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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,664 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,664
Reviews: 846
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 67
Gots: 85 | 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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djspe

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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
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Oliver_Twist

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer!

Slightly "thick", nice citrus hop balance and some added rye spiciness. This is a smooth, delicious beer! This one of my "top 5" beers.

If I were to be stranded in the mountains for any amount of time and I had to select one of 5 beers to keep me company, I would have to select RIPA! This is in the Sculpin and Pliny category.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 22:42:50 | More by Oliver_Twist
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brewmyster

Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In tulip glass with Saint Agur blue cheese

A-dark amber thin head which disappear to a ring

S-carmel,toffee, fig?

T-malt,carmel,butter,sweet malt (rye malt?, wow,really whatever I love it),slight alcohol but nothing like you would expect at the ABV,hop bitterness at the end

M-syrupy texture,stays on the tongue almost oily

O-this is one of my new favorites, this went AWESOME with blue cheese

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:08:03 | More by brewmyster
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doyle138

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +17%

10-02-2012 13:26:58 | More by doyle138
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JohnAtl

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-16-2013 02:55:47 | More by JohnAtl
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skullforest


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

12-19-2012 00:08:18 | More by skullforest
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Richard-Carla

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For some reason, I've never been a fan of He'Brew's line of beers. Unfortunately, the R.I.P.A. isn't an exception.

It's a solid beer--not offensive, not something that I regret buying, and not something that I'd actively avoid. The smell is also amazing and almost perfect. The initial taste is also very good. However, the aftertaste is, at least to me, terrible--strongly (and unpleasantly) alcoholic, overly coppery, and somewhat unpleasant. While this is a double or imperial IPA, it doesn't bring the "smoothness" that is inherent in the best of the style.

He'Brew is still a brewery that I'll follow... they try, they experiment, and they're going to eventually produce an amazing beer. This just isn't it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 22:30:39 | More by Richard-Carla
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pattyhopp

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pair this with a fat Reuben sandwich and you got yourself a great lunch..

This is a great beer, my first He'Brew actually.
Pours a dark orangeny brown with not too much head.
Smells sweet with a beatiful citrus bready aroma.
Nice and sweet at first then transitioning into sweet and spicy hoppiness then the RYE , Hell yea!
A little thick but very enjoyable.
Could drink a few of these...but maybe I shouldn't..Ahh what the hell why not.?

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 04:04:59 | More by pattyhopp
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beer19

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 02:49:17 | More by beer19
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pinebarons

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17%

04-29-2014 20:01:17 | More by pinebarons
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IanMcCaul


4.75/5  rDev +17%

08-22-2012 02:46:33 | More by IanMcCaul
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steenface

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-27-2013 17:30:16 | More by steenface
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death184

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-31-2013 22:44:10 | More by death184
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lunarnorth

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +17%

09-24-2013 20:20:56 | More by lunarnorth
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dday1231

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carmel, cloves, and licorice. Oh my! The label downplays the hops and malts when it advertised "BREWED WITH AN OBSCENE AMOUNT OF MALTS & HOPS". This is a beer with lots of flavor. Nice head. The color will make any passerby think that I’m drinking a cool glass of Grade C maple syrup. Soft to the palate, but the favors liven the taste buds. This is a top beer, no doubt, but a little to rich at the en for my weak palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 03:10:57 | More by dday1231
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lazarogamio


4.75/5  rDev +17%

11-20-2012 04:33:01 | More by lazarogamio
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ccbell59

Texas

5/5  rDev +23.2%

03-01-2014 18:10:09 | More by ccbell59
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codygh


3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

07-03-2012 05:56:00 | More by codygh
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EQueezy

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 02:55:21 | More by EQueezy
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Ourdailybean

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

11-18-2013 02:49:02 | More by Ourdailybean
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ANiklaus

Minnesota

4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Appearance is solid with a golden amber color. The smell will give the drinker a nosefull of malt with a slight hint of honey and caramel. The taste is incredibly difficult to beat with the rye infusion. The sensation of the caramel comes through with the initial taste as well with a delayed aftertaste. This is an incredibly flavorful beer that can only be beat by He'Brew's R.I.P.A on Rye which is much more difficult to find on shelves.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2014 04:21:05 | More by ANiklaus
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mlibby

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, rusty red. Like all the burlesque dreams one can't help but recall after rejection. Appears deep, as blood is thicker than water. Head forms quickly and abundantly, stays at over a centimeter. This abyssal body begs to be consumed.

S: Mild malts, some hop overtones but not as overwhelming as one would expect from a double IPA. Appealing, though it doesn't assault the nose.

T: The label promised 'bittersweet', and it didn't disappoint. The barley and rye are heavily into play here; complex and sweet. Hops are more prominent here than in the nose. Alcohol is also noticeable. Heavy, but eminently drinkable.

M: Some carbonation, though it's quite thick. Almost creamy as a stout. This beer drinks like a dessert.

D: Perhaps too intense in flavour to drink often. The sweetness and bitterness here are definitely overwhelming, though I welcome them. Honestly, a bottle of this puts me down.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 01:28:26 | More by mlibby
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Glentzerm

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-23-2011 12:12:22 | More by Glentzerm
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BrewedEgo

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2013 21:54:22 | More by BrewedEgo
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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