He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
Crush that gift pack! Poured into a nonic pint glass off we go!
A large three finger head, off tan/caramel in color, somewhat tight foamy for head. Body color is deep red, very cloudy, but also a nice hue of color throughout the glass, from Indian red to dark brown through the top where the head meets.
Nose is kind of fleeting if a little weird? Wet smelling, mild malts with hints of chocolate. Sense of clean but not much else. Not a sense that this is an IPA at all, I get no hop sense on the nose on this at all, but it doesn't smell off/bad.
Taste thought is KAPOW! Chewy malts of rich chocolate, but also a very thick hop angle. Resiny a little, but also extremely coating in the palate. Subsequent sips get much more interesting. Malt angle gets bigger, and something that grows is a real hop "richness". Dense malts keep coming, but texture never gets syrupy. Spice angle I would expect though for rye seems to be missing, but not the malt which makes this quite enjoyable. Some slighty toffee stickiness on the lips which is kind of fun.
Overall the drink as you go gets bolder and bolder. It's a "little" out of control and noticeable though on the alcohol side. However, it hits the mark on taste for the style with a bit of unique quality. Too bad it misses a bit on the nose.
12-24-2011 02:22:33 | More by smakawhat
4.43/5 rDev +9.1%
2x ipa brewed with massive and obscene amounts of rye malt and hops. Wow. Ruby red color and very spicy pine resin aroma. 10.0 abv. Floral notes as well. Flavor is malty, malty, malty providing a huge mouthful. Reminds me a lot like the Arrogant Bastard only more maltier. Bittersweet dry finish with slight grapefruit notes from im guessing Chinook. If you love the bastard youll love this just as much.
01-18-2008 23:43:46 | More by beerthulhu
3.98/5 rDev -2%
22 oz bottle picked up in Buffalo.
Pours a hazy orange, burnt umber, very thick and rocky light tan head forms, tons of lacing, keeps a very solid layer, great retention, looks pretty great. Smell is pretty nice, very bready, lots of caramel, some rye spiciness, floral, light bit of grapefruit, alcohol is very well hidden, biscuit, very nice. Taste is similar, very malty and bready, toffee, iron, light floral, some grapefruit sourness and rye spice, cake, lightly sour and lemony, alcohol comes through a touch but very subdued, nice malty finish, balanced. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation, very drinkable for its size, alcohol is nicely hidden. Pretty neat stuff, doesn't wow me but its pretty good.
02-02-2009 01:18:05 | More by Viggo
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
Pours a deep amber with 1/4" of head with good retention. The smell is bready, barley malt and faint, earthy hops. The taste is bready, biscuity malt with some peppery rye followed by some spicy, earthy hops. There's some faint yeast and creaminess. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.
This is a pretty good beer, but at times unbalanced. It's worth a try for rye fans and DIPA fans alike.
10-08-2011 00:28:52 | More by tdm168
3.35/5 rDev -17.5%
Looks impressive, rich, vibrant reddish brown. Aroma, some sweet candy kinda.
Taste, I completely agree with my predecessor, the lines are blurred between DIPA and barleywine here, moreso towards the barleywine end. Sweet, understated hops, hides the alcohol decently. Drinkable for its alcohol, but price is a little prohibitive.
02-06-2010 06:39:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Clear, coppery amber with a fluffy, light brown/beige head. Good head retention and clumpy rings of foam stuck to the glass. Malty aroma with lots of spicy rye, caramel, gingerbread, and citrusy hops. Moderate bitterness with a nice balance between malt (spicy, chocolatey rye) and citrusy grapefruit hoppiness. Finishes with some dryness and spice. Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation. The texture's a little oily and there's a pleasant warmth in the finish. Very enjoyable.
06-04-2007 02:07:51 | More by DrJay
3.15/5 rDev -22.4%
12oz picked up at Pilgrim's Market in CdA over the weekend... enjoyed while listening to some Carl Cox Black Rock and chilling on my hotel balcony.
Poured into my small weizen glass... 2 finger lite khaki head... good retention and lacing... the brew is a polished copper.
Nose is hop forward with a bunch of caramel maltiness to balance... citrus hops out front with more than enough malt to pull it out... big booze presence.
Hop bitterness helps balance the pretty thick malt component.. toasty and thick caramel essence.. citrus hops bite barely bite through the malts.. too syrupy... not really cloying, but just unbalanced in my mind.. Body is heavy and the carbonation is pretty high, yet gets punished by the viscosity.
This should easily be in the American BW category.. no where near... NO where near a DIPA... The rye is present yet only in hints throughout the palate and evident on the mouthfeel where a nice slickness appears.
Ehhhh... okay.. boozy and sweet.. needs alot more hoppiness... really, alot more.
06-14-2010 09:57:38 | More by JohnGalt1
4/5 rDev -1.5%
12 oz bottle served in pint glass
clear dark amber with off-white head. Unusual red tint.
Hoppy aroma with a hint of fruitiness. Generous use of malt is obvious in the flavor but largely masked in the aroma. Nice, if a bit bitter, finish and aftertaste. High ABV largely hidden.
M - full bodied. Sticky (and real sticky if not in your mouth)
O - An extreme IPA; plenty of hops; plenty of malt; plenty of flavor. Perhaps too aggressive.
05-02-2011 00:54:42 | More by chinchill
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Cask at Young Augustine's in Atlanta.
Pours an opaque copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of sweet caramel malts with solid amounts of breadiness and mild amounts of earthy and pine hops.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth and thick caramel malt flavors up front are joined by mild amounts of breadiness and even lighter amounts of rye flavors. Midway through the sip the malt flavors fade a bit with hints of soapiness, allowing pine hop flavors to work their way into things. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with soft carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.
Overall this was close to being a very good beer but the malt flavors weren't quite crisp enough. Still, it's a good beer that's worth a shot.
07-29-2010 00:41:02 | More by glid02
3.54/5 rDev -12.8%
Pours a clear, dark amber/copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight citrus hops, hint of hop oil, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, and slight rye. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of strong hops, hint of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight rye, slight caramel malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, decent body, and decent blend.
02-20-2014 13:39:13 | More by Tone
3.25/5 rDev -20%
Poured into 16oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear deep ruby color with about 3/4 inch of dark khaki head with moderate retention and lacing.
A sweet, malty aroma, with a fairly sharp rye note, came across the nose. There was some hop in the scent, but the rye overpowered it. The flavors were very similar, the rye being the dominant flavor, with some bitter hops on the finish.
The body was nicely full, but lost a point for the sticky-sweet finish. Drinkability was OK, I struggled to finish the 22, I'd have a 12oz bottle or maybe a glass draft again, 22 ounces is too much of this beer for one sitting.
Overall, a decent beer worth trying if you see it.
04-24-2010 22:26:34 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
4.7/5 rDev +15.8%
A: Copper with a very light tan head, great retention, awesome lacing. Seriously impressive for a brew of this strength.
S: Huge nose, grapefruit, nectarine, spicy rye bread, toffee, extremely enticing.
T: Piny, resiny hops complement the spiciness from the rye; bready malt, nectarine, tangine, solid bitterness, alcohol is extremely well-hidden. I know it's bigger, but his one blows the Founder's rye brews away.
M: Moderately full body is well-attenuated and extremely smooth, slight hop acidity, off-dry finish. Extremely well-crafted.
D: I absolutely love it, but it's a big brew.
I don't think I've ever said 'extreme' so many times in a single review, yet this is remarkably well-rounded. Playboy may have described it best "F#cking delicious".
08-02-2009 01:59:38 | More by Derek
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
The beer releases from the 22 ounce bottle reddish amber with a large creamy of white head that slowly fades leaving the lace a firm sheet upon the glass. Nose is rich in sweet malt, the big hop flowery aroma under pins the malt, citrus like in its crispness, fusel alcohol quite noticeable, grassy, start has a pleasant malt presence, alcohol and hops pound the palate, top is medium to full. Finish has a stern acidity; the hops potent, alcohol blast the taste buds. Aftertaste dry, most certainly a belly warmer, I think a little aging would help this beer, but for those who like Big Hops and Big ABV, this is your beer.
10-25-2007 20:09:48 | More by Gusler
5/5 rDev +23.2%
Pours a darkish-copper color with a thick head that fades down to a one-finger head with lacing. Great presentation in my Piraat glass.
Aroma is bursting with spicy rye and floral/grassy hops in the nose. Sweet and hoppy at the same time.
Taste is sweet and spicy upfront with a good kick of grapefruit from the hops in the middle. Very delicious. There's a good balance between hops and rye here.
Rye and hops linger in the mouthfeel. Again, that balance carries over beautifully to cap off a beer that is definitely unique and refreshing.
I'm buying this again. Would love to buy it in Vermont but it's absolutely one of my favorites. Definitely. Only Hop Rod Rye comes close when it comes to beers infused with rye.
I've got to give this one a perfect 5 though. It's hard to find DIPAs that have a defined balance between malt and hops.
05-17-2009 00:37:54 | More by Brad007
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, slightly hazy, amber-copper coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white head that quickly settles into a sparse, filmy surface coating. Aromas of roasted grain and booze initially, with a tangy malt profile that combines caramel and tropical fruits. Hints of mango and papaya. Some citrus notes, as well, with some pepper notes; no hops presence on the nose otherwise. Flavors are a blast of hops. Holy monkey! Resiny and bitter, with a strong backbone of roasted, rich grain. Very well balanced after the initial shot in the mouth. The fruit presence becomes a mid-palate highlight, leaving as quickly and sneakily as it arrives. Booze and bitter hops finish the palate, as well as clean everything up. This beer is like a tornado touching down on your tongue (in a good way). Bitter, resiny, and slightly earthy aftertaste, with a clean, slightly dry finish. The beer is robust and full in mouth. This one's a heavy hitter, and it brings the flavor with it the whole way through.
12-27-2012 22:52:01 | More by GarthDanielson
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
Reviewed from notes: had on draft the 3P's
appearance: copper orange brown with a 1 finger head
smell: rye, spices, hops,
taste: rye bread, hops, very dry and bitter
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,
overall: hop bomb. holy cow was not expecting all that. pretty decent beer glad I got to try it.
09-11-2011 15:40:02 | More by THECPJ
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
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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