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

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1,690 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,690
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 68
Gots: 88 | 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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psprings

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1%

This bottle was an LIF gift from the beer gods by way of their divine servant Mikesgroove. Many thanks to a stunningly generous BA.

A: A vigorous pour into my tulip yields a 1-finger head that subsides within 2 minutes to a collar that leaves light lace atop a dark amber, sparkling clear base. The color was slightly darker even than expected for 10 abv, making me fear that this RyePA might be a bit more on the malty side than I prefer.

S: Aroma is dominated by a sweet crystal malt aroma, tempered by a white-pepper spiciness from the rye, but surprisingly little hop aroma beyond a light earthy, floral component. Slight whiffs of higher alcohols sneak out as this warms up from cellar temperature.

T: A bold caramelized set of flavors comes through on the entry, with much of the Maillard flavor but surprisingly little of the sweetness, as the spicyness of what must be a sizeable proportion of rye coomes to the rescue of the midpalate. This gives way to floral, slightly piney early-addition hops that are minimally aromatic but well integrated into a finish that leaves just enough spice, peach-pit bitterness and earthy hops to invite another pleasantly anticipated sip. As this warms, the fusels tend to come out in the taste a little more than I like -- keep this big boy around 55 deg, and you'll be glad you did.

M: a nice mid-to-full with a fair amount of carbonation that gives it a nice prickliness. A bit more CO2 would have been nice for a bit mmore of a carbonic bite. On cask, this could be something truly special.

D: Honestly, at 10 abv, this is essentially a barlewywine (ryewine perhaps? Better jot that down for future brew days), with a mind-blowing complexity, but a pretty strong kick. I don't know about you, but I've got lab write-ups to do. I had to bust out my capper to finish this thing off a couple hours from now. Still, a really drinkable beer for the level of complexity.

09-30-2008 06:53:41 | More by psprings
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arizcards

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Picked up a bomber at BevMo in late April for $3.99.

Beer poured a deep amber with a nice off white head. Nose is a big malt blast with big northwest citrus hops in the background. Taste is all malt and rye to begin, with a wave of the "4C" and grapefruit hops thrown in there. It finishes resiny on the palate but not overwhelmingly so. Mouthfeel is pure liquid bread, can't remember a 2IPA this chewy! Drinkability is good for a monster beer as I am not detecting the alcohol from start to finish. This is an interesting beer, definitely worth a try if your are into extreme beers!

08-02-2008 23:39:11 | More by arizcards
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Great red-orange color that is clear with a small off-white head, it looks delicious. Nice hoppy smell that also has a strong malt presence like a barleywine. The flavor is resinous, chewy hop flavors (more resin than citrus) with a bitter aftertaste. I can kind of taste the rye but it is nowhere near as pronounced as Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye. This is not what I usually look for in a DIPA but nonetheless it is a solid beer.

02-14-2008 02:06:15 | More by ArrogantB
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djbreezy

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +1%

appearance - rich deep amber, mostly transparent, huge offwhite head, strong retention, thick lacing

smell - big aromatic caramel malts, light hop bitterness

taste - hop bitterness on the tongue, strong malt presence, tasty profile, some pine notes but mostly focused on the malt in the midst of the flavor, east coast style ipa couple with some breadiness

mouthfeel - big body, chewy, heavy carbonation, some alcohol burn on the finish, lingers, slightly sticky, medium dryness

overall - a bit too balanced for my preference but it's a great ipa, very full flavored and has a unique take, huge huge flavor here

02-22-2012 04:37:56 | More by djbreezy
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1%

A-dark amber color with a large light tan head with good lacing

S-rich malt, caramel, some spices, hints of orange

T-rich malt flavor with caramel and rye, some bitter hop flavors and light citrus

F-full body with mild carbonation, slick and rich mouth feel

O-an interesting DIPA with unique flavors and body

06-30-2012 00:35:28 | More by MDDMD
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MeowTom

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +1%

A- Dark amber color with a huge fluffy head that will stay around for a while. When I put it up to the light it has a slight red glow to it.

S- Strong malty scent, with a little bit of the hops coming through as you dive your nose in a few times. You can smell the caramelized sugars very well.

T- Very strong bitter to it, with the alcohol coming through a bit. You have to search for the hops but once you found them it is a very well balanced sweet/bitter ratio.

M- Medium carbonation and body that doesn't distract from the flavors.

O- Great beer that really is a wonderful double I.P.A.

05-11-2012 19:59:56 | More by MeowTom
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astronautjones

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1%

08-23-2014 14:03:05 | More by astronautjones
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Poured this bottle while enjoying some afternoon football and doing work for the office.

This beer went into a fatter tulip glass; almost like a goblet base. I received about two fingers of sticky foam that left some nice lacing on the glass.

I pick up a decent amount of rye and citrus hopping coming out of the mouth of the glass. There is a very nice presence to this beer.

The flavor isn't quite as balanced. I get a bunch of citrus in each drink. There is also a bit of tobacco in each sip on the end of my tongue.

Overall a new take of a DIPA. I'm glad for the different flavors.

09-22-2012 17:22:33 | More by ummswimmin
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%

A syrupy thick brownish red with heavy lacing.

Aroma of resinous pine, rye, sweet malt and alcohol.

Initial taste is an onslaught of malt then bitterness followed by intense sweet malts and onto bitter hop finish. The balance is off in a syncopated manner. Very sweet like the Rock n Rye liqueur (you know that bottle that was in your dads bar for years no one would touch--anywhooo) with carbonation. Did I say sweet?!? Alcohol hidden.

Smooth, creamy/sticky and potent.

This will have to grow on me as it goes to my extremes. I do appreciate the style and the rye whiskey adds a nice touch. Nice to have tried.

02-11-2013 00:34:42 | More by joeseppy
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dogfishandi

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no bottling date.

immediatly off the pour i noticed the beer poured extremely thick, almost syrupy. a slightly cloudy deep reddish orange. lots of big carbonation bubbles slowly floating to the top. formed a very thick off white head with amazing retention and amazing thick, furry lace. the oddness of the large bubbles and syrupiness of the beer almost made me think...infection, but it still looks amazing in the glass.

a nice sense of balance in the aroma. mostly pine hops with some light grapefruit balanced by a candied caramel, bready malt. a little alcohol noticable and the slightest hint of darker fruits and rye grain.

again, nice balance. resinous pine sappy hops, maybe some light citrus notes balanced by candied caramel, bready malt. a touch of a rye taste and spiciness in the finish.

big, thick heavy body. a little bit syrupy. has a strange feel on the palate after each sip, really coats the whole mouth, that im not a huge fan of. good feeling carbonation.

wouldnt want more than one of these, but i would like to try the other BA variations and such. there is a little wierdness in the appearance and mouthfeel that reminded me exactly of a batch of infected homebrew, but the aroma and taste totally disproved that, no hint of wild yeast.

edit: the more i drank, the more i enjoyed it. very close to a barleywine. one of the thickest, oilest beers ive ever had.

09-14-2011 02:14:38 | More by dogfishandi
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

A: RED with a thick tan foam; great retention and lacing

S: Typical grapefruit/citrus quality from the hops but also a touch of cinnamon and cloves; bready and spicy

T: Hoppy and spicy--grapefruit and a nice sweetness pervades as does a slightly chewy bready quality

F: Great even mouth coat

D: Quite drinkable for what it is--the alcohol and sweetness do not hinder

07-10-2010 02:05:36 | More by dbossman
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output01x

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A modest pour yields a 1.5-finger creamy tan-colored head. It recedes over time but keeps a nice coating over the beer. The body is an amber-copper with a strong amount of rising bubbles. The lacing is thick and covers the glass well.

Floral and citrus hops aromas mingle nicely with a warm bready malt note. A little spiciness is also detected and the overall impression is a full, well-rounded, flavorful DIPA. Very much so looking forward to the first sip.

Spicy hops strike the tongue at the beginning of the sip and slowly mellow as the roasted malt flavor takes over. Then a decent piny bitterness followed by an alcohol warmth strikes from the back of the mouth but does not overpower the other flavors that linger. The alcohol is very light and is more like an 8% (as opposed to the 10% ABV of this beer).

Full bodied and slightly creamy, this beer definitely coats your mouth well and sticks to the tongue nicely. The moderate carbonation keeps the drinkability up but does not hinder the tasting.

04-04-2011 19:43:53 | More by output01x
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours a clean and clear dark burgundy topped with a half inch of super creamy off white head that leaves a significant amount of super sticky looking lace. This thing looks imposing.

S: Hops are there but like the beer says this one brings the rye into the frame big time. Sweet and chewy rye, phenols are pretty high but really seem to work well with the rye and hop aromas so as not to be too distracting or off putting. There is also a strong enough sweet malt aroma to sort of balance the highly hoppy aroma.

T/MF: Super sweet and super full bodied opening. Super sticky and bitter mango and pineapple undercut by a strong phenolic bite that lets you know the rye is working as well. Super strong malt presence as well but this beer will not let you forget what you are drinking, the rye is there and adds an interesting sweetness and medicinal bite that after a while becomes oddly satisfying. I swear this thing is creeping in on barleywine territory. The mouthfeel on this one is just as complex as the flavor and is both sweet and bitter and super sticky, the liquid just gets pasted to your tongue and rips at your taste buds dragging flavor all over the palate.

D: This beer is quite interesting, really complex where most DIPAs just slap you in the face with hops this one adds a new piece to the puzzle along with one of the stronger malt profiles I've noticed in a DIPA in a while. A heavy and hot beer that is good for a glass by yourself and a friend or if you are adventurous, by yourself only.

06-17-2008 03:04:08 | More by bluemoonswoon
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Casey10

Maine

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

This was a tough one to review it had a nice malty backgound but at the same time the rye was also there. Probably what this was going for liked it a lot and will have again,

a - red amber wispy head

S - malty reminds me of a DFH 90

T - again malt with the rye makes for a different taste but enjoyable.

M - Sticky stays on the tounge for awhile.

D - A must have again, this is good I liked it a lot.

06-11-2010 03:00:54 | More by Casey10
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours a clear copper in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass lazily and a hint of ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel malts with a light hint of rye spiciness and moderate aromas of pine/resin hops which lingers.

T: Upfront this brew is very malty with moderate amounts of caramel sweetness and light amounts of rye spiciness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine/resin hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness. There are also light amounts of alcohol flavors in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a creamy smoothness that follows and a touch of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is an enjoyable and the alcohol is very well hidden making it easy to drink. It has a really nice mouthfeel which definitely increased my enjoyment of the beer - that mixture of crisp and creamy smooth is quite nice.

02-10-2014 01:44:22 | More by dbrauneis
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

I experienced a very unusual pour. The first third of the glass seemed very flat, as if there is no carbonation. Straightening the glass for a more vigorous pour resulted in an overflow of foam. Very deceiving. The head lasts a long time with thick lace on the glass side. The color is dark reddish copper. Clear.

Far more malty than I would expect. Lots of caramel. The hops are quite muted. This is still an attractive aroma, drawing me to the

Large! Almost syrupy body with a large malt punch. The hop bitterness shows up almost immediately. The hop bitterness lasts and lasts in the aftertaste. Too much of a good thing? No way.

If you like extreme beers, this one delivers as advertised ("brewed with an obscene amount of malts & hops"). I'm a huge fan of Double IPA's and this one is one of the better ones!

09-09-2006 17:52:00 | More by smcolw
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, slightly hazy, amber-copper coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white head that quickly settles into a sparse, filmy surface coating. Aromas of roasted grain and booze initially, with a tangy malt profile that combines caramel and tropical fruits. Hints of mango and papaya. Some citrus notes, as well, with some pepper notes; no hops presence on the nose otherwise. Flavors are a blast of hops. Holy monkey! Resiny and bitter, with a strong backbone of roasted, rich grain. Very well balanced after the initial shot in the mouth. The fruit presence becomes a mid-palate highlight, leaving as quickly and sneakily as it arrives. Booze and bitter hops finish the palate, as well as clean everything up. This beer is like a tornado touching down on your tongue (in a good way). Bitter, resiny, and slightly earthy aftertaste, with a clean, slightly dry finish. The beer is robust and full in mouth. This one's a heavy hitter, and it brings the flavor with it the whole way through.

12-27-2012 22:52:01 | More by GarthDanielson
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: slightly cloudy amber color with a short 1" head that lingers a while. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: great aroma of pine, malt sweetness, and fruitiness. Hint of alcohol too.

Taste: hearty grainy malt profile with pine, grapefruit, and ripe pears. Overall this beer is quite dry but bold in flavor. Alcohol is noticeable and provides some warming effects.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp and dry from the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Long bitter aftertaste is pleasant on the tastebuds.

Drinkability: this is a enjoyable DIPA that is worth seeking out.

01-26-2007 12:54:02 | More by Gavage
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz bottle with no freshness date. It's sad that there are still so many quality breweries not dating their bottles.

Pours reddish-brown with a cream colored head that stands about one finger tall. Lots of carbonation bubbles racing up the sides of my tulip to join that party. When you hold it to the light, it's a deep cherry red color with a touch of haze. Head retention is pretty good.

Smells fairly sweet almost like fruit nectar of some kind. I'm also getting some caramel malts as well. The aroma was much more intense when I opened the bottle, but it's still pretty nice.

Sweet and malty flavors upfront are quickly followed up by a touch of spicy rye and a good dose of juicy hops. Earthy flavors surface about mid-palate. The malty sweetness comes back for more on the back end, and there's some lingering bitterness after the swallow.

Medium-full body with a syrup-like quality. Carbonation sits right about where it should (moderate).

A nice and somewhat unique DIPA overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: A well made beer without a doubt. Alcohol is almost undetectable. My biggest gripe is that I have no idea how old this beer is? There was no sediment in the bottle, but some beers don't develop sediment very quickly. It's tasty and full of flavor never the less.

03-20-2012 20:56:37 | More by Morey
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cambabeer

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

good stuff here, for sure. Cream soda and white lemon cake in the nose, with a whole lot of rhy and breadiness. Ok lacing and head on a copper body.

The taste is the definition of what it says on the body, "bittersweet." Nice spicy hops, a whole lot of them with toasted malt. Then we have this undertone and aftertaste of sweet prune juice and rhy bread.

Unique beer, this one. I'd get it again. Very drinkable for the ABV as well.

07-28-2014 02:41:59 | More by cambabeer
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

I've sat on this for a few months and it probably was a few months in the store as well. I'm not sure that qualifies as aged, but it certainly is not new.
Big full cream colored fluffy head that takes its time settling. Nice red hues. Very clear. Loads of lacing. Attractive.
I can't call the aroma intense, but it certainly is full of hops, particularly American with strong citrus (but is more complex than just Cascade) and grassy qualities. Definitely some malt backing, but not so much of fruit as toast and biscuit. Alcohol not evident, at least in first blush, which surprises me considering the level (some mild presence later).
While remarkably hoppy (dare I say intense) in both flavors and bitterness it also initially comes across as blended rather well. Strong malt qualities certainly exists and not just in balancing qualities but possessing flavor characteristics of fruit, touch of sweetness up front and bursts of toast/biscuit (although too infrequent and fleeting for my preferences). Nonetheless, this is a hop dominated profile in which the bitterness gradually takes over and dominates through an extremely long and progressively dry finish. Alcohol is present, but is never hot, bold or interfering.
Quite smooth with a medium heavy body with a carbonation that exists but doesn't stand out one way or another.
I think this is quite nicely done. Fits category well. I wish the advertised rye would make more of a presence, but maybe age has a role to play in that. So drinkability...hmmmm, how much can a guy really sample of this before the taste buds turn completely numb? I don't know, but a bomber by myself was doable, but it took a long time and considerable patience.
RIP Stacy.

07-21-2007 03:17:14 | More by garymuchow
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CrookedStill

Alabama

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a very dark & cloudy mahogany with a two finger head that lingers. Almost resembles iced tea.

Very spicy aroma with bitterness behind that, but just barely. I thought the hops would be more present but it's still pleasant.

Much sweeter than I had anticipated. The sweetness lingers for a few seconds mixed with traces of the rye spice that's followed by hints of bitterness that quickly fades with an alcohol warmth. The 10% is just faintly present but the malt sweetness is the most prominent while not being cloy. Very easy to drink. I just wish the hops were more present to lend a bit more balance.

Good carbonation and very thick, almost chewy. Really covers the tongue.

This is one of the best IIPA's I've had. There's no "freshness" date on the bottle so I'm not sure how long it was on the shelves before I got to it. That may explain the lack of hops but it's still a beer that's easy to enjoy. Think it's time for another.

04-02-2011 01:28:13 | More by CrookedStill
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boudreaux

Alabama

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz bottle poured into Chimay chalice
"Satire equals tragedy plus time." - Lenny Bruce

A: - copper color; massive, dense light tan head, about 2.5 fingers thick; reduces to minimal lacing, sticking to the glass

S: rich and deep nose; strong malty sweetness, with caramel, a touch of toasty nut, and a hint of rye; the hops bring citrus and pine notes, balancing the maltiness nicely; the alcohol aroma is also noticeable

T: bold and rich for an IPA; bitter hop aroma hits the tongue up front; malty sweetness tries to come through, but the hoppiness remains true throughout the taste; the alcohol becomes more noticeable as the brew warms to room temperature

M: coats the mouth nice; a bold, rich brew; warms the tongue with a tingling, fuzzy feeling

D: way to strong to be a session brew; however, for such a strong beer, this one is smooth and pleasant

Shmaltz is still a new brewery to me. I like what I've had so far. This brew is definitely a good impression.

02-08-2011 04:28:31 | More by boudreaux
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured with a lasting light head and a bit of lace. Slightly hazy dark amber color. Pungent aroma of hops with an enticing quality of sweet malt. The rye is a masterful touch. Full on in the hop department. No BS hefre. Slight alcohol character in the long, warm finish. . Very good body. Best beer that I've had from these guys yet.

09-12-2008 01:42:44 | More by drpimento
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Beautiful clear red colour. Thick head that ain't going nowhere.

S - Balance of citrus hops and yummy caramel malt, with a hint of spicy rye.

T - Intense. Potent piney hops hit you right off the bat, then the thick malt and alcohol comes rushing in. It all comes together in a long, bitter and dry finish. Not an overly strong rye presence, spiciness seems to show up in the finish. As it warms, you get more of the rye, as well as an orange marmalade character that is quite nice.

M - Chewy, thick and creamy. Even a little syrupy and oily, but the dry finish holds it together. Warming alcohol is quite obvious, but very smooth.

D - This is a freakin 10% IPA, how drinkable can it be?

A fabulous brew! Obviously, it is now missing some of that fresh hop character, so I'd say it is more of a barleywine at this point, but still very good.

06-11-2007 00:17:15 | More by markaberrant
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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