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

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

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1,688 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,688
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 68
Gots: 88 | 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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4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Dark copper with a moderate tan frothy head with great retention. Spicy sweet and rich malty bread aromas. Rich rye malt sweetness followed by a solid earthy spice hop finish with a light to moderate lingering. Thick chewy feel.

This is like a liquid piece of rye bread with strong hops playing with it. A big beautiful malty beer and I just love all the flavors in it. I would love the opportunity to try this at various stages.

07-27-2012 00:19:48 | More by Bfarr
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.1%

07-26-2012 16:46:14 | More by BigJiMo
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-23-2012 20:16:06 | More by ScottR
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-23-2012 06:47:09 | More by strongaf
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +17%

07-23-2012 00:17:27 | More by beerman999999
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +17%

07-20-2012 00:16:30 | More by JLapadura
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.1%

07-17-2012 05:12:01 | More by jocain916
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-17-2012 00:56:37 | More by cuy50
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-14-2012 05:38:11 | More by ssjkyle
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-12-2012 13:43:40 | More by JVan
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

07-09-2012 03:45:16 | More by coz
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-08-2012 19:37:14 | More by jbeezification
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-08-2012 09:00:12 | More by muchloveforhops3
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

07-08-2012 01:58:17 | More by MightiestBeard
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

07-03-2012 05:56:00 | More by codygh
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4.1/5  rDev +1%

A-dark amber color with a large light tan head with good lacing

S-rich malt, caramel, some spices, hints of orange

T-rich malt flavor with caramel and rye, some bitter hop flavors and light citrus

F-full body with mild carbonation, slick and rich mouth feel

O-an interesting DIPA with unique flavors and body

06-30-2012 00:35:28 | More by MDDMD
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-27-2012 19:20:23 | More by Stirling
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-25-2012 01:32:02 | More by GoGators
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-20-2012 01:48:05 | More by Texasfan549
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4.26/5  rDev +4.9%

06-20-2012 01:01:02 | More by rkarimi
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3.38/5  rDev -16.7%

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a clear, deep amber; sits a borderline mahogany tone with orange highlights. yields a finger beige head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves decent lacing. nose fairly robust, offering a big dose of rye malt to accompany some muted citric hoppy notes... a bit bready... was expecting more hops, questioning the freshness here.

taste follows suit. very malty for a DIPA, now i'm *really* questioning the freshness. rye is most evident with the hoppy characters being almost secondary notes. reading the reviews of others, it appears this quality is not the norm. medium-full and creamy in the mouth with adequate carbonation

altogether, not a bad beer even with an apparently past its prime bottle. will re-review if i can get my hands on a guaranteed fresh bottle, but as it stands it's an average-DIPA.

(originally reviewed: 08-22-2011)

06-20-2012 00:53:37 | More by BostonHops
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-17-2012 17:12:01 | More by keenan41
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-11-2012 14:10:10 | More by WestSideAmish
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

I picked up a bottle of Shmaltz's He'brew Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA a couple days ago for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I was looking to try something new and different and since I have never had this beer or any beer from Shmaltz Brewing Company I decided to give this beer a chance, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's got an old school movie theater theme that goes well with the people that this beer is dedicated to, I like it. It poured a nice brown color that took on a nice and bright ruby/copper color when held to the light. It had three and half fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice rings of lacing. This is a really good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with some hops up front that impart a really nice aroma that is half pine and half citrus, with pineapple, grapefruit, and pine sticking out the most. Next comes the malts which have a higher amount of sweetness and imparts some grainy and bready aromas, that are quickly followed by a good amount of rye that adds a nice spicey aroma and make for some good complexity. This was a very nice smelling RIPA, I got lots of hops and lots of rye, just what I want from the style.

T- The taste seems to be a little different from the aroma. It starts off with a pretty large amount of hops that are floral, piney, and slightly citrusy, the citrus didn't show up as much as I would like, and it's the piney hops that stick out the most and are followed by a large amount of sharp bitterness. Next comes some malts and rye that imparts a light bready flavor followed by a good amount of spicy rye flavors. The aftertaste had a bitter pine taste along with spicy rye flavors and I only got a slight alcohol flavor. This was a good tasting and intense RIPA, but I wish the citrus hops showed up a little more in the flavor.

M- Not too smooth, slightly creamy, a little dry, on the medium side of being full bodied, and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and worked well with this beer, I wish it was a little smoother, but other than that I wouldn't change anything.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and good example of a Double RIPA, it had lots of rye and hops just as I would expect, it was very true to style. This beer had ok drinkability, it wasn't that smooth so it was a sipper, but it had enough flavor to hold my attention, one is the perfect amount with this beer, just sip and and enjoy the intense flavors. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both very good and were better then I expected. What I liked least about this beer was the lack of citrus hops in the flavor, if the citrus showed up as much as it did in the aroma it would be pretty damn good. I would buy this beer again when i'm in the mood for an intense beer, it's a little pricey, but worth it, it would be nice to have every once in a while, if you like bitter and intense beers then this is for sure worth a try. This beer made for a good first impression of Shmaltz, I didn't know what to expect from the brewery or this beer, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. This is the only Double RIPA that I have had but it made for a good first example and I would like to try more of this style and more beers from this brewery, good job guys, this is a good beer.

06-09-2012 03:53:27 | More by StoutHunter
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New York

5/5  rDev +23.2%

06-08-2012 01:32:25 | More by bspain5
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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