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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,721 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 Monkeyknife
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark red amber with a creamy tan head. Light lacing was noticed as I drank.

I would describe the smell as warm and piney with a slight hint of citrus.

The taste is sharp and malty with bitterness at the end. The warmth of the alcohol becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Creamy best describes the mouthfeel.

This is a big beer which I would drink only one at a time.

Monkeyknife, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

pours a beautiful ruby colour with a small dense off-white head. drops slowly and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is great. caramel. bit of alcohol. resiny pine. light orange and tangerine citrus. a big slice of rye bread. maybe a bit of caraway?

taste is good. high bitterness level. resiny hops. grapefruit. rye bread. alcohol. the malt starts to shine through more as it warms. more of the orange and tangerine citrus comes out, along with a light caramel sweetness. slight floral notes come through too.

mouthfeel is pretty good. medium-low carbonation level. nice medium body. the high bitterness level really lingers, almost coming across like astringency. this balances out more as it warms, or maybe i'm just getting numb to the hops?

drinkability is good. fresh out of the bottle this one feels unbalanced. the bitterness is a bit too high, the alcohol feels about right, but the malt is just a little less than i'd like to see. warms up to a much more balanced brew. by the time i'm on my last glass it's still quite bitter, but the middle has filled out around it quite nicely.

grub, May 25, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA pours a couple fingers of foam over a deep, cloudy amber brew. Carbonation is spritzy and active, and the nose is spicy and herbal. The flavor is malty and rich- sweet toasty malts , rye bread, molasses, all up balanced by sharp herbal and pine hop flavors.
Mouthfeel is extremely full and rich, but it would have to be to get this to 10% ABV, which incidentally, is only present as a sensation of well-being- so watch out, this one's a sipper! If you like your India Pale Ales malty, this one's for you!

shadow1961, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Douglas14
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, ruby red color with a nice white head that leaves good lace. The aroma is heavily of hops, roasted malt and fruit...mainly cherries. The taste has a nice hop bite to it that lasts throughout the sip. Roasted malt plays a major role also. This is a great beer, Shmaltz does it again.

Douglas14, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of BMoney575
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-8-08

Pours a crystal clear deep amber, with a hard-to-get white head that quickly settles.

Smell is all sweet, resiny hops, very sugary, with an almost fermented quality. Honey comes in later, with the perfect amount of alcohol kick.

Taste is the ultimate hoppy, bitter, and boozy. The malt is there, but can't compete. Extreme.

Mouthfeel is fantastic, super thick and syrupy, perfect for the style.

Drinkability is only as good as a badass beer can be.

Overall, a huge beer that lacks the complexity and balance to be awesome.

BMoney575, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, floral, grass, rye, caramel, toast, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/earthy hops and moderate caramel/rye malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, rye, caramel, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, rye, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of big citrus/earthy hops with a good amount of malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and moderately slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity of bright citrus/earthy hop and nicely balanced malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of cichief
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured a deep brown, with a tan head.

S- Sweet malt, slight hint of sour fruit, figs and raisins.

T- Very sour-sweet, fruity and spicy, lots of hops in the finish.

M- Effervescent, medium on the tongue.

D- At ten percent I wouldn't drink many of these. The beer isn't really quaffable, but is very interesting. It is like a nightcap, a good way to end a night of beer drinking.

cichief, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of Phelps
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Tops, poured into a snifter.

A: hazy rosy-orange and slightly hazy, with a very short-lived head of off-white that becomes a thin ring.

S: tons of mango and pineapple and lime -- it's a tropical fruit medley in there. A nice amount of spicy rye and white pepper is tempered with sweet caramelized malt. Citrusy, sweet, fruity; delicious.

T: the flavor reminds of grapefruit peel in both the citrus notes and pithy bitterness it provides. Caramel, orange juice, rye, and a hefty lingering bitterness all mix in the mouth. Notes of sweet sugar-coated mango emerge as the beer warms.

M: the beer holds together nicely amidst a medium-high, fizzy, peppery carbonation. Medium in body, it feels smooth and velvety about the mouth. Very nice.

D: a flavorful, delicious (if a little expensive) rye IPA. With the last sip of Lenny's, a revelation: He'Brew makes some delicious beers. I'm going to have to seek them out more often.

Phelps, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of BrettMRogers
4.1/5  rDev +1%

BrettMRogers, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into goblet. Let this one warm for a good little while before opening, but it still improved after opening and warming even more.

Not much head, even less lacing. Very clear, copper/amber, gorgeous.

Huge sweet malty base comes first, strong fruity esters, moderate balancing hops. A little backwards for an IPA, but I like it.

Very dry and boozy early on, but more balanced and smooth as it warmed. Malty sweet with some citrusy hop flavor and lingering bitterness.

Mild carbonation. Thick, rich texture with full body. Dry bitter finish.

Very dry bitterness lingers. Quite big, too. Definitely a sipper.

sprucetip, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Full Throttle Bottle in Seattle. No noticeable brewed on or best by date.

A - Copper in color with very good clarity. A thick tan head with good retention and loads lacing. This is as inviting a beer as I've seen.

S - A complex mix of rye and hops. The rye dominates with an earthy, bready quality and some caramel but the hops add a little spice.

T - A very rich, sweet flavor with lots of malt and a firm alcohol punch. After you get through the first few sips, a citrusy hop finish starts to appear. A very complex beer.

M - A thick, chewy beer that really sticks to your mouth. Nice low to moderate carbonation.

D - A bit strong and rich for me at first but once my taste buds adjusted, I started to really appreciate it. But I doubt I could down more than one in a session.

GJ40, May 19, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice egg shell colored foamy head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some layered lacing down the glass.

S- Smell is a good balance between the malts and hops. Picking up sweet caramel malts, a bit of nuts, rye spices, piney and tropical fruit hops.

T- Bitterness from the hops hit me first. A bit of sweet malts to balance things out. A bit of heat from the alcohol too. A good amount of both piney and tropical fruit hops.

M- Sticky and medium in body. Carbonation is right on too.

O- Pretty impressed with this one. Very good and I'm gonna have to pick some more of this down the road.

nrbw23, Nov 25, 2011
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 psprings
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was an LIF gift from the beer gods by way of their divine servant Mikesgroove. Many thanks to a stunningly generous BA.

A: A vigorous pour into my tulip yields a 1-finger head that subsides within 2 minutes to a collar that leaves light lace atop a dark amber, sparkling clear base. The color was slightly darker even than expected for 10 abv, making me fear that this RyePA might be a bit more on the malty side than I prefer.

S: Aroma is dominated by a sweet crystal malt aroma, tempered by a white-pepper spiciness from the rye, but surprisingly little hop aroma beyond a light earthy, floral component. Slight whiffs of higher alcohols sneak out as this warms up from cellar temperature.

T: A bold caramelized set of flavors comes through on the entry, with much of the Maillard flavor but surprisingly little of the sweetness, as the spicyness of what must be a sizeable proportion of rye coomes to the rescue of the midpalate. This gives way to floral, slightly piney early-addition hops that are minimally aromatic but well integrated into a finish that leaves just enough spice, peach-pit bitterness and earthy hops to invite another pleasantly anticipated sip. As this warms, the fusels tend to come out in the taste a little more than I like -- keep this big boy around 55 deg, and you'll be glad you did.

M: a nice mid-to-full with a fair amount of carbonation that gives it a nice prickliness. A bit more CO2 would have been nice for a bit mmore of a carbonic bite. On cask, this could be something truly special.

D: Honestly, at 10 abv, this is essentially a barlewywine (ryewine perhaps? Better jot that down for future brew days), with a mind-blowing complexity, but a pretty strong kick. I don't know about you, but I've got lab write-ups to do. I had to bust out my capper to finish this thing off a couple hours from now. Still, a really drinkable beer for the level of complexity.

psprings, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of arizcards
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at BevMo in late April for $3.99.

Beer poured a deep amber with a nice off white head. Nose is a big malt blast with big northwest citrus hops in the background. Taste is all malt and rye to begin, with a wave of the "4C" and grapefruit hops thrown in there. It finishes resiny on the palate but not overwhelmingly so. Mouthfeel is pure liquid bread, can't remember a 2IPA this chewy! Drinkability is good for a monster beer as I am not detecting the alcohol from start to finish. This is an interesting beer, definitely worth a try if your are into extreme beers!

arizcards, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great red-orange color that is clear with a small off-white head, it looks delicious. Nice hoppy smell that also has a strong malt presence like a barleywine. The flavor is resinous, chewy hop flavors (more resin than citrus) with a bitter aftertaste. I can kind of taste the rye but it is nowhere near as pronounced as Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye. This is not what I usually look for in a DIPA but nonetheless it is a solid beer.

ArrogantB, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of djbreezy
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - rich deep amber, mostly transparent, huge offwhite head, strong retention, thick lacing

smell - big aromatic caramel malts, light hop bitterness

taste - hop bitterness on the tongue, strong malt presence, tasty profile, some pine notes but mostly focused on the malt in the midst of the flavor, east coast style ipa couple with some breadiness

mouthfeel - big body, chewy, heavy carbonation, some alcohol burn on the finish, lingers, slightly sticky, medium dryness

overall - a bit too balanced for my preference but it's a great ipa, very full flavored and has a unique take, huge huge flavor here

djbreezy, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark amber color with a large light tan head with good lacing

S-rich malt, caramel, some spices, hints of orange

T-rich malt flavor with caramel and rye, some bitter hop flavors and light citrus

F-full body with mild carbonation, slick and rich mouth feel

O-an interesting DIPA with unique flavors and body

MDDMD, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of MeowTom
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber color with a huge fluffy head that will stay around for a while. When I put it up to the light it has a slight red glow to it.

S- Strong malty scent, with a little bit of the hops coming through as you dive your nose in a few times. You can smell the caramelized sugars very well.

T- Very strong bitter to it, with the alcohol coming through a bit. You have to search for the hops but once you found them it is a very well balanced sweet/bitter ratio.

M- Medium carbonation and body that doesn't distract from the flavors.

O- Great beer that really is a wonderful double I.P.A.

MeowTom, May 11, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +1%

astronautjones, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of ummswimmin
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this bottle while enjoying some afternoon football and doing work for the office.

This beer went into a fatter tulip glass; almost like a goblet base. I received about two fingers of sticky foam that left some nice lacing on the glass.

I pick up a decent amount of rye and citrus hopping coming out of the mouth of the glass. There is a very nice presence to this beer.

The flavor isn't quite as balanced. I get a bunch of citrus in each drink. There is also a bit of tobacco in each sip on the end of my tongue.

Overall a new take of a DIPA. I'm glad for the different flavors.

ummswimmin, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of joeseppy
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A syrupy thick brownish red with heavy lacing.

Aroma of resinous pine, rye, sweet malt and alcohol.

Initial taste is an onslaught of malt then bitterness followed by intense sweet malts and onto bitter hop finish. The balance is off in a syncopated manner. Very sweet like the Rock n Rye liqueur (you know that bottle that was in your dads bar for years no one would touch--anywhooo) with carbonation. Did I say sweet?!? Alcohol hidden.

Smooth, creamy/sticky and potent.

This will have to grow on me as it goes to my extremes. I do appreciate the style and the rye whiskey adds a nice touch. Nice to have tried.

joeseppy, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no bottling date.

immediatly off the pour i noticed the beer poured extremely thick, almost syrupy. a slightly cloudy deep reddish orange. lots of big carbonation bubbles slowly floating to the top. formed a very thick off white head with amazing retention and amazing thick, furry lace. the oddness of the large bubbles and syrupiness of the beer almost made me think...infection, but it still looks amazing in the glass.

a nice sense of balance in the aroma. mostly pine hops with some light grapefruit balanced by a candied caramel, bready malt. a little alcohol noticable and the slightest hint of darker fruits and rye grain.

again, nice balance. resinous pine sappy hops, maybe some light citrus notes balanced by candied caramel, bready malt. a touch of a rye taste and spiciness in the finish.

big, thick heavy body. a little bit syrupy. has a strange feel on the palate after each sip, really coats the whole mouth, that im not a huge fan of. good feeling carbonation.

wouldnt want more than one of these, but i would like to try the other BA variations and such. there is a little wierdness in the appearance and mouthfeel that reminded me exactly of a batch of infected homebrew, but the aroma and taste totally disproved that, no hint of wild yeast.

edit: the more i drank, the more i enjoyed it. very close to a barleywine. one of the thickest, oilest beers ive ever had.

dogfishandi, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: RED with a thick tan foam; great retention and lacing

S: Typical grapefruit/citrus quality from the hops but also a touch of cinnamon and cloves; bready and spicy

T: Hoppy and spicy--grapefruit and a nice sweetness pervades as does a slightly chewy bready quality

F: Great even mouth coat

D: Quite drinkable for what it is--the alcohol and sweetness do not hinder

dbossman, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of output01x
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A modest pour yields a 1.5-finger creamy tan-colored head. It recedes over time but keeps a nice coating over the beer. The body is an amber-copper with a strong amount of rising bubbles. The lacing is thick and covers the glass well.

Floral and citrus hops aromas mingle nicely with a warm bready malt note. A little spiciness is also detected and the overall impression is a full, well-rounded, flavorful DIPA. Very much so looking forward to the first sip.

Spicy hops strike the tongue at the beginning of the sip and slowly mellow as the roasted malt flavor takes over. Then a decent piny bitterness followed by an alcohol warmth strikes from the back of the mouth but does not overpower the other flavors that linger. The alcohol is very light and is more like an 8% (as opposed to the 10% ABV of this beer).

Full bodied and slightly creamy, this beer definitely coats your mouth well and sticks to the tongue nicely. The moderate carbonation keeps the drinkability up but does not hinder the tasting.

output01x, Apr 04, 2011
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,721 ratings.