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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Double India Pale Ale with Rye Malt brewed in tribute to Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider 1925-1966).

Added by mcallister on 06-07-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,601
Reviews:
904
Ratings:
2,008
pDev:
11.82%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
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Photo of erikm25
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich and thick burnt amber and orange coloring. A dark reddish and auburn tinted copper. The head is a massive chalky beige orgy of bubbles. Very dense with excellent retention. Cobwebs of lacing around the glass.

S: Very powerful aromas. Massive malts, yeast, and freshly baked rye bread. Caramel candies with some roasted peppers coated in honey. Subdued hints of orange peels and spiced grapefruit towards the back of the nose.

T: Rich malt taste with just the right amount of alcohol tinge. Caramel and buttered rye toast with some toffee and cherry sweetness. Citrusy and pine sap bitterness in the finish. All rounded off with thick fruitiness in each sip. Hints of oak, dark berries, and a bittering tang. The spiciness really becomes more apparent as this warms. Definitely complex and with the ABV it warms very nicely.

M: Creamy, syrupy, and full with moderate carbonation.

D: This is probably my favorite style of beer and He'Brew has put together a very interesting and successful twist to the DIPA. I could see how this might be hit or miss with some but it was a hit with me. It has a very experimental aspect to it that I liked. It's one of those beers that, if you dig the taste, you'll have finished a bomber before you know it and end up having music turned way up.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful clear red colour. Thick head that ain't going nowhere.

S - Balance of citrus hops and yummy caramel malt, with a hint of spicy rye.

T - Intense. Potent piney hops hit you right off the bat, then the thick malt and alcohol comes rushing in. It all comes together in a long, bitter and dry finish. Not an overly strong rye presence, spiciness seems to show up in the finish. As it warms, you get more of the rye, as well as an orange marmalade character that is quite nice.

M - Chewy, thick and creamy. Even a little syrupy and oily, but the dry finish holds it together. Warming alcohol is quite obvious, but very smooth.

D - This is a freakin 10% IPA, how drinkable can it be?

A fabulous brew! Obviously, it is now missing some of that fresh hop character, so I'd say it is more of a barleywine at this point, but still very good.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big beer in a big bomber, very agressive but made for those that like DIPA's bordering on barleywines. The hops were massive, smelling citrucy and providing a nice balance in the nose with the rich malts. Sort of similar to a Stone 10th in that regard. I just spent about 10 days with no beers except Caribbean lagers, so this beer was a huge slap in the face, very strong and a little over-whelming. I recovered well and enjoyed it.

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Photo of pkalix
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xgabe
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 22 oz. bomber

A: Pours nice and thick... "kerplunk" into my Duvel glass. Carbonation is evident, though subtle. One inch thick head; slowly dissipates. Color is clear, with hues of dark amber, reminiscent of honey or maple syrup.

S: Mild hops balanced by caramel malt aroma. Some fruit (banana); alcohol is present (duh at 10%!). No dominant citrusy hops.

T: The mild hops come through mildly in taste as well, a surprise considering the DIPA status. Don't get me wrong. It's pleasant for sure, especially how it finishes nicely with the malt backbone. After it warms, the alcohol and hops come through a bit more. Very nice.

M: Just as thick as it was poured. Carbonation is fine, as fine as it comes to being confused for lack of carbonation. It's pleasant.

D: For sure. Very pleased with this venture into a R.I.P.A.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 3 fingers of head. Great retention. Thick lacing. Color is a dark amber/brown.

S. Initial smell is rye malt. Has a semisweet smell to it. Underneath lies some hop bitterness.

T. Taste is also at first heavy on the rye. Nice rye malt flavor gives the beer a contrast of sweetness and bitterness from the hops, hence the name I guess. Hop flavor is not that prominent as is an overall bitterness.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium/full carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

O. Overall a pretty interesting beer. Not really a DIPA in the traditional sense of what I think of one as. Maybe best described as right in the middle of a DIPA and a Black IPA. I like the flavor that rye provides, so this worked for me.

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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper with a dark amber core. Tall, thick, sticky, bright light khaki brown head. Perfumey-Scotch tape-pine sap hop nose, backed by spicy-sweet butterscotch, whiskey burn, and melted Werther's Original candies. Sweet, sugary toffee malt up front. Very spicy, peppery, anise-y, nutmeg jolt mid-palate. Bitterness increases as candied fruits and butterscotch chime in. Strong bitterness and spice in the finish. Warming, but doesn't feel like 10%. Watch out, eh? Medium-full body that coats the mouth well. Creamy feel. Very interesting beer with an interesting combination of spiciness, sweet caramel/butterscotch, and strong DIPA bitterness. I'm not sure if I am crazy about the strong spiciness, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of peensteen
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish amber colour, 2 fingers of dense off white head, some nice tight lace left behind. Smell is of sweet caramel-bready notes, some citrus and pine, more of a general citrus as opposed to certain fruits, rye malt, almost barley wine like. Taste is of sweet bready malt, rye, big bitterness throughout, pine with some orange like citrus notes, sweet in the finish, lots of citrus in the aftertaste. Lots of resin and oil, light slightly prickly carbonation, full body. Nice malty and bitter DIPA, very different stylistically for what this is (much like Lenny Bruce himself) ABV well masked in taste but you can feel this in your chest, solid stuff overall.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark amber almost tending towards brown. Good sustaining head and decent lacing
S: typical for a rye beer, with some notes of a black IPA. Little bready and woody, some notes of a fall walk in the woods.
T/M: starts with a little malt, but overtaken quickly by the "rye" taste. Notes of dates or figs in the beginning, then a wave of bitterness takes hold, dry and tugging on all parts of the mouth. Then, surprisingly, a mild (brown) sugary taste creeps back in. That fades to some earthy/woody tones as the mouth slowly dries and the feel lingers, slowly growing in bitterness.

O: with the first tastes, I had this rated about 1/3 point lower. As I analyzed more and more closely, though, I found it to be more complex than first tastes. Without much analysis, I think this is a bit bitter for my tastes. But for a longer, enjoy your beer session, I liked this beer in the long run.

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EliottJW
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a solid big beer. I figured that was a good way to open this. while I liked this beer, I wasn't blown away by any means. being a lover of all things hops, I definitely felt a big let down.

pouring this into a plastic pub cup from our speakeasy tour (we're watching the allstar game as true to being there as possible), I'll admit that the serving style was not ideal. None the less, it poured a deep amber with a solid head on it that took a good while to recede. to say this looked syrupy coming out of the bottle would be a large understatement.

I picked up a touch of the rye from the nose, but more hops than anything... as is to be expected from a DIPA! But where'd all the hops go when it hit my lippy lips? I got a blast of malts and mostly rye malts at that. Not a bad thing, but after smelling this beer, that was not at all what I was expecting. it was sweet and creamy, but the hops bitterness that I was looking for turned into nothing more than a bit of a bite in the back of the mouth. malty malty, to say the least.

This really did feel good going down though, I'm absolutely obligated to say that much. it was nice and creamy, not overly heavy. as for the feel, it was enjoyable, but I have to say that sharing half a bomber was definitely enough for me. This is one of my favorite styles and while it was a nice showing, I wasn't really interested in more of it!

I have to say I suspect that we may have had an older bottle of this, and if I've left an inaccurate representation of this beer, I apologize. This is not entirely what I was expecting though.

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Photo of biggred1
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Beautiful ruby amber with a nice, fine creamy head that leaves sticky rings on the glass.

S-Smells like a big fresh fruity hop bomb, with good rye breadiness.

T/M-Big and bitter but well balanced with nice chewy malts and a powerful alcohol warming quality in the ever lingering finish.Smooth mouthfeel with an oily resinous hop quality that lasts for a while.

D-Nice stuff, but a sippin' beer for sure. This stuff will punch you in the face!

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Photo of Paincane
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby amber body with a pretty tan head, good lace and nice head retention.
S: Rye, grain & caramel malty aromas.
T: Malt forward front end. A melange of hops finish dry, clean and bitter.
M: A very well-balanced brew that is equal parts malt and hops and as a result is bittersweet.
O: A thoroughly enjoyable Multi-faceted complex yet cohesive brew.

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Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out an amber/burgandy color. A one-finger head that left some lacing.

S - HOPS!!!

T - It was very hoppy and sweet, as well. It came across very spicy.

M - It was fairly dry and crisp. Heavy-bodied.

D - It was good but almost too hoppy. Nice sweet flavor, though.

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Photo of AllanPatchin1016
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ATPete
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, great move to the smaller sized bottle.

Lenny's pours a deep brown/orange color with a large and strong tan head. Bright hops sit below a large malt aroma in the nose. This is a malt forward DIPA, the rye is able to shine better this way, however it goes without saying that this is one hoppy brew. Spicy, fruity hops mesh wonderfully with the rather complex malty backbone. Great complexity, creamy texture in the mouth, lighter carbonation and very well balanced. The 10% ABV is very well hidden, very good drinkability for its size. Cheers to Shmaltz for bringing this one out year round and now in 4pks!

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Photo of davelag
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drpimento
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a lasting light head and a bit of lace. Slightly hazy dark amber color. Pungent aroma of hops with an enticing quality of sweet malt. The rye is a masterful touch. Full on in the hop department. No BS hefre. Slight alcohol character in the long, warm finish. . Very good body. Best beer that I've had from these guys yet.

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Photo of kcillini77
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Shmaltz brew, and it was a good choice.

Nice, deep ruby color with a good head that laces well.

Smell is spicy malt - very aromatic.

Taste is rye up front with an immediate bitter hop bite that mellows with warming alcohol and peppery spice.

Rye malt and hops are very plentiful. Alcohol is noticeable and very present, but not overpowering.

A great tribute beer, and somewhat unique in that it adds the rye to a style that is becoming fairly prevalent. Highly recommended.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017-02-06
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.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden brown with limited head but leaves white lacing all down the glass. Has a sweet malty smell. I wasn't expecting as much sweetness as I got in the initial taste that had caramel maltiness with a hop backbone. Definitely not a hop-bomb and a nice scotchy after-taste. It has more of a scotch ale taste to it with a medium body.
Overall delicious.

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Photo of GregPearson33
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the brew from a 22oz bomber into a Sam Adams tasting glass. It's a dark burnt-orange brown with a very thin head that tight, but fading fast -- not really what I like to see. The smell definitely has some citrus including heavy amounts of grapefruit, but also a malty (caramel?) character. After the first sip I'm a little surprised by the thick, syrupy consistency of the body and the medium-high level of carbonation. As soon as I got over that though I was able to enjoy the BOMB of hop flavor, though not of the same citrus quality I expected from its smell.

Still, if by "obscenely hopped" they mean "amazingly delicious" than I'd say the description is pretty accurate. While there is definitely a hefty hop presence in the initial sip, I think it's surprisingly well balanced; after a swish or two there is even a discernable malty sweetness to the flavor. The aftertaste definitely summons back its bitter roots, however, leaving a piney aftertaste.

Although I haven't had enough to have the alcohol become an issue, I think it's a little hefty to have more than just a (very, very enjoyable) bomber.

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Photo of Mikus
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue into the Spiegelau. 1/2 finger of cream colored head with a ridiculously crisp division between brew and head, and tiny bubbles. Interesting nose with bright orange bitterness, grapefruit notes, and some noticeable rye. Not a 'top-shelf' IPA nose from my experiences, but it has its own thing going on, and I like it. the spicy rye notes hits you right away on the front of the palate, and then the flavors live up to the 'bitter-sweet' moniker. Grapefruit and orange juice notes supply the bitterness, and there is also a lingering sweetness intermingled. A nice pine note emerges mid palate as well to add to the overall complex malt profile. Slightly heavy and a bit cloying on the mouthfeel, but not inappropriate considering the unique take on the style. It's a head-scratcher, and not the same old IPA or rye IPA. Not just another hop bomb. Worth a try on all accounts.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, slightly hazy, amber-copper coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white head that quickly settles into a sparse, filmy surface coating. Aromas of roasted grain and booze initially, with a tangy malt profile that combines caramel and tropical fruits. Hints of mango and papaya. Some citrus notes, as well, with some pepper notes; no hops presence on the nose otherwise. Flavors are a blast of hops. Holy monkey! Resiny and bitter, with a strong backbone of roasted, rich grain. Very well balanced after the initial shot in the mouth. The fruit presence becomes a mid-palate highlight, leaving as quickly and sneakily as it arrives. Booze and bitter hops finish the palate, as well as clean everything up. This beer is like a tornado touching down on your tongue (in a good way). Bitter, resiny, and slightly earthy aftertaste, with a clean, slightly dry finish. The beer is robust and full in mouth. This one's a heavy hitter, and it brings the flavor with it the whole way through.

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Photo of Ohpl8s
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,008 ratings
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