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

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1,770 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,770
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 71
Gots: 107 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

rderedin, Jun 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

drbenderdo, Nov 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

SkinniePost, Apr 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

schnarr84, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber color with a solid head that retains. Great smell. Piney aroma with something else I can't really put my finger on. DEEP taste. Very heavy on the tongue. This is not your average beer. It packs a huge kick. Definitely a sipping beer. Good with dinner or on a cool day.

Ryan_Graham, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. A nice tribute to Lenny Bruce, he of the inspiration for so many of today's more edgy comics.

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish copper amber colour, with three fingers of thick, foamy, and broadly puffy off-white head, which leaves pretty ambitious patchy and fuzzy layered lacing all around the glass as it quite lazily recedes.

It smells of grapefruit pith and acrid pine resin hops, bready, heady caramel malt, dark Belgian yeast-tinted fruit, a small spicy grainy edginess, and some burbling alcohol heat. The taste is a big neutered grapefruit pith wallop up front, followed by some weirdly timid dry pine woodiness, a robust spiciness, one pleasantly borne from the rye malt rather than hop, further bready caramel malt notes, a touch of understated, somewhat metallic alcohol acridity, and a strong lingering leafy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is on the low, more or less obsequious side, the body exhibiting one heck of a meshuggah hugeness, and yet a less than endowed smoothness. It finishes dry, kind of metallic, and still much more hoppy than malty, in a rare air sort of way.

An enjoyably crazy-big DIPA, with the added kick of a rye-tinted (tainted?) malt. The big alcohol is generally restrained, and not all that noticeable, rendering this as a somewhat easy to drink tipple. A winner in my book, as far as my acceptable adjunct-ified DIPA regulations go - we could all use a bit more of this, if only to keep the mainstream nervous.

biboergosum, May 30, 2009
Photo of gtermi
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark copper body with a one finger thick white head that slowly fades.

S: A LOT of rye and other malt with a tiny bit of bitter hops.

T: A nice amount of rye and malt, but quickly moves to a nice bitter hoppy flavor. There is a lot of bitter flavor that lingers for a long time, but I find that very awesome.

M: Goes down so smooth without a problem and leaves a dry mouthfeel.

O: Just an amazing beer! I am so glad that we can finally get this here in Texas because I fell in love with this brewery when I was in Chicago.

gtermi, Apr 27, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy copper-amber color with a tiny head of white foam. The head fades super-fast, leaving a very light level of fizzy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is bready and moderately sweet with aromas of rye bread, toffee, and caramel. Along with these smells are some hoppy aromas of pine and grapefruit bringing a very nice and robust rye IPA smell.

Taste – The taste begins a quite bready and doughy with a strong sweetness of caramel and some milder dark fruit flavors of plum and raisin. Along with the thick bready taste there is a nice showing of rye which grows slightly stronger more toward the middle and the end of the flavor. All the while as the flavor advances, so too do hop flavors begin developing. They start from the front of the taste as a lighter grapefruit hop nature which gets quite a bit stronger as the flavor advances. At the same time as the grapefruit grows in intensity, a pine and grassy hop also come to the tongue along with a moderately boozy taste. While the grassy flavors remains relatively subdued, the pine really pick up in strength to the end, surpassing the grapefruit in intensity. With a little bit of an earthy flavor, a slight lessening of the sweeter flavors,, and a bit of a peppery spice flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a nice thick and chewy, moderately boozy, hopped up rye bread flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick body is very nice for the big bready and rye flavors of the brew really allowing them to stand out. This in conjunction with the moderate carbonation make this brew a very nice sipping beer.

Overall – A quite big and tasty rye IPA. Very thick and mouth coating with a sweet and big flavor. While at times slightly unbalanced, this is a nice brew none the less, and well worth a try.

Darkmagus82, Feb 28, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt, 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no born on or freshness date that I could find.

Appearance: The body had a beautiful deep reddish amber color with just a slight chill haze. On top sits a nice creamy light tan head that fades slowly down to ring of bubbles. It makes for some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma has a big robust, bready/ roasted grain malt presence with plenty of strong resin hop notes and a noticeable sweet alcohol as well.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor has a very solid malty body up front. It brings sweet and roasted grain, bready and rye notes as well as some sweet alcohol. Hops flavor starts to add balance in the middle before tacking over in the end. The hops add some piney and resiny notes to the sweet warming alcohol and rye notes in the slow lingering finish. It has a full body with a thick, rounded chewy texture that hangs onto the palate.

Notes: This is a big full beer with great complexity and strength. Sip slowly and enjoy!!!

generallee, May 30, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep clear amber with a light tan head that settles rapidly. A very pretty beer that only gets dinged points because of a lack of head.

S-Rich malts predominate with some citurs in the background and a touch of caramel.

T-Wow! Opens with a thick syrupy malty sweetness. A subdued balanced caramel-like mid palate until the hops kick in with a grapefruit citrus pucker followed by a deep astringent bitter finish that lingers forever. Bittersweet indeed! This one spans the spectrum in an amazing way. The ABV is present, but never overpowering.

M-Well balanced overall with a very full mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

D-This is a very drinkable and enjoyable brew, but at the ABV, one suits me fine for now. I will definately pick this one up again as it satisfys the sweet craving, the malt craving, the hops craving and everything in between...well done.

caddybuyer, Mar 26, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are so many good DIPAs, it's sometimes hard to pick them apart. The rye used in Lenny, however, is a great change of pace. It added a rich spice that blends with the citrus hops but still stands out enough to compliment the flavor and stand out. Aside from the rye, the malt sweetness is fairly subtle behind the mostly fruity hops. Also, at 10%, this beer is a bit thick and can be hard to finish by yourself. Still, a great DIPA if you want something different.

tempest, May 26, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-A deep reddish amber color with moderately high clarity. Thick, moussy head is a pale khaki-darker than I would expect for a beer of this color. The head has pretty solid retention.

Aroma-Juicy hops and candy-sweet malt, this one has an explosive aroma. Brown sugar, burnt caramel, toffee, and molasses malt aromas hide a subtler, nutty/bready/toasty rye character. Hops are citrusy and floral with an overall candied orange feel to them, though are definitely secondary to the huge malt character. The aroma reminds me a little of a barleywine, though the rye character tempers the sweeter malt aromas. Some fruity esters (apple?) are also present.

Flavor-Still reminds me of an American Barleywine in a way-big brown sugar molasses malt flavors open up to toasty rye bread and resiny hops. As the flavor slowly fades, hop bitterness coats the tongue, and swells to moderately high. Slight rye bread crusts carry on through the aftertaste along with resiny hop flavors and tongue-numbing bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Superb. Full and chewy body yet silky and smooth at the same time. Carbonation is moderate. Hop bitterness coats your tongue in the finish and leaves a numb, tingly sensation behind.

A fantastic RyeIPA, and hefty to boot. It's not super hoppy in terms of aroma and flavor, but it is large and in charge, with almost barleywine-like grace. However, the Rye is expertly used here to give characteristic toasty, nutty, bready, and rye flavors and aromas, as well as a long-lasting head and a thick, chewy body. Certainly a sipper, but a good one, and one I'll definitely be drinking again.

plfahey, Jul 07, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Big time pineyness & some breadyness

T: Huge grapefruit & piney hops up front, plus caramel. Malty cakeyness a bit of caramel try to regain some ground as this warms, but can't conquer the orangey, grapefruitty & piney hops. Finishes semi-dry (the rye??) with much pineyness; plus some caramel & a bit of pralines

MF: Chewy with low carbonation. Skews just a tad too hoppy for me

Drinks a bit slow, but with all that ABV & intensity, what do you expect? Hopheads will dig this. Lenny Bruce would appreciate the bitterness! A very good DIPA that has a few rough edges

russpowell, Jan 31, 2008
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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
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,770 ratings.