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

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BA SCORE
91
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1,697 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,697
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 70
Gots: 88 | FT: 5
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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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hopsaplenty

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

22oz brown bottle, no date information, but this is the first (and only?) release, 2006.
The Shmaltz tribute to Jewish stars No. 1.

"Finally, one last four-letter word concerning Lenny Bruce: DEAD. At 40… that's obscene." Dick Schaap

Coppered bronze. Big, silky thick cascading head of tightly packed orange-hued tan bubbles. The head settles at a snail's pace, depositing thick, glass-coating sheets of sticky lace. It maintains a tall two inch presence for quite awhile. Ample carbonation steams actively issue bubbles which seem to struggle through the thick liquid. Big aromas of orange, pine, and sap, are softly pointed as if blunted by the "obscene amount of malt" (per the label). Rye and a touch of alcohol are detectable as well. Huge rye body fills the mouth and is silk, solid, and smooth before the hops finally show up and announce their presence. Pine, spruce, and sharp floral notes complete the finish and linger briefly. Instead, a thick mouth-coating of malt is deposited. The alcohol becomes slightly noticeable in the finish as a prickly, warming sensation. Amazingly huge body, that is thick with chewy malt. Smooth and densely creamy. An extremely fine carbonation is barely discernable and the hop oils add to the overall slickness. Amazingly well done and I could have even used a bump up in the hop level from simply indecent to downright obscene.

09-21-2006 01:14:33 | More by hopsaplenty
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Wow...I gotta start by saying that this beer knocked my socks off! Dark toffee amber pour with a magnificent khaki head of densely whipped froth that just lasts forever, generously coating my chalice in lace. Dark for an IIPA, but a beautiful beer to behold nontheless.

Transcendant aromas of scorched caramel, toffee and brown bread soaked in molasses are met by a spicey, citrussy kick of rye and pepper. The result is a complex aroma with layers of hops...citrus, pine, crushed flowers and spice. An awesome olefactory experience.

Flavor even better than the ample nose. Massive caramel malts mingle with an overdose of spicey, earthy, fruity Rye. The complex malt flavors meet their match when the brutal riptide of hops begin to assault the tongue. It's fruity, piney, malty, bittersweet(duh), and oh so hoppy. One hell of a complex and delicious brew. 22 oz for $4.99, pinch me!

Body is big, creamy, slippery, and uber-smooth. Hello! 10% abv...where are you? No trace of the strengh and way to easy to finish the whole bomber. I really wish I had bought more.

09-20-2006 23:06:08 | More by AlexJ
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asabreed

New York

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: A nice looking amber body with a billowy head that goes down fairly quickly with some thin lacing around the middle of the glass.

Smell: Aromatic and flowery sweetness, some citrus from the malt and some grapefruit and piney hops in there also. Alcohol is apparent but only adds to the aroma. Is there rye in here? Not sure I can really discern it. Very balanced and effervescent without being out of control in one way or the other.

Taste: Very sweet initially, but somehow, maybe from the hops, the lingering sweetness is not there. And the hops are so prevalent that it doesn't become cloying or hard to take down. Flavors of sweet orange peel start, with some citrus bitterness and then the grapefruit hop flavors come in toward the end, giving the finish a lingering hop note with flavorful citrus. Very complex and very balanced; without the balance I could see this being pretty hard to drink, but as it stands it's extremely tasty. Not getting much rye at all, though, but still.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, with a bit of chewiness, but the carbonation's right on to make it fairly creamy and easy to drink.

Drinkability: I'm very impressed by this; I love the push toward craziness that turns into a very balanced brew. A bomber wasn't hard for me to finish, but I could imagine it could easily be for some. It is a bit on the sweeter side of Double IPAs, so beware of that. But I could see some interesting things happening with this in the future. Since the price tag's around $5-$6 a bottle, I'll probably buy a few. Kudos to Hebrew for constructing this, and I can't wait to see who they dedicate the next brew to.

09-18-2006 01:43:42 | More by asabreed
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

Gorgeous deep dark fiery copper color with an immensely thick stack of soft off-yellowed foam. Tons of lacing coats the glass like frosting.

Aroma of alcoholic vapors waver over a thick dark malt sweetness and dry rye breadyness. Highly pine soaked oilyness ensues as it sits. This is where the 10% really makes itself present.

Taste is big and malty with lots of chewy breadyness laced with a few dark fruit skins and pits. Thicker yet, burntness of brown sugar arrives along with the rye, which in tune sets up the dryness over the super high pine hoppyness that nearly burns the throat out with an oil drenching thickness of orange, grapefruit, and pine sweetened bitterness. Ripe Barleywine-esk in nature and character.

Huge mouthfeel. Every corpuscle is soaked and coated with bitter sweet thickness. Big malt, big hops, (as stated on the label "an obscene amount") and that rye adds a nice extra cap of clever dryness to its bready fruit bread base. Oily smooth and warming with a complexing fun finish of hop oil warmth and malt residue.

Another keeper of a brew by He'Brew. A nice tribute to Lenny.
(R.I.P.)A. - truly...

09-17-2006 22:36:56 | More by tavernjef
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Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

Bomber bottle, no freshness or bottling info. Wordy label, do they think anybody really reads all that stuff? Anyway this strong beer pours dark auburn, pretty clear, sporting a tan long lastin head, that started out frothy and settled down to a thick film . It leaves some well developed lacing. Nose I pick up is clearly of rye bread. This is a strong brew, plenty of malty under notes, coupled with some smoke, more rye and smooth oily, grainy hop notes. Nicely crafted, perhaps the best I've had yet from the Shmaltz "tribe members"

09-16-2006 20:13:02 | More by Billolick
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Dukeofearl

California

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

22 oz bottle purchased form LaBodega in Riverside, CA. in August 2006 for $4.99. This is only my second or third Rye beer, and I guess it's an acquired taste.

Pours a deep rich reddish amber with a yellowish fluffy head.

The aroma is intense hop richness, sour oily grapefruit perfume with sweet malts underneath. The flavor is tasty, of course hops being the main theme, with a sharp kicker of additional hops at the end of the swallow. Lots of malt, but the hops are really over the top.

Mouthfeel is almost syrupy this is so thick and rich. I finished the bomber, but it was really more than I wanted. Overall, this is a well made, interesting beer, but not really something I feel strongly about wanting to try again.

09-16-2006 14:02:55 | More by Dukeofearl
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Not really sure why this beer needs a gimmick, seems just find on its own. The beer presents a healthy dose of hops that comes through on the nose and palate, strong but not over powering. I'm finding this beer a bit more drinkable than other DIPA, or in this case a RIPA. Nice finish, well balanced hop kick coupled with a nice warming alcohol body.

Definitely worth a try. And well priced to boot.

09-16-2006 02:52:06 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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BradBLR

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

This beer poured a very dark amber color, alot darker than a normal IPA. The head was a brownish white and lasted the whole beer with a medium amount of lacing. The smell was a very malty sweet smell with just a hint of hops and rye.

The taste of this beer was very strong, very malty and sweet. Almost like it was a little too rich. There was a nice amount of hops, but not a ton of rye. The mouthfeel was good, the CO2 was great and it was pretty thick.

All in all a good beer, but not something I want to drink all the time. I have another bottle, think I will let it sit for a while and have it again after it has a little age under its belt.

09-14-2006 19:07:44 | More by BradBLR
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doubleipa

Georgia

2.9/5  rDev -28.6%

Not very hoppy, at all. No pine, resin, or citrus. Weak aroma for a DIPA. Surprisingly. Nice big, off-white head. Color was dark amber. There is a definite alcohol aftertaste. This is OK. It got better as it warmed up, but it didn't affect my ratings.

09-13-2006 15:46:36 | More by doubleipa
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.15/5  rDev -22.4%

The beer pours quite viscously with a dark reddish hued, amber color that shows a brilliantly clear ruby tinged color when held up to the light. The beer is topped by a frothy, amber tinged, tan colored head that is initially about a finger and a half thick. I am quite happy to say that the aroma is quite hoppy. Notes of sweet oranges and a touch of pine intermingle with a big, chewy, caramelized maltiness. Quite fruity, almost a berry like note joins the citrus notes. Toasted grain notes help to dry out the aroma towards the end.

The beer is a bit sweet up front, in fact perhaps amply so, but there are lots of things to balance the sweetness out. An astringent bitterness rides throughout this beer, it is a touch harsher than I would like. Part of this is that there is a menthol like note, that seems to couple with a bit of an astringent dark grain note and a sharp note of alcohol. There is some hop flavor character here as well, it just plays second fiddle to the other notes that I have mentioned; notes of orange peel and some herbal notes are here. This beer is just unbalanced, and not in the way a double IPA should be; harsh, sharply astringent and hot. Perhaps some age will help to mellow this out, but it no longer would be a even the shade of a double IPA that it is now.

09-11-2006 03:41:24 | More by Gueuzedude
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -21.7%

Shared this one with BA cmaruschak

Aroma: Peppery, spicy hops. Some alcohol warmth noted. Spicy and dry is definitely the dominant theme here.

Appearance: Brilliant ruby colored pour with a sudsy white 1-finger head.

Flavor: Bittering hops, peppery spiciness dominate the palate. Just a hint of some malty sweetness but this is followed by a bittering dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and oily. Almost overcarbonated.

Overall impression: A bit too unbalanced for me. Needed more of a malt presence to balance out the punishing hops and alcohol burn. Glad I split this one. Hard to finish for me. Normally I enjoy a highly hopped rye beer but this one missed it's mark for me.

09-10-2006 15:58:57 | More by mattcrill
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

i love hops and i love rye. the bottle says it has both inside. so i opened it

it's real dark, but with that much malt involved (enough to produce 10% alc) i guess that's inevitable. it's a deep ambery garnet. the head is nice

the aroma is more room-filling and monistically ever-present than that of any beer i've ever experienced. the beer is sitting a yard away right now and it might as well be in my damn nose. immensely malty an hoppy simultaneously—great balance. the character of the malt is so complex that it makes me think of a quad. the piney hops fit seamlessly in, and the rye is evident

BIG flavors. thick, creamy yet piercing with the hops and rye spice. deee-lish. this is my first He'brew, but count me in

09-10-2006 05:43:05 | More by bruachan
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

I experienced a very unusual pour. The first third of the glass seemed very flat, as if there is no carbonation. Straightening the glass for a more vigorous pour resulted in an overflow of foam. Very deceiving. The head lasts a long time with thick lace on the glass side. The color is dark reddish copper. Clear.

Far more malty than I would expect. Lots of caramel. The hops are quite muted. This is still an attractive aroma, drawing me to the

Large! Almost syrupy body with a large malt punch. The hop bitterness shows up almost immediately. The hop bitterness lasts and lasts in the aftertaste. Too much of a good thing? No way.

If you like extreme beers, this one delivers as advertised ("brewed with an obscene amount of malts & hops"). I'm a huge fan of Double IPA's and this one is one of the better ones!

09-09-2006 17:52:00 | More by smcolw
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dgallina

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

22 fluid ounce brown bomber with no freshness date.

Pours clear copper & chestnut with over an inch of foamy tan head. Withdraws to a small film and excellent thin lace. Smells like grapefruits, sticky tree sap, caramel, and fruity alcohol. Gooey sweet caramel malts and rye in the front of the mouth. Develops blended grapefruit and pine bark hops, plus deep toasted rye malt chewiness towards the back. Finishes with bracing hops and super sharp alcohol sting. Creamy, sticky, barely carbonated (nearly still really) in the mouth. An interesting and (way) over the top IPA, but not something I'd drink much of.

09-09-2006 01:43:53 | More by dgallina
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%

22 oz bottle pours a radiant copper body with excellent clarity. Generous beige head has suburb retention and laces profusely.

Aroma is luscious, boasting tons of malt, hops, and spicy rye. Orange and tangerine esters dance around with pink grapefruit,spicy pumpernickel and toffee and caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly chewy, with an ideal carbonation that rounds out the malt and hops very well.

Taste has lots of citrusy hops, mostly orange, that balance well with the toffee maltiness. A nice presence of grapefruit hops bitterness is noticed from start to finish and melds sublimely with the spiciness from the rye malt. Some welcome caramel sweetness pokes through from time to time, adding to the tasty complexity. No hint of the 10% abv.

An excellent DIPA with a spicy rye edge. Well balanced, very tasty, and dangerously drinkable. Lenny's is a real winner!

09-05-2006 14:52:31 | More by merlin48
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ccs

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%

This is a nice clear caramel-amber with and ivory head that sticks around bot the glass and for the test of time...it was still there when only a little beer was left in the glass. Smeel is very typial for double IPA, malt with stong hop undertones along with the slight astringency I almost expect from a higher alcohol beer. The taste is very nice, a hint of alcohol backed by bitterness and herbal hops and a little malt. The mouthfeel is thicker than a standard IPA, and it fits very wel with the taste. However, I dont think I'd want too many of these...it's a pretty big beer and should be treated with respect.

09-03-2006 03:55:44 | More by ccs
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IntriqKen

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

So far I haven't enjoyed the He'Brew beers I've tried very much but have a love for Rye so I'm trying this one.
Pours a fair clear dark amber with an impressive cream colored craggy head that melts slowly to very sticky lacing. Nice.
Aromas are pretty typical for a DIPA....sweet malt at first then a definate citrus hop back, yet in this beer they seem to be a little more blended than most...almost as if it has aged a year.
Taste...again...sort of typical but more blended than most.. The malt is sweet but not overpowering or cloying....the hops are most definately in there and there for the finish, but not offensive at all. Nice blending of sweet carmel malt and citrus malt.
I don't know...I think this may be the most balanced DIPA I've ever had. The 10 % is obvious in the taste and even more so in the aftertaste, but the rest of it is so wonderful you are likely to miss it until you are half way through the bomber.
Good job!
L'Chaim!
***
Uh oh...the alcohol made me forget why I bought this in the first place.
I like rye.
Where is it?
Ok...I'm looking for it...looking for it....looking for it....
Da*))_(m...I honestly just can't find it in there.
Other reviewers have been able to find the rye but I think the 10% is keeping it hidden from me and my taste buds.
Darn.
Still a good beer...Still a very good DIPA
L'Chaim

09-02-2006 04:04:17 | More by IntriqKen
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oberon

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Thanks to hoppedup for sending this one up my way,a beer contract brewed in NYC but not available in the Buffalo area odd...This poured a brilliant rich deep amber with a large well sustained off white head that left perfect rings of lace as it settled slowly.Loved the aromas it wasnt just a hop blast in your face there was caramel like sweetness anddark fruit underneath the big resiny,piney hop profile.Thick sticky sweet mouthfeel it just coated the mouth in sweetness,to me it tasted like an extremely hoppy American barley wine full lush somewhat sweet and extremely piney and resiny in the finish.Well this one gave me a little bit of a headache this morning as I drank the bomber down knowing this could hurt a little in the morning oh but its a good pain,a damn nice beer.

09-01-2006 13:21:19 | More by oberon
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

22 oz bomber, 12 oz pour. This one departs the bottle a deep ambered copper color with a finger of off white head that falls to a full coat over top of the brew. There is just a mild carbonation bubbling up. Clarity is very good as well. Taking a sniff, there is a big and chunky caramel malt with a nice sweet and cirtusy american hop that accentuates the sweetness of the malt. It is fairly simple, but very good. Flavor is the best of both the hop and the malt. Lots of peppery and citrusy hop push through really well, with a monsterous caramel malt behind it. The bitterness is definately there, but not at all offesive. I like it. The feel is very thick, with a very mild carbonation, that breaks it up ever so slightly. It leaves it nice and solid. As far as things go, this is a pretty nice and tasty brew. I like the solid mouthfeel, and the solid bitterness on the finish. This is one to take a look at. It won't blow you away, but it is good.

09-01-2006 02:59:34 | More by kmpitz2
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ReDave

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

A small man with a thick Scottish brogue was chattering on about something as he was unloading some stacks of beer.... then i saw it! He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.. well mostly the Hebrew then bitterswsdkfj i ran over to the guy trying to to knock him down. Whoa can this be???? I YELLED at my drinking partner in crime! Hebrew RIPA!!!
OK so i was a little excited....
So, my anticipation was a little high!
Pours a very dark brownish RED little amber. Huge HUGE head! Not nearly as dark head as others hvae mentioned, mostly dark cream, but huge... if poured right, it's almost cask conditioned! Well, not really but nice!
[BTW the bottle was really sticky, either they had a broken bottle somewhere down the line... and since i took the bottle from the box i ripped open from the [[obscure "vendor"] Scottish guy, it was not from this batch]
Aroma: mostly malt, little hoppy very sweet.
First sip man I'm bummed, not was i was anticipating!
Second sip, well OK a little better.
3rd sip, OK hop back end blast.
This is a good DIPA! Very pleased after all! One of the better balanced DIPA's

09-01-2006 02:24:02 | More by ReDave
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flannelman808

California

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%

I found this double IPA to be lacking in a hoppy finish (which i would expect from such a beer). The Rye character of this beer overwhelmed me. However it pours very nicely with a dark caramel color and a rich white head. At first taste the hops are present, however they are quickly outweighed by rye and alcohol. Not quite my kind of brew, but probably would be great for someone who likes Sweet complex highly alcoholic beers.

08-31-2006 22:02:59 | More by flannelman808
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DogFood11

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

This brew poured into a tulip it formed a dense, tight, tan head that leaves a solid coat of ring style lace. Really fine carbonation in a dark amber brew with some deep ruby red around the outside.

Fruity esters everywhere among the warm, dark candied malt backer. Toffee, butterscotch, a dense brew. A bit of a barleywine flare to this and to its credit a very complex one at that. The body is thick but not syrupy. Hop profile is more towards the end of each pull and a spicey peppery aftertaste mixes nicely to beef up the depth. Earthy hops and meaty hops. Alcohol also waits till the end to bark and ends with a bite.

Notes: Chalky but it finishes somewhat clean in the midst of such a thick'ish beer. Odd combo that I personally enjoyed. Well made. Try it.

08-30-2006 04:47:11 | More by DogFood11
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froggyfrog

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%

One tall bomber-sized brown glass bottle wrapped in an event of a label sits proudly on a coaster on my desk, half of its guts splashed in the bowl of my crystal snifter.

In the glass this untamed liquid is aglow with beautiful rich warm ruby tones. Hypnotic carbonation bubbles steadily stream up the sides of the bowl like an army of zombified ants whose only urge is an undeniable compulsion to reach the surface and contribute to the dense ring of sallow foam clinging to the glass left by others before them. This is one of those beers that is almost too visually engaging to drink for fear of ruining the spectacle.

The aromas given off by this beer warrant another five-point rating. There is some subtle spiciness, likely a factor of the rye malt in the grain bill. I'm getting some underplayed West Coast American citrus/grapefruit hop scents and an underlying sweetness.

This brew demonstrates a quiet smoothness throughout that is impressive to say the least. That quality is showcased in the taste and mouthfeel as a light, creamy weightlessness and a flavor that deftly combines such components as cracked peppercorns with light liquid whipping cream and squeezed oranges.

The bitterness and alcohol that earn this beer the name double IPA are in residence, but wrapped up so cozily in the overall "delicacy" of the drink as to be totally approachable even by those who have no sadistic twist of psyche causing them to enjoy alpha-acidic tongue scorchings.

Fantastic.

Lenny Bruce was not afraid!

08-30-2006 04:41:32 | More by froggyfrog
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orfeu

New Mexico

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

Brown-tinged russet with a dense yellowed newsprint head with some rather sparse and slow-moving carbonation. Dark rye bread in the nose backed up by surprisingly subdued (for a DIPA) pine-inflected hop aromas. Slight malt sweetness detectable in the nose as well. The taste: reductively, a slice of bitter pine-infused black rye bread with a doughy sweetness near the end. Earthy composted pine hop bitterness plays about the tongue until it settles in to a pungent-sweet malt finish. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side; pretty darn syrupy. All told, this is a solid and interesting beer with a cleverly claimed inspiration. However, as far as Double IPAs go, this one just doesn't really stand out from the pack -- admittedly a very difficult thing to do.

08-30-2006 03:35:27 | More by orfeu
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scaping28

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%

Here goes my first review. He'Brew RIPA lures you in with it's label. Get one and read the tribute to Lenny Bruce. I picked one up at my favorite gas station/beer haven, PJ's in Sylva, North Carolina. 3 days and 5 bombers later I can tell you the label is just the beginning.

It poors thick and owns one of the most attractive heads I've seen, nearly as dark as the beer sitting up on top like whipped cream. Immediate pleasing aroma of hops fills the room. Hopped Up is my best description. There's an "Obscene" amount of the flower in this brew. Greg at PJ's describes it as "Chewy". You sense the 10% abv immediately by it's warmth not by it's flavor. You can't slam this one. Make sure you have nowhere to be for a while.

Hop Heads everywhere would become addicted immediately. For me it was love at 1st sight. I hope I don't have to drive 700 miles to get my next one.

08-29-2006 12:21:29 | More by scaping28
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,697 ratings.