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
Ranking:
#2,663
Reviews:
904
Ratings:
2,012
pDev:
11.82%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
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87
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237
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Photo of nloyless
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of WOSean
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mcvs1507
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JasonA
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep carmel with solid 2 fingers of tan head.

Smells an floral hoppy alcohol. Malt does come through after further inspection.

Malt, hops ..., hops ..., alcohol ..., alcohol. Nic boquet on the tongue. Tastes fresh. Would be interested to see what some time did to this.

Medium bodied, good carbonation. Creamy carbonation sitting in the mouth.

Im not completely sold on DIPAs Damn are they a sipping brew. Very tasty to me as a change of pace, though Im not sure Im sold on many of then in a period of time.

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Photo of Trevormcraig
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of MillRat
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, a rich red-brown with an off-white head that quickly recedes to a persistent ring. Rich malty aroma with a strong hops bitterness that doesn't have give away a particular variety or region. The flavor is thick, rich malt with a noticable rye spice. Unlike many other DIPAs, the hops are more in the bitterness register than so strong on flavor and aroma additions, allowing the rye to shine. This is a very heavy beer saved from hopeless syrup by severe hop bitterness. This is a reasonable DIPA with a nice rye twist. One bomber is enough, though, as much due to the flavor assault as the 10% ABV.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks to JPCleary for letting me know this beer was available.

A. Poured a beautiful dark amber with a sustained head that leaves good belgian lacing.

S. Clear strong hops malt and alcohol odor. I am a novice with hop boombs like this so it was quite noticeable.

T. Beautiful malty taste with a balanced hops. The alcohol at first leaves a sharp aftertaste which quickly acclimates as you continue.

M. First there is a lingering hops taste, but this quickly dissipates.

D. Good, although since we have few "illegal" high alcohol beers here in SC (At least until the cap is officially popped, 5 days and counting), this beer definitely packs a wallop. Definitely will return to it. Since this is my first high gravity beer, I will cellar some and review again in 6 months.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All I have to say is wow! This is the first and only beer I have had from Shmaltz, but it will not be the last. You must take into account that Double American IPA's are my absolute favorite and I am watering at the mouth recounting this beautiful beer.

I poured my Lenny's RIPA into a Tulip glass and at around 50 degrees or so. A nice head formed and then reduced to minor lacing which could be refrothed with a few swirls of the glass.

The Aroma is lightly sweet, hoppy, and a faint hint of the 10%ABV alcohol. I can tell right away that the first 8 ounces of this 22 ounce bomber don't stand a chance. I am luckily at home alone and left to enjoy this beer in the solitude and sanctity of my living room recliner.

The first taste is magical. It is bitter, vivacious and malty. The finish is like a Green Flash DIPA or Stone Ruination only with more hop spiciness. I can't believe the kick of this beer. The hop presence hides the alcohol well, but after 2/3 of the bottle you can definately feel the affects.

I would recommend this beer to anyone with a taste for IPA's. If you liked Stone Ruination, Arrogant Bastard, Green Flash DIPA, or any other heavily hopped beer you will most definately love this one. Enjoy and savor this one.

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Photo of gmcsierra91
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed red-orange color, nice large, quickly receding head that leaves some viscous lacing. Fair amount of visible carbonation as well.

The forefront of the nose is packed with a firm odor of rye malt, and oodles of spicy hops. Stale and earthy, in a good way. I get a bit of citrus themed hop smell, but it is very underwhelming. The alcohol light up your nose hairs and is prevalent in the smell.

The taste is a bit out of the ordinary, the hop profile is leaning way over to the spicy side rather than citrus or pine. A really mean rye pa if you ask me. Spice, earthiness and rye define this brew. Sooo much flavor that it almost hurts, what this brew lacks in complexity it makes up for tenfold in sheer amount of taste. The alcohol is hidden perfectly and you would never notice that this brew clocks in at 10%.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. Tiny amount of syrupy slag on the tongue but that's pretty much expected in a big brew like this.

Overall, I don't know how I feel about this one. It is good, very drinkable. But it's kind of up in the air if I will seek this out again. Solid brew.

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Photo of ReDave
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A small man with a thick Scottish brogue was chattering on about something as he was unloading some stacks of beer.... then i saw it! He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.. well mostly the Hebrew then bitterswsdkfj i ran over to the guy trying to to knock him down. Whoa can this be???? I YELLED at my drinking partner in crime! Hebrew RIPA!!!
OK so i was a little excited....
So, my anticipation was a little high!
Pours a very dark brownish RED little amber. Huge HUGE head! Not nearly as dark head as others hvae mentioned, mostly dark cream, but huge... if poured right, it's almost cask conditioned! Well, not really but nice!
[BTW the bottle was really sticky, either they had a broken bottle somewhere down the line... and since i took the bottle from the box i ripped open from the [[obscure "vendor"] Scottish guy, it was not from this batch]
Aroma: mostly malt, little hoppy very sweet.
First sip man I'm bummed, not was i was anticipating!
Second sip, well OK a little better.
3rd sip, OK hop back end blast.
This is a good DIPA! Very pleased after all! One of the better balanced DIPA's

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Photo of hellcatsjg
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark golden beer that looks thick right out of the bottle. A good amount of head rises after a good pour, and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass as you go. Good looking beer.

Smell: Spicyness and a bit of piney hops. The nose does not nearly prepare you for the huge taste of this one.

Taste: Very good. This one starts with a bit of maltiness that quickly gives out to a piney and sweet hop flavor. Also jumping in in the middle of the sip is a spicy flavor due to the rye that does a very good job of complementing the piny hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, almost chewy beer. At the same time though, very smooth and creamy. This is a very good combination as well and makes for a very unique drinking experience. Finishes somewhat dry and leaves the nice spicy hop flavor hanging around until the next sip.

Drinkability: Thought this is a wonderful beer, this is the category that it would suffer in. It is so thick and intense-in a good way, mind you-that you could not sit for an evening of several of these. One bomber would probably be enough, but you will enjoy the heck out of it.

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Photo of Heady978
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dancinwillie
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bomber, purchased at Woodmans west, Madison, WIsconsin, into a pint glass.

A: Nice pour, achieved a beautiful 2 finger head. Pours a nice dark amber color, with a light tan head. Head dissipates slowly, leaving nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Not much in the way of aroma, just picking up mild scent of hops.

T: Hop flavor is somewhat limited, although maybe I'm not picking up on them due to the solid malt backbone. Either way, not enough bitterness to call it a double IPA, in my opinon. That being said, this is a tasty brew, balanced, tasty, and makes you want to drink more, and more. But It might have been better marketed as an IPA, not the double.

M: Good mouthfeel, smooth and creamy.

D: I would have to rate the overall drinkability as just over average. I would drink this beer again, but not if I was in the mood for a double IPA.

One last thing: I would like to say that this is the first beer I've had from this brewery, and while I don't think it's a good example of the style, I want to stress the point that it's a good beer. Had it been sold under the
"regular" IPA label, I would have rated it higher. If you're looking for a "hop bomb", keep looking. If you're in the mood for a well balanced IPA, pick this one up, and enjoy it. I did.

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Photo of Estarrio
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a red, orange with coppery notes. Good sized, off-white head with great retention and lacings.

The aroma is sweet with a big malt presence. Some rye is also apparent. The hops are noticeable but not what I expected in a DIPA.

Very big malt taste with a nice dose of rye and some molasses and caramel up front. The finish is bitter grapefruit with a balancing hop presence. Not quite bitter enough to counteract the lingering malt sweetness but not unpleasant. Also some warming alcohol notes in the finish.

This brew is medium bodied and well carbonated. There is a bit of a syrupy consistency that seems to jive with the massive malt flavor.

This is a good, unique, drinkable brew. It’s not quite what I expected and I’m not sure that it represents the style very well but it’s a worthwhile beer.

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Photo of BeerForHokie
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jdoncbus
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber - poured into pils glass. Rich copper color with two fingered, beige head. Decent amount of lacing.

First whiff is of malty, biscuit with a solid alcohol prescene. Rouned off with piney, sweet citrus with a layer of butterscotch. The "bittersweet" label on the brew is no lie.

The rye malt certainly hits like a sledgehammer leaving an extremely bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is there and makes no attempt to hide itself. This concoction reminds me of a ryed up Arrogant Bastard Ale,

Very dry and oily mouthfeel leaving a certain puckerness in the mouth.

Definitely not a session beer and would advise pouring this baby into an 8 oz. glass. This brew is not for the faint of heart and to be honest I wish I could split this bomber with someone but since its open and I am not with any beer drinkers; it's down the hatch. Perhaps I am a wuss but I would go with Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye if given the choice.

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Photo of dwren89
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A double IPA with rye

Appearance: deep amber, about 20 SRM, very thin tannish head, not great clarity but not bad, slight haze

Aroma: caramel and peppery spiciness with floral and slightly citrusy hop aroma, thick smell, has a certain heaviness to the aroma

Taste: very caramelly and thick, with smooth spiciness from rye, a very chewy beer, nicely bitter finish but not as bitter as some other DIPAs, the rye character is immediately noticeable on the palate as a thick/creamy/spicy taste that complements the caramel malt character nicely. The hops are powerful and flavorful but definitely kept in check by the malt character. There is a moderate alcohol flavor on the finish but soon subsides into the malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Chewy like a barleywine but with a more bitter, biting finish from the high hop rates. Thick and tasty but also smooth and creamy with medium-low carbonation

Overall Impression: A fantastic DIPA that incorporates rye to add more complexity, body, and flavor dimensions, all which take the overall beer to another level. Certainly a slow sipper, it's incredibly long finish can sustain the palate for 5-10 minutes after a sip. Overall quite delicious and unique, definitely worth adding to any DIPA pick six for a little variety and added malt character.

4.3/5

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Photo of Prestonlegal
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of boot11222
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of drinkinmiles
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BrunEngr
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hophead247
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-brown body with a big, dense tannish off-white head that left a good amount of thick lacing. Nose is sweet, with orange, caramel, toffee, spice and bready malt. Flavor is fairly sweet with toffee, spice and a good dose of one note bitterness. Full body and medium carbonation. Good, some big flavors and bitterness, just missing some elements to bring it all together.

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Photo of bentonquest
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of thegrifter
3.25/5  rDev -20%

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,012 ratings
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