel this delicious brew to the ground. maybe i just give too much credit to the over the top bitterness that others seem opposed to. maybe i'm just crazy.

pours yellow with a thin head that leaves a few spots of lace behind. looks a little watery. obviously not very heavy on the malt. smells great! enticing citrus and hop smells jump out.

citrus hops dominate the taste. solidly bitter, light on the malt. not a very complex taste, but one that is easy to enjoy. this beer's strength comes not from it's massive complexity or versatility. it's just a nice, solid, bitter IPA.

mouthfeel light, if slightly light. easily drinkable, very enjoyable hoppy beer.

if you like IPAs, don't trust the horrible reviews on this guy. go out and try it for yourself. you may be pleasantly surprised like i was.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saw a relatively fresh Long Hammer single on the shelf and picked it up. Hey, I'll give it a fair taste.

Poured into a Stone pint glass. Clear gold. Bubbles pretty active. Head retains well and leaves some decent lacing. Not the best I've ever seen, but still good.

Light hop of a piney variety in the nose. Not bad. The hop aroma could just use some more intensity, that's all.

Likewise on the taste. Hop forward, just not very intense at all. Not overtly malty, either, so this *is* what I would call balanced. Minor bite of alcohol.

Not much to say about the feel. It's crisp, scrubs the palate and generally does what it should.

Obviously, for an experienced IPA drinker, this will fall short of the mark. Not bad, just not especially memorable, challenging, or even beautifully simple. Would work OK as a football game beer, or as an introduction to IPA for a newbie.

Edit: Just poured a not-very-fresh Bell's Two-Hearted to go up against this. Even the slightly stale Two-Hearted blew it away.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Man back in the day of Ballard's Bitter, this was one of the more available and desireable beers out there. No more.

Everything is completely average and blanded out about this beer now. Appearance is less vibrant, more clear. Taste, hops are more subdued, a crisp hop bill is replaced with a more woody feel. Mouthfeel, more wood, less hop citrus, not drinkable. Barely above BMC stuff.

This used to be a decent beer.

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Photo of JustinJTisdale
4.5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to first try this beer at the redhook brewery in portsmouth and since then Ive been blown away.

Its probably my favorite IPA. Its not overbearing in any sense. They managed to take a traditional recipe and balance it. Not as much hops as one would expect but enough to bring out the real aroma of the times.

Floral highlights with tart bitter hoppy undertones.

Get it, got it? good.

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Photo of ragglefraggle
3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was my first IPA so it does hold some sort of sentimental value to me seeing as it's what got me hooked on them. Pretty thin feeling mf which does kinda lend to its drinkability. Smells like most IPA's in my opinion only in a very weak sense. The hops are also there but not enough to satisfy a real hop head though. Overall, a great beer if you want to start trying IPA's without getting carried away on hops.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

long live long hammer! thank the good lord that the marketing team came up with this phallic expression for pushing such a beer on an unsuspecting public. gotta do. hopefully this beer becomes a beer that gets other people started on other flavors.
had on cask at red hook.
looks reasonable, orangey color, the normal casky head that slowly dissipates. actually in this case, very slowly. smells kinda like the fields of yakima. only if you're in your car with the ac on and the windows up. little citrus/grapefruit thing, little pine, little grassiness. the taste is underwhelming but not bad. little malt body to hold this beer up. maybe they are more worried about counting calories? the hops are there but a bit too light. it honestly feels like an unbalanced ipa that's trying to straddle it all and just comes out a little bland. very thin tasting. as much crap as i'm giving them, though, not a bad beer, and i know the path they put us down in the pac nw.

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Photo of PintOHops
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared a golden/copper color, rather bright for the style, produced a 2 finger head with ok retention, and lite-medium Co2 could be seen. The lacing was pretty good, a little broken but good. Smelled of the typical IPA aroma, an upfront & dominate spicy/fruity hop aroma with a slightly stronger pineapple & grapefruit smell. Only slightly herbal with very subtle caramel, good hop aroma and only slightly on the cleaner side.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted rather clean or tame, but still very delicious and hopy, some clean spice upfront with fruity pineapple/grapefruit and orange rind toward the finish. Finishes bitter but not to the extreme, and some slight dryness as well. Mouthfeel was extremely smooth and lightly carbonated, around medium bodied. I think I would have appreciated more Co2 bite to it.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Decent drinkability, mostly due to it's under par flavor, and knowing there is much better out there. The price was certainly right though, I paid 14bucks for a 12pack of this beer, which was definitely worth it. This beer offers traditional IPA flavors/aromas on a budget, with some decent bitterness in the flavor which I really liked, decent hop fix when low on cash, otherwise Id look elsewhere.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass. Shows a deep straw color, perhaps a tinge of orange/golden. Beer looks clear and watery. A thin head is fleeting and hard to dig back up, carbonation is light on the draught.

Slight orange floral hop flavor, bit of grain. Thin and reaching, with some wet pine notes when agitated vigorously. Otherwise not a lot going on.

Taste follows with light citrus and grain. No real hop spice/bite here. Feel is easy but watery to a degree. Bitterness is minimal even though there is little sense of much residual sugars. Seems highly attenuated for an IPA, and especially from Redhook. Drinkability is OK by way of its very nonchalance. It doesn't push me away, but there won't be a second date either.

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

This is the beer that might make me like IPA. The beer has a hoppy flowery aroma which seems to be characteristic all across IPAs, and vaguely like grass. Taste is very hoppy and bitter, but it isn't too overwhelming which made me go for another since it came in a mixed 12.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color with small foamy head that didn't retain long and had slight lacing.

Smell - Floral and pine hops are the stars here. Not as aromatic as most IPA's, but not bad either.

Taste - Not as bitter or highly hopped as most IPA's, and definitely sweeter. Sort of tastes more like a good American Pale Ale than an IPA. But still, I liked the sweetness paired with the hops.

Mouth feel - Smooth, crisp and refreshing. Not as bitter on the tongue as most IPA's.

Drinkaility - I would definitely have another in a pinch, but probably wouldn't buy it at the store with so many other good IPA options out there.

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Photo of youngleo
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poued to a nice offwhite head. Had some big bubbles. Had some floaties. Ale itself was golden in color. Left some decent lacing. Head hung around for a while. Smelled of floral hops, and had a citrus smell. Maybe a hint of alcohol was detected. Tasted very mild compared to other IPA Ive had. Not that this was a bad thing. It still had that citrus, hoppy flavor to it, just not as strong as you might expect. Had a dry feeling after drinking, and was slightly bitter.
Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was right. Would love to make a session beer out of this one. But at 6.5 ABV you would have to be carefull.

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Photo of lester619
2.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

How is this considered an IPA? I was working on an IPA gift basket and there was definately one that didn't quite fit. Thin head, not much lacing. Understated floral citrus and pine smell. This doesn't really taste bad, but It's not an IPA by any understanding I have of the deffinition. A regular APA is much more hoppy and full bodied than this. I'm not sure what category it falls into, but they put the wrong label on the bottle.

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Photo of JamesS
2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice mid-copper color with a bit of nice initial head, but no lacing to speak of. Nice floral scent, but a bit weak, and nothing beyond that. Very floral/slight citrusy hoppy flavor, but no real malt body to back it up, not even at a 6.5% ABV; just rather weak bodied, like hop water. Goes down smooth, but so does water.

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Photo of jsh420
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours yellow gold with a 1 finger head that left spotted lacing down the glass

smell has some floral citrus and tropical hop notes - but its not very strong - seemed watered down

taste - IPA Light - like the nose - watery but has all the right hop flavors and the malts on the finish

mouthfeel - very light good carboation just a little too thin to get a better score

drinkability - very easy drinking - this is a pounder session ipa

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Photo of OpIvy
1.68/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5


That about sums it up. I think you would have to be a real IPA nut to be able to appreciate this beer. It was just too bitter for me. Not really hop tasting just bitter. After a few it became a bit more drinkable but the lack of flavour along with the bitterness just killed it for me.

I don't usually find any beer to be bad, but if I had to choose one, this would be it. :(

Still however, if you can appreciate an IPA, give this a try. Who knows you might enjoy it. Always try a beer once IMO!

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Photo of cagocubs
2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light amber like apple juice/cider. Thin white head that dissapates immediately but leaves remnants with spotty lacing.

S: Absent? Some hops and citrus. Meh.

T: Hops and citrus come through. Some sweetness like caramel or molasses in aftertaste.

M: Real crisp and light, but leaves a dry aftertaste. Real light bodied ipa.

D: There are so many other IPAs that deserve a drink before this one. Good to try, but I wouldn't become a frequent drinker of Long Hammer.

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

I was surprised to find this being served at the football stadium in Houston today. Finding an IPA on tap at the game makes me a very happy camper after being presented with 6 varieties of American Adjunct Lager at the tailgate party.

Served in the usual stadium plastic tumbler it produces a half inch head with good lacing. The appearance is light amber and perhaps slightly cloudy. The aroma is of citrus hops. The taste is of moderate hop bitterness and some malt. The feel is medium bodied with a clean finish. Highly drinkable.

Redhook is a member of the Craft Brewer's Alliance which is close to becoming a major brewing conglomerate. Perhaps this explains why they'd have a kiosk at the stadium. In any case I was glad to have decent ale to drink at the game.

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Photo of beertownbaron
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - About 1/2'' of head that quickly dissipates, leaving a small amount of lacing behind. Golden in color, with some yeast mixed in, giving it a foggy look
S - Smells hoppy for sure, with a flowery scent that I image is coming from the yeast mixed in there.
T - Bitter at first, with a dry aftertaste. The presence of the hops isn't as strong as some of it's IPA bretheren. Even seems to have hints of caramel somewhere hiding in there.
M - I feel like this is a strong part of the beer, it's lightly carbonated and feels smooth over the tongue. A nice mellow feel to it.
D - Ok drinkability, I thought the strength of this brew was it's mouthfeel. For the hopheads out there, probably not the best brew, but for those exploring the realm of IPA's this is a good place to start.

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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 wesbrownyeah
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Long Hammer IPA 6.5

A- Pours an average but slighly lighter than most standard ipas... Extra pale orange-yellow fluid with decent white lace that spider webs the glass.

S- Mild malts and maybe a slight grassy scent with hints of alcohol esters.

T-M- Taste is solid but just not anything special... balance but just not enough. Upfront tang of citrus with a very lightly carbonated malt taste... small hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is watery and finishes with a astringent touch on the buds.

D- Drinkable as any beer on tap but... it an ipa!

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

Pours a fairly light golden color with a one finger white head that dissipates in a minute or two to leave a small ring around the glass. Leaves some lacing down the glass. A little lighter than I would prefer from an IPA.

Smells of cascade hops mostly, with a bit of citrus. Pretty standard smell for an American IPA but leaves some to be desired from the hops and the complexity. Not bad though.

Tastes of cascade hops mostly, with some pine, citrus, and earthy undertones. Same as the smell, pretty average for an am. IPA. Could do for some added hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice, with a light-medium body and a great amount of carbonation.

I'm a college kid. In an ideal world for me, this beer would replace natural light in beer pong games. Not as much complexity or hoppiness as I would prefer, but light enough to slam about a million of them. Kind of like a good beer for drinking games.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just looking for a nice drinkable Am. IPA. Scores don't indicate that this fits that bill.
Initially a lager yeast quality with some citrus (lime and lemon). Upon closer inspection a little more sweetness from hops and malts with a mild spritziness. Generally quite soft altogether though.
Head is a little small, but nice and white. Adequately clear for style, yellow gold and lots and lots of bubbles. Dripping lacing.
Hop flavors with more subdued bitterness, although what is there lingers endlessly with a decent enough flavor. Good malt sweetness up front, yet still a hop dominant beer. Hop flavors do push towards harshness at times, but its generally reigned in enough for my tastes. Nice flavor changes throughout the drink.
Carbonated nicely holding a smoothness in a moderately yet lightly bodied beer.
Other than the times in which the harshness substitutes for flavor I don't have a lot of problems with this beer. Drinks well and holds several appealing flavors.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 1 finger head. Ok lacing, and decent retention. Color is a light orange/golden.

S. Weak smell of citrus hops. Bit of a fruity smell, citrus tropical fruit.

T. Taste is a balance of citrus hops and a more biscuity malt. Just a slight sweetness.

M. light/medium bodied. low/medium carbonation.

D. Not much smell or flavor. Not a bad IPA for what is acutally there. An ok beer.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a bar hoping it would be a pleasant surprise, but alas: it poured a pale yellow color, no head, no lacing. Smelled lightly of hops, and tasted lightly of hops, sort of on the border between pale ale and IPA. Would have made for a nice pale ale, actually, but not much happening in the hops department. Drinkable but not too impressive.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.24 out of 5 based on 3,297 ratings.
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