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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,654 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,654
Reviews: 841
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 66
Gots: 84 | 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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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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LightnerLiquorKS

Kansas

5/5  rDev +23.2%

04-29-2014 00:03:35 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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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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CreightonSM

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-18-2012 15:07:15 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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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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halo913

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Montana

4.75/5  rDev +17%

05-08-2013 06:54:15 | More by Jameswoody
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giblet

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I truly enjoyed this beer. Excellent taste and feel. This one makes my top 25 with no doubt. Full bodied so for me it would not be likely to have more than two in a row, but I would probably try!

Also, good marketing on the label. I catches your eye and makes you want to give the beer a try. You will be glad you did try it! It also says they use and obscene amount of hops. I don't know about "obscene" because it was very good.

Try it, trust me!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 11:47:35 | More by giblet
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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
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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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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 3 fingers of head. Great retention. Thick lacing. Color is a dark amber/brown.

S. Initial smell is rye malt. Has a semisweet smell to it. Underneath lies some hop bitterness.

T. Taste is also at first heavy on the rye. Nice rye malt flavor gives the beer a contrast of sweetness and bitterness from the hops, hence the name I guess. Hop flavor is not that prominent as is an overall bitterness.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium/full carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

O. Overall a pretty interesting beer. Not really a DIPA in the traditional sense of what I think of one as. Maybe best described as right in the middle of a DIPA and a Black IPA. I like the flavor that rye provides, so this worked for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 22:33:08 | More by siradmiralnelson
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oldedog

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

12-18-2012 00:28:25 | More by oldedog
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-16-2013 01:54:29 | More by IanSpindler
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Nice,lightly hazy,rusted amber body beneath 2 inches of strong,beige head with sticky,ring-like lacing.

S-Smells of fruitcake,muted citrus,toffee and pink peppercorns.

T-Really malt forward DIPA.Sweet and bready.Brown sugar,whole grain toast,candied grapefruit and earthy rye spice.

M-Dry and medium bodied with a malty sweetness and sharp rye spiciness.

D-Really good drinkability for 10% ABV.Well hidden
alcohol with no burn.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 13:08:57 | More by StlHopHead77
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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