He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
Bottle purchased as a single from Zyn wine merchant in Calgary and poured into a tulip glass. I had to Google the malt and hop bill for this one and the recipe is pretty complex across the board, some interesting choices and can I just mention that I continue to enjoy this brewery's labels and just basically their whole schtick? Ahem. This is a formidably dark DIPA, an orange-brown with perhaps an inch or so of creamy, milkshake-like tan head. Looks like a mammoth and sure enough, this one is deep, rich, sweet, spicy, and perhaps above all bitter. The nose conveys dark caramel malts, an almost roasted peppery rye spice, candied citrus (orange and lemon?), and sweet dank pineapple. Overall effect is almost like pomegranate molasses (if you are familiar) spiked with herbal tincture and peppercorns. And the palate? Well, I will start by saying that some of the reviews below are not hyperbole. This really is a world-class rye DIPA that can hang with the Cali "big guns". The malts come off a bit donut-like, with tons of treacle toffee and a cotton candy type sweetness that somehow manages to ride the dark wave. Obviously one is going to taste considerable hop flavor and there's a cornucopia of fruit and spice notes: Orange liqueur, pineapple and a more generic musty tropical vibe, candied lemon, grapefruit, and some pine plus black pepper for days and days. The rye is probably exerting a significant effect here as well. Thick body with a correspondingly protruding chewy mouthfeel. The finish is intensely bitter and spicy despite the malts and no one should accuse this brew of being too sweet. Masterfully executed example of a rye-based beer and packing some serious firepower, yet remains mysteriously drinkable, with the ABV detectable only via a lingering warmth.
05-19-2014 03:43:11 | More by CalgaryFMC
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
I love this beer!
Slightly "thick", nice citrus hop balance and some added rye spiciness. This is a smooth, delicious beer! This one of my "top 5" beers.
If I were to be stranded in the mountains for any amount of time and I had to select one of 5 beers to keep me company, I would have to select RIPA! This is in the Sculpin and Pliny category.
05-15-2014 22:42:50 | More by Oliver_Twist
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,696 ratings.