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

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1,641 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,641
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 65
Gots: 80 | FT: 5
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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oldedog

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

12-18-2012 00:28:25 | More by oldedog
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beerpadawan

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-27-2012 16:38:57 | More by beerpadawan
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in February 07 and consumed on May 10th 2008. Kept in cold storage in the interim.

A-Dark copper/brown with red highlights. Has a slight syrupy look to it ont he pour. The off-white head stayed around for quite some time as I took notes and never really receded fully leaving a 1/8 inch coat for the entire session. The head left a fine looking lace as it did receed to thsi elvel. After each swallow, rings of lace were left on the glass.

S-Aroma was not as strong as I'd beleieved it would be. could be due to the aging. Big caramel malts and alcohol dominate. Piney andgrapefruit notes find their way in the middle. The alcohol also shows it self in the end. Second and third whiffs reveal a doughy/bready quality that is quite nice, almost like bread baking.

T-Big malty sweetness right up front. Pine and grapefruit hops jump right in the middle. There is a coffee and toffee quality percieved int he middle. The finish is spicy rye bread and rye toast. The alcohol is present here as well rearing its head at various times through the session.

M-medium to full body and thick syrupy mouthfeel. There is also a creamy quaility to it that was nice. The carbonation was light to medium and was well balanced with the flavors and the mouthfeel.

D-I defintely would have had another had I had one. I would like to try this one again fresh as it was not as aggressive as I'd expected given what I have read about. That of course does not mean it was by any stretch bad, it was very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 16:55:35 | More by jackorain
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-31-2013 18:36:24 | More by scxcrunner
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oldvines

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-16-2013 02:10:46 | More by oldvines
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alostplot

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-26-2014 08:12:11 | More by alostplot
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Stirling


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-27-2012 19:20:23 | More by Stirling
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ChrisAlbertine

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-11-2014 16:50:12 | More by ChrisAlbertine
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Abe_Froman

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-17-2013 06:41:07 | More by Abe_Froman
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stevegregg

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-15-2012 00:34:26 | More by stevegregg
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-29-2012 01:29:23 | More by DonFrap
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-04-2012 01:32:14 | More by HoistinBrews
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mmcave

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass, at first glance all I could think about was the color of the head, which in it's concentrated form was tan and almost greenish. This beer had a very aggressive head and will keep going right out of the glass if your not careful. The color is rather dark purplish, red, very polished dark wood looking. The head was huge and is now dissipating, it left clumpy lacing all the way down. Smells of strong piny aromatic hops with a tail of natural funk (definitely some rye coming through), orange peel, pineapple, malt, some spice and a subtle alcohol undercurrent. Taste is very complex, its definatly one of those D.I.P.A.s that walks on your taste buds with spiked shoes, but you love every minute of it. Its crisp, but not dry. Its definitely a more sticky piny recipe with serious body, and intense grape fruitiness. Its almost syrupy, but not in any bad way. The flavor is all that coupled with minor hints of toffee, some sweetness from the rye and a nice bitter hop character that comes to you half way through the taste experience and lingers on your taste buds. This is a nice D.I.P.A, I am very happy to be able to try this. It's got what I look for in a quality double IPA, not my favorite, but really fun. This is my first He'Brew beer so this will be what I judge all their other by. R.I.P. Lenny..

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 03:24:01 | More by mmcave
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ascags

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-10-2014 16:15:47 | More by ascags
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circus_cat

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-27-2013 01:27:55 | More by circus_cat
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ChrisKuhns

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-20-2013 01:33:44 | More by ChrisKuhns
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2014 00:49:05 | More by bradfordjohnson
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jlordi12

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-17-2012 02:56:40 | More by jlordi12
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steenface

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-27-2013 17:30:16 | More by steenface
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Kendo

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Into a large Duvel tulip it poured a clear, dark amber body with a warm ruby/mahogany glow when backlit. A 2-finger khaki-colored head settled over the top, retained very well and left lots of lacing on the way down. A very pretty sight to behold; I almost gave it a perfect 5.

S: Grapefruity hops at first sniff, though they're not overwhelmingly strong like you get from some DIPAs. Sweet caramel malt underneath, along with some brown sugar as well.

T: The first thing I wrote after the first sip was "peppery at the end" -- the alcohol spice that showed up at the end of the sip was definitely noticed. Up front it had plenty of bready and sweet malt -- hearty rye bread mixed with toffee and caramel, but some dry but fruity bitterness follows. I actually wrote "tough to describe." The lingering bitterness has a slightly dry metallic taste to it, but not in a bad way, as I thought it was pretty well balanced all around.

M: Medium to full-bodied. A little more carbonated than I expected.

D: Good, especially for a beer of this strength.

Notes: This was interesting. I'd like to get my hands on another bottle, because I had a tough time putting my finger on just what it was I was tasting that's so different from other beers. I believe it was the rye malt, but I'd like to test that theory with another sampling.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 17:47:00 | More by Kendo
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KevinTK


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-30-2012 15:39:38 | More by KevinTK
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Bran9999


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-02-2012 21:53:34 | More by Bran9999
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BrySoChi

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-18-2013 21:25:49 | More by BrySoChi
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

12-13-2013 17:16:49 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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rcusick

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - poured a beautiful dark amber color with no haze or cloudiness into a dogfish head signature glass

smell - it could be because my bottle was a little old, i think its been in the fridge for six months, but my pour had almost no smell to it at all....a slight toastyness and hints of chocolate, but other then that, nothing. Surprisingly not even any alcohol/booze smell for such a high ABV beer.

taste - a nice maltyness with a good bit of rye spiciness. slightly boozy on the tongue, but not over powering.

mouthfeel - thick but not overly syrupy, just what i would want out of this beer.

overall - a stellar beer, i am only sad that i didnt crack this bottle sooner!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 23:40:20 | More by rcusick
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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