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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,654 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,654
Reviews: 841
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 66
Gots: 84 | 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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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A unique color pour methingks. Copper and burnt orange, semi-clear at first, then clears up as it warmed (poured at 49 degrees, too). Very good looking head. Hilly and soft. Some lacing becomes sticky on top and on sides.

aroma is sweet and oily. A lot of resin and some alcohol make me pull back a bit, perhaps in surprise. Rye mixes with some hop juice to make a pronounced nose shocker. It's not bad, just odd.

Taste is malt, oily or syrupy, not sure which. Coating. Some hops are in here, mostly pine..not the citrus I expect from an A-IIPA.
hard to drink...didn't finish. Alcohol is too much..or perhaps it's the rye. Could be too raw at 10%.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 20:33:05 | More by Mebuzzard
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light copper with white head. Aroma of spicy, caramel malts and slight pine. Taste is a bit muddled, with caramel, pine, spice, dustiness, meh. Heavy on the palate with some booze and low to medium carbonation. Hmmm.

This seems to be solid all around except for taste. Some strange funkiness to this one and was surprised at the lack of hidden alcohol. Maybe I should try this again, as I enjoy Hop Manna, but was not impressed here. Blegh. Average at best.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:20:28 | More by BMMillsy
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

a - pours a hazy, copper color with an inch or so of cream colored foam. head slowly calms to a thin film and leaves a few legs of lacing in the glass.

s - toffee, grapefruit, orange, grassy, slightly bready. wonderful aroma. sadly, it's all downhill from here.

t - pine resin riding a sugary sweet malt base. slightly astringent. massive bitter slap to the mouth kicks in right after the sweetness passes. doesn't reveal any of the wonderful things found in the nose, or even any rye character.

m - gooey with adequate carbonation.

o - decent overall, but honestly i'm a little disappointed. 10% abv kicks in right about halfway through the bottle so drinkability is pretty low. comes across more like a not-so-well-made barleywine more than any kind of ipa. definitely not worth $4/bottle. will be passing on this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 05:32:50 | More by divineaudio
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david18

New York

3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love the name. Love the brewery. Don't love the beer. BUt I like it. It's a little strong for a double ipa, both in abv and in taste. It's also a little more expensive than it's most direct counterparts. It's definitely a top 20 double ipa but certainly not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 22:11:32 | More by david18
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Lazaro

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -20%

02-17-2013 08:18:52 | More by Lazaro
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20%

11-21-2011 03:14:03 | More by chickenm
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cjacobsen

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Slightly cloudy orange. A burnt rust color. Some head but it diminishes rather quickly to nothing.

(S) It's sweet but a lighter sweetness, pretty hoppy. Has some decent malt in the nose.

(T) Has a brandy aged flavor to it. Quite bitter. The rye gives it a bit of a shallow flavor profile. Has a lot of dry malts and a decent batch of hops.

(M) Light to medium body. Oily.

(O) This one wasn't all that fantastic. I'm surprised it's gotten the reviews that it did, but then again, to each their own I guess. I wasn't overly impressed with this one. More of a bitter malt bomb than a hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 02:39:19 | More by cjacobsen
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beerFool28607

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -20%

03-08-2012 23:09:59 | More by beerFool28607
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20%

09-24-2012 04:30:54 | More by IdrinkGas
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Treb0R

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -20%

12-13-2012 15:18:02 | More by Treb0R
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Mikexw

New York

3.25/5  rDev -20%

04-08-2014 18:42:41 | More by Mikexw
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randomjazzr

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -20%

05-02-2012 02:10:49 | More by randomjazzr
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thegrifter

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -20%

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

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20%

01-09-2013 01:31:13 | More by Holland
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teraflx

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -20%

07-09-2014 13:23:28 | More by teraflx
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -20%

01-29-2013 09:10:04 | More by Kelp
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Brew33

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -20%

10-20-2013 02:13:01 | More by Brew33
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I got this bottle in a trade with nutbown. Thanks Alan!

This pours a deep amber gold with a small head of foam. Again, there's lots of lacing like the others I've tried from them.

The smell is both hoppy and malty. Good notes of caramel and light floral hops with a rather strong peppery presence. My nose is happy.

The taste is stronger than the smell when it comes to the hops. Floral and piney hops dominate with a strong pepper spice flavour and a mild caramel malt backnone that I wish was more assertive. Dang, this is spicy and it makes me take long breaks between the sips. The alcohol is also more assertive than I care for and not nearly as well hidden as in their Jewbelation 11.

The mouthfeel is medium and nice, the carbonation is medium, and it finishes very bitter with some sweet tones though, I can't say that it's anywhere near balanced.

Bottom line: This one just doesn't do it for me and finishing the bomber will be a chore. Too much hop bitterness and pepper spice for the amount of malt that I can taste. Too extreme for me? I think so.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 00:12:50 | More by Bitterbill
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beertunes

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into 16oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear deep ruby color with about 3/4 inch of dark khaki head with moderate retention and lacing.

A sweet, malty aroma, with a fairly sharp rye note, came across the nose. There was some hop in the scent, but the rye overpowered it. The flavors were very similar, the rye being the dominant flavor, with some bitter hops on the finish.

The body was nicely full, but lost a point for the sticky-sweet finish. Drinkability was OK, I struggled to finish the 22, I'd have a 12oz bottle or maybe a glass draft again, 22 ounces is too much of this beer for one sitting.

Overall, a decent beer worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 22:26:34 | More by beertunes
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fredmugs

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -20%

12-20-2012 00:20:01 | More by fredmugs
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2neardead

California

3.25/5  rDev -20%

03-04-2012 22:41:17 | More by 2neardead
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -20%

07-08-2013 02:07:45 | More by jzlyo
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Rau71

California

3.25/5  rDev -20%

06-01-2013 02:20:43 | More by Rau71
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boot11222

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -20%

02-10-2013 03:56:36 | More by boot11222
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Radiosox

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -20%

10-25-2013 01:48:37 | More by Radiosox
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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