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:
#2,928
Reviews:
905
Ratings:
2,016
pDev:
12.07%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
238
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 2,016 |  Reviews: 905
Photo of ChrisinRI
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of npendres
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Docer
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.5)
- Dark and filtered clear brown with a reddish hue. Fluffy and slow forming fingers of ultra light tan head settles with frothy sticky foam all over the glass and a thick pillow rests above.

Smell: (3.5)
- Smells like a barleywine. Huge thick caramel malts, bready, zesty, peppery, and sweet. Molasses, honey, grassy earthy hop. This is a sweet rich smelling barleywine for sure.

Taste: (4.0)
- Honey and sugary caramel malt. Light cocoa, pine, zesty hop, and a subtle chocolate and desert-like flavor. Brown sugars, candy, and earthy hops. Hops are rather light. Very well balanced.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This is a rather heavy brew. Thick creamy malty body which is quite chewy, and a touch sticky. Leaves the mouth a bit dry and chalky. Certainly a nice creamy feel.

Overall: (3.5)
- For me this beer is a bit off the mark for the style. It's certainly a barleywine. When I like a good double IPA, I don't want a barleywine. That doesn't mean that this beer isn't great.. it is. But I try to be subjective to style in my judging.. but it really always boils down to how good the beer is overall. That's why I like doing these live reviews step-by-step. I've never had a He'Brew beer that wasn't quality.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/13/2009 (bottle):

Pours an amber orange colored body, with a small white head. Has a strong citrusy bitter aroma. Also, a rye grainy aroma. An alcoholy taste, bitter citrus, grainy. Spicy taste. Has a creamy mouthfeel. Nice IPA taste. Carbonated. Tasty.

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Photo of tappangordo
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bruachan
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i love hops and i love rye. the bottle says it has both inside. so i opened it

it's real dark, but with that much malt involved (enough to produce 10% alc) i guess that's inevitable. it's a deep ambery garnet. the head is nice

the aroma is more room-filling and monistically ever-present than that of any beer i've ever experienced. the beer is sitting a yard away right now and it might as well be in my damn nose. immensely malty an hoppy simultaneously¬ógreat balance. the character of the malt is so complex that it makes me think of a quad. the piney hops fit seamlessly in, and the rye is evident

BIG flavors. thick, creamy yet piercing with the hops and rye spice. deee-lish. this is my first He'brew, but count me in

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of mattcrill
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared this one with BA cmaruschak

Aroma: Peppery, spicy hops. Some alcohol warmth noted. Spicy and dry is definitely the dominant theme here.

Appearance: Brilliant ruby colored pour with a sudsy white 1-finger head.

Flavor: Bittering hops, peppery spiciness dominate the palate. Just a hint of some malty sweetness but this is followed by a bittering dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and oily. Almost overcarbonated.

Overall impression: A bit too unbalanced for me. Needed more of a malt presence to balance out the punishing hops and alcohol burn. Glad I split this one. Hard to finish for me. Normally I enjoy a highly hopped rye beer but this one missed it's mark for me.

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Photo of cfinch2
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of kaseydad
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great label honoring the legendary Lenny Bruce.

Pours a beautiful amber/burgandy color with a decent one finger foam head. It almost poured like a Barley wine as the consistency was very smooth.

A major malty aroma with hints of grapefruit, candy and floral. Very nice.

Wham! The taste has so many things working at once. Hoppy, malty, bready and bitter greets the palate. After the swallow is when the big bitterness bites back. The bitter bite makes me want to drink more to combat it...but it just intensifies....no problem there. I keep waiting for a hint of sweetness because of the aroma, but it never comes. Great job!

If you like bitter beers, this is the one to try. The 10% kick is there, but this brew is way to easy to consume.

Lenny Bruce would be proud if he were alive today.

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Photo of nygannon
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of csurowiec
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of tastybeer
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woody brown color with ruby highlights and nice beige creamy looking head. Nice retention and spotty lace. Aroma has big malts, with all sorts of other smells. Dark fruits hidden in there with many yeast smells and some mystery hops. Taste is certainly intense. Big malts carry through with a huge pile of hops delivering a variety of delightful flavors and a big bitter kick in your face. The alcohol is occasionally noticeable in all the beery goodness but it is 10%. Rather thick body and heavy creamy, but carbonated mouth feel. A little resiny graininess sneeks through. Drinkablity is good for what this is.

Good to have. Better to have slowely.

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Photo of Techichi
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of sprucetip
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into goblet. Let this one warm for a good little while before opening, but it still improved after opening and warming even more.

Not much head, even less lacing. Very clear, copper/amber, gorgeous.

Huge sweet malty base comes first, strong fruity esters, moderate balancing hops. A little backwards for an IPA, but I like it.

Very dry and boozy early on, but more balanced and smooth as it warmed. Malty sweet with some citrusy hop flavor and lingering bitterness.

Mild carbonation. Thick, rich texture with full body. Dry bitter finish.

Very dry bitterness lingers. Quite big, too. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of gpblackgt
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jimmah120
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into wine glass

Giant off-white head, clear amber-red body with lots of rising bubbles. Smell is warm rye, alcohol, piney hops, citrus, grass. First thing I notice is a very creamy feel, then bitter oily hops. They weren't lying about using a lot of hops and malt. There's a lot of flavor here: piney hop resin, nutty/toasted malt, darker notes of clove and spice, citrus fruit, and lots of warm alcohol. Loses half a point on mouthfeel because of how abrasive the oil and alcohol is.

This is a terrific, stong, flavorful beer. Not something I'd drink all the time, but was excellent to try.

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Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a 12 oz. bottle.

Two dense fingers of some of the most durable tan froth imaginable atop a hazy brown body with ruby trim. The patch of foam literally stays throughout most of the duration. Dense lacing and duration make for a fabulous look. Dense malty and hopped-up nose, rife with bready, caramel malt and resiny hops.

The taste is really bold, filled with roasted caramel, dried fruit, some molasses, and a bit of berry. The rye is pervasive, coating the tongue with a resiny, nutty film. It's complicated, robust, and impressive. Challenging, but delicious. The mouthfeel is good but maybe a little too tart and bitter. It's also somewhat of a sipper, due in part to the texture and also in part to the heat from the alcohol, which emerges early and gains steam.

Yet in all, this is a big, bold, challenging beer, a testament to the impact that the great Lenny Bruce made on American culture. He'Brew has become well known for their big, almost massive beers, and this is no different. It's also excellent.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.42/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I gotta split with the majority here and say this is an appallingly out of balance double IPA. It was a major disappointment.

It pours a thick and opaque reddish color with little head. The aroma is strong, sickly sweet and slightly woody. The flavor is thick, medicinal and alcoholic, at once bitter and sickly sweet, with unpleasant overtones of raisins and even peach juice. The mouthfeel was viscous and unpleasant.

With so many good alternatives in the same style - including superbly balanced, drinkable examples like Hop Wallop, Dreadnought, Double Simcoe, Ruination, and Hopslam - this beer is an avoid.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red color. Almost like cherry wood. Thick sticky head rises about an inch and a half and retains well. Lace sticks to the sides of the glass.
Smell is of hops. Earthy, Piney and Citrus.
Woaa! This attacks the palate. Sticky hop bitterness is the dominating flavor with out much malt backbone. Which works for this beer. It's supposed to be a hop bomb.
Mouthfeel is sticky. It's almost like the hops stick to your teeth.
Given the abv and the intense hops this beer is very drinkable.
Notes: Is being tasted with and compared to Moylander Double IPA.

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Photo of sunofneurot
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of NickSMpls
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jjayjaye
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and the color of a dark red wine with a full wispy light tan head that fades fair quickly. Little lacing generated. The smell of rye malt beverage is really unique and a little hard to describe to me. Its malty without being really sweet. A little doughy too. The alcohol is also undeniable in the nose and there are a bunch of hops in this one, giving it a piny floral characteristic. I find that the alcohol is much more pronounced the more it warms up. Full bodied, the mouth feel is smooth. Adequately carbonated, a tingle from the hops balances the rye malt nicely. The flavor is quite similar to the nose. The 10% ABV is integrated well. A very good drinker, and one to consider for a reasonable length of time.

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,016 ratings