He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye 2014 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye 2014He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye 2014

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
2014 Edition Aged in Redemption Rye Whiskey Barrels Malts: Row, Rye Ale, Torrified Rye, Rye Flakes, Crystal Rye 75, Crystal Malt 80, Wheat, Kiln Amber, CaraMunich 60. Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Crystal, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial, Saaz Dry Hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo and Crystal

Added by JShelbyS on 03-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 5
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4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of matt_duthie
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/7/14, no. 004/850, which I didn't notice when I picked it up, oh well (from a 22oz bomber). Been sitting a while, but I loved the first one or two I had back when it was fresh (which I recalled being a burly whiskey-forward well-barrel-aged beer, in 12oz bottles, maybe they were '13 I don't recall). Poured beautifully, clear copper, with a nice fluffy few fingers of head, lots of lacing, and still a cap toward the end of the first glass. Interestingly enough, this has gone sour in the time its been on the shelf, like the same sort of sour in Funky Jewbelation which I'd just had a few days back. Oddly reminiscent. A little rye whiskey and oak on the nose and in the taste, but this thing is a full-on rye double-ipa sour these days. And it's kind of cool, though probably not anyone else's experience with this particular beer. The hops are muted but certainly still there, a little tongue-prickling when you hold it in your mouth before swallowing. Overall, just not what I expected out of this one, but not entirely in a bad way.

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4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mtomlins
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank back to back with the non-BA version. This monster pours copper in color with a big, creamy off-white head with good retention and lacing. The nose and palate were also quite similar featuring toasted malt, caramel, toffee and a massive boosy prominence that is delicious and enticing but also overpowers any of the subtle hops hints. Having said that, there is still a good bittering hop presence on the finish. This is a tasty/interesting brew.

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4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Bottle: Poured a light clear amber color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry bitter hops and rye whiskey notes actually works well together which is a first for me since I usually don’t dig barrel-aged IPA. Taste is a perfect mix between the dry caramel malt residual sugars with some dry bitter hops notes and the rye whiskey notes which are quite pronounced but do a good job of rounding the rough edges of this beer. Body is about average with good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. This one drinks more like a barrel-aged barley wine with a touch of hops but very good nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE - Transparent coppery red. 5-finger head that lasts awhile. Some lacing.

SMELL/AROMA/SCENT - Very aromatic. I could smell it from 3 ft. away. Strong piney, just a little sweet. Herbaceous.

TASTE - Piney, herbaceous, cloves, rye bread. ABV very well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Light and dry, with very good carbonation for a high ABV brew. Well balanced.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - This is the Levy's Jewish Rye of IPAs. Magnificent resiny aftertaste that stays with you. A very drinkable ale. You can guzzle this one (if you dare).

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye 2014 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 32 ratings
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