Originally Posted by Wraths Unanimous
So my local Publix started carrying Red Hook Long Hammer IPA. I was pretty excited to try it but it was super meh. I'm not sure if it was just in my head because of bottle design/name, but it tasted like Red Stripe on hops. Anyone else have experience with this brewery?
I really like the new packaging. However, the fact that Red Hook is basically a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch makes this product a "no-buy" for me. The dirty, underhanded **** they pull to screw tiny
breweries around the US is unconscionable, and I simply can't support them in any way, shape or form any longer. That means no Red Hook, Goose Island, Widmer Brothers, Magic Hat or Hoegaarden - for a start.
As far as the product goes, I used to LOVE Red Hook Ballard's Bitter, which was actually one of the first nationally available IPA's I found in America - way back in about 1995 or so. It's morphed a little over the years, and I'm sure the Long Hammer isn't the same as what got me hooked on the style, but the style has changed a bit too over the years, and what was once an India Pale Ale barely is considered a Pale Ale with the two latest Hops Arms Races within the 21st Century Craft Beer Scene.
Until recently I would buy a sixer of Long Hammer if it was on sale and there was nothing else cold at Publix or Sweetbay I wanted, but I wouldn't buy it for any price any more.