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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,771 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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%

foxyaardvark27, Jan 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

klipper, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

NumberNone, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow - a very unique beer that I'm glad to have purchased this week in Delaware.

Bottle pours a dark amber colour, slightly hazy with a limited head that has minimal retention. Grassy, rye aroma of roasted malts with a spicy backbone. Some floral and citrus hop elements in the background add complexity. The flavour is unique, with harsher rye elements interspersed with more standard caramel and citrus notes. Lots of body, and the 10% ABV is terrifyingly well hidden until a bitter hop and alcohol warmth burn in the finish.

An excellent sipping beer that is unlike any other of this style that I've enjoyed. Definitely worth trying.

hopsolutely, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

whatname, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of deuce9259
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a pint glass.

Deep red color with a thick creamy tan head.

Nose comes off strong with malt, minimal hops.

Full bodied taste. Don't get as much of the hops as advertised. Couldn't find the IBU's listed...but maybe its lighter to me because I've been drinking other hopped up stuff lately. Very creamy and sweet. Doesn't taste like 10%.

Again I think its good..but not anything special. Taste didn't really improve over the course of the beer. I would probably prefer it to have a bit more crisp and hops to it than all of the malt and cream that I got.

deuce9259, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, slightly hazy, amber-copper coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white head that quickly settles into a sparse, filmy surface coating. Aromas of roasted grain and booze initially, with a tangy malt profile that combines caramel and tropical fruits. Hints of mango and papaya. Some citrus notes, as well, with some pepper notes; no hops presence on the nose otherwise. Flavors are a blast of hops. Holy monkey! Resiny and bitter, with a strong backbone of roasted, rich grain. Very well balanced after the initial shot in the mouth. The fruit presence becomes a mid-palate highlight, leaving as quickly and sneakily as it arrives. Booze and bitter hops finish the palate, as well as clean everything up. This beer is like a tornado touching down on your tongue (in a good way). Bitter, resiny, and slightly earthy aftertaste, with a clean, slightly dry finish. The beer is robust and full in mouth. This one's a heavy hitter, and it brings the flavor with it the whole way through.

GarthDanielson, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of negroobserver
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Described as a Double IPA with Rye Malt
12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

The appearance is a light coffee color. Very much like a traditional Brown Ale. Pours with a short cream colored head, which lingers on the top for a bit. Filtered. Light to moderate lacing on the glass.

The body is dense and full. Very heavy. Thick as an imperial stout or a cream ale.

Taste is at best lacking. There is essentially nothing on the front end. First impact comes from the body of the beer, which transitions into a light malty flavor and then quickly to a ver intense bitterness which coats the tongue and lingers in the mouth for at least a minute.

Aroma is malty. Sweet. A hint of sourness. Little or no hoppy aroma which is disappointing.

The beer is a bit of a shock to the taste buds but it becomes less threatening as you continue to drink. Not a bad drink but an acquired taste. I love double IPAs but this one eludes me. It doesn't come together as a whole.

negroobserver, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

This beer pours a dark amber and had a great head with great lacing. The smell is very malty upfront and then pine on the back end. The taste is much more balanced than expected and does a good job of hiding the booze which is a 10.0% beer. This beer had a great body and did not dissapoint. I would highly recommend to any double IPA fan or a rye P. A. Fan?

brewdude1982, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Weli
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep reddish copper, crystal clear with a thin off white head, subsiding to fine white lacing

S-Very malty, perhaps more malty than hoppy in the aroma, smells almost sweet like over ripe fruit or tangerines and honey

T-very sweet up front with a hint of spice from the rye, slight alcohol flavor and warm tangerine citrus hop flavor, prickly slightly bitter finish

M-Very thick somewhat cloying, low carbonation, taste lingers on the palate

O-For a double IPA it is very malty and almost candy sweet, i feel there really needs to be more aroma hops or dry hops to truly be a double IPA, As is it tastes like an American Barley Wine with a strong citrus character. Tasty,

Weli, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Chou, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

millelacsmark, Dec 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

fredmugs, Dec 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

skullforest, Dec 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ilikebeer03, Dec 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

oldedog, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

cliff1066, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

n00blar, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

sendbeer, Dec 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

fox227, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Robdrinx, Dec 14, 2012
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adam42381, Dec 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

BertLoveIII, Dec 10, 2012
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,771 ratings.