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

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1,731 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,731
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 72
Gots: 94 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

cdwil, May 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

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

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

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

PissWarmChango, May 22, 2012
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

standardcherry, May 16, 2012
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

randomjazzr, May 02, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Kips, May 01, 2012
Photo of rangerred
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,731 ratings.