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

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.
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
Ratings:
2,001
Reviews:
902
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.88%
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
232
For Trade:
4
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Photo of craigbelly
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drawbackwards
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Act25
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of cgrunin
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Jodio
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBuckley73
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wrigfen
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chillin
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Crackerdevil
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just tried this gem for the first time tonight. I must say it's great.

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Photo of tommy5
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

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

Photo of Antg8989
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Interesting Rye IPA. Gotta have at least one.

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Photo of puck1225
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of rjvanston
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerme124535
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
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

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Photo of Marklaker
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FrothFanatic
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of nininik12
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,001 ratings.
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