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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,635 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,635
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 65
Gots: 80 | 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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obywan59

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is brilliantly clear. Copper in color in my pint glass. It didn't seem to be forming a head at first, so I poured harder and overdid it. Call it a 2 1/2 finger head, maybe 3 with what I lost. Attractive lacing.

Sweet malt dominates the aroma at first. Syrupy fruit aromas and spicy rye appear as the beer warms,. 2nd beer poured into my Duvel tulip: OMG this is totally different. Sweet flowery perfume and glorious spice. Kinda like a high class fragrant bath powder--weird. Neversaw tgat ub a beer befire. Knock it up from a 4 to a 5.

Taste is sweet and caramelly with a bit of bitter chocolate. Spicy hops and rye round it out with some tart citrus showing up in the tulip.

Fairly thick bodied. Creamy and smooth. Warming alcohol via the 10% ABV.

This beer definitely improves and becomes more well rounded as it warms, becoming more complex. This would be a great beer to retry in the dead of winter.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 02:48:05 | More by obywan59
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

09-11-2012 22:28:00 | More by Gagnonsux
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jacobdensford

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

09-10-2012 01:23:08 | More by jacobdensford
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Chrixsus

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +17%

09-07-2012 06:09:58 | More by Chrixsus
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magictacosinus

California

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Firstly, I picked this out because of the label. A "chosen beer"?? Secondly, don't think I've ever seen a label that showed praise made by bA. Nevertheless, thought that trying an experimental imperial IPA would be a good idea. Can't make out the freshness date on the bottle, but it nevertheless poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

It must be the rye malts, because I don't think I've come across an imperial IPA this dark and malevolent in appearance. And I mean "malevolent," because this reminds me a lot more of strong ales like, say, Arrogant Bastard. Darkish-redish, as well as cloudy to the point of light barely making it through the glass. Alcohol leggings, as well as carbonation bubbles that glide slowly to the top of the glass. Not much of an initial huge head. However, a half-finger ring stays at the top, no matter how much it warms up. Scary.

Ahh, now this is how a hoppy rye malt based beer should be! There's an initial spiciness, as well as intense citrus zest and blasts of honey syrup. Beyond the fruity esters, there's a bit of an alcoholic drop, as well as some smells of fresh bread. Not much yeastiness. Can't make out any specific fruits, but it seems well balanced enough based on the aroma.

Cold, it starts hoppy. As it warms, it gets progressively malty, but only so much. The dry hops immediately take over, and the aftertaste is absolutely spectacular, giving me flavors of black cherries, blood oranges, raspberries, and bittered figs. On the other end, there's all kinds of spices resembling black pepper, as well as a brief rosemary flavor. This may sound that it doesn't mix well of paper, but I assure you that it all combines beautifully primarily due to the incredible feel that this beer has. This is its definite highlight, as it is thick, chewy, and bready unlike any imperial IPA I've had - and indeed, is closer to dark Belgian pale ales. A true meal in a bottle, soaked with alcohol and fruitiness.

This is fantastic. It's as exaggerated as you'd expect, or at least how it looks at a first glance, but works really well overall. I'm glad I've finally found an experimental DIPA that I would gladly pick up, for the low price, many times over. If there was a prophecy concerning this beer, I would believe it after consumption.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 02:33:23 | More by magictacosinus
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brentblack1

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-06-2012 18:50:35 | More by brentblack1
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OGkushington


3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

09-04-2012 20:44:28 | More by OGkushington
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CheezyBlaster

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great job, fellas at Shmaltz.

In the big, oaky, fresh and dank, ripe-fruity, bitter, sweet, family of "darker" double IPAs. 90 minute-ish.

Bitter and sweet. Good advertising. Ha! Aren't most good beers though? Bitter and sweet? Sweet, nectars and riper tree-fruits. Juicy hops -don't expect high-profile citrus explosions, though. Malty as all get out. Caramel.

If you like the maltier, oakier, higher-abv DIPAs, this is for you to try!!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 23:59:30 | More by CheezyBlaster
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mattyb85

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-01-2012 00:44:01 | More by mattyb85
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-31-2012 17:59:46 | More by hiphopj5
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TheBeard89

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-29-2012 09:38:21 | More by TheBeard89
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gpblackgt

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-29-2012 02:00:36 | More by gpblackgt
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Sara

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-29-2012 01:42:06 | More by Sara
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FosterJM

California

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1475th Review on BA
Bottle to Spiegelau small tulip
12oz

No bottling date
Purchased at Party House Liquor, Chino Hills, CA. Dont remember the single price.

App- A weird mix of brown, gold, amber. 1/2" off white head. One line of lace at top. Nothing else.

Smell- Missing the Rye on the nose. Large creamy aromas of hops and thick malts. Citrus zest and caramel dominate with a bit of whispy booze on the nose. A bit singular in aromatics.

Taste- A very large DIPA. 10% is semi hidden with some good whispy booze flavors on 1st sip. The caramel is very upfront with big Rye and hops. Very creamy with a bit if pepper and orange zest.

Mouth- A thicker medium with a creamy flavor behind it. Medium carbonation with a residual rye,pepper malty orange zest.

Drink- It's been a very long time since I had this one and didnt remember it at all. Glad I came back to a 12oz vs. 22oz. Probably wont revisit.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 14:44:58 | More by FosterJM
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thegrifter

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -20%

08-28-2012 00:01:49 | More by thegrifter
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-27-2012 19:50:25 | More by BeerHunter76
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beerpadawan

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-27-2012 16:38:57 | More by beerpadawan
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TBoneJones

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

He-Brew Lenny's Rye DIPA
Pours a nice ruby brown with nice bubbles swirling to the finger thick head.
Not much smell here. I guess it's all in the taste. Maybe a hint of tangy metal and rye and fruit.
The taste is of a big but incedibly smooth DIPA. Notes of cherry, rye, malt. Gives way to the massive hops but this somehow doesn't destroy my palette. So smooth. Rich. I can't pick out too many different things, but what's here is very good, and of the very few rye-beers I've tried this would be the best yet.  Thick and great carbonation. Chewy as a Maharaja. I recall trying Founders Devil Dancer a few weeks back (and not liking it greaty), and something about this beer by Lenny's somehow reminded me of DD, only perfected. Overall a fine DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 01:08:48 | More by TBoneJones
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jakea

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-24-2012 01:11:09 | More by jakea
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-22-2012 20:03:43 | More by Chugs13
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IanMcCaul


4.75/5  rDev +17%

08-22-2012 02:46:33 | More by IanMcCaul
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17%

08-21-2012 01:58:08 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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ajs4bd

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

08-20-2012 14:29:51 | More by ajs4bd
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slowdaddy

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-19-2012 16:41:40 | More by slowdaddy
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Brubaker

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber with a 1 finger cream colored head.

S- Citrusy & malty

T- Very sweet malts, Citrus tang, Hoppy bitter.

M- Smooth & thick

O- A very malty IPA. Thicker than traditional IPA's. I enjoyed it but it's not what i imagine when i think IPA. Well made though.

Might Drink
Wouldn't Buy
Wouldn't Make

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 18:35:22 | More by Brubaker
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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