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

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1,636 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,636
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 65
Gots: 80 | 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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kruthy

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +17%

01-28-2012 22:28:35 | More by kruthy
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braedon_peluso

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17%

11-29-2013 06:46:29 | More by braedon_peluso
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lazarogamio


4.75/5  rDev +17%

11-20-2012 04:33:01 | More by lazarogamio
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +17%

04-14-2012 19:55:58 | More by kspongeworthy
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FATH3RH0P5

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +17%

08-08-2012 16:08:13 | More by FATH3RH0P5
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doyle138

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +17%

10-02-2012 13:26:58 | More by doyle138
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beerbart

California

4.75/5  rDev +17%

07-12-2013 01:06:54 | More by beerbart
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BennyThon

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +17%

01-14-2014 00:02:28 | More by BennyThon
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WorldOfBeerCraft

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17%

03-10-2014 01:17:09 | More by WorldOfBeerCraft
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flpiii

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +17%

04-09-2012 01:02:43 | More by flpiii
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +17%

05-18-2013 03:47:58 | More by RoryOMoore
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ParkbrauFan

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +17%

03-11-2014 00:47:36 | More by ParkbrauFan
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LouDogg114

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +17%

01-03-2013 22:58:53 | More by LouDogg114
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17%

09-18-2012 15:51:00 | More by comfortablynirm
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M1k3y

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +17%

03-01-2013 03:19:38 | More by M1k3y
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.--a double IPA with rye malt--has many of the markings of a good double IPA: grapefruit aroma, mixed with hints of pine resin; citrus notes, including orange, lychee nut, and berry; and a good malt backing to help balance the bitterness. In this case, the malt is part rye, and the result is a malt aroma that is part confectioner's sugar, part marble rye bread, part toast, and absolutely enticing.

On the tongue, the brew is immediately sugary (fruit esters including fig, pear, apricot) and full of rye flavor, which brings a spicy earthiness--lemon pepper, rye bread, burnt toast crust--to the brew. The hops--which have to be present in great quantities, since the beer was brewed with seven varieties, and then dry-hopped with three more--actually take a back seat to the rye flavors for the first part of the mouthful. It isn't until late, when the sugars die off, that a good hop base finally comes through, and when it does, it revels in grapefruit and pine flavors, and is superbly nuanced and finely balanced. Just at the end, a hint of burnt toast edges back through. The aftertaste is mainly hops, with a hint of rye, and lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is excellent beer, especially given the price (my bomber wasn't even $7) and the 10% ABV. The beer's only fault is a slight alcohol/vodka tinge around the edges, this thanks to the high ABV. But even that isn't enough to spoil what is otherwise superb fare. Well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 17:07:48 | More by jondeelee
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airheadmtrcycle

Georgia

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know why it took me so long to get around to this highly rated beer, and company for that matter. Anyway, being a big DIPA fan and one with true respect and admiration for Lenny Bruce I'm really excited about trying it. Plus, it's exciting to have so many great beers left to try. And as fate would have it, this is a great beer.

The appearance is really interesting. It's a darker, and deeper orange than some of the DIPAs I've been drinking lately. The head is almost tan, just shy of the tan a porter or stout might have. The head was not huge, but attractive and it leaves lacing all the way down. A sexy looking brew, for sure.

The aroma is harder to describe. The rye is there, but so is a bread dough-like aroma that gets the salivary glands excited immediately. I smell hops, slightly on the pine-y side, but perhaps some lighter citrus notes as well. Not a hop bomb, but more an exquisitely balanced and refined brew.

The taste delivers on all the sexy looks and complex aromas. About half way down I think to myself, this is why I should never get stuck drinking 2 or 3 beers and stop taking chances with my hard-to-come-by expendable income. Sure I've had some big disappointments, but then you try something like this all the waste falls away. This is a special beer! I think it qualifies as a big beer, one that I'm glad I have 3 more left to drink and explore more deeply.

Each sip delivers something new - rye, hops, bread-y malts, spicy alcohol - and it all comes together so perfectly. Perhaps a myopic hop-head might find fault in its lack of huge bitterness, but that's missing the point, I think.

Lenny's RIPA is big, yet subtle, with a medium mouth feel and is quite drinkable despite the high ABV.

Perhaps I'm over-reacting, but I can only think of 2 beers I liked this much on my first try.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 05:20:37 | More by airheadmtrcycle
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gpogo

California

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark amber with reddish tint. Off-white head

A- Lots of malt, Lots of hop. How did all this aroma land in one beer?

T- The rye can really surprise someone not used to rye in beer. The hop bitterness keeps the heavy amount of malt in check. Leaves a bitter alcohol aftertaste.

M- Decent carbonation. Very thick body.

D- A very interesting take on the DIPA. As it is so rich and heavy I'd probably only want to have one or two of these at a time. I highly recommend this as rye leads to an interesting character in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 17:14:18 | More by gpogo
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brewmyster

Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In tulip glass with Saint Agur blue cheese

A-dark amber thin head which disappear to a ring

S-carmel,toffee, fig?

T-malt,carmel,butter,sweet malt (rye malt?, wow,really whatever I love it),slight alcohol but nothing like you would expect at the ABV,hop bitterness at the end

M-syrupy texture,stays on the tongue almost oily

O-this is one of my new favorites, this went AWESOME with blue cheese

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:08:03 | More by brewmyster
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Wasn't expecting this huge head, toppled over the sides of the glass. Beautifully clear copper/orange with a super dense off-white foamy head.

The smell is an intense waft of huge pine and citrusy American hops, as well as a spicy and slightly roasted note.

The taste is a perfect balance between the big bitter hop flavor, the sweet and spicy malt with a tad of roast to it, and the (IMO) perfectly medium/thick body and appropriate carbonation.

The beer is definitely easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 03:13:10 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle as pictured.

A: Big tan, two+ finger head. Deep, dark reddish-copper color that is clear with fine carbonation and fluffy, sticky lacing that clings all the way down the glass.

S: Mildly ripe citrus fruit, pine, malts, and hint of spices mixed in.

T&M: Smooth and ultra creamy. Hop oil slickness in a full bodied taste. Very thick with caramel malts, spicy rye, herbs, mild citrus to toasted freshness. The mild, tangy hop bitterness is perfectily balanced with the malt smoothness. The complex flavors are almost unexplainable.

This stuff is SUPERB! Definitely not quite as good as the fresh growler I had several months ago, however, this is still really good! It has a unique taste, so approach this with an open mind. So thick, you can only have one at a time... maybe two. Great DIPA with a rye twist.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 21:02:15 | More by cdizinno
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Copper with a very light tan head, great retention, awesome lacing. Seriously impressive for a brew of this strength.

S: Huge nose, grapefruit, nectarine, spicy rye bread, toffee, extremely enticing.

T: Piny, resiny hops complement the spiciness from the rye; bready malt, nectarine, tangine, solid bitterness, alcohol is extremely well-hidden. I know it's bigger, but his one blows the Founder's rye brews away.

M: Moderately full body is well-attenuated and extremely smooth, slight hop acidity, off-dry finish. Extremely well-crafted.

D: I absolutely love it, but it's a big brew.

I don't think I've ever said 'extreme' so many times in a single review, yet this is remarkably well-rounded. Playboy may have described it best "F#cking delicious".

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 01:59:38 | More by Derek
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Rippeddisc

Hawaii

4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short review.

Incredibly well balanced dipa. Appearance is standard IPA amber...thick head...not too much lacing on my sample. Biscuity with plenty of grapefruit, raisin bread, and hop kick. Big malty start with tremendous hop finish. Great mouthfeel...thick and lingering. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 07:55:01 | More by Rippeddisc
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TheBear11D

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 6 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a rusty copper to a deep red color with a thick head that leaves wonderful lacing with each sip.

The aroma is well balanced with caramel and rye on the malt side and lights berries and citrus on the hop side.

The flavor follows suit. The ABV is well hidden in the strong flavors presented in the malts and hops. The more this warms the beer shines. There really is nothing to be disappointed about in this beer. The malts greet the tongue and the hops crash the party while both blend well into the aftertaste.

The body is medium to full with great carbonation. This is thicker than anticipated given the high ABV.

Overall this is a wonderful IPA. For some reason the liquor store near me was selling this at a discounted price. Something I was not displeased about. I will certainly pay for another one of these and recommend you give this a try as well even if a DIPA is not one of your favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 23:20:37 | More by TheBear11D
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BrewedEgo

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had at a local burger pub. Poured from tap to chalice.

A- Dark caramel with red tints more reminiscent of a black IPA or porter. Slight head, leaves bubbly lacing.

S- Strong malt-caramel smell, detect faint fruit and floral notes from hops

T- As promised by smell appearance, malt complexity comes first with slightly sour flavor as promised by the rye. Hop bitterness never comes in strongly, resulting in easily drinkable, balanced rye IPA.

Overall, this is a great example of a rye-based IPA. Approachable and tasty especially for those who don't like extremely-hopped IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2013 21:54:22 | More by BrewedEgo
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,636 ratings.