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

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

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Ratings: 1552
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%


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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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

obscene this, jewish that. gimme the f'n beer, bitches!

22oz

blood-red in a triple petrus gold-rimmed snifter. solid head that moseys on out at a moseying speed. i'm left with the creamy remnants of a head that once was- a head that never will be again. still, the morse code in co2 spheres spells out 'drink me' on lenny's surface. beer sticks to the walls like ready spaghetti.

juicy sweet hop transcends normal beer aromas.. this almost reaches the level of orange soda in its citric sweetness. more tangerine than orange, and more barleywine than soda. still, you get the picture. american alpha sting, just not tart. brown sugar comes through as lenny warms up to me. gimme some sugar, baby.

thick and smooth, creamy and dreamy, this beer slides down the throat like a champ. isn't rye usually peppery and sharply dry? not here. the hops overwhelm and it adds more of a yin to the bitterness of yang. it melts with the hop aftereffect and is comparable to putting a window fan behind a bullet to help it pick up speed. and what about the 10%? don't feel it in the least until this beer hits my belly like a lead weight. that's ok though, i'm sipping it the way i should.

that orange peel is there, along with intense malt sweetness. the bitterness in the finish is really botanical, not waxy. it's alive. my mouth is sticky on the inside after each sip and my cheeks feel dry. am i dying? nope.. it's just beer. it's like a brandy-soaked pumpkin pie.. no, wait.. it's more like a 3 floyds behemoth glazed pecan pie. describing this takes big words that i'm not capable of. after all, this is a huge beer with some bold character.

if someone made this beer to commemorate me, i'd be a damn proud dead man.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 23:41:24 | More by goodbyeohio
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Estarrio

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a red, orange with coppery notes. Good sized, off-white head with great retention and lacings.

The aroma is sweet with a big malt presence. Some rye is also apparent. The hops are noticeable but not what I expected in a DIPA.

Very big malt taste with a nice dose of rye and some molasses and caramel up front. The finish is bitter grapefruit with a balancing hop presence. Not quite bitter enough to counteract the lingering malt sweetness but not unpleasant. Also some warming alcohol notes in the finish.

This brew is medium bodied and well carbonated. There is a bit of a syrupy consistency that seems to jive with the massive malt flavor.

This is a good, unique, drinkable brew. It’s not quite what I expected and I’m not sure that it represents the style very well but it’s a worthwhile beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 01:45:31 | More by Estarrio
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mcallister

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful beer. Deep mohagonny with hints of ruby, and copper. Small bubbles make their way sporadically up the sides of the glass. A very large cream colored head hangs around for the party. A thin layer of laces coats the entire circumfrence of the Corsendonk goblet.

Sweet floral, candied hop aromas, with a good amount of malt. Very fruity smelling with some citrus. Some belgian type spice aromas. Something else in the nose I'm having trouble placing. But smells spectacular nonetheless.

This is a big complex beast. Very bitter hoppy ending but the front and mid palate are thickly coated with malt, belgian spice, citrus, and glycerol. Absolutely huge beer and very complex. A little heavy on the mouthfeel makes this one tough to drink as well. Otherwise a damn good beer. Finish lasts over a minute and leaves a good amount of alcohol in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 20:58:46 | More by mcallister
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sacfly

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and amber/red color with an impressive tan head of large bubbles. Nice blend of light citrus and pine in the aroma. Medium to heavy body with a huge hop presence in the flavor. Mostly pine. Malt really struggles to make itself known. Aftertaste is sweet up front with a wallop of bitterness to finish. Alcohol is apparent, but not overly so considering the 10%abv. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 17:31:17 | More by sacfly
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TheBungyo

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous crimson caramel with a nice inch thick cream colored head. Nose is of massive caramel and strawberries. Taste is much the same. I don't understand this beer, it tastes far more like a barley wine. Mouth is on the cusp of full while still being a medium bodied beer. I'm going to buy this again but am in no rush. A good beer that is overshadowed by many greats in this region.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 07:12:25 | More by TheBungyo
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Tbone

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a thick, creamy, rootbeer float-like head.
I dont think beers are better just being clear and generally prefer the mouthfeel and extra flavors of unfiltered beers. However, this one is certainly pretty, crystal clear and looks of rich mahogany (cue Ron Burgundy).

The smell is its weakest aspect. A bit of piney hops, but somewhat metalic.

Bitterness and fruity hops dominate the first sips. However, there is a malt profile almost like a true german dopplebock being smothered underneath. Imagine a fasting, mild-mannered German monk getting sat on by a boorish west-coast hophead.
The malt flavor is like that unripe fruit quality that you often encounter in German Dopplebocks (especially Celebrator), but I can never manage to describe it beyond "green-apple, but not really".

That malt profile comes through more as I work through the beer, but I'm not sure if its contingent on my having taken a few bites of my homemade lamb burger with feta (yes, be jealous). The finish remains quite bitter to the end. The metalic note in the nose is hovering about, waxing and waning in noticability. What about the Rye? Well, its spice bite may be there adding to the flavor, buts very tough to tell it from the hop bite. It's more notacible in the dryness that prevents the beer from being too sticky sweet.

The mouthfeel is very nice. Moderately thick and creamy. Well carbonated without being fizzy.

I must admit, I had a biased desire to like this beer, as I love Lenny Bruce and the comedians with biting insight he encouraged like Bill Hicks, George Carlin, and David Cross. Oh yeah, and I also love DIPAs and I've never had too strong a Rye quality in my beer (Long ago when Redhook had a soul, I had an unfiltered Rye from them on tap at the old Lyons in Dublin, CA. It was liquid rye bread and no rye beer has every come close). All that said, I truly did like it and will buy another, but it did not rock my world as I had hoped. It's sort of a maltier big brother to Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, and its tough to say which I like more.


"Satire is tragedy plus time."
---Lenny Bruce

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 01:02:18 | More by Tbone
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Sephiroth

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with average foam, body is red in color. Smells piny and resiny, with some sweetness from the rye.

Taste is sweet initially. The hops follow; they are piney, grapefruit-laden, and blend in well with the rest of the flavor profile. The rye is quite noticeable on the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and not particularly to my liking. Drinkability is okay.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 02:19:19 | More by Sephiroth
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shbobdb

Indiana

3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I love rye beers.

I love hops.

What isn't to like? Well . . . nothing. But what is to like?

Some DIPAs are all about the hops. Some of them have a strong malt presence that balances out the sheer hop volume. This is one of the latter catagory, but it doesn't work. It is very sweet, but monodimensional in terms of malt. There is some light rye spiciness, but nothing serious, but it manages to be excessively sweet and dry at the same time. 'Creamy' is the taste/texture combination used to describe this taste of maltiness to me. I freakin' hate it.

And the hops? Resiny, but that's it. The resin conflicts with the light rye spiciness.

Absolutely run-of-the-mill.

Oh, and it is hot as heck!!! The 10% is really hit-you-over-the head noticable. Not my cup of tea.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2006 01:28:11 | More by shbobdb
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ypsifly

Michigan

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

Undated bomber purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into a pint glass.

Dark copper with two fingers of light tan that show tenacious retention and leves a ringed sheet as it goes down.

The nose is almost all grapefruit dipped in pine resin. Slight malt sweetness and heat underneath.

Huge malt bill is tasted upfront with a sweetness that is thick but in no way cloying. A giant load of the grapefruit/pine hops jumps in and the whole thing is tempered perfectly by the rye. All the flavors linger through the finish and leave a nice aftertaste of malt and hops with an almost spicey flavor from the rye. Abv registers only as a growing warmth in my belly. This is fucking awesome!

Full mouth that threatens a syrupy slickness but stops just in time. I could drink a lot of this....well I could keep drinking until things got ugly. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 00:28:35 | More by ypsifly
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle - originally reviewed on paper on 8/14/06

Pours a clear amber with a thick tan head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is 100% citrusy hops and smells very nice.

Taste is slightly malty upfront which is washed quickly away by a wave of citrusy hops and a bitter bite to boot. Finishes quite dry and bitter.

Full body, mild carbonation.

An overall nice DIPA, and a nice change to have one that's on the dry side.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 02:07:38 | More by MaltyGoodness
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Downtown Wine & Spirits along with a bottle of He'Brew Genesis 10:10. I served it in one of my Duvel Tulip glasses at around 45º F.

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear ruby with a fluffy beige head that's fed by a steady stream of bubbles from the etched 'D' at the bottom of my tulip. The head thins to a persistent half-inch layer, leaving thick lace.

Smell: The aroma is fairly subdued, with caramel malts and a light hoppiness. The caramel aromas really emerge upon swirling, along with hints of fruitiness.

Taste: The taste is similar to the aroma, but much stronger. There are fruity and caramel malts upfront, followed by a very strong tart bitterness with an alcoholic spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied, with low carbonation.

Drinkability: The high hops and high alcohol make this

Overall: A pretty good DIPA, malty and hoppy with a nice balance towards hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 05:09:39 | More by EPICAC
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aforbes10

Iowa

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle of this at CIty Wide here in town. i really dont think i will ever run out of new things to try at that store. This is my second He'Brew and i remember liking the first. I have a buddy who thinks Lenny Bruce was God but i don't know anything about him except that he's dead and there's a pretty good beer made in his name.

Pours out a beautiful looking beer. Reddish and clear with a massive super foamy head. tons of nice lacing. Smells of fresh hops, some pine, caramel malts. Taste is just like the bottle says...bitter and sweet...but not too much of either. Theres a heavy pine/oak flavor on the back end that mingles well with the raw hops. The rye in there is not all that obvious, but it lends a nice earhty taste that ive grown to like after having many beers from Founder's in Michigan. The mouthfeel is the real problem with this beer...its too thick and sticky. I mean, yeah, how can you get all that super hop and malt into a beer without it being thick like this, but it still makes it a bit hard to drink. Overall, though, its a real winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 23:07:39 | More by aforbes10
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gonzo138

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark reddish brown, not much head, laces nicely though

S- whispy hop smell, rye smell is noticable, light pine aroma

T- very hoppy, with rye bitterness in the aftertaste, very very bitter, total shock considering the very light smell

M- Thick for a DIPA, moderate/light carbonation, unusual malty feel for a DIPA

D- Thick, doesn't go down too easily, something to sip

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 09:23:40 | More by gonzo138
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gbarron

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bottle. A tribute to Lenny Bruce...hmm. Never found him all that funny. Hopefully his tribute beer will be better than his comedy.

A - nice ruby red, perfectly clear. Head is very thick, creamy and puffy. Off-white, slightly tan. Leaving adequate lacing and retention is excellent, especially considering the alcohol content.

S - aroma here a little muted. Significant citrus, grapefruit, light pine hop aroma with underlying cotton candy sweetness. Syrupy smelling, caramel, strong toffee. Higher alcohols also present. Smells good, but expecting more.

T - to mimic the previous line, tastes good, but expected more, a little disappointing. Fairly well balanced DIPA. Strong citrus, tangy hop flavor up front, followed by significant sticky malt sweetness, and then concluding with assertive tart bitterness. Hop flavor and bitterness very present and balance ultimately tips in their favor. Taste surpasses the aroma. Alcohol content evident but not overwhelming.

M - thick, sticky, somewhat viscous beer. Carbonation low. Sticky finish.

D - tasty offering, but not quite as good as it could have been, it seems. A little sticky and filling.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 01:51:15 | More by gbarron
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bwyker

New York

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep brown, with hints of orange-red. A decent amount of foam that fades to a thin ring.

S: Rye bread soaked in alcohol. Subtle notes of sweet fruit and floral hops.

T: Lots of alcohol up front, which lasts the entire time. The citrusy hops are there and are quite enjoyable, but they are thrown off by alcohol. The rye is noticeable, but buried deep.

MF: Lots of carbonation, maybe a bit too much. Dry alcohol finish that I didn’t care for.

D: It took a while to get through the 22 ounces, but I did finish the bottle. Worth trying, but I would probably consider this to be the manishevitz of DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 14:47:20 | More by bwyker
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep red color with a medium tan head that has good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet from malts and has a lot of pine hops. The flavor has a very sweet caramel malt character but it is well balanced with a spicy hop flavor that sticks on the palate. Some rye comes through on the end. This one has a very full body. Drinkability is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 23:30:33 | More by clvand0
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a goblet.
No date to be found.

Nice thick 2 inch off what almost tan head, that settles nicely to a thin bubbly layer. Nice dark reddish rust color. Patchy attractive lacing throughout. Medium persistant carbonation.

Nice fruity sweet rye scent, with an alcohol background.

Taste is not offending, beginning with a malty slight rye hit and ending with a slight bitter hop alcohol kabam. The alcohol flavor is well hidden and barely rises from the afterburn.

Mouthfeel is good, with medium carbonation with a nice thick slide to the belly.

A nice easy drinking beer for 10%ABV. The alcohol is definately there but not up front. My first try of a 'RIPA', much better than i expected. Give it a swill, i sure will again.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 21:04:17 | More by beerphan
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rodrot

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear amber color with a 1/4 inch head. The aroma as soon as I popped the cap off the bottle was very fruity, with spicy hops also present in the nose. The taste was quite hoppy and bitter, but balanced with a good bit of caramel maltiness. As the beer warmed, that peculiar spiciness and oilyness of the rye malt became more pronounced. Alcohol was also noticeable but it was very well hidden for a beer of this strength. This was a medium bodied beer that was really easy to drink. Normally, I'm not a big fan of rye beers but this is a damn good one. It had great balance between the fruitiness and spiciness of the rye malt and the spicy bitterness of the hops. An intersesting take on the DIPA style.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 12:56:06 | More by rodrot
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GClarkage

California

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08/01/06- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle. 2006 special edition. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Auburn, almost cherry colored in appearance. 3/4 inch creamy white head, very strong patches and streaks left behind. Sticky looking for sure.

Smell- First sniff got lots of fruity and pine resin hops. It was strange though because every sip afterwards I really had to sniff to get anything. As it got closer to room temp I sensed the fruity hops again.

Taste- This one is a hopheads delight. Saying so, this is also a well rounded hop heads delight. Has a really ultra sweet caramel malt. Super bitter pine and sweet fruit laden hops burst out from the first sip. The 10% abv makes itself know right away.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation...still tasting the bitter hops an hour after drinking this brew. (not a bad thing). Very very creamy in texture as well.

Drinkability- Impressed, definitely impressed. Wish they would have had more of these whaen I snagged this one. I know a hophead out there that would have appreciated this (keeping my eyes peeled for you Steven). Not in the neighborhood of Plinydom, but a very good example of a well balanced and ultra hopped DIPA. Will keep my eye open for more.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 05:39:20 | More by GClarkage
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Exremely active, many bubbles, (champayne style) Dark-amber brown w/ red hues. Good, deep color. Shows off a 4" massive, frothy off-white head. Great head retention (til' the end and beyond)
Major cool lacing from top to bottom.

Very Malty sweet, not DFH sweet though.Big malted start with a great hop attack after. This mix of hops absolutly gives off a "greens", fresh cut lawn, earthy after-taste. Alcohol is well hidden.

Very active and lively on the palate, yet smooth with a thick feel. Medium/full body with a heavy overall feel.

The ABV % of 10 is easily overlooked because it goes down so smooth. Bittersweet is a pretty acurate summery of the taste, but I would change it to Sweet-Bitter.

Nice Brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 15:40:25 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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hunteraw

China

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: beautiful white head, absolutely incredible head retention, the best I've ever seen. It must be the rye. Body is a clear ruddy color.

Smell: inverted from the other he'brew beers, where sweet malt is dominant - this one has a very strong spicy hops character, with the malt playing a supporting role. Somewhat bready.

Taste: spicy hop bite up front, which gives way to sweet malt. Alcohol fairly well-hidden, I thought. Not my favorite of the he'brew line, I have to say. Drinking this beer is like a kick in the head, it's very strongly flavored.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy mouthfeel, dry acidic finish that aids drinkability a little, but the aftertaste lingers.

Drinkability: I drank this one slower than the others. I enjoyed it, but I won't be seeking this one out again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2006 02:34:58 | More by hunteraw
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked one of these up at Bauer's...
Dark mahogany in color with a full finger of bright white head...most fades, but leaves behind some attractive lacing.
Alcohol hits the nose first, along with some fruity hops, sweet caramelized malt and cherries.
Taste is also quite boozy...plenty of citrus hops and the sweetness hangs on in the aftertaste. The rye is apparent, but unfortunately, masked from the heat...still very bitter.
Luckily, the heat works its way into the brew halfway thru and is no longer a distraction.
Mouthfeel is thick and the carbonation is a tad high for me.
Easy enough to consume the bomber, but not moving on to another.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 23:53:34 | More by warriorsoul
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cbl2

New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$4.99 22 oz. bottle. Brewed once in 2006.

Appearance:

Pours a beautiful crimson/orange woth over an inch of tightly packed tan head with excellent retention.

Aroma:

Roasted malts dominated by caramel and a touch of cotton candy. Just a faint hint of hops which is odd for a DIPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Some pine hops up front, but this beer is dominated by sweet malt presence that introduces itself in the form of caramel and perhaps a touch of honey. Mouthfeel is nice, slightly viscous with the appropriate amount of carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter, with hops once more asserting themselves, though not upfront enough for my taste in a DIPA. Alcohol is nicely (and dangerously masked). A good beer, but different from any other DIPA I've had, perhaps because it is a rye.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 19:33:36 | More by cbl2
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jaluria

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting brew from He'Brew, but not one of my favorites within this style.
Poured a sharp orange-yellow color with coppper tones throughout. Heavy carbonation with a smooth, fluffy head that dissipated quickly and left behind considerable lacing. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, alcohol, and oil seemed to come out. The taste was dominated by a variety of hops with a modest level of malt in the background as a balance. Pine, citrus, and grapefruit flavors dominated. Not as complex or enjoyable as others within this style mainly because of the clear presence of alcohol in the taste and aroma of the beer. Slightly creamy and nicely textured in my mouth, but not as easy to drink considering the alcohol flavoring. Without food, I would not have been able to finish the entire 22oz. bottle; just too much in several aspects.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 15:06:23 | More by jaluria
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cproioi

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Pours a dark reddish brown body with a tan creamy looking head that left decent lacing. Inside the beer there was very visual carbonation.

S) First smell it was a big slap of hoppiness. With a rye bread middle. It had a very bitter sweet smell too it almost like a west coast barley wine.

T) First taste hits the tip of your tounge and the hops grab it and beat it up. Then it makes way for the Rye malts to come on and give you a nice healthy helping of a breadiness.

M) This was a thick beer but it wasn't as sticky or syrupy as I expected. It felt big yes but also was pretty soft feeling. It also left a big alcohol warming to it. Very nice,

D) Very slow beer to drink and one must be careful with it. I would buy this one again in a heart beat.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 01:31:02 | More by cproioi
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,552 ratings.