Brew Review

Beer Review – Red Hook Long Hammer IPA

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I found myself in Kansas City recently for work. At the Residence Inn, they offer a complementary dinner Monday through Wednesday with your choice of beer or wine. While I might miss my family, I do try to make the most of my trip. So, I found myself with a heaping plate of southwestern chicken, some fresh guacamole and my choice of a mass produced Bud something or other or a Long Hammer IPA. Admittedly, not the craftiest of brews but certainly better than the alternative, I opted for the Long Hammer. The Long Hammer IPA is produced by Red Hook Brewing Company of Seattle, WA. Of course, with a little searching when I got home, I discovered that Red Hook is owned by the Craft Brew Alliance and Budweiser is owns 32.2% of the CBA. So I guess my choice wasn’t entirely free of the Big Beer influence.

Here is what Red Hook has to say about their Long Hammer IPA:

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.

I found the Long Hammer to be…

  • Appearance: Clear, golden color with a minimal amount of foam.
  • Aroma: Malty with citrus notes and maybe a little honey.
  • Taste: Crisp and somewhat refreshing with almost no bitterness in the finish.
  • ABV: 6.2%

The Long hammer was not very flavorful but was a good complement to my southwestern chicken. I call this a lawnmower beer but the high ABV might preclude it from being one.

2 replies »

  1. Tell the good readers what really happened:

    You found yourself in Kansas City. While taking a relaxing stroll towards a well-regarded BBQ joint you found yourself being tailed, and eventually chased, caught, tackled, and almost eaten by former Eagles and current Chiefs head coach, Andy Reid. Seems Coach Reid signed on with a local beer distributor which provides him with VIP tickets to every BBQ competition in and around Kansas City in return for his promotion of CBA brews (including, of course, Red Hook).

    Apparently he’s taking his promotion/marketing responsibilities very seriously. All the free BBQ he can eat is quite an incentive.

    And the beer… well, you kind of summed it up. Nothing interesting going on. It’s a mediocre IPA at best in a landscape overflowing with many, many truly great ones. Why bother?



    • You are quite correct. One cannot walk the streets of KC without the fear that Andy will come menacing. As respects the Red Hook, while I wouldn’t seek it out, given the choice between two beers and the other is Bud Light, I would gladly accept a glass of Red Hook.


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