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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Reviews: 1,181 | Ratings: 3,274
Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Compares quite similarly in the bottle as it did on tap. Still as pine-ey and citrusy in the nose as in the keg with a very mild malt character. I usually like my standard IPA's to have a lighter body to let the hops show cleaner, but this is a bit too thin in the malt flavor and the body. Expectedly over-attenuated to increase the alcohol, but sacrificing the flavor and body. The malt seem a bit strained, allowing a grainy-bite to occur and the hops show a mild metalic flavor under a lacking sweetness and creaminess. It's not bad beer, I've just gotten used to drinking better.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a thin creamy head.

Smell: Strong piney hop aromas, light fruity malts appear upon swirling.

Taste: A strong resiny hop bitterness is present throughout. Light toasty and fruity malts provide balance.

Mouthfeel: Oily and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink.

Overall: Not that bad, but not that good.

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Photo of ReDave
3.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head, creamy, that at least stays a 1/4 inch all the way down, with a fairly thick lace. Nose is rather malty, low to non-existent hop aroma. Flavor isn't too bad, a "lesser" IPA than I'm used to, but if I'm going to have to purchase something affiliated with A-B, this will do.... some nice bitter aftertaste. Maybe not recommended, but not my last choice of IPA's.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: On the piney side of the IPA world, the aroma has a touch of the malt coming through as well

Taste: Starts out with a good dose of piney hops that grows in intensity through the finish; a touch of perfumy sweetness on the tip of the tongue at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Perhaps the recipe has changed or perhaps we just have a case of piling on A-B, but this beer is better than other reviews attest; my beer was bottled within the last 40 days, and that may be positively affecting my view as well

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Photo of hungryghost
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one many times in the past, deserves a review!
Pours dark, golden yellow color, clear with a small head, a little lacing lingers in the glass.
Healthy floral hop notes in the aroma, as well as some pine and citrus.
Pretty high hop taste for what I consider (at this date anyway) to be a fairly mainstream brew. Nice healthy bite accompanied with a little citrus fruit flavor and a slight malt sweetness to balance it out.
If you are looking for a little bit of hops but are afraid of the bite, this is a good choice.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber colour; slightly on the pale side. Bordering almost on a pilsner in colour, but not quite as yellow. Very light in colour.

Fruity, hoppy smell with traces of malt. No zest; in fact the hops seem somewhat subdued. The smell doesn't hit me like some PNW IPAs. Faint cut-grass smell.

Taste is fairly bland. Faint hop zing, definite fruity and cut-grass taste. Very watery, not much malt. The taste isn't weak, but certainly isn't as strong as some IPAs I've had. One-dimensional and just not exciting.

Okay mouthfeel. The carbonation is good, but the blandness of taste makes it seem just too fizzy. Drinkable, but so is water...why drink it when you can get something more exciting?

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Photo of ernie
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Handsome bottle with a cheerful label. Color is darker than expected, carbonation properly low, head modest, almost no lace.

Aroma a bit faint for this type of brew, but altogether pleasant - herbs, spices, hops and a hint of roasted malts.

Start malty, body firm, general taste is refreshingly bitter. Lots of hops! Finish bisquity-hoppy.

Not the best IPA in my life, but decent and tasty. Worth a try!

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light amber beer with 1/4" head that dissipates after a couple sips and a several minutes. The smell is light to moderate hoppiness (pine and citrus). The taste is pretty good with the hops coming a bit stronger than the smell let on. Mouthfeel is lighter than most. I could go for this again if lack of choice forced me to (as it did last night). Nothing stands out about this beer, just a normal ipa a bit lighter on the hops.

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

The clear brownish/red color and fairly lively mouthfeel are what you would expect for a west coast IPA, but the taste left a little to be desired. The hops gave a lot of bitterness without a lot of the hop flavor, if that makes sense. Probably not one of the better IPA's out there, but not one of the worst either.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, after reading some of the reviews here for Redhook IPA, I'm pretty convinced I'm drinking a different beer. This Redhook IPA pours a clear blonde hue, with a good deal of carbonation that settles to a think layer of bubbles. The appearance is okay. There's a decent amount of "piney" hops in the aroma; which is pleasant. The flavor is pleasant and hoppy enough for me, certainly for a Sunday afternoon. The finish is quite bitter but in a very tasty way.A slight toasted malt flavor keeps this beer from being to boring. Overall, this is a light-bodied IPA that IMO has a good enough hop signature that I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of NolateM
3.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a fairly light color for an IPA, just kind of a regular golden-yellow pilsnery color, with a pretty nice thick white head.

Had a pleasant lemon zest aroma.

The taste wasn't particularly potent or quite as hoppy as I'd hoped for, but it was still a good beer. It wasn't your typical pack-a-punch IPA, it was a bit of a milder IPA, but still had a bit of hop presence, and that nice tangy zesty piney lemony thing going on. Tastes like a good, refreshing summer beer that goes down real easy, and it was a buck or two less than most six-packs, so why not? Well, I mean, other than the fact that you'd be supporting Anheuser-Busch...

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Photo of bigman147
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours slight amber/golden with slight chill haze. Good lacing with a good 1" head. Foam lingers on the top of the beer forever. Definitely the way I like my IPA's to pour

S: Good hop aroma. Very tradional American IPA with use of Cascades. Slight Citrus and Grapefruit aromas. Very pleasant but nothing overly intriguing.

T: Taste is hoppy with good bitterness that isn't lingering. Good body and malt notes.

M & D: Like above, this beer has a pleasant mouthfeel. It is not lingering. Its a clean crisp IPA without being overly bitter. Malt is present but is just a transport mechanism for the hops. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.32/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow I can't believe this beer is getting such low reviews. I really enjoyed this, albeit not your typical HOP PACKED IPA....

Pours a bright gold color with a small white head that appears to leave some nice lacing. The first smell that rushes to my olfactory is oranges, it’s followed by pine, hops and a faint smell of malt. The initial taste is once again is a citrus and stays until it’s followed by 2 other flavor stages. The first one is sort of a hop and malt type flavor then it’s followed by a bitter hop flavor and ends with a nice citrus flavor. Definitely a very surprisingly nice beer, not exactly full of the type of hops I’ve come to expect from IPAs

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Photo of Drew966
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redhook IPA poured a golden yellow with a small white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Smell is okay, not really hoppy. I like the taste, but it is not to style. I find the taste fairly enjoyable, a little sweet toward the end, some citrus, hoppy bitterness definitely present. I wouldn't drink it everyday, but I don't think it's bad.

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold while emitting a reasonable head which laces the glass with a vengeance.

Smell is grassy and barn-like. Not a lot of hop presence in the nose, more pale malt than anything.

Somewhat languid showing on the palate. Taste is of tonic water and grassy hops - a somewhat out-of-balance concoction. Giving respect where respect is due the slick mouthfeel makes this brew quite drinkable, especially cconsidering the abv. Not at all bad, just an average IPA that won't roundhouse you in the face, which is sometimes preferable.

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Photo of nsw
1.88/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A Safeway Club Card burning a hole in my pocket suckered me into purchasing a 12-pack at Safeway in Natomas, Sacramento.

A: Strange - golden, but not rich and caramelly looking like my favorite Boonville Hop Ottin' IPA. Poured into Bud Light Tahoe pub glass (appropriate), resulting in a 3/4 inch head.

S: Socks? A 1967 quarter minted in Denver but sniffed in Tuscaloosa in present day?

T: Slurping the head and there are some piquant hop notes. All right! What a deal! Let's drink. Hmm... What the!?!? Where'd the hops go? The other reviewer who mentioned that this "tastes like they squeezed lemon into it and added vodka" is spot-on. Awful, no clean hop notes, lots of metal. Harsh.

M: So angry.

O: Buy this beer and you'll be sorry. With the new Bel-Air in town dealing 22-oz pounders of Hop Ottin', and Lagunitas IPA readily available, Sacramento-Natomas IPA folks should wisely stow their Safeway Club Card and pony up for a real IPA. I'll be saving the other 11 of my 12-pack for the VERY latter stages of a party.

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

Picked up a sixer at the local grocery looking for an exciting new IPA to try. I was neither blown away nor disappointed.
I was surprised with the appearance of this beer. I expected to see the typical amber/coppery color that most IPA's display, but this one poured a very light golden color not far away from your macro lagers. Very clear, which means this beer was very likely filtered and had some of its flavor stripped away. Head was quick to dissipate.
Smell was very pleasant. Hops take center stage. I was hit with a very aggressive piney/grassy hop aroma.
I thought the taste was pretty good as long as you are not hung up on a beer style fitting exactly between a predetermined set of numbers. Hop presence was definately there with some moderate bitterness. Not much in the way of malt, mostly hops. I appreciate a beer that is on the heavy side of its style as I'm sure most beer geeks do, so I don't see the need to criticize an offering that is on the light side or maybe even down a class on the style scale. I'm sure that if this beer was flirting with DIPA range that there would not be any complaints.
Mouthfeel was somewhat lacking for an IPA, and probably the least appealing attribute of this beer.
Drinkability was good. The light mouthfeel will not wear out the palate, and the flavor was very likable. I could definately session this beer.
Overall, I thought this was a solid offering. Probably not something that is going to blow away the veteran beeradvocate, but it is a nice drinking beer. Something that could introduce the macro drinker to hops and lead them on the path of righteousness.

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

Pours a rich medium amber hue with light foam and moderate lacing. Fresh hops are easily detectable on the nose, as they should be with a nice pine and juniper quality that is very pleasant. The taste is moderately hoppy and crisp; quite enjoyable and nicely bitter. This beer is a middle of the road; well perhaps a further up the road IPA in terms of its structure and character. It is not over the top nor is it too sedentary, providing the consumer with the true character and essence of a good IPA kept well in proportion.
Mouthfeel is slightly viscous and coating, with sweet malt residing on the finish.
This is a nice and balanced IPA that will certainly satisfy all but the greediest of hopologists.

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Photo of walleye
2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

had this in fl. one of the very few half way decent beers I could find in the stores before I went to total winefrom the bottle. poured a golden orange with a small white head. aroma hops, citrus, leang towards orange and not much going on after that. flavor hops, citrus no leaning to grapefruit. for a inexpenive beer not to bad.

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Photo of LPorter33
1.51/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Golden, transparent, like a Macro-lager. This is not what most IPAs look like. Seems thin and weak. Head it OK, but definitely an overall below average appearance

Smell = Very unappealing. Reminds me of tuna fish with a bit of apples mixed in. Yuck. Not what I want in a beer. There's a bit of crispness to it but it doesn't save anything.

Taste= ugh..this is a terrible beer. It's sour and putrid without any dominant, clean hops. Tastes like these just squeezed a bunch of lemon juice into it and added some vodka. Terrible bitter, pungent aftertaste. This could possibly be the worst IPA i've ever had and is going down the drain.


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Photo of mcallister
2.44/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy, murky orange colored. This beer poured and unbelievable, attractive 2 inch head with significant lacing.

Nose is slightly sour and hoppy with a burnt citrusy aroma.

Citrusy taste with a decent hop component but has the sour taste that many cask conditioned beer tend to have that turns me off on the mouthfeel and drinkability department.

Overall not a very good IPA but worth trying anything in cask.

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Photo of ReebShorts
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color, thin head fades to a ring with moderate lacing.

There are hops present in the aroma, but they are at the way back, behind a caramel sweetness with some grains and citrus fruit. Seems pretty mild on the hops for an IPA.

Flavor is very mild, this is a very "easy" drinking IPA. This would be a great introductory beer for somebody just getting into IPA's. but for me, I'll grab it if it's on a good sale and I need a session beer for a Sunday afternoon.

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

Pours a light caramel, had to pour straight down the middle in order to produce a meaningful head on this one. Poured at 45 degrees for the first two I had in the six-pack, and almost no head formed. Nice lacing, very clear.

Smells of fresh hops... has another aroma in there somewhere unrelated to the hops that I associate with homebrew, but I can't pin it down.

Tastes like drinking a sweet hop tea. Little in the way of malt flavors going on. Hop flavor, followed by hop bitterness.

Not exceedingly drinkable... Needs more carbonation and more malt flavor, and a dryer finish. If nothing else, though, a good way to show non-beer-drinkers what hops actually taste like.
Mouthfeel is a little on the sweet side, and not as carbonated as I'd prefer. Long, bitter finish.

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Photo of hanco005
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle marked 011006, poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear, orangish yellow amber with ½ inch pillow like head that isn’t going anywhere, thick lacing coats most of the inside of the glass

S—bitter hops, citrus, spice, pepper, some sourness, maybe some sweetness, flowery, all of these fragrances are mixed together pretty well

T—pepper bitterness is strong, grapefruit is there, some sweet fruity flavors come out in the middle, finishes dry, the bitterness is really strong and dominate in this one

M—a little thin actually, light/medium bodied, good carbonation

D—not a bad IPA. I will enjoy the 6er I bought….probably 3 at a time.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.09/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass the beer is a very pale amber. Almost golden, clear, almost looks like a macro lager. The beer had a thin head that faded to a small dollop on the liquid with a ring around the glass. Patchy lacing at best.

Smell: Aromas of hops. Smells more like an IPA than it looks. Scent of pine, a touch floral, and even a little citrousy (lemon zest). The smell has my hopes up.

Taste: Very one dimensional, all hop bitterness from the middle to the end. The bitterness is nice, not too over the top, but the piney, hops just get to me by the end.

Mouthfeel: Touch dry, clean finish without a lingering aftertaste. Lighter in body.

Drinkability: Not a terrible beer, just not a very good IPA in my book. I knew it would not be great but I like the ESB so I thought I'd give this a try. I was disappointed, even though I only paid 4.99. There are much better beers available for just a few $$ more.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
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