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RATINGS: 1315   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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The distinctive India Pale Ale style was developed by British brewers in the 1700s in order to create a sturdy beer that could survive long sea journeys to far-flung colonies where troops eagerly awaited the arrival of this sublime liquid refreshment. Long Hammer takes the traditional IPA brewing process one step further by dry hopping, or adding hops at the end of the brewing process 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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wxman (1340) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Pours a slightly cloudy pale goldwith a respectable white head that rings the glass. Aroma is fruity citrusy hops. Taste is dry, pale malt taste without the sweetness. As in the aroma, citrus notes come through. Refreshing, but just a little bitter after the swallow.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Foxbush (1219) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 This IPA was a good looking dark amber. It was not like other IPAs. There was a lack of citrus flavors . It lacked the normal IPA hoppy aroma. I have a six pack so I will add to this evaluation. At this point it is not a memorable IPA. I purchased another 6-pack for Thanksgiving 2007. The citrus flavors were very evident for this brew. The color was much lighter than a dark amber. I wonder if the brewer hasn’t made some changes.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Unless the purpose of this beer is to disappoint me, I do not believe it is successful in its mission. And I slightly resent another review which suggests that Long Hammer should be excused because it is cheap. In my view, it should be avoided because it does not have much to recommend it, regardless of its price. It pours in appearance similar to macro-lager. It is a fairly light yellow with decent frothy head. Aroma is OK; lightly hoppy and promising good things to come. However flavor is extremely minimal. You could try to give this beer some benefit of the doubt by suggesting it is an "English" IPA, but the commercial description, which mentions the transcontinental railroad, pipeines, and skyscrapers leads me to believe that this was intended to be an American IPA, but just seriously missed the mark. Mouthfeel is slightly flat. This beer strikes me as being brewed to be innoffensive for the mainstream beer consumer, of which I doubt there are many on this site. Redhook ESB is a fine beer...and this one is not.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undsioux7 (792) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 Lots of hops in the aroma with some caramel and yeast. Taste is almost all bitter without the nice hop taste.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2007
12 ounce bottle. This is an ale that squanders its promise. On the pour, it appears as though a glass of apple juice, with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is complex and enticing. The main scents are of citrus, floral, and toffee, with a light yeastiness and a hint of freshly-cut Granny Smith apple. The aroma was very promising, setting expectations high. The flavor and palate do not follow, however. The palate is weak. There is something missing in the flavor. First, it doesn’t match the aroma. Second, the main flavor is a weird citrus combination—a cross between orange and grapefruit—but rather subdued. The other flavor is a slight alcohol edge that should not be present. Overall, the flavor that is present is mostly lacking, and very one-dimensional.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Light golden color with a taller milk colored head. Looks more like a strong lager. Lightly toasted malt and lightly herbal hops in the nose. Flavors similar to the aroma. Light sweet malt coupled with very light pine and a generic bitterness. Not a lot to this one. Too little flavor hops and malt depth for me.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2007
I would day that this was a very basic IPA. The hops did not show strong on the nose or the palate. I did not see a true balance between any bitterness on the finish and the sweetness on the front. But the beer was refreshing and not offensive.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2007
From Alefest in Columbus. Clear and gold, with a frothy light head and a strong resin aroma. Fairly light, with a resin, almost pine tar, flavor. Finishes quick though.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JNSTEX (12) - Bryan, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Like some of the other testimonial’s, it’s semi-weak as far as an IPA is concerned, But its drinkable...try it- @ $6.99 a 6 pak ,what do you expect...

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2007
From the tap, sampled at a cold temperature in a restaurant shaker glass. Poured a clear golden with a small foamy white head that quickly dissipated into a fine sudsy lacing. Aromas of orangey and rindy hops with a light sweet pale maltiness. Good carbonation and a crisp, dry, thin feeling, smooth light bodied mouthfeel. Tastes of thin sweet pale, grainy malts, a bare, watery hint of butter, a sweet fruitiness along with a little citric rind, the hops are watery too, a bit lost, fruity alcohol, everything seems a bit out of balanced here, and a dry citric, sweet malty finish. I didn’t really care for this IPA, but did go well with the bland tasting Old Chicago hamburger I had for lunch today.


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