Redhook Long Hammer IPA

By on June 9, 2008 @ 4 PM (No Comments)

This is just my second IPA. My first was a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and was a great intro to the style. The style seems to be popping up like mushrooms after a three day rain.

Beer temp. 40.2 F -4.8 C. Used a pint glass and got a 1 1/2 inch off white frothy head that dissipated slowly with fair head lacing. The color was gold-amber and was mostly clear but had a slight haze. Carbonation was soft. The aromas were honey, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, pine, resin and spices. Taste were pretty thin malts and a whole pot full of bitter. Initial flavor was light sweet, heavy bitter and a light tart. Finish was light acidic and heavy bitter. The finish was long, the mouthfeel was dry and the body lacing was good. On our malt to hop scale I gave it an 8 out of 9. I didn’t find it repeatable, barely drinkable, not memorable, no wow factor and wouldn’t buy it again.

Although this was just my second IPA I found that it lacked the great malty depth of the DFH 90 MIN IPA to balance the hops which gave me the 8 of 9 on the malt to hop scale while the DFH was a 6 which is just to the right of balanced. The aromas I pulled out were 7 with 5 of them hop aromas. I have to admit that after about 1/3 of a bottle the finish never left my mouth completely but abated somewhat, it kicked in hard and high with every new sip and lasted well into the next two beers which were mildly hopped. That’s way too long a finish for me.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA Rating: 2 out of 10 (?)


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