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

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Ratings: 1,783
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 74
Gots: 113 | 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 Yesac
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark orange copper in color with a defined bubly light tan head. Excellent lacing on the glass.

S- Spices, rye malt and a whole lotta dry hop bitterness.

T- Large dose dry hops with a great malt balance and backbone. Hops are fairly bitter and have a complex profile. The 10% is hidden well.

M/D- Medium/thick bodied, awesome mouthfeel on the palate. Great after taste. So smooth and easy drinking. The malt/hop balance is great the the 10% ABV is not completely hidden but well disguised. Great brew.

Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at a local beer bar. Beer is clear and reddish in color. Carbonation is moderate to low and head is soapy and nearly non-existent (it is on cask though). No lacing on the glass. I'm still interested.

Aroma is dominated by hops hops hops. Mostly citrus hop aroma and nothing much else.

Hops are present in the back of the mouth on this one. Correct me if I'm wrong but a RIPA is a RYE IPA correct? I don't taste the rye at all. The finish is a little piny. There isn't much of an aftertaste, is that woodsey flavor the rye trying to squeeze to the front? Eh, not my favorite, definitely not my favorite IPA or rye.

This may be one of those beers that has no business being on cask. I'll try it again in the bottle and see if its better and rereview at a later date.

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

Purchased this 22 oz from Barry at The Beer Authority when I mentioned how much I liked Blue Dot and Founders Red's Rye P.A.

It poured with a HUGE foam head with only a slightly aggressive pour. It was a dark copper color with a ton of bubbles.

Immediately noticed the piney resin smell with only a hint of malt, which is what I like in a DIPA. I let it warm just a bit cause I accidently left it on the back porch too long in 30 degree PNW weather. I could taste the hop bite right off, followed quickly by the rye malt, which dissipated upon the warmth of the 10% alcohol.

I would definitely buy this again.

Photo of wenkalman
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - It was a very pretty moderately dark amber color with small bubbles coming up through it. The head, about 1 fingers width with a direct pour down the middle, was a carmel white made up of very small bubbles. The lacing had a slight stick to it.

Smell - Strong Pine notes with a little sweetness at the back end. The malts were there, but not at the front. This is a good thing because this is a DIPA. There was a lot to smell in this one so its hard to capture it in words.

Taste - Well balanced considering there are 8 types of malts and 7 types of hops used in this beer, with an addition of amarillo and crystal in the dry hopping stage. Good sweetness on the front end, followed with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Small bubbled gave it a tingly feeling in the mouth. I felt it had the thickness, almost syrupy consistancy that I expect from DIPA's.

Drinkability - My only complaint is that the alcohol content is not well hidden on the back end. Therefore, this would be a tough one to drink a lot of. But then again, that isn't my purpose, so I think it is good.

I would recommend this one to anyone looking to test out new DIPA's. People who like the sweeter IPA's may really like this one.

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

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!

Photo of ManVersusBeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
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.

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

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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ryrust5301
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pourmeup
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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)

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Shadman
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ImusBeer
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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