Red Hook Long Hammer IPA

I’ve enjoyed Red Hook beers in the past, so when i saw this one at a bar I thought I would take a gamble on it.  With a name like Long Hammer, I had hoped it would live up to its name.

Red Hook Long Hammer IPA

Red Hook Long Hammer IPA

Pour:

With a hard pour this beer had very little head and what head it did have quickly dissipated.

Appearance:

This beer had a golden color, slightly carbonated with no head or head retention.

Aroma:

Surprisingly for an IPA this beer had almost zero aroma.  It had a very slight citrus sweet smell but not much beyond that… Very disappointing.  For me part of the appeal of an IPA is the aroma.

Taste:

Fortunately this beer tasted slightly better then the aroma, it was slightly buttery, a little citrus, and the subtle flavors were rounded out by a dominant hop bitterness.

Drinkability:

A very mild IPA to say the least, hard to believe it was an IPA.  If there wasn’t label on the bottle I would have swore up and down this was not an IPA.

Tasting Method: 12oz bottle

My Rating: 7.8

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