He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
Appearance: Dark maroon with pretty good clarity. Three finger off-white soapy head. Nice lacing.
Aroma: Bittersweet like the name. Lots of sweet orange citrus and a hint of bitterness from the hops. A little pepper or spice from the rye underneath all the citrus.
Taste: Huge hop bitterness up front. Definitely get some of the citrus from the nose along with a good amount of crystal malt to support it. The peppery flavor from the rye comes more in the aftertaste and plays nicely with a slight heat from the alcohol. Some buscuity type flavors mixed in there as well. Very entertaining palate. A lot going on, but in a nice harmony.
Mouthfeel: Effervescent. A bit creamy from the head and a little above medium bodied. This one should probably be sipped but it drinks easy for such a big beer.
Final Thoughts: I'm not a huge fan of the hop flavors and aroma in this one but it still impressed me. It's nicely complex and enjoyable. I don't know that I'll be buying it again anytime soon, but I'd recommend it to anyone who likes DIPAs.
09-15-2012 04:33:24 | More by JamesMN
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
3.55/5 rDev -12.6%
Appearance: Hazy caramel-colored body, slightly reddish on the edges, with a very thick bubbly off-white head. The head sticks around for awhile, give significant lacing.
Smell: Right off the bat, strong notes of rye and crisp West Coast hops. Underneath that, some fruity sweetness, grapefruit and apples or pears, with a touch of citrus, perhaps oranges? Overall an interesting aroma.
Taste: Wow. Highly alcoholic, very strong rye flavor. Bitter hops on the backend. Slightly dry in the aftertaste. As you get used to the alcohol and the hops, a slight grainy maltiness appears in the middle. A very imposing beer, perhaps with the alcohol turned up just a tad too high. That and the hops overwhelm the rest of the flavors. It's not bad, but it's very strong, and it's difficult to get any complexity out of it.
Mouthfeel: Fairly thick mouthfeel, hops tickle the tongue, some carbonation.
Drinkability: This is obviously a lot of people's cup of tea, but it's not really something I feel the need to drink regularly. It's priced right at $6.99, and I'm sure I'll drink it again, but overall there are much better DIPAs out there.
10-30-2008 01:08:35 | More by danielharper
3.08/5 rDev -24.1%
I love rye beers.
I love hops.
What isn't to like? Well . . . nothing. But what is to like?
Some DIPAs are all about the hops. Some of them have a strong malt presence that balances out the sheer hop volume. This is one of the latter catagory, but it doesn't work. It is very sweet, but monodimensional in terms of malt. There is some light rye spiciness, but nothing serious, but it manages to be excessively sweet and dry at the same time. 'Creamy' is the taste/texture combination used to describe this taste of maltiness to me. I freakin' hate it.
And the hops? Resiny, but that's it. The resin conflicts with the light rye spiciness.
Oh, and it is hot as heck!!! The 10% is really hit-you-over-the head noticable. Not my cup of tea.
08-18-2006 01:28:11 | More by shbobdb
4.1/5 rDev +1%
appearance - rich deep amber, mostly transparent, huge offwhite head, strong retention, thick lacing
smell - big aromatic caramel malts, light hop bitterness
taste - hop bitterness on the tongue, strong malt presence, tasty profile, some pine notes but mostly focused on the malt in the midst of the flavor, east coast style ipa couple with some breadiness
mouthfeel - big body, chewy, heavy carbonation, some alcohol burn on the finish, lingers, slightly sticky, medium dryness
overall - a bit too balanced for my preference but it's a great ipa, very full flavored and has a unique take, huge huge flavor here
02-22-2012 04:37:56 | More by djbreezy
4.58/5 rDev +12.8%
Appearance- Pours a deep orange/burgandy, with a fairly thick, yellow-white head with a lot of staying power. Loosens up failry quickly, but this head is very substantial. Leaves just a ton of lace behind to Very impressive.
Aroma- Not overwhelmng, but what you do get is an excellent mixture of aroma hops and sweet, sweet, malt. Some hints of candy sugar. Excellent
Taste- Whoa!!!! Wow!!!! ... Fore-taste is about what you would expect. Rich, malty, sweet, hoppy,intense, bready. As it slides towards the back of your toungue, the hops take over. Reaaly good balance between malt and flavoring hops. Not perfect, but very impressive. A hint of spruce in there to. As I go down, I want to lick the lace off the glass. Mmmm...
Mouthfeel- Yeah....I know....it's an American DIPA. It's still a tad heavy. The carbonation is wonderful tho. Compliments and accentuates the flavors wonderfully.
Drinkability- If you're a hop-head like myself, you will love this beer. If the lighter beers are more your style, this beer is style worth a shot, but it is a sipping beer.
01-27-2007 08:25:41 | More by theopholis
4.18/5 rDev +3%
A: Poured into a chilled beer mug. Copper bordering on blood orange color with a decent amount of head that leaves rings when traveling down the side of the glass.
S: Nice sweet malts with some citrus, floral aromas, and faint hops. I do not detect the big hop smell that I usually expect from DI/IPAs.
T: Caramel and toffee malts with a nice rye touch, not unlike pumpernickel bread, and a faint peppery spiciness. The hops then kick in and provide a strong, biting bitterness.
M: Thick and creamy from the head with a decent amount of carbonation to remind you it's a beer and not a drinkable loaf of good bread.
D: Very nicely sippable, and the hop bitterness is, for lack of a better word, addicting.
09-13-2009 06:12:59 | More by thekanna
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
This was a tough one to review it had a nice malty backgound but at the same time the rye was also there. Probably what this was going for liked it a lot and will have again,
a - red amber wispy head
S - malty reminds me of a DFH 90
T - again malt with the rye makes for a different taste but enjoyable.
M - Sticky stays on the tounge for awhile.
D - A must have again, this is good I liked it a lot.
06-11-2010 03:00:54 | More by Casey10
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Have always seen this brew but never grabbed it until now. Didn't really read up on it until after I bought it, so this one had me by surprise.
Pours a cloudy amber or copper with a big head that coats the glass. Aroma is big and complex. Malty and thick like maple syrup with some molasses mixed in, but there is also with a big, piney hoppiness that jumps out too. Taste is just like the label suggests: bittersweet. Heavy thick chocolate thickness hits the tongue followed by some massive hoppiness that brings on the bitterness, almost medicine-like. Big alcohol character, not overwhelming, but it ain't hiding either. The rye is there throughout lending some darker grain and bread-like flavor to the brew. That is what makes this brew stand out from other DIPAs.
Wow, an extremely complex and dangerous brew. Though I was buying an average IPA only to find out it had rye and was also a DIPA. I'm pleasantly surprised, this brew was well worth any gamble (and also quite affordable). A unique treat I am more than willing to sample again.
02-15-2008 06:27:09 | More by saintwarrick
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
22oz bomber purchased from Hoosick Beverage in Troy, NY. Served refrigerator temp in a standard pint glass.
Had to pour hard to get a decent head, but it did come and is sticking around quite well. 1" rocky tan foam on top of a dark mahogany brew, leaves plenty of lacing as it eventually settles. Smell: maltbomb. Biscuit, raisin, caramel, followed by some vanilla, citrus, spices. Not very hoppy. Taste follows straight from the nose, huge malt presence, and still not a ton of hops. I'd really peg this as a hearty barleywine, maltier and not as hoppy as I'd expect from a DIPA. Has a nice spiciness, presumably from the rye. Mouthfeel is fantastically thick and sweet without being slimy or cloying. Finishes clean with a good bit of hoppiness that wasn't apparent in the taste. Odd that the hops only come shining through on the finish. I guess that's a testament to how thick and malty it is.
04-25-2010 01:33:00 | More by BeerNinja007
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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