He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Reviews: 868
Hads: 1,883
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 81
Gots: 176 | FT: 5
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 06-07-2006

A Double India Pale Ale with Rye Malt brewed in tribute to Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider 1925-1966).
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Reviews by CaptMaelstrom:
Photo of CaptMaelstrom
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark orangey-brown color, good beige head, lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of fresh lemony, grapefruit, herbal aromas. Toasty. Doesn't fade much.

T: Can't tell if there's a malt or hop taste first, the two are pungent and balance each other well. Grapefruit, lemon, flowers. The alcohol is hidden very well. Strong bitter aftertaste.

M: Carbonation not too strong, not too weak. A good medium body, a little oily, but it it might be all the alpha acids jammed in this beer.

O: The most surprising part of this beer is that it's 10% ABV! I'd never have guessed. The double hop (609 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Panda_Brew
4.96/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, this beer smells so good even a foot away from the glass at zero hour. What a beer, brewed with a completely reverent lack of respect in good company. I think He'brew's best offering

A: Huge four finger cream head coming out of the glass and a beautiful burnt golden amber red - you can see through it but the color is so beautiful, why would you try?

S: Caramel malts like the smell of the crisped brown sugar apple sugar mix coming from the bottom of a fresh apple pie. It's just stupid beautiful.

T: Huge flavor in all directions with just a kick of booze, which at 10% is well blended. Those toasty brown sugar notes come out with some slight grapefruit and bitterness to keep it all in check. The taste and nose dance as one, taste being the stronger; yet scent is the lead - as she is the more elegant of the two. Every ingredient complements the last, as a whole, everyone takes a bow - and not the just ingredients, effects too. The rye adds the slightest hint of spice and stickiness to bring it all together; like a good director it gives the spotlight to the other roles but you know damn well its the reason this whole thing came together. The bitterness completely compliments the sweetness and the booze slices the body - impeccable!

M: Also wonderful, the sticky malt bill is beefed up by the slick booze coating, then IBU convinces saliva and booze to turn on the young and naive rye - carbonation throws a punch too - leaving only bitterness and alcohol burns in the aftermath. Your mouth tightens around your tongue more and more the longer you prolong your next sip. One of the best beer experiences I've had.

O: What's to say that hasn't been, get this beer. It's great fresh, I can only imagine three years on it... Everything that anything with rye in it should be. It's like a more refined version of the Under Cover Investigation Shut Down ale - I dont love rye, so this gives me faith. F**k yeah! 97 (1,986 characters)

Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best if not top two or three rye IPA's around, lots of flavor and great nose. (90 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hoppedup for sending this one up my way,a beer contract brewed in NYC but not available in the Buffalo area odd...This poured a brilliant rich deep amber with a large well sustained off white head that left perfect rings of lace as it settled slowly.Loved the aromas it wasnt just a hop blast in your face there was caramel like sweetness anddark fruit underneath the big resiny,piney hop profile.Thick sticky sweet mouthfeel it just coated the mouth in sweetness,to me it tasted like an extremely hoppy American barley wine full lush somewhat sweet and extremely piney and resiny in the finish.Well this one gave me a little bit of a headache this morning as I drank the bomber down knowing this could hurt a little in the morning oh but its a good pain,a damn nice beer. (782 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap here at the Yard House in Virginia Beach.

Appearance: reddish dark amber. Head retains very nicely.

Smell: definitely has the classic IPA pine smell. With a hint of rye.

Taste: The rye comes through here but its not like most rye beers, which I liken to drinking rye bread. The hops balance it very nicely here.

Mouthfeel: not overpowering, but the hops linger more than the rye. Which I'm quite fine with.

Overall: Have now gotten this two nights in a row. I hope I can find this back in WI...

Update: unable to find this back home, so I got another pint at the Yardhouse. Perhaps its because of the Rogue swill I had tonight, but I think I underrated this. Spectacular. I've kept the review to reflect my initial tasting. (736 characters)

Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RoyalT
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a bright, almost shiny brown in color. The head was awesome. It wasn’t huge but was a cool-looking dirty dirty white and stubborn as hell.

Smell – There’s little rye to be found in the nose. You can tell there are a lot of hops in here but they don’t blossom out of the glass. There’s also a pleasing grainy base that at least offers balance to the smell.

Tasty – The super-sized hops come out huge at the taste. The citrus in particular stands out as being well done. The rye isn’t big but is well done. It’s a bit more flavorful than the Hop Rod.

Mouthfeel – This is big in the mouth, almost full-bodied, with some good bitterness and the promise of a short aging stint in a cellar.

Drinkability – This is very drinkable for a big beer, and make no mistake this is a big, big beer. Don’t try to eat anything with it. (863 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first review for a He'brew, a 12oz bottle.

Appearance- Dark ruddy bronze/red with an alarmingly rising head that leaves thick chunks of lace on the glass. Don't pour too aggresively or it'll end up on the floor!

Smell- Fruity sweetness hits first followed by caramel malts, cherries, some alcohol not quite hidden by the sweetness. There is quite a lot of alpha hop aroma around too. Floral and some citurs as well. I can tell I'm gonna like this one.

Taste- Creamy; thick and creamy as hell. The sweetness is predominant but perfectly balanced by the hops. The alcohol warms nicely and the hops come through with a nice taste to match the smell, floral and citrus. Caramel and cherries come through nicely too. This is one well hopped and malted brew, both very well balanced. I like it!!

Mouthfeel- I've always had trouble describing mouthfeel so have patience with me here. The carbonation is just right, not too bubbly nor too flat like some stouts. It plays nicely in your mouth. The creaminess is the main attraction to the mouthfeel, it just slides down like something much thicker.

Drinkability- Obviously I love this brew and even at 10%ABV I could drink it all night (at home). He'brew has made a bold statement in the Double IPA market and I can't think of too many I like better. If you can find this one, get it and get as many as you can. My local IGA got a 2 cases and I'm gonna buy one for the cellar. (1,427 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of JacobMutberg
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber...double IPA brewed with rye malt. Pours into my glass a deep amber orange/red color with a nearly reverse cascading head that forms into a perfect inch of creamy foam on top of the brew. Sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass. This one just looks good. Aromas start with rich, dense malts consisting of caramel and spicy rye grain. Big pine resin hops merge with citrusy notes as well.

First sip brings a rush of somewhat sweet caramel laced malt along with a nice somewhat spicy rye grain flavor as well. The hops come in fiercely with a big bitterness and lots of pine flavor. Some citrus and grapefruit flavors float in and out as well. It flows down with a heavy bitterness and a touch of sting from the alcohol. A big, tasty brew with a nice dose of rye flavor that gives it a good twist.

Mouthfeel is big and thick with a nice mellow carbonation. This brew makes itself known on the palate approaching the viscosity of a barleywine. Nice and chewy, somewhat of a sipper but it still goes down easily. Not something I would drink everyday but it's a tasty beer all the same and a cool tribute to Lenny Bruce. Glad to see He'Brew putting out some more extreme brews and look forward to more! (1,221 characters)

Photo of blitz134
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cararmel with plenty of reddish highlights, nice clear body. Nearly white head came on strong and overflowed my glass a little. I tried to slurp up the extra but to no avail. Reduces to a thin layer with some random bubble clumps. Coats the glass almost entirely with a sheet of lace. Really nice looking brew here.

Aroma seems quite balanced to me. Lots of hops and a good dosing of malts. Citrus sweet hops, tangerine with some subtle grapefruit. Sweet caramel and biscuit maltiness. Has a resinous hint to it and the fleeting aromas of alcohol comes in at the end.

Tons of hops come through, pine and high alpha acid citrus hops attack the tongue. Fairly well balanced though, the biscuity malts and rye bread base keeps this one in check. Finish is sharp and crisp, mostly from the rye. Alcohol is evident as it sits on the tongue but dissappears once swallowed as the hop bitterness begins to take over.

Medium bodied but coats the mouth well and a resinous hop bitterness lingers for a while. Good carbonation level for this brew, not too much since the rye adds plenty of crispness.

Drinkability is really good in my opinion. There are some notes of the alcohol but the bitterness covers it up well. Inviting hop flavor that isn't too sweet and fruity. Goes down easy, good stuff... (1,306 characters)

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of nickadams2
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours a deep hazy orange with a thick creamy head. Nice lacing.

S_ Sweet malt, hops and a strong alcohol burn.

T_ More complex and in a weird way balanced than the smell. Sweet malt and bitter hops complement each other but dont cancel each other out. Theres more than enough of each to let you know its there. Citrus of the hops and the sweet caramel tasting malt blend well and neither one overpowers the other.Not as much alcohol as the smell indicates.

M_Thicker than I expected and coats the mouth nicely.

D_Drinks well for the 10 ABV more than a bomber might be overkill but not absurd.

For just over five bucks a bomber this is a quality beer that wont hurt your wallet. (684 characters)

Photo of JasonA
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep carmel with solid 2 fingers of tan head.

Smells an floral hoppy alcohol. Malt does come through after further inspection.

Malt, hops ..., hops ..., alcohol ..., alcohol. Nic boquet on the tongue. Tastes fresh. Would be interested to see what some time did to this.

Medium bodied, good carbonation. Creamy carbonation sitting in the mouth.

Im not completely sold on DIPAs Damn are they a sipping brew. Very tasty to me as a change of pace, though Im not sure Im sold on many of then in a period of time. (527 characters)

Photo of HopticalDeployment
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is right off the bat a stunner...

Quality brew. Good body, excellent finish and residual finish. 10% is much appreciated with no negative Esther. (158 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured nice dark bronze color. Good head retention.
Very powerful taste. Overwhelmingly thick flavors. Hops up front followed by smooth, sweet malty backbone.
Pleasant aftertaste. Drinks way too easy to be a 10% ABV beer.
Incredible. Local beer store was clearing it out and I bought the last one. Will be on the lookout for more. (332 characters)

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy orange/rust color with white head and lace.

S - A lot of alcohol and rye. In addition there is some sour/dark fruit aromas and hints of caramel.

T - The initial flavor that hits you is bitterness. The bitterness transitions into rye flavor and then into prunes and oranges. A little bit of Caramel/toffee finishes it up. After the sip, the bitterness still lingers.

M - Nice round, thick body with medium carbonation. This beer feels really good on the tongue.

O - Really solid brew. For the abv, this is fairly drinkable. The beer was enjoyable the whole way through and I would definitely drink it again. The rye aroma and flavor really add something to make this and tasty brew. (696 characters)

Photo of Lazaro
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Todd
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"I don't know about you but I enjoy the way our tax money is being spent to arrest, indict, convict, imprison, parole, and re-imprison (marijuana smokers). I'd just piss it away on beer, anyway."

– Lenny Bruce

Out of the bottle (22oz bomber) and into the glass, the beer pours a very rich, vibrant, copper-colored brew with a seemingly thick consistency, shown by the sluggish carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Topped with a very healthy, thick, slightly off-white foam head, the beer’s lacing is tight, creamy, sticking to the glass, and retaining very well. Complex piney and resiny hop nose with gentle floral notes and bit of a peppery and spicy rye edge tucked within. Aroma suggests something sweet, with malty caramel upfront, loads of enticing ripe fruits, then alcohol. Oh, sweet alcohol.

The first sip introduces something smooth and creamy to the palate, but beneath lies something very powerful. Mouthfeel is dense, chewy, syrupy, and slick with candied-fruits and a massive malty backbone with caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. The heat (perceived alcohol) on this one is quite high, with a big 10 percent alcohol spice that melds well with rye bread crust flavors, rounded with berry-like fruity esters that make your heart skip a beat. The palate is then subjected to a salty, sticky hop resin with a sharp citric edge that smacks of half a pink grapefruit with ten sugar packets on it—prepared like your grandma would have. Hops character is actually quite complex, continuing with some dry aspirin. Rye and bready flavors become more pronounced in the linger, as the beer dries and sheds a near carob character across the palate. Alcohol gets a bit fumy and warming. Finish is oily, resinous, herbal, raw, and wanting of more.

This is an "Extreme Beer" and a Double IPA that dances on American-style Barleywine borders, with its aggressive hops and strength. It might be a bit too much for many to handle, and the fact that it’s packaged in a 22oz bomber bottle means that you’ll want to share it with friends. Keep chilled, serve cool in snifters, sip, and enjoy as the beer unfolds in your warm hands. Available for around $6 a bottle, which makes it affordable enough to try. (2,219 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a ruby amber with a frothy off white head that laces the glass.

The aroma is acidic fruitiness, caramel and a little rye (probably because I'm looking for it) mixed with hop bitterness and some alcohol.

The flavor is a little sweet fruit with some caramel and rye maltiness and some fusel alcohol. Hop bitterness pervades the taste but is not overwhelming, leading to a long bitter finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety.

Overall, I was a bit let down. There's a good amount of bitterness but this is not well balanced. There's a smorgasbord of flavors but they are rather disjoint and not well blended. (652 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt, 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no born on or freshness date that I could find.

Appearance: The body had a beautiful deep reddish amber color with just a slight chill haze. On top sits a nice creamy light tan head that fades slowly down to ring of bubbles. It makes for some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma has a big robust, bready/ roasted grain malt presence with plenty of strong resin hop notes and a noticeable sweet alcohol as well.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor has a very solid malty body up front. It brings sweet and roasted grain, bready and rye notes as well as some sweet alcohol. Hops flavor starts to add balance in the middle before tacking over in the end. The hops add some piney and resiny notes to the sweet warming alcohol and rye notes in the slow lingering finish. It has a full body with a thick, rounded chewy texture that hangs onto the palate.

Notes: This is a big full beer with great complexity and strength. Sip slowly and enjoy!!! (1,031 characters)

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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