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

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.
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IPA - Imperial
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4.09 | pDev: 11.98%
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.
Notes: A Double India Pale Ale with Rye Malt brewed in tribute to Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider 1925-1966).
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky rust-orange/red color.

Not much of a nose, but smells of an American barleywine (i.e. sweet, boozy maltiness). Not much hops in the nose.

Decent lacing throughout.

Smooth maltiness up front; hops give a faint bite on the back end. Alcohol creeps up after that, but isn't overpowering.

Tastes like a smooth version of an American barleywine to me, but is surprisingly drinkable. Slightly cloying but overall a good brew.

Apr 01, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes 1/7/13: Pours a hazy dark amber/light brown producing a huge 3+ finger, lasting, frothy, beige head that leaves good rings and sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Aroma is sweet, dark bread and caramel malts, rye spice, a hint of dark fruit, yeast, resinous pine and a hint of citrus hops. Taste is big and bold malty. Starting sweet with dark fruit, molasses and toffee, there is rye spice throughout, finishing boozy with piney hops. The malt, spice and pine flavors linger long in the aftertaste with a nice hoppy bitterness. Very barley wine like. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy but a little syrupy, dry and drawing.

Nov 12, 2018
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Nass from Florida

3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rye bread is one of my favorite styles of bread, so I do get stoked when I see beers like in my hometown. In addition to, I am a fan of Lenny Bruce's comedy. He pushed the boundaries back in his time for comedians of today to speak more freely in public. The R.I.P.A is just an absolute brilliant name for this beer title.This is a tasty rye IPA but that rye pepperiness is just too much for me to handle it is clashing with the hops & instead of savoring this 12 oz bottle I just feel like rushing things & gulping it down. There is NO DATE anywhere to be read on the bottle. Furthermore, I would love to try the rye barrel aged version of this beer one day. Cheers! B-

Oct 09, 2018
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wexmary from New York

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At first I got it for the gimmick, the name. Now I drink it for its reliable taste.

IPAs, good IPAs will have a multitude of tastes within it. This has a bitterness but not a piney bitterness. Excellent

May 20, 2018
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aarono from Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got this as part of a beer of the month, and I was really delighted. It has a medium color reminiscent of apple cider. The smell is light and fragrant. The head was not too thick and transformed quickly into a think layer on top. The mouthfeel was slightly creamy, and it had a nice rye flavor. Would drink again.

Oct 31, 2017
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Samlover55 from New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into goblet
unidentifiable date code
L- pours bronze color, with quickly dissapating off-white head, some lacing
S- rye dominated with some resin
T- peppery rye malt, followed by a mellowed sweetness, with a finish of resin-y hops, booziness, and the peppery rye again
F- medium-bodied, has a syrup-y feel, average carbonation
Overall this is a great representation of the style, I really like how the finish just explodes with flavor

Aug 13, 2017
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrusy hops and ripe fruit. Body is full and slightly crisp. Citrusy, herbal hops, caramel malt and tropical fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, huge, and dry. Outstanding brew.

Apr 24, 2017
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MonkeyboyATL from Georgia

4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Doesn't look, smell or taste like a DIPA. I understand that there can be a pretty wide range of taste within a particular style, but DIPA? Really? Not just an American strong ale or maybe even a barleywine? Oh well, you should definitely try it because this is one terrific beer. Rich malt flavor with nice bitterness and the rye really sets it off. Beautiful dark tea color. Substantial mouthfeel and just a touch of heat. One of my current favorite beers.

Apr 17, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark for an IPA with very little head. Tastes like dessert. Like brown sugar and tons of malt. I get how some feel this beer has barleywine qualities. Wish the hops stood out a little more prominently but still for all it is a fantastic brew.

Apr 15, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you're celebrating Lenny Bruce, this RIPA (rest in peace ale/ rye IPA) is a tribute. It's dank, dirty and frank.
12oz bottle. A nice tribute to Lenny Bruce, he of the inspiration for so many of today's more edgy comics.

A) The beer pours a hazed, dark reddish amber color, with 2 fingers of thick, foamy, off-white head, which laces and lasts less for me than others.

S) Lenny has a big aura and aroma, it smells of acrid pine resin hops, bready, thick caramel malt, a bit of Belgian yeast, and a dank, cellar mystery along with the alcohol heat.

T) The taste equally big, with that dank, cellar dominating after a dry grapefruit hops, and dry pine woody start.
Brings a robust spiciness, from the rye, and bready caramel malt balanced by strong alcohol acrid pepper notes, like a bar drink, and finally, landing back in the cellar with a lingering dank hop bitterness.
F) The feel is balanced and big, with good creamy main notes, balanced by oily counter notes.

Crazy-big DIPA, thick, sticky, and a meditation beer. Let it dwell and warm.

Mar 18, 2017
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acmurphy696 from Georgia

4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a flavorful double IPA that I had been looking forward to. The aroma is nothing special, but I like the bitter rye taste although I wish there had been more balance to challenge that bitterness just a bit. Still, I like the way it felt on my tongue and I will definitely follow this purchase up.
P.S.: I just had my third Lenny's R.I.P.A., and I have to say it gets better with each sampling. Unbelievable.

Mar 11, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a tulip. 20081634B20809 is printed along the bottom edge of the bottle, but I have no idea what it means or if it refers to the bottle or the beer. Given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours a ruby-brown, clear, with a medium head and lots of slow carbonation. In some ways, it looks a little like a barleywine. Smell is nearly undetectable to me right now, but I get something a little sweet.

Taste is true to name -- bittersweet rye. Rye spiciness with a nice level of roast makes a really nice complement to the bitter hops. Bitter hops come across somewhat vaguely or as pine or grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel is smooth, maybe a tad still. Dry. Overall, quite pleased with the beer. With the aroma was more in your face.

Feb 06, 2017
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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 12-oz bottle, purchased from Globe. Appearance is good; still some head. Really strong aroma of alcohol and dried fruits, and a bit of sweetness. The taste is amazing, due to strong flavor and many layers of complexity: dried fruits, sweetness, hop bitterness (amazing at 3 years old), perhaps brown sugar. Mouth-feel is very full, and creamy.

This is one of the best beer I have ever had. I can't wait to share it with others this holiday season!

Nov 17, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice beige head and great lacing. Hoppy smell, floral and sweet. Taste is spicy rye, caramel and piney. Nice thick and sweet. Great!

Oct 19, 2016
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Beerme124535 from Ohio

4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

the flavor is wow.
The flavor starts off with quick sweetness then instant bitter hops but delicious
The look is dark with a light head
Smell is hoppy
Lots of alcohol but hidden very well
Sorry if I'm off it's my first review

Sep 08, 2016
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FrothFanatic from South Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Flawless brew. Pours a deep bronze color very dark for an IPA very little head, lacing on the glass however is prevalent. Upon each drink you will see a nice stretch of lacing around the glass. Tastes like dessert for me, delicious. Tastes of brown sugar, sweet malty goodness and a strong note of rye bread accompanies the sweetness, perfectly balancing this brew. It's perfection.

10 out of 10, 5 out of 5, perfect brew.

Aug 12, 2016
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nininik12 from Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like a loaf of doughy rye bread. Not as hoppy as some but not in a bad way. AT 10% ABV you wouldn't expect this one to be the smooth drinker that it is. Notes of toffee and caramel linger. A unique and memorable brew.

Aug 03, 2016
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Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

2.34/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pass right by this beerif you see it unless you like the taste of stale rye bread dipped in bourbon....and i like both of these. The mouth feel is very heavy...again like eating too much bread.

Jul 03, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] For an IPA this is dark. It is a medium brown color with some red hues. The beer has a minimal 1/4 finger tan cap of head. The bottle lists the ABV (10%). There is a date code but it makes no sense to me.

S: [3.50] I am getting more of a Wee Heavy scent profile. Some peat, some toffee and caramel. Nothing very hoppy. Maybe this is older?

T: [3.75] Follows the nose with caramel and toffee. It has a lot of candy like sweetness. There really is not much hop flavor to balance it out.

M: [4.00] Smooth with above medium body. There is no sense of the 10% alcohol. A tiny amount of bitter at the end.

O: [3.75] I am guessing this bottle is old. That being said this is still a tasty beer. Lots of nice malt to make the nose and the flavor pretty nice. I would like to have a fresher version to see how the profile is changed.

Jun 11, 2016
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ByronDBeer from California

3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark dark copper, brown. No head.
S: Fresh hops, vanilla,
T: Malty with some hop cuts. Very strong vanilla/brown sugar, overpowering. Hint of rye but really not much, just vanilla for me.
MF: Medium, mostly forward on the tongue.

Jun 09, 2016
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michiganmatt from California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep red-orange, half a finger of beige head. Slightly clear.

S: Massive hoppiness. All sorts of things going on.

T: Lots of malts, lots of hops, delicious.

F: Medium-full body, moderate amount of medium-high intensity carbonation.

O: Great beer

Jun 09, 2016
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dd43 from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Increasingly, double IPAs try to jump through various hoops to either tame the bitterness, lighten up the mouthfeel, or quell the alcohol note. This beer from Schmaltz does none of those things. You had better go into this wanting a big ass resinous and bracing imperial or you will be sad you dove in.

Copper in color. Lots of carbonation supporting a pretty large light tan head. This recedes quickly and just leaves a foam ring as the beer leaves your glass. Big caramel and pine notes. BIG. Sticky, malty and bitter like you remember from the early double IPA days. The 10% alcohol is not fumey per se, but you're definitely not drinking this wondering where the booze is. Despite the big malt base the hops still manage to show up to the party and make a racket. I get some orange marmalade in the bouquet, and the first few sips when the head is still present lend a certain dreamsicle quality that I kinda dig. Pepper notes from the rye round out the earthy aspect of the malt base. This is a sipper, one you can crack right out of the fridge and spend a good half hour quaffing as it warms up. Enjoy responsibly!

Apr 22, 2016
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beergoot from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange-copper colored body; an intense amount of fine carbonation; thick, chunky head. Big malt nose; a twinge of spiciness. Big malt sweetness to the flavor, too; subdued fruitiness; toasted grain; rye spiciness; strong hop bitterness. Heavy body.

Massive, malty, spicy, and bitter, all in one well-balanced package. Yepper...no joke about the this beautiful beast. It's just plain motherfuckin' good...

Apr 02, 2016
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chrishiker1409 from New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A rusty, dark brown. Pours with a finger of tan, white head. Lingers for a bit and recedes to rim of glass. Leaves plenty of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Earthy, malty. Some citrus and pine hops.

T: Very earthy and malty. Roasted barley. Rye spice on back end. Quite bitter.

F: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

I like my ipa's hoppy, but this malty ipa is one of the better ones out there.

Feb 29, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Translucent rust color with thin off white head that leaves traces across the top once it dissipates good lacing.

Smell - Earthy tones I also get some malts and some roasted oats maybe.

Taste - Good hoppy rye flavor very bitter some citrus notes very faint.

Feel - Medium to heavy body coats the tongue burn from the bitterness .

Overall - A solid DIPA i would have it again for sure.

Jan 30, 2016
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 2025 ratings