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

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Ratings: 1,813
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 81
Gots: 139 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber red with a tall and thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely as it goes. The aroma is of strong roasted malts along with a big and bold hoppy bitterness at the end. It tastes of very rich roasted malts, some fruit and then a really well balanced but still hoppy aftertaste that is extremely enticing. It has an excellent mouthfeel - very crisp and smooth at the same time which is nice for a beer this big. It has the right amount of carbonation as well. Very drinkable double IPA but not as drinkable as some due to its high abv and well worth a try.

Photo of Ladybugger
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilly cellar-temperature bottle into a goblet. Pours a lovely ruby brown, clear with sparse bubbles. No head, just a tan ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aroma is of caramel malt, earthiness, and citrusy hops. This beer is hoppy enough to tingle, but not unpleasantly. Initial slight sweetness yields to huge hop flavor, piney, critrusy, floral, wow. An interesting maltiness underlies the flavor, and I can only assume that what I am tasting is the rye. This medium bodied beer doesn't coat the mouth much, but the flavor of the hops certainly lingers for some time. This beer is loud and interesting, one to savor rather than enjoyed bottle after bottle.

Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Wow! This beer pours with an absurdly prodigious head, this one needs to be poured gently! The head is very fluffy, and leaves nice chunks of lacing on the way down. The smell is also quite nice, I get fruits, hops, rye, a touch of alcohol, and some caramel malts. The taste is very smooth, with some nice tropical hops interacting with the rye and caramel malt flavors to make a very balanced, drinkable brew. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Not incredibly hoppy, but a nice balanced DIPA that's not too sweet or too malty.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, especially for how high ABV a brew this is! The carbonation level is moderate, and the mouthfeel is medium-heavy, it's all together pleasant on the mouth. The drinkability is honestly just about right for the ABV, it goes down fairly easily. Another great, reasonably priced brew from He'Brew, this is a great beer that, although not being a hop bomb, is a very pleasant beer that goes down nicely for the ABV.

Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber brown with a small light tan cap that has subpar retention. Leaves a nice coat of fine lace.

S- Huge blast of caramel malt. Hops are there and are mostly earthy and grassy. Smells like an old ale. Aroma has high strength. Very slight apricot.

T- Nice caramel malt blast and hop presence. Hops lend high bitters and some earthy flavor. Dark fruit and strong malt flavor of a barleywine also comes in. I get some fruit notes as well and definite grass. Rye lends some flavor and spice.

MF- Nice and warm. Fairly thick creamy body with moderate carbonation. Bitters coat the palate along with hop flavor.

DB- Great price and very well hidden ABV. The flavor is big, like a barleywine and is very nice. The rye works well with the caramel malt. Easily worth a shot. One bottle is enough but still drinkable.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Nice,lightly hazy,rusted amber body beneath 2 inches of strong,beige head with sticky,ring-like lacing.

S-Smells of fruitcake,muted citrus,toffee and pink peppercorns.

T-Really malt forward DIPA.Sweet and bready.Brown sugar,whole grain toast,candied grapefruit and earthy rye spice.

M-Dry and medium bodied with a malty sweetness and sharp rye spiciness.

D-Really good drinkability for 10% ABV.Well hidden
alcohol with no burn.

Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep amber or copper color with a decent half finger's width head that dissipated into a frothy cap leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell is nice and complex. Nice citrus hop bouquet up front with a big backbone of malt. The hops are big, but so is the sweetness of the malt, smells very tasty.

Taste is big on the hops with a nice malt sweetness up front and a lingering dry, bitter finish. Very well balanced for a DIPA, many can be too sweet but this one delivers just the right amount of hops with a balanced background of malt sweetness. Nice caramel sweetness from the malt contributes to the big, nearly chewy, mouth feel. You can definitely taste the rye and alcohol in the aftertaste as the palate lingers with a bitter, grainy and hoppy flavor.

Overall, a pretty good and well balanced DIPA!

Photo of KarlHungus
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark mahogany color, with a large fluffy off white head that recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma of citrus, pine, with some nice spicy rye in the background. The taste is probably more bitten than any other beer I have had to date, not that I mind though. The sip is piney, citrusy and has a more pronounced rye character than the aroma. The aftertaste is completely bitter. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a fine beer, and I would buy it again.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Another He’Brew Bomber that I instantly recognized, despite the fact that I had never seen it before. The main label has a theme that is heavily based on old theatre exteriors. Even the name He’Brew “PRES*NT$! BITTERSWEET LENNY’S R.I.P.A.”, in a tight Arial font is set against a backdrop of an old backlit magnetic letter style sign so often seen outside older Cinema’s. Described as “A Double India Pale Ale with Rye Malt” and “Brewed with an obscene amount of malts and hops”. Drops in after prayers at 10% ABV. It is worth noting that the silhouette of the late great Lenny Bruce on the neck label, is taken from a Miami Police photo from 1951 when he was arrested for impersonating a Priest….love the irony there!! Oh yeah and it is Kosher Certified, if case you didn’t already expect that.

Appearance: Has a gelatinous pour, a thick gooey viscous liquid ‘gloops’ as it slowly evacuates the bottle and sits into my glass with the minimal of splashing around. A ruddy and bloody tan colored milky Espresso mass of carbon dioxide swirls and slowly settles once the pour is ended. Eventually the head separates from the liquid. A rich deep auburn red body is super clear with a healthy dose of streamers which adds “life” to the appearance. The tan colored looks incredibly impressive, the head laces with each drink and swathes the glass walls with thick matt like crusty ledges each supported by cobweb like archway and thick bubbles that never seem to want to burst, such is the thickness of the surface. This one has a fantastic demeanor.

Nose: Alcohol and a healthy dollop of hops take no prisoners. You don’t need to empty the lungs and breathe in hard to “get this” – moreover the aromas head out of the glass and come looking for you…..it’s like a “Terminator Nose”….it never stops until it finds your nose and expunges all traces of modern day Apartment odors and replaces them with Hops are here but not overwhelming, warm malts, rich toffee, mild nutty backend, spiced caramel, hot alcohol soaked wild berries and a hint of anise. Maybe it is the use of Rye malts that cancels out some of the hop aroma (because the hops are there in the flavor believe me!!). Whatever the technical reason, the nose is just bloody gorgeous.

Taste: Unlike the nose, where maybe the alcohol and malts “dominate”, the hops soon get chance to take centre stage, and they do. The alcohol is here, and it is 10% but it is neatly kept in check by the malts, allowing the hops to play the lead role as they should. Oily pines, tree bark, oak, alcohol and anise combine with hot spices in the finish. The ending has a raw feel, but textured with a refined brute strength. This is a D-IPA that grew on me, and in me, perhaps.

Mouthfeel: A healthy level of carbonation supports throughout. The conditioning never seems to alter, though I am sure it does as it sit around (though not for long). I suspect the alcohol and thick body tend to grasps a hold of the dissolved carbon dioxide and hold it to ransom, keeping it locked in a synergistic reversible reaction that is held in a seemingly timeless equilibrium.

Drinkability: How can I explain this!?? Well - getting to smell my own hoppy burps, then retasting this thick malt hoppy DIPA all over again is just one part of the many weird aspects that build into a crazy sort of punishing Drinkability here. Can’t wait to smell my own beer farts under the covers in bed after this Bomber, Mmmmm.

Overall: Different in stance to most other Double IPA's, but then how many of those have Rye Malt!? This is a heavy brew, a Shirehorse of IPA’s if you will, that is to say that it is no slouch, it is a finely balanced very hard working IPA which takes a muscular mouthfeel and strong flavors, throws in a dependable conditioning which benefits the presentation to form a mightily impressive brew. I suspect that this is a limited offering, so get it whilst you can.

All in all; ayh, ayh, ayh, zis is vun gud beah.

Recommended!

Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a chilly bottle into a chalice. The beer is dark copper in color, translucent, with a head of uniformly small tan bubbles. There are a few bubbles of carbonation rising within the glass. If I could give the smeel of this beer a 4.2 rating, I would. It's a bit better than some 4.0 ratings I've given, but I'm not quite ready to give it a 4.5. It has a robust hop aroma. It's dry and earthy, but also a little sweet. The beer has an interesting flavor. The instant it touches my tongue, I get hit with some candy sweetness. It instantly changes to a bread-like flavor as the beer fills my mouth. As it sits there, the hops begin to appear. While swallowing, the hops get more bitter and linger on for a while. There is certainly some candy sugar and alcohol throughout the tasting. Each sip of this beer is a real mouthful; heavy body and a lot of mouthcoating are some real pluses, but a high amount of sugary stickiness is a slight drawback. This is an easy drinking DIPA. The 22oz bottle would be great for one if you wanted to enjoy it over a good amount of time (longer than a meal), and is perfect for splitting between two. I wouldn't want to drink more than one in a session, as the sweetness may get overwhelming. Otherwise, a solid DIPA and worth seeking out.

Photo of isaac
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from memory:

22 oz. to snifter.

Lenny's pours a gorgeous blood-orange red with a creamy, sticky head and thin lacing. Nose is well hopped with spicy rye, caramel malts, and slight booze. Taste, while still coldish, is amazing - juicy would be the first word to come to mind, and the rye mixes well with the sweet malts to make a flavour which reminds me of dense, german cakes. it looses a few points here as it warms up and the sugars take over, reducing much of the taste to a sort of boozy hard-candy - the kind of taste i can't abide in the DFH 90 and 120 minutes. however, this sad turn of events is saved by the ever-present rye spiciness and smooth, slow drain of a bitter finish. mouthfeel is amazing, not too thick, and coats the tongue and cheeks.

a fine and drinkable beer, if not a bit strong and a bit sweet.

Photo of niqhoward
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of aubuc1
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a goblet.

Pours a deep amber with a light tan quickly thinning head.

Big hoppy smell of grapefruit on top of a sweet malt and I think rye.

First is a sweet citrusy, oily hop tste, then the finish is clean bitter. A malty sweet is sandwiched in the middle.

Maybe a little thin mouthfeel, but a nice drinking beer for the size of it.

Photo of Tom_Gilman
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of phisig137
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber pours a dark amber orange color, with a frothy thick two finger head. Decent retention falls into a blanket on top, with abundant lacing. Looks quite nice in my Aecht Schlenerka glass. When swirled, the head has a odd green tinge, I would suppose from the hops. I think I like that.

Aroma is chock full of citrus and pine hop aromas. Smells like the usual suspects... all of the "C" hops so beloved by IPA makers. Big and brash, much like Lenny Bruce. Flavorwise, this packs a wallop. Big hops, big malt in the middle, and a strong rye character throughout. Hops are resinous, the rye is present all the way from front to back, the malt smooths things out like dulce de luche in the middle, and the finish is quite bitter and pleasant. Alcohol is not present, even in the form of warming. Mouthfeel is silky and full. Drinkability is excellent.

I am really surprized by this beer. Incredibly well crafted beer, from a brewery that has definitely been hit or miss for me. I'd put this just about neck and neck with any other rye beer that I've ever had, including hop rod rye. Really quite a nice beer, and a great value at only $5.99 for the bomber.

Photo of hophead247
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-brown body with a big, dense tannish off-white head that left a good amount of thick lacing. Nose is sweet, with orange, caramel, toffee, spice and bready malt. Flavor is fairly sweet with toffee, spice and a good dose of one note bitterness. Full body and medium carbonation. Good, some big flavors and bitterness, just missing some elements to bring it all together.

Photo of jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- amber body with a small white head that becomes nothing more than a crown after a minute or two

S- caramel malt and hops

T- about how it smells. sweet caramel malt upfront with a citrus hops at the end. very nice

M- decently thick with good carbonation. nice bitter aftertaste

D- pretty good. the bottle went down easy enough, but more than one probably wouldnt be as enjoyable. a great beer for the price, something you should check out if youre into the style.

Photo of blvdlover
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of evilkalla
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass.

A: A very slightly cloudy amber color with 1/8 inch of head on it. A fair amount of carbonation but not overwhelming.

S: Very malty with a lot of citrus hoppiness. Very good.

T: Very bitter, with a bready, toasty maltiness to it. On the finish it's got a lot of hop citrus to it but also hints of very done toast. I happen to like very done toast. Great.

M: Pretty thick feeling, this one. Somewhat viscous. Bubbly at the same time. Really good.

D: I wouldn't pound this one back very fast given the 10% ABV, but it's pretty drinkable. Would buy again.

Photo of halfP1NT
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed this bad boy back in march or april of 2008.

This beer pours a dark, clear, ruby brown with an off-white, thick, creamy head. There's lots of lacing left behind.

Smell is light; citrus hops and rye. Citrus and grapefruit presence.

I get the rye up front in the taste; then, the lemon and grapefruit hops hit. I love those citrus hops. Definite alcohol presence. I feel like this beer has a darker backbone than most DIPAS,the maltiness is unusual in conjunction with these citrusy hops, but I'm really liking it.

There's a creamy mouthfeel which I really enjoy. Great brew, a little different, I'd definitely recommend it. It's my first from this brewery, I'm curious about what else they have to offer.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Brown with a dark orange tone and medium bubbles on the body. Thin off-white head rising maybe a quarter inch at best settling with almost perfect lacing...very nice.

Smell: Light aroma of pine and flowers that were soaked in malt. By the scent you can tell it has a lot of flavor but the potency of the scent is light.

Taste: A complex bitter maltiness, you feel a sour lemon feel with a sweet grapefruit and hard floral tones.

Mouth: Medium and very sticky, crisp but chewy like a feel of liquid toasted bread flowing around your cheeks.

Overall: Great brew that absolutely took me by surprise. Has a little bit of everything in it and for that I absolutely love it. All you need is your favorite glass, Salud!

Photo of AMCimpi
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of CaptMaelstrom
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Photo of ruckzuck
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A double RPA? Count me in! As a huge fan of Terrabin Rye^2, I was really excited to try this.

A - nice dark amber, good white head which subsided faiylr qucikly

S - nice citrusy hops, some good sweetness from the malt as well, a bit like a Terrapin Rye (which is perhaps my favorite session beer)

T - nice sweetness, but the hoppiness comes through really nicely toward the end; nicely hopped but not a superhopbomb; hides the strong ABV very well and is really enjoyable

M - medium bodied, nice carbonation, and leaves a good aftertaste

D - pretty solid! As I said, I bought this based on my love of Rye^2 and Rye Pale Ale, and I was not disappointed. It's a tad more mild than some of the more hoppy DIPAs (for instance, the Hercules I had earlier today), but it is really quite pleasant. I think this was something like $4.50 for a 22 oz. bottle, and what a value! Will definitely buy again, and recommend that other BA's with a love of hops or rye give it a shot!

Photo of Nerudamann
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - deep amber color, a little murky, with about a finger or two's wroth of off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - I can smell the sweetness of the malts and the bitter aroma of the hops, with the latter prevailing by a bit.

Taste and Mouthfeel - rather malty in the beginning, with subtle sweet hints, but mostly a warty type of taste. That fades slowly into a bitterness toward the end of the middle and well into its presence in the finish. Amazing how long the bitterness waits! Texture is very well-balanced.

Overall - Very good brew with a very interesting tasting range.

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Super dark for an IPA with a very nice head. Very bubbly as well.
S: Smells very sweet yet spicy. Lots of citrus hints and very smooth.
T: Very nice. Lots of good bitterness that is complimented by a very smooth texture. Good amount of bite, maybe a little too much lingering bitterness.
M: Sits medium body until the bubbles hit full force which turns it very creamy. A very fun IPA.

Overall a very nice beer but the one place it was lacking was in the taste. And since that is arguably the most important aspect I had to give it only a 4/5. The other aspects of this beer were very expertly done.

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,813 ratings.