He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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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
4.13/5 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
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
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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