Sampled: 12 oz. can (full disclosure: sample provided by brewery)
Description:"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." — Redhook Ale Brewery
The tasting: Bright golden orange in color, crystal clear, with a white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of citrus and piney hops with caramel malt. Very simple and straightforward, but quite nice. Flavor mirrors the aroma with the addition of coriander and light notes of musty yeast. Bitterness is light (for an IPA) and a touch of alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Long Hammer IPA is light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated and finishes with light grapefruit hop bitterness.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! Back in the days of big hair, 44 IBUs might have placed Long Hammer in the category of in-your-face beers. Nearly 30 years after its inception, it's at the low end of IPA style guidelines for bitterness. It's hoppy, but if you're looking for a hop bomb, you'd be best served looking elsewhere. If you've never tasted an IPA, this would be good place to start. Long Hammer is widely available in the Northwest. Now that it's in available in cans, it's an even better option for outdoor adventures.
Have you tried Long Hammer? What's your favorite canned IPA?