Long Hammer IPA – Redhook Brewery

Redhook Brewery started in Seattle Washington but can also be found in Woodinville Washington and Portsmouth New Hampshire.  With the launch of Redhook Brewery in BC and Alberta Canada I bring you the review of their “Long Hammer IPA”.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grassy, floral hops, orange and some malts.  The flavour is of bready grainy malts, mild hops bitterness, earthy, orange and citrus.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 44.  This may not be a ground breaking IPA but it is very tasty and I would not walk past it in a liquor store for sure.

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.



12 comments on “Long Hammer IPA – Redhook Brewery

  1. mwisdom562 says:

    Redhook, in my opinion is a somewhat under-appreciated brewery, Their beers are solid but, not over-the-top. They are consistent and drinkable, which for me is a major feather in their cap. I mean you can only drink so many 90 IBU IPAs before your taste buds go home for the night without you.

    • Drinking this IPA I will agree at this point. I have two more at home to enjoy so I will see how it goes. For whatever reason I have had very little of Redhook Brewerys beer and I make it into the USA often enough. Always good to see more American beer coming to Canada!

  2. Brian says:

    I recently visited the Redhook brewery in Redmond, and was disappointed to find that they no longer brewed Longhammer on-site. The beer had a different, less malty flavor, and the hops were barely perceptible. Hopefully you got a batch of the Redmond-brewed version, because their “new supplier” has changed the character of the beer.

  3. Quake says:

    Also 33% owned by Anheuser-Busch INBev. For those that choose where their money goes. But when talking large scale craft these are solid beers.

    • Yes AB-Inbev owns 33% of the Craft Beer Alliance which includes Redhook, Kona, Omission and the Widmer Brothers Brewing. It will never stop me from buying a beer from them or Elysian or Goose Island if they are good beer. My breakdown of spending though on beer is 90/10 Independent to Macro Owned. I want to drink good beer. As long as good beer is being produced I will drink it. There is always things that can diswade me though like underhanded business practices and ridiculous lawsuits but that goes for all breweries and businesses I support. There is an independent craft beer chain here in Vancouver that I will not actively support do to some really shitty business decisions and practices.

      • Quake says:

        So the process of ABInBev buying all the local distribution of redhook/kona etc is not slightly underhanded? They have actively bought up local distributors all across the states so that their bigger brands (a few of their smaller ones too!) can find more market space, while forcing independent Brewers to find other avenues to get their beers to the stores.
        They effectively start cutting out the middle man (allowing them to sell beer for less money) and controlling from the point of creation to the point of sale. This means bars that are signed with these distributors are often stuck with bud and a few of their ‘craft’ brands.
        I understand it’s legal. However it’s still cut-throat and low.

  4. I agree that it is not great business for other breweries but i will have to disagree that they are using underhanded tactics. What is underhanded about offering lots of money to a small business? In every other line of work this is considered a great investment or great business move. Yes I would love to see all my favourite breweries stay independent and local but this just isn’t a reasonable expectation. I would also like to point out that in Canada the price for macro owned craft beer and independent craft beer is almost always on par so its a mute point here. There is no cutting out the middle man here that happens to be the Government. Event if you distribute yourself you end up getting dinged big by the government.

    It might suck but it is not low. Most companies no matter what you say aspire to make money and lots of it. This is the truth of any business sadly including craft beer. Breweries will sell and be sold and new ones will pop up all the time. Small business is not supposed to be easy. Its about working hard and persevering and if you cant handle that then maybe you shouldn’t have gotten into the industry.

    How is this any more underhanded than the bullshit legal battles that go on like Lagunitas trying to sue Sierra Nevada for the size of IPA on their packaging or Bear Republic threatening legal action for the Canadian brewer Central City Brewers & Distillers launching their Red Racer Beer lineup in the USA now called Red Betty as not to be dragged into legal action. How is it different than local Canadian brewer trying to sue anyone for using Cascadian in the name of their beer? It isn’t. The beer industry is Cut thought and the weak will always dissapear. Craft Brewers just have to keep creating new and exciting beer to make us more interested in their beer than the big guys brands.

    • Quake says:

      You slightly missed my point.
      I agree with your argument. Read up on the alchohol distribution system in the USA and how ABInBev is buying up control in all 3 levels of that to ensure their brands are represented in preference to or exclusion to other craft brands.
      I was not making a comment on the purchases which the big guys are making of successful craft breweries. That is each breweries choice, I just lament losing them to a company which does the practices I mentioned.

      • That may be what is happening in the United States like I said but it is not the case in Canada. Private companies such as Beerthirst are still distributing brands like Elysian and just signed on Redhook and Kona Brewing. The model is different here. Like I said i spend a very small amount on macro owned beer but I will always choose taste.

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