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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,689 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,689
Reviews: 849
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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Ladybugger

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a chilly cellar-temperature bottle into a goblet. Pours a lovely ruby brown, clear with sparse bubbles. No head, just a tan ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aroma is of caramel malt, earthiness, and citrusy hops. This beer is hoppy enough to tingle, but not unpleasantly. Initial slight sweetness yields to huge hop flavor, piney, critrusy, floral, wow. An interesting maltiness underlies the flavor, and I can only assume that what I am tasting is the rye. This medium bodied beer doesn't coat the mouth much, but the flavor of the hops certainly lingers for some time. This beer is loud and interesting, one to savor rather than enjoyed bottle after bottle.

01-30-2010 00:03:32 | More by Ladybugger
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PanicUnited

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Im not writing a review to tell everyone how this beer has hints or lemongrass or anything like that. I would just like to add a few notes about what to expect if you get the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful brew.

The taste was good, but there was, at times, an overbearing sense of granulation that threw me off. Its particularly carbonated and can not be enjoyed at a rapid pace. To be honest, after one of these you will want something more malty, like a Coney Island Lager.

Definitely different, full bodied and spectacular; however, it leaves something on the table so don't overpay.

06-25-2010 23:37:05 | More by PanicUnited
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Mumra1979

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-25-2012 16:21:48 | More by Mumra1979
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CaptMaelstrom

Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +3%

Bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark orangey-brown color, good beige head, lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of fresh lemony, grapefruit, herbal aromas. Toasty. Doesn't fade much.

T: Can't tell if there's a malt or hop taste first, the two are pungent and balance each other well. Grapefruit, lemon, flowers. The alcohol is hidden very well. Strong bitter aftertaste.

M: Carbonation not too strong, not too weak. A good medium body, a little oily, but it it might be all the alpha acids jammed in this beer.

O: The most surprising part of this beer is that it's 10% ABV! I'd never have guessed. The double hop

02-27-2013 23:09:05 | More by CaptMaelstrom
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Rahjr

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-21-2014 23:28:41 | More by Rahjr
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GoodBeerTire

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured a nice orange amber. Small head, but nice and creamy.

The smell was not overpowering at all, but quite pleasant. Could defitely pick up on some nice citrusy hops, malt, caramel, & rye.

I really enjoyed the flavor of this one. Hoppy, but seemed nicely balanced with the malt. The rye comes in later, and with the citrus hops leaves a nice aftertaste. It had a nice alchohol warmth, but I had a hard time tasting any booziness (and at 10%, that's a nice bonus).

Mouthfeel is nice & creamy. Carbonation is just about perfect for me.

Drinkability is very good for a 10% ale. I could have started another bomber, but didn't want to nap the entire day away.

When I see this one again, I will get another or 2. Nice offering from He'Brew.

05-04-2009 21:23:18 | More by GoodBeerTire
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braski

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

appearance- a dark amber color with a head that settles down quick and leaves nice lacing.

smell- a equall mixture of malts hops and alcohol.

taste- same as above, sweet, bitter, hot and a distinctive flavor like no other, must be the rye.

mouthfeel- medium body with a little burn that is sticky feeling.

overall- a great beer, i love when i taste a beer that is so different but yet so tasty that i can't put it down. i'm looking forward to trying it again.

11-24-2011 02:50:37 | More by braski
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benweinfeld


3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

04-30-2012 05:06:50 | More by benweinfeld
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jep2606

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-18-2013 04:51:09 | More by jep2606
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beckscrusader420

Florida

5/5  rDev +23.2%

what can I say what more could you want from a beer? I just drank a 22 of it not fully cold and It's still great!!! 10% abv works for me. Its crazy that I'm not looking forward to the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat or the Grolsch bottles now that I drank this first. Hebrew beer...yeah dude.

05-24-2007 23:32:07 | More by beckscrusader420
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Preston

Florida

4.61/5  rDev +13.5%

For such a huge beer, it had only moderate bitterness and the high alcohol level was backgrounded extremely effectively. I had this on tap at Yard House in Cincinnati. A great, great beer well worth getting a pint (and going to a Reds game very happy).

06-27-2013 15:04:04 | More by Preston
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beergypsy21

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-18-2012 21:56:40 | More by beergypsy21
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Jimbodini

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -26.1%

03-21-2014 16:52:15 | More by Jimbodini
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badesign

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Cherry red with motor oil brown shadows, small off-white head. Aroma of citrus and dark fruits, mellow candy sweetness, minimal grain.

Thick resiny bitterness and orange oil up front, spicy grain and alcohol, interesting- complex and sweet- malts from the rye. Nuttiness like a brown ale and roastiness like a porter, finishes with an earthy note which becomes mildly sour as it warms, overall flavor becomes spicier as well. Very complex. Rich, velvety mouthfeel, unctuous and puckering.

Maybe 4 oz. in, out of 22, my tongue feels dead, but happily so- like it's happy to cross this beer off its bucket list. Really incredible and a great example of a rye beer.

10-14-2009 02:37:54 | More by badesign
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b33rb1tch

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-23-2012 12:14:30 | More by b33rb1tch
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phillybeerdude

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

05-19-2013 22:37:51 | More by phillybeerdude
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JWeldon

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-28-2013 03:50:58 | More by JWeldon
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BarBEERian

Montana

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

I had this out of a 22 oz Bomber purchased at the B&B Quality Market in Helena, Montana.

The R.I.P.A. is a rye double IPA and not for the faint of heart. It is packed with flavor and also has a bit of a boozy kick to it, but not close to what you would expect from a brew weighing in at 10% ABV. It poured a fresh red copper color with a frothy eggshell head, which smelled of sweet rye, hoppy pine and grapefruit, and hints of herbs. The beer had a thick, heavy mouthfeel, but wasn't sticky and didn't really leave any residue, which I'm a fan of. The flavor was really a treat, it began floral with of the rye flavor peaking through. The rye sweetness augmented throughout the drink and it finished with almost a honey sweetness balancing the bitterness of all the hops used. Never did it taste overly boozy, a rare occurrence with all the double and imperials beers I've had.

02-24-2010 21:21:44 | More by BarBEERian
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SSchus87

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

07-02-2013 02:09:55 | More by SSchus87
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csniezek

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17%

06-07-2013 05:22:41 | More by csniezek
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tofuspeedstar

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-07-2012 18:49:26 | More by tofuspeedstar
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narwhal

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-06-2013 04:02:34 | More by narwhal
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jakdracula

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

This is just great beer. It's 3:46 in the afternoon on a Thursday, and I'm supposed to be at work right now, but someone was kind enough to offer me half the bottle of this fine beer, as she is drinking the other half.

I must say: I'm glad I decided not to work. Unfortunately, we only have one bottle.

Get it. Drink it.

03-08-2007 20:54:26 | More by jakdracula
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djspe

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%

Upon the first few sips, I was quite impressed. It's rich and complex while packing a real punch. This is high on hops and spice. However a few more gulps and the beer takes on a heavy syrupy feel. I could not finish my poor. It's a bit much. Good for a sample, but not recommended even in the 12 oz Belgian pour.

07-06-2008 02:25:01 | More by djspe
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freyguy10

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

11-22-2012 15:54:30 | More by freyguy10
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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