He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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4.85/5 rDev +23.7%
Shared a 22oz bottle on a cool Memorial Day weekend.
A--This really is my favorite color of beer. Weird, I know, but I fell in love with a copper ale in 2003, and I've been searching the world for a beer that had that same golden, red, shimmering hue. He'brew's got it.
S--Whiskey, vanilla, almost too intense when nosed directly.
T--All of the flavor features of a whiskey barrel beer, without an overexpression of roast character. The complex hops profile of the RIPA balance surprisingly well with the whiskey barrel flavors. An unexpected match.
M--Body of an IPA, soul of a barrel-aged beer. Could be creamier. Thick and thin at the same time.
O--This is an extraordinary beer, plain and simple. There's nothing simple about it, though. A feast of hops, a complex malt profile, and just the right amount of barrel-aged compounds.
05-28-2011 23:23:03 | More by JavaJoe
4.85/5 rDev +23.7%
Lenny's R.I.P.A. aged in six year sazerac rye whiskey barrels, 22 oz bomber, Batch/cases 001/469, bottled on 4/9/2010,
Pours a gorgeous copper/orange hue hazy clarity and a nice 2 finger tan head that is capped and sticky. All in all it looks amazing.
Complexity galore this ale smells so deep. First up is the vanilla and rye spice from the whiskey barrel, second is a well rounded bitterness coming from the aged hops, i am going to assume the regular version of this beer is a bit more hoppy though Ive yet to try... I don't think ill take my nose out ever.
Upon first sip i am greeted with an amazing mix of hops and rye whiskey, i can see someone who doesn't enjoy whiskey being deterred from this. Hops have an earthy citrus quality but are more hidden behind the onslaught of rye whiskey, whiskey has a nice bit of warmth to it. Solid caramel malt backbone helping more this all along.
moderate carbonation with a bit of a syrupy fell to it, what id expect from a brew aged for a bit. Alcohol is well masked for 10%. semi-dry finish.
Amazing beer i absolutely loved it. I recommend you get your ass out their and try to get your hands on this. it says there is only 469 cases produced which means only 5628 22 oz. bombers were produced. GO! RUN!
06-30-2010 18:50:11 | More by hopheadjuice
4.8/5 rDev +22.4%
Wow! that is all I have to say about this brew! This is easily one of the best American brews I have ever had! The ABV is really high at 10% and goes down just as smooth as a Belgian or a German would. The beer pours a lighter golden color with perfect carbonation, a decadent aroma of hops, hops, and more hops, and the taste is the same.. Hops! To me, that is a good thin, so I will be searching for more of this beer for sure!
01-15-2011 21:51:18 | More by ronniebruner
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
4.65/5 rDev +18.6%
On the label:
Batch/Cases No. 001/469
Bottling Date 4/9/2010
Poured medium dark copper into a tulip. Cloudy, tiny bubbles - lots of them that dissipate slowly given what a powerful beer this is.
Aroma is overpowering. Easy to get high on the smell alone.
Taste is a combination of sweetness and alcohol. A sipping beer. To be savored. If you like sipping rye whiskey, you will love this beer simply because it possesses all the pleasure and you get to enjoy more of it. High alcohol for beer, low for a whiskey with all the flavor - best of both worlds.
I love this beer and wish I had more of it. I bought it on close out at my local Central Market and wish I had cleaned them out.
10-13-2011 22:23:48 | More by NWer
4.65/5 rDev +18.6%
A: Really deep copper color with a touch of red highlights. A half finger of white head with good head retention and lacing. Not bad looking for a barrel aged IPA.
S: The nose is a mix of spiciness from the rye and just a touch of hops. The barrel really brings out the best part of the pre barrel aged beer. Not an explosive nose but really nice.
T: The mix of spiciness from the rye base beer and the barrel and the hops is outstanding. The base beer is not super hoppy itself so it really lends itself to this kind of thing. It is not complex but it is wonderful. This should really be changed to a rye beer as this is not a DIPA. As it warms more of the barrel comes out.
M: Medium body. A little bit syrupy. Carbonation is good.
D: I love this beer. Bottled April of 2010 469 cases and they should have made more. This is the second time I have had this beer and it impressed me more this time. Just a really nice treat.
12-04-2010 01:15:44 | More by aerozeppl
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)
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
4.55/5 rDev +16.1%
Bomber served in a tulip. Deep amber color, bordering on brown. Plenty of head, lingers nicely around the glass. A lot of hops in the aroma - floral smelling. The taste however is a malt bomb - caramel and maybe cinnamon; the hops are there however in the aftertaste. A very good beer, although it was quite pricey so no guarantees I will buy it again.
07-09-2010 01:18:04 | More by gabrielsyme
4.55/5 rDev +16.1%
Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, brought back to Sydney and cracked open with my bro @LaitueGonflable.
Pours a very thick and heavy deep reddish amber, with a yellowish white head of creamy foam. Good lacing, and the body looks incredibly heavy. Lovely static carbonation. Really quite wonderful. Head could be fuller, but otherwise, it's practically perfect.
Nose is lovely - big and rich hoppy notes, almost as though they've been compressed to a singularity and then smashed into a galaxy of flavour. But there are big sweet other notes, oak and coconut come through in abundance.
Taste is excellent as well. Big and sweet wood and coconut characters, with a huge welling of delicious fragrant hops that give a finishing bite to cleanse the palate. Slight spice on the back, with a slight alcohol heat. Mouthfeel is superb, slick and heavy without being too prickly. It's got such a weird bent on the heavy and aggressive DIPA style - masses of coconut and a really odd sweetness to balance everything.
Oh hell yes. This is what I love about American craft beer. There are such classic flavours all over this, but they are also twisted and battered into such original and unique forms. Superb.
08-21-2010 07:46:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.55/5 rDev +16.1%
A - caramel colored and vibrant. A thin but creamy, cinnamon tinted head sticks around for a minute or two. Very clean and un-hazy (word?)
S - Sweet candy malts dominate. Cinnamon and rhubarb, and burnt sugar. While some of the sweet smells may be originating from the alcohol notes of the whiskey barrels, it is a little disappointing that I'm not picking up and wood or true rye whiskey notes, nor am I getting much hop in this "obscene amount of hops" brew. However, the nose is still tremendous and complex, much more on the british IPA side.
T - Vanilla and pepper, right off the bat, smack you in the face. An amazingly well balanced beer. The vanilla dominated malts are strong and complex, but not overpowering in any way, thanks to the hop, peppery backbone (less bitter, more spicy), that combats the malts. Neither dominates, though both are dominating. Finish is a bit tangy, with a little residual sugar.
M - It almost seems like I'm drinking from 2 different bottles at the same time. I'm getting the crisp, pop of an IPA, with a super creamy and velvety barley wine...both distinct...truly seems like I'm pouring 2 incredibly well balanced beers into my mouth from 2 separate bottles.
D - Even at 10%, the alcohol flavor and impact is not very noticable. This one may be dangerous. Delicious, not too heavy, not too light, and super strong alcohol hiding in the shadows.
I must say, many of the reviews below had me worried, but my bottle was fantastic. The date stamp is only 2.5 months old, so I can't immagine age/time had anything to do with it. Mine is a 2010 release...
06-19-2010 22:07:18 | More by mobyviacheslov
4.53/5 rDev +15.6%
Another big beer from Shmaltz! Picked up tonight from the tasting room at the brewery. Excited for this one!
Poured from 22 oz. bomber into snifter
A- Great dark amber color with nice tan fluffy head with nice even consistent bubbles. The head doesn't stick around forever but when it does there is some decent lacing that slides down the vessel. Has a nice glowing aura to it.
S- The barrel smells great on this one. Caramel, a bit of coconut, char, whiskey. Although masked by many of the characters of the barrel, the hop aroma starts peeking through as it warms. Also as it warms up to room temp, the alcohol smell becomes slightly more evident. Picking up some tropical fruit...mango?
T- Very barrel forward. I bought this from the cooler at the brewery and it was labeled as batch three and brewed in August, 2013. The Rye Whiskey presence is right there upfront, but not really too overpowering. It is balanced quite nicely. For the amount of hops that they loaded into this its not too bitter, but there is a subtle bitter hop aftertaste. Brown sugar, very malty. This is a great tasting, complex brew!
M- Great thick and hardy. A little dry from the barrel aging. There is some bite from the carbonation, but the thicker mouthfeel helps balance this into a thick, smooth beast that becomes tamed as you drink it. The alcohol is also hidden amongst all the complexities and nuances.
O- Overall a splendid barrel aged beer! A great, balanced smooth double IPA with barrel aging down right! The whiskey and the barrel add a very interesting and pleasing quality to this brew. Pretty well done for a brewery that was only open for a matter of weeks at the time of the bottling of this beer. Well done Shmaltz. L'Chaim!
11-28-2013 04:39:45 | More by mitch3114
4.53/5 rDev +15.6%
A - Dark copper red in color, almost no head to speak of and only a small layer of tan foam.
S - Lots of biscuit, sweet malt, caramel, and a slight medicinal hop aroma.
T - So very good. All of the aromas are in here, biscuit, malt, caramel and what hop flavor is there is medicinal.
M - Full to very full. This the thickest IPA I have ever had, and if I was blindfolded I would have said this was a Imperial stout from the mouth feel. Thick and rich, velvety, with a strong amount of hop bitterness.
O - A truly great beer. Surprising flavors and textures.
06-23-2011 00:19:16 | More by enfield249
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
22 ounce bomber. Batch #1, case #469. Whoo hoo! Batch 1! I'm excited to try this one. Was in the mood for a Hop Head Rye but saw this and decided to pick it up instead. I'm using a snifter glass. Pours a deep ruby red with a full head that has great retention. Incredible aroma on this beer, with the the rye whiskey from the aging process lending to lots of alcohol in the nose. Taste is incredible, very complex. I get huge amounts of malt with a huge alcohol finish. Also yields molasses, vanilla, maybe even some roasted malt flavors somewhere. It's called a Rye IPA but there's no hops to speak of, and this is a relatively young beer, bottled 3 months ago to the day. It could honestly probably use a little more time to mellow out. Though the longer you drink it the more you get hops, particularly in the background. This is a pretty amazing beer, very well put together. A sipping beer.
07-09-2010 23:59:39 | More by eclaycamp
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.