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

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88
very good

338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | 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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chinchill

South Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

08-27-2014 23:26:32 | More by chinchill
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-26-2014 00:12:44 | More by BGsWo22
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Keene

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

08-13-2014 04:49:13 | More by Keene
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threeviews

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%

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)

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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)

08-06-2014 18:55:03 | More by threeviews
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-06-2014 05:52:14 | More by zestar
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Aficionado_Shawn

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

08-05-2014 00:18:20 | More by Aficionado_Shawn
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ANiklaus

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

08-03-2014 23:19:15 | More by ANiklaus
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cfinch2

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

07-22-2014 01:44:41 | More by cfinch2
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ArsMoriendiOU818

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

07-20-2014 21:37:48 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
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Chikincoop

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-17-2014 00:55:00 | More by Chikincoop
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GClarkage

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

07-03-2014 04:09:20 | More by GClarkage
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

07-02-2014 00:52:14 | More by Mitchster
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JDeming

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-27-2014 02:25:58 | More by JDeming
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Zanico

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-25-2014 00:09:34 | More by Zanico
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Phigg1102

New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

06-19-2014 22:54:38 | More by Phigg1102
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kds2437

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-14-2014 15:28:34 | More by kds2437
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Metaltildeath

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-10-2014 18:49:41 | More by Metaltildeath
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skelton00

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +2%

06-04-2014 00:02:35 | More by skelton00
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Walshwi

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-01-2014 20:02:26 | More by Walshwi
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-01-2014 16:34:10 | More by Latarnik
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icculus71

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

05-30-2014 20:30:35 | More by icculus71
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neckbracesub

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2%

05-29-2014 23:19:48 | More by neckbracesub
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TucsonTom

Arizona

4.76/5  rDev +21.4%

A great whiskey-barrel aged beer ... for my taste.

I haven't had many whiskey-barrel aged beers. Most have come from Firestone-Walker. I can't say the style is my favorite, but this one from Shmaltz is my favorite so far. It has to be the use of rye whiskey barrels for me. I really enjoy a shot of rye with a malty beer on the side; somehow the combination of flavors is wonderful. And this beer smacks that nail straight on the head.

I'm drinking this nine months after bottling, so that aging probably helped a bit. I'll bet two years on this brew would make it incredible.

It's still luscious as is!

05-27-2014 21:21:58 | More by TucsonTom
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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-21-2014 01:04:35 | More by HoppyBastard2
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gmcsierra91

Florida

4/5  rDev +2%

05-17-2014 21:56:58 | More by gmcsierra91
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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 338 ratings.