He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
10-05-2006 23:44:40 | More by phisig137
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
12-13-2010 03:30:51 | More by GDBEERMAN
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
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!
06-11-2007 11:47:35 | More by giblet
4.99/5 rDev +22.9%
Poured a nice cloudy amber with a finger's worth of off-white head. Scent was diacetyl and rye malt. The taste began with a hit of sweet malt, blending into rye spiciness nicely as the sip progressed. The hop profile is of grapefruit and pine and was present throughout the sip. Bitterness increases towards the end of the sip and ends with a nice bitter aftertaste that is quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is good, with a low carbonation that makes for easy sipping and let's the flavors of the beer shine through. It's neither too thin nor too thick. An all around excellent rye IPA and a good double IPA.
02-01-2013 06:45:10 | More by Auraan
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
10-19-2011 22:33:08 | More by siradmiralnelson
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
01-18-2011 13:08:57 | More by StlHopHead77
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
Purchased in February 07 and consumed on May 10th 2008. Kept in cold storage in the interim.
A-Dark copper/brown with red highlights. Has a slight syrupy look to it ont he pour. The off-white head stayed around for quite some time as I took notes and never really receded fully leaving a 1/8 inch coat for the entire session. The head left a fine looking lace as it did receed to thsi elvel. After each swallow, rings of lace were left on the glass.
S-Aroma was not as strong as I'd beleieved it would be. could be due to the aging. Big caramel malts and alcohol dominate. Piney andgrapefruit notes find their way in the middle. The alcohol also shows it self in the end. Second and third whiffs reveal a doughy/bready quality that is quite nice, almost like bread baking.
T-Big malty sweetness right up front. Pine and grapefruit hops jump right in the middle. There is a coffee and toffee quality percieved int he middle. The finish is spicy rye bread and rye toast. The alcohol is present here as well rearing its head at various times through the session.
M-medium to full body and thick syrupy mouthfeel. There is also a creamy quaility to it that was nice. The carbonation was light to medium and was well balanced with the flavors and the mouthfeel.
D-I defintely would have had another had I had one. I would like to try this one again fresh as it was not as aggressive as I'd expected given what I have read about. That of course does not mean it was by any stretch bad, it was very good.
05-12-2008 16:55:35 | More by jackorain
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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