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

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1,746 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,746
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 72
Gots: 104 | 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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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice rising head of 1.5 fingers that fills my SA Perfect Pint glass perfectly, then fades slowly. The beer is a very clear honey amber orange color.

N: A nice hoppy aroma hits first, with a little citrus, some chewy hops, little floral fruity hop, and touch of spicy hops. WIth that is a slight malty base with a little sweet malt aroma and a light but there rye aroma with some fruitiness and spicy aromas.

T: Semi bitter at first, with lots of chewy hops, some citrus, spicy and earthy hops, a little nougat flavor. Some chewy malts with that with some malty sweetness. The rye is a lot less than I expected but there, adding a slight spicy and fruity flavor. The bitterness is pretty prevalent though. A slight syrupy sweetness comes through with all of it.

M: Medium body, slight syrupy feel, and good carbonation.

F: Still pretty bitter with a lingering spicy bitterness, both from hops and the rye which seems to come out a bit more on the finish accentuated by the bitterness. Long chewy hops and earthy hop tones. Some sticky sweetness as well. The hops leave a citrus with some sweet flavors combined for a sweet orange drink like taste. A lingering sticky sweetness which masks the alcohol well, that and the hop bitterness.

jlindros, May 14, 2010
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks to JPCleary for letting me know this beer was available.

A. Poured a beautiful dark amber with a sustained head that leaves good belgian lacing.

S. Clear strong hops malt and alcohol odor. I am a novice with hop boombs like this so it was quite noticeable.

T. Beautiful malty taste with a balanced hops. The alcohol at first leaves a sharp aftertaste which quickly acclimates as you continue.

M. First there is a lingering hops taste, but this quickly dissipates.

D. Good, although since we have few "illegal" high alcohol beers here in SC (At least until the cap is officially popped, 5 days and counting), this beer definitely packs a wallop. Definitely will return to it. Since this is my first high gravity beer, I will cellar some and review again in 6 months.

MarkSCCOT, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of hanco005
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass…twice

A—clear ruby reddish with an impressive 2 inch tan head, slowly collapses down to a thin sheet of foam, lacing is thick and plentiful

S—hoppy, citrus and pepper, some pine, the rye malt seems pretty faint to me

T—ton of malt flavors, also peppery, spicy hop flavors, some citrus and floral notes, the rye malt adds a unique flavor to this. The alcohol is very strong in the mouth and in the chest upon the swallow

M—a little thick and syrupy, medium/full bodied, good carbonation

D—very good and I’ll buy more to go in my cellar before they are gone. Watch out for the 10% ABV!

hanco005, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a thick murky amber/red with fluffly bubbly off-white head and great movement

s: great flowery hops and citrusy hops with some spicey maltiness

t: a little disappointing after how powerful the fragrance was but still good. first hints of caramely malts followed by a big fruity/bitter hop punch; enough for most hopheads

m: light carbonation and really creamy and smooth

d: a good beer with a really strong hop presence that at the same time isn't overbearing; maybe it could bring out some more hop complexities but overall quite good

hoegaardenhero, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of theformula
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #6 in the 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/06. This has been in the fridge for a month now, can't believe I had the willpower to resist it this long. I love rye, let's see how this stacks up...

A: Pours a dark copper body into a Duvel tulip. A healthy off-white head forms but drops away quickly to a nice ring. Super-sticky lacing is left over. Great clarity. Nice.

S: Assertively hoppy, but balanced aroma. They're not overbearing & balanced by rich malts. Spicy rye, toffee and caramel give it a strong backdrop. Hops are spicy w/ pepper, citrus and hop resins; complex. The alcohol is spicy but not too much.

M: Med.-full body, thick & chewy w/ low carbonation. Pretty intense stuff.

T: Great DIPA, akin to BR Hop Rod Rye, although I'd drink the BR first. A solid, rich malt body gives out toffee, raisins, wet grains and dark honey sweetness. It would be overwhelmingly rich if the hops didn't do their part, but they do in a balanced, quiet way. A definite, hot alcohol note is there and doesn't hide. Finish is long w/ bitter, sticky hops, caramel and rye spice.

D: A powerhouse of a DIPA, and one to sip for sure. The rye adds a nice kick of spice. As mentioned by a few other BA's, the hops are not too perceived in the aroma but you can feel them in the finish.The M.F. is too thick for my liking, though.
Great stuff from Schmaltz!

theformula, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Cylinsier
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours hazy reddish amber, gold tinted white head is a half inch thick, dissipates a bit but slowly and retains as a solid film.

Smells of rich caramel, sour apple, noticeable rye and hints of pine hop.

Tastes of potent bitter hops with a bit of caramel sweetness following. Mostly the hops.

Medium body with soft thorough carbonation.

Delicious and very bitter, a hop head's dream. I just wish the taste had a little more of the dimension that the nose hinted at, but really I can't complain. It's quite good and this coming from a reforming hop avoider.

Cylinsier, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of taez555
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear brownish/amber body with a thick white head that died quickly.

Nose is somewhat muted at first but you know the punch is there. Big malt, flowers, hops, citrus, caramel, potpourri and this odd sort of liquid caramel funkiness that I can't quite put my finger on.

Huge thick and creamy body. Wow!!! Thick caramel malt with a huge hop bitterness. Citrus, pepper and pine dominate the hop taste with little touches of resin, but it's surprisingly mute and not as over the top and oily as some DIPA's. Alcohol is obviously present in this beer but never distracting. Bitterness is also big and in your face but gives just enough balance to the big malt. Ends with a lingering bitterness. As it warms the hop bite really starts to sink in even more.

Although it borders more on American Barley-wine than DIPA, it's a classic none the less. Perfect beer in tribute to Lenny Bruce. Fuckin' in your face, yet not so over the top just to get attention like so many others out there nowadays.

taez555, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, coppery amber with a fluffy, light brown/beige head. Good head retention and clumpy rings of foam stuck to the glass. Malty aroma with lots of spicy rye, caramel, gingerbread, and citrusy hops. Moderate bitterness with a nice balance between malt (spicy, chocolatey rye) and citrusy grapefruit hoppiness. Finishes with some dryness and spice. Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation. The texture's a little oily and there's a pleasant warmth in the finish. Very enjoyable.

DrJay, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of alpinebryant
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber color, slight tiny head of bubbles on the top, clear complexion that you can see through the glass with.

Smell is slightly hoppy, with some bittering hops scent , with some sweet fruit and rye in the very back.

Tasted very good at first, strong and hits you with a punch , then the malts take over the hops at some point. Would probably be a little more flavorful if the hops were overpowering the hops, not sure here. Aftertaste is slightly malty afterwards, almost as if it could have possibly been too long with spent fuel. (malt dredge)

Mouthfeel is great, I would say one of the better mouthfeel beers that I have had, the 10% abv probably has something to do with this.

Drinkability is pretty good overall, Im really glad to see another beer company with a Rye IPA, and I would definitely get this one again.

alpinebryant, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of saintwarrick
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have always seen this brew but never grabbed it until now. Didn't really read up on it until after I bought it, so this one had me by surprise.

Pours a cloudy amber or copper with a big head that coats the glass. Aroma is big and complex. Malty and thick like maple syrup with some molasses mixed in, but there is also with a big, piney hoppiness that jumps out too. Taste is just like the label suggests: bittersweet. Heavy thick chocolate thickness hits the tongue followed by some massive hoppiness that brings on the bitterness, almost medicine-like. Big alcohol character, not overwhelming, but it ain't hiding either. The rye is there throughout lending some darker grain and bread-like flavor to the brew. That is what makes this brew stand out from other DIPAs.

Wow, an extremely complex and dangerous brew. Though I was buying an average IPA only to find out it had rye and was also a DIPA. I'm pleasantly surprised, this brew was well worth any gamble (and also quite affordable). A unique treat I am more than willing to sample again.

saintwarrick, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of Crossmd
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 41 degrees Fahrenheit into a Dogfish Head bulb glass.

Pours a deep red amber with a one finger tan colored head rising late to the surface.

Smells of a pungent grain, rye, toffee, and caramel. Projected very well.

Taste is an intense blend of hops and grain with an early attack of bitters that blend into a rush of caramel and rye. Tastes very much like it smells. Intensely long finish and

Mouthfeel consists primarily of more spice than effervescence. It doesn't feel lacking though because the flavor takes center stage - leading me to believe that any more effervescence would just be overkill/compete with the flavor profile.

Overall, incredibly flavorful with intense projections in the nose and the taste that don't have ready equals that come to mind. In looking at it? I guess it's an IPA..it's obviously pretty unconventional though. This will not sit well with everyone, and is really I think a beer drinker's beer at the end of the day. Balanced and uniquely crafted.

91.

Crossmd, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of hellcatsjg
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark golden beer that looks thick right out of the bottle. A good amount of head rises after a good pour, and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass as you go. Good looking beer.

Smell: Spicyness and a bit of piney hops. The nose does not nearly prepare you for the huge taste of this one.

Taste: Very good. This one starts with a bit of maltiness that quickly gives out to a piney and sweet hop flavor. Also jumping in in the middle of the sip is a spicy flavor due to the rye that does a very good job of complementing the piny hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, almost chewy beer. At the same time though, very smooth and creamy. This is a very good combination as well and makes for a very unique drinking experience. Finishes somewhat dry and leaves the nice spicy hop flavor hanging around until the next sip.

Drinkability: Thought this is a wonderful beer, this is the category that it would suffer in. It is so thick and intense-in a good way, mind you-that you could not sit for an evening of several of these. One bomber would probably be enough, but you will enjoy the heck out of it.

hellcatsjg, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA purchased at Total Wines here in town and poured into a tulip glass from a brown glass 22 oz. bottle.

The beer poured a heavily red tinged deep copper with an inch of tan, medium bubbled head. The nose featured big, piney hoppiness with hints and glimpses of citrus and a little alcoholic spice at the finish.

The flavor is not like any other DIPA that I've gotten to yet. The beer begins with a big, intense hop bitterness (as expected with this style) and transitions to a mellow undwelling maltiness that is enriched by the presence and light spiciness of the rye. The piney hops rear up again then just before the finish, and are replaced by the ever so quick presence of that 10% abv. It's about as drinkable as any higher alcohol beer can beer and does seem to resemble some of the American Barley wines that I've tried.

Like I said above, this is a unique double IPA, but it's a very good one and one that I wouldn't mind picking up again if the mood for such a beer struck me.

edmundfitzoil, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of JayAre46
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - deep red with amber hues and aged rust, transparent, 1 finger of thick head that shows amazing retention.

A - a sweet caramel presence, rye is there and i love the twist it brings in the nose, burnt toffee not much of a hop presence.

T - the caramel sweetness has calmed a bit, strong rye presence that is divine,get a mouthful and experience the toffee sweetness that is then taken by the grapefruit hoppiness with some pine following it up to create a balance with bitterness. not much alcohol presence hidden well.

M - medium mouthfeel that coats the palate more than i think i've ever experienced with a DIPA, carbonation is lacking i think for the better, the mouthfeel almost resembles something from a cask it is so creamy especially as it warms.

O - great beer, not many flaws at all, first from schmaltz brewery and it makes me want to try more. well done, drink it ya jew!

JayAre46, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of macster
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exits the bomber bottle a clear dark amber color with burnt orange highlights. Creates a handsome thick beige head with superb retention and thick sheets of lacing adhering to the glass.

Aroma was very balanced with moderately assertive notes of roasted malt, toasted rye bread, caramel, earth, citrus rind and just a whiff of pine and spice.

Mothfeel was chewy, smooth and slightly oily and slick. A subdued level of carbonation was enjoyed for this style.

Initially sweet flavors of crystal malt, caramel and toffee candy, raisin and honey greet the tongue. This is quickly followed up with a firm hop contribution with plenty of herbs, spices, grapefruit and pine. Some rye malt flavors faintly linger in the background.

Finish is long and crisply bitter with a pleasant alcohol warmth. Lots going on here but still very tasty and enjoyable.

macster, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of rawfish
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Viscous, smooth pour results in a billowing parchment paper colored head rising above a dark copper body. Maximum head size is three fingers but it settles quickly leaving a few chunky rings of lace.

Thick malt, molasses, cake batter, grape skins and rye meld together balanced by equally punchy grapefruit, pine resin and hemp seed hops. Alcohol rises but is well integrated with the sweet malt and earthy hops.

Thick malt borders barelywine standards, complexities of toast, molasses, toffee and a good rye edge. The fruity esters carried by the rye and yeast complement the snappy hops, yellow citrus, bright pine. Sticky malt layers the resiny feel of this beer leading to a bitterness of average strength but enduring.

Hefty body to say the least, adequate carbonation and lifted further by the bright hops. MAlt is sticky but creates a pleasant mouthcoating and the alcohol is complementary instead of abrasive.

This beer has some weight, a huge sticky DIPA. Great use of bright hops to keep it in balance and the rye adds a substantial edge with the berry and fruity esters it coaxes out. A real treat, glad this comes in a 12oz offering.

rawfish, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of bayougutter
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter with a generous pour and it produced a creamy off white two inch head that settled but stayed a long time. really good lacing. This is what what a beer is supposed to look like! Smell is hoppy at first then melds to semi sweet malts with some fruit in there as well. Very aromatic with the rye coming thru as well. Taste is a hoppy maltness all at once then the rye and a little bitterness at the end. Got better as it warmed. Mouthfeel was creamy and heavy. It coated the entire mouth. Overal a very good example of a Rye DIPA. I wish I would have bought more. Worhty of a try.

bayougutter, May 31, 2011
Photo of Pooba001
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours with nice head a dark woodsy brown color, just light of mahogany. Head doesn't stick around terribly long, but OK for a 10% ABV IPA. First note of aroma is they spicy rye grain, then grassy hops with floral and light citrus notes. Hints of toffee and faint alcohol are also present.

Cirtus and grassy hops contend with a rich, spicy rye malt flavor on the palate. Alcohol is expectedly perceptable. My hallmark for this style is Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, and this isn't quite the beer that HRR is, but its very good in its own right.

Mothfeel is good for what this beer intends to be, slightly astringent. Drinkability is nice for the ABV and style as well, sure its my first beer of the night, but still, it went pretty quick, and I know I could go for another.

Pooba001, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and the color of a dark red wine with a full wispy light tan head that fades fair quickly. Little lacing generated. The smell of rye malt beverage is really unique and a little hard to describe to me. Its malty without being really sweet. A little doughy too. The alcohol is also undeniable in the nose and there are a bunch of hops in this one, giving it a piny floral characteristic. I find that the alcohol is much more pronounced the more it warms up. Full bodied, the mouth feel is smooth. Adequately carbonated, a tingle from the hops balances the rye malt nicely. The flavor is quite similar to the nose. The 10% ABV is integrated well. A very good drinker, and one to consider for a reasonable length of time.

jjayjaye, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of Biggness
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"The only truly anonymous donor is the guy who knocks up your daughter. " - Lenny Bruce

This beer pours a rusty/cloudy amber with a 1 fingered white head and lacing. The smell I got was of alcohol and orange zest. The taste was very malty, with a slight chocolate flavor and a nice citrusy hops finish. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a nice carbonation level with a slight dry aftertaste. A very drink minus the dry aftertaste.

Biggness, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of azdback
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my newly aquirred Spaten glass. A deep orange color. Head is a fat two fingers and just a hint darker than bright white. The head is also very creamy in appearance and the lace looks like it's gonna stick around, but doesn't.... at first. After the glass is empty the lace is looking a bit impressive.

Smell is of sugary malts, citrus hops and alcohol. A bit earthy.

This tastes alot better than the smell. It has the hop biterness of a pink grapefruit followed immediately by the sweet malts. There is some dark grain flavors and a bit of yeast. All followed by the suttle alcohol warminess.

The mouth is much better as it warms. At first sip I thought it was a bit watery, but it has filled out quite a bit over the last half an hour. It is rich and sweet. Almost has the sneaky mouthfeel of a barleywine. The alcohol is fairly well masked.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I have recently discovered the Rye ale (Hop Rod Rye, Rye Squared) and really like the style. I recommend you pick up a sixer of this if you get the chance.

azdback, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of johannasclimacus
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a dark brown/amber color with a small half inch layer of head on top.

The smell was hops and rye, and unsurprisingly, that was the taste as well. As it seems like some others have noted, there was a strange balance of sweet and bitter in this beer. I thought that the 10% was hidden exceptionally well. I didn't pick it up much alcohol flavor except maybe a little bit of a bite in the aftertaste.

Generally, my sips started malty, and the bitterness came on in the middle to finish it nice and crisp and with a unique bite afterwords. The rye is there but mostly in the background. I'd have to say that this is one of the more nuanced DIPAs I've had. When I ordered it, I assumed that it was an American IPA just like Hop Rod Rye. This one packs a little more punch and a different combination of flavors.

johannasclimacus, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of derkfromwi
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick, frothy one inch off-white head, clear red-tinted copper color, good carbonation, lots of really good lacing

S: Really nice blend of stuff going on here, sweet malts first for me, some rye, then hops underneath and at end

T: Sweetness first, that leads into rye and citrus bitterness, some spicy booziness, and a bit of hops, nicely balanced

M: Thick and creamy, light to medium carbonation, piquant flavor

O: Good stuff, appropriately titled, good blend of malts and hops, pleasantly balanced and complex

derkfromwi, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of honkey
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually I am not too big into the DIPA's but this was a gift to me. Trying my best to review to the style and not be subjective...
Poured from a bottle. Not seeing a frreshness date, although, thie seems to be fairly fresh.

Appearance- Beautiful thick lasting head. Leaves a nice lace as it disappears. Dark copper color. Very appealing.

Smell- floral, citrus, almost a spicy aroma as well... Probably from the rye

Taste- clean bitterness up front with a complex malty sweetness that follows. This is where my dislike for DIPA's comes from. I wish there was more hops flavor and less maltiness. It is followed by a slight bit of alcohol, but not too much and not hot.

Mouthfeel- quite thick. I prefer a bit drier, but for a DIPA it is much better than others, but I could still use a drier drink.
Drinkability- at 10% it is a sipper for sure. If it was more dry, I think the drinkability would be a bit better. Again, better than most other DIPA's.

honkey, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque honey golden with a fine-bubbled yellowish beige head. Hoppy, lemony aroma is surprisingly sweet and has a hint of honey. Flavor is somewhat sweet and somewhat hop-bitter with a strong tone of citrus - equal parts lemon and orange - and a firm tone of honey, along with a sweet but not cloying undertone. Texture is silky smooth with some fizz and tingle.

Cyberkedi, Jan 07, 2010
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,746 ratings.