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

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Ratings: 1,782
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 74
Gots: 112 | FT: 6
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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 ebby82
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber into a tulip glass with a bit of head.

The rye is pretty evident in the aroma, along with a significant malt presence, and of course, hops. A very nice aroma indeed.

The taste is really complex. When it was cold, the hops are more evident, but when it begins to warm, the rye and malt is more evident. The taste really masks the alcohol.

Very drinkable, the high ABV is masked very well. One of the more interesting and enjoyable DIPA's I've tried recently. Certainly worth buying some more.

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

My first review for a He'brew, a 12oz bottle.

Appearance- Dark ruddy bronze/red with an alarmingly rising head that leaves thick chunks of lace on the glass. Don't pour too aggresively or it'll end up on the floor!

Smell- Fruity sweetness hits first followed by caramel malts, cherries, some alcohol not quite hidden by the sweetness. There is quite a lot of alpha hop aroma around too. Floral and some citurs as well. I can tell I'm gonna like this one.

Taste- Creamy; thick and creamy as hell. The sweetness is predominant but perfectly balanced by the hops. The alcohol warms nicely and the hops come through with a nice taste to match the smell, floral and citrus. Caramel and cherries come through nicely too. This is one well hopped and malted brew, both very well balanced. I like it!!

Mouthfeel- I've always had trouble describing mouthfeel so have patience with me here. The carbonation is just right, not too bubbly nor too flat like some stouts. It plays nicely in your mouth. The creaminess is the main attraction to the mouthfeel, it just slides down like something much thicker.

Drinkability- Obviously I love this brew and even at 10%ABV I could drink it all night (at home). He'brew has made a bold statement in the Double IPA market and I can't think of too many I like better. If you can find this one, get it and get as many as you can. My local IGA got a 2 cases and I'm gonna buy one for the cellar.

Photo of gkunkle
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber color with a two finger off white head. Head has good retention and leaves cool lacing in my glass. Smell is of sweet malt, rye and some hops. Taste is not what I expected, but delicious! It's pretty dang tasty. I enjoy the rye as it helps things up from the usual "hop smash!" (say it like the incredible hulk) the taste starts with the hops and a slightly smokey flavor, then seems to transition to what I believe must be that crazy rye and sweet malt. The finish is a classic hop bitterness. I don't find it to be an aftertaste that encourages me to drink more. As I am nearing the end of my glass I see the results of the lacing, some pretty sweet concentric circles. The mouthfeel was a little on the flat side, there wasn't even that much visible carbonation after the pour, so I'm definitely not going to feel it. Thickness is about right though. Drinkability (in my opinion) is hindered by the 10%ABV.

Photo of boudreaux
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Chimay chalice
"Satire equals tragedy plus time." - Lenny Bruce

A: - copper color; massive, dense light tan head, about 2.5 fingers thick; reduces to minimal lacing, sticking to the glass

S: rich and deep nose; strong malty sweetness, with caramel, a touch of toasty nut, and a hint of rye; the hops bring citrus and pine notes, balancing the maltiness nicely; the alcohol aroma is also noticeable

T: bold and rich for an IPA; bitter hop aroma hits the tongue up front; malty sweetness tries to come through, but the hoppiness remains true throughout the taste; the alcohol becomes more noticeable as the brew warms to room temperature

M: coats the mouth nice; a bold, rich brew; warms the tongue with a tingling, fuzzy feeling

D: way to strong to be a session brew; however, for such a strong beer, this one is smooth and pleasant

Shmaltz is still a new brewery to me. I like what I've had so far. This brew is definitely a good impression.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Premier in Buffalo, no date. Pours a rich amber with a finger of off-white head.

Smells of fruitcake,raisins, muted citrus, pine and pink peppercorn spiciness.

Rich, bready malt, nice spicy sweet rye component hits you next, borders into a nice earthiness, then a deep pine bitterness with hints of muted citrus and flowers (wonder if this is a little old...) Brown sugar,whole grain toast, raisins, cocoa.

Hides the ABV extremely well, hard to believe this is actually 10%. Dry bitter finish, nice rounded sweet body, a really excellent beer.

Photo of paulginva
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured into a goblet from the tap, this beer exhibited a 1/2" foamy off-white head with excellent lacing that dissipated very slowly. The body was a hazy moderately deep amber.

AROMA: The first whiff of this beer just about knocked my socks off. A heavy, spiced citrus scent was most prominent with overlays of floral, orange and a slight hint of perfume. All of this was supported by a light malt aroma of caramel.

TASTE: The taste of this beer was as audaciously sharp as its namesake, with a heavy blast of hops exhibiting a strong citrus backbone with grapefruit, floral and orange overtones and just a hint of pine. There was a light taste of spicy alcohol and this whole structure, which could easily be too bitter (but was not), was supported by a medium toasted malt flavor (which, because of the strong hoppyness, actually seemed light) with overtones of caramel.

DRINKABILITY: This beer was as audaciously brash as its namesake, pushing the edge of the envelope all the way but never crossing the line into harshness. This was the first one of these I've ever had and, while I wouldn't pick it for a long night of imbibing, I would go out of my way to pick some up for any other social occasion with those who enjoy excellent, hoppy beer.

Photo of breweryaprntc13
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden amber, thick frothy tan head slowly recedes leaving thick lace clumps.

Rich rye nose, citrus hops present, phenomenal smell.

Earthy bitter lead, grassy hops support, strong rye flavor provides ample and delicious balance.

Full bodied, good carbonation, dry, filling.

A good bear bout could not drink more than a couple in one sitting, very filling.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Clear and golden amber with a lacing white head. Hoppy and slight woody aroma. Vague citrusy note too. Smooth and dry malty base flavour with a distinct and solid hops spiced bitter flavour on top. Dry and bitter finish with a dark fruity note and a solid wooden base into the far finish. Interesting complex style.

Photo of vandemonian
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. has a dark orange colour and an excellent 2 cm head. The smell is very bready with some orange citrus notes. This beer has a lovely, thick and slightly bitter taste: like blood orange. This beer is extremely thick... a great feel. Very nice.

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.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a turbid, murky amber-orange color. The massive, orange-red tinted head is extremely tall, dense, and frothy. Retention is outstanding - this isn't going anywhere. A sticky film of fine foam sticks everywhere that the head slowly abandons.

S: A big, bold nose. Caramel malt sweetness and bready, spicy rye character are everywhere. Fragrant fruity/candied citric hop notes are quite vibrant, with lesser floral/perfumey notes. Alcoholic character is evident, but there's so much heft behind it that it doesn't seem overdone.

T: A very firm malt base starts things off with substantial caramel sweetness and spicy rye. Hop bitterness is above average, but never runs away with things. Some modest fruity tartness lurks deep below all the other flavors. Hops are citric, spicy, and lightly floral. Alcohol pops up into the finish, lending a light whiskey note.

M: Full-bodied. Carbonation is medium, but fairly smooth overall. The robust hop profile and substantial alcohol lead to a cascading finishing dryness with a definite warming character.

D: This beer is almost overwhelmingly massive. This brewery definitely doesn't tiptoe around style guidelines. I love the way rye complements bold American hops in these types of beers, and this does a good job of incorporating it. A dangerous, enjoyable, and very unique take on a double IPA.

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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From growler to Bruges hybrid glass

A: Once of the sexiest brews I've poured. A gorgeous burgundy color, it looks like a 15 year old single malt. 2+ finger head and icky, sticky lacing which crept all the way to the top of the glass.

S: Grab the juicer....lemon-lime with hints of mango overwhelm the nose before putting my schnozz in the glass.

T: This one lets you know it's an Imperial right away. It's a hop bomb that smacked my tastebuds the moment I poured this saucy bitch in my mouth. Oh so fresh - it really strives for and achieves that Left Coast style hop profile. The thing that really got me was how long the hop oils stuck around. It was intense, really intense, for a good 5+ minutes post sip.

M: Insanely creamy. It's heavy; weighty, it really shows off in this category. It's also suprisingly smooth for a DIPA.

O: This beer is like a hot-n-heavy, six week old relationship. You may be in love, but don't want to overstep your boundaries. Let's say I really, really like this brew, and I'm currently making plans for Lenny to have a drawer in my chifferobe.

Photo of BBP
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours ruby with good carbonation and head.

S- Rye and hop bitterness.

T- Hop backbone. Good IBU's. Sweet from the rye, and good character. Balanced quite well between sweet and bitter. The rye didn't seem to work too well for me, but it didn't bother me too much.

M- Smooth. Medium full. Medium dry. Pretty sticky. Carbonation was just right.

D- Tamer than many DIPAs. Little noticable alcohol taste. Interesting beer. Worth trying if you like whiskey. There's no lack of it in this drink.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a rich, rich reddish amber color with tons of bubbles pouring from the bottom of the glass. The head is gigantic and fluffy nd refuses to die down. I poured aggresively and boy did the head explode from the liquid. The head is almost solid. Laces very, very well. Looks awesome!

S-A nice combination of super breadiness, sweet maltiness and delicious fruity hoppiness. Not the most powerful aroma but quite attractive.

T-Don't know how I'm gonna get past the head to the liquid. But once I do, I am quite happy with the result. The taste outshines the nose. Big bitter hop notes attack. The hop profile is complex with both fruity sweetness and dry pine. The malt is there but the hops are the main attraction. The rye kicks in toward the end and adds to the depth of the brew.

M-Creamy and sticky. Well carbonated. Stickiness is a combination of the sugary flavor and the resinous hoppiness.

D-The 10% comes into play as the beer warms but I find this quite drinkable. This is a big beer no doubt. I wish this would come in a 6 pack over the 4 pack but jeesh the 4 pack is expensive enough.

This far exceeded my expectations. I love how much the beer's taste stays on your palate forever.

Photo of spree92
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy, deep cooper with a relatively small head. Head didn't last long but did leave a slight ring.
I find this to be well balanced brew as most from the Shmaltz family are. Taste the malts first, a hint of toffee and roasted malts, finished with the hops. Bitterness lingers in the mouth with much delight.
At 10% abv, I could drink these every day. This is my kind of beer.

Photo of PDXHops
2.68/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru deep amber with a smallish off-white head that displays impressive staying power and leaves plentiful crackly lacing in the top quarter of the glass.

Smells, hmm, strongly of caramel. Uh oh. There's plenty of citrusy hops and what appears to be a fair amount of rye, but both are somewhat smothered by the malt. Flavor profile is more of the same. This very well be the most caramel I've ever tasted in a (D)IPA; it completely overwhelms the generous helpings of rye and citrus. On the positive side, the carbonation is quite vigorous (keeping all that caramel from becoming too heavy) and it somehow manages to finish somewhat crisply.

Overall impression: Another east coast malt monster. Hopheads, take a pass on this one. Those who like balance in their (D)IPAs should definitely give it a shot, though.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice copper/red color with a thick 2 finger head that maintains and clings to the side of the glass. Some damn good retention.

Smells very light/sweet/malty with a mild fruitiness. The rye also makes up a good portion of the nose along with some very sweet caramel.

Nice attack on the tongue with a smoothness that disappears quickly. The sweet malt and caramel from the nose carries over to the taste. The sweetness is subdued the whole way through by a hoppy bitterness that clings and leaves a very dry taste in your mouth.

I like double IPAs but I'm not too big of a fan of this one.

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.

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

12oz single, Star. So this is a milestone?

appearance: served in my delirium chalice - realy nice clear amber-copper body, frothy white head with sticky lacing

smell: pine sap, sticky grapefruit, orange, caramel

taste: really nice and superbly balanced - bitter ruby red, sticky pine sap, citrus hops, some spice from the rye. Grassy and green, sweet dark fruits and caramel, alcohol well in its place. Very nice.

mouthfeel: slighlty sticky, not too heavy, smooth and complex

drinkability: good

Photo of dciBA
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber with a nice off white head that sticks around for a while. Quite a bit of lacing as it goes down.

Smell is mostly sweet/caramel malt, but also some grapefruit from the hops. Taste follows the nose perfectly. Fairly well balanced, although I could go for some more hops. I have no idea when this was bottled though, so it might be a freshness issue. The taste is where the rye really shines, providing a very nice spicy finish. I was kind of hoping for a bit more rye but the beer is well balanced with the amount that is has.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and almost creamy, a real highpoint for this beer. For a ten percent beer this is very drinkable. There is a little warmth in the finish, but this doesn't detract from the beer or effect the flavor in any way. Overall a very good DIPA, with some rye as a bonus.

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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.65/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazed ruddy orange with a slim sudsy beige head.

Smell -- Caramel and toffee, citrus zest, bitter shrubs, pine resin, and spicy rye.

Taste -- Juicy citrus, pine, and bitter vegetation up front. Malting is cloyingly sweet but with a surprising amount of spicy rye. Lingering flavors of pith and shrubs.

Mouthfeel -- Fuller in body, a bit oily, with moderate carbonation. Not bad.

Drinkability -- Man, this one is rough. Cloyingly sweet malts and a hop profile heavy on bitter shrubs. I feel like I'm having Stone 14th flashbacks. I'll give it one thing: the rye character was great. However, even the rye spice was no match for this weird pairing.

In case I got a bad/old bottle, I'll come back to this in the future.

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I stayed away from the Hebrew stuff because I thought it was a bit corny - but these guys can brew. I poured this into a Duvel tulip where it developed a nice head that decreased to a 1/8" throughout with very nice lacing. A sweet, pungent hops aroma takes over. The taste is much the same with a sweet malt/bitter hops mix that finishes with a bit of rounding from the rye. I find I really like beers with rye and this one was no exception. The mouthfeel on this one is slick, and has a great body that hold up well to the weight of the bitterness. I could have as many of these as I could before I fell down. The mouthfeel, rye, and bitterness hide the 10% very well. I found it to be very like one of my favorites - Bells Oracle but with a little darker character from the rye. All in all, a great beer.

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

He'Brew Lenny's on tap at mighty Max's in Fells Point, B'more, MD, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golde red like Lauren Bacall's flowing tresses at the height of her career. Slightly transparent. Considerable white head, doesn't last. Great lacing, though.

Smell: Malts, booze, freshly-cooked cereal. Grass after a gentle rain and some hops. The smell of leaves needing to be raked.

Taste: A pungent malty booziness, at first. Boiling rye and other grains. Some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full body and flavor, medium-to-full carbonation. A bit too hot as it warms up. Not too sticky.

Drinkability: High! For a 10%, it is chuggable. Despite being obviously malty and cereal-y, it drinks well. Not hot, nicely balanced.

I love Lenny!

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