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

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89
very good

1,752 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,752
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 72
Gots: 104 | 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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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

CB2maltygoodness, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Bfarr
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper with a moderate tan frothy head with great retention. Spicy sweet and rich malty bread aromas. Rich rye malt sweetness followed by a solid earthy spice hop finish with a light to moderate lingering. Thick chewy feel.

This is like a liquid piece of rye bread with strong hops playing with it. A big beautiful malty beer and I just love all the flavors in it. I would love the opportunity to try this at various stages.

Bfarr, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of donniecuffs
2.78/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a thick bronze, with a tan head that lasted, but not an obvious carbonation presence.

S: Smelled syrupy sweet, with hints of grapefruit and tropical citrus, but also an unrefined spicy note.

T: Definitely found the grapefruit, tropical fruit, and even some apricot, but the sweetness was a little overpowering, and furthermore it dissipated into a harsh sour-spice that left a lingering aftertaste.

M: Syrupy, high alcohol presence on the tongue. Not very pleasant.

D: I found myself taking gulps, not because I eagerly wanted to consume another pint, but because I wanted to wash away the somewhat annoying aftertaste. If they could balance out the sour-spice and syrupy feel, it would certainly knock this beer up a few notches. Doesn't come close to the top-notch Dbl IPAs.

donniecuffs, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of kemoarps
4/5  rDev -1.5%

kemoarps, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

dwoolley1, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of TechBrew
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

TechBrew, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of hoppymeal
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper to amber in color, clear, with a small creamy looking light tan head. Piney hops in the aroma, but also a small dose of citrusy hops mix with a sweet maltiness, like an orange flavored cotton candy, also a little apricot and coconut. Sweet maltiness in the taste with a hint of citrus again, followed up by a good sized dose of peppery and piney hops mixed with some alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is medium in body and pretty smooth and creamy, finishes with a small amount of dryness and a nice hop bite. Not bad although I'd like to see some more hop aroma and flavor coming through. The mouthfeel was quite nice though, very smooth up front with a smack in the face finish of bitterness and alcohol that kept me going til the end.

hoppymeal, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Downtown Wine & Spirits along with a bottle of He'Brew Genesis 10:10. I served it in one of my Duvel Tulip glasses at around 45º F.

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear ruby with a fluffy beige head that's fed by a steady stream of bubbles from the etched 'D' at the bottom of my tulip. The head thins to a persistent half-inch layer, leaving thick lace.

Smell: The aroma is fairly subdued, with caramel malts and a light hoppiness. The caramel aromas really emerge upon swirling, along with hints of fruitiness.

Taste: The taste is similar to the aroma, but much stronger. There are fruity and caramel malts upfront, followed by a very strong tart bitterness with an alcoholic spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied, with low carbonation.

Drinkability: The high hops and high alcohol make this

Overall: A pretty good DIPA, malty and hoppy with a nice balance towards hops.

EPICAC, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of Focusf111
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Focusf111, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle born on July 2013 into a tulip.
Appearance - red, somewhat cloudy, but plenty of bubbles detected along the side of the glass. Huge, mountainous beige head! Lacing sheets the glass!
Smell - sweet candy, some citrus and floral hops, fresh bread-like malts. Lingering hop resin!
Taste - big time flavor, well balanced with hop bitterness, slight hint of warming alcohol and rye bread! Very easy to drink at 10% ABV!
Feel - complex brew with an excellent blend of hops, rye malts, and a hint of alcohol.
Overall - shocked! I was expecting a very good beer, but this is outstanding! I'd like to try this along side Lagunitas' Sucks, as they are very similar, but from opposite coasts!

DenverHopHead, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Dave1999
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red, semi transparent with a small off white head.

The smell is really malty,sweet and strong. There are dark fruits, plums and rasins, smells great.

The taste is bitter and sweet, malty, dark fruits, very strong. There is a bitter hop precence but it is secondary to the malty dark fruit flavours. The hops are piney.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

Overall this drinks like a red ale, reminds me of bear republics red rocket ale which I really like. The obvious difference is the high alcohol content. This is a dark fruit bomb and I do enjoy it but it doesn't taste like what I'd expect from a dipa.

Dave1999, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of bmurray10
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

bmurray10, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of dcbeers
4/5  rDev -1.5%

dcbeers, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Pintofbrown
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this in a tulip. Certified Kosher.

Shining ruby body with darker hued highlights, the cap sits at about a finger's width of smooth and puffy foam. Sheet lace is left behind after the foam has died down.

A subtle fruity aroma creeps out of the beer. A malty wheatiness is noticed as well. Hopefully warming will reveal more here. As this warmed, there was a slightly peppery note that came out, with a little caramel malt.

Sweet, herbal, subtle spice, all these characteristics balance well in the flavor department. The spicy and bready malt lead off with the estery fruitiness playing off in the background. As the drink progresses past mid-palate, there are flavors of herbal earthiness, caramel malt and a resiny finish, doing a nice job of bittering up this beer.

Medium heft is balanced on the tongue, with a crisp and slightly bubbly finish noted. Carbonation is nicely done.

Lenny's RIPA is just a great beer. The flavors are all incredibly well balanced; and the malt profile is complex and interesting and fun to piece out. The rye gives this beer an aggressive edge that I really enjoyed. The nose is a little underwhelming, but the flavors keep me coming back for more. Definitely my favorite Shmaltz beer so far.

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

twowheelssoar, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice copper/red color with a thick 2 finger head that maintains and clings to the side of the glass. Some damn good retention.

Smells very light/sweet/malty with a mild fruitiness. The rye also makes up a good portion of the nose along with some very sweet caramel.

Nice attack on the tongue with a smoothness that disappears quickly. The sweet malt and caramel from the nose carries over to the taste. The sweetness is subdued the whole way through by a hoppy bitterness that clings and leaves a very dry taste in your mouth.

I like double IPAs but I'm not too big of a fan of this one.

DrinkingDrake, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of JLapadura
4.75/5  rDev +17%

JLapadura, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev -1.5%

sammo, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a medium amber with a one finger eggshell head that leaves spotty lace on the way down to a thin cap. On the nose there is smooth caramel mixed in with the spice from the rye, with a nice big boozy note underneath. It almost smells like a variation of an English barleywine with the nice addition of rye. In the mouth there comes a little bit of bitterness sitting on top of big clouds of caramel and rye. It's sweet, almost candy-like, but with a hint of bitterness. The body is medium full but a bit sticky for my tastes.

Overall, this is a really nice beer, pretty unique among things I've tried. This is more a modified barleywine to me than a DIPA, but the addition of rye is pretty genius no matter what you call it.

EricCioe, Jul 02, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

zenwatts, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of changeup45
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one big beer. Reddish/copper color, an off-white head with some retention and spotty lacing. The aroma is a very good intro to what you're going to get: fruity, lots of hops and a touch of the rye malt. The first few sips it seemed to start with rye malts as well as some caramel, a bit sugary and sweet, followed by a blast of very bitter hops with a sour grapefruit presence. Malts showed late in the finish as well although the grapefruit hops constantly linger a long time, well into the aftertaste. Rich, full and a little sticky. Halfway through the bomber, as the alcohol started going to my head and my palate shredded it was just one huge bitter/rye/hoppy/sour complex taste. I don't necessarily think it's high on the drinkability scale due to it's sharp bitter flavor but I thought it was wonderful.

changeup45, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of blknikon
2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

blknikon, May 07, 2013
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into a flaired tulip glass from a 22oz brown bottle with crimped cap.

Hazy,deep reddish copper color with a generous off white very creamy head,good retention,tightly knit strings of very tiny bubbles rising from the sides of the glass with a steady stream of bubbles emerging from the center of the glass,leaving sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

Tart, fruity, berry- like aromas with floral,citrusy notes, also had a green apple and fresh cut grass smells. The aromas were very faint for a DIPA, no dating on the bottle might have been lost with age.

Heavy,sweet intense carmell malitness with a burnt edge to it followed by a hop rush of resiny,leafy with lots of citrus rind. Good balance with alcoholic heat throughtout. Thick and juicy with intense hop notes.

A sipper,very rough,not much drinkability. One of the least drinkable doubles i've had,if you like it hoppy this beer's for you. Don't let the aroma fool you this beer packs a serious hop punch.

jcdiflorio, Aug 20, 2007
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

slim2043, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Pellinore1
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 12 oz. tulip. Brown with a nice, light head. Darker than I expected.

Smells of citrusy hops and rye, very nice.

The taste brings more of the same. Very hoppy, with just enough malt for a good balance.

Thick, with just a bit of sweetness, the mouthfeel is not unusual for an imperial IPA.

Overall, an excellent beer, and one I will look for again. It reminds me of a stronger Founder's Red's Rye, which probably should not be surprising.

Pellinore1, Oct 10, 2010
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,752 ratings.