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

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1,744 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,744
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 72
Gots: 104 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

theandychrist, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A recent addition to Beertopia in Omaha... very nice...

Deep copper... bits of an auburn/reddish hue... 1/2" eggshell colored head... bubbles form quite tight.

Sweet strawberry and grapefruity nose... grassy and a little malt. Citrus is pretty big... small touch of pine.

Largely hoppy on the intake... somewhat dry through the swallow and a grainy hit in a pine/citrus finish. Pretty darn tastey for sure... At 10% it sure snuck up on me... sip it slow!

Fugazme, Aug 12, 2007
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

JellyJacket, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

choover14, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Chou, Dec 22, 2012
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Latarnik, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

drgonzo2k2, Mar 31, 2013
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Burt, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical American DIPA with a cloudy dark orange-amber body with a foamy, off-white head. Sweet malt, definitive rye character. Double dose of hops, with slight citrus and grass hints. Bready malt character - the rye is quite distinct.

Nice beer, surprised to see this is 10% ABV.

BDTyre, Nov 25, 2008
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt up front then the hops

T - This IPA has a seriously strong malt backbone to it the sweet malt does a good job at balancing out the hops

M - This beer has a full body with medium carbonation to it

D - For a 10% abv beer I think this is about as drinkable as you can get very easy to drink to quickly with its very enjoyable taste worth trying

armock, Mar 18, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

CTJman, May 10, 2013
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beermaned, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

StoicBeast, May 03, 2012
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Erice78, Jun 25, 2013
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DeezGunz14, May 23, 2012
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AndrewMichael, Oct 12, 2013
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bschinelli, Nov 29, 2013
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SharkNado, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark orange copper with a 2 finger beige head.

S - Piney hops with a little bit of citrus mixed in. The spiciness from the rye is clearly evident in the aroma.

T - Piney hops with a big kick of earthy spicy rye. Hint of sweet malt are present but get drowned out by the hops and the rye. The spiciness of the rye really melds with the hops to accentuate the bitterness.

M - Medium body and creamy with a dry finish and a slight alcohol warming feeling even though I couldn't taste the alcohol.

D - A nice twist on a DIPA. I can see how some people might find the rye hop combo overbearing but I enjoy it.

brewcrew76, Oct 04, 2006
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby brown with good tan head that left lace down the glass and a one-finger head. A great citric hop smell that is also bery piney and floral along with caramel and other sweet malts. Classic DIPA taste as the beer is medium-bodied and smooth and contains both a great hop bitterness and some sweet malt/fruit tastes. Taste is comprised of citric hops along with roasted and caramel malts. The high ABV leads to a dry backbite that gives off a complimentary alcohol burn and is tagteamed with the rye which gives off a little bready feeling. A great beer but also a very heavy beer to handle and one bottle was certainly enough for me.

clayrock81, Sep 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle of this at CIty Wide here in town. i really dont think i will ever run out of new things to try at that store. This is my second He'Brew and i remember liking the first. I have a buddy who thinks Lenny Bruce was God but i don't know anything about him except that he's dead and there's a pretty good beer made in his name.

Pours out a beautiful looking beer. Reddish and clear with a massive super foamy head. tons of nice lacing. Smells of fresh hops, some pine, caramel malts. Taste is just like the bottle says...bitter and sweet...but not too much of either. Theres a heavy pine/oak flavor on the back end that mingles well with the raw hops. The rye in there is not all that obvious, but it lends a nice earhty taste that ive grown to like after having many beers from Founder's in Michigan. The mouthfeel is the real problem with this beer...its too thick and sticky. I mean, yeah, how can you get all that super hop and malt into a beer without it being thick like this, but it still makes it a bit hard to drink. Overall, though, its a real winner.

aforbes10, Aug 13, 2006
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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