He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
Big ups to my fellow BA, joemcgrath27 for the hook-up on this.
A - Pours a hazy golden brown with an amber hue, solid two thumbs of lacing, solid retention, and a solid amount of lacing that lingers throughout.
S - Citrus and pine hops dominate the scents on this one, slightly peppery, and a strong lemon and a fruity pineapple scent that lingers.
T - The hops dominate the flavour, yet the finish is quite fruity. The finish is definitely bitter, but not offensive, and I definitely get a cotton candy and pineapple flavour that lingers on the tongue. The alcohol is incredibly hidden.
M - Perfect balance of carbonation, and a finish that isn't overly dry, especially given the hop content. Quite nice.
D - At 10% this stuff is dangerously intoxicating. Highly recommended to any hop lover and is incredibly tasty, offering unique flavours and a finely tuned finish.
08-14-2010 04:13:15 | More by andrenaline
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
05-12-2008 16:55:35 | More by jackorain
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
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..
10-12-2006 03:24:01 | More by mmcave
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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