He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
05-11-2012 01:09:42 | More by rfbenavi80
4.18/5 rDev +3%
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.
05-01-2012 17:21:11 | More by Jamesthebrit
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
05-01-2012 01:16:01 | More by rangerred
3.58/5 rDev -11.8%
Recievedthis 12oz. as an extra from StlThrash. Poured into my Deschutes tulip...
A - Pours a clear ruby color with 1 finger of fluffy, almost creamy tan head. Slowly fades into a nice collar.
S - Big rye aroma.
T/M - Malty up front. Toffee and butterscotch qualities. There is a rye bite on the back of the taste, and in the finish. Kinda drawing a blank on the hops. Medium, slightly syrupy mouthfeel.
O - A different beer, thats for sure. Not sure I would classify it as a rye IPA. It is a good brew, and a really good rye ale, but not a good IPA.
04-30-2012 23:19:57 | More by Rizalini
5/5 rDev +23.2%
Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear, dark reddish copper with a tall biege head. The head retains well, dissipating slowly and leaving abundant lacing on the side of the glass. There are strong aromas of sweet roasted malts, rye spiciness, and citrusy and floral hops. It smells earthy. It's such an inviting smell. The flavors up front reflect the big malt presence of this beer, which is sweet and bready. There is that rye spiciness and the hop bitterness that hits on the back end. There are some citrus flavors as well. The alcohol is masked very well in the taste. The body is full and the mouthfeel is creamy. There isn't much carbonation. This is also easy to gulp for such a big ABV beer. Overall, this is an excellent and unique DIPA that I would recommend.
04-30-2012 21:23:51 | More by acevenom
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
Bottle shared by Steve, 12oz into a tulip.
Reddish-brown body, offwhite head with good lacing and some whisps of retention. Nose has some sweet caramel, rye bread, a bit of spice and citrus hops. Taste is bitter initially, caramel, rye bread, grapefruit and bitter citrus rind in terms of hops. Medium full feel and a strong bitterness that's fairly abrasive for my liking. Substantial malt sweetness is prevalent throughout as well. Solid rye character in this IIPA, but hops aren't in my wheelhouse - still quite a solid example of the style regardless.
04-28-2012 15:08:05 | More by liamt07
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large tulip
A - dark amber, semi-opaque, with a 1" head which dissipates quickly
S - complex malts, hops are also present, figs, ripe fruits, definitely a unique dipa
T - very balanced, one of the more complex taste profiles for a dipa, following the smell there are more ripe fruits, very quad-like, but with an excellent measure of tasty hops thrown in
M - creamy, lightly carbonated, easy drinker for the abv
O - a well executed and crafted beer, will definitely be in the regular rotation
04-28-2012 02:49:17 | More by beer19
4.23/5 rDev +4.2%
A: Pours a very dark copper body with a one finger thick white head that slowly fades.
S: A LOT of rye and other malt with a tiny bit of bitter hops.
T: A nice amount of rye and malt, but quickly moves to a nice bitter hoppy flavor. There is a lot of bitter flavor that lingers for a long time, but I find that very awesome.
M: Goes down so smooth without a problem and leaves a dry mouthfeel.
O: Just an amazing beer! I am so glad that we can finally get this here in Texas because I fell in love with this brewery when I was in Chicago.
04-27-2012 05:12:07 | More by gtermi
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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