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

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BA SCORE
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1,721 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,721
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 73
Gots: 92 | 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 ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

ClockworkOrange, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of DrMalt
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 650 ml bottle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

DrMalt, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

A-Nice amber body with a thin head of lace. For DIPA's I like to see a thick, sticky head. A little darker than expected but color was very pleasing.

S-Not the hop punch that I love in a DIPA. Seemed like I was picking up more from the bittering and flavor hops than any aroma hops. If they dry-hopped, it didn't present itself heavily.

T-Wow! My head is spinning between the hop bitterness and the rye spiciness. Sharp, coarse hops right up front. The maltiness, although tough to detect behind the hops, makes a nice caramel-like finish.

M-For a beer so big and full of sharp flavors, it is balanced extremely well. The hops are supremely evident, as well as the rye, but nothing is cloying. Citric sharpness reminds you what kind of beer you ar drinking.

D-Obiviously not an everyday beer, but another winner from Schmaltz. Any hophead should enjoy this and buy when the opportunity arises.

ALESwhatCURESya, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of theopholis
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

theopholis, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Gavage, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of ByTor2112
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

ByTor2112, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of wedge
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

wedge, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of tastybeer
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Good to have. Better to have slowely.

tastybeer, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

RoyalT, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

alexgash, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of IronDjinn
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

IronDjinn, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Nipitato, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, deep red color with burnt orange highlights, topped by a good finger of creamy white head. A rather pretty beer. Aroma is of roasted caramel malt and a good dose of fruity hops. Notes of dark cherry and a hint of brown sugar peek through as well.
Palate is complex, making a couple of transformations from the first sip to the last. Up front the caramel malt really shines through, with the slightly sweet, fruity hops emerging mid-palate. The rye shows up after the swallow with some pretty serious bitterness that lingers on the finish. The body is substantial and a bit creamy, with the rye bill eliminating some of the syrupy character that tends to come with double IPAs. Altogether, though, the bitterness on the finish is too much for me. Probably won't be getting this one again.

ElGordo, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark reddish color. Hold it up to the light and you see a clear red. Nice frothy one finger head. Excellent lacing starting already.
S: Big time rye with a nice background of pine and grapefruit. A good bit of maltyness in there also. Slight pepper and spicy notes also--abv rears it head here.
T/M: Bitterness right from the get go with a nice rye attribute to it. The sharp rye notes have a grassy characteristic to it. Grassyness also lends to the malt notes. Spicyness on the palate with pepper notes on the tip of the tongue. Hop notes of fruit, mostly grapefruit. Nice big maltyness with bready notes laced with caramel. Extremely bitter on the tongue stinging the palate.
D: Drinkable to a point. Extra spicy, not from the hop notes, but from the abv. A sipping brew this is--hard to get through one yourself as it's almost too big towards the finish.

bjohnson, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - this DIPA pours a dark ruby red with a thin tan/yellowish head, surprisingly hazy with plenty of half-obscured carbonation

S - hoppy and grapefruitty of course, typical of a DIPA, with a buttery rye aroma, nice and thick smelling

T - piney bittery like any DIPA, with citrus (grapefruit) undertones, the buttery rye translates well to the flavor and lends a nice lactic sweetness and smoothness, would be a great addition, but is mostly drowned out by the IBU's

M&D - a cloying smoothness is overridden by the IBU's, i love my IBU's but that buttery rye flavor was so tempting, otherwise, nicely smooth for such a high IBU count and ABV. a great beer

sinstaineddemon, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of Pooba001
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours with nice head a dark woodsy brown color, just light of mahogany. Head doesn't stick around terribly long, but OK for a 10% ABV IPA. First note of aroma is they spicy rye grain, then grassy hops with floral and light citrus notes. Hints of toffee and faint alcohol are also present.

Cirtus and grassy hops contend with a rich, spicy rye malt flavor on the palate. Alcohol is expectedly perceptable. My hallmark for this style is Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, and this isn't quite the beer that HRR is, but its very good in its own right.

Mothfeel is good for what this beer intends to be, slightly astringent. Drinkability is nice for the ABV and style as well, sure its my first beer of the night, but still, it went pretty quick, and I know I could go for another.

Pooba001, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very thick deep amber color with a small white head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma is of resinous hops, a little citrus, caramel malt, and spicy rye. Taste is loaded with a very oily hop pressence with some pine and citrus. The caramel noted in the nose is also very well represented in the taste. The high alcohol in the beer is also evident. The beer finishes with a rye bread like flavor. Mouthfeel is full, smooth, and perfectly carbonated. Pretty drinkable beer despite the high alcohol. Overall a great beer that I will purchase again.

hckyfn9999, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a deep , clear copper color, with a short off white head that had little retention and left little gobs of lacing on the glass. Had a moderate amount of carbonation. Smelled of citrus fruits, piney bittering hops. Tasted of again citrus fruits, hops, faint malty rye, with a well hidden alcohol finish. Had a nice thick , oily feel in the mouth, and was a pretty drinkable double I.P.A. would definitely drink again.

jaxon53, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of elricorico
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer seems to pour just a little bit slower than most, and fills the glass with a deep auburn. The head was large and tan in colour, and recedes slowly, leaving sticky lacing on the glass.

The smell is dominated by grapefruit hop aroma. As I wait for the beer to warm, I keep checking for different smells, but that is all I can come up with.

The beer enters the mouth feeling thick and sticky, and there is a bit of molasses and caramel in the malt flavour. When the hops hit, they hit big, lots of pine and citrus to finish the taste. Alcohol is quite notable, though it may be the rye giving an alcohol impression. Big flavours all the way through, nothing subtle about this one.

The beer is thick feeling, a little bit sticky. Carbonation isn't very high, but it is adequate. All in all it is one worth trying if you like your beers big.

elricorico, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of cubedbee
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass, this is a beautiful bright copper-red with two full fingers off off-white head, good retention, and thick sheets of lacing. Nose is sweet and slightly alcoholic, nice floral hops, hint of rye bread, some stray fruity aromas. , Taste is wonderful, huge citric and grapefruit hops doing battle with sweet doughy malt, some peppery spiciness, a hint of sweet alocohol on the finish, finishes with a lingering resinous hop finish. Very solid and tasty DIPA. The rye lends this beer a bit of thickness, for a very nice full mouthfeel. This is a really solid beer, as drinkable of a DIPA you're going to find, although it still very high in hops and alcohol and not for the faint of heart.

cubedbee, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of JasonA
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep carmel with solid 2 fingers of tan head.

Smells an floral hoppy alcohol. Malt does come through after further inspection.

Malt, hops ..., hops ..., alcohol ..., alcohol. Nic boquet on the tongue. Tastes fresh. Would be interested to see what some time did to this.

Medium bodied, good carbonation. Creamy carbonation sitting in the mouth.

Im not completely sold on DIPAs Damn are they a sipping brew. Very tasty to me as a change of pace, though Im not sure Im sold on many of then in a period of time.

JasonA, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of williamherbert
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very deep red. easy to see through, but a nice deep, dark color. Very nice lace as the thick head subsides.

Strong, sweet hoppy smell, but with a bitter undertone. Slight pine scent.

Heavy hop flavor has a bitter, citrusy flavor. Slight sweetness, which is a good and necessary balance to the bitter. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

Medium thickness and good solid feel and texture. Sweetness in the aftertaste.

Very good IPA, excellent beer. The bitter hops may require a break between them, but delicious all night.

williamherbert, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, deep mahogany in the middle and bright cherrywood on the outer rim, with a big, whipped-cream head that sticks very well to the sides of the glass. Wonderful nose, full of fruity, doughy goodness (must be the rye) alongside fruity and metallic hops. Very enticing. On the palate, this beer is hugely smooth without having a dextrine feel. Metallic hops, rich caramel hops and yeasty, doughy fruits vye for your attention at the mid-palate. Hop bitterness is big but not acrid or overly acidic; maltiness is substantial but not sweet. Balance is the watchword here, a rare thing in a double IPA. Overall, this beer is great, exactly what a double IPA should be. The rye adds a certain depth to the beer, and every flavor element harmonizes with the others. Excellent.

geexploitation, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the 1850 Landmark Inn in Milwaukee. I had sampled this beer (more than once, actually) at the GABF, and it was the best rye beer I had there. However, I still prefer Founder's Red Rye, although this beer is very good.

It was served in a tulip glass and was a reddish brown color with two fingers of white head. Maybe it was the glass, but this beer had almost a cabernet wine sort of color to it, which was appealing.

The smell hoppy, without a lot of maltiness that you might expect from a beer made with rye.

But the rye was evident in the taste, but not to the extent that is in Red's Rye. I felt that more rye taste may have made this beer taste a bit more balanced. The hop bitterness was good, and pretty untamed due to what I perceived as a lack of malt balance.

Mouthfeel was good...not too sticky but also not watery.

Drinkability was also decent. This beer has a high enough ABV that you're well-advised to not go slugging down 16 oz at a time, but I could have multiple 8-10 oz servings of this beer. All in all, I'd recommend it.

BeerBelcher, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark amber color with a thick light tan head. Copius amount of lacing left behind. Nice.

Smells good, too. Spicy citrus hops, bready malts, alcohol, raisins, caramel and rye. ABV is 10% and it smells that way...but it's not overpowering at all.

The taste is stronger on the alcohol than the hops and it should be the other way, imho. Sweet malts are also a lot more dominant than I would have thought. But that is a good thing. It all blends together pretty decently.

Mouthfeel is a dry, medium body with a good bitter punch in the aftertaste. You start to feel the abv before you finish the whole 22oz...atleast I am. And as it warms that pesky alcohol gets stronger....and that doesn't help.

Imstillthegman, Dec 19, 2006
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,721 ratings.