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

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1,771 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,771
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%

barnzy78, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of ctfixer
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...

ctfixer, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice egg shell colored foamy head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some layered lacing down the glass.

S- Smell is a good balance between the malts and hops. Picking up sweet caramel malts, a bit of nuts, rye spices, piney and tropical fruit hops.

T- Bitterness from the hops hit me first. A bit of sweet malts to balance things out. A bit of heat from the alcohol too. A good amount of both piney and tropical fruit hops.

M- Sticky and medium in body. Carbonation is right on too.

O- Pretty impressed with this one. Very good and I'm gonna have to pick some more of this down the road.

nrbw23, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

PEIhop, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of braski
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.

braski, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Glentzerm, Nov 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Hophead717, Nov 22, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

boxofrane, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

pjs234, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

cfinch2, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

pgaveau, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

MacStinson, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

sobeleg, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Agold, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

KidRagnarok, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a big head that settles slowly. Clear amber colored body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Pleasant aroma, a combination of fruit and flora. Tree fruit - ripe apple, plum mixed with hints of spruce and black pepper.
T) A well balance flavor profile. Sweet malts and bitter hops. Bready. Caramel. Bitter evergreen.
M) Alcohol warmth. Full body. Mellow carbonation.
O) A well crafted brew. Good balance between the malts and hops. I'd definitely have another.

u2carew, Oct 29, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark caramel.

s: malty and sweet. Tiny bit of caramel. Can smell the alcohol as well

t: a nice balance of malts and piney hops. A nice bitterness to it.

m: medium to full body. medium carbonation. finishes a bit dry

o: Certainly an interesting spin on a DIPA. Don't think I could have more than one of these in a sitting. A solid beer though. Definitely recommend trying this if you are looking for a different angle on a DIPA.

Jaycase, Oct 25, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oy Gevalt ! Pours an interesting reddish brown slightly hazy body with a finger of beige-white head. Head lingers and it laces the glass well.
Aroma is nice and sweet. Tastes very hoppy with dates dark fruit notes. A bit of a bite in the aftertaste, that is not pleasant!

CaptJackHarkness, Oct 23, 2011
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,771 ratings.