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

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Ratings: 1,817
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 81
Gots: 145 | 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:
Beer added by: mcallister on 06-07-2006

A Double India Pale Ale with Rye Malt brewed in tribute to Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider 1925-1966).
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Photo of mirish72
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally decided to pick this one up and I was not disappointed. Poured into a goblet, pours an incredible mahogeny red. To says this beer packs an aroma doesn't do it justice. This thing is all about hops and malt. It almost makes most barleywines seem wimpy by comparison. This beer is boozey in a big way and you feel it by the end of one (I was only drinking the 12oz variety). This is definiteltely one of the most memorable beers I tried this year, pick some up.

Photo of Pellinore1
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 12 oz. tulip. Brown with a nice, light head. Darker than I expected.

Smells of citrusy hops and rye, very nice.

The taste brings more of the same. Very hoppy, with just enough malt for a good balance.

Thick, with just a bit of sweetness, the mouthfeel is not unusual for an imperial IPA.

Overall, an excellent beer, and one I will look for again. It reminds me of a stronger Founder's Red's Rye, which probably should not be surprising.

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

On-tap at City O' City in Denver. Served in a snifter.

A: Deep amber with a slight haze. The cream head is small and dense. Head retention is marginal, but a nice amount of lace is left behind.

S: Pine and anise scents dominate the experience, plus a hint of grapefruit citrus. There is also a light toffee sweetness that's along for the ride.

T: Bitterness dominates the experience, but isn't over the top. The theme from the nose continues with intense hop flavors. Sweet malts are subdued, but can be found without too much effort. The alcohol is very well masked. Finishes with lingering pine and anise flavors.

M: The medium body feels oily. Carbonation level is just right.

D: This is a nice, if not outstanding DIPA. It doesn't stray far from the style's blueprint, but I was impressed with how well the beer's alcohol is masked. A quality pickup overall.

Photo of soze47
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle a week ago. I've had RIPA on Rye, so I'm looking forward at trying out a base beer. To my amazement, I think a lot of the robust nature of the RIPA on Rye comes from the base beer, not the Rye barrels it is aged inside of.

Appearance: Very pretty and active beer. I almost over poured this one. Nice tan head of 2+ fingers floated about a deep amber/brown body. The lacing on this glass sticks like that window spray snow you see around the holidays.

Aroma: Mix of orange and pine needles right away, but also a complex level sugar cookie maltiness too. Very nice scent here. I get the hop nose right off the bat, but this also has the smell of a malt bomb.

Taste: Malt-forward caramel doughiness at first, but then I get the rye malt to temper it quickly. After the swallow, more layers of complexity develop in the aftertaste. First, I get pineapple sweetness that is quickly anchored by a piney hop residue. The boozy heat develops the flavor. At 10% ABV, this one opens up quite a bit and has more fruity notes and less bitterness as you drink.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and sharp all at once. It pokes your palette like an aged cheddar, but melds into a creamy/smooth feeling flavor development/progression. Oily for sure, but that becomes an asset as this heats up from the booze. At first it is a bit cloying, but you are glad the beer clings as much as it does once it opens up.

Drinkability: I'm glad I don't have a whole 22 oz. to go through by myself. 12 oz was a perfect personal pour, but this should be drank as a Barleywine or liqueur, not a DIPA.

Overall: I liked this beer very much. Very robust and complex. Not one I'll pick up a lot of just because of how big it is in booze and flavor, but I can definitely see this one as a winter warmer in the next few months.

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

Usually I am not too big into the DIPA's but this was a gift to me. Trying my best to review to the style and not be subjective...
Poured from a bottle. Not seeing a frreshness date, although, thie seems to be fairly fresh.

Appearance- Beautiful thick lasting head. Leaves a nice lace as it disappears. Dark copper color. Very appealing.

Smell- floral, citrus, almost a spicy aroma as well... Probably from the rye

Taste- clean bitterness up front with a complex malty sweetness that follows. This is where my dislike for DIPA's comes from. I wish there was more hops flavor and less maltiness. It is followed by a slight bit of alcohol, but not too much and not hot.

Mouthfeel- quite thick. I prefer a bit drier, but for a DIPA it is much better than others, but I could still use a drier drink.
Drinkability- at 10% it is a sipper for sure. If it was more dry, I think the drinkability would be a bit better. Again, better than most other DIPA's.

Photo of WhiteOak
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Bright, brilliant copper. Dark tan head is of a coarse bubbly foam.

S- Pina colada/pineapple/coconut, Fir bud resin, fruits, malt, faint banana.

T- The RIPA attacks with big, concentrated, rich, round slightly sweet malt. The mid palate is of sweet vanilla cupcake. Then the citric hops roll in big-time for the long finish.

M- Creamy, viscous, oily, and slightly sticky. The CO2 is perfect here. A kick of ethanol heat accompanies this brew's every move.

D- The hop dryness regulated the drinkability for me, but not the rich structure.

Photo of jera1350
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blue Nile.

Dark ruby hued amber color with a thinner, but soft light tan head served in a chalice.

Sweet malt scent with fresh hops of pine and citrus. Hints of caramel and toffee.

Big and balanced DIPA. Plenty of sweet malt that adds notes of toffee, caramel and brown sugar. Not really getting the rye out of it though. The hops are there in all of their glory. Mostly piney, but some citrusy notes as well.

Silky smooth and soft. Between medium and full bodied.

One of my favorites in the style. I really don't have it often enough. Never seen it on tap before, so this was a real treat. I could have a couple of these, but may suffer the repercussions later.

Photo of atsprings
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Final cask of the first ever Raleigh Beer Week and the guys at Flying Saucer were cool enough to let me tap it! Served in a tulip glass a very murky puddle water-like brown with no head. Sitting near the cask I noticed that all of the early pours were murky, but it eventually started pouring clear, no complaints from me, either way! The aroma was weaker than expected, mild caramel and pine hops. Luckily, the taste made up for the weak aroma and then some, loads of rye and caramel slightly overshadowed by pine hops. The beer was slightly heavy, but a smooth, very enjoyable sipper. This was an excellent cask beer, one I hope to see again soon.

Photo of cdizinno
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle as pictured.

A: Big tan, two+ finger head. Deep, dark reddish-copper color that is clear with fine carbonation and fluffy, sticky lacing that clings all the way down the glass.

S: Mildly ripe citrus fruit, pine, malts, and hint of spices mixed in.

T&M: Smooth and ultra creamy. Hop oil slickness in a full bodied taste. Very thick with caramel malts, spicy rye, herbs, mild citrus to toasted freshness. The mild, tangy hop bitterness is perfectily balanced with the malt smoothness. The complex flavors are almost unexplainable.

This stuff is SUPERB! Definitely not quite as good as the fresh growler I had several months ago, however, this is still really good! It has a unique taste, so approach this with an open mind. So thick, you can only have one at a time... maybe two. Great DIPA with a rye twist.

Photo of generalnotsew
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very rich frothy two finger tan head. Color is a very dark amber that mimics the look of an American Barleywine. Sticky sweet caramel bitterness in the nose. Heard a lot of people comparing to a barleywine and so far they are right. I would put in in the same category of Double Dog so far. Great big upfront hop bitterness then mellows out into a rich, earthly and almost nutty aftertaste. Like Double Dog only no near as harsh in the end. I am guessing the earthy nuttiness I am getting is the rye as I did notice something different here. Not earth shattering but very tasty and a nice mix up from the norm.

Photo of flagmantho
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Head almost rose past the rim; exciting.

Appearance: hazy amber orange with three thick fingers of creamy ivory foam with a little bit of an orange cast. Head retention is great (still there even as the glass is almost done) and big, chunky lace is left. This is a trait of rye in my experience, and a good one. I'm not thinking DIPAs get much better than this, visage-wise.

Smell: big citrus and earthy hops. Well-executed and very appetizing. A solid West Coast IPA aroma.

Taste: big malt flavor; dark, musty fruit rounds out the sweet malt. Bitterness is pretty huge. To me this is more of an American strong ale or even American barleywine (ryewine?), but whatever you call it, it is tasty. There's a hint of the spiciness that rye brings, but it really can't compete with this hops bill.

Mouthfeel: thick and sticky. With the ABV of this monster, that's not surprising; but throw in the rye, and this thing gets crazy. Carbonation after the pour seems relatively low, which holds back creaminess a touch; still, this is a big, filling beer.

Drinkability: the ABV and the body hold back drinkability a bit, but the flavor is good (if strong, even challenging to some). Up to today I haven't been super impressed by Shmaltz, but Lenny has really changed my mind about the place.

Photo of bum732
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Raw rye, rye seeds, some citrus hops, very bready malt, pumpernickle, rye bread.

L: Cloudy copper orange, decent creamy head that dissipates. Great lacing.

T: Citrus hops up front followed by bready maltiness, nice resiny bitterness. Sulfates and mineralness on finish with rye spiciness. Bone dry finish with some more resin.

M: Full body, creamy mouthfeel, perfect amount of med. carbonation.

Really liked this beer, very hop forward with the rye lending great spiciness. Very similar to DFH 90 min. in its malt profile, with the exception of the rye. Great beer.

Photo of andrenaline
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to my fellow BA, joemcgrath27 for the hook-up on this.

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with an amber hue, solid two thumbs of lacing, solid retention, and a solid amount of lacing that lingers throughout.

S - Citrus and pine hops dominate the scents on this one, slightly peppery, and a strong lemon and a fruity pineapple scent that lingers.

T - The hops dominate the flavour, yet the finish is quite fruity. The finish is definitely bitter, but not offensive, and I definitely get a cotton candy and pineapple flavour that lingers on the tongue. The alcohol is incredibly hidden.

M - Perfect balance of carbonation, and a finish that isn't overly dry, especially given the hop content. Quite nice.

D - At 10% this stuff is dangerously intoxicating. Highly recommended to any hop lover and is incredibly tasty, offering unique flavours and a finely tuned finish.

Photo of aepb1
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Copper with an off-white head that dissipates down to a cap

S- Piney/citrus hops and some sweet earthy caramel malts

T- Earthiness up front and the citrus hops hit quite soon and stay well, lots of complexity with the malts underlying it all

M- Full-bodied and some warmth from the alcohol

D- Great beer, very complex and that makes it easy to revisit.

Photo of kwjd
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown colour with thick off-white head. Lots of lacing and good head retention. Smell is huge pine hops with tons of caramel sweetness, plus some added spiciness (assume from the rye). Flavour has lots of bitterness, with tons of sweetness as well. This is almost a cross between a barleywine and a double IPA, which makes the "bittersweet" part of the name make sense. Good carbonation level. This is a big beer, but delicious.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a clear bubbly copper with a tower of tan head that is not going anywhere! After a few sips the lacing was amazing!
S - piney, earthy, and citrus hops smell wonderful, with some sweet caramel malts
A - oh man, the hops flavours are great! The earthiness is up front, then it fades to grapefruit citrus hop flavours with caramel and roasty malt flavours
M - medium to high carbonation and definitely hop bitter, but the maltiness balances out the dry to leave a balanced and slightly refreshing flavour
D - the fact that it's 10% ABV is amazing, there is no real alcohol bite, but a definite hop kick. All things considered very drinkable, but a few of they could spell the beginning of the end..

Photo of claspada
2.45/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep ruby color with small and immediate dissipating dark khaki head and lacing.
A sweet, malty aroma, with an extremely sharp rye note. There was some hop in the scent, but the rye overpowered it as well.
The ABV on this one does not stand out with the taste, per se but you can tell that if this was aged the alcohol and rye malts would hopefully balance out. I love great rye beers with balance but this right now does not have it. The rye is harsh and upfront and ruins the taste and mouth-feel for me, probably too much in the recipe, but hopefully I can buy a new bottle and age it, and then hope it mellows. The more I think about it even after aging the body will still probably be too thin and the malt will not change enough to help the sticky-sweet rye which I can't shake from my tongue. This beer is worth a try if you can find it on tap but don't waste your time with a 4 pack anytime soon. If your a fan of rye beers, seek out The Bruery Rugbrod.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours THICK and a nice copper/amber color. A nice fluffy, off-white head develops and slowly recedes, leaving plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong for the beer being cold, it's pretty sweet with caramel and some fruit as well as bright citrus and floral hops. After letting it warm a bit.... hints of orange and alcohol come through and the volume is turned up a bit overall.

Taste is strong, sweet malt with the rye coming through as spicy and earthy tones. There is a strong yet clean hop bitterness to this beer that manages to balance the intense malt flavors. The finish is surprisingly smooth but still has bitterness and rye spice elements to it as well as plenty of sweetness, really it reflects the best parts of the beer.

Mouthfeel is thick with slightly below average carbonation. This beer seems to coat the inside of the mouth.

Overall this beer is surprisingly easy to drink for it's strength and intensity. It is as the label says, bitter and sweet. I would have this again but it's something I have to be in the mood for.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask at Young Augustine's in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with solid amounts of breadiness and mild amounts of earthy and pine hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth and thick caramel malt flavors up front are joined by mild amounts of breadiness and even lighter amounts of rye flavors. Midway through the sip the malt flavors fade a bit with hints of soapiness, allowing pine hop flavors to work their way into things. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was close to being a very good beer but the malt flavors weren't quite crisp enough. Still, it's a good beer that's worth a shot.

Photo of fropones
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice amber-pumpkin color with a a finger and a half of khaki head with good retention.

S - A good amount of rye and malt in the nose. Very minimal hops.

T - Thankfully there is more hop flavor here right up front, with some spicy rye following it. A little bit of age has mellowed the hops some.

M - Nice bite, creaminess, medium-full body.

D - Pretty well drinkable for 10%. A good summertime beer.

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

Poured bomber into snifter.

A - Poured a hazy dark muddy orangy tinged color. With a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to a nice coating. Floating carbonation was everywhere and some floaties from being unfiltered.

S - Pepper and caramel are most prevalent. The rye is there.

T - Dry and spicey. Bitter and caramel balance nicely.

M - Moderate carbonation, bitter and spicey with a dry finish. A bit hot.

D - Good for a 10%, but not an all day drinker.

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

12oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours fairly thick and syrupy, but clear copper/amber with a 1+ finger yellowish white head. Leaves nice clingy rings of lacing.

Aroma features some pine and citrus with good bready malt, caramel, toffee, toast. Only moderate strength on the nose, however.

Flavor is very nice with resinous, earthy hops up front, hints of citrus and pine, good sweet malt in the middle, rye is quite prevalent, bread, caramel, good bitterness on the finish, only real knock on the flavor is the noticeable alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is full, sticky, medium carbonation.

A very nice hopped-up rye beer.

Photo of rebelthrower
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Red with a bit of copper. Light tan head, but not a lot of head. Great lacing.

S: Malts and sweetness. Not a lot of smell going on.

T: Caramel and Malts. Very sweet and then the rye shows its self.

M: Chewy, thick and strong. Nice medium carbonation. Taste sits in the mouth for a long time.

D: Very tasty beer and will definitely have it again. But can only have one at a time.

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

A: RED with a thick tan foam; great retention and lacing

S: Typical grapefruit/citrus quality from the hops but also a touch of cinnamon and cloves; bready and spicy

T: Hoppy and spicy--grapefruit and a nice sweetness pervades as does a slightly chewy bready quality

F: Great even mouth coat

D: Quite drinkable for what it is--the alcohol and sweetness do not hinder

Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber brown with a small light tan cap that has subpar retention. Leaves a nice coat of fine lace.

S- Huge blast of caramel malt. Hops are there and are mostly earthy and grassy. Smells like an old ale. Aroma has high strength. Very slight apricot.

T- Nice caramel malt blast and hop presence. Hops lend high bitters and some earthy flavor. Dark fruit and strong malt flavor of a barleywine also comes in. I get some fruit notes as well and definite grass. Rye lends some flavor and spice.

MF- Nice and warm. Fairly thick creamy body with moderate carbonation. Bitters coat the palate along with hop flavor.

DB- Great price and very well hidden ABV. The flavor is big, like a barleywine and is very nice. The rye works well with the caramel malt. Easily worth a shot. One bottle is enough but still drinkable.

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,817 ratings.