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

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1,655 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,655
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 66
Gots: 84 | FT: 5
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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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beersensei305

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Rye Double IPA pours a deep copper with a nice thick head and great lacing. The smell is hoppy with some citrus sweetness and maltiness. The taste is complex- it starts off with carmel sweetness, grapefruit tartness, toasted notes, and rye. This is a medium bodied brew with average carbonation. This is a great beer and I could have this at any time.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 22:41:14 | More by beersensei305
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JizackFH

New York

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark amber red color with a 2-finger off white head. The head had decent retention and left just a little bit of lacing on the glass. There was a lot of carbonation visible.

S - This smells of caramel sweetness. The rye is there as well, but it isn't as strong as I thought it would be. The scent of hops is also present, but this beer is definitely malt dominated. The sweet smell of this beer is nice.

T - Caramel sweetness up front. There are also notes of rye, grapefruit hops, and a little citrus. The finish of this beer is of hop bitterness. I thought the rye would come into play more than it did here in the taste.

M - The mouthfeel is decent. It has a medium body with medium carbonation. It also has a creaminess to it, and it is also a little bit warming.

D - I would say that this is a pretty drinkable beer. I really wish the rye would have come into play more than it did, but I still think it is definitely worth trying. I would pick this one up again if there wasn't anything else that caught my eye, but I think overall this beer is ultimately forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 08:55:12 | More by JizackFH
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pour is murky, with visible chunks of sediment floating around. There is two fingers of billowy foam that stands firm on top of the beer. Didn't realize this was bottle conditioned... had it on its side. I don't see anywhere on the label that mentions bottle conditioning. Sorry, loses some points on appearance for that.

Aroma is pungent, full of grassy, earthy hops and a touch of oxidation on the nose and some crystal malt sweetness. First sip is a hoppy assault on my palate. Full bodied, there is a also a lot of malt backbone to round this one out. I don't detect any spicy rye flavors. Bitterness is sharp, but not lingering.

This is certainly an extreme beer. Mixture of hop flavors is not my favorite, but there are so many other flavors going on that I can focus on something different each sip. Earthy, plum, toffee, grassy. This is a interesting DIPA - borders on Barleywine with the malt backbone.

Either way, pretty good but not great. Drinkability suffers a bit due to the high ABV and sharp bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 03:34:09 | More by FickleBeast
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lenny's RIPA pours a nice deep amber red with an offwhite head that lingers as a thin but dense layer. The aroma is damp, citrus and piney hops mixed well with caramel malt. The flavor is bitter upfront with plenty of citrusy, spicy, herbal and piney hops. The malt isn't totally covered up. Plenty of caramel and toasted bread comes through. I get the feeling this beer isn't incredibly fresh, but it is delicious none the less. I can only imagine how good it would be fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 05:15:05 | More by ericj551
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evilkalla

Alabama

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass.

A: A very slightly cloudy amber color with 1/8 inch of head on it. A fair amount of carbonation but not overwhelming.

S: Very malty with a lot of citrus hoppiness. Very good.

T: Very bitter, with a bready, toasty maltiness to it. On the finish it's got a lot of hop citrus to it but also hints of very done toast. I happen to like very done toast. Great.

M: Pretty thick feeling, this one. Somewhat viscous. Bubbly at the same time. Really good.

D: I wouldn't pound this one back very fast given the 10% ABV, but it's pretty drinkable. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 02:28:12 | More by evilkalla
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NorCalYeti

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- sweet, alcoholic, malt backbone

color- mahogany

clarity- clear

smell- citrusy hops, roasted malts, caramel

body- big, full, round malty body with a long alcoholic finish

appearance- off-white, creamy head, heavy lace

overall impression- a pretty well balanced, above average tasting beer. great body and finish, alcoholic tasting, big.

notes and comments- malts: 2-row, Rye Ale Malt, Torrified Rye, Crystal Rye 75, Crystal Malt 80, Wheat, Kiln Amber, CaraMunich 60

hops: Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Crystal, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial. Dry Hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo and Crystal

glassware: pint

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 19:24:21 | More by NorCalYeti
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass, this beer has eluded me for about two years now. I find it funny though that they dedicate this brew to somebody and put their born on and died on dates up there but still, I don't know when this beer was brewed, what a slap in the face.

RIPA looks a dark shade of orange with some bronze hints in there, looks pretty tasty and rich. A nice beige colored head rises up and settles into a nice looking cap with some marks on the glass. Smelling this I get alot of malt up front and sweetness. Rye is in there but buried literally. A nice dosing of grapefruit and some piney hops, some alcohol as well. This is interesting beer here. The rye, while being the main ingredient(supposedly) is not all that large, it comes and goes. Caramel malt is king here and this is one sweet DIPA from the west, this has East Coast written all over it, funny how that happens. Grapefruit, rye, grass, bubblegum, caramel/toffee/werther's, you get the picture right. All in all these taste come together nicely. Feel is above medium and sweet and not all that bitter, carb is not a problem, this beer is alive. The feel kinda reminded me of a barleywine in some ways. I quite liked this concoction and hope to find a super fresh bottle someday, but that won't happen unless they start dating them.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 16:24:33 | More by BARFLYB
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Phelps

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Tops, poured into a snifter.

A: hazy rosy-orange and slightly hazy, with a very short-lived head of off-white that becomes a thin ring.

S: tons of mango and pineapple and lime -- it's a tropical fruit medley in there. A nice amount of spicy rye and white pepper is tempered with sweet caramelized malt. Citrusy, sweet, fruity; delicious.

T: the flavor reminds of grapefruit peel in both the citrus notes and pithy bitterness it provides. Caramel, orange juice, rye, and a hefty lingering bitterness all mix in the mouth. Notes of sweet sugar-coated mango emerge as the beer warms.

M: the beer holds together nicely amidst a medium-high, fizzy, peppery carbonation. Medium in body, it feels smooth and velvety about the mouth. Very nice.

D: a flavorful, delicious (if a little expensive) rye IPA. With the last sip of Lenny's, a revelation: He'Brew makes some delicious beers. I'm going to have to seek them out more often.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 21:47:17 | More by Phelps
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katan

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a goblet

A - Pours a very hazy, deep dark brown, with a few amber highlights. Not normally noticed in a pour, but this beer just looks super thick. Head formation was about nil.

S - Super sweet, lots of caramel and toffe notes, backed up with some interesting grainy rye. Rye can comes across as almost edgy in a beer like this.

T - Starts off all sweet, lots of 2 row malts and some grainy rye background. Mid-stream is still very malty, with more grainy rye notes. Caramel appears strongly here. Finishes with the first appearance of hops and bitterness, with some floral hopping and a bitter finish.

M - Thick and oil - very creamy. Carbonation is missing, so this beer stands on its own. Could use some "fluffy" textures from higher carbonation. Finishes thick and cloying.

D - A one and done beer. A bit too sweet for long sessioning. ABV is sneaky, and a bomb. Not filling, but certainly has a standing affect on the palette - almost overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 04:24:45 | More by katan
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep amber body, clear and free of any haze. Heavy four finger white head perched atop with very impressive retention. The glass is left coated with lacing.

The bottle states Lenny's was "brewed with an obscene amount of malts and hop" This definitely is coming through in the nose. First the good. Bright citrusy scents spill out of the glass. The hop selection is awesome, I love rye beers that balance the astringency with a nice citric bite. Now the bad, there is a lot of malt and not all good. Lightly toasted malt provides a pleasant base though I begin to worry by the amount of caramel I am smelling. Getting a bit to happy with caramel malt has killed many good IPA/DIPA's.

I tried to keep an open mind but my concerns were only justified. Bittersweet Lenny should just go by Sweet Lenny. The cloying caramel malt in combination with the fruitiness of hops makes for an entirely too sweet beer. The nice bit from the rye I so looked forward to is nonexistent. If only the percentage of crystal malt was cut down this would be one damn good beer.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The overwhelming sweetness coats the tongue making for an inappropriately long finish.

It is sad that one ingredient can ruin a beer with so much promise. Lenny is just far too sweet to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 01:09:08 | More by kzoobrew
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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, dark amber with a bit of an off white head and some lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some nice spicy rye as well as some citrus and pine hops. The taste is a bit sweet with some bitterness coming from the citrus and pine aspects. The sweetness might be a bit much compared to the bitterness in the end, but overall this is a nice and fairly unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 20:53:39 | More by Thorpe429
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Alrighty then....I haven't really been a fan of the other Shmaltz offerings, so here goes nuttin'...Pours a brilliant reddish amber, more on the red side actually...wonderful, creamy three finger head that is wicked persistent and leaves sheets of lacing. Freaking awesome so far...Heavily carbonated...Robust aromas of rye malt, obviously, some ripe fruit - I get pineapple notes amidst some mango perhaps, and some spice - clove or coriander, but faint. Some sweetness in the nose. Just noticed that this is 10% ABV, wow...OMFG, this brew is huge and complex. It's almost barleywine in mouthfeel and flavor. Super malt forward, this attacks your mouth, and you get the alcohol warmth right away. Flavor profile evolves nicely, and the spiciness of the rye works well to cover the huge alcohol. This is fukking good beer, dudes. Carbonation is excellent...Finish is bitter in a really good way, the hops really step in and take over for the malt and finish this off nicely. This is like an MMA fight in the early UFC days - like Royce Gracie vs. a big puncher: The puncher comes out swinging and Royce just tries to fend him off until he can use his superior grappling skills to subdue him. In the end the long bitter finish wins out as the hops take the final. This is really good beer, but pricey at $10.49/4-pak.

What I like most: The fantastic, evolving flavor profile.

What I like least: The price.

Verdict: Outstanding and powerful ale from a normally "Mehhh" producer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 22:51:54 | More by SolomonGrundy
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mirish72

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally decided to pick this one up and I was not disappointed. Poured into a goblet, pours an incredible mahogeny red. To says this beer packs an aroma doesn't do it justice. This thing is all about hops and malt. It almost makes most barleywines seem wimpy by comparison. This beer is boozey in a big way and you feel it by the end of one (I was only drinking the 12oz variety). This is definiteltely one of the most memorable beers I tried this year, pick some up.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 01:36:52 | More by mirish72
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 12 oz. tulip. Brown with a nice, light head. Darker than I expected.

Smells of citrusy hops and rye, very nice.

The taste brings more of the same. Very hoppy, with just enough malt for a good balance.

Thick, with just a bit of sweetness, the mouthfeel is not unusual for an imperial IPA.

Overall, an excellent beer, and one I will look for again. It reminds me of a stronger Founder's Red's Rye, which probably should not be surprising.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 04:04:53 | More by Pellinore1
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Rayek

Colorado

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 04:00:56 | More by Rayek
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soze47

Massachusetts

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

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle a week ago. I've had RIPA on Rye, so I'm looking forward at trying out a base beer. To my amazement, I think a lot of the robust nature of the RIPA on Rye comes from the base beer, not the Rye barrels it is aged inside of.

Appearance: Very pretty and active beer. I almost over poured this one. Nice tan head of 2+ fingers floated about a deep amber/brown body. The lacing on this glass sticks like that window spray snow you see around the holidays.

Aroma: Mix of orange and pine needles right away, but also a complex level sugar cookie maltiness too. Very nice scent here. I get the hop nose right off the bat, but this also has the smell of a malt bomb.

Taste: Malt-forward caramel doughiness at first, but then I get the rye malt to temper it quickly. After the swallow, more layers of complexity develop in the aftertaste. First, I get pineapple sweetness that is quickly anchored by a piney hop residue. The boozy heat develops the flavor. At 10% ABV, this one opens up quite a bit and has more fruity notes and less bitterness as you drink.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and sharp all at once. It pokes your palette like an aged cheddar, but melds into a creamy/smooth feeling flavor development/progression. Oily for sure, but that becomes an asset as this heats up from the booze. At first it is a bit cloying, but you are glad the beer clings as much as it does once it opens up.

Drinkability: I'm glad I don't have a whole 22 oz. to go through by myself. 12 oz was a perfect personal pour, but this should be drank as a Barleywine or liqueur, not a DIPA.

Overall: I liked this beer very much. Very robust and complex. Not one I'll pick up a lot of just because of how big it is in booze and flavor, but I can definitely see this one as a winter warmer in the next few months.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 22:59:13 | More by soze47
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honkey

Alabama

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually I am not too big into the DIPA's but this was a gift to me. Trying my best to review to the style and not be subjective...
Poured from a bottle. Not seeing a frreshness date, although, thie seems to be fairly fresh.

Appearance- Beautiful thick lasting head. Leaves a nice lace as it disappears. Dark copper color. Very appealing.

Smell- floral, citrus, almost a spicy aroma as well... Probably from the rye

Taste- clean bitterness up front with a complex malty sweetness that follows. This is where my dislike for DIPA's comes from. I wish there was more hops flavor and less maltiness. It is followed by a slight bit of alcohol, but not too much and not hot.

Mouthfeel- quite thick. I prefer a bit drier, but for a DIPA it is much better than others, but I could still use a drier drink.
Drinkability- at 10% it is a sipper for sure. If it was more dry, I think the drinkability would be a bit better. Again, better than most other DIPA's.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 04:24:58 | More by honkey
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Bright, brilliant copper. Dark tan head is of a coarse bubbly foam.

S- Pina colada/pineapple/coconut, Fir bud resin, fruits, malt, faint banana.

T- The RIPA attacks with big, concentrated, rich, round slightly sweet malt. The mid palate is of sweet vanilla cupcake. Then the citric hops roll in big-time for the long finish.

M- Creamy, viscous, oily, and slightly sticky. The CO2 is perfect here. A kick of ethanol heat accompanies this brew's every move.

D- The hop dryness regulated the drinkability for me, but not the rich structure.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 00:28:00 | More by WhiteOak
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blue Nile.

Dark ruby hued amber color with a thinner, but soft light tan head served in a chalice.

Sweet malt scent with fresh hops of pine and citrus. Hints of caramel and toffee.

Big and balanced DIPA. Plenty of sweet malt that adds notes of toffee, caramel and brown sugar. Not really getting the rye out of it though. The hops are there in all of their glory. Mostly piney, but some citrusy notes as well.

Silky smooth and soft. Between medium and full bodied.

One of my favorites in the style. I really don't have it often enough. Never seen it on tap before, so this was a real treat. I could have a couple of these, but may suffer the repercussions later.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 02:26:51 | More by jera1350
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Final cask of the first ever Raleigh Beer Week and the guys at Flying Saucer were cool enough to let me tap it! Served in a tulip glass a very murky puddle water-like brown with no head. Sitting near the cask I noticed that all of the early pours were murky, but it eventually started pouring clear, no complaints from me, either way! The aroma was weaker than expected, mild caramel and pine hops. Luckily, the taste made up for the weak aroma and then some, loads of rye and caramel slightly overshadowed by pine hops. The beer was slightly heavy, but a smooth, very enjoyable sipper. This was an excellent cask beer, one I hope to see again soon.

Serving type: cask

09-04-2010 11:24:21 | More by atsprings
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle as pictured.

A: Big tan, two+ finger head. Deep, dark reddish-copper color that is clear with fine carbonation and fluffy, sticky lacing that clings all the way down the glass.

S: Mildly ripe citrus fruit, pine, malts, and hint of spices mixed in.

T&M: Smooth and ultra creamy. Hop oil slickness in a full bodied taste. Very thick with caramel malts, spicy rye, herbs, mild citrus to toasted freshness. The mild, tangy hop bitterness is perfectily balanced with the malt smoothness. The complex flavors are almost unexplainable.

This stuff is SUPERB! Definitely not quite as good as the fresh growler I had several months ago, however, this is still really good! It has a unique taste, so approach this with an open mind. So thick, you can only have one at a time... maybe two. Great DIPA with a rye twist.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 21:02:15 | More by cdizinno
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generalnotsew

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very rich frothy two finger tan head. Color is a very dark amber that mimics the look of an American Barleywine. Sticky sweet caramel bitterness in the nose. Heard a lot of people comparing to a barleywine and so far they are right. I would put in in the same category of Double Dog so far. Great big upfront hop bitterness then mellows out into a rich, earthly and almost nutty aftertaste. Like Double Dog only no near as harsh in the end. I am guessing the earthy nuttiness I am getting is the rye as I did notice something different here. Not earth shattering but very tasty and a nice mix up from the norm.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 02:23:40 | More by generalnotsew
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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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bum732

Lesotho

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Raw rye, rye seeds, some citrus hops, very bready malt, pumpernickle, rye bread.

L: Cloudy copper orange, decent creamy head that dissipates. Great lacing.

T: Citrus hops up front followed by bready maltiness, nice resiny bitterness. Sulfates and mineralness on finish with rye spiciness. Bone dry finish with some more resin.

M: Full body, creamy mouthfeel, perfect amount of med. carbonation.

Really liked this beer, very hop forward with the rye lending great spiciness. Very similar to DFH 90 min. in its malt profile, with the exception of the rye. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 05:02:54 | More by bum732
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,655 ratings.