1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,750 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,750
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 72
Gots: 105 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,750 | Reviews: 850 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

2dogbrew, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of josephwa
4/5  rDev -1.5%

josephwa, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Auraan
4.99/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice cloudy amber with a finger's worth of off-white head. Scent was diacetyl and rye malt. The taste began with a hit of sweet malt, blending into rye spiciness nicely as the sip progressed. The hop profile is of grapefruit and pine and was present throughout the sip. Bitterness increases towards the end of the sip and ends with a nice bitter aftertaste that is quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is good, with a low carbonation that makes for easy sipping and let's the flavors of the beer shine through. It's neither too thin nor too thick. An all around excellent rye IPA and a good double IPA.

Auraan, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of TheTinDoor
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

TheTinDoor, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of wvsabbath
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/ruby red with a killer 2 inch foamy head and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Light floral notes, tropical fruits like pineapple and peach, lemon, some grape. Malts are actually strong with some caramel and butter along with the rye at the finish.

Taste - Nice kick of bitter hops and big malts mixed with rye. Malts are huge at first, lots of carmael and rye. Bitter hops come in at the finish and are very bitter. Really sweet at the finish also, gives it a huge finish.

Mouthfeel - A real one two punch. Tounge gets malts and rye, then the hops come in and coat the palatte along with some sugars. The finish is bitter and hoppy, with some sweetness.

Overall - Really good, i must say the balance isnt its strong point, malts first, then hops, then sweetness. ALcohol is masked well. The rye works great with the malts, adds a real backbone to the hop bomb that comes after the malts. A great beer, worth a drink.

wvsabbath, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Kelp, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

williamjbauer, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of DanE
4/5  rDev -1.5%

DanE, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of depechemode1983
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours out a medium mahogany red hues when held to the light. The head is tan with phenomenal retention. There's extreme lacing on this one. A half inch of foam stuck around for the entire duration of the beer consumption. Excellent.

S - Very tropical nose. Pineapple, orange, bitter grapefruit all make an appearance. Not mention an awesome piney bitterness that balances out the sweet characteristics of the nose.

T - Balanced as hell. You awesome Malt sweetness upfront with a touch fruit. Then almost immediately hit with sharp pine resin bitterness. Even at 10% ABV the alcohol stays well hidden.

M - Good god this beer is smooth. Soft, velvety, and with almost perfect carbonation it goes down like milk.

O - Worth of multiple purchases. Many actually. One of the best DIPAS I have had in my area. Just arrived too. At 8 dollars a 4 pack its a steal. Excellent quality and great first impression from He'brew.

depechemode1983, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of baconman91
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

baconman91, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of tbone1384
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

tbone1384, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of carteravebrew
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

carteravebrew, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of JellyJacket
4/5  rDev -1.5%

JellyJacket, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of ptarmigan98
5/5  rDev +23.2%

ptarmigan98, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

FLBeerGuy, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of dvanhandel
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

dvanhandel, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of jmdrpi
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, no bottling date.

appears a deep copper color, with amber highlights. 1/2" off-white colored head. nice complex aroma, mix of caramel malt flavors and resiny hops. taste is also balanced. sweetness of sugary crystal malt and a bitter finish of piney, earthy hops. medium body, but sticky mouthfeel. good carbonation level.

overall - very tasty spin on the DIPA style.

jmdrpi, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of BourbonDork
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

BourbonDork, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Holland
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Holland, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Braz
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear dark amber in color with a prolific light tan head that recedes to a full cap. Very sweet aromatics of honey and caramel. Flavors of caramelised toffee. Much more sweet than bitter which surprised me a little I guess. Backside is clean and the hops start to come through a bit. Alcohol notes sneak in as well thats comparable to brandy or cognac. Body is creamy, lightly carbonated with a bittersweet finish. I also get a sort of sharp cheddar aftertaste. This is good, a sipper for sure. It's a little sweet for me and has a sticky quality, but I still enjoy this alot. The hops are here but I wish they weren't masked 'quite' so much by the heavy malts and sweetness. Very barleywine like for sure.

Braz, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of greyghost86
5/5  rDev +23.2%

greyghost86, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of ryser2k
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

ryser2k, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.5%

t0rin0, Jan 05, 2013
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,750 ratings.