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

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1,663 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,663
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 67
Gots: 85 | 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:
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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Auraan

Arizona

4.99/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice cloudy amber with a finger's worth of off-white head. Scent was diacetyl and rye malt. The taste began with a hit of sweet malt, blending into rye spiciness nicely as the sip progressed. The hop profile is of grapefruit and pine and was present throughout the sip. Bitterness increases towards the end of the sip and ends with a nice bitter aftertaste that is quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is good, with a low carbonation that makes for easy sipping and let's the flavors of the beer shine through. It's neither too thin nor too thick. An all around excellent rye IPA and a good double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 06:45:10 | More by Auraan
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scaping28

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Here goes my first review. He'Brew RIPA lures you in with it's label. Get one and read the tribute to Lenny Bruce. I picked one up at my favorite gas station/beer haven, PJ's in Sylva, North Carolina. 3 days and 5 bombers later I can tell you the label is just the beginning.

It poors thick and owns one of the most attractive heads I've seen, nearly as dark as the beer sitting up on top like whipped cream. Immediate pleasing aroma of hops fills the room. Hopped Up is my best description. There's an "Obscene" amount of the flower in this brew. Greg at PJ's describes it as "Chewy". You sense the 10% abv immediately by it's warmth not by it's flavor. You can't slam this one. Make sure you have nowhere to be for a while.

Hop Heads everywhere would become addicted immediately. For me it was love at 1st sight. I hope I don't have to drive 700 miles to get my next one.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 12:21:29 | More by scaping28
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bonsreeb85

Colorado

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful 3 finger head white foam head off my initial pour into my favorite New Belgium Snifter. this beer presents a very deep cherry-oak color.

S - resiny, piney and citrus hops are the central focus in the nose, they come flooding out of the glass. rich caramel malts come running through reeking of cavity-giving sweetness. this beer smells like a dank-ass barleywine w/ some rye bread in the mix as well.

T - spicy and bitter. lots of rye flavor that really shows up as a nice backdrop for the over-the-top-hop insanity.

MF - creamy and lucsious, full bodied. perfection! this one rolls down with ease

D - running and hitting on all cylinders, this one smells, looks, tastes, and goes down like a champ! beware of the 10 percent(can't taste it)
At this price, why am i just now discovering this gem? more i say more!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 01:00:40 | More by bonsreeb85
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper with a mammoth creamy head of tan foam. Very solid and excellent lace. Nose is big pineapple and mango, with some caramel tones. At first blush, flavour seems to be a bit weak in comparison to the nose, but there's definitely some dark sugars, some grapefruit hops and solidly bitter finish. Alcohol comes through as well. Seems to grow on me though, and after a couple of sips I have to revise my initial impression. What this doesn't have is the big, puckery, resinous hoppy bite that many DIPAs have, replacing it instead with a smoother, better balanced flavour. Not at all harsh, but still with some good hoppy flavour. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of the DIPA range as well - no over-the-top syrupiness. This is as drinkable a DIPA as you're gonna get - smooth, good flavours and not at all rough on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 18:13:13 | More by allergictomacros
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

He'brew Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA has an extremely thick, foamy, beige head, a clear, amber appearance, some tiny streaming bubbles, and a lot of thick lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of pungent, sweet malt and hops, some citrus, hop oil, underlying alcohol, and brown bread. The taste is all that, plus a strong hop bitterness, rye spice, dates, caramel, and candy sugar. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and He'brew Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA finishes semi-dry, pleasant, and surprisingly drinkable. This is simply a perfect beer, if there ever is one, and I recommend it in the most strenuous way! Wow!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 15:21:33 | More by RonaldTheriot
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NWer

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 04:28:09 | More by NWer
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jeffjeff1

California

4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Whole Foods the other night. I spent a lot on beer that night. lol

Appearance- amber color, nice head, nice lacing, nice head retention

Smell- hops, pine, malts

Taste- spicy hops, malt

Mouthfeel- full bodied, dry, very well balanced

Drinkability- Excellent! I love it. It was pure heaven in my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 22:15:35 | More by jeffjeff1
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TheSeeker61

Georgia

4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta and wow was it a great treat.

The appearance was an amber brown with a half inch head which hung around.

The smell was dark fruit with roasted malt.

The taste was a balanced malt/hop.

The mouthfeel was medium.

Overall really enjoyed this brew. I've had it in the bottle and really enjoyed it and having it on cask was exceptionally enjoyable. Got to try it again on cask.

Serving type: cask

10-09-2011 13:54:09 | More by TheSeeker61
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For my Dad. July 27, 2009

Poured from a bomber into a steamed tasting glass.

The color is a deep maroon/red with some gold or orange tint to it when help to the light. Two fingers of head with some nice retention.

The smell is a big heavy on the alcohol at first some nice hops with a malty sweetness. Some subtle wheat or rye flavoring in the background

The taste is a bit sweet at first but some strong hop flavor makes it's mark on your tongue and stays there some a time. As I write this review it is still lingering on my taste buds reminding me I am tasting a big beer. With each sip the malt pronouces itself then leaves the major character to this beer to be the nice hop bitterness. Always a great taste to a hop fan.

The beer is not light but is a bit medium in body and feels good drinking it on a hot night in July. Does have a bit of a slight sting with each sip to remind you of the 10.% ABV but it warms your mouth just a little but never over does it.

I picked this beer up because of the name but ended up being very pleased with the results. A great Double IPA that has it's own character.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 03:51:01 | More by Duhast500
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berpwillie

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brown amber color, slightly cloudy with large white head and lacing. lively carbonation, medium body, and long flavor duration. taste of bread like malts and harsh piney hops.smooth creamy texture. probably one of the smoothest beers i've ever had. if you haven't had this beer before you are really missing out. different from most ipa's i've had, this beer is exceptional!!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 18:39:43 | More by berpwillie
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle pours a radiant copper body with excellent clarity. Generous beige head has suburb retention and laces profusely.

Aroma is luscious, boasting tons of malt, hops, and spicy rye. Orange and tangerine esters dance around with pink grapefruit,spicy pumpernickel and toffee and caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly chewy, with an ideal carbonation that rounds out the malt and hops very well.

Taste has lots of citrusy hops, mostly orange, that balance well with the toffee maltiness. A nice presence of grapefruit hops bitterness is noticed from start to finish and melds sublimely with the spiciness from the rye malt. Some welcome caramel sweetness pokes through from time to time, adding to the tasty complexity. No hint of the 10% abv.

An excellent DIPA with a spicy rye edge. Well balanced, very tasty, and dangerously drinkable. Lenny's is a real winner!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 14:52:31 | More by merlin48
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velosuds

Oregon

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Cost Plus World Market for $5.49.

A-Pours a medium to deep amber-reddish brown color with a two finger, creamy tan head with good retention and ample, pasty lacing. Beautiful appearance.

S-Caramel and spicy rye malts. Hops too. Citrusy and sweet. I love this beer. Very interesting for a DIPA, but I'm not sure that is the proper style. Not that it really matters. I love this beer.

T-God, I love this beer. Very well balanced, yet complex. Hops are aggressive without overpowering the taste buds. Nice rye malt backbone in finish is profoundly sweet. Very distinctive, even surprising. A real treat. No bitter after taste and alcohol content is hardly noticeable, even at 10% ABV. Extremely well constructed.

M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced. Carbonation is perfect.

D-Dangerously smooth given ABV. I prefer to sip this one, especially since the taste and drinkability improve as it warms.

This is among my favorite beers and would rate higher if it were more affordable. Sorry, but as a value conscious CPA the price paid is important to my overall enjoyment of beer. Thankfully, there are many great values and a plethora of choices available.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 02:42:16 | More by velosuds
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froggyfrog

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One tall bomber-sized brown glass bottle wrapped in an event of a label sits proudly on a coaster on my desk, half of its guts splashed in the bowl of my crystal snifter.

In the glass this untamed liquid is aglow with beautiful rich warm ruby tones. Hypnotic carbonation bubbles steadily stream up the sides of the bowl like an army of zombified ants whose only urge is an undeniable compulsion to reach the surface and contribute to the dense ring of sallow foam clinging to the glass left by others before them. This is one of those beers that is almost too visually engaging to drink for fear of ruining the spectacle.

The aromas given off by this beer warrant another five-point rating. There is some subtle spiciness, likely a factor of the rye malt in the grain bill. I'm getting some underplayed West Coast American citrus/grapefruit hop scents and an underlying sweetness.

This brew demonstrates a quiet smoothness throughout that is impressive to say the least. That quality is showcased in the taste and mouthfeel as a light, creamy weightlessness and a flavor that deftly combines such components as cracked peppercorns with light liquid whipping cream and squeezed oranges.

The bitterness and alcohol that earn this beer the name double IPA are in residence, but wrapped up so cozily in the overall "delicacy" of the drink as to be totally approachable even by those who have no sadistic twist of psyche causing them to enjoy alpha-acidic tongue scorchings.

Fantastic.

Lenny Bruce was not afraid!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 04:41:32 | More by froggyfrog
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csniezek

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17%

06-07-2013 05:22:41 | More by csniezek
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DenverBigRed

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +17%

05-31-2013 23:08:47 | More by DenverBigRed
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beerman999999

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17%

07-23-2012 00:17:27 | More by beerman999999
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Chrixsus

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +17%

09-07-2012 06:09:58 | More by Chrixsus
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scottyu27

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +17%

05-22-2013 13:15:12 | More by scottyu27
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Thiestru

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Rich, hazy copper color with a three-finger brownish-white head. (The bottle had gotten a little shaken up the night before opening, which I think accounts for that insanely thick head, at least partially.) The color and head are good enough, but the haziness pushes it right up there to 'exceptional'. Not to mention the generous lacing.

Smell: Rye and hops. I can't wait to try it!

Taste: Wow! This is the best IPA I've had in quite some time, and I've had some good ones in the last few months. Whoever first thought of mixing rye and hops was a hero to the human race, and it seems that Schmaltz Brewing Company agrees, because they've taken that idea and made a masterpiece of it. Seriously. This tastes a lot like a Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, but stronger, and just... bigger. And better. And I love Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, too. First you get those rye malts on the front of the tongue, then it gradually gives way to bitter hops as it goes back. I'm having a hard time describing this because it's so overwhelmingly great.

Mouthfeel: Rather full-bodied and creamy, actually. Very, very good.

Drinkability: I could drink these all day! Enough said.

Get this.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 21:37:36 | More by Thiestru
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +17%

03-29-2014 22:30:50 | More by CWhite
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DmouthCaliBrewz

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +17%

05-11-2013 23:21:43 | More by DmouthCaliBrewz
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, deep mahogany in the middle and bright cherrywood on the outer rim, with a big, whipped-cream head that sticks very well to the sides of the glass. Wonderful nose, full of fruity, doughy goodness (must be the rye) alongside fruity and metallic hops. Very enticing. On the palate, this beer is hugely smooth without having a dextrine feel. Metallic hops, rich caramel hops and yeasty, doughy fruits vye for your attention at the mid-palate. Hop bitterness is big but not acrid or overly acidic; maltiness is substantial but not sweet. Balance is the watchword here, a rare thing in a double IPA. Overall, this beer is great, exactly what a double IPA should be. The rye adds a certain depth to the beer, and every flavor element harmonizes with the others. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 04:52:09 | More by geexploitation
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slader

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +17%

08-03-2013 02:35:08 | More by slader
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Jameswoody

Montana

4.75/5  rDev +17%

05-08-2013 06:54:15 | More by Jameswoody
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patrick802

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +17%

05-08-2014 15:57:30 | More by patrick802
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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