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

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1,664 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,664
Reviews: 846
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 67
Gots: 85 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-07-2013 01:55:02 | More by lic217
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-10-2012 21:21:07 | More by mweso2000


4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Burnt bronzed orange. Big tan resiny foamy head. Thick sticky bubbly laces.

Spicy Rye, burnt toasty sweet. Spicy hops, piney, herbal and grapefruit. and alcohol.

Spicy burnt toasty sweet elixer. Spicy hops complement the malts, grapefruit and pine and a bitter resinous bite. Good balance betweeen malts and hops, but to the extreme, borders on barleywine. Nice Alc bite.

Rich thick and sticky. full bodied. dry

Love me some hearty rye and hops. A very bittersweet bomber. Good drinkability for such a monster.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 18:53:16 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4s across the board on this one... This beer pours a clear orange amber color with two fingers of off white head that retains well and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma hazy notes of caramel malt, rye and piney hops. The taste starts with caramel malty sweetness and then moves to rye and hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced, but a little bitterness lingers. Overall a good rye IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 01:25:52 | More by csiewert
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 04:33:24 | More by JamesMN
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-10-2013 02:17:08 | More by jmccullough108
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

12-16-2012 04:12:34 | More by n00blar
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-12-2014 03:08:52 | More by sunofneurot
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip. I proudly hoarded this bomber all for myself. No freshness date to be found.

A: Hazy dark amber and plum-colored brew with about a finger of creamy beige head. Great retention, and there is spotty lacing on my tulip.
S: Big sweet fruitiness up front; a bready malt presence is pretty prominent, too. Currants are major here, and there's a nice little sweet and spicy balance. I'm hoping for some more hops in the flavor because they are not too bold on the nose, and I'd expect a little something more in a DIPA!
T: I am happy here...it is much more hoppy on the palate. I've got great bitter hops all over. They are woody and mildly citrusy. These hops are balanced gorgeously with the dark fruity esters found in the aroma. The best part of this beer is the great rye base. It's grainy and slightly earthy. I sense caramel malt, but it's merely an afterthought here.
M: Creamy head, a heavier body, and balanced carbonation make for a wonderfully smooth mouthfeel.
D: I am a big fan of this brew. I'd like to try it fresh and on tap if ever possible!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 00:44:28 | More by washburnkid
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

A-Nice amber body with a thin head of lace. For DIPA's I like to see a thick, sticky head. A little darker than expected but color was very pleasing.

S-Not the hop punch that I love in a DIPA. Seemed like I was picking up more from the bittering and flavor hops than any aroma hops. If they dry-hopped, it didn't present itself heavily.

T-Wow! My head is spinning between the hop bitterness and the rye spiciness. Sharp, coarse hops right up front. The maltiness, although tough to detect behind the hops, makes a nice caramel-like finish.

M-For a beer so big and full of sharp flavors, it is balanced extremely well. The hops are supremely evident, as well as the rye, but nothing is cloying. Citric sharpness reminds you what kind of beer you ar drinking.

D-Obiviously not an everyday beer, but another winner from Schmaltz. Any hophead should enjoy this and buy when the opportunity arises.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 01:42:13 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Wow...this is a funky, interesting beer.

Picked up a 4 pack at my Round Rock Specs for about 11 bucks...total shock to see it there actually.

Poured a heavily red tinged deep copper with a thick tan head. Beautiful color on this one and a lot of thick lacing. Just gorgeous.

Getting some piney hoppiness in the scent with hints of citrus and a little alcoholic rye spice at the finish. Also a sugary dessert like quality. Strange, but good.

The flavor is quite unique. Uber-sweet malt on first sip, followed by a nice slap of piney hops and a bit of spicy rye to cut some of the malty sweetness. I'd say this is kind of like Hop Rod Rye on steroids. Lovely thick mouthfeel...certainly a slow sipper as you really want to taste all the unique qualities in this one slowly. Syrupy sweet as it warms, and quite boozy...and quite good.

Not sure about the Imp IPA status...kind of a hybrid of a barelywine/dipa, but that rye kick makes it worth a try. Give this one a shot if you like big, complex beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 02:12:59 | More by obrike
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

09-20-2012 02:22:35 | More by zachary80
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

09-26-2013 02:02:50 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-08-2014 04:26:09 | More by GOBLIN
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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 fluid ounce brown bomber with no freshness date.

Pours clear copper & chestnut with over an inch of foamy tan head. Withdraws to a small film and excellent thin lace. Smells like grapefruits, sticky tree sap, caramel, and fruity alcohol. Gooey sweet caramel malts and rye in the front of the mouth. Develops blended grapefruit and pine bark hops, plus deep toasted rye malt chewiness towards the back. Finishes with bracing hops and super sharp alcohol sting. Creamy, sticky, barely carbonated (nearly still really) in the mouth. An interesting and (way) over the top IPA, but not something I'd drink much of.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 01:43:53 | More by dgallina
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

12-01-2012 17:38:10 | More by WoodburyMN
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-28-2013 01:03:27 | More by JandJMD
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-27-2013 05:33:19 | More by BEERschlitz
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-19-2012 16:41:40 | More by slowdaddy
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-10-2014 04:42:19 | More by kguard
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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a goblet.
No date to be found.

Nice thick 2 inch off what almost tan head, that settles nicely to a thin bubbly layer. Nice dark reddish rust color. Patchy attractive lacing throughout. Medium persistant carbonation.

Nice fruity sweet rye scent, with an alcohol background.

Taste is not offending, beginning with a malty slight rye hit and ending with a slight bitter hop alcohol kabam. The alcohol flavor is well hidden and barely rises from the afterburn.

Mouthfeel is good, with medium carbonation with a nice thick slide to the belly.

A nice easy drinking beer for 10%ABV. The alcohol is definately there but not up front. My first try of a 'RIPA', much better than i expected. Give it a swill, i sure will again.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 21:04:17 | More by beerphan
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3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Amber with golden hues. It poured with a medium cream head that died to a film.
S: Lemon and orange juice with some spicy--but not piney--hops, and sweet rye.
T: Butterscotch toffee. The rye comes in with earthy bitter hops. There is a lingering gin alcohol flavor on the back of the mouth.
M: Moderately syrupy, frothy, and very smooth.
D: Good as it is a well-balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 01:35:00 | More by ne0m00re
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3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

a - pours a hazy, copper color with an inch or so of cream colored foam. head slowly calms to a thin film and leaves a few legs of lacing in the glass.

s - toffee, grapefruit, orange, grassy, slightly bready. wonderful aroma. sadly, it's all downhill from here.

t - pine resin riding a sugary sweet malt base. slightly astringent. massive bitter slap to the mouth kicks in right after the sweetness passes. doesn't reveal any of the wonderful things found in the nose, or even any rye character.

m - gooey with adequate carbonation.

o - decent overall, but honestly i'm a little disappointed. 10% abv kicks in right about halfway through the bottle so drinkability is pretty low. comes across more like a not-so-well-made barleywine more than any kind of ipa. definitely not worth $4/bottle. will be passing on this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 05:32:50 | More by divineaudio
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4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark amber with reddish tint. Off-white head

A- Lots of malt, Lots of hop. How did all this aroma land in one beer?

T- The rye can really surprise someone not used to rye in beer. The hop bitterness keeps the heavy amount of malt in check. Leaves a bitter alcohol aftertaste.

M- Decent carbonation. Very thick body.

D- A very interesting take on the DIPA. As it is so rich and heavy I'd probably only want to have one or two of these at a time. I highly recommend this as rye leads to an interesting character in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 17:14:18 | More by gpogo
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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours ruby red with an off white head that leaves a wee bit o' lace.

Dominated by that fruity grainy smell that is common in rye beers. Lots of hops in this one, but also a huge alcohol presence.

Sweet caramel notes mingle with a pome fruit/bitter hoppiness. Ends with a strong rye/ bitter character that leaves a very long aftertaste. Only bad part is the alcohol. This beer makes no apologies for being 10%. Very strong alcohol character. This beer would have perfect flavor if it weren't for the in your face alcohol.

Fairly rich and full bodied, I love this beer, but it doesn't hide the alcohol well enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 00:06:54 | More by nortmand
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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