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

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1,743 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,743
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 72
Gots: 104 | 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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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I need more rye beer in my life. Thankfully, Shmaltz is here to help.

Among the many numbers printed right below the label, I can see a “043/12,” which I’m guessing means ‘bottled on February 12, 2012;’ this would put this beer as four months old at the time of this tasting.

A: Sunset red in color, gleaming in the eye with a touch of shining orange. Not much of a head forms, a smooth, soda-bubbly half-inch of crisp foam that dies down to nothing more than specks on top of the body. Light, stringy lacing.

S: Smells like tomato sauce; dear lord, the resemblance is uncanny at first. Light, sweet notes of malt must provide the fruity, acidic, earthy tastes of tomato, while the herbal rye presence provides basil and oregano undertones. Crazy. After dwelling on that mental image of pasta, there’s a time to get at the guts of the nose: pumpernickel, sweet toffee, and incredibly thick caramel malts with a light sprinkling of citrus hops.

T: Fiery, smooth, delicious! At first sip, the caramel cream of the malts washes you palate clean of everything you had for lunch, breakfast, and even last night’s dinner – I have malt whiplash, and I like it. I’m not normally one to dig on sweet beers, but this is just more than that. The rich darkness of toffee and rye embellishes every little detail of the grains, pulling out kilned redness, warm pumpernickel, cinnamon gum, and light chocolate. Dark fruits everywhere, too, giving date and fig center stage for a big chunk of the palate. The hops are a nice balancing agent – prickly pine and citrus zest – but are nothing compared to the sweetness of the malts. Finishes dark and creamy, with a chewy, lingering taste of bread crust and malty sugars.

M: As I said above, there’s a bit of heat to this beer, but not too much; it’s just enough to remind you how powerful it is. Other than that, it’s full-bodied to the extreme, taking on a syrupy persona for the majority of the drink.

O: Beer with chutzpah, just like its namesake: Lenny Bruce. And at times, like Lenny, the audacity of this beer can be a little offensive – but in the end, it leaves nothing but a smile on my face.

BarryMFBurton, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of obrike
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Wow...this is a funky, interesting beer.

Picked up a 4 pack at my Round Rock Specs for about 11 bucks...total shock to see it there actually.

Poured a heavily red tinged deep copper with a thick tan head. Beautiful color on this one and a lot of thick lacing. Just gorgeous.

Getting some piney hoppiness in the scent with hints of citrus and a little alcoholic rye spice at the finish. Also a sugary dessert like quality. Strange, but good.

The flavor is quite unique. Uber-sweet malt on first sip, followed by a nice slap of piney hops and a bit of spicy rye to cut some of the malty sweetness. I'd say this is kind of like Hop Rod Rye on steroids. Lovely thick mouthfeel...certainly a slow sipper as you really want to taste all the unique qualities in this one slowly. Syrupy sweet as it warms, and quite boozy...and quite good.

Not sure about the Imp IPA status...kind of a hybrid of a barelywine/dipa, but that rye kick makes it worth a try. Give this one a shot if you like big, complex beers.

obrike, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of JoeLacy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JoeLacy, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of theecaleb
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz Brown bottle.

A: Good pour, deep shades of amber. copper and reds. Head was of dark white almost a copper colour, short less than a fingers width. Thick lacing.

S: Smells like an IPA, with hints of barley or pine. The rye stands out.

T: Tastes like a very good IPA topped off with a shot of creme
liquor. Small hint it alcohol

M: Good balance, bubbly.

O: A good twist on an IPA, high quality beer.

I would recommend this beer to a friend

theecaleb, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of Larrydoherty
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Larrydoherty, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

HoistinBrews, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Joshgonzales79, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of sailorastro
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

sailorastro, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of dsuedbeck
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

dsuedbeck, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Hanzo, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Bran9999
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Bran9999, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Hopmodium
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Hopmodium, Jun 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

cdwil, May 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

buckyp, May 30, 2012
Photo of KevinTK
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Zaphog, May 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

leodarko, May 28, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev -1.5%

bluckbeyes, May 26, 2012
Photo of DeezGunz14
4/5  rDev -1.5%

DeezGunz14, May 23, 2012
Photo of PissWarmChango
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

PissWarmChango, May 22, 2012
Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -26.1%

TimH, May 19, 2012
Photo of jimmah120
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into wine glass

Giant off-white head, clear amber-red body with lots of rising bubbles. Smell is warm rye, alcohol, piney hops, citrus, grass. First thing I notice is a very creamy feel, then bitter oily hops. They weren't lying about using a lot of hops and malt. There's a lot of flavor here: piney hop resin, nutty/toasted malt, darker notes of clove and spice, citrus fruit, and lots of warm alcohol. Loses half a point on mouthfeel because of how abrasive the oil and alcohol is.

This is a terrific, stong, flavorful beer. Not something I'd drink all the time, but was excellent to try.

jimmah120, May 18, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

standardcherry, May 16, 2012
Photo of Lawnboy33
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Lawnboy33, May 12, 2012
Photo of MeowTom
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber color with a huge fluffy head that will stay around for a while. When I put it up to the light it has a slight red glow to it.

S- Strong malty scent, with a little bit of the hops coming through as you dive your nose in a few times. You can smell the caramelized sugars very well.

T- Very strong bitter to it, with the alcohol coming through a bit. You have to search for the hops but once you found them it is a very well balanced sweet/bitter ratio.

M- Medium carbonation and body that doesn't distract from the flavors.

O- Great beer that really is a wonderful double I.P.A.

MeowTom, May 11, 2012
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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