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

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BA SCORE
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Reviews: 871
Hads: 1,897
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 80
Gots: 183 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass lazily and a hint of ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel malts with a light hint of rye spiciness and moderate aromas of pine/resin hops which lingers.

T: Upfront this brew is very malty with moderate amounts of caramel sweetness and light amounts of rye spiciness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine/resin hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness. There are also light amounts of alcohol flavors in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a creamy smoothness that follows and a touch of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is an enjoyable and the alcohol is very well hidden making it easy to drink. It has a really nice mouthfeel which definitely increased my enjoyment of the beer - that mixture of crisp and creamy smooth is quite nice. (1,182 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear copper amber with a slightly yellowed head on top. Average visible carbonation shooting to the surface. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Pleasant aroma on this one, starts off with a sizable hop profile that is balanced out with the slightly sweet rye malts. A bit of piny-ness as well as spiciness is in the background.

T: Malts are much more dominant in the flavor than anticipated from the aroma. Dont get me wrong there is still a solid bitterness but the rye isnt afraid to show its face. The spice of the rye compliments the hop flavors quite nicely.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. A bit sticky from the abundance of malts and hops in this brew. Certainly one that will warm you up.

Overall I really enjoy the rye flavors in this beer. They place faith in the hops to keep up with such a heavy dose of malts and the beer holds up well. (933 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I looked this up before I bought it since I had never heard of the brewery. I expected an intense hop rye.

I this intoa sam adams glass. Very dark orange or gold. Head and lacing are white. Not a big head but a nice one.

Nose is citrus and tropical

Taste and mouth feel is where this beer shines. Creamy, creamy, creamy! A very balanced hop and malt character. This beer leans toward the tropical side but is not over loaded with hops. It is quite strong from an ABV point of view and is warming to drink but that is not distracting.

I like this beer as well as any I have had lately. Well done folks. (607 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this in a tulip. Certified Kosher.

Shining ruby body with darker hued highlights, the cap sits at about a finger's width of smooth and puffy foam. Sheet lace is left behind after the foam has died down.

A subtle fruity aroma creeps out of the beer. A malty wheatiness is noticed as well. Hopefully warming will reveal more here. As this warmed, there was a slightly peppery note that came out, with a little caramel malt.

Sweet, herbal, subtle spice, all these characteristics balance well in the flavor department. The spicy and bready malt lead off with the estery fruitiness playing off in the background. As the drink progresses past mid-palate, there are flavors of herbal earthiness, caramel malt and a resiny finish, doing a nice job of bittering up this beer.

Medium heft is balanced on the tongue, with a crisp and slightly bubbly finish noted. Carbonation is nicely done.

Lenny's RIPA is just a great beer. The flavors are all incredibly well balanced; and the malt profile is complex and interesting and fun to piece out. The rye gives this beer an aggressive edge that I really enjoyed. The nose is a little underwhelming, but the flavors keep me coming back for more. Definitely my favorite Shmaltz beer so far. (1,233 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Being a gentile, I would have never shopped for a beer in the kosher section if it wasn't for my beer guys advice on rye beers. I was most certainly not dissappointed. This beer is awesome. Big and beautiful in all the best ways. A fitting tribute to the comedian it commemorates. The beer begins with a gorgeous deep mahogany color and a generous off white head that lasts well longer than most. The aromas are earthy; rye, bread, spice, and a little citrus n pine. The flavors follow suit. Complex and rich. A lot of malt, a lot of rye, a generous dose of hops, and a ton of bitterness. This is not a subtle beer. Even the bite of the abv comes through in an unsubtle but balanced way. This is a beer for those that like their flavors bold and in your face (again much like the comedian it is dedicated to). If you get a chance pick this up, but don't plan on drinking more than two or so, it hits the mouth, tongue, body, and brain like a sledgehammer. A very very enjoyable sledgehammer. (991 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of rye, malts, a bit bready. Well the taste is nothing like the smell. Very hoppy, lots of bitterness, some rye, as dry as a camel ride in the desert. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer. (303 characters)

Photo of mtboozeaddict41
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a nice coppery red with murkiness. Creamy white lacing is left with a medium retention.

S: Largely aromatic. Toasted spicy malt with a large profile of resinous piney hops. Very floral and pungent. Rye spice and bready characteristics show through also. Caramel malt and cinnamon are notable

T: oooeeee, large beer in stature. Rye, citrus, pine, toasted bread, spice, and a copious sensation of alcohol are apparent. This beer is HOT! and by hot I mean high in alcohol almost to the point where its offensive. Caramel malt helps mask the high percentage but not by much. Rye and citrus/grapefruit is very much the face of the taste. Quite bitter on the finish with a lingering citrus toasted wood/pine finish that ends in a spicy rye kick.

M: Medium-heavy bodied with a moderate carbonation.

O: Wow, this beer is hard to compute, period. I like it, but not to the point where you'll see me starting a blog about it. It's huge and largely offensive in the most satisfying way. If you like an assault of floral hops take this to your sensors and give 'er a go. Not bad Shmaltz. L'chaim! (1,098 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a fairly dark amber, a bit hazy, with a thin off-white head and average visible carbonation.

S: Sweet toffee and biscuit malts, a bit oxidized, and some resin and grassy hops...but overall quite malt-forward.

T: Caramel and toasted biscuit malt with a sweetness that stops short of being obnoxious. A more subdued-than-expected resin, floral, and grassy hop presence. Just a bit of rye flavor before the swallow. Moderate hop bitterness and some sticky sweet malt on the hang.

M: Heavy-bodied, carbonation sensation on the low side. The alcohol is noticeable without being overly boozy, especially at the listed ABV.

O: Nothing exciting here, although nothing offensive either. My biggest gripe would be the lack of much rye malt presence at all. (837 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark amber almost tending towards brown. Good sustaining head and decent lacing
S: typical for a rye beer, with some notes of a black IPA. Little bready and woody, some notes of a fall walk in the woods.
T/M: starts with a little malt, but overtaken quickly by the "rye" taste. Notes of dates or figs in the beginning, then a wave of bitterness takes hold, dry and tugging on all parts of the mouth. Then, surprisingly, a mild (brown) sugary taste creeps back in. That fades to some earthy/woody tones as the mouth slowly dries and the feel lingers, slowly growing in bitterness.

O: with the first tastes, I had this rated about 1/3 point lower. As I analyzed more and more closely, though, I found it to be more complex than first tastes. Without much analysis, I think this is a bit bitter for my tastes. But for a longer, enjoy your beer session, I liked this beer in the long run. (888 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber with a short whitish head that fades to a nice splotchy lacing.

S: Spice, a good amount of rye and earthiness, and floral characteristics. A nice citrusy tone as well, I get a decent dose of orange, also nice malty sweetness.

T: Malt centered with caramel, spice, pine, and rye coming to mind first. The sweetness from the malt is well balanced by some west coast hops, I can taste the chinook and warrior in here.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy texture, and moderate bitterness for the style. A good balance between hops and malt, but for me could be less malty.

O: Awesome double IPA that is widely available and worth a try. Definitely get this if you're into IPAs, malty or hoppy. (711 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep ruby/mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to almost nothing

S: A very nice combo of rye malts and hops right up front. The rye imparts quite a bit of spiciness while the hops are floral and citrusy. Get a hint of alcohol, but not much more than that

T: Starts off with a bit of the spiciness from the rye followed by a blast of citrus and candied hop. A little on the sweet side, but the rye keeps it in balance. A complex array of flavor comes through the middle into the end, finishing with a bit of sweetness and a touch of bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nicely complex rye DIPA with a great balance between the rye and hops. The rye helps to tone down the sweetness from all the maltiness as well as the hop "sweetness" while giving it a little kick at the same time. Dangerously drinkable for 10%, and well worth the $10-$11 for a 4-pack (921 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber with nice two-finger white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Strong malt sweetness with some light floral hops.

T - Malty sweetness right upfront with a good amount of piney hops. Rye really comes through in the finish and produces a nice bitter finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Alcohol is barely for a 10% beer. Dry finish.

O - Very good RIPA. Very easy drinking at 10%. Would come back too. (432 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into snifter. Love the tribute to Lenny Bruce

A: mohagany and clear nice looking beer great lacing

S: smell is reminiscent of 120 minute. The label says brewed with an obscene amount of hops and malts and this proves they are not lying.

T: wow this has a ton of flavor. Starts with citrusy pine hops then the rye comes through with a nice touch then finishes with the malts. Flavor is extreme

M: one of the chewiest thickest ipas I've ever had, and I like it. Finishes off dry

O: a poor mans 120 minute. I liked it but had a tough time really reviewin this one. Try it if you want an explosion of flavor. (623 characters)

Photo of Archimetez
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color, clear, good head
-- label design is a little cluttered but has an old school broadway marquis look which I like. With their current accomplishments, they are either being very modest as it does not stand out on the packaging or their awards need to be more prominent

S: Deep malt smell with a sweetness and hops smell

T: Rich malty rye taste initially finished with hops on the back end but it is not so hoppy, as in some beers, that can turn off some drinkers

M: Clean

O: Great Rye IPA. It would interesting to see how it would age over time. Being an IPA says it wouldn't do well, but with a 10% alcohol content, it might mellow out quiet nicely (676 characters)

Photo of BrewedEgo
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had at a local burger pub. Poured from tap to chalice.

A- Dark caramel with red tints more reminiscent of a black IPA or porter. Slight head, leaves bubbly lacing.

S- Strong malt-caramel smell, detect faint fruit and floral notes from hops

T- As promised by smell appearance, malt complexity comes first with slightly sour flavor as promised by the rye. Hop bitterness never comes in strongly, resulting in easily drinkable, balanced rye IPA.

Overall, this is a great example of a rye-based IPA. Approachable and tasty especially for those who don't like extremely-hopped IPAs. (581 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderately aggressive hand. No obvious date on the bottle. Hey, it's Kosher!

A: Very dark amber with a very slight haze. 1/2 finger off white head. Fades to thin film by 2 minutes. Impressive lacing.

S: Sweet and spicy rye, malt. A round hoppiness takes second seat to the sweetness I'd say. Dark fruit. Brown sugar. Maybe I'm missing some of the subtlety, but I'm getting a just dominating "sweetness".

T: Formidable hop bitterness upfront and throughout, but slowly transitions into a bittersweet (go figure) finish that really stretches out. Some toasted notes and dark chocolate undertones pop up as it goes. The rye meshes nicely with fairly powerful bitterness. Pine/resin heavy on the hop character, but there is some lesser grapefruit mixed in. Great.

M: Moderately full with a nice mouth-coating happening. Moderate carbonation, but comes off fairly creamy. Really contributes well.

O: This is good. I'm not impressed with the scents coming off this beer, but the flavor is solid and it does feel nice in the mouth. I would say this certainly leans on the bitter side of "bittersweet" with regards to the taste and the opposite with regards to the smell. Does that make it a balanced beer? I dunno. I could do with a bit more complexity, but not a bad beer by any means. Quite the opposite.

Prost! (1,376 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew poured a deep copper color with the faint hint of hops and sweet malt. The taste was more along the lines of a Barleywine than a true IIPA with loads of the sweet malts on the front end that gave way to the bitter hops on the finish. It had a very clean and balanced profile with a heavy, sticky body that stayed true to the bittersweet moniker. For the high ABV this beer was surprisingly smooth and dry. Another great beer from He’Brew. (449 characters)

Photo of PieOhMy
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Dark ruby. No transparency. Thick creamy head. Lacing remains.

S Rye. Burnt Sugar. Malts. Cut grass. Very potent. Awesome.

T Very unique. Hops are very forward. Malty. Caramel. Weedy. A little sweetness. The Rye is everywhere. Roasty bitterness lingers.

M Nice and rich. Foamy. Clean finish.

O Super awesome brew! Hops and Rye! Hell yes! Both are are very forward. Sweet and bitter. Malty and hoppy. Check this out if you get the chance. (443 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap here at the Yard House in Virginia Beach.

Appearance: reddish dark amber. Head retains very nicely.

Smell: definitely has the classic IPA pine smell. With a hint of rye.

Taste: The rye comes through here but its not like most rye beers, which I liken to drinking rye bread. The hops balance it very nicely here.

Mouthfeel: not overpowering, but the hops linger more than the rye. Which I'm quite fine with.

Overall: Have now gotten this two nights in a row. I hope I can find this back in WI...

Update: unable to find this back home, so I got another pint at the Yardhouse. Perhaps its because of the Rogue swill I had tonight, but I think I underrated this. Spectacular. I've kept the review to reflect my initial tasting. (736 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle born on July 2013 into a tulip.
Appearance - red, somewhat cloudy, but plenty of bubbles detected along the side of the glass. Huge, mountainous beige head! Lacing sheets the glass!
Smell - sweet candy, some citrus and floral hops, fresh bread-like malts. Lingering hop resin!
Taste - big time flavor, well balanced with hop bitterness, slight hint of warming alcohol and rye bread! Very easy to drink at 10% ABV!
Feel - complex brew with an excellent blend of hops, rye malts, and a hint of alcohol.
Overall - shocked! I was expecting a very good beer, but this is outstanding! I'd like to try this along side Lagunitas' Sucks, as they are very similar, but from opposite coasts! (701 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I specifically remember having this one as a shower beer after the pool one day and it was relaxing as hell. Let's see what it tastes like this time...

Appearance - 4.25 - Dark copper/red/amber color. Thick film of light tan bubbles on top, leaves thick lacing.

Smell - 3.75 - The smell is freaking me out a little - smells like a Belgian yeast strain with breadiness, fruitiness, and some dark fruits in there. Banana, spices, not at all what I'd expect for a rye DIPA. Maybe some hops? but they don't stick out by any means.

Taste - 4 - Alright, the taste is a little better for the type of beer than the smell. The exact same thing happened to me one time at O.H.S.O. here in Phoenix where I ordered an IPA and got a Belgian, but for whatever reason everyone working there told me they were sure it was an IPA. If I concentrate hard I get a bitter hoppiness (pine, grapefruit) on top of an intense bready malt. The rye taste is definitely there.

Mouthfeel - 4 - Medium mouthfeel - definitely a little thicker than most IPAs. Alc covered. Weird bready Belgian yeast taste to it that sticks in your mouth for a while. I'm sure a lot of people see this as good but I'd rather just have the tongue numbing grapefruit bitterness.

Overall - 4 - I think this is a good beer, but the yeast strain tastes so much like a Belgian strain I can't get over it. I wanted it to be more like a rye DIPA. (1,398 characters)

Photo of PrimScrewhead
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

S: Bottle poured into nonic

A: Pretty copper with a light foamy head

S: Grapefruit & Malt

T: Very sharp/hop bomb first taste. It quickly shifts gears to a medium malt flavor. Booze throughout

M: Medium body. Curvy in the right places

O: A very enjoyable, dry RIPA. (270 characters)

Photo of SuperbikeShaun
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

Overall a great beer. Will add a detailed breakdown at a later point. Deep orange, slightly cloudy. About a 1" thick, dense head that took a good while to dissipate.The malts definitely take the lead here, caramel and toffee flavors shine through, mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy. (334 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a murky light brown color with 1/4 inch of head. Minimal lacing. Smells malty with some brown sugar and earth. Pine and floral hop notes. Tastes as malty as it smelled. Pine and floral hops along with brown sugar and earth. Floral hop bitterness at the finish with some more brown sugar and pine. Rye malts throughout. Oily mouthfeel. This is a really good malty Imperial IPA. Boozy, but I wouldn't have guessed this one was 10%. Overall, I'll be grabbing this again. (486 characters)

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 871 ratings.