He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: A pretty orange-ish red color with a 1/2 finger tan head that slowly recedes.
S: Citrusy, piney hops with a solid caramel/malt backbone.
T: Full and flavorful yet doesn't punch you in the mouth with hops. They're definitely there, but very well integrated. Pine and rye up front; the backbone is incredibly structured with caramel and whole grain bread.
M: Rich, smooth and full-bodied.
O: I'm really enjoying this. Very well made.Rich and complex.
04-11-2012 21:11:27 | More by ONUMello
British Columbia (Canada)
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
(From a tulip)
Appearance: Bittersweet Lenny's IPA pours a misty, saturated sorrel colour, with a moderately sized and slightly tanned white head which collapses quickly into a thin white cap.
Smell: This is certainly bold. I'm getting dark rum and all the dark fruits you'd imagine in a big quadrupel - raisins, prunes and figs. But there's apricot or something light and sugary right at the very front too, and then there's a bit of caramel as the beer warms. The hoppy scent and the malts are there but they're quite light.
Taste: Where did that rye come from? I didn't smell it but I'm tasting it behind what is a bowl of well-boozed, well-sugared fresh fruits. The flavour on the whole is very sweet, and quite funky. The hop profile is light and slightly peppery.
Mouthfeel: The beer feels quite robust, and the carbonation level is on the light side of medium, I'd say. The alcohol hangs around, cutting through the beer right to the end.
Overall: There's a lot going on in this big, bold and boozy beer. It's very sweet, yet I think it manages to be well balanced since the mouthfuls feel good and satisfying.
03-31-2012 07:06:16 | More by Duke
3.98/5 rDev -2%
Appearance: Obscenely thick and tight knit tan head, looks like I could float a bottle cap on it. Brown glass glows blood red when back lit and shows good clarity. Wow, what a looker!
Smell: Oh my. Rich rum raisin, plum, heady alcohol, sweet malt extract, leafy hops, complex and powerful, almost too much going on.
Taste: Kicks off like an Old Ale, leathery rich malt with a subdued hop bitter. Tastes aged, the hops aren't really there, just the bitter. Rye gives a little earthy peppery edge to the rich dark fruit compote.
Mouthfeel: Medium body feels too light for the massive taste, think the alcohol thins it out a bit. Dry finish, medium carbonation seems a bit high.
Overall: Wow. Not really an IPA, or a RIPA in my book, I'd stick with an Old Ale. No date on the bottle so I'm going to assume it's fresh and supposed to taste like this. A beast of a beer, I'll enjoy sipping on it.
Cheers to Illudium for the sample!
03-30-2012 02:56:39 | More by HardTarget
4/5 rDev -1.5%
This beer stretches the genre in all sorts of directions. Poured from bottle to tulip:
Deep mahogany body with minimal clarity, swelling tan head. Nose borders a barleywine. Big fat rye, earthy hops, caramely malts. Yum. The taste is the same way. Delicious malts to back up a wide range of earthy, herbal and citrus hops. The rye makes for a satisfying aftertaste. Solid, unique beer.
03-28-2012 03:30:12 | More by yamar68
3.75/5 rDev -7.6%
A: Pours a deep ruby red color with an off-white head that fades slowly.
S: Aroma of grain, mostly rye, some caramel sweetness and malt.
T: Tatse of rye with some caramel sweetness. Bitterness comes though on the back end with a slightly sticky sweetness.
F: Medium body, quite smooth with a rich texture. Has a slightly lingering bitterness and a bit syrupy.
O: Interesting beer. Not an overly hoppy beer like some DIPA, seem to have a unique nitch. Worth checking out.
03-26-2012 02:33:01 | More by soju6
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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