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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 dukeandduke
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - Gift Chicago

Golden amber, minimal white head. Citrus and sweet hoppy aroma. Pleasant mix of strong sweet yet good mix w/bitter taste. Strong feel, medium carbonation. Overall good IPA offering I'll seek out in the future.

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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden/Pale Yellow Color...Medium Body with a slight haze
The Beer has a sweet smell and dull breadiness when sloshed about...the malts take the sniff in the wrong direction
There are bold hops although without too much character and for a lower abv IPA this brew comes across boozy
Overall this one is not real tasty is plenty bitter and gets by on boldness as a substitute for lack of anything special.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a dark light gold. Very little white head.
Aroma: A little bit of pine followed by citrus - some grapefruit. Not very powerful.
Taste: Bitter citrus and malts. More hoppy, not very well balanced but not a mess either
Feel: More or less dry. Medium bodied; medium/high carbonation.
Overall: It's not a bad IPA, but nothing to rave about.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours slightly on the light side. A little darker than your average AAL. Nose is some hops, citrus, resin. Taste follows the nose. Muted hops, citrus, resin. A little bit of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is decent, yet a bit on the watery side. There's just enough hops and bitterness to keep you interested. Overall, it's quite refreshing. I've had this on tap also and much preferred the draft version. Good price for a six pack. I'll probably pick up again if I cannot afford the other IPA's I like better than Long Hammer. It's an inoffensive beer, but not much going on.

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

Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has some fruity, tropical hops and some butter biscuits. Taste is balanced, you get the hops and also the malts. Aftertaste gets quite bitter. Quite watery for 6.2% abv but overall it's a decent IPA.

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Photo of beveragebattle
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Round 1-Value
Redhook Longhammer IPA @ $2.99 per 22 oz. bottle with 6.2% ABV

Round 2-Aroma
Citrusy pinecone

Round 3-Flavor
Understated hops and a piney element

Round 4-Finish
30 seconds

Round 5-Packaging
The 22 oz. bottle profile is unique because of the short neck. The label is short on creativity, as well. Mountains divide the label in half paying homage the Cascades climbing community. I appreciate the informative aspects of the label (i.e. flavor profile, bottled on date, and brewing technique information).

Redhook is a clear superior dollar value winner at $2.99 per deuce-deuce. Redhook IPA is among the best deal in the beer world and a uniquely drinking IPA.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

-Grains, orange peel, subtle pine
-Sweet malts, pine, oranges
-Light to medium, middle of the road carbonation

-Ok for the price, pretty good beer.

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

IPA is just a genre of beer and that means there should be a degree of flavor between beers. This beer is defiantly on the light side of usual amount of hops but still a great beer. It complemented an array of different food and snacks because of this lighter taste.

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Photo of illpass78
3.94/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. on tap at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: A partly cloudy gold with a nice one finger head of eggshell foam that sticks around forever.

Aroma: Citrus, hops, pine. Smells like a midgrade IPA.

Taste: Follows the nose. Has an appealing oily quality. Grapefruit and apricot are noticeable. Maybe some lemon and biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Has body but it's really, really drinkable. Easy on palate for even a midgrade IPA.

Overall: Folks tend to deride IPAs like this as "utility grade" or "midgrade" like I just did. It is, but it's a fine all-seasons beer. Deserves a better rating on the site, I'd say. I feel similarly about this as I do about Sam Adams' Rebel Rider and Shipyard's IPA - not face-splitting hop bombs, but they don't need to be.

Footnote: Hadlock has apparently switched from 14 oz. cheaters to 12 oz.'ers. Mixed feelings on that.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The smell is a little skunky, but not much. The skunkiness in the aroma doesn't show up in the flavor. Not a lot of flavor to it, though, and not a lot of bitterness to it.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "brewed on" date 1-19-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, golden color with lots of suspended sediments floating about, less than one-finger off-white head that quickly dissipated until just a ring of small bubbles remained around the glass, medium carbonation, there is very little lacing on the glass.

SMELL: sweet caramel, grapefruit, bread and a little pine resin.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel then an understated grapefruit and pine resin hop burst that quickly faded from sight.

PALATE: medium carbonation but a little watery.

OVERALL: this is not a bad beer, it's got a more mild hop profile than most IPA's, there are so many better beers to choose from in this style so I will probably not buy this one again.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine/snifter/tulip glass from a 12oz bottle

A - Almost completely golden in color, with a one finger very white foamy head and some lacing/legs

S - Very light smelling. While the taste isn't "bold" it most certainly is compared to the smell. Sweet floral/citrus hops up front, decent malt note, pine, a tad bit of sugar, grainy, light bread yeast and the smell of your grass the day after it was cut.

T - citrus and floral hops up front, slight sugar, very crisp, very light but nice hop bite, some sweet malts, dry grains and the one note that sticks out is the pine.

M - medium minus body, medium plus carbonation, medium acidity, ok balance, decent complexity and a very smooth sweet to bitter hop finish.

D/O - Very drinkable and very refreshing. For the IPA lover however this is more or a starting point, something for a person looking to get into the addictive world of the "pale ale". It may also be something to buy when it's on sale for $10 a 12-pack and to make sure your beer doesn't end up down the drain by the "bitter beer" hating friend we all have. None-the-less it is a decent IPA that you can drink all day.

Final thoughts - A decent 6.2 ABV heads up this IPA and the price as well which can be quite low when on sale. If you like IPA's this one is worth a try and if you fine IPA's to "bitter" this may be a great place to start.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Red Hook 'Long Hammer IPA' @ 6.2% , served from a 6pack of 583 ml bottle's purchased for $15.35
A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a clear dark gold in the glass with a medium size white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-lemon citrus
T-ok hoppy start , very watery swallow , dissapointing finish
MF-ok/decent carbonation , no body , absolutely none
Ov-truly a dissapointing beer & IPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Stevem68
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color. Has minimal aroma of pine hops. Flavor is a little hoppy up front and malts quickly follow. Smooth to drink. Pretty light overall but drinkable. Not bad but not remember able

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brilliant gold, crowned by a 1” off-white foam cap with a slight gold tint. Grassy, piney nose, citrus, big hops over rich biscuit malt, fresh grain, fruity, lemon to pineapple on the attack, biscuit, then a rich hop finish. Medium carbonation and body.

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Photo of ScrewBud
3.32/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L - light Amber, light head
S - spicy sour hops
T - upfront bitter watery after taste
F - light, little carb
O - not as bad as rated, but not world class by any means, on to the next IPA

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Photo of Beric
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving: At the brewery in a sampler
Served: 4 July 2015

Appearance: Lighter copper color than many IPAs, crowned with a half finger soapy white head. Somewhat hazy but nothing abnormal here. Surprised with the coloring a bit, but intrigued.

Smell: This one has more dank undertones than the brighter, citrusy IPAs native to this region. Hints of grapefruit and pine, but still an underlying dankness.

Taste: This one is kind of a mess. The malts clash with the hops and it tastes a bit grainy and dank. Definitely not a good IPA.

Mouthfeel: Significantly more watery than expected.

Overall: Kind of a hot mess, especially compared to other west coast IPAs which it competes against. The tour guide joking called this a training wheels beer for real West Coast IPAs and she was totally right.

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3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a one finger head, light head retention, with medium lacing. Body is a light copper, slightly cloudy with no sediment. On the nose, I get a hint of pine, which is unusual for a 6.2 abv IPA. Followed up with a hint of citrus and raspberry. On the palate I immediately get more pine than i got on the nose, the hops bite travels directly to the back ( most high abv's it usually travels to the sides as well as the back. Must be due to the dry hopping process. finishes crisp and semi dry with a pleasant note of citrus. decently session able for a dry hopped IPA.

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Photo of DWRP
3.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Have always liked this beer. Like the name and bottle too (it's like like one my grandfather was drinking from in old photos). NH local, so can find it easily....and a nice one to grab when I don't want to guess.

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

This brew pours a semi-transparent copper color with a white, fluffy one finger head which lasts a while. Some of the head remains as a collar and some stays on top. There is very light lacing.

The smell has both citrus and floral hops but nothing really stands out. Maybe some lemon and pine.

The taste follows the nose with some lemon and pine but neither the hops nor the malt backbone dominate. The sweet and caramel malts try to push through from the background but nothing really pops. The feel is kind of thin. There is a kind of dry, soapy aftertaste.

Overall this is an okay, far from great, IPA. I would drink it again if I found it for cheap. This beer might be better positioned as a "Session" IPA.

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Photo of Safa1
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Average. Average ipa. Average beer. Wait. Bomber can be found nationwide for 2.50? I buy this out of spit for beer snobs. This beer is fucking tasty and cheap. Think. Tasty hops nothing fancy and cheap. That 11.99 bomber of Clown Shoes goes real well with this. It's a filler beer. Like Budweiser for beer aficionados. Sometimes you just want more hops and you don't want them to kick your face. Aftertaste is a bit off but for 2.50 I have no fucks left to give in terms of discrediting this beer. Great choice every time. Never amazing. Always great.

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Photo of Radome
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

L - Medium gold color; crystal clear. Tiny bubble constantly rise. Head is off-white, fluffy and moderately long lasting. Thick, solid lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Aromas dominated by citrus and grapefruit West Coast hops, but not overly assertive or fresh-seeming. Very low bready malt in background.

T - Flavors are of strong citrusy and grassy hops as well as low malt, mostly grainy with some bread. Flavors are very clean with no yeast or alcohol notes, but also not very deep or complex.

F - Thin body. Smooth, creamy carbonation. Medium to high hops bitterness. No alcohol presence. Feels more like a cream ale than an IPA.

O - A decent, drinkable beer, but not outstanding in any area. Lack of hops assertiveness and thin body are drawbacks.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A little more hops and a little more flavor would have gone a long way with this beer. As it is, tastes like a light IPA. The 'dry hops' on the label didn't do much for me.

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Photo of TheRaven
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is easy to smash his beer if you are a true aficionado. That said, not a half-bad session IPA. I grabbed a double-deuce in a gas station on the way to a baseball game. Right next to the Schlitz and Olde English. Under the right circumstances, and price conditions ($1.50), this beer can be a pleasant surprise and a welcome find for a beer snob just looking for one more drink and listening to some Grateful Dead. The key is to temper your expectations.

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Photo of pianoguy
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle

Pours a light golden body with a half inch head that vanished pretty fast, a little lacing

Not very prominent smell. Wet grass, a little pine.

The little bit of bitterness is enjoyable. But I couldn't find anything else . No other discernible flavors to bounce off or flow with the slight bitterness...

Feel was crisp and smooth.

Overall It's ok, (I never kick a beer out of bed...er my glass ) But this not really an IPA by today's (2015) dry hopping standards.

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Redhook Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.24 out of 5 based on 3,255 ratings.
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