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

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1,636 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,636
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 65
Gots: 80 | 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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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
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

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

Big ups to my fellow BA, joemcgrath27 for the hook-up on this.

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with an amber hue, solid two thumbs of lacing, solid retention, and a solid amount of lacing that lingers throughout.

S - Citrus and pine hops dominate the scents on this one, slightly peppery, and a strong lemon and a fruity pineapple scent that lingers.

T - The hops dominate the flavour, yet the finish is quite fruity. The finish is definitely bitter, but not offensive, and I definitely get a cotton candy and pineapple flavour that lingers on the tongue. The alcohol is incredibly hidden.

M - Perfect balance of carbonation, and a finish that isn't overly dry, especially given the hop content. Quite nice.

D - At 10% this stuff is dangerously intoxicating. Highly recommended to any hop lover and is incredibly tasty, offering unique flavours and a finely tuned finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 04:13:15 | More by andrenaline
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aepb1

Florida

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

A- Copper with an off-white head that dissipates down to a cap

S- Piney/citrus hops and some sweet earthy caramel malts

T- Earthiness up front and the citrus hops hit quite soon and stay well, lots of complexity with the malts underlying it all

M- Full-bodied and some warmth from the alcohol

D- Great beer, very complex and that makes it easy to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 20:32:34 | More by aepb1
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown colour with thick off-white head. Lots of lacing and good head retention. Smell is huge pine hops with tons of caramel sweetness, plus some added spiciness (assume from the rye). Flavour has lots of bitterness, with tons of sweetness as well. This is almost a cross between a barleywine and a double IPA, which makes the "bittersweet" part of the name make sense. Good carbonation level. This is a big beer, but delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 01:56:55 | More by kwjd
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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

A - poured a clear bubbly copper with a tower of tan head that is not going anywhere! After a few sips the lacing was amazing!
S - piney, earthy, and citrus hops smell wonderful, with some sweet caramel malts
A - oh man, the hops flavours are great! The earthiness is up front, then it fades to grapefruit citrus hop flavours with caramel and roasty malt flavours
M - medium to high carbonation and definitely hop bitter, but the maltiness balances out the dry to leave a balanced and slightly refreshing flavour
D - the fact that it's 10% ABV is amazing, there is no real alcohol bite, but a definite hop kick. All things considered very drinkable, but a few of they could spell the beginning of the end..

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 02:38:42 | More by joemcgrath27
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claspada

New Jersey

2.38/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep ruby color with small and immediate dissipating dark khaki head and lacing.
A sweet, malty aroma, with an extremely sharp rye note. There was some hop in the scent, but the rye overpowered it as well.
The ABV on this one does not stand out with the taste, per se but you can tell that if this was aged the alcohol and rye malts would hopefully balance out. I love great rye beers with balance but this right now does not have it. The rye is harsh and upfront and ruins the taste and mouth-feel for me, probably too much in the recipe, but hopefully I can buy a new bottle and age it, and then hope it mellows. The more I think about it even after aging the body will still probably be too thin and the malt will not change enough to help the sticky-sweet rye which I can't shake from my tongue. This beer is worth a try if you can find it on tap but don't waste your time with a 4 pack anytime soon. If your a fan of rye beers, seek out The Bruery Rugbrod.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 20:43:46 | More by claspada
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trevorjn06

Washington

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

This beer pours THICK and a nice copper/amber color. A nice fluffy, off-white head develops and slowly recedes, leaving plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong for the beer being cold, it's pretty sweet with caramel and some fruit as well as bright citrus and floral hops. After letting it warm a bit.... hints of orange and alcohol come through and the volume is turned up a bit overall.

Taste is strong, sweet malt with the rye coming through as spicy and earthy tones. There is a strong yet clean hop bitterness to this beer that manages to balance the intense malt flavors. The finish is surprisingly smooth but still has bitterness and rye spice elements to it as well as plenty of sweetness, really it reflects the best parts of the beer.

Mouthfeel is thick with slightly below average carbonation. This beer seems to coat the inside of the mouth.

Overall this beer is surprisingly easy to drink for it's strength and intensity. It is as the label says, bitter and sweet. I would have this again but it's something I have to be in the mood for.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 00:42:50 | More by trevorjn06
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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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fropones

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice amber-pumpkin color with a a finger and a half of khaki head with good retention.

S - A good amount of rye and malt in the nose. Very minimal hops.

T - Thankfully there is more hop flavor here right up front, with some spicy rye following it. A little bit of age has mellowed the hops some.

M - Nice bite, creaminess, medium-full body.

D - Pretty well drinkable for 10%. A good summertime beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 00:54:07 | More by fropones
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HopNuggets

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bomber into snifter.

A - Poured a hazy dark muddy orangy tinged color. With a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to a nice coating. Floating carbonation was everywhere and some floaties from being unfiltered.

S - Pepper and caramel are most prevalent. The rye is there.

T - Dry and spicey. Bitter and caramel balance nicely.

M - Moderate carbonation, bitter and spicey with a dry finish. A bit hot.

D - Good for a 10%, but not an all day drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 01:05:20 | More by HopNuggets
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours fairly thick and syrupy, but clear copper/amber with a 1+ finger yellowish white head. Leaves nice clingy rings of lacing.

Aroma features some pine and citrus with good bready malt, caramel, toffee, toast. Only moderate strength on the nose, however.

Flavor is very nice with resinous, earthy hops up front, hints of citrus and pine, good sweet malt in the middle, rye is quite prevalent, bread, caramel, good bitterness on the finish, only real knock on the flavor is the noticeable alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is full, sticky, medium carbonation.

A very nice hopped-up rye beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 04:56:43 | More by elgiacomo
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rebelthrower

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Red with a bit of copper. Light tan head, but not a lot of head. Great lacing.

S: Malts and sweetness. Not a lot of smell going on.

T: Caramel and Malts. Very sweet and then the rye shows its self.

M: Chewy, thick and strong. Nice medium carbonation. Taste sits in the mouth for a long time.

D: Very tasty beer and will definitely have it again. But can only have one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 00:53:08 | More by rebelthrower
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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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cbutova

Massachusetts

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

A- Amber brown with a small light tan cap that has subpar retention. Leaves a nice coat of fine lace.

S- Huge blast of caramel malt. Hops are there and are mostly earthy and grassy. Smells like an old ale. Aroma has high strength. Very slight apricot.

T- Nice caramel malt blast and hop presence. Hops lend high bitters and some earthy flavor. Dark fruit and strong malt flavor of a barleywine also comes in. I get some fruit notes as well and definite grass. Rye lends some flavor and spice.

MF- Nice and warm. Fairly thick creamy body with moderate carbonation. Bitters coat the palate along with hop flavor.

DB- Great price and very well hidden ABV. The flavor is big, like a barleywine and is very nice. The rye works well with the caramel malt. Easily worth a shot. One bottle is enough but still drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 01:13:57 | More by cbutova
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10oz pour at Fat Heads, served in a mini-snifter

A - dark copper/amber beer holds up a small layer of thick and creamy light tan colored foam.

S - very sweet...citrus candies, honey, dark caramel. earthy and lightly grassy hops round out at the end.

T - strong caramel malts hoist up citrus (grapefruit, melon) hops. there seems to be a bit going on here although the flavors appear to be fighting over each other...rye isnt really noticeable at all.

M - thick body, rich and chewy from the sugary sweetness. carbonation fights its way through.

D - drinks more like a hoppy barleywine with a massive dose of sweet malts. even my girlfriend liked it. a forced sipper due to the sweetness and ABV. this one could hold up over some time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2010 17:17:03 | More by Stigs
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Soozy

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The color on this beer is a little bit dark for a DIPA, but it's nice. It's a solid copper-red. A surprisingly big malty, caramel and sweet candy smell with an equal amount of citrus hops.

Taste is definitely complex. You've got some serious caramel malt, a bit of citrus hops, a lot of pine and woody hops, and a sweet, candy finish matched with an alcohol burn.

Drinkability is decent. You can definitely tell it's 10%, but damn this is a good beer. I'd almost think of this as something in an American Strong style than a DIPA. It's definitely hoppy, but well balanced enough to please non-hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 03:05:31 | More by Soozy
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice mahogany amber color with very large sticky head. Bubbles rise up from the bottom constantly.

S - Great aroma. A LOT of hops. Spicy pine, citrus, and a lot of malt.

T - Decent. Not as good as it smells...It is EXTREMELY intensely hopped and has a huge roasted malty aspect, but they do not compliment each other very well and you taste each separately. The malt is there in the beginning and the hoppy bitterness on the swallow and I love a lot of hops, but it's almost too much. While there is malt, it is not a "backbone" by any means. The alcohol is also not hid very well.

M - Very thick...One of the thicker DIPAs I've had. Carbonated quite a bit, but not too much. The thickness of this doesn't make it as refreshing as it could be. Not a very dry finish. The sticky head does coat each sip nicely, however.

D - Not very drinkable. The hops are out of control and not kept in check at all by the malt. I love hoppy, bitter beers, but this beer could just be better crafted. After all, it looks and smells fantastic. Decent overall, but I probably wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 22:27:55 | More by jmerloni
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PanicUnited

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Im not writing a review to tell everyone how this beer has hints or lemongrass or anything like that. I would just like to add a few notes about what to expect if you get the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful brew.

The taste was good, but there was, at times, an overbearing sense of granulation that threw me off. Its particularly carbonated and can not be enjoyed at a rapid pace. To be honest, after one of these you will want something more malty, like a Coney Island Lager.

Definitely different, full bodied and spectacular; however, it leaves something on the table so don't overpay.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 23:37:05 | More by PanicUnited
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Pours dark red orange with a small amount of sediment present with a one finger off white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and sweet hops. The flavor was of malt and subtle hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice IIPA. Wasn't my favorite however as it was kind of sweet when I had it, but was still quite in enjoyable. If it had more aroma and flavors to make it more complex, this could be great.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 23:15:09 | More by thagr81us
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at Pilgrim's Market in CdA over the weekend... enjoyed while listening to some Carl Cox Black Rock and chilling on my hotel balcony.

Poured into my small weizen glass... 2 finger lite khaki head... good retention and lacing... the brew is a polished copper.

Nose is hop forward with a bunch of caramel maltiness to balance... citrus hops out front with more than enough malt to pull it out... big booze presence.

Hop bitterness helps balance the pretty thick malt component.. toasty and thick caramel essence.. citrus hops bite barely bite through the malts.. too syrupy... not really cloying, but just unbalanced in my mind.. Body is heavy and the carbonation is pretty high, yet gets punished by the viscosity.

This should easily be in the American BW category.. no where near... NO where near a DIPA... The rye is present yet only in hints throughout the palate and evident on the mouthfeel where a nice slickness appears.

Ehhhh... okay.. boozy and sweet.. needs alot more hoppiness... really, alot more.

4/3.5/3/3/3

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 09:57:38 | More by JohnGalt1
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,636 ratings.