He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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2.9/5 rDev -28.6%
Not very hoppy, at all. No pine, resin, or citrus. Weak aroma for a DIPA. Surprisingly. Nice big, off-white head. Color was dark amber. There is a definite alcohol aftertaste. This is OK. It got better as it warmed up, but it didn't affect my ratings.
09-13-2006 15:46:36 | More by doubleipa
3.15/5 rDev -22.4%
The beer pours quite viscously with a dark reddish hued, amber color that shows a brilliantly clear ruby tinged color when held up to the light. The beer is topped by a frothy, amber tinged, tan colored head that is initially about a finger and a half thick. I am quite happy to say that the aroma is quite hoppy. Notes of sweet oranges and a touch of pine intermingle with a big, chewy, caramelized maltiness. Quite fruity, almost a berry like note joins the citrus notes. Toasted grain notes help to dry out the aroma towards the end.
The beer is a bit sweet up front, in fact perhaps amply so, but there are lots of things to balance the sweetness out. An astringent bitterness rides throughout this beer, it is a touch harsher than I would like. Part of this is that there is a menthol like note, that seems to couple with a bit of an astringent dark grain note and a sharp note of alcohol. There is some hop flavor character here as well, it just plays second fiddle to the other notes that I have mentioned; notes of orange peel and some herbal notes are here. This beer is just unbalanced, and not in the way a double IPA should be; harsh, sharply astringent and hot. Perhaps some age will help to mellow this out, but it no longer would be a even the shade of a double IPA that it is now.
09-11-2006 03:41:24 | More by Gueuzedude
3.18/5 rDev -21.7%
Shared this one with BA cmaruschak
Aroma: Peppery, spicy hops. Some alcohol warmth noted. Spicy and dry is definitely the dominant theme here.
Appearance: Brilliant ruby colored pour with a sudsy white 1-finger head.
Flavor: Bittering hops, peppery spiciness dominate the palate. Just a hint of some malty sweetness but this is followed by a bittering dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and oily. Almost overcarbonated.
Overall impression: A bit too unbalanced for me. Needed more of a malt presence to balance out the punishing hops and alcohol burn. Glad I split this one. Hard to finish for me. Normally I enjoy a highly hopped rye beer but this one missed it's mark for me.
09-10-2006 15:58:57 | More by mattcrill
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
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 simultaneouslygreat 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
09-10-2006 05:43:05 | More by bruachan
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
I experienced a very unusual pour. The first third of the glass seemed very flat, as if there is no carbonation. Straightening the glass for a more vigorous pour resulted in an overflow of foam. Very deceiving. The head lasts a long time with thick lace on the glass side. The color is dark reddish copper. Clear.
Far more malty than I would expect. Lots of caramel. The hops are quite muted. This is still an attractive aroma, drawing me to the
Large! Almost syrupy body with a large malt punch. The hop bitterness shows up almost immediately. The hop bitterness lasts and lasts in the aftertaste. Too much of a good thing? No way.
If you like extreme beers, this one delivers as advertised ("brewed with an obscene amount of malts & hops"). I'm a huge fan of Double IPA's and this one is one of the better ones!
09-09-2006 17:52:00 | More by smcolw
3.83/5 rDev -5.7%
22 fluid ounce brown bomber with no freshness date.
Pours clear copper & chestnut with over an inch of foamy tan head. Withdraws to a small film and excellent thin lace. Smells like grapefruits, sticky tree sap, caramel, and fruity alcohol. Gooey sweet caramel malts and rye in the front of the mouth. Develops blended grapefruit and pine bark hops, plus deep toasted rye malt chewiness towards the back. Finishes with bracing hops and super sharp alcohol sting. Creamy, sticky, barely carbonated (nearly still really) in the mouth. An interesting and (way) over the top IPA, but not something I'd drink much of.
09-09-2006 01:43:53 | More by dgallina
4.78/5 rDev +17.7%
22 oz bottle pours a radiant copper body with excellent clarity. Generous beige head has suburb retention and laces profusely.
Aroma is luscious, boasting tons of malt, hops, and spicy rye. Orange and tangerine esters dance around with pink grapefruit,spicy pumpernickel and toffee and caramel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly chewy, with an ideal carbonation that rounds out the malt and hops very well.
Taste has lots of citrusy hops, mostly orange, that balance well with the toffee maltiness. A nice presence of grapefruit hops bitterness is noticed from start to finish and melds sublimely with the spiciness from the rye malt. Some welcome caramel sweetness pokes through from time to time, adding to the tasty complexity. No hint of the 10% abv.
An excellent DIPA with a spicy rye edge. Well balanced, very tasty, and dangerously drinkable. Lenny's is a real winner!
09-05-2006 14:52:31 | More by merlin48
3.73/5 rDev -8.1%
This is a nice clear caramel-amber with and ivory head that sticks around bot the glass and for the test of time...it was still there when only a little beer was left in the glass. Smeel is very typial for double IPA, malt with stong hop undertones along with the slight astringency I almost expect from a higher alcohol beer. The taste is very nice, a hint of alcohol backed by bitterness and herbal hops and a little malt. The mouthfeel is thicker than a standard IPA, and it fits very wel with the taste. However, I dont think I'd want too many of these...it's a pretty big beer and should be treated with respect.
09-03-2006 03:55:44 | More by ccs
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
So far I haven't enjoyed the He'Brew beers I've tried very much but have a love for Rye so I'm trying this one.
Pours a fair clear dark amber with an impressive cream colored craggy head that melts slowly to very sticky lacing. Nice.
Aromas are pretty typical for a DIPA....sweet malt at first then a definate citrus hop back, yet in this beer they seem to be a little more blended than most...almost as if it has aged a year.
Taste...again...sort of typical but more blended than most.. The malt is sweet but not overpowering or cloying....the hops are most definately in there and there for the finish, but not offensive at all. Nice blending of sweet carmel malt and citrus malt.
I don't know...I think this may be the most balanced DIPA I've ever had. The 10 % is obvious in the taste and even more so in the aftertaste, but the rest of it is so wonderful you are likely to miss it until you are half way through the bomber.
Uh oh...the alcohol made me forget why I bought this in the first place.
I like rye.
Where is it?
Ok...I'm looking for it...looking for it....looking for it....
Da*))_(m...I honestly just can't find it in there.
Other reviewers have been able to find the rye but I think the 10% is keeping it hidden from me and my taste buds.
Still a good beer...Still a very good DIPA
09-02-2006 04:04:17 | More by IntriqKen
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
Thanks to hoppedup for sending this one up my way,a beer contract brewed in NYC but not available in the Buffalo area odd...This poured a brilliant rich deep amber with a large well sustained off white head that left perfect rings of lace as it settled slowly.Loved the aromas it wasnt just a hop blast in your face there was caramel like sweetness anddark fruit underneath the big resiny,piney hop profile.Thick sticky sweet mouthfeel it just coated the mouth in sweetness,to me it tasted like an extremely hoppy American barley wine full lush somewhat sweet and extremely piney and resiny in the finish.Well this one gave me a little bit of a headache this morning as I drank the bomber down knowing this could hurt a little in the morning oh but its a good pain,a damn nice beer.
09-01-2006 13:21:19 | More by oberon
3.83/5 rDev -5.7%
22 oz bomber, 12 oz pour. This one departs the bottle a deep ambered copper color with a finger of off white head that falls to a full coat over top of the brew. There is just a mild carbonation bubbling up. Clarity is very good as well. Taking a sniff, there is a big and chunky caramel malt with a nice sweet and cirtusy american hop that accentuates the sweetness of the malt. It is fairly simple, but very good. Flavor is the best of both the hop and the malt. Lots of peppery and citrusy hop push through really well, with a monsterous caramel malt behind it. The bitterness is definately there, but not at all offesive. I like it. The feel is very thick, with a very mild carbonation, that breaks it up ever so slightly. It leaves it nice and solid. As far as things go, this is a pretty nice and tasty brew. I like the solid mouthfeel, and the solid bitterness on the finish. This is one to take a look at. It won't blow you away, but it is good.
09-01-2006 02:59:34 | More by kmpitz2
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
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
09-01-2006 02:24:02 | More by ReDave
3.3/5 rDev -18.7%
I found this double IPA to be lacking in a hoppy finish (which i would expect from such a beer). The Rye character of this beer overwhelmed me. However it pours very nicely with a dark caramel color and a rich white head. At first taste the hops are present, however they are quickly outweighed by rye and alcohol. Not quite my kind of brew, but probably would be great for someone who likes Sweet complex highly alcoholic beers.
08-31-2006 22:02:59 | More by flannelman808
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
This brew poured into a tulip it formed a dense, tight, tan head that leaves a solid coat of ring style lace. Really fine carbonation in a dark amber brew with some deep ruby red around the outside.
Fruity esters everywhere among the warm, dark candied malt backer. Toffee, butterscotch, a dense brew. A bit of a barleywine flare to this and to its credit a very complex one at that. The body is thick but not syrupy. Hop profile is more towards the end of each pull and a spicey peppery aftertaste mixes nicely to beef up the depth. Earthy hops and meaty hops. Alcohol also waits till the end to bark and ends with a bite.
Notes: Chalky but it finishes somewhat clean in the midst of such a thick'ish beer. Odd combo that I personally enjoyed. Well made. Try it.
08-30-2006 04:47:11 | More by DogFood11
4.78/5 rDev +17.7%
One tall bomber-sized brown glass bottle wrapped in an event of a label sits proudly on a coaster on my desk, half of its guts splashed in the bowl of my crystal snifter.
In the glass this untamed liquid is aglow with beautiful rich warm ruby tones. Hypnotic carbonation bubbles steadily stream up the sides of the bowl like an army of zombified ants whose only urge is an undeniable compulsion to reach the surface and contribute to the dense ring of sallow foam clinging to the glass left by others before them. This is one of those beers that is almost too visually engaging to drink for fear of ruining the spectacle.
The aromas given off by this beer warrant another five-point rating. There is some subtle spiciness, likely a factor of the rye malt in the grain bill. I'm getting some underplayed West Coast American citrus/grapefruit hop scents and an underlying sweetness.
This brew demonstrates a quiet smoothness throughout that is impressive to say the least. That quality is showcased in the taste and mouthfeel as a light, creamy weightlessness and a flavor that deftly combines such components as cracked peppercorns with light liquid whipping cream and squeezed oranges.
The bitterness and alcohol that earn this beer the name double IPA are in residence, but wrapped up so cozily in the overall "delicacy" of the drink as to be totally approachable even by those who have no sadistic twist of psyche causing them to enjoy alpha-acidic tongue scorchings.
Lenny Bruce was not afraid!
08-30-2006 04:41:32 | More by froggyfrog
3.63/5 rDev -10.6%
Brown-tinged russet with a dense yellowed newsprint head with some rather sparse and slow-moving carbonation. Dark rye bread in the nose backed up by surprisingly subdued (for a DIPA) pine-inflected hop aromas. Slight malt sweetness detectable in the nose as well. The taste: reductively, a slice of bitter pine-infused black rye bread with a doughy sweetness near the end. Earthy composted pine hop bitterness plays about the tongue until it settles in to a pungent-sweet malt finish. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side; pretty darn syrupy. All told, this is a solid and interesting beer with a cleverly claimed inspiration. However, as far as Double IPAs go, this one just doesn't really stand out from the pack -- admittedly a very difficult thing to do.
08-30-2006 03:35:27 | More by orfeu
4.88/5 rDev +20.2%
Here goes my first review. He'Brew RIPA lures you in with it's label. Get one and read the tribute to Lenny Bruce. I picked one up at my favorite gas station/beer haven, PJ's in Sylva, North Carolina. 3 days and 5 bombers later I can tell you the label is just the beginning.
It poors thick and owns one of the most attractive heads I've seen, nearly as dark as the beer sitting up on top like whipped cream. Immediate pleasing aroma of hops fills the room. Hopped Up is my best description. There's an "Obscene" amount of the flower in this brew. Greg at PJ's describes it as "Chewy". You sense the 10% abv immediately by it's warmth not by it's flavor. You can't slam this one. Make sure you have nowhere to be for a while.
Hop Heads everywhere would become addicted immediately. For me it was love at 1st sight. I hope I don't have to drive 700 miles to get my next one.
08-29-2006 12:21:29 | More by scaping28
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
"I don't know about you but I enjoy the way our tax money is being spent to arrest, indict, convict, imprison, parole, and re-imprison (marijuana smokers). I'd just piss it away on beer, anyway."
Out of the bottle (22oz bomber) and into the glass, the beer pours a very rich, vibrant, copper-colored brew with a seemingly thick consistency, shown by the sluggish carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Topped with a very healthy, thick, slightly off-white foam head, the beers lacing is tight, creamy, sticking to the glass, and retaining very well. Complex piney and resiny hop nose with gentle floral notes and bit of a peppery and spicy rye edge tucked within. Aroma suggests something sweet, with malty caramel upfront, loads of enticing ripe fruits, then alcohol. Oh, sweet alcohol.
The first sip introduces something smooth and creamy to the palate, but beneath lies something very powerful. Mouthfeel is dense, chewy, syrupy, and slick with candied-fruits and a massive malty backbone with caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. The heat (perceived alcohol) on this one is quite high, with a big 10 percent alcohol spice that melds well with rye bread crust flavors, rounded with berry-like fruity esters that make your heart skip a beat. The palate is then subjected to a salty, sticky hop resin with a sharp citric edge that smacks of half a pink grapefruit with ten sugar packets on itprepared like your grandma would have. Hops character is actually quite complex, continuing with some dry aspirin. Rye and bready flavors become more pronounced in the linger, as the beer dries and sheds a near carob character across the palate. Alcohol gets a bit fumy and warming. Finish is oily, resinous, herbal, raw, and wanting of more.
This is an "Extreme Beer" and a Double IPA that dances on American-style Barleywine borders, with its aggressive hops and strength. It might be a bit too much for many to handle, and the fact that its packaged in a 22oz bomber bottle means that youll want to share it with friends. Keep chilled, serve cool in snifters, sip, and enjoy as the beer unfolds in your warm hands. Available for around $6 a bottle, which makes it affordable enough to try.
08-29-2006 04:06:24 | More by Todd
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
This beer poured a clear brownish/amber body with a thick white head that died quickly.
Nose is somewhat muted at first but you know the punch is there. Big malt, flowers, hops, citrus, caramel, potpourri and this odd sort of liquid caramel funkiness that I can't quite put my finger on.
Huge thick and creamy body. Wow!!! Thick caramel malt with a huge hop bitterness. Citrus, pepper and pine dominate the hop taste with little touches of resin, but it's surprisingly mute and not as over the top and oily as some DIPA's. Alcohol is obviously present in this beer but never distracting. Bitterness is also big and in your face but gives just enough balance to the big malt. Ends with a lingering bitterness. As it warms the hop bite really starts to sink in even more.
Although it borders more on American Barley-wine than DIPA, it's a classic none the less. Perfect beer in tribute to Lenny Bruce. Fuckin' in your face, yet not so over the top just to get attention like so many others out there nowadays.
08-27-2006 02:08:43 | More by taez555
3.15/5 rDev -22.4%
Served from a bomber, purchased at Woodmans west, Madison, WIsconsin, into a pint glass.
A: Nice pour, achieved a beautiful 2 finger head. Pours a nice dark amber color, with a light tan head. Head dissipates slowly, leaving nice lacing down the side of the glass.
S: Not much in the way of aroma, just picking up mild scent of hops.
T: Hop flavor is somewhat limited, although maybe I'm not picking up on them due to the solid malt backbone. Either way, not enough bitterness to call it a double IPA, in my opinon. That being said, this is a tasty brew, balanced, tasty, and makes you want to drink more, and more. But It might have been better marketed as an IPA, not the double.
M: Good mouthfeel, smooth and creamy.
D: I would have to rate the overall drinkability as just over average. I would drink this beer again, but not if I was in the mood for a double IPA.
One last thing: I would like to say that this is the first beer I've had from this brewery, and while I don't think it's a good example of the style, I want to stress the point that it's a good beer. Had it been sold under the
"regular" IPA label, I would have rated it higher. If you're looking for a "hop bomb", keep looking. If you're in the mood for a well balanced IPA, pick this one up, and enjoy it. I did.
08-26-2006 00:11:22 | More by dancinwillie
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Bomber poured into a pint glass twice
Aclear ruby reddish with an impressive 2 inch tan head, slowly collapses down to a thin sheet of foam, lacing is thick and plentiful
Shoppy, citrus and pepper, some pine, the rye malt seems pretty faint to me
Tton of malt flavors, also peppery, spicy hop flavors, some citrus and floral notes, the rye malt adds a unique flavor to this. The alcohol is very strong in the mouth and in the chest upon the swallow
Ma little thick and syrupy, medium/full bodied, good carbonation
Dvery good and Ill buy more to go in my cellar before they are gone. Watch out for the 10% ABV!
08-25-2006 18:41:59 | More by hanco005
3.48/5 rDev -14.3%
22 oz bottle. Pours a ruby amber with a frothy off white head that laces the glass.
The aroma is acidic fruitiness, caramel and a little rye (probably because I'm looking for it) mixed with hop bitterness and some alcohol.
The flavor is a little sweet fruit with some caramel and rye maltiness and some fusel alcohol. Hop bitterness pervades the taste but is not overwhelming, leading to a long bitter finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety.
Overall, I was a bit let down. There's a good amount of bitterness but this is not well balanced. There's a smorgasbord of flavors but they are rather disjoint and not well blended.
08-25-2006 05:41:20 | More by Beaver13
4.55/5 rDev +12.1%
Poured a deep red with a sizable head into the pint glass. The head stuck around on the beer for quite sometime. Smelled of strong citrus hops, with a fruity hop underneath. Strong bread and alcohol smells come off of it too, a sweet bread with a sour finish, no doubt the working of the rye. Spicy, citrusy, mango hops play well with the subdued alcohol for a 10 percent beer. The grain is sweet, and sharp, if I would have had the forethought to pick up some goat cheese, it would have been perfect for it. It drank well, which is the sign of a good double ipa, if not good for my head. A damn fine beer, which I was mainly excited to pick up due to the tribute to Lenny Bruce, one of my favorite American humorists.
08-25-2006 04:11:44 | More by HoboAGoGo
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Dark cararmel with plenty of reddish highlights, nice clear body. Nearly white head came on strong and overflowed my glass a little. I tried to slurp up the extra but to no avail. Reduces to a thin layer with some random bubble clumps. Coats the glass almost entirely with a sheet of lace. Really nice looking brew here.
Aroma seems quite balanced to me. Lots of hops and a good dosing of malts. Citrus sweet hops, tangerine with some subtle grapefruit. Sweet caramel and biscuit maltiness. Has a resinous hint to it and the fleeting aromas of alcohol comes in at the end.
Tons of hops come through, pine and high alpha acid citrus hops attack the tongue. Fairly well balanced though, the biscuity malts and rye bread base keeps this one in check. Finish is sharp and crisp, mostly from the rye. Alcohol is evident as it sits on the tongue but dissappears once swallowed as the hop bitterness begins to take over.
Medium bodied but coats the mouth well and a resinous hop bitterness lingers for a while. Good carbonation level for this brew, not too much since the rye adds plenty of crispness.
Drinkability is really good in my opinion. There are some notes of the alcohol but the bitterness covers it up well. Inviting hop flavor that isn't too sweet and fruity. Goes down easy, good stuff...
08-25-2006 03:31:31 | More by blitz134
4.53/5 rDev +11.6%
obscene this, jewish that. gimme the f'n beer, bitches!
blood-red in a triple petrus gold-rimmed snifter. solid head that moseys on out at a moseying speed. i'm left with the creamy remnants of a head that once was- a head that never will be again. still, the morse code in co2 spheres spells out 'drink me' on lenny's surface. beer sticks to the walls like ready spaghetti.
juicy sweet hop transcends normal beer aromas.. this almost reaches the level of orange soda in its citric sweetness. more tangerine than orange, and more barleywine than soda. still, you get the picture. american alpha sting, just not tart. brown sugar comes through as lenny warms up to me. gimme some sugar, baby.
thick and smooth, creamy and dreamy, this beer slides down the throat like a champ. isn't rye usually peppery and sharply dry? not here. the hops overwhelm and it adds more of a yin to the bitterness of yang. it melts with the hop aftereffect and is comparable to putting a window fan behind a bullet to help it pick up speed. and what about the 10%? don't feel it in the least until this beer hits my belly like a lead weight. that's ok though, i'm sipping it the way i should.
that orange peel is there, along with intense malt sweetness. the bitterness in the finish is really botanical, not waxy. it's alive. my mouth is sticky on the inside after each sip and my cheeks feel dry. am i dying? nope.. it's just beer. it's like a brandy-soaked pumpkin pie.. no, wait.. it's more like a 3 floyds behemoth glazed pecan pie. describing this takes big words that i'm not capable of. after all, this is a huge beer with some bold character.
if someone made this beer to commemorate me, i'd be a damn proud dead man.
08-24-2006 23:41:24 | More by goodbyeohio
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,689 ratings.