gmcase (115) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a blonde almost pilsner color with less carbonation. Some hops, not many malts. A little below average IPA but still not bad at all really. Thanks to Eric for the cookout and the brew.
shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6/29/2007: Redhook Long Hammer IPA pours a clear, golden/pale iced tea color with a lingering, slightly off-white head that leaves some light lacing. The aroma and flavor indicate a fresh, floral, grapefruit, and light pine hop presence. There is also a bit of toasty caramel malt in the flavor. The bitterness level is mild to moderate; just enough to make this beer interesting. The only downsides are that the body seems a bit thin and watery from time to time and there is also a tinge of a metallic edge in the finish sometimes. Overall this beer is average, but still pretty good and quite drinkable.
12 oz bottle (sample) at the River’s Bend Wine & Spirits weekly beer tasting. Thanks Matt (mball581)!
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My buddy, Cornfield, provided the bottle then proceeded to bad-mouth the contents pretty thouroughly. Surprisingly, though, I found this to be a rather satisfying and sessionable brew. Aroma of light citrusy hops appeals to me. The pour is typicaly attractive with a substantial and lingering white head. The flavors are all there...caramel, citrus and pine...if a bit timid and lurking shyly in the shadows. Of course, the body is too thin and watery, but they can’t ALL be big beers. I therefore declare this beer to be better than a 36 percentile beer...please break into small groups and discuss!
amc3000 (47) - alhambra, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The ipa has been lost in the myriad of imperial double triple mega brews of this hour.
A decent ipa with a mellow aroma and taste. Not over hopped, nor overly malty. It is a good example of a basic ipa.
Eckato (147) - Gulfport, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice amber color with some decent carbonation...the head is lacking to none. I am getting pine in the aroma...just faint notes..but there. But the aroma is very subtle. The flavor is balanced...and the pine is coming through again. This is very drinkable, albiet laid back. Not at all bad, but not memorable.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear yellow amber with fizzy withe head. Faint citrus aroma, pine and hemp taste with a slight hoppy taste to the finish.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft @ Lucky Buck’s Burgers San Diego. Aroma is light with a nice tinge of fresh hoppiness. Pours Golden with a 1 finger tan head. Taste is sweet and crisp. This is a mellow fresh IPA, not too bad at all.
Flanny (24) - Severn, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 The label caught my eye at a local micro source, so I ponied up $8 for a sixer. Bubbleflubber’s RH rep had it right; this is indeed a Lowest Common Denominator brew. It tastes OK--hop presence far exceeds run-of-the-mill domestics, but so what? Think Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA reduced to 15 minutes, and this is what we have here. Best point is the aroma--hoppy, spicy, flowery. Flavor doesn’t match.
bubbleflubber (1700) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Disappointing... completely underwhelming. Talked with the Red Hook rep personally about the brew, and when he asked my favorite IPA’s, he didn’t classify this in the same league as my "bar-raisers". He said this is "more of an all-around, introductory IPA" for all-around palates. He was right. It pours a light tea hue with sudsy foam, small retention, and decent lace. Floral nose. The flavor lacks any real malt, grapefruit or "body". It feels thin and watery, relying on a decent, light pine-hop finish that lasts a moderate time. Feels devoid of substance, honestly. Decent hop work, but that’s about all... a good IPA can’t rely on that alone.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draft) Good basic IPA...Pours light gold/amber with one finger of white head. Fruity and flowery aroma. Mouthfeel medium-light, light touches of prickliness. Flavor is a medium bitter bite overlaying fruits and flowers, light caramel underneath. Flowery hops delivered through nasal passages. A pretty nice, hoppy IPA.