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RATINGS: 1576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bottle: Filtered.
Available unfiltered from the cask at GBBF 2008
Dry hopped with Cascade hops to give a wonderful hop aroma but not the overpowering hop taste. Long Hammer IPA is the beer you find yourself reaching for again and again, no matter what the occasion. Long Hammer pairs nicely with grilled meats, seafood, Mexican, Indian, Thai or other spicy ethnic foods. Available year round.

Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.5%
Malts: Pale, Caramel, Munich
Hops: Alchemy, Cascade, Willamette
Color SRM: 8.5
Bitterness Units: 44.0 IBU
Original Gravity: 14.40 degrees plato
Brewed Since: 1984

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Poured from tap an orange-amber with a small off-white head. Aroma was a muddled aged floral hop, toast, and wet cardboard. Flavor followed with a slightly bigger floral hop presence, a somewhat malty body and a lingering dry bitter finish. Overall tastes like it could have been a nice hoppy IPA but had aged and oxidized slightly letting in some off flavors and toning down the better hop aromas and flavors. I think I’d skip over this one on most occasions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Pours a pale, cloudy golden brown with a small off white head. Aroma is hoppy, and the taste is citrusy, pine like hops as well but not as strong as most IPA’s. Definitely not the best IPA I have had but it isn’t bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Poured from the 12oz bottle amber in color with an off-white head. aroma is of piney hops. Flavor a slight malt with the same piney hops with a bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UCLAtoucan (6) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 29, 2008 does not count
imagine a good american pale ale, but a little more hoppy yet well balanced....standard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maugus4ever (123) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Pours a light gold with a thin white head. Pretty nice hop aroma, but it lacks the hoppy taste, making this taste more like an American pale ale than an IPA. This is a fairly sessionable IPA, but it is nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
On draft at Player’s Sports Bar in Clairemont. Appearance is clear orange hue, thin white layer of foam, fair lacing. Smell is mostly pale bread malts over very light pine hops, clean and crisp but non-descript. Taste is subtle malts balanced by bittering hops, grains and yeast in the middle, finishes clean. Mouthfeel is light/medium-bodied, watery texture, light carbonation. Drinkability is fair, this feels more like a lightly hopped pale ale than an IPA, some decent balance and easy-drinking, but nothing too exciting going on here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2008
I have had many of these over the years and it fails to dissapoint. Nice sweet caramel malt backbone with a light toast component. Hops are moderate with pine and grapefruit and even a bit of spicy resin. Well put together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Veldy (65) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2008
I had this beer on tap and in the bottle. I must stay that the tap version was FAR better and that is what I am reviewing here. Hop aroma was excellent; a nice combination of American "C" hops. Hop flavor was good. Not really bitter enough for an IPA, but that was made up for with aroma hops and some dryness to the mouthfeel. There was a hint of light to medium caramel, but the sweetness wasn’t strong. I definitely recommend this on tap. I drank this at "Little Angies" in Duluth, MN (Canal Park). If I could rate this beer twice, I would rate the bottled version quite a bit less [I found it in the same area in bottle and am drinking one now, but it is nowhere near what the tap version is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Pours a light orange color with a thin white head. Unusually large bubbles in the carbonation. Obvious cascade hops aroma and flavor, possibly something with a higher acidity lies beneath in the modest bitterness. No real malt charecter for me to speak of. Not hoppy enough for me to seriously classify as an IPA more like a typical NW American ale complete with cascade domination. I do love the cascade hops though and so I would say this is a decent beer. Good for sessioning or mass appeal at a party or something. I would drink again but not worth savoring. Not impressive not offensive kinda average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2008
This is an underrated brew, it’s decently made, understandably not the pinnacle of IPA production, but overall pretty drinkable stuff. Aromas are singularly pine, citrusy, woodsy, some subtle caramelly malts, looks a golden dark amber, a little hazy, pours a big 3 finger soapy head that settles to lacing; flavors are sharp citrus, bittering asparin and some sweetened malts; mouthfeel is a little watered down, but doesn’t detract from the overall experience. Overall good experience, and wouldn’t refuse at a get together or bar.

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