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

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1,659 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,659
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 67
Gots: 82 | 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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RBorsato

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Lightly hazed copper color with a nice creamy beigie head and nice slow but active carbonation that leaves nice lace. Big malt and big hoppy aromas; some rye malt aromas are noticeable which is nicer than the non-descript bitter hop aromas. Big malt flavors with lots of non-descript bittering hops... nothing incredible stands out. Full bodied and smooth with a dry bitter hop finish.

Nice to try but not more than once.

Per Label: "Double IPA with Rye Malt"

Per SBC website:
Malts: 2-row, Rye Ale Malt, Torrified Rye, Crystal Rye 75, Crystal Malt 65, Wheat, Kiln Amber, Caramel 70
Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Crystal, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial. Dry Hopped with Amarillo and Crystal

'5042' lasered on bottom ('05' embossed on bottom)
Tasted: 03/23/07

($5.49 / 22 oz.)

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 16:29:33 | More by RBorsato
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isaac

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from memory:

22 oz. to snifter.

Lenny's pours a gorgeous blood-orange red with a creamy, sticky head and thin lacing. Nose is well hopped with spicy rye, caramel malts, and slight booze. Taste, while still coldish, is amazing - juicy would be the first word to come to mind, and the rye mixes well with the sweet malts to make a flavour which reminds me of dense, german cakes. it looses a few points here as it warms up and the sugars take over, reducing much of the taste to a sort of boozy hard-candy - the kind of taste i can't abide in the DFH 90 and 120 minutes. however, this sad turn of events is saved by the ever-present rye spiciness and smooth, slow drain of a bitter finish. mouthfeel is amazing, not too thick, and coats the tongue and cheeks.

a fine and drinkable beer, if not a bit strong and a bit sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 01:55:24 | More by isaac
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Happy Passover - I drank this at sundown, 4/2/07 - the start of Passover in honor of all my Jewish friends and fellow beer advocate members who are Jewish.

22oz bomber

Pours a clear, deep ruby red/amber color with a thick, foamy beige head leaving a ton of lace down my entire pint glass as I drink it.

Smell is very good, hops hit you at first, then the alcohol smell kicks in.

Taste, IMO, it's one of the best double IPA's I have ever tasted (a close 2nd to Ruination IPA from Stone).
Rich malty taste up front, warming alcohol in the middle, bite of bitter hops on the finish. Talk about balance!

10%abv is the only thing holding this back from being an exceptionally drinkable brew. I finished off my bottle and could have maybe a 1/2 bottle more, but I gotta admit, I do feel "content".

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 23:32:58 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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rkuhnel

California

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Mine was a 22 oz Bomber that had a theme that looks kind of like an old theatre exteriors The name He’Brew Presents BITTERSWEET LENNY’S R.I.P.A. is made to look like a theater sign. The label says this is a “A Double India Pale Ale with Rye Malt” and “Brewed with an obscene amount of malts and hops”. Listed at 10% ABV. There is a silhouette of the late great Lenny Bruce on the neck label. Finally it is Kosher Certified. Really cool label we have here.

Appearance: Poured a nice thick and oily stream from the bottle and settled into my Duvel glass with minimal splash and raised a nice fat off-white head that left lots of fat chunks of lacing on the sides of the glass. Overall this is a feast for the eyes and as the head slowly settles down you are so taken by its overall beauty you almost hate to disturb it.

Nose: This one comes at you with alcohol and piney hops. The aromas just leap out at you and you don’t need to take a deep sniff to get this one. Beside the hops, there are also some distinct but not overwhelming rich malts, toffee, nuts, caramel, and berries. Overall it is hard to imagine a beer smelling a whole lot better than this.

Taste: The taste is similar to the nose, and the alcohol, malts and the hops dominate, and there is a serious bitter finish worthy of a DIPA.

Mouthfeel: What can you say about this except is feels rich and creamy and simply hangs on the teeth and tongue. You hate to swallow, but then it tastes just as good going down the back of your throat.

Drinkability: Simply sublime is all I can say. At 10% you would want to be careful, but downing all 22 oz is easy. It is just great from first drop to last.

Overall: This is an unusual Double IPA because of the Rye Malt, but no matter how you measure it this is an impressive brew. I only got one bottle of this, but assuming it is still there will be picking up a case to share with my friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 04:40:39 | More by rkuhnel
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neenerzig

Ohio

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

The first Rye IPA I have ever had (as described to me by the bartender who served me). Served in a goblet style glass. This beer pours a deep golden color witha reddish hue and ruby highlights. The off-shite head is about a finger thick upon being dran from the tap and settles to a nice film cover with decent lacing. Nice, sweet aromas of pine, citrus and hops are present up front along with some malts. Flavors of the aforementioned hops, pine, and citrus are present along with some rye, malt and perhaps a bit of grapefruit or lemon. Very good and well balanced taste indeed. Unlike any other Double IPA I have had. Has a crisp, thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Quite drinkable indeed. This beer does the winning!

Eric

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2007 03:38:43 | More by neenerzig
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fisherman34's bottle shared during the MB DIPA Throwdown 07. Cheers to Kris for sharing this gem. One of the few rye beers I've had the pleasure of trying. Great looking beer - medium chesnut red color with solid head. Very sweet syrupy aroma to it. Taste is quite nice- very sweet ale and hops poked through more as it warmed.Not overly bitter and has a nice mouthfeel. Very rich brew from the rye malts. The hops are probably not given enough props due to being the last brew in the throwdown and my palate is screwed. very enjoyable beer- not top of my list of DIPA's but nice change mostly due to the rye. Thanks again Kris!!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 02:29:30 | More by oakbluff
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uberabr

California

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Crystal clear copper red with a one-finger creamy off-white head. Some hop oil up top and some decent lace.

Smell- Highly complex and very well rounded. A light fruity hop with sweet candy and estery malts. Caramel, honey, popcorn butter, biscuits, and subtle satayed vegetables with hints of lemon juice and black pepper. Fresh cherry blossoms and spices complement the candy backbone well. Very nice.

Taste- Buttery and bitter. The butter diacetyl is heavy and somewhat cloyingly so, but it's balanced well enough by the bitterness. The malt is otherwise enjoyable, with loads of fruity esters- cherries, plums, watermellon- along with a roasted nuttyness and some syrupy molasses. The bitter backbone is of rich high-alpha hop varieties, creating a deep, woodsy pine with subtle hints of grapefruit and a definite rye bread aftertaste.

All in all an extremely complex and moderately well-rounded brew. The only thing I don't like is the overdone diacetyl malt, which adds to an oily mouthfeel. Other than that, it's highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 01:31:45 | More by uberabr
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RedChrome

Connecticut

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

Medium amber colored crystal clear body. Inch and a half almond colored head took a few minutes to shrink down. One small stream of carbonation meandering to the top. Think sheets of lacing down glass.

Initially there is a strong blend of citrus and pine. But the pine wins out in the end with a slightly dirty finish. Citric smell is of grapefruits with just a hint of lemon. Very nice blend.

A pine taste created a thin veil over a very rich malt flavor. Tastes include a note of burnt rye toast, toffee notes and a gritty but faint grapefruit. A nice blend but still a tad on the gritty side,

Very nice thick feel on the surfaces of the mouth. A very limited carbonation tingle left the taste to sit on their own.

A nice offering to salute a great mind. In honor this is a great beer to wash down pastrami on pumpernickel. Oy, the boys at He'Brew did well with this tribute, but I'd give the beer up for Lenny back any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 02:29:29 | More by RedChrome
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jakdracula

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is just great beer. It's 3:46 in the afternoon on a Thursday, and I'm supposed to be at work right now, but someone was kind enough to offer me half the bottle of this fine beer, as she is drinking the other half.

I must say: I'm glad I decided not to work. Unfortunately, we only have one bottle.

Get it. Drink it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 20:54:26 | More by jakdracula
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Available in Alberta now in the 650 ml bottle. The label is as interesting as the beer, with a little blurb on the side and plenty of inside jokes to be had, really milking the Jewishness of it all. This DIPA pours a lovely mahogany reddish/brown colour, underneath a copious tapioca head. Fine bubbles and plenty of lacing to be had. A great looking double ipa.

The first sniff above the glass gives some extremely malty, almost soy-sauce-like aromas. The rye is undeniable here--it smells like the German rye bread I had this morning. Oh yeah, soya sauce and terriyaki here--a maltiness unlike any other I have tried. After a few more sniffs the hops come out to play, giving a dusty relief to the rye. The malts are delicious though, and the sweetness is delectable. If anything, this is nuanced. The taste really plays on the rye as well, with less bitterness than I expected from a DIPA. Again the similarity to soy-sauce is undeniable, but in the middle the malts balance a little with the hopping and we get a finish not unlike a full-on hoppy ipa. However, the graininess is anomalous. Every aftertaste was like a mouthful of dark rye bread. To me, the hops are a little under-displayed. The mouthfeel is barley-wine, with little carbonation. Full-bodied.

All in all, this seems to miss the mark of a drinkable balance. Interesting to try, but nothing I would drink two of in a row. Unique as it is, there is something missing. Or maybe I'm just not used to all that rye...

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 09:28:01 | More by Cwrw
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kernalklink

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured somewhat lackluster- murky brown with some aggressive carbonation. There was a mild hop aroma with some herbal notes and a hefty amount of malts to finish. The taste was much better than expected- great intense earthy woddy hops going to war with a thick syrupy fruity malt with some alcohol burn to back it up. The rye was just slightly noticeable, but gave a great finish, makes our palate dream of something new and unusual- whatever it is, strong barleywine-IPA-sahti, its a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 22:53:13 | More by kernalklink
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

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

Poured from the bottle a dark red amber with a creamy tan head. Light lacing was noticed as I drank.

I would describe the smell as warm and piney with a slight hint of citrus.

The taste is sharp and malty with bitterness at the end. The warmth of the alcohol becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Creamy best describes the mouthfeel.

This is a big beer which I would drink only one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 20:52:28 | More by Monkeyknife
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Pours with a decent slightly off-white head, great lacing, and a dark amber color. Smell is alcoholic, waxy, and with aromas of orange, grapefruit and pine from the hops. Taste is big and bitter with more wax, grapefruit and orange and a big hit of pine.Quite nice. Good body, and very balanced. Creamy and pretty smooth for the amount of hops. The alcohol is more present in the nose than the flavor, quite drinkable, even dangerously so.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 00:10:23 | More by Georgiabeer
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into my shaker pint glass. Appears a clear dark amber color with a finger of off white head. Smells of pungent rye malts, and piney hops. Tastes of rye grains, bitter, grassy, piney hops, and sweet malts. Full bodied with medium carbonation. This was delicious. I'm a rye beer fan and this one certainly delivered. Highly recommended. Seek this one out while you still can.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 05:56:03 | More by ClockworkOrange
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DrMalt

Saskatchewan (Canada)

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

Poured from 650 ml bottle.

A dark orange/copper with a very frothy eggshell coloured head.

Aroma was strong. Almost perfumy with its floral smell. Classis fruitiness from Cascade or Centennial hop.

Taste was definitely malty, alcoholic and some peppery flavour. Loads of bitterness to match the malt. I didn't detect any rye flavours but that could be because of the strength of this brew.

Mouthfeel was initially a creamy, full bodied feeling & then the alcohol kicked in leaving a warming almost astringent mouthfeel.

Drinkability was slightly minimized by the strong alcohol body. Still a terrific IPA but the high gravity takes away from one pouring more.

Sampled this alongside some other IPA's & DIPA's. Is a tremoundous beer but was almost too big to be compared against the other IPA's & DIPA. Came in 3rd out of 6 IPA's I sampled.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2007 19:46:06 | More by DrMalt
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

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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theopholis

California

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a deep orange/burgandy, with a fairly thick, yellow-white head with a lot of staying power. Loosens up failry quickly, but this head is very substantial. Leaves just a ton of lace behind to Very impressive.

Aroma- Not overwhelmng, but what you do get is an excellent mixture of aroma hops and sweet, sweet, malt. Some hints of candy sugar. Excellent

Taste- Whoa!!!! Wow!!!! ... Fore-taste is about what you would expect. Rich, malty, sweet, hoppy,intense, bready. As it slides towards the back of your toungue, the hops take over. Reaaly good balance between malt and flavoring hops. Not perfect, but very impressive. A hint of spruce in there to. As I go down, I want to lick the lace off the glass. Mmmm...

Mouthfeel- Yeah....I know....it's an American DIPA. It's still a tad heavy. The carbonation is wonderful tho. Compliments and accentuates the flavors wonderfully.

Drinkability- If you're a hop-head like myself, you will love this beer. If the lighter beers are more your style, this beer is style worth a shot, but it is a sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 08:25:41 | More by theopholis
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: slightly cloudy amber color with a short 1" head that lingers a while. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: great aroma of pine, malt sweetness, and fruitiness. Hint of alcohol too.

Taste: hearty grainy malt profile with pine, grapefruit, and ripe pears. Overall this beer is quite dry but bold in flavor. Alcohol is noticeable and provides some warming effects.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp and dry from the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Long bitter aftertaste is pleasant on the tastebuds.

Drinkability: this is a enjoyable DIPA that is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 12:54:02 | More by Gavage
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

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

Pours a nice copper almost reddish color. Thick two finger head forms and after I get several tastes of the foam, some nice lacing begins to form.
Pungent piney hop aroma is equally matched against a bold malt sweetness and slight whiff of alcohol, but barely.
Thick heavy mouthfeel. Resinous with a DIPA texture. Alcohol is present but is balanced by a unique malt sweetness that is almost heavy. I presume I am tasting the Rye in that sweetness. I also get some tea-like flavors. A froth on the palate heats the alcohol up a bit. The malt profile on this is huge but I like it. The hops give it some balance with citrus and pine and I can taste the Simcoe, I was hoping for a little more agressive astringency to cut some of the malt sweetness. I like this brew and Shmaltz has never disappointed. To quote R.E.M.: Lenny Bruce is NOT afraid!
Cheers, Joe

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 13:41:23 | More by ByTor2112
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wedge

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thick rusty amber topped with sticky, heavy, bubbled cream. Aromas of dark citrus and other fruits over sugary toasted malts tinged with alcohol. Swirl it around and the alcohol comes more into focus, helped by the rye. First sip reveals a big creamy brew...darkly sweet hoppiness upfront with fruity alcohol and rye in the second half. There's an insane array of hops used here: Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Crystal, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial, and Amarillo...but it seems to be countered by an equal malt force. A lot of flavor en masse leaving a slick lingering, slightly sour bitterness. Rich, creamy smooth body - big and coating. A nearly sharp bitterness is smoothed out by a powdery texture.

Plenty satisfying overall. Rich, dark, and hoppy. So very big though, it might be a challenge to handle all 22 ounces alone.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 20:01:30 | More by wedge
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woody brown color with ruby highlights and nice beige creamy looking head. Nice retention and spotty lace. Aroma has big malts, with all sorts of other smells. Dark fruits hidden in there with many yeast smells and some mystery hops. Taste is certainly intense. Big malts carry through with a huge pile of hops delivering a variety of delightful flavors and a big bitter kick in your face. The alcohol is occasionally noticeable in all the beery goodness but it is 10%. Rather thick body and heavy creamy, but carbonated mouth feel. A little resiny graininess sneeks through. Drinkablity is good for what this is.

Good to have. Better to have slowely.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 02:36:23 | More by tastybeer
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a bright, almost shiny brown in color. The head was awesome. It wasn’t huge but was a cool-looking dirty dirty white and stubborn as hell.

Smell – There’s little rye to be found in the nose. You can tell there are a lot of hops in here but they don’t blossom out of the glass. There’s also a pleasing grainy base that at least offers balance to the smell.

Tasty – The super-sized hops come out huge at the taste. The citrus in particular stands out as being well done. The rye isn’t big but is well done. It’s a bit more flavorful than the Hop Rod.

Mouthfeel – This is big in the mouth, almost full-bodied, with some good bitterness and the promise of a short aging stint in a cellar.

Drinkability – This is very drinkable for a big beer, and make no mistake this is a big, big beer. Don’t try to eat anything with it.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 20:24:00 | More by RoyalT
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper with a dark amber core. Tall, thick, sticky, bright light khaki brown head. Perfumey-Scotch tape-pine sap hop nose, backed by spicy-sweet butterscotch, whiskey burn, and melted Werther's Original candies. Sweet, sugary toffee malt up front. Very spicy, peppery, anise-y, nutmeg jolt mid-palate. Bitterness increases as candied fruits and butterscotch chime in. Strong bitterness and spice in the finish. Warming, but doesn't feel like 10%. Watch out, eh? Medium-full body that coats the mouth well. Creamy feel. Very interesting beer with an interesting combination of spiciness, sweet caramel/butterscotch, and strong DIPA bitterness. I'm not sure if I am crazy about the strong spiciness, but a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 03:12:38 | More by alexgash
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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

A beer tribute to Lenny Bruce, oh my, does it get any better? Not only that but it's a DIPA, supposedly a tongue-ripper just like the man himself. Okay, so I'm impressed by the billing...

Pours out of 650 ml brown bottle a deep garnet, well carbonated hue with a massive off-white head that lingers and lingers and lingers... A thick and chunky head.

The nose is fairly faint, but hints at rich malt and a sucker punch of Cascade hops.

The flavour is candy... Rich, intense, bready malt--fruity and spicy Christmas cake profile to it almost, and yes, yes, I'm aware of the irony... Oh man are the hops and the malt duking it out to come up on top, I haven't experienced this since Stone's Arrogant Bastard. There is a tongue-ripping amount of citrusy hops that truly does want to assualt my palate, but it is being subdued by the well-rounded malt. This is utterly delightful, what an amazing high test well rounded ale! Spruce, cherry, orange peel, coriander, white pepper, how to list off the spices.

The mouthfeel is something out of Dante's Paradise, full, rich, creamy, velvety, like a concentric circle of heavenly hosts circling around my palate.

If nothing else this beer is amazing, quite the experience to behold and well worth whatever amount of clams you have to shell out for it . Seriously. I am about to put on a pair of pants and go searching for more of it, you bet yer sweet ass. Stock it, horde it, drink it when you feel blue, your life will always seem better. Lenny Bruce, I salute you like He'Brew salutes you and your potty mouth (which usually had a ripe point anyways...). Best tasted when life hands you a lemon...

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 01:22:51 | More by IronDjinn
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

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

A: Thin off white head caps a gorgeous deep red amber hue. Clear.

S: Hops, hops, and more hops. Resinous and grapefruit aromas characterize the predominantly hoppy smell of this beer. Sweet malt aromas linger in the background.

T: Crazily intense high hop flavor. Bitter aftertaste that lingers. Hop flavor is complex - resinous and piney not citrusy. As the beer warms an oak flavor begins to come through, which I really did not care for. Malt flavor is just a trace present.

MF: Medium body. Suprisingly no alcohol warming. Slick/cloying mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated.

D: An intensly hoppy lip smacking rye based DIPA. Very drinkable for such a high alcohol brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 17:52:53 | More by Nipitato
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,659 ratings.