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

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.
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Ratings: 1,838
Reviews: 870
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 83
Gots: 154 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: mcallister on 06-07-2006

A Double India Pale Ale with Rye Malt brewed in tribute to Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider 1925-1966).
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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.

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