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

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350 Ratings
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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Rye IPA aged in a Rittenhouse 100 Rye Barrel.
The 2013 batch was aged in Willett Rye Whiskey barrels.

(Beer added by: John_M on 12-20-2007)
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22 oz bottle served with dinner.
Too strong and boozy to work well with food but nice as an after-meal sipper. The load of flavor from the rye barrel would overpower most beers but not this DIPA. Sweet for style, suggesting, with the strong rye flavor, that some rye whisky was left in the barrels.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch #3 poured from a 22oz bottle into a Rastal, Teku 2.0 glass - Reviewed 8/6/14

A- Pours a beautifully clear, ruby red with nothing more than a single finger, off-white head which dissipates rather quickly (5.0)

S- The barrel component is ever-so-present, . Vanilla, coconut, oak, orange blossom honey, melon and some lemon/lime citrus thrown in for good measure. (4.75)

T- Malty sweetness hits first, but is quickly whisked away by a substantial white grapefruit rind bitterness. The spiciness from the rye (both from the malt and barrel) along with the oak tannin come through in the finish, creating a rather dry (yet enjoyable) finish. The malt backbone of the base beer is substantial enough to hold up against the flavors imparted by the barrel, creating a very balanced, yet extreme offering. (4.5)

M- Medium-Full bodied with high drinkability. The sturdy carbonation helps to keep this otherwise viscous brew from running amok on your palate. (4.5)

O- After nearly 1-year since being bottled, all the elements of Lenny's R.I.P.A. on Rye still hold strong, as your palate will recognize both barrel and DIPA components. The aging of Lenny's R.I.P.A. in Rye Whisky barrels elevates an otherwise good beer to outstanding. Well done! (4.5)

Since I have now reviewed both 2013 & 2014 editions, I give the nod to the 2013 vintage and hope it ages with the best of 'em! (4.75)

Batch #4 (2014) - Aged in Redemption Rye whiskey barrels - Reviewed 1/26/14

One of, if not the only 32oz growlers of this beer on this planet, is poured into a 16oz snifter.

A- It pours a crystal clear, deep mahogany color with about one finger's worth of a white, frothy head. (5.0)

S- Perhaps the most extreme barrel-aged beers I have ever experienced. Vanilla, oak and down-right whiskey are dominant on the nose. Once acclimated, you will find subliminal notes of ruby red grapefruit citrus. (4.5)

T- Like the aroma, an absolute assault on the senses courtesy from the whiskey barrels. Vanilla, oak and rye spice dominate consume the palate. (4.25)

O- Wow...simply amazing. I dare you to find a barrel-aged beer that elicits a more pronounced barrel-aged character than this. Starting with Barrel-Aged Blockhead, Funky Jewbelation and now with Lenny's R.I.P.A. on Rye, Shmaltz is releasing exceptional barrel-aged brews of which are all worth seeking out! (4.5)

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased as part of the 2013 holiday pack. This being the 2013 version, duh.
Brewed with specialty 2-row, rye ale, torrified rye, rye flakes, crystal rye, crystal 80, wheat, kiln amber, and caramunich 60. Hopped with Warrior, cascade, simcoe, crystal, chinook, amarillo, centennial, Saaz, and dry hopped with simcoe, amarillo and crystal. 10% ABV.

Pours out to a hazy medium brown, forming a creamy light yellow head with fantastic retention and solid sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate, about 2.5 carbs or so. The nose is that of an american barleywine...a boatload of hops sitting on top of a sticky huge malt body with notes of molasses, soy sauce, caramel, and bourbon. Mouthfeel is sticky, syrupy, huge bodied. Taste opens with a firm blast of hops, with pine, grapefruit, and orange peel and is followed by syrupy malts with toast and grain notes. A few fruity yeast esters, then a medium firm bitterness which balances well with the overall toffee sweetness, finishing with a firm hop aftertaste and medium astringency. Earthy finish.

Don't think of this as a DIPA, but a rye barleywine. It's a very well brewed beer, and is very rich, but I don't really see myself buying it again.

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.