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

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BA SCORE
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1,663 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,663
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 67
Gots: 85 | 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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Theniz

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-18-2013 20:53:15 | More by Theniz
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fooziex

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-20-2013 01:13:15 | More by fooziex
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CreightonSM

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-09-2013 11:33:29 | More by CreightonSM
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t_carterb

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-10-2013 21:58:06 | More by t_carterb
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KidRagnarok

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-15-2011 04:04:13 | More by KidRagnarok
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dwduncan2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-10-2012 21:08:33 | More by dwduncan2
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-03-2013 18:04:04 | More by schopenhauerale
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drinkinmiles

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-18-2013 00:05:24 | More by drinkinmiles
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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-27-2011 05:07:30 | More by barnzy78
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-19-2012 05:00:33 | More by tdmccarthy
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mynie

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-22-2013 16:44:42 | More by mynie
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Paincane

Georgia

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby amber body with a pretty tan head, good lace and nice head retention.
S: Rye, grain & caramel malty aromas.
T: Malt forward front end. A melange of hops finish dry, clean and bitter.
M: A very well-balanced brew that is equal parts malt and hops and as a result is bittersweet.
O: A thoroughly enjoyable Multi-faceted complex yet cohesive brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 22:52:27 | More by Paincane
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stella77artois

New York

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap. This beer is advertised with the phrase "an insane amount of malt and hops." Uh yeah, that's certainly true. This is a very, very strong tasting beer. And the first Rye IPA I've ever tried.

A - Pours straight brown. Not a lot of orange or red, a fairly unique looking beer. Medium sized white head, which dissipated slowly. Very little residual noted.

S - As advertised, lot's of malt and hops. Malt more noticeable. Some grapefruity hop aromas, and a slight hint of alcohol.

T - This is one of the strongest tasting beers I've ever had. The huge amount of malt and hops are noticeable, as is a very slight rye flavor. Not much else. Tastes very, very good. Problem is, it's so strong (not the alcohol, either) that it can be very slightly unpleasant if drank too fast. Very good tasting though, not taking anything away from that.

F - A very dry, tart finish. As with the taste itself, it's strong!

O - A very powerful and tasty beer. NOT for the faint of heart! Can be tough to drink to some I'd imagine, but I'd certainly recommend this beer for any DIPA fans, rye beer fans, or extreme beer fans.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 19:48:22 | More by stella77artois
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rusty amber color with a dark red-orange glow. Head sits with coarse composition. Lots of haze.

Sweet caramel meets spicy rye and a heap of pine and pithy citrus hops. Huge malt base comes off like a barleywine. Notes of treacle blend with a hint of papery oxidation.

Might be just a snag past its due date, but it's still a punchy rye DIPA with a bruising hop attack and middle and latent spiciness. Great Simcoe/Amarillo bite with piquant pine, pith, and dank citrus. Rye malts loom large with a sandy spice and depth. Alcohol is also sweet and covered up remarkably.

Oily mouthfeel with a buzzing carbonation. Spicy on the tongue with great weight.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 00:17:47 | More by thecheapies
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden brown with limited head but leaves white lacing all down the glass. Has a sweet malty smell. I wasn't expecting as much sweetness as I got in the initial taste that had caramel maltiness with a hop backbone. Definitely not a hop-bomb and a nice scotchy after-taste. It has more of a scotch ale taste to it with a medium body.
Overall delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 21:38:41 | More by alaimoa
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woody brown color with ruby highlights and nice beige creamy looking head. Nice retention and spotty lace. Aroma has big malts, with all sorts of other smells. Dark fruits hidden in there with many yeast smells and some mystery hops. Taste is certainly intense. Big malts carry through with a huge pile of hops delivering a variety of delightful flavors and a big bitter kick in your face. The alcohol is occasionally noticeable in all the beery goodness but it is 10%. Rather thick body and heavy creamy, but carbonated mouth feel. A little resiny graininess sneeks through. Drinkablity is good for what this is.

Good to have. Better to have slowely.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 02:36:23 | More by tastybeer
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cjgator3

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice off-white head with pretty decent retention that leaves a nice ring of lace around the edge of the glass. The aroma is malt, caramel and a nice dose of piney hops. The taste starts out with a smooth maltiness, that is quickly interrupted by the piney hops that take over the finish and make their presence felt long after the first sip. Overall, this is another solid DIPA that is filled with a delicious hop profile and a solid malt backbone. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 03:45:26 | More by cjgator3
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this one show up in NC, was wondering if we'd see any he'brew special releases. A vigorous pour yields a nice amber color with a mammoth tan head that retains very well. The aroma is somewhat subdued, with a nice piney and citrus hops character upfront, along with a rye sourness, some bready and caramel malt, and fruity esters. The flavor is initially what you would expect from a DIPA, an intense piney and citrus hop blast, but that profile diminishes quickly and leaves a sour rye character, along with some sweet bread malt, fruity esters, and a warming alcohol presence. The finish is dry and slightly sour, and drinkability is pretty good as the alcohol is well concealed. An interesting beer for sure, definately not your typical DIPA, the rye adds another dimension but the hop profile was lacking in complexity compared to Hercules or Maharaja.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 05:19:09 | More by silver0rlead
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Jaycase

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark caramel.

s: malty and sweet. Tiny bit of caramel. Can smell the alcohol as well

t: a nice balance of malts and piney hops. A nice bitterness to it.

m: medium to full body. medium carbonation. finishes a bit dry

o: Certainly an interesting spin on a DIPA. Don't think I could have more than one of these in a sitting. A solid beer though. Definitely recommend trying this if you are looking for a different angle on a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 01:07:01 | More by Jaycase
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DontCallMeSurly

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Berkshire Pint glass.

I'm not sure if this is typical of the style but this beast pours a dark reddish color which reminds me of iced tea. Even with an aggressive pour, initially there is very little head that materializes on the pour. I wait a few seconds and sure enough a very frothy, very dense milk-colored head appears and recedes almost within a blink of an eye. Upon first sniff there is a wonderful aroma of grapefruit citrus, however, after a few minutes the hop smell retreats into the background and a very sweet aroma of toffee flavor emerges. The first sip of this beer greets me with an extremely sharp bitterness, which kind of surprised me, although not in a bad way. It was more like an in-your-face kind of a way. Anyways, after the initial bitterness there is a really sweet buttery flavor which gives way back to a sweet malt backbone. I'm not sure of the alcohol content, but it's very evident and kind of hot. It finishes kind of resiny but overpowering in any way. The mouthfeel is pretty oily, which in my mind make it an extremely drinkable beer!

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2008 02:54:03 | More by DontCallMeSurly
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franksnbeans

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a very deep copper with 2 fingers of long lasting creamy head. Sheets of lacing occur. Looks like a big daddy DIPA. Smells like rye malt, fig, and a hoppy backbone. Loving the rye malt. Im starting to grow fond of these Rye IPAs. Very balanced, you get all the piney hops you could ask for but the expected balance from the rye malt is nice. Full in the mouth, nice carbonation. A big beer. Slightly under a sipper and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 23:11:06 | More by franksnbeans
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as deep rich copper color, clear with a huge tan head. No aggressive pour needed to get a head on this baby, easy pour big head huge gobs of lace everywhere.

Aroma is good lots of deep rich malt caramel mingled with west coast hops, sticky pine and fruity citrus. An underlying sweetness ever present.

Taste is good. Big malt background lots of hops citrus fruit flavors with a good pine needle presence and lingering pine resin bitterness. Some light sour flavors peak thru from time to time from the rye, but over all the rye is under it all.

Mouthfeel is a big medium nice chewy feel loads of malt body aided from rye addition. Even though a huge head forms easy carbonation is on the mellow side.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable I2PA that needs to be brewed again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 00:18:26 | More by mntlover
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ReDave

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A small man with a thick Scottish brogue was chattering on about something as he was unloading some stacks of beer.... then i saw it! He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.. well mostly the Hebrew then bitterswsdkfj i ran over to the guy trying to to knock him down. Whoa can this be???? I YELLED at my drinking partner in crime! Hebrew RIPA!!!
OK so i was a little excited....
So, my anticipation was a little high!
Pours a very dark brownish RED little amber. Huge HUGE head! Not nearly as dark head as others hvae mentioned, mostly dark cream, but huge... if poured right, it's almost cask conditioned! Well, not really but nice!
[BTW the bottle was really sticky, either they had a broken bottle somewhere down the line... and since i took the bottle from the box i ripped open from the [[obscure "vendor"] Scottish guy, it was not from this batch]
Aroma: mostly malt, little hoppy very sweet.
First sip man I'm bummed, not was i was anticipating!
Second sip, well OK a little better.
3rd sip, OK hop back end blast.
This is a good DIPA! Very pleased after all! One of the better balanced DIPA's

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 02:24:02 | More by ReDave
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foogerd

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A dark clear copper body, with massive head that leaves an insane amount of lacing.

S- Sweet spicy rye, tabacco leaf, some herbal medicinal qualities as well.

T- A nice unique twist on the DIPA category, instead of churning out a DIPA which everyone else has done Hewbrew took it a step further with rye malt. The rye really manages to bring out the abundunce of hops and showcase them in a way I've never experienced, it manages to cloy out a spice quality and melds perfectly.

M- Nice slick oily feel.

O- I enjoyed this offering from Hebrew, pick it up if you see it around.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 03:40:30 | More by foogerd
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i love hops and i love rye. the bottle says it has both inside. so i opened it

it's real dark, but with that much malt involved (enough to produce 10% alc) i guess that's inevitable. it's a deep ambery garnet. the head is nice

the aroma is more room-filling and monistically ever-present than that of any beer i've ever experienced. the beer is sitting a yard away right now and it might as well be in my damn nose. immensely malty an hoppy simultaneously¬ógreat balance. the character of the malt is so complex that it makes me think of a quad. the piney hops fit seamlessly in, and the rye is evident

BIG flavors. thick, creamy yet piercing with the hops and rye spice. deee-lish. this is my first He'brew, but count me in

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 05:43:05 | More by bruachan
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,663 ratings.