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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,773 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,773
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

BeerForHokie, Sep 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

IdrinkGas, Sep 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

akttr, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this bottle while enjoying some afternoon football and doing work for the office.

This beer went into a fatter tulip glass; almost like a goblet base. I received about two fingers of sticky foam that left some nice lacing on the glass.

I pick up a decent amount of rye and citrus hopping coming out of the mouth of the glass. There is a very nice presence to this beer.

The flavor isn't quite as balanced. I get a bunch of citrus in each drink. There is also a bit of tobacco in each sip on the end of my tongue.

Overall a new take of a DIPA. I'm glad for the different flavors.

ummswimmin, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy chestnut brown with a head that was on the large side of average (1-2 finger) which eventually reduced to a few puddles with a large collar and had awesome sheets of lacing that coated the entire glass.

The aroma was of a sweet dark bread malt, pine and resin hops and a doughy yeast with notes of toffee, rye and a bit of dark fruit (prunes and raisons).

The taste was strong and boldly malty with a touch of dark fruit and toffee throughout with the finish having a slight rye bread flavor and a resiny hoppy ending. The flavor lingered for a very long time after the swallow with a nice sweet hoppiness left behind.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a dry creamy texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall an extremely tasty, fulfilling brew that reminds me more of a Barleywine than a Double IPA...

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KajII, Sep 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

zachary80, Sep 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

comfortablynirm, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JeffreyJDavis, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark maroon with pretty good clarity. Three finger off-white soapy head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Bittersweet like the name. Lots of sweet orange citrus and a hint of bitterness from the hops. A little pepper or spice from the rye underneath all the citrus.

Taste: Huge hop bitterness up front. Definitely get some of the citrus from the nose along with a good amount of crystal malt to support it. The peppery flavor from the rye comes more in the aftertaste and plays nicely with a slight heat from the alcohol. Some buscuity type flavors mixed in there as well. Very entertaining palate. A lot going on, but in a nice harmony.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent. A bit creamy from the head and a little above medium bodied. This one should probably be sipped but it drinks easy for such a big beer.

Final Thoughts: I'm not a huge fan of the hop flavors and aroma in this one but it still impressed me. It's nicely complex and enjoyable. I don't know that I'll be buying it again anytime soon, but I'd recommend it to anyone who likes DIPAs.

JamesMN, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

mgironta, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Premiere Gourmet in Amherst, NY.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with decent retention, fading to a faint wisp and ring. A slightly hazy, burnt umber body with lower levels of carbonation. A splotchy wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Rye malts, toffee and caramel on the nose. Light red fruits and floral notes as well. Bold nose and definitely enticing, though it could use some more hop for an IPA.

TASTE: Rye malts, toffee and caramel up front again, with lots of red fruity flavors at the swallow. Bold and persistent finish of bitter floral hops, piney flavors, and some toffee sweetness as balance. This is flavorfu, interesting, and enjoyable.

PALATE: Full body with medium levels of carbonation. Heavy, oily and thick on the palate, very creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Lots of weight and very creamy smooth. The exact oily, mouth-coating finish too. Awesome.

OVERALL: This is excellent. It's a rye IPA, so I did find the red fruit and toffee flavors slightly different than most IPAs, but the aromas and flavors were top notch and the palate was as good as it gets. He'Brew continues to impress; let's hope they can continue to brew these great beers in mass quantities. This one was great. Highly recommended.

Jeffo, Sep 13, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with slight reddish hues and strong caramel scent upon pour. Two finger head that fizzled down to a thin film over about 5 minutes.

Somewhat cloudy and dark for an IPA, probably due to the increased amount of malt. Strong malty taste up front followed by a nice bite of hops. Mouth is left with a sticky rye malt flavor.

The head is left as a film that looks more indicative of an ale than an IPA. Nice and low carbonation. The flavor is well balanced, but a little too malty in my opinion. I prefer a cleaner, crisper IPA.

Served in 16oz mason jar, refrigerated, pulled out for ~ 10 minutes.

verset, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ObiWanKushnobi, Sep 13, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is brilliantly clear. Copper in color in my pint glass. It didn't seem to be forming a head at first, so I poured harder and overdid it. Call it a 2 1/2 finger head, maybe 3 with what I lost. Attractive lacing.

Sweet malt dominates the aroma at first. Syrupy fruit aromas and spicy rye appear as the beer warms,. 2nd beer poured into my Duvel tulip: OMG this is totally different. Sweet flowery perfume and glorious spice. Kinda like a high class fragrant bath powder--weird. Neversaw tgat ub a beer befire. Knock it up from a 4 to a 5.

Taste is sweet and caramelly with a bit of bitter chocolate. Spicy hops and rye round it out with some tart citrus showing up in the tulip.

Fairly thick bodied. Creamy and smooth. Warming alcohol via the 10% ABV.

This beer definitely improves and becomes more well rounded as it warms, becoming more complex. This would be a great beer to retry in the dead of winter.

obywan59, Sep 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Gagnonsux, Sep 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

jacobdensford, Sep 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Chrixsus, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of magictacosinus
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Firstly, I picked this out because of the label. A "chosen beer"?? Secondly, don't think I've ever seen a label that showed praise made by bA. Nevertheless, thought that trying an experimental imperial IPA would be a good idea. Can't make out the freshness date on the bottle, but it nevertheless poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

It must be the rye malts, because I don't think I've come across an imperial IPA this dark and malevolent in appearance. And I mean "malevolent," because this reminds me a lot more of strong ales like, say, Arrogant Bastard. Darkish-redish, as well as cloudy to the point of light barely making it through the glass. Alcohol leggings, as well as carbonation bubbles that glide slowly to the top of the glass. Not much of an initial huge head. However, a half-finger ring stays at the top, no matter how much it warms up. Scary.

Ahh, now this is how a hoppy rye malt based beer should be! There's an initial spiciness, as well as intense citrus zest and blasts of honey syrup. Beyond the fruity esters, there's a bit of an alcoholic drop, as well as some smells of fresh bread. Not much yeastiness. Can't make out any specific fruits, but it seems well balanced enough based on the aroma.

Cold, it starts hoppy. As it warms, it gets progressively malty, but only so much. The dry hops immediately take over, and the aftertaste is absolutely spectacular, giving me flavors of black cherries, blood oranges, raspberries, and bittered figs. On the other end, there's all kinds of spices resembling black pepper, as well as a brief rosemary flavor. This may sound that it doesn't mix well of paper, but I assure you that it all combines beautifully primarily due to the incredible feel that this beer has. This is its definite highlight, as it is thick, chewy, and bready unlike any imperial IPA I've had - and indeed, is closer to dark Belgian pale ales. A true meal in a bottle, soaked with alcohol and fruitiness.

This is fantastic. It's as exaggerated as you'd expect, or at least how it looks at a first glance, but works really well overall. I'm glad I've finally found an experimental DIPA that I would gladly pick up, for the low price, many times over. If there was a prophecy concerning this beer, I would believe it after consumption.

magictacosinus, Sep 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

brentblack1, Sep 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

OGkushington, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great job, fellas at Shmaltz.

In the big, oaky, fresh and dank, ripe-fruity, bitter, sweet, family of "darker" double IPAs. 90 minute-ish.

Bitter and sweet. Good advertising. Ha! Aren't most good beers though? Bitter and sweet? Sweet, nectars and riper tree-fruits. Juicy hops -don't expect high-profile citrus explosions, though. Malty as all get out. Caramel.

If you like the maltier, oakier, higher-abv DIPAs, this is for you to try!!!!

CheezyBlaster, Sep 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

mattyb85, Sep 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

hiphopj5, Aug 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

TheBeard89, Aug 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

gpblackgt, Aug 29, 2012
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,773 ratings.