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Red Hook Long Hammer IPA -- Eeeeeh if you want to say you're an ale drinker, it will let you pretend

  • Nov 29, 2010

How does it look? How's the color? Clarity? Head?

  • Clear, very little head, more golden like a pilsner

How's the nose (smell)? Sweet, spicy, fruity?

  • Noticeably grassy, no real malt or citrus sweet and no obvious hoppy bitterness

How does it taste? Malty? Hoppy? Fruity? Chalky?

  • In as much as there is a taste, it happens at the end.  As far as my tongue goes, it has the same general taste and feel of a Corona until the finish--the aftertaste isn't strong, but that's where Red Hook stores the hops that allow them to even consider calling this an IPA

Is it full-bodied? Medium bodied? Weak? Clean?

  • Weak-medium bodied, a bit too clean, the aftertaste is pleasant but not long lasting enough

Where did you buy it? How much was it?

  • Birmingham, AL $10 for six-pack bottles

What do you think overall? Would you buy it again?

  • Overall it is a weak beer.  For someone more accustomed to light (lite) beers, this one will feel heavy, but for ale and stout drinkers this will barely register.  It doesn't taste bad, but what taste there is simply isn't bold enough to do more than kind of whisper that it's there.  Dram for Dram, if it's less expensive than Corona, then go ahead and get this one--at least it doesn't need the lime.  I won't be buying it again.

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