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 Nyrangersgrrl
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

4s across the board on this one... This beer pours a clear orange amber color with two fingers of off white head that retains well and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma hazy notes of caramel malt, rye and piney hops. The taste starts with caramel malty sweetness and then moves to rye and hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced, but a little bitterness lingers. Overall a good rye IPA.

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Photo of Yoda22
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Burnt bronzed orange. Big tan resiny foamy head. Thick sticky bubbly laces.

Spicy Rye, burnt toasty sweet. Spicy hops, piney, herbal and grapefruit. and alcohol.

Spicy burnt toasty sweet elixer. Spicy hops complement the malts, grapefruit and pine and a bitter resinous bite. Good balance betweeen malts and hops, but to the extreme, borders on barleywine. Nice Alc bite.

Rich thick and sticky. full bodied. dry

Love me some hearty rye and hops. A very bittersweet bomber. Good drinkability for such a monster.

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

Appearance - Poured a nice brown color with ruby highlights. Had a nice thick white head.

Smell - Sweet smell with nice hoppiness.

Taste - Wonderful hoppy flavor with malty sweetness and nice rye taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a beer! Great taste and high alcohol. I wish I could get it here in Louisiana.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip. I proudly hoarded this bomber all for myself. No freshness date to be found.

A: Hazy dark amber and plum-colored brew with about a finger of creamy beige head. Great retention, and there is spotty lacing on my tulip.
S: Big sweet fruitiness up front; a bready malt presence is pretty prominent, too. Currants are major here, and there's a nice little sweet and spicy balance. I'm hoping for some more hops in the flavor because they are not too bold on the nose, and I'd expect a little something more in a DIPA!
T: I am happy here...it is much more hoppy on the palate. I've got great bitter hops all over. They are woody and mildly citrusy. These hops are balanced gorgeously with the dark fruity esters found in the aroma. The best part of this beer is the great rye base. It's grainy and slightly earthy. I sense caramel malt, but it's merely an afterthought here.
M: Creamy head, a heavier body, and balanced carbonation make for a wonderfully smooth mouthfeel.
D: I am a big fan of this brew. I'd like to try it fresh and on tap if ever possible!

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

A-Nice amber body with a thin head of lace. For DIPA's I like to see a thick, sticky head. A little darker than expected but color was very pleasing.

S-Not the hop punch that I love in a DIPA. Seemed like I was picking up more from the bittering and flavor hops than any aroma hops. If they dry-hopped, it didn't present itself heavily.

T-Wow! My head is spinning between the hop bitterness and the rye spiciness. Sharp, coarse hops right up front. The maltiness, although tough to detect behind the hops, makes a nice caramel-like finish.

M-For a beer so big and full of sharp flavors, it is balanced extremely well. The hops are supremely evident, as well as the rye, but nothing is cloying. Citric sharpness reminds you what kind of beer you ar drinking.

D-Obiviously not an everyday beer, but another winner from Schmaltz. Any hophead should enjoy this and buy when the opportunity arises.

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Photo of ParkbrauFan
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of dgallina
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 fluid ounce brown bomber with no freshness date.

Pours clear copper & chestnut with over an inch of foamy tan head. Withdraws to a small film and excellent thin lace. Smells like grapefruits, sticky tree sap, caramel, and fruity alcohol. Gooey sweet caramel malts and rye in the front of the mouth. Develops blended grapefruit and pine bark hops, plus deep toasted rye malt chewiness towards the back. Finishes with bracing hops and super sharp alcohol sting. Creamy, sticky, barely carbonated (nearly still really) in the mouth. An interesting and (way) over the top IPA, but not something I'd drink much of.

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Photo of pathead
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Really strong Mahogany color pours into my tulip glass... thick bright head floats on top and leaves a ton of sticky lacing! Lots of carbonation!

S- Strong notes of caramel, bready yeast, and sweet malts. Subtle hints of pine and citrus. More mango and pineapple than orange and grapefruit! Smells more like a Barleywine than a IIPA!

T- Really bready, yeasty and sweet at first, then the citrus bomb hits! Nice lemon pith, orange zest and mango battle with the strong malty tones. A nice spicyness that probably comes from the rye. Unusual... but loving it!

M- Really coats the tongue with rye bread and caramel. Nice bitterness with a strong lemon peel bite. Just a fabulous blend of bitter and sweet shifting back and forth.

O- I can't wait to check this one out again with some age on it. Wish they would barrel age this one! Not one trace of alcohol... drinks really easy! This would be insane with a nice Roast Beef Sandwich on rye with Horseradish Mayo!!!

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Photo of WoodburyMN
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ACB
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Givemebeer
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into snifter. Love the tribute to Lenny Bruce

A: mohagany and clear nice looking beer great lacing

S: smell is reminiscent of 120 minute. The label says brewed with an obscene amount of hops and malts and this proves they are not lying.

T: wow this has a ton of flavor. Starts with citrusy pine hops then the rye comes through with a nice touch then finishes with the malts. Flavor is extreme

M: one of the chewiest thickest ipas I've ever had, and I like it. Finishes off dry

O: a poor mans 120 minute. I liked it but had a tough time really reviewin this one. Try it if you want an explosion of flavor.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy amber in color, about a finger of beige head at the top the goes around the glass with every sip.

S-Smell of strong citrus, lots of grapefruit as well as honey and caramel. Great nose on this beer.

T-Tasted very pleasant, dark malts, a bit of burnt sugar as well as caramel.

M-Medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.

D-Alcohol is hidden on this beer! Great brew!

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Photo of bongobeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of slowdaddy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of maltlikker
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of beerphan
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a goblet.
No date to be found.

Nice thick 2 inch off what almost tan head, that settles nicely to a thin bubbly layer. Nice dark reddish rust color. Patchy attractive lacing throughout. Medium persistant carbonation.

Nice fruity sweet rye scent, with an alcohol background.

Taste is not offending, beginning with a malty slight rye hit and ending with a slight bitter hop alcohol kabam. The alcohol flavor is well hidden and barely rises from the afterburn.

Mouthfeel is good, with medium carbonation with a nice thick slide to the belly.

A nice easy drinking beer for 10%ABV. The alcohol is definately there but not up front. My first try of a 'RIPA', much better than i expected. Give it a swill, i sure will again.

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Photo of Renegawam
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ghostwalker
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cherry-red/amber body with a thick yellow/tan head. Very nice looking poured into a Maudite tulip.

Nose is tart, spicy hops.

Flavor is tart, bitter and puckery with hops, but spicy and bold on the finish. Boozy, but in a good way. There's a solid malt backbone there too, but this one is very hop biased, to my delight. I expected something more like Hop Rod Rye, but I may like this one even more. This calls for a side-by-side tasting!

Mouthfeel is tart and zippy. More of the puckering effect, like biting into a lemon, or drinking grapefruit juice just after brushing your teeth. It's like concentrated hop juice.

Drinkability is very high. Much like HRR, it is almost compulsively sippable.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Amber with golden hues. It poured with a medium cream head that died to a film.
S: Lemon and orange juice with some spicy--but not piney--hops, and sweet rye.
T: Butterscotch toffee. The rye comes in with earthy bitter hops. There is a lingering gin alcohol flavor on the back of the mouth.
M: Moderately syrupy, frothy, and very smooth.
D: Good as it is a well-balanced beer.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

a - pours a hazy, copper color with an inch or so of cream colored foam. head slowly calms to a thin film and leaves a few legs of lacing in the glass.

s - toffee, grapefruit, orange, grassy, slightly bready. wonderful aroma. sadly, it's all downhill from here.

t - pine resin riding a sugary sweet malt base. slightly astringent. massive bitter slap to the mouth kicks in right after the sweetness passes. doesn't reveal any of the wonderful things found in the nose, or even any rye character.

m - gooey with adequate carbonation.

o - decent overall, but honestly i'm a little disappointed. 10% abv kicks in right about halfway through the bottle so drinkability is pretty low. comes across more like a not-so-well-made barleywine more than any kind of ipa. definitely not worth $4/bottle. will be passing on this in the future.

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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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