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

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90
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
890
Ratings:
1,963
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
17.82%
 
 
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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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).

Added by mcallister on 06-07-2006

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a fairly dark amber, a bit hazy, with a thin off-white head and average visible carbonation.

S: Sweet toffee and biscuit malts, a bit oxidized, and some resin and grassy hops...but overall quite malt-forward.

T: Caramel and toasted biscuit malt with a sweetness that stops short of being obnoxious. A more subdued-than-expected resin, floral, and grassy hop presence. Just a bit of rye flavor before the swallow. Moderate hop bitterness and some sticky sweet malt on the hang.

M: Heavy-bodied, carbonation sensation on the low side. The alcohol is noticeable without being overly boozy, especially at the listed ABV.

O: Nothing exciting here, although nothing offensive either. My biggest gripe would be the lack of much rye malt presence at all.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark amber almost tending towards brown. Good sustaining head and decent lacing
S: typical for a rye beer, with some notes of a black IPA. Little bready and woody, some notes of a fall walk in the woods.
T/M: starts with a little malt, but overtaken quickly by the "rye" taste. Notes of dates or figs in the beginning, then a wave of bitterness takes hold, dry and tugging on all parts of the mouth. Then, surprisingly, a mild (brown) sugary taste creeps back in. That fades to some earthy/woody tones as the mouth slowly dries and the feel lingers, slowly growing in bitterness.

O: with the first tastes, I had this rated about 1/3 point lower. As I analyzed more and more closely, though, I found it to be more complex than first tastes. Without much analysis, I think this is a bit bitter for my tastes. But for a longer, enjoy your beer session, I liked this beer in the long run.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber with a short whitish head that fades to a nice splotchy lacing.

S: Spice, a good amount of rye and earthiness, and floral characteristics. A nice citrusy tone as well, I get a decent dose of orange, also nice malty sweetness.

T: Malt centered with caramel, spice, pine, and rye coming to mind first. The sweetness from the malt is well balanced by some west coast hops, I can taste the chinook and warrior in here.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy texture, and moderate bitterness for the style. A good balance between hops and malt, but for me could be less malty.

O: Awesome double IPA that is widely available and worth a try. Definitely get this if you're into IPAs, malty or hoppy.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep ruby/mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to almost nothing

S: A very nice combo of rye malts and hops right up front. The rye imparts quite a bit of spiciness while the hops are floral and citrusy. Get a hint of alcohol, but not much more than that

T: Starts off with a bit of the spiciness from the rye followed by a blast of citrus and candied hop. A little on the sweet side, but the rye keeps it in balance. A complex array of flavor comes through the middle into the end, finishing with a bit of sweetness and a touch of bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nicely complex rye DIPA with a great balance between the rye and hops. The rye helps to tone down the sweetness from all the maltiness as well as the hop "sweetness" while giving it a little kick at the same time. Dangerously drinkable for 10%, and well worth the $10-$11 for a 4-pack

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber with nice two-finger white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Strong malt sweetness with some light floral hops.

T - Malty sweetness right upfront with a good amount of piney hops. Rye really comes through in the finish and produces a nice bitter finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Alcohol is barely for a 10% beer. Dry finish.

O - Very good RIPA. Very easy drinking at 10%. Would come back too.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into snifter. Love the tribute to Lenny Bruce

A: mohagany and clear nice looking beer great lacing

S: smell is reminiscent of 120 minute. The label says brewed with an obscene amount of hops and malts and this proves they are not lying.

T: wow this has a ton of flavor. Starts with citrusy pine hops then the rye comes through with a nice touch then finishes with the malts. Flavor is extreme

M: one of the chewiest thickest ipas I've ever had, and I like it. Finishes off dry

O: a poor mans 120 minute. I liked it but had a tough time really reviewin this one. Try it if you want an explosion of flavor.

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Photo of Archimetez
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color, clear, good head
-- label design is a little cluttered but has an old school broadway marquis look which I like. With their current accomplishments, they are either being very modest as it does not stand out on the packaging or their awards need to be more prominent

S: Deep malt smell with a sweetness and hops smell

T: Rich malty rye taste initially finished with hops on the back end but it is not so hoppy, as in some beers, that can turn off some drinkers

M: Clean

O: Great Rye IPA. It would interesting to see how it would age over time. Being an IPA says it wouldn't do well, but with a 10% alcohol content, it might mellow out quiet nicely

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Photo of BrewedEgo
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had at a local burger pub. Poured from tap to chalice.

A- Dark caramel with red tints more reminiscent of a black IPA or porter. Slight head, leaves bubbly lacing.

S- Strong malt-caramel smell, detect faint fruit and floral notes from hops

T- As promised by smell appearance, malt complexity comes first with slightly sour flavor as promised by the rye. Hop bitterness never comes in strongly, resulting in easily drinkable, balanced rye IPA.

Overall, this is a great example of a rye-based IPA. Approachable and tasty especially for those who don't like extremely-hopped IPAs.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderately aggressive hand. No obvious date on the bottle. Hey, it's Kosher!

A: Very dark amber with a very slight haze. 1/2 finger off white head. Fades to thin film by 2 minutes. Impressive lacing.

S: Sweet and spicy rye, malt. A round hoppiness takes second seat to the sweetness I'd say. Dark fruit. Brown sugar. Maybe I'm missing some of the subtlety, but I'm getting a just dominating "sweetness".

T: Formidable hop bitterness upfront and throughout, but slowly transitions into a bittersweet (go figure) finish that really stretches out. Some toasted notes and dark chocolate undertones pop up as it goes. The rye meshes nicely with fairly powerful bitterness. Pine/resin heavy on the hop character, but there is some lesser grapefruit mixed in. Great.

M: Moderately full with a nice mouth-coating happening. Moderate carbonation, but comes off fairly creamy. Really contributes well.

O: This is good. I'm not impressed with the scents coming off this beer, but the flavor is solid and it does feel nice in the mouth. I would say this certainly leans on the bitter side of "bittersweet" with regards to the taste and the opposite with regards to the smell. Does that make it a balanced beer? I dunno. I could do with a bit more complexity, but not a bad beer by any means. Quite the opposite.

Prost!

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Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew poured a deep copper color with the faint hint of hops and sweet malt. The taste was more along the lines of a Barleywine than a true IIPA with loads of the sweet malts on the front end that gave way to the bitter hops on the finish. It had a very clean and balanced profile with a heavy, sticky body that stayed true to the bittersweet moniker. For the high ABV this beer was surprisingly smooth and dry. Another great beer from He’Brew.

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Dark ruby. No transparency. Thick creamy head. Lacing remains.

S Rye. Burnt Sugar. Malts. Cut grass. Very potent. Awesome.

T Very unique. Hops are very forward. Malty. Caramel. Weedy. A little sweetness. The Rye is everywhere. Roasty bitterness lingers.

M Nice and rich. Foamy. Clean finish.

O Super awesome brew! Hops and Rye! Hell yes! Both are are very forward. Sweet and bitter. Malty and hoppy. Check this out if you get the chance.

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Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap here at the Yard House in Virginia Beach.

Appearance: reddish dark amber. Head retains very nicely.

Smell: definitely has the classic IPA pine smell. With a hint of rye.

Taste: The rye comes through here but its not like most rye beers, which I liken to drinking rye bread. The hops balance it very nicely here.

Mouthfeel: not overpowering, but the hops linger more than the rye. Which I'm quite fine with.

Overall: Have now gotten this two nights in a row. I hope I can find this back in WI...

Update: unable to find this back home, so I got another pint at the Yardhouse. Perhaps its because of the Rogue swill I had tonight, but I think I underrated this. Spectacular. I've kept the review to reflect my initial tasting.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle born on July 2013 into a tulip.
Appearance - red, somewhat cloudy, but plenty of bubbles detected along the side of the glass. Huge, mountainous beige head! Lacing sheets the glass!
Smell - sweet candy, some citrus and floral hops, fresh bread-like malts. Lingering hop resin!
Taste - big time flavor, well balanced with hop bitterness, slight hint of warming alcohol and rye bread! Very easy to drink at 10% ABV!
Feel - complex brew with an excellent blend of hops, rye malts, and a hint of alcohol.
Overall - shocked! I was expecting a very good beer, but this is outstanding! I'd like to try this along side Lagunitas' Sucks, as they are very similar, but from opposite coasts!

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Photo of ISmith87
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I specifically remember having this one as a shower beer after the pool one day and it was relaxing as hell. Let's see what it tastes like this time...

Appearance - 4.25 - Dark copper/red/amber color. Thick film of light tan bubbles on top, leaves thick lacing.

Smell - 3.75 - The smell is freaking me out a little - smells like a Belgian yeast strain with breadiness, fruitiness, and some dark fruits in there. Banana, spices, not at all what I'd expect for a rye DIPA. Maybe some hops? but they don't stick out by any means.

Taste - 4 - Alright, the taste is a little better for the type of beer than the smell. The exact same thing happened to me one time at O.H.S.O. here in Phoenix where I ordered an IPA and got a Belgian, but for whatever reason everyone working there told me they were sure it was an IPA. If I concentrate hard I get a bitter hoppiness (pine, grapefruit) on top of an intense bready malt. The rye taste is definitely there.

Mouthfeel - 4 - Medium mouthfeel - definitely a little thicker than most IPAs. Alc covered. Weird bready Belgian yeast taste to it that sticks in your mouth for a while. I'm sure a lot of people see this as good but I'd rather just have the tongue numbing grapefruit bitterness.

Overall - 4 - I think this is a good beer, but the yeast strain tastes so much like a Belgian strain I can't get over it. I wanted it to be more like a rye DIPA.

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Photo of PrimScrewhead
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

S: Bottle poured into nonic

A: Pretty copper with a light foamy head

S: Grapefruit & Malt

T: Very sharp/hop bomb first taste. It quickly shifts gears to a medium malt flavor. Booze throughout

M: Medium body. Curvy in the right places

O: A very enjoyable, dry RIPA.

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Photo of SuperbikeShaun
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

Overall a great beer. Will add a detailed breakdown at a later point. Deep orange, slightly cloudy. About a 1" thick, dense head that took a good while to dissipate.The malts definitely take the lead here, caramel and toffee flavors shine through, mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber color with a solid head that retains. Great smell. Piney aroma with something else I can't really put my finger on. DEEP taste. Very heavy on the tongue. This is not your average beer. It packs a huge kick. Definitely a sipping beer. Good with dinner or on a cool day.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep cloudy copper color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Has a very earthy, rye aroma. Also pick up some caramel and grassy hops. Very smooth taste. Very malty and earthy. Perhaps a little on the dank side. This is followed by a big grassy hop and a strong rye aftertaste. Hides the alcohol very well. Moderately astringent. Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a murky light brown color with 1/4 inch of head. Minimal lacing. Smells malty with some brown sugar and earth. Pine and floral hop notes. Tastes as malty as it smelled. Pine and floral hops along with brown sugar and earth. Floral hop bitterness at the finish with some more brown sugar and pine. Rye malts throughout. Oily mouthfeel. This is a really good malty Imperial IPA. Boozy, but I wouldn't have guessed this one was 10%. Overall, I'll be grabbing this again.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red, semi transparent with a small off white head.

The smell is really malty,sweet and strong. There are dark fruits, plums and rasins, smells great.

The taste is bitter and sweet, malty, dark fruits, very strong. There is a bitter hop precence but it is secondary to the malty dark fruit flavours. The hops are piney.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

Overall this drinks like a red ale, reminds me of bear republics red rocket ale which I really like. The obvious difference is the high alcohol content. This is a dark fruit bomb and I do enjoy it but it doesn't taste like what I'd expect from a dipa.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Ruby red, light brown color. Very slightly head, extremely light lacing. Low carbonation, just looks like a massive hop bomb.

Smell: A ton of saturated hop character with some lighter then expected rye accents. The hops just dominate with accents of prairie grass, straw, bitter pine, pinecones, and resin. Despite all the hops, excellent malt backbone which really brings this aroma full circle.

Taste: A front full of pine, bitter resin, maple syrup, and straw. The body yields to a strong malty sweetness with a perfect amount of hop accents. The finish is a palate punishing dryness with plenty of hop and malt brightness. Waves of complex flavor keeping flowing over the tongue, never letting up.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, palate punishing awesomeness with a wonderful malt body.

Overall: This beer is a hop bomb with so much more going on then just punishing hops. The palate is taken for a true ride and this comes out to be a truly memorable beer.

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Photo of dwren89
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A double IPA with rye

Appearance: deep amber, about 20 SRM, very thin tannish head, not great clarity but not bad, slight haze

Aroma: caramel and peppery spiciness with floral and slightly citrusy hop aroma, thick smell, has a certain heaviness to the aroma

Taste: very caramelly and thick, with smooth spiciness from rye, a very chewy beer, nicely bitter finish but not as bitter as some other DIPAs, the rye character is immediately noticeable on the palate as a thick/creamy/spicy taste that complements the caramel malt character nicely. The hops are powerful and flavorful but definitely kept in check by the malt character. There is a moderate alcohol flavor on the finish but soon subsides into the malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Chewy like a barleywine but with a more bitter, biting finish from the high hop rates. Thick and tasty but also smooth and creamy with medium-low carbonation

Overall Impression: A fantastic DIPA that incorporates rye to add more complexity, body, and flavor dimensions, all which take the overall beer to another level. Certainly a slow sipper, it's incredibly long finish can sustain the palate for 5-10 minutes after a sip. Overall quite delicious and unique, definitely worth adding to any DIPA pick six for a little variety and added malt character.

4.3/5

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Photo of EQueezy
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this beer is amazing. such expert pairing of malt, rye flavor and deep rich hop aroma. rarely seen a malty ipa as good as this.

a - deep, dark brown with med ipa head.

s - hoppy, malty notes.

t - can't beat this combination. rich, thick malty flavor with deep, rich hop aroma mixed in. good sugars, not too sweet of finish. i can't believe how well this high alcohol beer goes down. i think i've drank one in about 2-3 min... oops!

m - great rich malty ipa body.

o - a must buy for any ipa or malty ale lover.

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Photo of FLima
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful ruby copper color with tons of thick off-white head with a long retention and leaving lots of laces.
Delicious aroma of grapefruit and pine with sweet toasted malts and hints of rye and honey.
Really bitter and malty taste with strong notes of piney hops, rye, and pepper. Hints of wood and resin.
Dry with an insistent bitter aftertaste. 10% ABV is seen nowhere.
Medium to full body with adequate carbonation.
Excellent double rye IPA, it does not carry the usual flaw of the style of being too sweet. This is a beer for the well-seasoned drinkers. Highly recommendable.

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Photo of SSchus87
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had a nice scotchy aftertaste to it. Overall, I liked it a lot. This was the first RIPA that I remember having so I wasn't sure what to expect. The alcohol was definitely present, both in initial smell and overall taste. Nice head clung to the glass for a few sips and then slowly dissipated. Certainly worth the price ($11.99 for 4 pack) and will consider buying it again.

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.