He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours a nice dark amber color with a thick light tan head. Copius amount of lacing left behind. Nice.
Smells good, too. Spicy citrus hops, bready malts, alcohol, raisins, caramel and rye. ABV is 10% and it smells that way...but it's not overpowering at all.
The taste is stronger on the alcohol than the hops and it should be the other way, imho. Sweet malts are also a lot more dominant than I would have thought. But that is a good thing. It all blends together pretty decently.
Mouthfeel is a dry, medium body with a good bitter punch in the aftertaste. You start to feel the abv before you finish the whole 22oz...atleast I am. And as it warms that pesky alcohol gets stronger....and that doesn't help.
12-19-2006 23:42:16 | More by Imstillthegman
4.47/5 rDev +10.1%
Picked this up while in Spokane, WA.
Pours a dark amber with a quarter inch off-white head, that fades slowly to a nice cap considering the head wasn't that large. The lacing was very thick, completely covering the interior of m glass.
Smell; very nice hoppy aroma, with citrus and a hint of pine. The rye lends a nice spiciness to the aroma, and there's some sweet malts present as well. I'm really digging the aroma of this beer.
Taste; the hops are definitely present with citrus and the hints of pine tree, but the rye really stands out to me. I'm glad to, because that's the main reason that I purchased the bottle. I've become a big fan of rye beers, and wish other breweries would give rye a chance. There's a very good mildly sweet presence that just seems to accentuate the rye flavors in this beer.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability; the mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth, and despite the bitterness, this beer is disappearing rapidly.
I had never heard of this beer when I purchased it, so I only bought the one bottle. Now I wish I could go back just to buy a case of it. One of the better beers that I've had recently.
12-17-2006 01:53:58 | More by RedHaze
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a goblet.
Pours a deep amber with a light tan quickly thinning head.
Big hoppy smell of grapefruit on top of a sweet malt and I think rye.
First is a sweet citrusy, oily hop tste, then the finish is clean bitter. A malty sweet is sandwiched in the middle.
Maybe a little thin mouthfeel, but a nice drinking beer for the size of it.
12-21-2008 19:49:36 | More by aubuc1
3.13/5 rDev -22.9%
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.
11-02-2010 01:09:08 | More by kzoobrew
4.18/5 rDev +3%
Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a New Belgium Globe Glass.
Pours a wonderfully clear deep ruby-copper hue with a fat three-fingered head of beige foam that fades away slowly, showing superb retention as it settles at a thick, creamy cap. As the glass drains, thick lacing rings the walls of the glass.
The aroma is nicely hoppy, with a floral, fruity and citrusy bouquet. Some sweet caramelesque malty notes show through as well. Pleasantly inviting.
Full-bodied and moderately carbonated with a balanced mouthfeel. Sweet malt opens things up on the palate; spicy notes from the rye malt are easily discernible but meld effortlessly into the middle with a bracingly bitter hoppiness that tears away at the tastebuds, obliterating things before falling away into a bittersweet finish, somewhat dry and mildly fruity-sweet.
A fairly well-balanced Double IPA with an interesting hint of rye infused; decently drinkable with a well-hidden 10% ABV and a wonderful mix of flavors. A top-notch example of the style, definitely worth revisiting.
05-05-2010 02:44:43 | More by superdedooperboy
4.47/5 rDev +10.1%
Nice amber color, just a touch cloudy. The tan head is thin but strong. Lacing is minimal.
Oh my this beer smells big...I'm getting crazy hops and big sweet malt even on the pour. A closer inspection reveals a great spicy hop aroma, some nice balance with sweet malty backbone. This comes off together like some sort of sweet rum soaked spice cake or something. Nice.
The taset also has a big hop spice upfront, some pine notes in this but it's so well balanced with an earthy malt flavor...definitely not hop-forward even though that's the first thing you taste. I love the balance of this huge DIPA. A nice alcohol burn combined with a dryness perhaps from the rye (not too familiar with rye in beers) lead me through the middle and then it finishes big and bitter and beautiful.
Big bodied and bold flavored, yest smooth and warming. There's not much about this beer that I don't like. IMO it can hold it's own against any DIPA.
02-02-2010 03:56:20 | More by ZimZamZoom
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
reddish orange with an off white, super thick head that had great retention and left really great lace. nose and taste are very similar. caramelly malt seems to stick out the most to me, followed by minty hops and spicy rye. the hops really come through in the finish and are a little citrusy and piney, but extremely minty. that's kind of cool and different and unique. full bodied. very creamy and silky. possibly the beer's strongest point. it loses a few drinkability points for high abv and strange but good taste, but i was pleased and impressed by this one... l'chaim!!
12-13-2007 04:27:24 | More by timtim
3.45/5 rDev -15%
Poured this into a glass mug.
A: Pours dark amber body with a nice, white head with good retention and lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: A nice, hoppy smell with a slightly citrus undertone.
T: A nice, hoppy taste with a hoppy aftertaste as well. The citrus malts seemed to disappear in the taste, but it was still pretty good. Later on, some of the malts made themselves evident towards the end of the beer as a way to balance out the hops.
M: A smooth and full-bodied mouthfeel that was pleasant to the palette.
D: An excellent drinkability. Nice mouthfeel and nice hoppy taste. When the malts made themselves more evident later in the beer, it helped to balance out the hops.
04-17-2008 02:49:20 | More by maddogruss
3.65/5 rDev -10.1%
Appearance: beautiful white head, absolutely incredible head retention, the best I've ever seen. It must be the rye. Body is a clear ruddy color.
Smell: inverted from the other he'brew beers, where sweet malt is dominant - this one has a very strong spicy hops character, with the malt playing a supporting role. Somewhat bready.
Taste: spicy hop bite up front, which gives way to sweet malt. Alcohol fairly well-hidden, I thought. Not my favorite of the he'brew line, I have to say. Drinking this beer is like a kick in the head, it's very strongly flavored.
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy mouthfeel, dry acidic finish that aids drinkability a little, but the aftertaste lingers.
Drinkability: I drank this one slower than the others. I enjoyed it, but I won't be seeking this one out again.
07-25-2006 02:34:58 | More by hunteraw
3.85/5 rDev -5.2%
Had this on tap at Beer Nutz in O'Hara Township, PA.
Poured into a shaker pint: Deep amber with a half-finger of beige head, plenty of nucleation.
Smells of sweet caramel wrapped in piney, floral bitterness, very & strong & flowery indeed.
Taste is characterized by a sugar, almost cakey sweetness, bright lemon & grapefruit with a big woody/pineyy bitterness. Lots of citrus zest & pith. Wickedly bitter but with a solid backbone. Notable booze presence, dries out in middle & leaves that stripped, piney aftertaste.
Full-bodied, creamy & foamy, leaves my tastebuds worn out but not ravaged.
A good brew, but formidable -- between the hops & the alcohol I'm ready to throw in the towel halfway through. Enjoyable, but on the strong side for me.
06-08-2010 20:49:26 | More by OneDropSoup
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Glad to see this one show up in NC, was wondering if we'd see any he'brew special releases. A vigorous pour yields a nice amber color with a mammoth tan head that retains very well. The aroma is somewhat subdued, with a nice piney and citrus hops character upfront, along with a rye sourness, some bready and caramel malt, and fruity esters. The flavor is initially what you would expect from a DIPA, an intense piney and citrus hop blast, but that profile diminishes quickly and leaves a sour rye character, along with some sweet bread malt, fruity esters, and a warming alcohol presence. The finish is dry and slightly sour, and drinkability is pretty good as the alcohol is well concealed. An interesting beer for sure, definately not your typical DIPA, the rye adds another dimension but the hop profile was lacking in complexity compared to Hercules or Maharaja.
07-14-2006 05:19:09 | More by silver0rlead
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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