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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,659 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,659
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 67
Gots: 82 | 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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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-18-2012 22:29:06 | More by jfcaa193
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Kornoms

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-18-2012 18:26:54 | More by Kornoms
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-18-2012 17:36:49 | More by chrispoint
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JayS2629

Alabama

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

Pours a beautiful copper with good clarity, a two finger cream head with ok retentio;n and thin walls of lace on a tulip shaped glass.

The aroma is citrus, bitter orange, lemon zest, caramel undertones, bits of toffee, some grassy hints and tangerine and grapefruit. Black pepper and spice notes.

The flavor follows with a nice, rich base of malty caramel flavors, hints of toffee, plenty of grapefruit, orange, and other citrus notes. A bit of a boozy edge with some citrus rind, pine notes, and undertones of bitter resin. Herbal and spicy hops with black pepper notes. Complex, malty underneath with a nice bouquet of hops on top.

Medium bodied, boozy finish, bitter, hoppy

Very nice. Overall a very impressionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 01:48:19 | More by JayS2629
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MordorMongo


3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-17-2012 17:12:35 | More by MordorMongo
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FalconA

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-17-2012 12:49:10 | More by FalconA
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

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

A: Pours a gorgeous clear ruby with a thick, lingering khaki head.

S: Aromas of blood orange, caramel, toffee, rye bread, tangerine, and brown sugar indicate a very complex and heavy malt profile. I'm more than a bit surprised that I'm not detecting a more astringent, resinous bitterness from the hops.

T: Notes of rye bread and black pepper dominate the entry. At mid-palate, notes of blood orange, tangerine, toffee, caramel, vanilla bean, and brown sugar give way to notes of juniper berry, fresh herbs, lemon rind, lime zest, pineapple, papaya, and grapefruit. The finish pulls it all together with notes of lemon rind, juniper berry, toffee, rye bread, black pepper, and blood orange underscored by a mellow alcohol presence.

M: This ale is rather full-bodied and much drier than one would expect. Carbonation is firm, but understated. Alcohol presence is very restrained.

O: This is an exceptional American DIPA. If you're a fan of the style, you owe it to yourself to give this one a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 13:53:02 | More by mrfrancis
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jdprmd

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-16-2012 06:37:07 | More by jdprmd
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-16-2012 01:45:04 | More by rusty3335
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light copper with white head. Aroma of spicy, caramel malts and slight pine. Taste is a bit muddled, with caramel, pine, spice, dustiness, meh. Heavy on the palate with some booze and low to medium carbonation. Hmmm.

This seems to be solid all around except for taste. Some strange funkiness to this one and was surprised at the lack of hidden alcohol. Maybe I should try this again, as I enjoy Hop Manna, but was not impressed here. Blegh. Average at best.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:20:28 | More by BMMillsy
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zenwatts

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-13-2012 09:39:04 | More by zenwatts
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-12-2012 16:11:30 | More by Tyrawlings
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mweso2000

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-10-2012 21:21:07 | More by mweso2000
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dwduncan2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-10-2012 21:08:33 | More by dwduncan2
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tfsimpkins

Florida

5/5  rDev +23.2%

02-10-2012 18:19:47 | More by tfsimpkins
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beermaned

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-10-2012 14:30:06 | More by beermaned
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

a - pours a hazy, copper color with an inch or so of cream colored foam. head slowly calms to a thin film and leaves a few legs of lacing in the glass.

s - toffee, grapefruit, orange, grassy, slightly bready. wonderful aroma. sadly, it's all downhill from here.

t - pine resin riding a sugary sweet malt base. slightly astringent. massive bitter slap to the mouth kicks in right after the sweetness passes. doesn't reveal any of the wonderful things found in the nose, or even any rye character.

m - gooey with adequate carbonation.

o - decent overall, but honestly i'm a little disappointed. 10% abv kicks in right about halfway through the bottle so drinkability is pretty low. comes across more like a not-so-well-made barleywine more than any kind of ipa. definitely not worth $4/bottle. will be passing on this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 05:32:50 | More by divineaudio
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Docer

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.5)
- Dark and filtered clear brown with a reddish hue. Fluffy and slow forming fingers of ultra light tan head settles with frothy sticky foam all over the glass and a thick pillow rests above.

Smell: (3.5)
- Smells like a barleywine. Huge thick caramel malts, bready, zesty, peppery, and sweet. Molasses, honey, grassy earthy hop. This is a sweet rich smelling barleywine for sure.

Taste: (4.0)
- Honey and sugary caramel malt. Light cocoa, pine, zesty hop, and a subtle chocolate and desert-like flavor. Brown sugars, candy, and earthy hops. Hops are rather light. Very well balanced.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This is a rather heavy brew. Thick creamy malty body which is quite chewy, and a touch sticky. Leaves the mouth a bit dry and chalky. Certainly a nice creamy feel.

Overall: (3.5)
- For me this beer is a bit off the mark for the style. It's certainly a barleywine. When I like a good double IPA, I don't want a barleywine. That doesn't mean that this beer isn't great.. it is. But I try to be subjective to style in my judging.. but it really always boils down to how good the beer is overall. That's why I like doing these live reviews step-by-step. I've never had a He'Brew beer that wasn't quality.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:20:48 | More by Docer
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hippityhophead24

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-09-2012 03:54:25 | More by hippityhophead24
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JoeBloe

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-08-2012 22:37:53 | More by JoeBloe
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bepps

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-07-2012 22:35:39 | More by bepps
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TubbyDullard

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +23.2%

02-06-2012 18:46:59 | More by TubbyDullard
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mpdrago

Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.2%

02-06-2012 05:37:58 | More by mpdrago
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. No freshness date.

A - Pours a dark copper color with a full finger's worth of head that retains well and gives way to a 1/4 inch head. Healthy lacing.

S- Dark and musty with an herbal hop aroma. A lot of rye was obviously used for this.

T- Yep. A ton of rye. Plenty of hops too, and thus a magical balance is attained. Packs a punch in flavor and in strength without being too boozy.

M- Somewhat creamy and a good amount of tang from the hops. Medium-high carbonation.

O- I had high hopes for this one and it certainly met my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 00:41:58 | More by Immortale25
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choover14

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-05-2012 03:32:26 | More by choover14
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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