Redhook Long Hammer IPA
80 Blade Chainsaw
Long hammer IPA is an American India Pale Ale brewed by the Redhook Brewerysince 1984. It is constructed with Crystal and Munich Malts and spiced with Northern Brewer, Cascade and Willamette Hops for an alcohol content of 6.5% ABV, 44 IBUs,190.4 Calories, an 8.5 SRM Color over 1.05773 Original Gravity.
Redhook Brewery was opened in Seattle, Washington in1981 by Paul Shipman and Gordon Bowker. They gained a strong following in their early years and outgrew their initial space, opening another brewery at the former Seattle Electric Railway station – which allowed them to open up a brewpub called the Trolleyman in honor of its historic home. They continued their monopoly by opening another brewery in Woodinville, Washington and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
I first ran into Long hammer in PA trying to pick up a decent beer. Since Pennsylvania law only allows the sale of beer in cases at warehouses, choices are slim and any good beer is golden. So when having to buy my brew close to home, I make Longhammer IPA as one of several limited choices.
Onto The Method
6.5/10 – The Classic
1.5 – Appearance – A smooth serve displays a cloudy pale gold with a crisp off-white head leaving a creamy and melting lace.
1.0 – Aroma – A familiar and welcoming hop bouquet over a simple and grainy malt foundation.
1.5 – Taste – A pretty simple and easy taste that lacks complexity and a strong hop punch, but the hop selection is nice and crisp nonetheless. It’s a fresh drink that’s quite pleasant, non-assuming and reliable.
1.0 – Palate – The body is thin and easy to drink, with some grains falling apart at the center lending its way to a creamy and buttery undertone.
1.5 – Overall – Long hammer IPA is a reliable beer with some of the great qualities you come to expect from an IPA, but is a little on the modest side and doesn’t pack a big hop punch. It’s also a relatively simple craft beer without much complexity, but it tastes pretty good, it’s easy to drink a bunch of these, and at 6.5% abv, it gets you hammered!
8.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze –With an ABV at a respectable 6.5%, the hammer is healthy and hidden in flavor within its simple configuration. Easy pounding and good enjoyability further enhances this instrument.
7.5/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – Good tasting and light body along with a healthy abv comes through with a sharp edge and an easy process.
7.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift – It takes a good one and a half to two beers to start feeling a lift, but after that it’s smooth sailing with smiles on the face followed by idiot conversations with trusting friends.
10/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – Having only bought these in cases here in Pennsylvania, I often drink more of them than if buying a six pack. But they’re easy to drink and certainly do the trick, and they don’t get you so hammered that it presents a problem. It’s a good kick back beer for an extra long session.
41.0/50 Blades – The Buzz – Long hammer IPA is a cool, reliable old friend that’s always nice to have around. There’s not much special about its composition, hop profile or flavor, but it is a pretty good beer. I like kicking back with these – they’re not too expensive, have just the right amount of strength, and since they come in cases, I’m guaranteed a great weekend. I certainly don’t mind sharing or entertaining with these when the good stuff runs out, and they’re great to have around the house.
The Long hammer IPA buzz is pretty cool too, it takes some time to get worked up, but once there it can be a bit of a goofball with smiles on the face, stupid joking and some ridiculous laughter. Very social and good spirited.
I’ve seen Long hammer IPA get harshly criticized on other opinion forums for being a low IBU IPA, claiming it somewhat of a fraud. I get that a little, it’s not the most hoppy IPA out there, but it was originally made in the early ’80s when there weren’t many samples to compare it to or emulate. Think back to the early 80’s – even the coolest of things came out with some questionable stuff. My first car was a 1984 928S Porsche, the brand’s first front mounted water cooled engine car that was to replace the 911 series. That car had a mess of problems; it was huge, powerful, had a tremendous amount of mechanics and was expensive for its time. Eventually the model and other front mounted spinoffs were discontinued in favor of 911’s return, but I loved that Porsche! I still think about it with good memories, even though one of my wheels fell of while driving it.
Sure, today’s Porsches are sick, gorgeous, boast over 500hp compared to the 213hp of the day and have benefited from the evolution of modern mechanics and computertechnologies – but who wouldn’t want to drive around in an old badboy for a day? Think about that when picking up Long hammer IPA, it’s a rugged classic.