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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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1,782 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,782
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 72
Gots: 111 | FT: 6
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 beerthulhu
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2x ipa brewed with massive and obscene amounts of rye malt and hops. Wow. Ruby red color and very spicy pine resin aroma. 10.0 abv. Floral notes as well. Flavor is malty, malty, malty providing a huge mouthful. Reminds me a lot like the Arrogant Bastard only more maltier. Bittersweet dry finish with slight grapefruit notes from im guessing Chinook. If you love the bastard youll love this just as much.

Photo of hwwty4
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a Smokestack goblet. Only a slight off white head (probably to cold) that left sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Poured a deep amber with a lot of reddish tones. Aroma was amazing. Really complex. The first thing that struck me was almost a sweet strawberry aroma, then it melded into the spiciness from the rye and then finally into the hops. Taste is all rye up front. Not overpowering, but it adds a spicy kick that balances the malt very well. Hops are the finish. I cannot pick up what exact flavors of the hops but it was big. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with leaves a nice oily coating on your mouth. I will definitely pick up another bomber of this when I see it.

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

Appearance: Dark golden beer that looks thick right out of the bottle. A good amount of head rises after a good pour, and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass as you go. Good looking beer.

Smell: Spicyness and a bit of piney hops. The nose does not nearly prepare you for the huge taste of this one.

Taste: Very good. This one starts with a bit of maltiness that quickly gives out to a piney and sweet hop flavor. Also jumping in in the middle of the sip is a spicy flavor due to the rye that does a very good job of complementing the piny hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, almost chewy beer. At the same time though, very smooth and creamy. This is a very good combination as well and makes for a very unique drinking experience. Finishes somewhat dry and leaves the nice spicy hop flavor hanging around until the next sip.

Drinkability: Thought this is a wonderful beer, this is the category that it would suffer in. It is so thick and intense-in a good way, mind you-that you could not sit for an evening of several of these. One bomber would probably be enough, but you will enjoy the heck out of it.

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

Whoa. Rating as an IPA as advertised it gets a goose egg because it was no where close to an IPA, not one that I am used to, it walked a fine line on the barleywine side and for that I give a great rating of course. This one poured out a deeep amber with some great carbonation. It poured thick like syrup and took a few to settle. On the nose it smells of pure malt. The taste..the malt really takes over the hops leaving it a bit lopsided for an IPA. Tasted sweet and spicy .Went down well and stuck around for a while. The ABV and heaviness of this one takes down the drinkability but an EXCELLENT brew.

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

Beer #6 in the 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/06. This has been in the fridge for a month now, can't believe I had the willpower to resist it this long. I love rye, let's see how this stacks up...

A: Pours a dark copper body into a Duvel tulip. A healthy off-white head forms but drops away quickly to a nice ring. Super-sticky lacing is left over. Great clarity. Nice.

S: Assertively hoppy, but balanced aroma. They're not overbearing & balanced by rich malts. Spicy rye, toffee and caramel give it a strong backdrop. Hops are spicy w/ pepper, citrus and hop resins; complex. The alcohol is spicy but not too much.

M: Med.-full body, thick & chewy w/ low carbonation. Pretty intense stuff.

T: Great DIPA, akin to BR Hop Rod Rye, although I'd drink the BR first. A solid, rich malt body gives out toffee, raisins, wet grains and dark honey sweetness. It would be overwhelmingly rich if the hops didn't do their part, but they do in a balanced, quiet way. A definite, hot alcohol note is there and doesn't hide. Finish is long w/ bitter, sticky hops, caramel and rye spice.

D: A powerhouse of a DIPA, and one to sip for sure. The rye adds a nice kick of spice. As mentioned by a few other BA's, the hops are not too perceived in the aroma but you can feel them in the finish.The M.F. is too thick for my liking, though.
Great stuff from Schmaltz!

Photo of MillRat
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, a rich red-brown with an off-white head that quickly recedes to a persistent ring. Rich malty aroma with a strong hops bitterness that doesn't have give away a particular variety or region. The flavor is thick, rich malt with a noticable rye spice. Unlike many other DIPAs, the hops are more in the bitterness register than so strong on flavor and aroma additions, allowing the rye to shine. This is a very heavy beer saved from hopeless syrup by severe hop bitterness. This is a reasonable DIPA with a nice rye twist. One bomber is enough, though, as much due to the flavor assault as the 10% ABV.

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

Pours a clear but very dark amber with a sizeable tan head. Nose is highly hoppy. Strong resin tone with a bit of cotton candy I think. Fruity citrus edge as well. Flavor is definitely hopped, of course. Strong, stringent hop flavors kick you in the mouth, but not too abrasively really. It may be an over the tope type of ride, but it doesn’t go too over that top. Feel is bordering on a bit syrupy with all that stuff in there. Carbonation seems high with the massive head, but not a huge amount of bubble going over the tongue. Initially I was going to give a 4 on the drinkability on this one. But then I realized that the 10% alcohol on this one doesn’t peek out at all as you imbibe. Overall, this is nothing absolutely outstanding to behold, but it is very good all the same. Worth a try, especially for the price.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,782 ratings.