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

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BA SCORE
91
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1,750 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,750
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 72
Gots: 105 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
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 Boppar
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into an over-sized wine glass.

A: Beautiful ruby color. I thought at first that it was transparent, but it turned out to be translucent. Two fingers of fluffy, off-white head. Good head retention and great lacing. A few big soap bubbles.

S: Smells like alcohol and dank, piney hops.

T: Tastes like a pine cone. Alcohol is in evidence. Strong malt backbone, but definitely some intense bittering hops to balance it out. Leahery taste mid-to-late palate. Finishes with a pronounced oak-y dryness. Aftertaste of a faint caramel and vanilla.

M: This has pretty solid mouthfeel. It is fluffy and smooth. Medium to full-bodied. Very nice. Good weight to it.

D: About average for a DIPA.

Boppar, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of kajerm
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep red-amber with a finger of slightly yellowish head that recedes to a cluster of soap bubbles. Rye beers look awesome.

Aroma is mixed citric hops with a strong malt backbone and just a note of rye spiciness. I'd have liked a rye bomb, but this smells pretty good.

The flavor profile opens up surprisingly malty with a hint of rye.The finish is bitter and piney. The bitterness is jarring, as there isn't much lead-in of hop flavors. Not bad, but the balance needs work. And it needs. more. rye. (I've yet to find a beer that had too much rye.)

The mouthfeel is oily with a medium body and well-balanced carbonation.

Drinkability is decent.

kajerm, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of pwoods
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. brown bomber, purchased from Dilly Deli, poured into a snifter. No dating.

Second Review:

Peanut talked me into trying this again.

...My first review is pretty damn accurate. I do like it a bit more this time but I think I'll be keeping the scores the same.

First Review:

A: Pours a blood red and appears a vibrant ruby in the light. Has some visibility even for such a deep colored beer. Almost 2 fingers in the snifter of off white head with a bit of staying power. Some patching lacing down the glass.

S: Maltiness is on par with an American Barleywine. Bread, butterscotch, rye, citrus hops, alcohol, all struggling for position in a vinous setting.

T/M: Very potent. Hops are big but undefined. Crisp and citrus but I can't pick it apart. Plenty of spice. Bitterness starts medium and continues to build all the way through and beyond a super dry, alcoholic finish. Alcohol isn't afraid to show at all and can be a bit harsh at times. Malts are on part with any Barleywine. I'm actually surprised this isn't labeled a Barleywine.

D: So potent that I think it'll be hard to finish the rest of this bomber. Has a nice price tag but if I buy more of this it'll be to cellar for about a year.

pwoods, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of pershan
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at home in a 22-oz bomber.

Once poured, the beer was a nice reddish hue with a thin, almond-colored head. There was a slightly sweet aroma with just a hint of hop bouquet. The taste was a very nice blend of hops, alcoholic flavor/warmth, and rye aftertaste. It was slightly fizzy in the mouth, but overall very drinkable. A very well-balanced beer for being so high in alcohol - definitely sneaks up on you.

pershan, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of vtfan77
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear reddish orange with a nice light tan head. A generous lacing is left behind as the head dissipates.

S- Surprisingly weak in the smell department. Nice citrusy hops and sweet malt are there, but the aroma just isn't very strong. Still good, though.

T- Big hops up front, no surprise there. The malt backing is quite substantial, almost equal to the hops in its intensity. I think this could pass as an Imperial Red or something similar. The sweet malt and citrusy hops give it an orange candy flavor that I've found is typical of beers in this style. The rye, however, does add something. I can't put my finger on it, but the malt profile in this beer is different than most others. Maybe a little more sour, I don't know. Still, it makes things a little more interesting, which is nice. Bitterness is pleasantly high.

M- Pretty thick, almost syrupy. Carbonation is pretty low. Not bad.

D- One is enough for sure, although I didn't have trouble finishing the one. At 10% alcohol, this is not a beer you should be drinking a lot of.

Solid on all fronts, but better on some than on others. The rye added a nice twist, giving this beer an edge over some of the more mundane examples of the style. If you like DIPA's definitely give this a try; you shouldn't be disappointed. Recommended.

vtfan77, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reddish orange with an off white, super thick head that had great retention and left really great lace. nose and taste are very similar. caramelly malt seems to stick out the most to me, followed by minty hops and spicy rye. the hops really come through in the finish and are a little citrusy and piney, but extremely minty. that's kind of cool and different and unique. full bodied. very creamy and silky. possibly the beer's strongest point. it loses a few drinkability points for high abv and strange but good taste, but i was pleased and impressed by this one... l'chaim!!

timtim, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big beer in a big bomber, very agressive but made for those that like DIPA's bordering on barleywines. The hops were massive, smelling citrucy and providing a nice balance in the nose with the rich malts. Sort of similar to a Stone 10th in that regard. I just spent about 10 days with no beers except Caribbean lagers, so this beer was a huge slap in the face, very strong and a little over-whelming. I recovered well and enjoyed it.

TurdFurgison, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of macster
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exits the bomber bottle a clear dark amber color with burnt orange highlights. Creates a handsome thick beige head with superb retention and thick sheets of lacing adhering to the glass.

Aroma was very balanced with moderately assertive notes of roasted malt, toasted rye bread, caramel, earth, citrus rind and just a whiff of pine and spice.

Mothfeel was chewy, smooth and slightly oily and slick. A subdued level of carbonation was enjoyed for this style.

Initially sweet flavors of crystal malt, caramel and toffee candy, raisin and honey greet the tongue. This is quickly followed up with a firm hop contribution with plenty of herbs, spices, grapefruit and pine. Some rye malt flavors faintly linger in the background.

Finish is long and crisply bitter with a pleasant alcohol warmth. Lots going on here but still very tasty and enjoyable.

macster, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of sleazo
2.6/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a medium chestnut brown with hints of red intersperced throughout. A very pillowy head leaves tons of lace and has good staying power

S_sweet caramel malt. Where are the bloody hops?

T_more one note caramel sweetness from the malt. The hops are virtually non existant. A very mild bitterness comes out in the aftertaste. Levels of alcohol heat increase as it warms. Where is the rye?

M_mildly syrupy with a very low level carbonation

D_very malty but there is no hop bitterness or defining characteristics. I had been reluctant to try a beer from such a schmaltzy brewery but figured I would give it a shot since its brewed in NY. However I was right, the whole thing is a gimmick.

sleazo, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One whole bomber poured into a mass krug The liquid is a clear dark reddish amber with Great carbonation. The head is big 3 fingers, tan, rocky and laces to the max. Very impressive looking Indeed. The head retention is also extremely good, half way through the brew huge iceberg like malt puffs are drifting about in a one finger pad of foam.

The smell is mostly hoppy but the aroma of sweet rye bread also comes out.

The taste is good, a sweet rye bread malt will a good flavor of bitter hops. Odd back and forth with the balance between sweet malt and bitter hops. A slight alcohol taste also is present. I big beer to be sure.

The mouthfeel is good, thinks malty body and a great carbonation, could have a bit more of a cleansing bite.

The drinkability is good, a bit heavy but it is a big heavy brew, I would try this again, Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of blakesell
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on He'brew night with Jeremy Cowan at the Trolley Stop into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance- Red with a grand head of carbonated goodness. Thick lacing coats the glass.

Smell- Amarillo sticky sweet grapefruit hoppiness, oranges, and light malts.

Taste- Malt upfront with hops quickly bringing up the rear. Hops wallop the palate and urge the need for a glass of water to accompany.

Mouthfeel- Sticky and effervescent, well carbonated with a medium full body.

Drinkability- Very high drinkability on this elixer. High warming alcohol that I wasn't told about until after I finished. But I have the distinct feeling that I could drink many and not be too drunk.

Great job on this one He'brew!

blakesell, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of Stoneman78
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a Duvel tulip glass while watching the Pats-Colts game
A- Pours a dark amber/orange hue, head is a three-finger mass of foamy off-white goodness with excellent retention, creamy lacing sticks all over the glass, quite impressive!
S- Nose is dominated by sweet rye malts and alcohol, plenty of hops in the background, tones of caramel, molasses, grass, and dark fruits
T- Initial taste is of rye malts and spices which pave the way for a variety of bitter pine hops, also present are herb/spice, floral, and candy tones, an interesting tinge of vanilla pops up well into the aftertaste
M- Medium bodied DIPA, watery to oily texture, amped carbonation
D- This is one hefty DIPA and the alcohol is front and center at 10%, I probably wouldn't go for more than one of this in a sitting, the rye is a distinctive element (also seen in Bear Rep's Hop Rod Rye) that somehow overshadows all those hops which is strange (not usually seen in west coast DIPAs), overall a high quality ale that is just different -not in a bad way- style of DIPA
Buy Again? Maybe
Personal Score- 84/100

Stoneman78, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of Gusler
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer releases from the 22 ounce bottle reddish amber with a large creamy of white head that slowly fades leaving the lace a firm sheet upon the glass. Nose is rich in sweet malt, the big hop flowery aroma under pins the malt, citrus like in its crispness, fusel alcohol quite noticeable, grassy, start has a pleasant malt presence, alcohol and hops pound the palate, top is medium to full. Finish has a stern acidity; the hops potent, alcohol blast the taste buds. Aftertaste dry, most certainly a belly warmer, I think a little aging would help this beer, but for those who like “Big Hops” and “Big ABV”, this is your beer.

Gusler, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The RIPA had a small foam head with a little bit of lacing. It was a nice dark amber almost copper color.

The aroma was was a sweet maltiness that dominated the nose. It tasted of caramel and was peppery and spicy. In the mouth it was thin and herbal. I would try this one again. Still fairly new to the double IPA realm.

cswhitehorse, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at BevMo Huntington Beach,

A: Pours a very dark red, almost brown, with a thick, white head, which leaves abundant lacing which just sticks to the glass and is still there in the morning.

S: Hoppy, but with a lot of malt, some dark fruits and sugar, spice, though I wish it was more robust.

T: An interesting taste when I first tasted it, I was expecting a straight up Double IPA, but then I remembered the rye malt and became more acclimated to the taste. Very interesting, but very tasty as well. The rye malt adds a spice, almost phenolic character to the malt-based part of this brew, similar to Hop Rod Rye, another RyePA type beer. Very hoppy, an abundance of pine in this one, altogether a profroundly good taste and a well made beer, well balanced.

M: Soft for an IPA, but still quite resiny, oily, but the large amount of malts add a smoothness not found in other IPAs.

D: A very good double, didn't know what to expect, the first beer I have had from this brewery besides the Pomegranate Ale, a fruit beer, so I am anxious to try their other stuff. Good job, He'Brew.

Halcyondays, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a nice brown color with ruby highlights. Had a nice thick white head.

Smell - Sweet smell with nice hoppiness.

Taste - Wonderful hoppy flavor with malty sweetness and nice rye taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a beer! Great taste and high alcohol. I wish I could get it here in Louisiana.

Beerbuddha, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of genog
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was #2 on tap at Bodega last night.

Pours a dark copper color with a thick amount of a light brown head, 2 inches. Leaves some sticky lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is of rye, and the earthy/citrus Hoppiness that is the Double IPA. Strong hops dominate but the rye malt shines through on the palate. Mouthfeeling finishes dry and a little sticky. Very full feeling.

genog, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of Durge
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark copper-brown color with a somewhat whispy head and reasonable lacing. It has a nice sweet malty aroma that includes some butterscotch, pine hops along with alcohol presence. It immediately impresses you with its slick thick body with plenty of alcohol evident while providing lots of sweet citrus hops too. Very hardy with a licorice finish. Quite an experience in flavors, robust and enjoyable but probably not something I would drink in mass quantities. One to be savored more slowly I think, but you could manage a few of these to preserve the taste sensation. Very nice effort again from this fine brewery.

Durge, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another over-the-top DIPA, more malt tasted with hop bitterness right behind it. Slowly Drinkable with some citrus and cherry and spice. Good looking white foamy head. Good carmel malty aroma. Bitter aftertaste. Some like this style a lot, others prefer something less explosive.

Sammy, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a very deep copper with 2 fingers of long lasting creamy head. Sheets of lacing occur. Looks like a big daddy DIPA. Smells like rye malt, fig, and a hoppy backbone. Loving the rye malt. Im starting to grow fond of these Rye IPAs. Very balanced, you get all the piney hops you could ask for but the expected balance from the rye malt is nice. Full in the mouth, nice carbonation. A big beer. Slightly under a sipper and very tasty.

franksnbeans, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of tjkurz
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful deep chestnut brown.
S- Nice malty smell.
T- Taste is very malty with the rye noticeable.
Finish - a bit of hoppy not as much as many IPAs - a bit alcoholy.
Mouthfeel - substantial, nicely carbed.
Drinkability - a bit strong at 10%, but very enjoyable to enjoy slowly.

Currently one of my favorites - really like the rye malt - a little less boozey would probably make it my first choice. I get one of these (22 oz) bottle with a nicely marbled and/or seasoned steak.

tjkurz, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. pours a dark copper color with an off white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is a rich and malt with some alcohol being evident. There is a nice thick mouthfeel, a lot of malt up front, followed by strong, peppery alcohol and then some hops are noticeable in the finish. The alcohol kind of overpowers this beer, I think it would be very tasty if it were lower in abv. As is, it's okay, but kind of a chore to drink more than a small amount.

Drew966, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of burtonbe
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful deep brown color. Clear. Strong head.

S - Good malty smell, with a balanced hop aroma. Very balanced, very enjoyable.

T - Wow! That's a kick in the mouth! Huge flavor. You can really taste the rye. Complex biscuity/malty/bitter/sweet/woody flavor. Hoppy, but it needs it to balance the huge flavor. Chewy. Just awesome.

M - When you drink this beer you really know you're drinking beer. Mouthfeel is exceptional.

D - This beer is 10% ABV and comes in a 22oz bottle. Keeping that in mind, it's pretty darn drinkable.

Overall, this is an awesome beer. My girlfriend took a sip and remarked "that sure is a man's beer!"

burtonbe, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of OStrungT
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a darker golden color with a slightly dark tan head. The thick, fluffy looking head fades slowly, leaving a good amount of lace.

This beer has a crisp piney aroma. It also has a slightly sour, grainy aroma from the rye. I can detect a decent amount of sweet caramel malt aroma as well, balancing this beer quite nicely. The 10% ABV is hidden well in the aroma.

As with the aroma, this beer has a strong piney hop flavor. It tastes somewhat grainy as well. Unlike the aroma however, I can clearly taste the alcohol in this beer. A slight caramel malt flavor is also present.

This beer is full bodied. It leaves a grainy, piney aftertaste. The alcohol content in this beer warms slightly as it goes down. It is carbonated well.

I doubt this beer would make a great session beer. It is aggressive, and it is high in alcohol.

Overall: I have had this beer before on tap, but never got around to writing a review. As soon as I saw the bottle, I jumped at the chance to review it. As with everything I have had from Shmaltz Brewing Company, this beer is unique. Not what I usually enjoy, and therefore always worth trying.

OStrungT, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into a flaired tulip glass from a 22oz brown bottle with crimped cap.

Hazy,deep reddish copper color with a generous off white very creamy head,good retention,tightly knit strings of very tiny bubbles rising from the sides of the glass with a steady stream of bubbles emerging from the center of the glass,leaving sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

Tart, fruity, berry- like aromas with floral,citrusy notes, also had a green apple and fresh cut grass smells. The aromas were very faint for a DIPA, no dating on the bottle might have been lost with age.

Heavy,sweet intense carmell malitness with a burnt edge to it followed by a hop rush of resiny,leafy with lots of citrus rind. Good balance with alcoholic heat throughtout. Thick and juicy with intense hop notes.

A sipper,very rough,not much drinkability. One of the least drinkable doubles i've had,if you like it hoppy this beer's for you. Don't let the aroma fool you this beer packs a serious hop punch.

jcdiflorio, Aug 20, 2007
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,750 ratings.