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

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91
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1,655 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,655
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 66
Gots: 84 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Double India Pale Ale with Rye Malt brewed in tribute to Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider 1925-1966).

(Beer added by: mcallister on 06-07-2006)
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Available in Alberta now in the 650 ml bottle. The label is as interesting as the beer, with a little blurb on the side and plenty of inside jokes to be had, really milking the Jewishness of it all. This DIPA pours a lovely mahogany reddish/brown colour, underneath a copious tapioca head. Fine bubbles and plenty of lacing to be had. A great looking double ipa.

The first sniff above the glass gives some extremely malty, almost soy-sauce-like aromas. The rye is undeniable here--it smells like the German rye bread I had this morning. Oh yeah, soya sauce and terriyaki here--a maltiness unlike any other I have tried. After a few more sniffs the hops come out to play, giving a dusty relief to the rye. The malts are delicious though, and the sweetness is delectable. If anything, this is nuanced. The taste really plays on the rye as well, with less bitterness than I expected from a DIPA. Again the similarity to soy-sauce is undeniable, but in the middle the malts balance a little with the hopping and we get a finish not unlike a full-on hoppy ipa. However, the graininess is anomalous. Every aftertaste was like a mouthful of dark rye bread. To me, the hops are a little under-displayed. The mouthfeel is barley-wine, with little carbonation. Full-bodied.

All in all, this seems to miss the mark of a drinkable balance. Interesting to try, but nothing I would drink two of in a row. Unique as it is, there is something missing. Or maybe I'm just not used to all that rye...

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 09:28:01 | More by Cwrw
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A - Poured into an IPA glass. It had about a 1 inch creamy foam head that lasted about 5 minutes. The color. The beer was a wonderful deep amber orange. Fantastic color.
S - Fruit, malt, caramel, rye, spice, maybe even a little pine. The fruit smell lies somewhere between lemon and grapefruit and pineapple.
T - This is where the whole thing changes. At first taste I thought this was going to be the second beer I've dumped (on purpose) in my 20 years of drinking beer (legally). I'm actually very glad I didn't. This beer is a perfect balance of a good IPA and a good barley wine. The hops kind of jump off your tongue while the sweetness brings it back around. The further I got into this glass, the more I loved it.
M - Thick sweet hoppiness that lives up to the bittersweet name.
O - I have a couple more of these thanks to a variety pack and that makes me smile. This is a good beer. I had a great time drinking it and I look forward to the next glass of it.

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