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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 djeucalyptus
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.

djeucalyptus, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
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.

bucklemyshoe, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of hophugger
4/5  rDev -1.5%

hophugger, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of perrymarcus
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.

perrymarcus, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of theboozecruise
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.

theboozecruise, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of JxExM
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

JxExM, May 09, 2012
Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4/5  rDev -1.5%

ZethOfTheNorth, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

6thstreetbrewpub, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of supercolter
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.

supercolter, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Punisher
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Punisher, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of Lothore
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.

Lothore, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of GDBEERMAN
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.

GDBEERMAN, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of DRTBrewster
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

DRTBrewster, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of phisig137
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.

phisig137, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of StlHopHead77
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.

StlHopHead77, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of sailorastro
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

sailorastro, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Washuffizi98
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Washuffizi98, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of bradfordjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

bradfordjohnson, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Theniz
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Theniz, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of mkirkland80
4/5  rDev -1.5%

mkirkland80, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JeffreyJDavis, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of n00blar
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

n00blar, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of kguard
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

kguard, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Schmuckles
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Schmuckles, Aug 16, 2012
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,752 ratings.