Redhook Ale Brewery Long Hammer IPA (365 Day 246)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer, Beer on Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Redhook Long Hammer IPA

I have contested here before that a good American craft beer doesn’t have to be a big beer. I feel that making a well balanced, easy to drink, crisp, and refreshing beer is a tougher task as blemishes cannot be hidden. In spite of my own thoughts, I, at times, fall into the category of wanting a big beer. But not last night. Last night I wanted a refreshing beer to have after struggling to get my fat butt to run two miles.

I turned to Long Hammer IPA by Redhook Ale Company. Per usual, I looked the beer up on the breweries web site to get an idea of what they say the beer should be. Long Hammer is brewed to be an easy drinking IPA with enough hops for the aroma and a touch of bitterness.

The beer, according to those specifications, is carried out well. The drinkability is way up. Refreshing and crisp the beer is great for the times you want an IPA without some of the baggage bitterness. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 7 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 8.3

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