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

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1,704 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,704
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 70
Gots: 89 | FT: 5
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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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alkemy

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

Kind of a copper/mahogany colored pour that appears to be of substantial viscosity. Slightly off-white head is tight, but not very tall. Combination of pine and floral hops. Also a mixture of caramel, molasses and sweet bread. I felt the rye was pretty subdued on the nose. It was more apparent in the taste...which was brilliant. Powerful hops upfront, but not as to ruin the back end of the swallow. There is a tender citrus that fades into the sweet malts. After all that, the rye lingers on your taste buds. Very smooth and rich mouthfeel. I'm wishing I bought more than one bomber of this!

12-04-2009 23:38:01 | More by alkemy
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ManVersusBeer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Got this one as a gift from my roomie and I poured it from a bomber into a good sized wine glass. I really need to get a chalice or snifter of some sort. Chalice is an awesome word.

A nice deep orange, copper caramel hue with a good head just sitting there nice and proud and beige tempting me to drink. Dissipates slowly leaving a good lacing.

Smells mostly of molasses and toffee and caramel malt, and the rye is also prominent with some light hoppiness.

Taste is all over the place and really good. First comes the sweet; malt and sticky caramel with hints of dark fruits, mostly dates. Then comes the spicy and bitter; ginger and some citrus pine hops towards the end, with a molasses backbone. Dare I say sweetbittersweet.

Carbonation is mild and nice, with the rye sticking with you on every sip. Goes down pretty easy for the alcohol content. It warms you up and could definitely make you start talking dirty if you're not careful.

12-04-2009 00:35:16 | More by ManVersusBeer
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Mosstrooper

California

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured from 22oz bottle into Budweiser branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark copper with a pretty small, but long standing tanned head that dissipates so slowly that it doesn't seem to dissipate at all.

Smell: Toasted malts with spicy, herbal hops and hints of fruit.

Taste: Toasty, buttery malts up front, with a bitter aftertaste that finishes sweet as well. Hints of rye. Rich with full, deep flavors. Bittersweet indeed!

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, thick, and creamy with balanced carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability: For a double IPA, this is very well balanced and full of flavor a variety of flavors, as opposed to just being full of hops. Pretty easy drinker for 10%ABV and something I highly recommend.

11-27-2009 02:10:09 | More by Mosstrooper
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Fillpott

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured this beer from a 22oz bottle into a regular pint glass, unfortunately it was frosted.

The appearance was coppery with a beige head and copious amounts of lacing with large bubbles. It has a crisp, bitter rye smell with malt overtones. The hops are assertive, but the smell of rye is unmistakable. The taste is sweet, bitter, citrusy, and crisp. (hmmm...bittersweet RIPA? go figure.). Its mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy but smooth and extremely drinkable. Well balanced.

11-22-2009 02:22:43 | More by Fillpott
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Pours a deep amber with a gorgeous 3 finger dense tan head, amazing retention, this one just doesn't want to go away. Nice chunky frothy lace left behind. A great looking beer indeed.

S - Sweet malts, spice, a little alcohol as well. The backend reveals some dark fruit, floral citrus hops & a little piney hops. Not what I expected in a DIPA, but a nice smell non the less.

T - Fruits, caramel malt & hops up front. Rye malt and some sweetness in the finish. There's some noticeable bitterness that lingers.

M - Full body, creamy, sticky, oily, smooth. A pleasure!

D - I don't give a shit if this doesn't fit the style. I'll drink this any day of the week. Extremely well balanced and rounded.

11-20-2009 06:07:59 | More by Dawkfan
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -21.7%

deep reddish copper color, slight haze and creamy tan head. looks dense. caramel, resiny pine, grapefruit in the nose along with some vague spice, and a hint of some dark dried fruit. big, sweet caramel malts along with a big, somewhat harsh hop bitterness along with the spiciness from the rye to balance it out. big bitter finish lingers. very thick and viscous, full-bodied, with some prickly carbonation struggling through. sticky sugars linger on the lips. a sipper. if you like a darker, spicy dipa try it.

11-12-2009 20:29:21 | More by MrMcGibblets
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jeffjeff1

California

4.83/5  rDev +19%

I picked this up at Whole Foods the other night. I spent a lot on beer that night. lol

Appearance- amber color, nice head, nice lacing, nice head retention

Smell- hops, pine, malts

Taste- spicy hops, malt

Mouthfeel- full bodied, dry, very well balanced

Drinkability- Excellent! I love it. It was pure heaven in my mouth.

11-08-2009 22:15:35 | More by jeffjeff1
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MOShepp

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Dark amber with a big light tan head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma of grapefruit, apricots, toasted malt and slight pine.

Tastes of toasted rye malt up front then a big punch of resinous hops that are met with plenty of caramel malts.

This is a well balanced beer which is amazing considering the evident hops. The rye gives it a nice touch. Nice drinking beer.

10-31-2009 21:45:37 | More by MOShepp
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

10-20-2009 18:53:16 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a nice reddish copper color, full fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Smell is of sweet malts, piney and spicy hops, rye. Taste is nutty, sweet and bready malts and rye Piney and spicy hops balance out the flavor. Hints of dark fruit. Oily yet crisp, medium bodied and slightly dry finnish. Very good beer, lacks a little umph in flavor. Agree with the below reviewer who stated this is more of a Rye Pale Ale than Rye Double IPA. Rye is the star.

10-19-2009 14:44:20 | More by rfgetz
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured into a oversized wine glass from a 22oz. bomber.

A - Nice bottle decorations. A golden light marquis is seen with the name of the brew. Pours with the consistency of motor oil, a slow rising off white head appears after a while and recedes slowly to a thin mat. Color of light brown with red hues. Head is not ass thick as expected, maybe because of ABV.

S - While pouring i could smell the sweet alcohol esters with some hints of prunes. Upon further inspection, sweet malts initially with fruity alcohol fumes that warm the nostrils. Hints of peppery spices and some whiskey in there. On the back end some nice hop, pine character can be perceived. Initially it shares a nose off a scotch ale but then the hops kicks in.

T - Very sweet initial malt taste. Notes of prunes and raisins, some roasted character as well. The sweet warmth of alcohol is noticed at this point before the piney hops kick in. Molasses are also noticed initially. The hops add a very sweet grapefruit hint to it on the back end. Extremely complex beer. Not for the faint of heart.

M - Oily, oily, oily. Very smooth and well carbonated.

D - one bomber is enough, hell, maybe one 12 oz. would be enough. Still very good beer.

10-17-2009 22:50:52 | More by JoEBoBpr
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Sep 20, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a very dark and hazy amber/maroon colour. Definately feel the malty side more then the hops, but its a sweet balance. Nice little lingering after taste. Don't notice a hint of the 10% alc at all. Very smooth drink, quite tasty. I would get this again.

10-16-2009 01:03:32 | More by WeedKing4
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ryrust5301

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

Well as the name would suggest this tastes exactly like a rye beer, but with just a dash of ipa. It's almost brown in color, but is really a dark dark red. Smells of hoppy rye and spicy alcohol. On taste the first thing I pick up is a deep dark rye that finishes of with a bitter hop bite. Malt is well represented with a coating sweetness. Alcohol is present as it warms the throat after the swallow. Has a nice crisp smooth feel to it that isn't overly big. Dead on as far as a rye ipa goes. A nice first experience into the hebrew line.

10-15-2009 03:55:36 | More by ryrust5301
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badesign

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Cherry red with motor oil brown shadows, small off-white head. Aroma of citrus and dark fruits, mellow candy sweetness, minimal grain.

Thick resiny bitterness and orange oil up front, spicy grain and alcohol, interesting- complex and sweet- malts from the rye. Nuttiness like a brown ale and roastiness like a porter, finishes with an earthy note which becomes mildly sour as it warms, overall flavor becomes spicier as well. Very complex. Rich, velvety mouthfeel, unctuous and puckering.

Maybe 4 oz. in, out of 22, my tongue feels dead, but happily so- like it's happy to cross this beer off its bucket list. Really incredible and a great example of a rye beer.

10-14-2009 02:37:54 | More by badesign
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

22oz bomber poured in a tasting glass.

Pours red with almost no head at all. Nose is of rye and a bit malty and sweet.

Taste is also sweet rye. Very tasty and strong. The abv seems a bit high, however the rye adds a lot to it to mellow it out. For being an IPA I wish it was a bit hoppier (thinking hop rod rye here), this is much more like a rye pale ale rather than a Rye IPA.

10-10-2009 22:15:43 | More by kingcrowing
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pourmeup

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

very tasty beer overall, let me say that is possibly the nicest mouthfeel in an IPA i've ever had, so thick and smooth, the appearance is overall very pleasing--poured into a nonic pint, great head with a medium shade similar to a sipping rum, a nice amber color overall. lacing is also at a premium, with thick rings forming sticking all over the glass, tastes mildly of grapefruit with a slight pine flavor, smells of a spring forest, very floral, not so drinkable, drank the whole bottle and was quite done for the night
(2 person review)

10-09-2009 04:08:56 | More by pourmeup
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BDLbrewster

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours a hazed red-orange color, nice large, quickly receding head that leaves some viscous lacing. Fair amount of visible carbonation as well.

The forefront of the nose is packed with a firm odor of rye malt, and oodles of spicy hops. Stale and earthy, in a good way. I get a bit of citrus themed hop smell, but it is very underwhelming. The alcohol light up your nose hairs and is prevalent in the smell.

The taste is a bit out of the ordinary, the hop profile is leaning way over to the spicy side rather than citrus or pine. A really mean rye pa if you ask me. Spice, earthiness and rye define this brew. Sooo much flavor that it almost hurts, what this brew lacks in complexity it makes up for tenfold in sheer amount of taste. The alcohol is hidden perfectly and you would never notice that this brew clocks in at 10%.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. Tiny amount of syrupy slag on the tongue but that's pretty much expected in a big brew like this.

Overall, I don't know how I feel about this one. It is good, very drinkable. But it's kind of up in the air if I will seek this out again. Solid brew.

10-02-2009 23:11:11 | More by BDLbrewster
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

22 ozer.

Appearance: Dark orange, totally clear. Giant puffy off white head (dont pour too hard). Insane sticky, sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet and spicy. Strong malt and rye presence. The hops are orangey and a little floral. Less hops than I expected to smell for a DIPA, but it does smell really good.

Taste: This is a mouthful of sweet maltiness and rye bread. Again, the hops I barely smelled are barely tasted (barely is an exagerration), although there is some bitterness and a little orange and pine-- drowned in a sea of malt and rye (a delicious sea). So again, not an A+ for a DIPA, but a really tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Here we go. This thing fills your mouth. Thick, a little syrupy. Wow.

Drinkability: Really good stuff. Doesn't really fit well into the double IPA category well, but who really cares? Share a bomber, its too much for one.

10-02-2009 00:22:14 | More by rapidsequence
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%

Beautiful bright color. A lot like a polished copper pipe. Very nice rich head and good lacing.

Aroma is sweet, with lot's of floral citrus hoppiness, with a hint of the vanilla that tends to be associated with rye & whiskey.

Interesting taste..lot's of sweet, dried fruit maltiness decently accompanied by the cascade hop. Thought it could have used a bit more hop to balance it. Finish is sweet and sticky. however. Booze is there, but warms rather than burns because of the sweet/stickiness.

Medium to borderline full with a oily slickness.

Just a bit too syrupy and sweet to be top drawer.

10-01-2009 23:47:32 | More by Shadman
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured a ruby brown with good tan head that left lace down the glass and a one-finger head. A great citric hop smell that is also bery piney and floral along with caramel and other sweet malts. Classic DIPA taste as the beer is medium-bodied and smooth and contains both a great hop bitterness and some sweet malt/fruit tastes. Taste is comprised of citric hops along with roasted and caramel malts. The high ABV leads to a dry backbite that gives off a complimentary alcohol burn and is tagteamed with the rye which gives off a little bready feeling. A great beer but also a very heavy beer to handle and one bottle was certainly enough for me.

09-28-2009 10:20:55 | More by clayrock81
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ImusBeer

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Got this one as my second of the day. It was poured a Copper color and a bit hazy. The head was only around the rim but there was lots of lacing.

This is the first beer that I've really noticed the yeast aroma and the very heavy bread or biscuit smell.

The first thing I noticed was the hop, then the sweetness of malt & caramel. The bitter finish really made this a delight.

The mouthfeel is dominated by bitterness and then the bite of the alcohol, at 10% I expected this.

Couldn't drink it all the time but I would enjoy this occasionally.

09-27-2009 16:05:06 | More by ImusBeer
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velosuds

Oregon

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Cost Plus World Market for $5.49.

A-Pours a medium to deep amber-reddish brown color with a two finger, creamy tan head with good retention and ample, pasty lacing. Beautiful appearance.

S-Caramel and spicy rye malts. Hops too. Citrusy and sweet. I love this beer. Very interesting for a DIPA, but I'm not sure that is the proper style. Not that it really matters. I love this beer.

T-God, I love this beer. Very well balanced, yet complex. Hops are aggressive without overpowering the taste buds. Nice rye malt backbone in finish is profoundly sweet. Very distinctive, even surprising. A real treat. No bitter after taste and alcohol content is hardly noticeable, even at 10% ABV. Extremely well constructed.

M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced. Carbonation is perfect.

D-Dangerously smooth given ABV. I prefer to sip this one, especially since the taste and drinkability improve as it warms.

This is among my favorite beers and would rate higher if it were more affordable. Sorry, but as a value conscious CPA the price paid is important to my overall enjoyment of beer. Thankfully, there are many great values and a plethora of choices available.

09-24-2009 02:42:16 | More by velosuds
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mooseisloose

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%

If Schlitz is Schlitz, this is Schmaltz. This is a bomber that appeared albeit at a great price at the local beer supply joint, so I decided to give it a whirl. It is a brew among brews, let me tell you, my friends. The bottle smell is malt and lots of it. This is a brew that for the style - reinvents- Obscene is completely correct. This is a beer for worldwide lovers of beer. This may not be a tripel, its more ,with the hopping its a dirty quadruple! At least he migrated to see the US of A!

09-20-2009 22:58:42 | More by mooseisloose
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brow1901

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a cloudy darker amber almost brown/red color with a off white head. Minimal lacing and hardly any retention. Unfortunatly the sediment at the bottom of my bottle got disturbed, and there is a lot of sediment.

S- Mostly hops in the nose but some definite grain character is coming through. Slight hint of dark fruits.

T- Very oily hops, an extremely chewy beer here. Some earthy tastes and yeast tastes. Kind of a sweet beer.

M- Again very thick and chewy brew. The rye seems to add alot to this.

D- Pretty drinkable, but it isn't a refreshing beer and not really a warmer. A great autumn beer though.

09-20-2009 15:24:23 | More by brow1901
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bonsreeb85

Colorado

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%

A - beautiful 3 finger head white foam head off my initial pour into my favorite New Belgium Snifter. this beer presents a very deep cherry-oak color.

S - resiny, piney and citrus hops are the central focus in the nose, they come flooding out of the glass. rich caramel malts come running through reeking of cavity-giving sweetness. this beer smells like a dank-ass barleywine w/ some rye bread in the mix as well.

T - spicy and bitter. lots of rye flavor that really shows up as a nice backdrop for the over-the-top-hop insanity.

MF - creamy and lucsious, full bodied. perfection! this one rolls down with ease

D - running and hitting on all cylinders, this one smells, looks, tastes, and goes down like a champ! beware of the 10 percent(can't taste it)
At this price, why am i just now discovering this gem? more i say more!

09-15-2009 01:00:40 | More by bonsreeb85
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,704 ratings.