Longhammer IPA comes from Washington’s Redhook Brewery and has been around for 27 years! This American IPA has a 6.5% AB, 44 IBUs and is available nationwide.
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.
Longhammer pours a bubbly golden yellow with an inch of white head. A surprising amount of sediment floats at the bottom of the glass. Sticky lacing is left behind as the beer disappears.
Floral hops come through first in the nose of this beer. Hay and faint hints of honey and strawberries are detectable. As the beer mellows the strawberries become more dominant.
I must admit that I wasn’t quite prepared for what I got when I first took a sip of Longhammer. I knew the beer had been around a while and rumbling on the interwebz were not very positive, but I have to disagree with the majority. A fruitiness sweetness was the first thing I noticed and my original notions of this beer went out the window. Just about the time you notice the fruitiness, the floral hops come through with a hoppy bite. Mild cracker malt hints appear before fading into a straw-like backend. The combination of the sweet and the hoppy work in this beer’s favor.
Mouthfeel is light, but bitey. The beer dries your mouth out quickly and leaves a stickiness in its place. This feeling is kind of off-putting and distracting, especially considering how smooth the rest of the beer was.
I had read some rather negative things about the quality of the Redhook lineup, but I must admit I enjoyed Longhammer IPA. A fruity sweetness sets this beer apart from your standard American IPAs and gives it a uniqueness that you remember. However, the stickiness of the aftertaste hurts its overall grade.
Overall: 6.5 out of 10
As an INDIA PALE ALE: 6 out of 10
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