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: 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 maddogruss
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a glass mug.

A: Pours dark amber body with a nice, white head with good retention and lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A nice, hoppy smell with a slightly citrus undertone.

T: A nice, hoppy taste with a hoppy aftertaste as well. The citrus malts seemed to disappear in the taste, but it was still pretty good. Later on, some of the malts made themselves evident towards the end of the beer as a way to balance out the hops.

M: A smooth and full-bodied mouthfeel that was pleasant to the palette.

D: An excellent drinkability. Nice mouthfeel and nice hoppy taste. When the malts made themselves more evident later in the beer, it helped to balance out the hops.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A high head settles don to a thin lace, but in fairness, it took several minutes. The beer itself is a crystal clear auburn brown, with long flowing carbonation.

Far more fruity than one would anticipate from an IPA, but there is the unmistakable symphony of pine and citrus.

The bitterness is greater than expected, yet I'm definitely getting berries. Clearly this is a hoppy one. The rye adds some very interesting notes, yet the flavor profile still retains the signature IPA.

One word describes the feel. Velvet.

This is a good drinking beer. Too high in alcohol to carry through an afternoon, but easy going down for sure.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber into a Foothills pint glass.

An appealing, ruby-copper body fills my pint, pouring thick and leaving behind a 1/2 inch of head. The suds are dirty khaki in color, well-retained, and leave behind nice lacing. Aroma catches me off guard a bit, as candi-sweet malts fill the air, along with syrupy rye and hints of grapefruit hops. I could really go for a bit more hops, here, but the rye pairs nicely with the aroma overall.

I found the flavor to be very unbalanced. If IIPA's weren't my favorite style, I might've rated the taste even lower, as the hops took a backseat to candi-sweet malts and boozy, thick alcohol notes. Only in the aftertaste did the hoppiness come to the rescue, and by then the sugary malts had all but dominated the senses. Body is far too thick to be drinkable, and the alcohol note detracts from, instead of complimenting the experience. I will not be buying this again, sadly, as I had high expectations going into this brew.

Photo of Rsobotka
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an amzazing beer...unfortunately as your enjoying it, you fear that its taking you down a creepy road towards an unreturnable drunken misfortune.
Appearance: Reddish, with a slight head....chococately on top with a reddish tint shadowing through.
Smell: like a sweet cherry field.. with a nice bitter jump in a pond.
Taste: Incredible: exactly how the name implies: sweet and silky with a brandy bitter finish.
M- A little like a hard brandy....cool yet harsh
Drinka bil...i kept sipping this beer fearing something that never came...i thought the aftertaste was going to remind me of a Remy Martin x-mas gift...but it didnt...i probably could have drank 10 of these trying to figure out its concoction, but my wife kept reminding of its 10% alcohol content.

Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter glass at 50F.

Nice amber/mahgoany color with a thin tan head.

Big profile of citrus and floral hops surrounded by sweet rye and caramel malts.

Starts off with a subtle bready malts and then a kick of bitter hops at the top with a balance of the two through the finish. A very tasty blend of rye, caramel and other sweet malts.

Medium body with good carbonation. A complex yet drinkable beer. A hybrid between a strong ale and a malty IPA with strong rye characters.

Photo of jar2574
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle. There's plenty of booze in there, at 10% alcohol by volume.

Tan head that rises up slowly rather than bubbly and fizzy. Orange-red beer.

Smells sweet like honey and hoppy too. Very pleasant aroma.

A very, very good IPA. There's only a touch of the overwhelming piney flavor I dislike in other IPA's. Instead, you have a better mix of malts with hops and a sweetness. The sweetness honestly predominates, which is odd for a beer, especially an IPA.

Very cool mouthfeel. Thick but smooth and creamy. A touch of alcohol on the tongue, but much less than you'd think for 10%.

This is very nice. The mouthfeel, texture, taste and smell make you think you're drinking a honeyed hop mixture, with some malts thrown in to make it extra smooth.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sample at Barley's Smokehouse. The beer is a dark amber-brown color with a medium and frothy light beige head that has good retention. Sheets of lacing on the glass. The aroma is an odd mishmash of pungent malt, whiskey, and piney hops. Rich, syrupy body with flavors of tart fruit, liqueur, toasted malt and dry hops. The finish is dry with fruity a cough medicine and rye aftertaste. Maybe I am not appreciating what they tried to do here but the beer seems to be lacking cohesiveness.

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

Pours a nice dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, hoppy, nice touch of citrus, some pines, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice hop tones, some citrus/pines, and caramel. The alcohol is hidden pretty well, nice balance between malts/hops, with a slightly dry/bitter finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty DIPA, highly recommended.

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

22oz bottle.

A really nice clear brick/terracotta color with a thin tan head that dissolves quickly to lacing.

Bitter and spicy malty and hoppy aroma. Lemony.

Taste is of a strong IPA. it's got some real nice sticky resin qualities, but there's a layer of malt holding the whole thing upright. Caramel flavored malt to be precise. Some balreywine/dark fruit/alcohol waves in there too, especially on larger drinks.

Warm alcohol bite with a tremendous full body. Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability is great. Really smooth, despite a bitter hoppy twang.

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

He'Brew- Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA

A- Deep clear amber with a sticky moderate size head.
S- Sweet caramel with rock candy sugar. Oily pine resin.
T- Sugary sweet molasses and caramel malt. Equally sweet pine resin. Carroway rye comes through in the end.
M- Thick and creamy. Sticky sweet molasses and oily resin coat the tongue and throat. Slight alcohol touch and carroway in the aftertaste.

Overall- Tasty albeit sweet. A good sipper but let it sit a few months hopefully that will tone down the sugary sweetness.

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

I tried a bomber of this brew.

A-red/brown color with a 1 finger head that didn't last too long. OK lacing. Moderately carbonated.

S: sweet malt smell with hints of nuts and bread. Not much of a hop smell.

T: Bimodal forces of hops and malts. Strong character with bitter hops and sweet to strong malts in the aftertaste.

M: light carbonated mouthfeel ending in a dry bitter battle.

D: This is a pretty good hoppy beer. I haven't had too many beers of this style. I'm not as impressed as the majority of the other reviewers, but I would buy this beer again. Good taste.

Photo of IPALOVER
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a hop lovers delight! I'm all about IPAs and DIPAs, so picked this one up and was anxious to try it.

The beer poured beautifully. I didn't think it was going to foam up at all, but then there it was-- looked like a nitrogen delivered tap beer! The head never totally disappeared, and it left a good amount of lace on the glass as I drank.

Loved, loved, loved the bittersweet taste of the hops combined with rye-- yum! There was absolutely nothing citrusy about this beer at all, as is common with many IPAs. The rye component gave it a malty, smooth quality; the hops were apparent immediately in the sweet yet slightly bitter taste.

I savored this beer and drank it slowly. It's not a session brew in my book, but one I would definitely drink again.

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

A double RPA? Count me in! As a huge fan of Terrabin Rye^2, I was really excited to try this.

A - nice dark amber, good white head which subsided faiylr qucikly

S - nice citrusy hops, some good sweetness from the malt as well, a bit like a Terrapin Rye (which is perhaps my favorite session beer)

T - nice sweetness, but the hoppiness comes through really nicely toward the end; nicely hopped but not a superhopbomb; hides the strong ABV very well and is really enjoyable

M - medium bodied, nice carbonation, and leaves a good aftertaste

D - pretty solid! As I said, I bought this based on my love of Rye^2 and Rye Pale Ale, and I was not disappointed. It's a tad more mild than some of the more hoppy DIPAs (for instance, the Hercules I had earlier today), but it is really quite pleasant. I think this was something like $4.50 for a 22 oz. bottle, and what a value! Will definitely buy again, and recommend that other BA's with a love of hops or rye give it a shot!

Photo of dsa7783
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $4.99...
This company's 11th Anniversary Jewbelation Ale was really good, and I heard a lot of positive things about this particular beer, so I decided to give it a shot...
A very aggressive pour yielded a gigantic five-fingered frothy and foamy head that slowly receded and left a copious amount of lacing...
Incredible smell bursting with a powerful hop essence that clung to the nose, adding strong essences of bittersweet sugars, caramel, and vanilla...
Outstanding fresh, crisp taste completely dominated by hops... This is definitely not a gimmick-beer - this is a teriffic, all-around outstanding IPA worthy of true recognition...
The hop flavor really stood out on this one, and was above and beyond... "A Double India Pale Ale with Rye Malt" on the front logo sticker means what it says...
Excellent creamy and rich mouthfeel contribute to the all-around quality of this wonderful beer...
Excellent drinkability and no sign at all of the hefty 10% ABV floating around in this one...
Great stuff...
Another must-try for hop heads...
Definitely recommended...

Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice off-white head with pretty decent retention that leaves a nice ring of lace around the edge of the glass. The aroma is malt, caramel and a nice dose of piney hops. The taste starts out with a smooth maltiness, that is quickly interrupted by the piney hops that take over the finish and make their presence felt long after the first sip. Overall, this is another solid DIPA that is filled with a delicious hop profile and a solid malt backbone. Recommended.

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

Pours a nice dark amber red with a tall and thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely as it goes. The aroma is of strong roasted malts along with a big and bold hoppy bitterness at the end. It tastes of very rich roasted malts, some fruit and then a really well balanced but still hoppy aftertaste that is extremely enticing. It has an excellent mouthfeel - very crisp and smooth at the same time which is nice for a beer this big. It has the right amount of carbonation as well. Very drinkable double IPA but not as drinkable as some due to its high abv and well worth a try.

Photo of srobertson59
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured (a bit too aggressively) from a 22 oz. bottle:

A - Wow! A huge 3 finger head that seems to have a life of its own. Tiny carbonation bubbles swirl around very similar to a Guinness. After the pour settles down, very small bubbles slowly rise through a dark chestnut brew making the liquid look very thick.

S - Malt hits the nose followed closely by a good bit of floral hops. Not much in the way of citrus is detected, but there is an earthy quality on the backend.

T - This is a COMPLEX beer! Both the malts and hops play hide-and-seek with each sip. Bitterness is out front, but is tamed by the sweet malt just before becoming too bitter. Carbonation is barely present on the tongue and the alcohol is only detectable by the warmth of the throat on the swallow.

M - Thick without being syrupy...smooth without leaving a coating on the tongue. Very little aftertaste.

D - This one is quite impressive and really needs to be sipped to enjoy it. I find that the flavor changes as it warms and tends to be less bitter than when first poured.

What a beer! A very complex blend (is it the Rye that makes this DIPA so different?). This isn't your average DIPA.

I will certainly look out for more of this and pick it up when available. A complex beer at $4.99 a bomber? OH YEAH!

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

Are ya kiddin' me? I don't know if this beer is great, but it is certainly complex, unwielding, and merciless. I know I'm dealing with a serious session when I uncap the bottle and smell the malt while I'm picking out a glass. As I pour the beer, I allow for plenty of head space, but the beer grew out of that, spreading it's joy all over my counter and providing a Guiness-like layering while I clean up the mess. Can't help to appreciate that strong blend of heavy, sweet malts and pungent, spicy hops in the background. Settling in, I taste a huge malt base that certainly classifies as thick and rich. As the sweetness smoothens out, an underlying graininess / sharpness arises from the rye with a hearty, bready base and a distinct toast / yeast flavor. The malts fade into rye, rye fades into hops. The transition is smooth, albeit sharp because of the bold flavors. Hops go everywhere from pungent to citrus to pine and leave a resinous feel and flavor all over the glass. Body is viscous and heavy, but relaxes short of oily or cloying. This beer is a sipper; God knows I tried to rush a few gulps, but the aggression of the beer taught me otherwise. This beer is an American Barelywine with every punch that can be expected.

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

Have always seen this brew but never grabbed it until now. Didn't really read up on it until after I bought it, so this one had me by surprise.

Pours a cloudy amber or copper with a big head that coats the glass. Aroma is big and complex. Malty and thick like maple syrup with some molasses mixed in, but there is also with a big, piney hoppiness that jumps out too. Taste is just like the label suggests: bittersweet. Heavy thick chocolate thickness hits the tongue followed by some massive hoppiness that brings on the bitterness, almost medicine-like. Big alcohol character, not overwhelming, but it ain't hiding either. The rye is there throughout lending some darker grain and bread-like flavor to the brew. That is what makes this brew stand out from other DIPAs.

Wow, an extremely complex and dangerous brew. Though I was buying an average IPA only to find out it had rye and was also a DIPA. I'm pleasantly surprised, this brew was well worth any gamble (and also quite affordable). A unique treat I am more than willing to sample again.

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

Great red-orange color that is clear with a small off-white head, it looks delicious. Nice hoppy smell that also has a strong malt presence like a barleywine. The flavor is resinous, chewy hop flavors (more resin than citrus) with a bitter aftertaste. I can kind of taste the rye but it is nowhere near as pronounced as Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye. This is not what I usually look for in a DIPA but nonetheless it is a solid beer.

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the clear reddish amber brew. Head lasts and lasts, with hoards of chunky lacing. Aroma is pine and sweet grains, with some spiciness to boot. Taste is sweet maltiness upfront, citrus and pine hops character in the middle on through, with some alcohol warmth at the close. Not as much spicy rye character as I had hoped. Mouthfeel and drinkability are alright, but go a bit far on the bitterness for my liking even for the style. Your mileage may vary.

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

a: pours a thick murky amber/red with fluffly bubbly off-white head and great movement

s: great flowery hops and citrusy hops with some spicey maltiness

t: a little disappointing after how powerful the fragrance was but still good. first hints of caramely malts followed by a big fruity/bitter hop punch; enough for most hopheads

m: light carbonation and really creamy and smooth

d: a good beer with a really strong hop presence that at the same time isn't overbearing; maybe it could bring out some more hop complexities but overall quite good

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

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful crystal and rye malt scent that enticises the senses. It's loaded up with hop aroma as well; a bitter explosion balanced with an excellent variety of specialty malts. The taste is good. It has a very smooth and bitter hop taste that goes down easy and warms in the finish. Crystal and rye malts dominate the grist. It's quite complex with loads of flavors, especially a mellowing rye component. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. The rye works well with the heavy load of hops. The crystal malts lend some sweetness to round out the palate; a good drinker.

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

Pours caramel with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Big time pineyness & some breadyness

T: Huge grapefruit & piney hops up front, plus caramel. Malty cakeyness a bit of caramel try to regain some ground as this warms, but can't conquer the orangey, grapefruitty & piney hops. Finishes semi-dry (the rye??) with much pineyness; plus some caramel & a bit of pralines

MF: Chewy with low carbonation. Skews just a tad too hoppy for me

Drinks a bit slow, but with all that ABV & intensity, what do you expect? Hopheads will dig this. Lenny Bruce would appreciate the bitterness! A very good DIPA that has a few rough edges

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is brick red mixed with copper. Perfect one finger, off-white head.

Notes of tangerine, grapefruit and carmel gently tingle the nostrils.

Sweet malt accented taste is balanced by a fabulous tangerine and pine bitterness. Rye is certainly present and, to me, integrates the barley and hops perfectly- something about Rye brews that are done right that I really find attractive. Very slight butterscotch note in the finish. This beer really begs for another sip.

Rye also helps in the mouthfeel giving the beer a lusciousness that is very comforting. This one slips past your lips way too easily.

I could drink this beer all night! That is before I pass out after three of these bombers. Alcohol is extremely well hidden!

Overall a fantastic beer that is all about balance. Certainly not all about the hops, but one of my favorite double IPAs nonetheless.

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