Long Hammer IPA
Redhook Brewlab

Long Hammer IPALong Hammer IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #7,318
Ranked #49,940
3.31 | pDev: 16.31%
Redhook Brewlab
Washington, United States
Long Hammer IPALong Hammer IPA
Notes: Redhook Long Hammer IPA is brewed with a generous addition of hops during the boil and dry-hopped at the end of fermentation. The result is an India Pale Ale with a piney and citrusy hop aroma and flavor and a crisp finish. Redhook Long Hammer IPA is a West Coast classic, and one of America's most drinkable IPAs.
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BNSlums from Washington

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Copped a 12 pack of 12oz cans for the low, packaged on 7.8.20. I am already very familiar with the west coast ipa style, often piney, cedary, citrusy and drier.

L: Crystal clear light caramel, srm 9. A stiff off-white head with large bubbles. Active carbonation visible. Head dies in a minute or so. The transparency is shocking

S: Pine jumped right out of the can as I cracked it supported by a more floral citrus, not juicy. Stale bread crusts balance out the nose. The intensity is to a large degree.

T: Earthy, piney base with grapefruit sour notes. Bitterness not detected until the finish. Ranged mid to back of the palate. A little heavy on malt flavor here.

F: Rather crisp but the dark bread crumbs shut that down. Oily, medium-light body. Drinkable.

Long Hammer is one of Washington's most favorable west coast ipas. I understand why. It taste like a dewy forest but with hints of citrus so often found in ipas. This citrus was more like the orange plant than the fruit itself. It is easy to throw back but I am not sure I'd want to drink more than two of these in a light, it would get boring. However, overall a standard representation of the WCIPA.

Dec 02, 2020
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flgimp from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very active pour into a frosted pilsner glass with foaming to a thick three finger white head. Nice lacing. Nose is very faint. Not much there. Taste is crisp and piny upfront then citrus from hops come thru. Nice but not exceptional. Feel is active with medium body nice warm even in a cold glass. I do like the bottle. Thro back design.

Sep 06, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can served in a nonic glass.

Look- Slightly hazy golden amber color. Solid off-white head that recedes fairly quickly to a modest ring of foam. Moderate carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Citrus (grapefruit and lemon zest), some light pineapple and melon, some decaying vegetal material, caramel malt, light wet pine other grassy/herbal notes.

Taste- Similar to the aroma. Citrus and pineapple, faint melon, some vegetal funk, sweet malt and pine, moderate lingering hoppy bitter finish. decent balance.

Feel- Medium bodied, dryish side and pretty crisp. Medium carbonation on the tongue.

O- One of the old school WC original IPAs that really does taste dated and antiquated. If you'd like to try it, find it on sale.

Jul 13, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light golden color . Smell has pine and citrus with sweet baked malts. A surprise on the taste and mouth feel it good citrus and pine give way to sweet bread malts , A balanced and tasty IPA would drink again.

Jul 05, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It’s a beer. Literally not much else to say here. Kind of the Toyota Corolla of IPA’s. It’s been around for a while, it’s reliable, and does it’s job but isn’t going to wow you. Pretty smooth, a little sweat. Easy drinking and at 6.2% ABV it gets you going.

Jun 01, 2020
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Loooonie2 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice yellow color. Smells very floral and nice. Classic piney and citrusy flavor. Flavorful. Brew has a nice consistency to it in your mouth. Very easy to drink. I like this brew. Got a 12pk for $12. Bargain for a beer this good. Reminds me of a lighter Bells Two Hearted Ale. I enjoyed it. Will buy again.

Mar 18, 2020
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RochefortChris from North Carolina

3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden in color with a creamy white head that quickly dissipates, medium clarity

Resiny pine aromas with bready maltiness, some citrus as well but primarily pine/resin.

Flavor is hop forward, dank pine and resin with slight citrus notes, bready cracker flavors from the malt but almost tastes oxidized. Finishes dry

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Subdued alcohol warmth, lingering hop flavor on the palate

Not a bad beer but very unremarkable, I do like how it's old school and piney hop forward

Feb 29, 2020
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AfricanPete14 from South Africa

4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was a very crushable ipa, smelt like light citrus and piney northwestern hops. Kind of light orange/amber color. Taste is light with decent flavor of dry citrus with a slight hop aftertaste that is not bitter at all. The carbonation level is excellent and finishes well. Very crisp beer.

Feb 26, 2020
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DrOfGolf from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow! Found this beer at a Supermarket going out of business sale and what a great surprise. Now I only hope to be able to find it at any of the other stores in town.

Looks great, tastes great, definitely worth trying if you happen to find it someday.

Feb 18, 2020
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monkist from Hungary

4.6/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I didn’t know what to expect from this beer as the reviews weren’t that outstanding - but let me tell you, having drunk it I think that it is seriously underrated.
It smells very nice! Very fruity, citrusy, it’s almost like Sunkist! No kidding, it reminds me of ripe oranges, blood oranges maybe? Anyway, like my wife tells me, it’s like “fruit beer.” Again, seriously: I had numerous IPAs that were brewed with grapefruits or mangoes or oranges et cetera but none of them came close to being this fruity - and this one doesn’t even include real fruit!
The body is kind of light and really crisp, from the beginning to the end. Absolutey no bitterness and even the hop feel is like oranges. I am surprised by this beer because it might not be the most complex IPA out there, it still delivers something that many others can’t. It gives you a helluva good time.
I absolutely loved this beer and would drink it again and again!
Ps. my first beer from Seattle, first beer from Washington state - is everything this good up there?

Dec 30, 2019
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LiquidSanity from Florida

3.14/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a very simple, balanced but pleasant IPA. It is a severely underrated IPA since I normally find it at an affordable price point($1.49 normally). Sweeter than most IPAs I drink and not overly hoppy where it becomes distracting.

The color is beautiful. Dark, brownish- orange amber color. Not much to the smell, minimal lacing but it is robust.

This is an IPA when you’re undecided on which IPA to go with. More of a starter IPA for the uninitiated and for someone looking for a quality, sessionable beer.

Mild grass notes. A little bit of pine, mild tartness and super faint lemon peel. Touch of honey on the back note but none of the flavors are overly pronounced. This is vanilla but a good quality vanilla. It’s not your overly offensive, knock you on your feet, hopbomb type IPA. This is a “4 quarters of football, I’m gonna drink 10 of these,” type of IPA. And at the price, that’s where it belongs.

You’ll easily grow to enjoy this and I find it everywhere. The Budweiser of IPAs.

And yes, that is a compliment. Cheers!

Jul 21, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can stamped April 10 19 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 6.2% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright straw yellow with off white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint with light citrus and malt. The taste is semisweet pils malt with just a hint of pine and citrus. Medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, ok. Not a modern American IPA by any stretch, but a good reminder of the first IPA I remember.

Jun 05, 2019
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HonoluluLouie from Hawaii

3.74/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straight from the bottle tasted different from poured in a glass. The bottle seemed smoother and I was hard put to find the piney taste. Poured into a glass the pine hoppiness hit my tongue. Nice hint of citrus and pineapple with a crisp finish
The price at Tamura's Market of $13 makes this my new go to IPA No overpowering alcohol taste for a 6.2 abv.

Jun 04, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a clear amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has very slight piney hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very slight piney flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-An average IPA

Apr 07, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L -Dark gold/pale amber. Pours with 3mm very fine-bubble white head, reduces to lacing.
S - I get some fruity notes, presumably from the hops, melon perhaps.
T - Definitely fruity notes, then into some snappy bitter hopping. Subtle perfumed peach notes right at the tail-end.
F - It's very refreshing for a 6.2%, and it doesn't convey as a beer of quite that strength. I like it's balance too, it comes together nicely, with nothing I note standing out of place.
O - It has presence, I reckon you'd have to be pretty hard-boiled to session this. I like it and am glad I tried it, though at the price I'm unlikely to buy it again.
The lable hasn't changed in the 17 years the above pic has been here, unusual these days! Bought from M+S at Paddington Station, London W2 at £2.79 for a 355ml bottle. I've seen this nowhere else in London, so maybe it's aimed primarily at US commuters to the 'Silicone Triangle' to the west of London. BB: 29/08/19

Dec 12, 2018
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OldskoolT68 from Florida

5/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Redhook Long Hammer IPA is in my top 5 most favorite beers of all time. It has a very smooth & not at all overpowering. The first time I drank it was in the mid 90's at Sting concert in Atlanta Georgia (Sting was amazing live), but I digress.
If I knew someone who had never tried an IPA before, I would recommend Redhook Long Hammer.

Oct 30, 2018
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ncvillain from North Carolina

3.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just reviewed a very average pilsner rated over 3.5 on BA and then come to find Long Hammer rated under 3.3 on BA??? Yes, long hammer is an average IPA, but I can buy a pint can for 1.49 at my local gas station. And if my local brewery made an IPA this good, I'd be in there twice a week instead of twice every six months. If you live in Portland or Asheville you might never have a reason to drink this beer. For the rest of us, it's not a bad option if your local IPA options are limited.

Oct 20, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper filtered with little carbonation and 2 fingers of light beige head.

Smells fruity of peaches, apples, pears and black tea.

The taste follows the nose and is light and fruity.

Medium body with little carbonation, and a dry, tannic tea like finish.

Got in Redding, drinking here today, Sept 1st, 2018. Decent brew.

Sep 02, 2018
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BeerSnobHater from California

3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks lighter than it tastes. Smells piney. Tastes crisp and pleasantly bitter. Feels smooth as it goes down. This is my go-to beer - I have quaffed more of this brew over the last 10 years than any other. Very drinkable in hot weather or especially when thirsty after physical exercise. 12pk price at Rite Aide is a great value - better than many IPAs that cost more.

Aug 28, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - light yellow not quite straw colored. Medium foam head with only light lacing. Only moderate carbonation.
Smell - Not very strong, get the pine, fruit, some grains wheat perhaps. Very moderate for an IPA, no strong hop aroma.
Taste - lots of malt and bread. Can actually taste the alcohol a bit but its not too overwhelming or anything. Very little bitterness, do pick up more sweetness than hops. There is a strange spice note, almost like cloves or cinnamon. Nothing major but it does kind of taste like apple pie. But the major flavor is of malt, wheat bread, slight pine, slight citrus, and brown sugar. It's weird because i like it but it just isn't very pale...
I'm not sure what they were going for with this one. It's sweet. It tastes decent. But it lacks the IPA flavor I'm looking for. This beats macro lagers for flavor but loses to most IPA's.
So that being said, i gotta give this good beer a grade of B

Aug 13, 2018
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PlinyMeNow from California

3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber, moderate foamy head, lots of sticky lacing.
Smells of sticky sweet citrus blossom, tropical, grain, orange, banana, pineapple, caramel malt.
Taste is of he above notes but also a dull, lingering bitterness, some metallic elements, and sweet citrus that penetrates all the way through.
Overall enjoyable but a bit of a mess, pleasant notes with some unpleasant undertones.

Jul 14, 2018
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spectru from Florida

3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy pale amber with a cream colored frothy head, fairly persistent, lacy; Mild aroma, slightly citrusy; Mild flavor, not strongly hoppy at all; Mouthfeel - smooth, slightly tangy; A pleasant, mild, drinkable IPA.

May 02, 2018
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12-Pack $13.99 Don Quiojte
Golden-amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Citrus, some bitterness, but fairly smooth
Overall a nice beer, but nothing exceptional.

Apr 22, 2018
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, Nov, 2017:
Pours a darker golden; quite clear with maybe the slightest bit of haze. Head isn't huge, but revives easily, some lacing.

Nose has a bit of a stale beer note to it. Piney in a slightly wooden sense, there's a does of dry shredded wheat cereal in a box to it. It's not the newest bottle, but it's not too enticing at this point.

The taste is a little more balanced. There is still that grainy cereal malt opening and backbone, but a decent does of pine wood bitterness joins it early. The two form an earthy, damp fall morning flavor. As it warms a little citrus (orange) comes out to accent, but it's mostly one-noted. A medium to medium light body, it's just a little flat, and there is a lingering bitterness.

So not a bad beer overall, the nose was really sort of a shock and disappointing. The rest of the beer was about as expected.

Feb 24, 2018
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fastedward5 from Oregon

4.26/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I will just say up front that I am not a big fan of IPA's because they sometimes can be way overhopped. At least, to me, as that is not my thing. And this beer isn't. To me, its hoppiness is just right so not only do I taste hops (in a moderate amount) but a lot of other flavors as well including some sweetness and maltiness (which admittedly I tend to favor). So I think if your palate runs similar to mine, you will like this beer. Very smooth for an IPA and in no way overpowering. It kept a nice head and the orange and spice flavors complemented each other. Probably a lot more than that going on, I am still new to reviewing beer! I'll definitely drink it again.

Feb 11, 2018
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