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

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BA SCORE
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1,634 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,634
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 64
Gots: 79 | 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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optiontwo

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

Appearance: 22 oz. bomber poured into a standard pint glass. This beer pours a nice dark amber color with a slightly off-white head. While pouring it out of the bottle I could tell that it was thicker than your average brew.

Smell: Sweet, like caramelized candy. This might be just me, but the first smell I thought of was white raisins.

Taste: Flavors are somewhat difficult to distinguish because there is a lot going on. There is a definite bread-like aftertaste which I'm pretty sure can be contributed to the rye, but it still has the sweetness the scent promised almost tasting like caramel/toffee hard candy. Also, that mysterious white raisin flavor makes its way through. If I were blindfolded and tasted this beer the only way I would really know it was a double IPA is the alcohol. I feel as if there is a good amount of bittering hops thrown in but not a huge amount of flavoring ones. In other words, they really doubled up on both malts and hops but the malts taking the forefront in this one.

Mouth feel: Nice and sticky, just how it looked like it would feel when I poured it. Very smooth for a double IPA, I can tell it is above average in ABV but I wouldn't have guessed 10%.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for this type of beer. If I had more than just one I'd probably drink then consecutively and enjoy the buzz.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer more than any other He'Brew I've had. Which I suppose doesn't say much since I've only tried two. I'm looking forward to trying more from this brewery. Mazal tov!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 20:48:54 | More by optiontwo
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper with a dark amber core. Tall, thick, sticky, bright light khaki brown head. Perfumey-Scotch tape-pine sap hop nose, backed by spicy-sweet butterscotch, whiskey burn, and melted Werther's Original candies. Sweet, sugary toffee malt up front. Very spicy, peppery, anise-y, nutmeg jolt mid-palate. Bitterness increases as candied fruits and butterscotch chime in. Strong bitterness and spice in the finish. Warming, but doesn't feel like 10%. Watch out, eh? Medium-full body that coats the mouth well. Creamy feel. Very interesting beer with an interesting combination of spiciness, sweet caramel/butterscotch, and strong DIPA bitterness. I'm not sure if I am crazy about the strong spiciness, but a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 03:12:38 | More by alexgash
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish amber colour, 2 fingers of dense off white head, some nice tight lace left behind. Smell is of sweet caramel-bready notes, some citrus and pine, more of a general citrus as opposed to certain fruits, rye malt, almost barley wine like. Taste is of sweet bready malt, rye, big bitterness throughout, pine with some orange like citrus notes, sweet in the finish, lots of citrus in the aftertaste. Lots of resin and oil, light slightly prickly carbonation, full body. Nice malty and bitter DIPA, very different stylistically for what this is (much like Lenny Bruce himself) ABV well masked in taste but you can feel this in your chest, solid stuff overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 03:09:01 | More by peensteen
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark amber almost tending towards brown. Good sustaining head and decent lacing
S: typical for a rye beer, with some notes of a black IPA. Little bready and woody, some notes of a fall walk in the woods.
T/M: starts with a little malt, but overtaken quickly by the "rye" taste. Notes of dates or figs in the beginning, then a wave of bitterness takes hold, dry and tugging on all parts of the mouth. Then, surprisingly, a mild (brown) sugary taste creeps back in. That fades to some earthy/woody tones as the mouth slowly dries and the feel lingers, slowly growing in bitterness.

O: with the first tastes, I had this rated about 1/3 point lower. As I analyzed more and more closely, though, I found it to be more complex than first tastes. Without much analysis, I think this is a bit bitter for my tastes. But for a longer, enjoy your beer session, I liked this beer in the long run.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 22:41:02 | More by cjgiant
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask at Young Augustine's in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with solid amounts of breadiness and mild amounts of earthy and pine hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth and thick caramel malt flavors up front are joined by mild amounts of breadiness and even lighter amounts of rye flavors. Midway through the sip the malt flavors fade a bit with hints of soapiness, allowing pine hop flavors to work their way into things. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was close to being a very good beer but the malt flavors weren't quite crisp enough. Still, it's a good beer that's worth a shot.

Serving type: cask

07-29-2010 00:41:02 | More by glid02
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear mahogony with a giant tan foamy head. A nice looking brew. The smell is a very strong "bisquity" aroma with lighter scents of malt,alcohol,and grainy,if that's a word. The taste is a creamy mixture of alcohol, malt, rye, bitter hops, and a bready flavor thats just great. Not for the faint of heart, the alcohol is VERY in your face. But if you like a real alcohol and hop bite, this may be your beer. The m/f is heavy with a creamy feel that brings the mixture of flavors together beautifully. A very good beer from a West Coast brewery that's sometimes tough to find in CT.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 06:58:26 | More by jmz62565
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fairdinkum2

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my second Hebrew. Tried the Jewbalation first and quite impressed. This RIPA is another solid effort.

Attractive deep copper color with a nice creamy head that dissipates to a decent collar and nice lacing.

Hoppy nose, followed by a suprisingly, creamy muthfeel. Scorched orange peel and hoppy bitterness on the finish, all nicely balanced. THe 10% ABV is a seductive presence.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 02:13:30 | More by fairdinkum2
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ctfixer

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap " The Usual Place" Augusta GA

A: White head, on top of a clear ruddy copper color. Excellent head retention, maybe indicative to the rye, one of the best I have seen.

S: Opposite many of the other he'brew beers, where sweet malt is dominant - this one has a very strong spicy hops character, with the malt playing a supporting role. Somewhat bready but hops, hops, hops!

T: Hello hops, big bite up front, which gives way to sweet malt. Alcohol well-hidden, for this big beer, very tasty if you are a hop head and like pushing the style limits.
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy mouthfeel, dry acidic finish that aids drinkability a little, but the aftertaste lingers.

M: Excellent again for this big style, I like the medium mouthfeel all the way around, with medium carbonation for 10% ABV

O: I swear I could drink 3 of these, but not sure thats a good idea, as one pint was plenty to start my night! Great beer from contract brew (Saratoga) my favorite He' Brew for sure...

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 00:32:20 | More by ctfixer
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One whole bomber poured into a mass krug The liquid is a clear dark reddish amber with Great carbonation. The head is big 3 fingers, tan, rocky and laces to the max. Very impressive looking Indeed. The head retention is also extremely good, half way through the brew huge iceberg like malt puffs are drifting about in a one finger pad of foam.

The smell is mostly hoppy but the aroma of sweet rye bread also comes out.

The taste is good, a sweet rye bread malt will a good flavor of bitter hops. Odd back and forth with the balance between sweet malt and bitter hops. A slight alcohol taste also is present. I big beer to be sure.

The mouthfeel is good, thinks malty body and a great carbonation, could have a bit more of a cleansing bite.

The drinkability is good, a bit heavy but it is a big heavy brew, I would try this again, Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 18:19:12 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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GregPearson33

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the brew from a 22oz bomber into a Sam Adams tasting glass. It's a dark burnt-orange brown with a very thin head that tight, but fading fast -- not really what I like to see. The smell definitely has some citrus including heavy amounts of grapefruit, but also a malty (caramel?) character. After the first sip I'm a little surprised by the thick, syrupy consistency of the body and the medium-high level of carbonation. As soon as I got over that though I was able to enjoy the BOMB of hop flavor, though not of the same citrus quality I expected from its smell.

Still, if by "obscenely hopped" they mean "amazingly delicious" than I'd say the description is pretty accurate. While there is definitely a hefty hop presence in the initial sip, I think it's surprisingly well balanced; after a swish or two there is even a discernable malty sweetness to the flavor. The aftertaste definitely summons back its bitter roots, however, leaving a piney aftertaste.

Although I haven't had enough to have the alcohol become an issue, I think it's a little hefty to have more than just a (very, very enjoyable) bomber.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 02:28:27 | More by GregPearson33
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin but dense beige head that has good retention properties.
S: There are aromas of pine resin hops and caramel malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and has lots of caramel flavors; these are well balanced by piney flavors and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is also some crispness in the initial taste and dryness in the finish along with notes of warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. I would definitely try this again because the combination of creamy and crispness on the palate is rather unique.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 02:39:22 | More by metter98
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braski

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance- a dark amber color with a head that settles down quick and leaves nice lacing.

smell- a equall mixture of malts hops and alcohol.

taste- same as above, sweet, bitter, hot and a distinctive flavor like no other, must be the rye.

mouthfeel- medium body with a little burn that is sticky feeling.

overall- a great beer, i love when i taste a beer that is so different but yet so tasty that i can't put it down. i'm looking forward to trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:50:37 | More by braski
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LittleBreeze

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Incredible aroma on this one. Sweet malt and good balance of rye. Nice balance. Very smooth with a good hoppy bite on the finish. Good body. Mouthfeel is just a little sticky. Near the end it seemed to be a tad to much sweetness. Overall, this is an impressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 17:13:05 | More by LittleBreeze
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish copper color, full fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Smell is of sweet malts, piney and spicy hops, rye. Taste is nutty, sweet and bready malts and rye Piney and spicy hops balance out the flavor. Hints of dark fruit. Oily yet crisp, medium bodied and slightly dry finnish. Very good beer, lacks a little umph in flavor. Agree with the below reviewer who stated this is more of a Rye Pale Ale than Rye Double IPA. Rye is the star.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 14:44:20 | More by rfgetz
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slammo

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How good is this? I admit to being a fan of the American Double so it stands to reason this is a lot of fun in a bottle. Oh yeah...love the bottle too!

This offering pours with many micro bubbles cascading forth. The head is dense and the color is very dark amber. Nice!

Smell is of sweet malt with an almost coffee like appearance. Lenny would approve.

The taste is hint of rye with plenty of malt and hop backbone and did I say hop? The alcohol warms a little here as well.

Mouth feel is silky and just enough syrup coaxes me back soon.

I can (and will) drink this in numbers bearing the 10% alcohol content in mind. It did pair well with grilled sea bass. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 00:13:00 | More by slammo
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etenbus

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A double IPA named after Lenny Bruce? That's got "buy me" written all over it. Whoa! At 10%, this ale gets in your face and deserves respect, much like Lenny.

The pour raised a good bit of creamy caramel colored head, which over time left haunting lacing all over the inside of my Budvar 1/2 liter glass. Copper-clored with a bit of haze.

The aromas are balanced between the hops and malt, perhaps too balanced for this hophead. I smell citrus, orange not grapefruit, candied fruits, raisins, hard candy, and just a hint of mustiness, enough to know that this beer's lineage goes back to Great Britain.

When the ale hits the tastebuds, there's an initial but fleeting sweetness that gets kicked in the head by a bitter whallop. Dark fuit, apricots, oranges, some tobacco, and a little leather. Then the bitter streak hit the center of the tongue. On the swallow the alcohol is very present until the puckering dryness kicks in.

With this much put into the ale, it's got Marilyn Monroe mouthfeel--very full and voluptuous. As it warms, the flavors intensify and I reach for the ice water to clear the palate before diving in again.

This is a big beer for a slow evening, perhaps while watching your favorite British mystery on PBS. Cheers Lenny.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 06:21:23 | More by etenbus
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber with nice two-finger white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Strong malt sweetness with some light floral hops.

T - Malty sweetness right upfront with a good amount of piney hops. Rye really comes through in the finish and produces a nice bitter finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Alcohol is barely for a 10% beer. Dry finish.

O - Very good RIPA. Very easy drinking at 10%. Would come back too.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 03:48:28 | More by TreyIsWilson
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Stoneman78

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a Duvel tulip glass while watching the Pats-Colts game
A- Pours a dark amber/orange hue, head is a three-finger mass of foamy off-white goodness with excellent retention, creamy lacing sticks all over the glass, quite impressive!
S- Nose is dominated by sweet rye malts and alcohol, plenty of hops in the background, tones of caramel, molasses, grass, and dark fruits
T- Initial taste is of rye malts and spices which pave the way for a variety of bitter pine hops, also present are herb/spice, floral, and candy tones, an interesting tinge of vanilla pops up well into the aftertaste
M- Medium bodied DIPA, watery to oily texture, amped carbonation
D- This is one hefty DIPA and the alcohol is front and center at 10%, I probably wouldn't go for more than one of this in a sitting, the rye is a distinctive element (also seen in Bear Rep's Hop Rod Rye) that somehow overshadows all those hops which is strange (not usually seen in west coast DIPAs), overall a high quality ale that is just different -not in a bad way- style of DIPA
Buy Again? Maybe
Personal Score- 84/100

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 22:35:04 | More by Stoneman78
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear, deep brown and amber color with a slim but soapy head. The aroma is the first thing that elevates this brew. It's a full-force mix of malt and hops. A little more malt than I expected, but the hops are great...a little grapefruit, as well as a musty, herbal backbone. It's a great combination, and it really sets the tone for the beer. The taste is equally good. There's a nice hop flavor throughout the beer, with plenty of sweetness and a syrupy malt flavor. The brew does take on a warming quality after a while, but on the whole, it hides it's abv quite well. The body is rich and full, with a lot of substance. This is a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 20:12:00 | More by Suds
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zeff80

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out an amber/burgandy color. A one-finger head that left some lacing.

S - HOPS!!!

T - It was very hoppy and sweet, as well. It came across very spicy.

M - It was fairly dry and crisp. Heavy-bodied.

D - It was good but almost too hoppy. Nice sweet flavor, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 23:05:23 | More by zeff80
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MisterClean

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 from total wine.

A - Auburn in color, moderate head, and great legs with slight head retention.

S - Wow. My favorite. Pineapple and yellow grapefruit esters, with a hint of grassiness. Slight smell of maltiness. Possibly from rye grains.

T - Pineapple, yellow grapefruit, with a more moderate influx of maltiness. The rye did not stand out, just the maltiness.

M - Syrupy, lightly carbonated, with a slight bit of bitterness. Almost like a fruit soda.

D - Despite the ten, little alcohol feel. It's a great beer, but I would like to have seen more rye in the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 01:37:51 | More by MisterClean
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flagmantho

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Head almost rose past the rim; exciting.

Appearance: hazy amber orange with three thick fingers of creamy ivory foam with a little bit of an orange cast. Head retention is great (still there even as the glass is almost done) and big, chunky lace is left. This is a trait of rye in my experience, and a good one. I'm not thinking DIPAs get much better than this, visage-wise.

Smell: big citrus and earthy hops. Well-executed and very appetizing. A solid West Coast IPA aroma.

Taste: big malt flavor; dark, musty fruit rounds out the sweet malt. Bitterness is pretty huge. To me this is more of an American strong ale or even American barleywine (ryewine?), but whatever you call it, it is tasty. There's a hint of the spiciness that rye brings, but it really can't compete with this hops bill.

Mouthfeel: thick and sticky. With the ABV of this monster, that's not surprising; but throw in the rye, and this thing gets crazy. Carbonation after the pour seems relatively low, which holds back creaminess a touch; still, this is a big, filling beer.

Drinkability: the ABV and the body hold back drinkability a bit, but the flavor is good (if strong, even challenging to some). Up to today I haven't been super impressed by Shmaltz, but Lenny has really changed my mind about the place.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 01:24:58 | More by flagmantho
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours ruby with good carbonation and head.

S- Rye and hop bitterness.

T- Hop backbone. Good IBU's. Sweet from the rye, and good character. Balanced quite well between sweet and bitter. The rye didn't seem to work too well for me, but it didn't bother me too much.

M- Smooth. Medium full. Medium dry. Pretty sticky. Carbonation was just right.

D- Tamer than many DIPAs. Little noticable alcohol taste. Interesting beer. Worth trying if you like whiskey. There's no lack of it in this drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 23:12:48 | More by BBP
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby color with two fingers of a fine creamy off white head.

Scent of rye, hops, some earth, and fruits. The alcohol is well hidden and it is balanced nicely, but it doesn't smell as strong as the alcohol percentage would let on.

Taste of strong rye and bread start with the hops coming in shortly after. Lasting rye flavor through the finish with some more bread and a bit of alcohol.

Medium bodied, smooth and a bit syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 23:52:32 | More by paco1029384756
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep red color with a medium tan head that has good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet from malts and has a lot of pine hops. The flavor has a very sweet caramel malt character but it is well balanced with a spicy hop flavor that sticks on the palate. Some rye comes through on the end. This one has a very full body. Drinkability is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 23:30:33 | More by clvand0
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,634 ratings.