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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

343 Ratings
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.54%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | 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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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour / Appearance: Older bottle (8/15/2013), but in theory this is probably aged most of the aroma hops out of it. Anyway it's what's being put on the shelf for the variety pack so hey. Pours with a good amount of carb, forming a voluminous head that actually sticks around. I don't believe this is bottle conditioned, and don't see any yeast floaties, so good for Shmaltz. A nice amber coloring, with ruby tinges around the edges. Very pretty, especially for the relatively new (well increasingly common perhaps) process of barreling IPAs.

Aroma: Heavy rye on the pour, with oak and vanilla increasing as the beer warms in the glass. Some distinct hops that seem odd; bit of dank and onion, but mostly grassy, earthy hops. Any sugar / caramelized notes seem to come from the barrel, although the heavy caramel malts listed on the bottle seem to suggest otherwise. Fresh barrel, perhaps? Either way good nose, but a bit confusing especially for any sort of IPA.

Taste: Very surprising! Actually a good deal of hop presence still here, both bittering and in the flavor. Amarillo and Chinook seem like the big ones here, and it's nice to have their dank presence to play with the heavy rye. Lots of vanilla to enhance the sweetness, while the rye contributes some heat notes that are wholly distinct from the very well masked 10% ABV. I'm thinking this wasn't in the barrel very long, and it's better for it. There is a good blend going on here, and anymore time in the barrel might have made it cloying.

Overall: Very nice, and a great example of what barrel aging big IPAs can do.

Bottom Line: Definitely give this one a shot. Worth it for all sorts of beer lovers, particularly those interested in barrels and experimentation.

VincentFrey, Jan 04, 2014
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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 343 ratings.