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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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3/5  rDev -26.1%

chadwicktorres, Sep 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

jriggins6, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

gwiedman1, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Shadman
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful bright color. A lot like a polished copper pipe. Very nice rich head and good lacing.

Aroma is sweet, with lot's of floral citrus hoppiness, with a hint of the vanilla that tends to be associated with rye & whiskey.

Interesting taste..lot's of sweet, dried fruit maltiness decently accompanied by the cascade hop. Thought it could have used a bit more hop to balance it. Finish is sweet and sticky. however. Booze is there, but warms rather than burns because of the sweet/stickiness.

Medium to borderline full with a oily slickness.

Just a bit too syrupy and sweet to be top drawer.

Shadman, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer sent to me by Shadman. Thanks BAmate!

The beer color is copper, and dark. The head is creamy, tenacious and sticky. A very nice looking beer. The aroma is resinous, fruity. Nice aroma. The taste is pretty intense in resinous hops. Fruits too (citrus and oranges). The ABV is well hidden. A very good beer, easy to drink which makes it dangerous. The finish is dry with a nice taste at the finish. The rye is, if you asked me, a very nice thing in an IPA.

ZorPrime, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of TCgoalie
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 5/14/10

Poured into an oversized wine glass the color is red with a pinch of brown. A cover of big bubbles shade the top layer of liquid. Not much carbonation present but I am pleased with the head retention.

Dark malts blend with mild tropical fruits in the scent. Rye is evident and darkens the smell with some added spice. The overall character of the scent reminds me of flowers.

Malt heavy up front, rye blends in to add some spice and bitterness. Sweetness comes in at the middle which is balanced by lemon zest and a celery like bitter aftertaste. The balance is good throughout which amplifies my interest.

Heavy in the mouth, this beer has a large feel for a DIPA. There is a stickiness about the aftertaste and a lot of bitterness.

This is not the most drinkable DIPA, but the flavors keep you around for another sip.

TCgoalie, May 15, 2010
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4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.--a double IPA with rye malt--has many of the markings of a good double IPA: grapefruit aroma, mixed with hints of pine resin; citrus notes, including orange, lychee nut, and berry; and a good malt backing to help balance the bitterness. In this case, the malt is part rye, and the result is a malt aroma that is part confectioner's sugar, part marble rye bread, part toast, and absolutely enticing.

On the tongue, the brew is immediately sugary (fruit esters including fig, pear, apricot) and full of rye flavor, which brings a spicy earthiness--lemon pepper, rye bread, burnt toast crust--to the brew. The hops--which have to be present in great quantities, since the beer was brewed with seven varieties, and then dry-hopped with three more--actually take a back seat to the rye flavors for the first part of the mouthful. It isn't until late, when the sugars die off, that a good hop base finally comes through, and when it does, it revels in grapefruit and pine flavors, and is superbly nuanced and finely balanced. Just at the end, a hint of burnt toast edges back through. The aftertaste is mainly hops, with a hint of rye, and lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is excellent beer, especially given the price (my bomber wasn't even $7) and the 10% ABV. The beer's only fault is a slight alcohol/vodka tinge around the edges, this thanks to the high ABV. But even that isn't enough to spoil what is otherwise superb fare. Well worth trying.

jondeelee, Aug 01, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a pint glass of this from the bottle.

A-off white head, amber brow body (somewhat murky)

S-sweet malt, piney and floral hop aroma

T-sweet malt, raisin, hard candy finish

M-medium mouthfeel, somewhat slick

D-one of the best beers from this brewery. I would drink this beer again. Complex flavors.

jneiswender, Jan 11, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great label honoring the legendary Lenny Bruce.

Pours a beautiful amber/burgandy color with a decent one finger foam head. It almost poured like a Barley wine as the consistency was very smooth.

A major malty aroma with hints of grapefruit, candy and floral. Very nice.

Wham! The taste has so many things working at once. Hoppy, malty, bready and bitter greets the palate. After the swallow is when the big bitterness bites back. The bitter bite makes me want to drink more to combat it...but it just intensifies....no problem there. I keep waiting for a hint of sweetness because of the aroma, but it never comes. Great job!

If you like bitter beers, this is the one to try. The 10% kick is there, but this brew is way to easy to consume.

Lenny Bruce would be proud if he were alive today.

kaseydad, Jul 05, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

sunofneurot, Jan 12, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a ruby-brown color with a creamy tan head. It leaves a good amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is of sweet caramel malts, bready, candied fruits and spicey, piney hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts, and spicey rye malt. It has a resin, spicey, geen hop flavor. It reminds me of a barleywine. It is full body and has a drying hop bitterness in the finish. Not a bad brew. My palate is shot now.

BeerBuilder, Oct 17, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

scxcrunner, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

akttr, Sep 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

mcdsports, Apr 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

DerrickW, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Kenai4, Apr 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

devilfluff, Apr 02, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ozer.

Appearance: Dark orange, totally clear. Giant puffy off white head (dont pour too hard). Insane sticky, sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet and spicy. Strong malt and rye presence. The hops are orangey and a little floral. Less hops than I expected to smell for a DIPA, but it does smell really good.

Taste: This is a mouthful of sweet maltiness and rye bread. Again, the hops I barely smelled are barely tasted (barely is an exagerration), although there is some bitterness and a little orange and pine-- drowned in a sea of malt and rye (a delicious sea). So again, not an A+ for a DIPA, but a really tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Here we go. This thing fills your mouth. Thick, a little syrupy. Wow.

Drinkability: Really good stuff. Doesn't really fit well into the double IPA category well, but who really cares? Share a bomber, its too much for one.

rapidsequence, Oct 02, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

AMCimpi, Sep 28, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful dark reddish copper color with an impressive ivory head that retains well and leaves plenty of nice lacing.

The aroma is hard to pin down, fruity at first, cherry and citrus, then a whiff of fresh rye bread and pine needles.

The taste also starts with fruit, not quite cherry, maybe plum, before you can decide a blast of pinety hops kicks in, then comes a bit of rye bread and citrus with hints of spices and mint, finishing slightly dry with pine and horehound aftertaste that lasts and lasts with some nice alcohol warmth trailing along.

Medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink. Interesting to drink, I think every sip turned up some new flavor notes, or maybe that was just the alcohol kicking in. This one is definitely worth a try for those who like plenty of piney hops. I think I will definitely do this one again.

whynot44, Sep 25, 2006
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my newly aquirred Spaten glass. A deep orange color. Head is a fat two fingers and just a hint darker than bright white. The head is also very creamy in appearance and the lace looks like it's gonna stick around, but doesn't.... at first. After the glass is empty the lace is looking a bit impressive.

Smell is of sugary malts, citrus hops and alcohol. A bit earthy.

This tastes alot better than the smell. It has the hop biterness of a pink grapefruit followed immediately by the sweet malts. There is some dark grain flavors and a bit of yeast. All followed by the suttle alcohol warminess.

The mouth is much better as it warms. At first sip I thought it was a bit watery, but it has filled out quite a bit over the last half an hour. It is rich and sweet. Almost has the sneaky mouthfeel of a barleywine. The alcohol is fairly well masked.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I have recently discovered the Rye ale (Hop Rod Rye, Rye Squared) and really like the style. I recommend you pick up a sixer of this if you get the chance.

azdback, Apr 14, 2011
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,771 ratings.