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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,720 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,720
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 74
Gots: 92 | 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 Lawnboy33
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Lawnboy33, May 12, 2012
Photo of MeowTom
4.1/5  rDev +1%

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
Photo of rfbenavi80
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Picked up a 4 pack just to try it. Looked interesting.
Bottle poured into a Tulip.

A- Wow! Really dark amber for a DIPA. Tan colored head creates a nice "cap" on the top of the beer that hangs around a long time. Looks very tasty.

S- Lots of spicy rye. Solid caramel malts in the back, and some dark fruits. Smell is more like a quad or a dubbel than DIPA. Smells very sweet. Very interesting.

T- Boom! Malt sweetness hits the tongue. The hops are not overpowering, they don't come right out and smack you in the face. It is very sweet compared to other DIPA's. The spicy rye hits you in the back of the mouth.

M- Very thick and creamy. Very light carbonation. An easy drinker for the 10% ABV.

O- Really surprised with this one, it really is an interesting beer. Since this beer is "Imperial" I'm going to put one away for a while. The sweet aroma and the sweet taste like a quad or a dubbel have me tricked. This is one DIPA that might age well. I'm interested to find out.

rfbenavi80, May 11, 2012
Photo of Willywong1962
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Willywong1962, May 10, 2012
Photo of JxExM
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

JxExM, May 09, 2012
Photo of bluetrevian
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

bluetrevian, May 08, 2012
Photo of muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

muskiesman, May 06, 2012
Photo of kyager2000
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

kyager2000, May 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

StoicBeast, May 03, 2012
Photo of FriedGold2112
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

FriedGold2112, May 02, 2012
Photo of randomjazzr
3.25/5  rDev -20%

randomjazzr, May 02, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.18/5  rDev +3%

A: Super dark for an IPA with a very nice head. Very bubbly as well.
S: Smells very sweet yet spicy. Lots of citrus hints and very smooth.
T: Very nice. Lots of good bitterness that is complimented by a very smooth texture. Good amount of bite, maybe a little too much lingering bitterness.
M: Sits medium body until the bubbles hit full force which turns it very creamy. A very fun IPA.

Overall a very nice beer but the one place it was lacking was in the taste. And since that is arguably the most important aspect I had to give it only a 4/5. The other aspects of this beer were very expertly done.

Jamesthebrit, May 01, 2012
Photo of Kips
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Kips, May 01, 2012
Photo of rangerred
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy deep ruby with a huge thick tan head with amazing lacing and retention.

Smells of dark fruit, plums, and figs. Some woody notes along with rye spiciness.

Huge rye up front in the taste. Sort of reminds me of taking a big bite of rye bread. Strong hop bitterness kicks in immediately and continues throughout. Dark fruits are there along with some pipe tobacco. Mouthfeel is very slick and oily with alcohol barely apparent.

I am very impressed with this beer. It is highly drinkable for the strength and fairly complex. Also priced quite well.

rangerred, May 01, 2012
Photo of Rizalini
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

Recievedthis 12oz. as an extra from StlThrash. Poured into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a clear ruby color with 1 finger of fluffy, almost creamy tan head. Slowly fades into a nice collar.

S - Big rye aroma.

T/M - Malty up front. Toffee and butterscotch qualities. There is a rye bite on the back of the taste, and in the finish. Kinda drawing a blank on the hops. Medium, slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

O - A different beer, thats for sure. Not sure I would classify it as a rye IPA. It is a good brew, and a really good rye ale, but not a good IPA.

Rizalini, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of acevenom
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear, dark reddish copper with a tall biege head. The head retains well, dissipating slowly and leaving abundant lacing on the side of the glass. There are strong aromas of sweet roasted malts, rye spiciness, and citrusy and floral hops. It smells earthy. It's such an inviting smell. The flavors up front reflect the big malt presence of this beer, which is sweet and bready. There is that rye spiciness and the hop bitterness that hits on the back end. There are some citrus flavors as well. The alcohol is masked very well in the taste. The body is full and the mouthfeel is creamy. There isn't much carbonation. This is also easy to gulp for such a big ABV beer. Overall, this is an excellent and unique DIPA that I would recommend.

acevenom, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

howard12, Apr 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

benweinfeld, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of lvoutlawjlh
4/5  rDev -1.5%

lvoutlawjlh, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Bottle shared by Steve, 12oz into a tulip.

Reddish-brown body, offwhite head with good lacing and some whisps of retention. Nose has some sweet caramel, rye bread, a bit of spice and citrus hops. Taste is bitter initially, caramel, rye bread, grapefruit and bitter citrus rind in terms of hops. Medium full feel and a strong bitterness that's fairly abrasive for my liking. Substantial malt sweetness is prevalent throughout as well. Solid rye character in this IIPA, but hops aren't in my wheelhouse - still quite a solid example of the style regardless.

liamt07, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of beer19
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large tulip

A - dark amber, semi-opaque, with a 1" head which dissipates quickly

S - complex malts, hops are also present, figs, ripe fruits, definitely a unique dipa

T - very balanced, one of the more complex taste profiles for a dipa, following the smell there are more ripe fruits, very quad-like, but with an excellent measure of tasty hops thrown in

M - creamy, lightly carbonated, easy drinker for the abv

O - a well executed and crafted beer, will definitely be in the regular rotation

beer19, Apr 28, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Pours a very dark copper body with a one finger thick white head that slowly fades.

S: A LOT of rye and other malt with a tiny bit of bitter hops.

T: A nice amount of rye and malt, but quickly moves to a nice bitter hoppy flavor. There is a lot of bitter flavor that lingers for a long time, but I find that very awesome.

M: Goes down so smooth without a problem and leaves a dry mouthfeel.

O: Just an amazing beer! I am so glad that we can finally get this here in Texas because I fell in love with this brewery when I was in Chicago.

gtermi, Apr 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

UltimateLivewire, Apr 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

EyePeeAyBryan, Apr 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

CommonRider, Apr 23, 2012
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,720 ratings.