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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,771 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,771
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 71
Gots: 107 | FT: 6
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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Photo of velosuds
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.

velosuds, Sep 24, 2009
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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!

froggyfrog, Aug 30, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

csniezek, Jun 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

DenverBigRed, Jun 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

beerman999999, Jul 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Chrixsus, Sep 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

scottyu27, May 22, 2013
Photo of Thiestru
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.

Thiestru, Apr 24, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

CWhite, Mar 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

DmouthCaliBrewz, May 12, 2013
Photo of geexploitation
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.

geexploitation, Dec 22, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

slader, Aug 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Jameswoody, May 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

patrick802, May 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

bikesandbeers, Feb 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Salud24, Sep 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

calebcabral, Jul 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

IanMcCaul, Aug 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden hue, malty aroma with faint hop floral elements. The taste and drinkability are surprising for a 10% ABV beer. Very good balance between sweet and bitter with a full-bodied (but not cloying) mouthfeel and an excellent roasted / rye complexity in both flavor and aftertaste. I only bought one of these, but wished I'd had another after finishing it.

HeightsEats, Jun 01, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

pinebarons, Apr 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

sevenshubby, Feb 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Soundgyrl, Apr 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

ng85, Nov 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

razorsdescent, Nov 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 21, 2012
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,771 ratings.