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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,661 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,661
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 67
Gots: 82 | FT: 5
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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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Cresant

Kentucky

2.53/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured this undated 22 oz. brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Head was mild on the first pour and larger on the second. Body was clear, with a dark golden burgandy color.

Smell was sweet. Fruitiness was present immediately and increased as it warmed. Plums and alcohol. Mildly metallic at first. Spice.

Taste mirrored the aroma. Sweet and fruity. Spicy rye richness. The sweetness and the bitterness clashed here. The characteristics of this beer are somewhat harsh and they do not play well together. The intense sweetness overpowers the hops, however, the hops cling to life in the long oily aftertaste. I expected more.

The mouthfeel was rich, full, and boozey. A bit too heavy for me, I could not finish the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 16:51:13 | More by Cresant
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joe1510

Illinois

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

22oz. Bomber
$4.99
Binny's Orland

This beer looks really good. Poured a deep mahogany with perfect clarity when held to the light. 1+ finger off-white craggy eggshell head stays around for awhile but eventually fades to a solid coating. There's some very slow rising carbonation bubbles rising from the sides of my glass. Webbed lacing is left after each sip. Very nice.

The smell is a little different than I expected. It's heavy in a slightly sweet malt. For some reason it's reminding me of brandy soaked raisins. The rye really comes through toward the end of the smell with a husk/stalk quality that's really nice. There is a very mild fruitiness to this that reminds me of honeydew. A touch of alcohol in the finish gives a little heat. I really can't pick out much hop presence. Smells good but the lack of hops drop the score.

The taste is different too but in a good way. Similiar to the smell there is a sweet maltiness up front. This fades to the background mid-palate as the rye malts take over coming back in the taste with the huskiness that was in the aroma. There is a nice solid bitterness. I couldn't pick out the hops at first but it must've been too cold. When it warmed some soft floral hops came forward. There's a touch of alcohol in the swallow that comes through with a mild heat. I like this quite a bit.

Mouthfeel for a 10% abv is really nice. It's a little on the heavier side of medium. Sticky but in no way cloying. There isn't a lot of carbonation, which I think works really well with the body.

The drinkability is good on this when you take into consideration the abv. The 1 bomber will be enough for now but it doesn't take any effort to finish.

Lenny's R.I.P.A. is a quality beer. It doesn't have the huge hop aroma and flavor I'd expect from a IIPA's but bitterness is definately there. The rye malt really adds something nice. Good idea from the brewer that turned out really well.

Slainte!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 03:40:05 | More by joe1510
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rayjay

Hawaii

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bevmo just got this in and the bottle intrigued me...also intriguing is the San Francisco-based brewery brews out of New York; I need to find more out about these guys. I first had their beers a long time ago, and I've had none since.

Clugs into the pint glass, then foams up a decent, almost nitro-looking dirty white head. The beer is a deep red/amber/brown color (forgive me, I am colorblind). Much thicker and darker than I prefer for the style, but a great head and lacing on the glass.

Pine and orange oil on the nose. It's a bit hard to stir up the scent, but when you do it's assertively sweet.

A huge blast of butterscotch took over my whole sinus cavity, then in an instant turned into a bitter wave that coated my tongue...like as in almost pill bitter; all the while my throat was blanketed in gentle heat. Quite an experience. Notes of toasted pumpkin seeds and citrus peel.

Almost charting into barleywine (ryewine?) territory with that huge body, but the sheer bitterness marks a definite IPA claim. A bit sticky and menacing, I'd recommend it at 45°F to keep the drinkability in check. I feel like I'm drinking Arrogant Bastard with the refinements I'd make to it.

This was not what I was expecting from a 2xIPA, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. It's bold and charts deep into bitter waters; it's a good choice for those who like their doubles to be very full-bodied. It's definitely worth checking out, although I probably won't be buying another.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 07:06:00 | More by rayjay
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nlmartin

Ohio

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

"Christ thats good beer!" - God

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear effervescent amber coloration. The head is a thick two finger biege coloration. The head has the staying power of Ron Jeremy on a Viagra bender. Thick sheets of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: This beer is loaded with rye bread maltyness. This combines well with citrus and pine resin maltyness.

Taste: The beer delivers a major pine resin assault. This beer is nearing on a veritable coniferous forrest of hops. Citrus zest and spicy alcohol ride a bready maltyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is full bodied and well carbonated. The alcohol is well incorporated in all aspects of the beer. This is a dam fine DIPA. I was a bit sceptical about Shmaltz after Genesis 10:10. You have redeemed yourselves with Lenny's RIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 10:01:46 | More by nlmartin
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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

This Kosher brewery really intrigues me. I must say.

Appearance- Great rising flowing head that grows almosr thre inches to overflow my imperial pint glass. Almost a maroon/deep amber with some slow, obviously hop infused bubbles, make their way to the top. Great lacing that leaves almost perfectly symetrical rings equidistant from the next. Awesome.

Smell- Thick with panda express orange peel chicken. Great combo of the sweet and bitterness citrus found in teh extravagant use of hops.

Taste- Starts with what feels like a passionately bittersweet rye and grapefruit melange of citrus sugar with its overpowering skin. The malt is a little mild. This beer would have been perfect if the malt had a little more say on my taste buds.

Mouthfeel- Strong resins and syrups that slowly leave the back of my thraot after each long, savoring sip. Well incorporated alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 03:47:52 | More by scruffwhor
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rsyberg01

California

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

S - 22 oz. bomber, no freshness date, but with 10% I wouldnt think it would be a problem.

A - Deep ruby pour, head is off white and pretty smooth at about an inch then down to a patchy blanket thats high in the corners. Really quite beautiful.

S - Rye, perfumey bouquet, caramel, citric twinges from the hops, slightly roasted notes. Really unique and pleasant.

T - Sugary sweetness hits first, caramel, citrusy fruit, bitter covers the tongue to finish. Grapfruit flavors go well with the bitter. Hop bitters in the finish as well, and they are quite pronounced. I think that if you set this down for a year you would get some serious gold when it came out.

M - Creamy and smooth with a nice bitter dry finish.

D - A bomber is my limit because it can get kind of fatiguing. Definitely need to try.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 03:15:18 | More by rsyberg01
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Callenak

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

I had been excited to try this beer for some time. Had in on my wants but no hits. How glad was I when my local bottle shop got a case.

Pours a deep amber/bronze with a nice think head. The color doesn't even appear to be from the rye, but just a deep, malty brew.

Smell is malt forward, with a good kick of hops. The taste backs it up, but a double IPA it is not. I've had a lot of east coast DIPA's and 9 out of 10 are more barley wines in my opinion. This is no exception. The rye gives it a nice spice to balance out the pine flavored hops. I've been on a rye beer kick lately and this was no let down.

All in all, a great freaking beer. It taste more like a Bigfoot with rye than any double IPA. But screw guidelines and labels, if a beer is good, a beer is good. And this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 22:32:23 | More by Callenak
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

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

Poured from the bomber into a tulip glass the beer was a bright ruby red color with two solid fingers of white head. Carbonation streamed up from the bottom of the glass and thick lacing the whole way down one side of the glass.

The nose is a fresh hop aroma and a toasted grain. Very piney and some citrus coming thru as well. The nose smells sharp and the hop aroma is very prominant throughout. Some traces of alcohol, but this seems subdued in the aroma.

The taste delivers quite a bit of alcohol upfront. A steady heat hit the palate and lets its strength be known. Surprisingly a toasted malt flavors hits next and is semi-sweet with caramel like flavors. This quickly gives way to the hops intimated in the nose. A blast of hop flavor grabs the back of the tounge and linger on the palate for a while. Very piney and sharp the bitterness intensifies as the sample progresses. The hop bite in sharp on the palate, very fresh and at times really pushes the balance to the outer limit of enjoyability. If not for its steady malt presence, the beer would very much lack balance. The fresh hoppyness gradually mellos as the sample progresses, but associatied bitterness seems to remain and coat the palate with a bitter film. Despite its moments of super hoppy pockets, the beer remains balanced and "west coast" barley wine-ish.

Medium heavy mouthfeel. Malt character tends to lend some depth to the beer and makes it slightly chewy especially as it warms. Alcohol is present throughout.

A very nice cold weather sipper. Balance retains well enough to be enjoyed over time, but the beer seemed to have pockets where hop flavors screamed out. All in all, an enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 15:00:32 | More by Sycodrummer
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WetCoaster

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first offering from this brewery -- the gimmicky labeling has kept me far, far away for a long time. But a rye-based DIPA? Can't... resist... must... drink...

Appearance: Wow. It's-- wow. Absolutely beautiful deep, clear tawny amber with gold undertones. Massive, frothy espresso crema head. Great retention and oily lace on glasswall. Cannot imagine how it could be improved upon.

Smell: Boo and yah. Very potent stuff; I can literally smell this from three feet away. Sweet, super juicy citrus hops; almost smells like a fresh-hopped ale. Once that wave crashes, there's a rich base of pale malts and a slighly spicy hint of rye to boot. Very nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: About as subtle as a hammer to the forehead. Massive amounts of hops and malt blend seamlessly into a boozy orange toffee -- if this isn't a candy, it should be. Boozy it is, though, with a fusel vapors aplenty, and rye bite squares everything away in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, too, smooth, a bit slick and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Know going into this that this a huge beer. I think 10% abv might be underestimating this one; I almost fell off the couch after finishing the bomber. So while you can't drink too much of this, it's certainly one of the better IPAs I've had. Lenny would be proud, or fucking proud, I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 02:18:17 | More by WetCoaster
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hreb

Washington

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

My first experience with The Chosen Beer. A nice gimmick, but I'd heard good things so I thought I'd pick one up. Cold 22oz bottle poured into American style pint glass. But it pours like syrup, it's so thick. The beer is a deep red and nearly completely opaque. The head is light brown and reddish, medium height, falling momentarily.

The aroma is most noticeably malty and sweet, and not that familiar hop aroma of Cascade hops. Upon further reflection there is some hop aroma, but it's not what you'd expect. Taste the head, and you'll find the hops.

The texture as I poured it really did put me off. IPA isn't supposed to be a "heavy" beer, and the syrupy appearance, more appropriate in a stout, made me think this was full of unwanted residual sugar, or perhaps that my bottle was bad. Was I serving it too cold? It was in my fridge for a couple months, was it ruined? But at first taste, those concerns are relieved. Yes, this is a big beer. It's more syrupy than I'm used to. But the flavor doesn't represent the texture; it's not like it's full of carmel or something. It's just a very malty IPA. And according to the label, strong, at 10%.

The lacing on the glass is substantial, but what's really impressive is that this beer's got legs.

I should mention that this is a RYE "double" IPA. I've had a few rye beers, and I enjoy them (more than I enjoy rye bread). But between the hoppy bitterness and the strength of the alcohol, it's hard to distinguish the rye character in this beer. And that's not a bad thing unless you were really set on tasting a rye beer. This beer is uniquely drinkable (aside from the prohibitive alcohol content). I think this would compare favorably to, for example, 90 minute IPA.

My review for this beer's appearance is split between the disgusting sludge that it pours as, which is worth about a 2.0, and the beautiful appearance it has in the glass when it's motionless, which is about a 4.5. :)

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 01:55:37 | More by hreb
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

I love this beer! There's the whole Lenny thing, but forget that, it's just marketing. It's bitter and spicy and darkly caramelish from nose to mouth to finish... well-rounded, perfectly balanced, hoppy, malty, and bitter! The rye is clear in both the aroma and the flavor, and it never lets up on flavor without ever overwhelming the palate. It has a beautiful appearance with a crimson accented dark-copper body and creamy, khaki-colored head. The nose is beautifully hoppy with a deeply caramelish andspicy malt beneath it. It's medium bodied and gently crisp and smooth in the mouth. The flavor is loaded with hops, yeasty fruitiness, and dark caramel beneath. Grassy, leafy, minty in the finish. Bitter, but not overwhelming. Yes! Aggressive like Lenny, but there's always that other part that says he's on your side. He'll joke with you, but put the joke on you, and then teach you something in the process. Hmmmm... love this beer! It's truly an assault on the palate!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 17:40:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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bfr1992t

Ohio

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

Bomber poured 13oz in to a 16oz glass. Soft pour yet managed a thin off white head that clings to the glass. Nice medium amber color that nearly glows. Pours giving an impression that it's viscous. Smells bigger than it tastes, hints of quite a few different hops. Sip - nice mouthfeel, wakes up the top of the tongue. Taste, not as big as it smells. Many solid flavors, not just one overbearing hop note. The end is a bit touchy, bitter for an instant then smooths out. Smooth for a big IPA. The 10% ABV does not make itself known at all except possibly the first instant of hitting the mouth. I'd have to be careful with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 03:52:33 | More by bfr1992t
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mntlover

Tennessee

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

Pours as deep rich copper color, clear with a huge tan head. No aggressive pour needed to get a head on this baby, easy pour big head huge gobs of lace everywhere.

Aroma is good lots of deep rich malt caramel mingled with west coast hops, sticky pine and fruity citrus. An underlying sweetness ever present.

Taste is good. Big malt background lots of hops citrus fruit flavors with a good pine needle presence and lingering pine resin bitterness. Some light sour flavors peak thru from time to time from the rye, but over all the rye is under it all.

Mouthfeel is a big medium nice chewy feel loads of malt body aided from rye addition. Even though a huge head forms easy carbonation is on the mellow side.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable I2PA that needs to be brewed again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 00:18:26 | More by mntlover
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zeff80

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out an amber/burgandy color. A one-finger head that left some lacing.

S - HOPS!!!

T - It was very hoppy and sweet, as well. It came across very spicy.

M - It was fairly dry and crisp. Heavy-bodied.

D - It was good but almost too hoppy. Nice sweet flavor, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 23:05:23 | More by zeff80
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TheLongBeachBum

California

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

Presentation: Another He’Brew Bomber that I instantly recognized, despite the fact that I had never seen it before. The main label has a theme that is heavily based on old theatre exteriors. Even the name He’Brew “PRES*NT$! BITTERSWEET LENNY’S R.I.P.A.”, in a tight Arial font is set against a backdrop of an old backlit magnetic letter style sign so often seen outside older Cinema’s. Described as “A Double India Pale Ale with Rye Malt” and “Brewed with an obscene amount of malts and hops”. Drops in after prayers at 10% ABV. It is worth noting that the silhouette of the late great Lenny Bruce on the neck label, is taken from a Miami Police photo from 1951 when he was arrested for impersonating a Priest….love the irony there!! Oh yeah and it is Kosher Certified, if case you didn’t already expect that.

Appearance: Has a gelatinous pour, a thick gooey viscous liquid ‘gloops’ as it slowly evacuates the bottle and sits into my glass with the minimal of splashing around. A ruddy and bloody tan colored milky Espresso mass of carbon dioxide swirls and slowly settles once the pour is ended. Eventually the head separates from the liquid. A rich deep auburn red body is super clear with a healthy dose of streamers which adds “life” to the appearance. The tan colored looks incredibly impressive, the head laces with each drink and swathes the glass walls with thick matt like crusty ledges each supported by cobweb like archway and thick bubbles that never seem to want to burst, such is the thickness of the surface. This one has a fantastic demeanor.

Nose: Alcohol and a healthy dollop of hops take no prisoners. You don’t need to empty the lungs and breathe in hard to “get this” – moreover the aromas head out of the glass and come looking for you…..it’s like a “Terminator Nose”….it never stops until it finds your nose and expunges all traces of modern day Apartment odors and replaces them with Hops are here but not overwhelming, warm malts, rich toffee, mild nutty backend, spiced caramel, hot alcohol soaked wild berries and a hint of anise. Maybe it is the use of Rye malts that cancels out some of the hop aroma (because the hops are there in the flavor believe me!!). Whatever the technical reason, the nose is just bloody gorgeous.

Taste: Unlike the nose, where maybe the alcohol and malts “dominate”, the hops soon get chance to take centre stage, and they do. The alcohol is here, and it is 10% but it is neatly kept in check by the malts, allowing the hops to play the lead role as they should. Oily pines, tree bark, oak, alcohol and anise combine with hot spices in the finish. The ending has a raw feel, but textured with a refined brute strength. This is a D-IPA that grew on me, and in me, perhaps.

Mouthfeel: A healthy level of carbonation supports throughout. The conditioning never seems to alter, though I am sure it does as it sit around (though not for long). I suspect the alcohol and thick body tend to grasps a hold of the dissolved carbon dioxide and hold it to ransom, keeping it locked in a synergistic reversible reaction that is held in a seemingly timeless equilibrium.

Drinkability: How can I explain this!?? Well - getting to smell my own hoppy burps, then retasting this thick malt hoppy DIPA all over again is just one part of the many weird aspects that build into a crazy sort of punishing Drinkability here. Can’t wait to smell my own beer farts under the covers in bed after this Bomber, Mmmmm.

Overall: Different in stance to most other Double IPA's, but then how many of those have Rye Malt!? This is a heavy brew, a Shirehorse of IPA’s if you will, that is to say that it is no slouch, it is a finely balanced very hard working IPA which takes a muscular mouthfeel and strong flavors, throws in a dependable conditioning which benefits the presentation to form a mightily impressive brew. I suspect that this is a limited offering, so get it whilst you can.

All in all; ayh, ayh, ayh, zis is vun gud beah.

Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 06:05:53 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear deep reddish brown color with an active tan 1/4" head that sticks around for at least a minute before reducing to a small ring. There is some decent lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: A whole bunch of citrusy hops dominate the aroma at first. There is a good bit of sweet malt here as a base, but the hops are in charge. There is a really defined fruity aroma that reminds me of cherries.

Taste: The flavor is also dominated by hops and it gives you a really dry and bitter edge. It hits your palate pretty hard with the assertive bitterness. The fruitiness is there with the cherries and other citrus fruit like grapefruit. There is a whole bunch of flavor here. The alcohol is mostly noticeable as a spicy edge and then some noticeable warming in the finish...but that is about the only thing that is going to challenge the hops. I don't really get a defined contribution of Rye in the flavor because it gets rather muddled from the massive hops. I get a bit of earthiness and it has decent head retention, so I may guess that there was a wheat or some such here to give it more stability.

Opinion: Well, this beer is something else and is certainly not dull. There is a seriously dry and chalky bitter edge to this beer, and I know that a lot of people really go for a flavor like this. It isn't my cup of tea. I would like a big beer with plenty of maltiness and lots of hops in the flavor and aroma, but not one that hits the back of your throat so hard. I would drink this beer again as a novelty, but I certainly wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 00:21:09 | More by SkeeterHawk
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

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

Pours to a ruby-brown color with a creamy tan head. It leaves a good amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is of sweet caramel malts, bready, candied fruits and spicey, piney hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts, and spicey rye malt. It has a resin, spicey, geen hop flavor. It reminds me of a barleywine. It is full body and has a drying hop bitterness in the finish. Not a bad brew. My palate is shot now.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 23:40:22 | More by BeerBuilder
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber

Bold, bronze-amber in color with a big, pock-marked off-white head. Strong aroma of pine-resin hops, alcohol, and, unsurprisingly, rye.

This is a slick, chewy brew with a creaminess and a strong caramel/syrup malt profile backing up the sharp, hoppy top end. A wonderfully complex sipper, certainly enough to warm my innerds on the night after the first (ridiculously early) snow of the season.

I'll come back to this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 01:06:50 | More by RockyTopHeel
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mmcave

Illinois

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

Poured into tulip glass, at first glance all I could think about was the color of the head, which in it's concentrated form was tan and almost greenish. This beer had a very aggressive head and will keep going right out of the glass if your not careful. The color is rather dark purplish, red, very polished dark wood looking. The head was huge and is now dissipating, it left clumpy lacing all the way down. Smells of strong piny aromatic hops with a tail of natural funk (definitely some rye coming through), orange peel, pineapple, malt, some spice and a subtle alcohol undercurrent. Taste is very complex, its definatly one of those D.I.P.A.s that walks on your taste buds with spiked shoes, but you love every minute of it. Its crisp, but not dry. Its definitely a more sticky piny recipe with serious body, and intense grape fruitiness. Its almost syrupy, but not in any bad way. The flavor is all that coupled with minor hints of toffee, some sweetness from the rye and a nice bitter hop character that comes to you half way through the taste experience and lingers on your taste buds. This is a nice D.I.P.A, I am very happy to be able to try this. It's got what I look for in a quality double IPA, not my favorite, but really fun. This is my first He'Brew beer so this will be what I judge all their other by. R.I.P. Lenny..

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 03:24:01 | More by mmcave
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nickss

Texas

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

The color is absolutely beautiful... a deep amber hue with a touch of brown. The head was surprisingly small despite a vigorous pour. 1/4" in a chalice, khaki in color... disipates rather quickly.

A delicious sweet piney resin hits you in the face like a ton of bricks. Almost barleywine-y in its huge aroma... notes of grapefruit and orange. Fantastic.

Huge hoppy flavour.... wow this is hoppy. Orange and pine. The rye that I could not detect in the aroma is present in the flavour.... it becomes much more noticeable as the brew warms.... but still not as obvious as in B-R's Hop Rod Rye.

Pretty solid mouthfeel... its difficult to tell how carbonated it is because the hops do a good job of wrecking your tongue... so I wonder... too much carbonation?... or just a sh!t-ton of hops. I know the latter is true, but I'm fairly confident the carbonation should be taken down a notch.. The thickness of the brew is just about right. I could use it a bit thicker, I suppose, if I had to find a complaint.

Not exactly the easiest brew to pound down, but who wants to?!.. This beer is one to savour.... delicious hoppiness from start to finish. Definitely one I will look for again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 23:51:26 | More by nickss
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Beerzebub

California

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

Red color, mounds of beige head that don't drop much. Lacing like slices of sticky cheese.

Smells like fruity, spicy Belgianish esters, sweet brown bread like Christmas pudding, piney and citrusy hops, touch of alcohol.

Quite sweet, malty. Bitterness hits after a second or two. Resinous hop flavor. Somewhat spicy and herbacious; with the bitterness and alcohol too, vaguely reminiscent of sweet vermouth. Finishes a little drier, with sticky fruitiness and alcohol.

Really soft and creamy, then sticky. The sweetness and the alcohol limit the drinkability. Good big beer, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 07:40:42 | More by Beerzebub
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a bountiful head that would make ol' Lenny utter a four letter word; lacing all over the place and even after the passage of time, the head remains intact

Smell: Spry hoppy aromatics with tremendous malt complexity from the rye; lots of alcohol and plenty of piney hop resins; ultimately, it's all about the pine

Taste: The bitterness jumps all over the huge caramel malt base from the get-go, although the malt makes a determined effort to keep up, mid-palate, there is plenty of fruity flavor ranging from brandied cherries to pith and pine; the finish gets extremely bitter with some sour rye elements and a lot of alcohol

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky with plenty of carbonation and warming alcohol

Drinkability: This is one powerful beer but its virtues limit its drinkability

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 23:26:02 | More by brentk56
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Zorro

California

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

Upon the pour I am rewarded with a clear brown ale with a distinct reddish cast to it. Head is quite good for the strength of the beer and id light brown.

Smell is sweet and quite fruity and piney to the nose. Caramel and menthol are the first things I notice. Spicy aroma of alcohol is notable. Aromas of figs and plums are front and center on this one. Cherry is a lesser scent. Pine, citrus and melon are the more subtle scents.

Taste is bitter and harsh at the beginning, but it is the first beer of the day too. It really takes about three mouthfuls of this one to acclimate to the bitterness level. Even after you adapt this still has a strong bitter under tone to it. Sweet with a lot of woodiness there is a fair amount of melon flavor to this along with mango and pine. In the end the bitterness deters from enjoyment.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability suffers from too much bitterness; it simply bullies all the other flavors out of the way. Unbalance is what hurts this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 23:19:13 | More by Zorro
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edmundfitzoil

Florida

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

Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA purchased at Total Wines here in town and poured into a tulip glass from a brown glass 22 oz. bottle.

The beer poured a heavily red tinged deep copper with an inch of tan, medium bubbled head. The nose featured big, piney hoppiness with hints and glimpses of citrus and a little alcoholic spice at the finish.

The flavor is not like any other DIPA that I've gotten to yet. The beer begins with a big, intense hop bitterness (as expected with this style) and transitions to a mellow undwelling maltiness that is enriched by the presence and light spiciness of the rye. The piney hops rear up again then just before the finish, and are replaced by the ever so quick presence of that 10% abv. It's about as drinkable as any higher alcohol beer can beer and does seem to resemble some of the American Barley wines that I've tried.

Like I said above, this is a unique double IPA, but it's a very good one and one that I wouldn't mind picking up again if the mood for such a beer struck me.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 01:19:54 | More by edmundfitzoil
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phisig137

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber pours a dark amber orange color, with a frothy thick two finger head. Decent retention falls into a blanket on top, with abundant lacing. Looks quite nice in my Aecht Schlenerka glass. When swirled, the head has a odd green tinge, I would suppose from the hops. I think I like that.

Aroma is chock full of citrus and pine hop aromas. Smells like the usual suspects... all of the "C" hops so beloved by IPA makers. Big and brash, much like Lenny Bruce. Flavorwise, this packs a wallop. Big hops, big malt in the middle, and a strong rye character throughout. Hops are resinous, the rye is present all the way from front to back, the malt smooths things out like dulce de luche in the middle, and the finish is quite bitter and pleasant. Alcohol is not present, even in the form of warming. Mouthfeel is silky and full. Drinkability is excellent.

I am really surprized by this beer. Incredibly well crafted beer, from a brewery that has definitely been hit or miss for me. I'd put this just about neck and neck with any other rye beer that I've ever had, including hop rod rye. Really quite a nice beer, and a great value at only $5.99 for the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 23:44:40 | More by phisig137
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,661 ratings.