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

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,661 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,661
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 67
Gots: 82 | FT: 5
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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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a viscous, glowing dark orange-caramel with a solid two-finger butter colored head of fine foam that has better retention than I've seen in a while. fades to a decent cap that deposits the expectedly resinous, webby lace down the glass.

aroma is enticingly intoxicating. caramel and malt up front, followed by floral, citrusy and tropical hop notes. some definite alcohol esters in the nose. smells like burning. and toasted caramel.

taste follows, with a rich, caramel, earthy backbone. the hops and the booze kind of blast the palette, obliterating the sweetness that my tongue knew was there for a split-second. resinous and boozy. like a pine tree soaked in everclear. with a touch of malt to hold it together.

mouth is luscious and vibrant. full bodied with ample soft carbonation that yields a creamy, surprisingly palatable texture despite the thick, almost syrupy front. lingering bitterness is clean, but potent.

all in all, not sure how I feel about this one. which is how i feel after every time i've tried it to date. I really want this to be great.. but just doesn't quite come together for me. a bit too much intensity on a few too many levels. kicking every slider up to 11 doesn't necessarily make the music better.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 08:14:16 | More by djeucalyptus
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

this beer's 666th review. damn it!

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a clear, deep amber; sits a borderline mahogany tone with orange highlights. yields a finger beige head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves decent lacing.

nose is bold, offering a big dose of rye malt to accompany some muted citric hoppy notes... a bit bready... was expecting more hops, questioning the freshness here.

taste follows suit. very malty for a DIPA, now i'm *really* questioning the freshness. rye is most evident with the hoppy characters being almost secondary notes. reading the reviews of others, it appears this quality is not the norm. medium-full and creamy in the mouth with adequate carbonation

altogether, not a bad beer even with an apparently past its prime bottle. will re-review if i can get my hands on a guaranteed fresh bottle, but as it stands it's an average-DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 02:23:38 | More by perrymarcus
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

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

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a tulip.

A: It pours a semi-cloudy brick red color with orange hues and a finger of slightly off-white head that recedes to the edges but remains thick there and laces well.

S: Caramel malts, floral hops, sweet berries, and rye biscuit.

T: It starts with bitter hoppiness and rye flavors but ends sweeter with caramel, dates, figs, and molasses on the back end.

M: It has a thick body with low carbonation, but the alcohol is very well hidden.

D: This is much more drinkable than it should be, given its strength.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 15:52:27 | More by bucklemyshoe
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jucifer1818

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

11-30-2012 06:46:55 | More by jucifer1818
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

05-31-2014 19:43:12 | More by Sspeer1
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's a clear amber color with a huge off-white head. Perfect pour, the beer + head crowned at the top of the pint.

The aroma is hoppy with pine bitterness but also sweet with caramel flavors. It has a bit of a barleywine smell to it, which is a good thing!

Great flavor to it! A beautiful combo of malt and hops that embodies the aroma. A cascade of flavor combining the piney hops with caramel malts. The high abv is hardly noticeable.

Great mouthfeel too, chewy even. Well carbonated and delicious.

Easily an A beer in my book.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 02:42:02 | More by theboozecruise
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CreightonSM

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-09-2013 11:33:29 | More by CreightonSM
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok so maybe I'm just not a rye beer guy. I'm wasn't really picking up much of the hops, seeing as this was a DIPA. I don't really like the way that the two flavors mix and this beer tastes like a poorly balanced barley wine. The mouthfeel is actually quite nice. Oily and moves around well on the tongue. Drinkability is ok, but its more sessionable than anything.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 20:00:05 | More by supercolter
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JLapadura

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17%

07-20-2012 00:16:30 | More by JLapadura
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Marco_Gtz

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-30-2014 17:12:32 | More by Marco_Gtz
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ArsMoriendiOU818

New York

1/5  rDev -75.4%

06-07-2014 20:59:37 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
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Lothore

California

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep copper hue with a huge, off white head.

S- Huge citrusey hop nose

T- Sweet malts, caramel rolling into a big citrusey hop bite with some alcohol cutting through on the back end.

M- Thick with ample carbonation.

D- Definitely enjoyable and over the top.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:54:07 | More by Lothore
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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

12-19-2013 05:10:43 | More by teamwiggum
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

11-27-2013 15:42:26 | More by DRTBrewster
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phisig137

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber pours a dark amber orange color, with a frothy thick two finger head. Decent retention falls into a blanket on top, with abundant lacing. Looks quite nice in my Aecht Schlenerka glass. When swirled, the head has a odd green tinge, I would suppose from the hops. I think I like that.

Aroma is chock full of citrus and pine hop aromas. Smells like the usual suspects... all of the "C" hops so beloved by IPA makers. Big and brash, much like Lenny Bruce. Flavorwise, this packs a wallop. Big hops, big malt in the middle, and a strong rye character throughout. Hops are resinous, the rye is present all the way from front to back, the malt smooths things out like dulce de luche in the middle, and the finish is quite bitter and pleasant. Alcohol is not present, even in the form of warming. Mouthfeel is silky and full. Drinkability is excellent.

I am really surprized by this beer. Incredibly well crafted beer, from a brewery that has definitely been hit or miss for me. I'd put this just about neck and neck with any other rye beer that I've ever had, including hop rod rye. Really quite a nice beer, and a great value at only $5.99 for the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 23:44:40 | More by phisig137
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

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

12oz bottle into Shmaltz Jewbulation tasting glass.
A: Pours a hazy, light copper body. With a nice white head that pours a one finger head. Lacing is present, but light on thickness.
S: The aroma is a highly hopped, bitter ale, strong notes of rye are present as well.
T/M: The front shows a nice and bitter hop profile. The body is a thick feel, that projects a strong note of rye. A bit of brown sugar on the finish. A medium intensity on the lingering finish.
D: This is a nice rye IPA sipper, with a nice full taste that is complex all the way through. Creamy body make this for a nice winter IPA and great flavors have me coming back.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 03:30:51 | More by GDBEERMAN
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kjrod20

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-06-2013 17:58:04 | More by kjrod20
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-27-2013 00:15:07 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2014 00:49:05 | More by bradfordjohnson
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JxExM

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

05-09-2012 02:27:41 | More by JxExM
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bmurray10

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-22-2013 18:07:06 | More by bmurray10
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halo913

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-17-2013 13:21:40 | More by halo913
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-18-2012 15:07:15 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-28-2014 03:08:33 | More by dcbeers
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NumberNone

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-31-2012 19:34:05 | More by NumberNone
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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