Long Hammer IPA
Redhook Brewlab

Long Hammer IPALong Hammer IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #7,156
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
76
Ranked #49,220
Avg:
3.3 | pDev: 16.36%
Reviews:
1,229
Ratings:
3,405
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Redhook Brewlab
 
Washington, United States
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Year-round
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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.
Reviews: 1,229 | Ratings: 3,405 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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tbonci from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.1%

May 11, 2012
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Todd from California

1.9/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Had this today on tap @ Hibernia in Boston.

Diacetyl? In an IPA? I think not. And what's with the low hop profile and mega-sweetness of this beer? My pint was quite cloudy too.

Beer drinkers of the world ... this is not an IPA, and it's a pretty crappy beer to boot.

Dec 06, 2001
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ExtraStout from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this to be a strange and bland IPA.

The appearance is transparent boring gold. An okay white head with minor lacing. The scent is weak musty moss and straw. Some hop smells linger but do not stand out at all.

The flavors are dry fruit hops. I cannot place the fruit flavor. It is sort of a citrus and berry combination. There is a grain flavor that I do not think belongs here. Not much hop bite and the malts are weak and bland. This IPA does not have any direction.

A watery quality to the mouthfeel at first. Then if felt as if my mouth was about to dry up. I am not impressed. A clean crispness adds to drinkability but I can think of many other IPA's I would rather drink than this one. I am glad I only bought a single bottle.

Jan 30, 2012
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ncvillain from North Carolina

3.07/5  rDev -7%
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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Jason from Massachusetts

3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at my local 99 Restaurant & Pub. Big ass 25 oz mug at that. Some old lady in the booth next to me was whooping and hollering that I was drinking a mug of beer the size of my head. Needless to see I almost had beer come through my nose out of sheer laughter. Any way … back to the beer.

Real nice lacing and it actually left rings down the glass, perfect clarity off of a pale golden yellow colour. Faint aroma of esters and grain. A bit buttery in the mouth with more alcoholic esters, odd fruitiness and flavourless hop bitterness left me wondering where the IPA is. Dry, pale and well … weak maltiness. Not a bad flavour but somewhat bland.

It was fine to wash down some steak tips and sides but not a beer I’d drink alone just for the sake of drinking beer.

Mar 04, 2003
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Garritso44 from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My go to beer. An afordable IPA that has the Pine notes I look for. Certainly not the best IPA but if you want an easy to drink afordable IPA with a hint of pine, this is the beer for you.

Jul 04, 2017
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nhdjinn from New Hampshire

3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

reminds me more of old school British IPA before the market went crazy for high hops and abv values
form a 1 pint can for $1.69 that alone makes this a good choice

looks crystal clear golden color good head retention
smell grassy citrus with malt
taste slight caramel with hoppy notes. not overly hoppy for abv more of a pale ale level
feel medium mouth feel
overall - for $1.69 you can not go wrong. same price as a bud 16 oz can but infinitely better. A good go to beer

Jan 04, 2018
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Safa1 from California

3.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

Jun 14, 2015
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SimplySinister from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A – Hazy gold brew poured from short neck 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Minimal head, minimal lacing, minimal carbonation.

S – Hops and citrus. Standard IPA with perhaps a few additional citrus notes. Grapefruit? I’m getting grapefruit and lemon peel.

T – Really nice. IPA style bitter without it being a bitter nightmare. Very, very decent.

M – Clean, crisp. Typical IPA. Just like the typical IPA, the flavor lingers a little. In this case, it’s not a bad thing.

D – Let me be the first to admit, I’m not a huge fan of this style. This is mainly because it has been somewhat popularized and co-opted by individuals with unruly facial hair and expensive retro clothing. With that being said, this beer is actually very drinkable. Second, I’ve never been a fan of 6%+ beers save imperial styles and the like, though this beer shines at 6.2%. Third, I’d really love to hate this beer as it is a macro and BA members despise anything macro even if it’s a good beer (unless it’s imported). I don’t. In fact, there are about a dozen reasons why I shouldn’t like this beer but I do! Weird. All in all, really good beer. Solid 3.75+

Oct 23, 2017
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TheRaven from South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

May 16, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. I had this a few years ago during my introduction to West Coast IPAs - methinks I've learned a lot since.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with lots and lots of bubbly, rocky, and thinly foamy white head, which leaves a pretty decent wall of drooping lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of mild white grapefruit, musty pine needles, bready caramel malt, a waft of sugary nougat, and further leafy, perfumed hops. The taste is weedy, wet pine needles, indistinct citrus pith, further wan tropical fruit notes, a touch of sweet overripe lemon, and some understated grainy, bready malt sweetness.

The carbonation is on the low end of things, just a timid frothiness presiding, the body an adequate medium weight, a bit slick, but smooth enough. It finishes on the sweet side, the bready/caramel malt standing out over the still noticeably muddled and disorganized hops.

A very restrained, but still acceptable version of the style, most likely best served as an introduction to those unfamiliar with it, as I was, once. Easy to drink, and unassuming, something to kill when your taste buds and/or palate have already been.

Jul 28, 2010
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an orange to light golden color with a finger of white head that falls to a very light, but full coat over top. Clarity is excellent and just a few bubbles from the bottom are present. There is more lacing left as the head recedes than I wold expect. Nose is very fresh, with a wet hop character to it. Behind this, there is a moderate caramel and toasty bread character with a hint of orangey and peppery hop. Smells nice, just not as bold as I want my AIPA's to be. Flavor starts as a very solid melanoidan infused toastyness, moving to more caramel sweetness with a light citrusy hop that transitions to a peppery hop, finishing with a moderate, but clean, bitterness. A slight metallic bite hits, but doesn't stay on too long. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Good balance and feels about right. I'd still like to see a bit more brilliance from the hops. Its just lacking some of the pop that I like in American IPA's. Its not bad, just could become a better IPA with a different hop profile.

Mar 17, 2006
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ROGUE16 from Delaware

4/5  rDev +21.2%

Dec 01, 2011
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tpauer from New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Jun 02, 2012
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Fenris244 from Texas

3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep amber yellow, thin half finger head with minimal retention and some lacing, strings of bubbles from the carbonation are apparent.

Floral aroma with some resin and citrus, not over powerful in the nose but it could also be the pint glass I'm using.

Hop bitterness comes on pretty strong but drops off quickly, lemon pulp and floral notes start to become apparent but after the bitterness from the hops drops off everything else drops with it. Clean finish, feels like somethings missing...

Light in body, crisp and well carbonated fells a little watery at times.

Overall not a bad beer I was just left wanting some more flavor from it.

Apr 14, 2011
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DanE from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Feb 23, 2014
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Oct 01, 2012
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JackMcAwesome from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Feb 27, 2013
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Aug 02, 2015
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JosefBerger from Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.1%

Jul 10, 2014
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BBS323 from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oct 17, 2014
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mitrandil from Illinois

2.96/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

May 17, 2016
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racer2k from Massachusetts

3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear Translucent golden color which pours a 1 1/2 finger off white head which provides some decent lacing as it dissipates on the side of the glass.

S - Light hop aroma with some grassy floral overtones. There is a sweet bread profile which includes a hint of malt on the back end. Pretty dry finish overall.

T - Not your typical IPA taste profile, this is more like an Extra Pale Ale than an IPA. This beer is too thin in taste and structure to call it an IPA.

M - Lighter than a traditional IPA, dry, crisp and a bitter taste from the finishing hops.

D - Pretty decent session beer but this should be labeled a Pale Ale vs. a traditional IPA

Sep 22, 2009
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cdkrenz from Wisconsin

2.72/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Golden and clear body topped by a head just darker than eggshell and having some solid stamina.

S - Rather malty for an IPA. There is some fruit but it seems more grape and apple than citrus.

T - Mild grassy hops more than anything. I'm not going to call it boring for an IPA but... I may call it not that interesting.

M - Medium bodies brew with a moderately sticky feel on the lips.

~ The look and feel are solid while the scent and taste leave a bit to be desired. I wouldn't really recommend it to a friend. But, I would like to try it on tap in it's home state just to see if the bottle and travel halfway across the county has had an adverse affect.

Aug 10, 2011
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gpogo from California

3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden body with a cream colored large head. Head dissipates to a foamy cap and leaves a nice dense lacing.

A- Sweet perfume-like aroma, incredibly fruity.

T- A little watery. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors with some light caramel flavors. Finishes dry with a light bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

D- Decent IPA, very drinkable. In no way is this a hop-bomb.

Jan 06, 2009
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Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 3405 ratings