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

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1,817 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,817
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 81
Gots: 145 | 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:
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 philbe311
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rich caramel brown color with an ever so slight red hue... Slight head quickly fades... Slow peaceful carbonation... Minimal lacing, though a thick oily residue coats the glass throughout the session... Very still... Intriguing looking Double IPA...

S - Malts and fruits... Fruits and malts... Lots of complexity hits the nose... Caramel... Brown Sugar... Only a faint hint of piney hops... I was expecting major hops, and was very pleasantly surprise and happy with the rich sweet aroma presented...

T - There are the hops... Not too much, but more than I expected after the aroma... Caramel... Malt... Raisins... Rye...

M - Ultra smooth for a Double IPA, especially one coming in at 10% ABV... Medium bodied with an oily texture... Slight carbonation presents itself on the tongue... More sweetness than bitterness... A definite positive to this BA when it comes to Double IPAs...

D - Dangerously smoth and enjoyable for a 10% ABV Double IPA... Extremely drinkable... Great complexity all around... Proof that brewers can make an awesome Double IPA without going overboard with hops... A little more carbonation both in appearance and on the tongue would make this a slam dunk "A+..."

Photo of Braz
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear dark amber in color with a prolific light tan head that recedes to a full cap. Very sweet aromatics of honey and caramel. Flavors of caramelised toffee. Much more sweet than bitter which surprised me a little I guess. Backside is clean and the hops start to come through a bit. Alcohol notes sneak in as well thats comparable to brandy or cognac. Body is creamy, lightly carbonated with a bittersweet finish. I also get a sort of sharp cheddar aftertaste. This is good, a sipper for sure. It's a little sweet for me and has a sticky quality, but I still enjoy this alot. The hops are here but I wish they weren't masked 'quite' so much by the heavy malts and sweetness. Very barleywine like for sure.

Photo of cyclonece09
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brianbud
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sabinelr
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this at Cost Plus in Tukwila, WA. A good introduction to Schmaltz Brewing. Thanks Cost Plus for finding these and carrying them. Actually I haven't looked at the beer, just drinking it straight out of the bottle. The smell promises something different - some sort of fragrant malt. The taste is a bit on the sweet side for an IPA, and sort of like the whiskey taste others have noted. The sweetness and hops counter the 10% alcohol better than almost any strong ale I have tasted. You don't really know you are getting such a big kick. It feels sort of syrupy, but the aftertaste lingers as a pleasant medium hop which does not degenerate to gacky. It is not easy to drink in sips. You need to knock down about 4 ounces or more at one gulp. Doing that will give you the satisfying sense that you have done something more important than a wine tasting, and the aftereffect is very pleasant. After the first bottle you will be left wondering if you should have some more, but an hour later you will crave another one. Buy at least three and wait until your wife or girl friend has gone for the day, then let 'er rip.

Photo of popery
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An enjoyable DIPA with a nice twist of rye. This is yet another DIPA with a lot of hop flavor. It pours an absolutely beautiful mahogany that just glowed for me. The head is stiff and hearty. It might not quite look like the norm for the style, but it's a gorgeous beer that, for some reason, transcended style for me. The nose is disappointingly weak for the strength of the head. It's sweet with some good citric hop aroma. I don't have much patience for a DIPA with a weak nose. On the other hand, the beer has a marvelous taste. There's lots of hops, lots of caramel malt and a wonderful rye tone that is fairly unique in my experience. It's one of the more balanced DIPAs that I've had, but it's possible that it's a bit less fresh than some other DIPAs I've reviewed. I certainly didn't intend to age it, but it sat around for at least a couple weeks, unlike most DIPAs I've reviewed. This worked out for me, although it could have hurt the nose. I'll try to find another bottle and immediately consume it for a point of comparison. I do this for you, gentle reader. In you, I find my sole motivation to drink beer after beer, night after night. With that, I end this review and move on to my next self-sacrificial effort. Beer me.

Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JacobMutberg
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KolbMarley
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of possumteeth
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

12oz bottle. A nice tribute to Lenny Bruce, he of the inspiration for so many of today's more edgy comics.

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish copper amber colour, with three fingers of thick, foamy, and broadly puffy off-white head, which leaves pretty ambitious patchy and fuzzy layered lacing all around the glass as it quite lazily recedes.

It smells of grapefruit pith and acrid pine resin hops, bready, heady caramel malt, dark Belgian yeast-tinted fruit, a small spicy grainy edginess, and some burbling alcohol heat. The taste is a big neutered grapefruit pith wallop up front, followed by some weirdly timid dry pine woodiness, a robust spiciness, one pleasantly borne from the rye malt rather than hop, further bready caramel malt notes, a touch of understated, somewhat metallic alcohol acridity, and a strong lingering leafy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is on the low, more or less obsequious side, the body exhibiting one heck of a meshuggah hugeness, and yet a less than endowed smoothness. It finishes dry, kind of metallic, and still much more hoppy than malty, in a rare air sort of way.

An enjoyably crazy-big DIPA, with the added kick of a rye-tinted (tainted?) malt. The big alcohol is generally restrained, and not all that noticeable, rendering this as a somewhat easy to drink tipple. A winner in my book, as far as my acceptable adjunct-ified DIPA regulations go - we could all use a bit more of this, if only to keep the mainstream nervous.

Photo of Aficionado_Shawn
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

12oz single, Star. So this is a milestone?

appearance: served in my delirium chalice - realy nice clear amber-copper body, frothy white head with sticky lacing

smell: pine sap, sticky grapefruit, orange, caramel

taste: really nice and superbly balanced - bitter ruby red, sticky pine sap, citrus hops, some spice from the rye. Grassy and green, sweet dark fruits and caramel, alcohol well in its place. Very nice.

mouthfeel: slighlty sticky, not too heavy, smooth and complex

drinkability: good

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-A deep reddish amber color with moderately high clarity. Thick, moussy head is a pale khaki-darker than I would expect for a beer of this color. The head has pretty solid retention.

Aroma-Juicy hops and candy-sweet malt, this one has an explosive aroma. Brown sugar, burnt caramel, toffee, and molasses malt aromas hide a subtler, nutty/bready/toasty rye character. Hops are citrusy and floral with an overall candied orange feel to them, though are definitely secondary to the huge malt character. The aroma reminds me a little of a barleywine, though the rye character tempers the sweeter malt aromas. Some fruity esters (apple?) are also present.

Flavor-Still reminds me of an American Barleywine in a way-big brown sugar molasses malt flavors open up to toasty rye bread and resiny hops. As the flavor slowly fades, hop bitterness coats the tongue, and swells to moderately high. Slight rye bread crusts carry on through the aftertaste along with resiny hop flavors and tongue-numbing bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Superb. Full and chewy body yet silky and smooth at the same time. Carbonation is moderate. Hop bitterness coats your tongue in the finish and leaves a numb, tingly sensation behind.

A fantastic RyeIPA, and hefty to boot. It's not super hoppy in terms of aroma and flavor, but it is large and in charge, with almost barleywine-like grace. However, the Rye is expertly used here to give characteristic toasty, nutty, bready, and rye flavors and aromas, as well as a long-lasting head and a thick, chewy body. Certainly a sipper, but a good one, and one I'll definitely be drinking again.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Stugotzo
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

A: A medium ruby-brown color beer that looks more like a barleywine than anything else. Little head forms from a moderate pour and dissipates very rapidly with mimimal lacing.

S: Big sweet malt aroma up front with fainter hints of citrus hops. Faint spicy notes from the rye also appear.

T: Moderate bitterness balances out copious amounts of malt. The malt backbone has creamy notes of caramel while the hops display notes of citrus rind. Tropical fruit notes rise late in the aftertaste.

M: Nice and creamy up front, moderate carbonation on the tongue and a decent bitter bite cutting through late. Well balanced and very pleasant.

D: This is a very good DIPA that has enough nuances to keep me from drinking it too quickly.

Photo of MarkGutz
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BruceBruce
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bmurray10
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Ajlvt
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of longbongsilver
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,817 ratings.