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

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1,769 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,769
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 71
Gots: 107 | FT: 6
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%

beersvh23, Nov 08, 2013
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strongaf, Jul 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

howard12, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

stvanderwoude, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

twelveinches, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

adrian21, Nov 29, 2011
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Jnet0125, Mar 17, 2014
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duff247, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This should be labeled a Barleywine.

A: Deep deep burnt orange with some sweet honey hues in the light. Moderate lacing and no head. Pretty.

S: Plenty of malt upfront masked in alcoholic phenols with the hops hiding somewhere in there. DIPA eccentric.

T: Caramel sweet malt, special B without a doubt and I am a bit unsure where the Rye is because it doesnt stick out. Hops are a little bit more noticeable really as an earthy bitter piece than the beauty of pine and citrus which is absent. The alcohol is a lot more prevalent than in the aroma making it very boozy and off putting.

M: Salty with moderate carbonation. It really is bittersweet as the label says.

D: Just good, dont think I could finish the bomber myself, should be split.

Overall: Not what I expected from a DIPA more like a barleywine without doubt. The more you drink it, the more you like it. Not bad, probably wont buy again.

AMoceri7, Jun 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jroberts8811, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color, clear, good head
-- label design is a little cluttered but has an old school broadway marquis look which I like. With their current accomplishments, they are either being very modest as it does not stand out on the packaging or their awards need to be more prominent

S: Deep malt smell with a sweetness and hops smell

T: Rich malty rye taste initially finished with hops on the back end but it is not so hoppy, as in some beers, that can turn off some drinkers

M: Clean

O: Great Rye IPA. It would interesting to see how it would age over time. Being an IPA says it wouldn't do well, but with a 10% alcohol content, it might mellow out quiet nicely

Archimetez, Oct 20, 2013
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groleau, Aug 11, 2013
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beergypsy21, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at City O' City in Denver. Served in a snifter.

A: Deep amber with a slight haze. The cream head is small and dense. Head retention is marginal, but a nice amount of lace is left behind.

S: Pine and anise scents dominate the experience, plus a hint of grapefruit citrus. There is also a light toffee sweetness that's along for the ride.

T: Bitterness dominates the experience, but isn't over the top. The theme from the nose continues with intense hop flavors. Sweet malts are subdued, but can be found without too much effort. The alcohol is very well masked. Finishes with lingering pine and anise flavors.

M: The medium body feels oily. Carbonation level is just right.

D: This is a nice, if not outstanding DIPA. It doesn't stray far from the style's blueprint, but I was impressed with how well the beer's alcohol is masked. A quality pickup overall.

Rayek, Oct 10, 2010
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JandJMD, Nov 28, 2013
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csurowiec, Jun 24, 2013
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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