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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,642 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,642
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 65
Gots: 80 | 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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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
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keithmurray

New York

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

Appearance - dark copper color with khaki colored head

Smell - citrus, grapefruit, spice from the rye

Taste - Citrus from the hops, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, spicy kick from the rye, brown sugar, pine

Mouthfeel - Thick, hearty, syrupy, full bodied, very sweet upfront and in the middle, bitter in the back, low carbonation on this as well

overall - strong beer, one that will sneak up on you and hurt you if you aren't careful. solid beer that I'm glad to have tried

Price Point - $12.99/4pk 12 oz bottles

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 21:20:24 | More by keithmurray
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buffettfan

Arizona

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

I was at a beer tasting with a rep from this brewery last night, and of all the beers we tried, this was my favorite. So much so, I bought a bottle home with me to do a rating.
Its a very balenced IPA. Has a lot of hops, but has a balenced caramel maltyness that was very appealing for me. Not a hop bomb, but enough to satisfy a hop craving once and a while. A very drinkable beer. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 16:29:03 | More by buffettfan
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RedChrome

Connecticut

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

Medium amber colored crystal clear body. Inch and a half almond colored head took a few minutes to shrink down. One small stream of carbonation meandering to the top. Think sheets of lacing down glass.

Initially there is a strong blend of citrus and pine. But the pine wins out in the end with a slightly dirty finish. Citric smell is of grapefruits with just a hint of lemon. Very nice blend.

A pine taste created a thin veil over a very rich malt flavor. Tastes include a note of burnt rye toast, toffee notes and a gritty but faint grapefruit. A nice blend but still a tad on the gritty side,

Very nice thick feel on the surfaces of the mouth. A very limited carbonation tingle left the taste to sit on their own.

A nice offering to salute a great mind. In honor this is a great beer to wash down pastrami on pumpernickel. Oy, the boys at He'Brew did well with this tribute, but I'd give the beer up for Lenny back any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 02:29:29 | More by RedChrome
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Overlord

California

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

Pales a burnished red/amber. Fairly dark colored beer. Inch of off-white foam.

Smells ... mostly of sweet white grapefruit. No pine or bittering citrus in the nose.

Taste is surprisingly sweet. For a DIPA, it's pretty barley-wine-ish. Brown sugar, caramel ... big malt presence. Let it linger and grapefruit and a splash of more tropical citrus comes into play.

Nice, well balanced. I actually am enjoying it quite a bit. Has a satisfying chewy/sticky mouthfeel. Thanks for the recommendation Jwolfie70!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 07:42:50 | More by Overlord
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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

This Kosher brewery really intrigues me. I must say.

Appearance- Great rising flowing head that grows almosr thre inches to overflow my imperial pint glass. Almost a maroon/deep amber with some slow, obviously hop infused bubbles, make their way to the top. Great lacing that leaves almost perfectly symetrical rings equidistant from the next. Awesome.

Smell- Thick with panda express orange peel chicken. Great combo of the sweet and bitterness citrus found in teh extravagant use of hops.

Taste- Starts with what feels like a passionately bittersweet rye and grapefruit melange of citrus sugar with its overpowering skin. The malt is a little mild. This beer would have been perfect if the malt had a little more say on my taste buds.

Mouthfeel- Strong resins and syrups that slowly leave the back of my thraot after each long, savoring sip. Well incorporated alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 03:47:52 | More by scruffwhor
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Ohmmygawd

Massachusetts

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

I got this because it's almost Passover and although I'm not Jewish I figured I'd support a great brewing company and also a comedy legend.

Lenny Bruce on the Steve Allen Show
http://youtu.be/oCplnUga0hU?t=1m48s

Cheers.

Bottle to snifter glass

A- Deep clear amber. A good amount of tan colored head that laces as you drink.

S- Carmel and that wonderfully spicy rye smell.

T- Carmel and rye followed by a motley of bitter hop textures.

M- Sweet and then bitter with a spicy hit of alcohol. It lingers on the sides of the tongue for a good while.

O- This beer is a little all over the place but as a whole it's a good rye IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 21:28:11 | More by Ohmmygawd
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kcillini77

Kansas

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

My first Shmaltz brew, and it was a good choice.

Nice, deep ruby color with a good head that laces well.

Smell is spicy malt - very aromatic.

Taste is rye up front with an immediate bitter hop bite that mellows with warming alcohol and peppery spice.

Rye malt and hops are very plentiful. Alcohol is noticeable and very present, but not overpowering.

A great tribute beer, and somewhat unique in that it adds the rye to a style that is becoming fairly prevalent. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 03:44:26 | More by kcillini77
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

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

A: Looks nice already, head will not go away for me to pour the rest of the beer in the glass. Dark copper with a tight laced head that won't quit. Guessing this one is going to leave some serious lacing, if the head ever recedes...

S: Rye comes through very nicely here. Very hoppy smell, good bitter fruit aromas. Has some sweet, citrusy fruit aromas as well. All balanced by the deep rye backbone.

T: Tastes like my beloved Hop Rod Rye, kicked up another notch. This is a gigantic RIPA. Super hoppy, super malty. Good bitterness from the rye with some tobacco and burnt wood character.

M: The head on this beer is astounding me, still has a fingers worth of clumpy, tight laced head after getting about half way through it. Makes for a tremendously smooth and creamy RIPA

D: Alcohol is nearly undetectable. This beer is huge and absolutely delectable. Definitely will look into picking up some more of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 03:33:09 | More by kiddynamite920
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timtim

District of Columbia

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

reddish orange with an off white, super thick head that had great retention and left really great lace. nose and taste are very similar. caramelly malt seems to stick out the most to me, followed by minty hops and spicy rye. the hops really come through in the finish and are a little citrusy and piney, but extremely minty. that's kind of cool and different and unique. full bodied. very creamy and silky. possibly the beer's strongest point. it loses a few drinkability points for high abv and strange but good taste, but i was pleased and impressed by this one... l'chaim!!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 04:27:24 | More by timtim
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

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

22oz bomber purchased from Hoosick Beverage in Troy, NY. Served refrigerator temp in a standard pint glass.

Had to pour hard to get a decent head, but it did come and is sticking around quite well. 1" rocky tan foam on top of a dark mahogany brew, leaves plenty of lacing as it eventually settles. Smell: maltbomb. Biscuit, raisin, caramel, followed by some vanilla, citrus, spices. Not very hoppy. Taste follows straight from the nose, huge malt presence, and still not a ton of hops. I'd really peg this as a hearty barleywine, maltier and not as hoppy as I'd expect from a DIPA. Has a nice spiciness, presumably from the rye. Mouthfeel is fantastically thick and sweet without being slimy or cloying. Finishes clean with a good bit of hoppiness that wasn't apparent in the taste. Odd that the hops only come shining through on the finish. I guess that's a testament to how thick and malty it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 01:33:00 | More by BeerNinja007
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Dlish

California

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

A- Pours Ruby red, hints of golden light coming through on the edges, good head, not white, tinted with a bit of malt very small bubbles in the foam.

S- Very sweet in malts, rye, just a hint of hops, more earthy floral hops in the background. Nothing like the barreled age RIPA, more more aroma and i'm a bit disappointed by this.

T- Lots of Rye, The hops finally come through in this double IPA, sweet malt back bone. I get like an orange jello taste with it in the background. I get a bit of bourbon, and alcohol burn, bit of cherry syrup. Its almost fruity tasting with the rye and the malt backbone and a lot of other flavors going on to.. sorry i'm enjoy drinking this, and can't focus.

M- Smooth thick and heavy, not your more refreshing pale or ipa, this is heavy and flavorful, and you better have a freind to drink this with or a fine meal.

D- This is a solid beer, however the barreled age is a couple levels above this. Still a good beer, its my only beer from He'brew and i'm gonna have to start drinking more of their beers. However the price for 4 is redoculous !

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 04:02:07 | More by Dlish
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sevreng

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Atlas Bottle Works in Pittsburgh, PA on 6/27/14. Poured into globe glass.

A - Bright. Copper-red color. Minimal head on pour, dissipating slowly.

S - Pineapple and grapefruit dominate the nose, softened by a little maltiness.

T - Citrus hops and malts fight for attention upfront, so well balanced that it is hard to see where the hops end and the malts begin. Dries out very nicely for a double IPA, without becoming overly bitter. Well done.

M - Full yet crisp without getting sticky like a lot of double IPAs. Very nice.

O - The best Rye IPA I've had recently, this is a great all around IPA. Would like to try it on tap or a little fresher.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 21:51:02 | More by sevreng
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dogfishandi

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no bottling date.

immediatly off the pour i noticed the beer poured extremely thick, almost syrupy. a slightly cloudy deep reddish orange. lots of big carbonation bubbles slowly floating to the top. formed a very thick off white head with amazing retention and amazing thick, furry lace. the oddness of the large bubbles and syrupiness of the beer almost made me think...infection, but it still looks amazing in the glass.

a nice sense of balance in the aroma. mostly pine hops with some light grapefruit balanced by a candied caramel, bready malt. a little alcohol noticable and the slightest hint of darker fruits and rye grain.

again, nice balance. resinous pine sappy hops, maybe some light citrus notes balanced by candied caramel, bready malt. a touch of a rye taste and spiciness in the finish.

big, thick heavy body. a little bit syrupy. has a strange feel on the palate after each sip, really coats the whole mouth, that im not a huge fan of. good feeling carbonation.

wouldnt want more than one of these, but i would like to try the other BA variations and such. there is a little wierdness in the appearance and mouthfeel that reminded me exactly of a batch of infected homebrew, but the aroma and taste totally disproved that, no hint of wild yeast.

edit: the more i drank, the more i enjoyed it. very close to a barleywine. one of the thickest, oilest beers ive ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:14:38 | More by dogfishandi
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: RED with a thick tan foam; great retention and lacing

S: Typical grapefruit/citrus quality from the hops but also a touch of cinnamon and cloves; bready and spicy

T: Hoppy and spicy--grapefruit and a nice sweetness pervades as does a slightly chewy bready quality

F: Great even mouth coat

D: Quite drinkable for what it is--the alcohol and sweetness do not hinder

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 02:05:36 | More by dbossman
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output01x

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A modest pour yields a 1.5-finger creamy tan-colored head. It recedes over time but keeps a nice coating over the beer. The body is an amber-copper with a strong amount of rising bubbles. The lacing is thick and covers the glass well.

Floral and citrus hops aromas mingle nicely with a warm bready malt note. A little spiciness is also detected and the overall impression is a full, well-rounded, flavorful DIPA. Very much so looking forward to the first sip.

Spicy hops strike the tongue at the beginning of the sip and slowly mellow as the roasted malt flavor takes over. Then a decent piny bitterness followed by an alcohol warmth strikes from the back of the mouth but does not overpower the other flavors that linger. The alcohol is very light and is more like an 8% (as opposed to the 10% ABV of this beer).

Full bodied and slightly creamy, this beer definitely coats your mouth well and sticks to the tongue nicely. The moderate carbonation keeps the drinkability up but does not hinder the tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 19:43:53 | More by output01x
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clean and clear dark burgundy topped with a half inch of super creamy off white head that leaves a significant amount of super sticky looking lace. This thing looks imposing.

S: Hops are there but like the beer says this one brings the rye into the frame big time. Sweet and chewy rye, phenols are pretty high but really seem to work well with the rye and hop aromas so as not to be too distracting or off putting. There is also a strong enough sweet malt aroma to sort of balance the highly hoppy aroma.

T/MF: Super sweet and super full bodied opening. Super sticky and bitter mango and pineapple undercut by a strong phenolic bite that lets you know the rye is working as well. Super strong malt presence as well but this beer will not let you forget what you are drinking, the rye is there and adds an interesting sweetness and medicinal bite that after a while becomes oddly satisfying. I swear this thing is creeping in on barleywine territory. The mouthfeel on this one is just as complex as the flavor and is both sweet and bitter and super sticky, the liquid just gets pasted to your tongue and rips at your taste buds dragging flavor all over the palate.

D: This beer is quite interesting, really complex where most DIPAs just slap you in the face with hops this one adds a new piece to the puzzle along with one of the stronger malt profiles I've noticed in a DIPA in a while. A heavy and hot beer that is good for a glass by yourself and a friend or if you are adventurous, by yourself only.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 03:04:08 | More by bluemoonswoon
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,642 ratings.