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

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1,769 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,769
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 71
Gots: 107 | FT: 6
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

kemoarps, Dec 02, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel snu-lip.

A: Very dark amber hue. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, whit-ish head. Settles very slowly leaving a thick beer ring, and a thick foamy blanket. Thick, persistent, lacing.

S: A little hops, with a little pungency from the rye, and some indistinct Italian spice notes.

T: The hops are strong, and the rye is prevalent. Hoppy, pungent goodness. Woody, with just a touch of indistinct sweetness, and maybe a little basil.

M: Sweet and bitter, hoppy and pungent.... this thing has my palette all confused. Thoughtfully balanced, not overwhelming in any regard. That rye pungency does hang on the palette throughout.

D: Sip and enjoy. The fell will dictate it....

Atmosphere is really nice. Dark hue, thick head, and persistent lacing. Nose combines rye bread with piney hops and a little Italian spice. Strong hoppy pungent flavor. The rye and hops are both very outstanding, but there's a slight balance of indistinct sweet and spice components. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

rsdaugherty, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

WoodburyMN, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

jwat, Nov 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

jucifer1818, Nov 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

JennieKoeper, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ChrisMon02, Nov 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Tiburon, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Clear copper body with a 2" fluffy khaki head

S- Dank hops, sweet malts, alcohol tingles the nose

T- A sweet, spicet, bready, bitter red wine

M- Somewhat thick body, average carbonation

O- Very unique, the smell gives no sign of what's to come. My taste review says it all, it's like a sweet, spicy, bready, bitter red wine. When i lick my lips i taste dark fruit. I wouldn't call it great, just different.

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Ozzy2004Ironman, Nov 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

freyguy10, Nov 22, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

He'brew Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA has an extremely thick, foamy, beige head, a clear, amber appearance, some tiny streaming bubbles, and a lot of thick lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of pungent, sweet malt and hops, some citrus, hop oil, underlying alcohol, and brown bread. The taste is all that, plus a strong hop bitterness, rye spice, dates, caramel, and candy sugar. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and He'brew Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA finishes semi-dry, pleasant, and surprisingly drinkable. This is simply a perfect beer, if there ever is one, and I recommend it in the most strenuous way! Wow!


RonaldTheriot, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

jonas, Nov 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

lazarogamio, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ZethOfTheNorth, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a medium to dark reddish amber with a fine one finger light tan head with great retention and lacing. Nice aroma of bready malt, dark and dried stone fruit, caramel and a hint of citrus hops. Similar to a barley wine aroma. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, dark and light fruit, slight spiciness and sourness from the rye and alcohol heat. Finishes with aromatic pine and citrus hops which duke it out with the alcohol, finally winning and leaving a long herbal bitterness. Medium bodied with some creaminess. This is a very nicely made DIPA that has definitely crosses the line with barley wines, although it does have a strong IPA hop presence. Very enjoyable.

LiquidAmber, Nov 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jgreenward, Nov 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

sneaks2210, Nov 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

neckbracesub, Nov 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

ng85, Nov 14, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this to be pretty good, but overall was not impressed.

Dark copper, it has a big pale tan head slowly shrinking to thin foamy top and some lace.

Aroma is sweet port/fortified wine, caramelised and candied grapefruit, caramelised toast.

Taste is raisiny bittersweet jamminess up front, sweet-spicy up front with lingering spicy bitterness behind. Otherwise, it's a bit vague and muddled, overall very sweet and spicy-bitter alcohol with little else. It tastes like a lot of other one-dimensional, run-of-the-mill DIPA types and had no real hop or malt character beyond what I've mentioned.

Offa, Nov 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

durlta, Nov 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

lupercmda, Nov 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Mississippi, Oct 31, 2012
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,769 ratings.