PW's Year of Beer: Redhook Long Hammer IPA

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at

At one time, the go-to beer style for American beer drinkers was the pilsner, a simple, crisp, refreshing beer that tends to be low on flavor and big on quenching your thirst. But things are changing. Among modern craft beer enthusiasts, the go-to style of choice is probably the IPA, a dry, bitter style of beer that boasts assertive flavor while still managing to have good drinkability. Just about every craft brewer makes one, and there is surprising variety in the style. Red Hook’s take on this popular brew, Long Hammer, aims for approachability. Gentle, pine-like bitterness cuts through buttered toast sweetness, yet does so with a soft touch. Those who want to be assaulted with hops will want to look elsewhere, but for a simple, easy drinking IPA that will go well with your backyard BBQ, it’s hard to go wrong with Long Hammer. See for yourself at Garrett Hill Ale House.

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