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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Redhook Long Hammer IPA

Hailing from Woodinville, WA, Redhook Ale Brewing Company has been around for over 25 years with a focused core selection of ESB, IPA, and copper ales and regular seasonal releases.  Today I'm focusing on Redhook Long Hammer IPA.

Redhook Long Hammer IPA poured sandalwood yellow, with a firm white head and curtains of bobbles streaming the sides of the glass.  The nose was lime with hints of pine and even a bit of thyme.

Following through on the nose, Redhook Long Hammer had a dry lime start that faded to a thirst quenching mineral water core.  The malts weren't at all present in the taste, and the ale ended on a light carbonated note.

There isn't a lot more to say about Long Hammer, except while not an outstanding IPA, it is a very good beer to drink and enjoy.  It lacks the boldness of the typical Pacific Northwest IPA, but the lack of malts does make it an easy and refreshing ale with all the core aspects of an IPA in place, if not a little generic.

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