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
Reviews:
902
Ratings:
1,997
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.88%
 
 
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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a reddish-brown crystal clear body but a bit dense. The strong sea of carbonation is tiny bubbles that glide up the sides of the glass. The thick sticky light tan head hold to the side of the glass after each sip.

S- This beer has a sweet malt flavor with a note of sugary dum-dum suckers. The light smell of wet grain and toast come through as it warms. There is also a hint of dark rye bread that is very pleasant.

T- This beer has a sweet dark caramel malt flavor with a bitterness of dandelion greens to follow. There spicy notes from hops or rye that fades into toasted malt notes and sweet white sugar flavors. The finish has a light herbal note with a malt and hop bitterness at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. There is a slight chalky texture and a soft alcohol heat that comes through as it warms.

D- This beer has some nice qualities of old ales, sweet malts and smooth alcohol with notes of spicy rye notes. I didn't get any qualities of IPA let alone DIPA. Nice beer in the wrong categories.

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Photo of akorsak
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a bomber of RIPA from Shmaltz. It is near room temperature (as this is the last of the bottle I opened 2 hours ago).

Appearance: For a DIPA, the ale is very dark, more similar to an amber. There is a nice ring of head that laces.

Smell: Malts that remind me of a barleywine are the first that I detect. Very sweet and malted-up, this beer is no regular DIPA, as there is no hop presence in the nose.

Taste: The rye adds a very nice touch up front, a change of pace in terms of malts. From there though, the malts spiral out of control and dominate the beer. There is a distinct barleywine aftertaste that lasts a long time. Again, there is some hop bitterness, but nowhere near that amounts I expected.

Mouthfeel: The flavors are too powerful and do not subside. This is not for the faint of heart.

Drinkability. Trust me, one bomber is enough.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Lightly hazed copper color with a nice creamy beigie head and nice slow but active carbonation that leaves nice lace. Big malt and big hoppy aromas; some rye malt aromas are noticeable which is nicer than the non-descript bitter hop aromas. Big malt flavors with lots of non-descript bittering hops... nothing incredible stands out. Full bodied and smooth with a dry bitter hop finish.

Nice to try but not more than once.

Per Label: "Double IPA with Rye Malt"

Per SBC website:
Malts: 2-row, Rye Ale Malt, Torrified Rye, Crystal Rye 75, Crystal Malt 65, Wheat, Kiln Amber, Caramel 70
Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Crystal, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial. Dry Hopped with Amarillo and Crystal

'5042' lasered on bottom ('05' embossed on bottom)
Tasted: 03/23/07

($5.49 / 22 oz.)

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Photo of wordemupg
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle downed july 31 2009

A reddish bronze, with a head that just kept climbing up the glass pouring over the top and on too the table. thick head that stuck around, looked like little hills, thick patches of lace but could not see each sip

S caramel is very strong nice pine and citrus just great. as it warmed i picked up some bread and perhaps some faint smoke?

T sweet malt with some pine, citrus and a little bread. not as bitter as i thought it would be, i thought the 10% was a typo until i fell over reaching for seconds. not perfect but a wonderful dipa buy it if you can

M/D thick, creamy goodness. I wont lie i loved drinking this beer. smooth as silk, and i just cant get over the 10% where did they put it?

my highest marks to date with good reason. see it buy it drink it any questions???

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. No freshness date.

A - Pours a dark copper color with a full finger's worth of head that retains well and gives way to a 1/4 inch head. Healthy lacing.

S- Dark and musty with an herbal hop aroma. A lot of rye was obviously used for this.

T- Yep. A ton of rye. Plenty of hops too, and thus a magical balance is attained. Packs a punch in flavor and in strength without being too boozy.

M- Somewhat creamy and a good amount of tang from the hops. Medium-high carbonation.

O- I had high hopes for this one and it certainly met my expectations.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a rich, rich reddish amber color with tons of bubbles pouring from the bottom of the glass. The head is gigantic and fluffy nd refuses to die down. I poured aggresively and boy did the head explode from the liquid. The head is almost solid. Laces very, very well. Looks awesome!

S-A nice combination of super breadiness, sweet maltiness and delicious fruity hoppiness. Not the most powerful aroma but quite attractive.

T-Don't know how I'm gonna get past the head to the liquid. But once I do, I am quite happy with the result. The taste outshines the nose. Big bitter hop notes attack. The hop profile is complex with both fruity sweetness and dry pine. The malt is there but the hops are the main attraction. The rye kicks in toward the end and adds to the depth of the brew.

M-Creamy and sticky. Well carbonated. Stickiness is a combination of the sugary flavor and the resinous hoppiness.

D-The 10% comes into play as the beer warms but I find this quite drinkable. This is a big beer no doubt. I wish this would come in a 6 pack over the 4 pack but jeesh the 4 pack is expensive enough.

This far exceeded my expectations. I love how much the beer's taste stays on your palate forever.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber hue and a cloudy texture. There was a good half inch of creamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Strong, but not overpowering aroma. Lots of hops and malt, along with a sugary quality.

T: A big flavor on this beer. Astrigent hops, malt, caramel and that rye quality combine for a powerful taste. Complex and flavorful.

M: A lively amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Very full-bodied.

D: This is the sort of beer that doesn't mind slapping you around a little. It has a well made, complex taste and a lot of personality.

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Photo of barczar
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant deep copper with a frothy, lingering khaki head.

Grapefruit, molasses, pine, toasted malt, cola, resin, and property rye form the complex aroma. There's good balance between hops, malt, and rye.

Flavor is decidedly rye dominant, with initial citrus underpinnings and a slightly sweet caramel malt backbone contrasting nicely, until the bitter finish. Grapefruit, tangerine, and resin are the focus of hop flavoring. Very complex.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation and significant alcohol warmth. There's a harshness in the finish.

I like this more than I expected. The flavoring hops are nice and fruity, with enough resin to complement the rye character, and the rye is balanced nicely by the malt. Finish is more bitter than I prefer, but the malt sweetness keeps me wanting more.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no bottling date that I could find. Served in a DFH IPA glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a couple inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel malt, spicy rye, peppery spice, and pine and citrusy hops. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some tropical fruitiness, earthiness and oranges. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and is well carbonated. The 10% ABV is well hidden, it sure doesn't drink like a beer that is that strong. One of my buddies gave me a bottle of this recently, and I'm glad he did! I wouldn't mind trying this again, definitely worth picking up!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark amber copper color, semi hazy with a half inch of head that mostly laces. Smells to me mostly of spicy rye, grapefruit hops and a nice overbearing sweet malt. Tastes ow wow! Of creamy hops, spice from the rye, and a semi cloying ABV that finishes bitter and piney. I want to say the ABV is covered well but it's in the finish next to the bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, so don't expect the typical DIPA SIP IT! Drink ability is kind of moderate since I would rather have a bear republic Hop rod Rye than another of these, but it was still a nice beer. I was even able to try it in a 12oz size since I figured I wouldn't love it, great decision. Overall a nice rye DIPA.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish copper color, full fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Smell is of sweet malts, piney and spicy hops, rye. Taste is nutty, sweet and bready malts and rye Piney and spicy hops balance out the flavor. Hints of dark fruit. Oily yet crisp, medium bodied and slightly dry finnish. Very good beer, lacks a little umph in flavor. Agree with the below reviewer who stated this is more of a Rye Pale Ale than Rye Double IPA. Rye is the star.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the clear reddish amber brew. Head lasts and lasts, with hoards of chunky lacing. Aroma is pine and sweet grains, with some spiciness to boot. Taste is sweet maltiness upfront, citrus and pine hops character in the middle on through, with some alcohol warmth at the close. Not as much spicy rye character as I had hoped. Mouthfeel and drinkability are alright, but go a bit far on the bitterness for my liking even for the style. Your mileage may vary.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Kosher brewery really intrigues me. I must say.

Appearance- Great rising flowing head that grows almosr thre inches to overflow my imperial pint glass. Almost a maroon/deep amber with some slow, obviously hop infused bubbles, make their way to the top. Great lacing that leaves almost perfectly symetrical rings equidistant from the next. Awesome.

Smell- Thick with panda express orange peel chicken. Great combo of the sweet and bitterness citrus found in teh extravagant use of hops.

Taste- Starts with what feels like a passionately bittersweet rye and grapefruit melange of citrus sugar with its overpowering skin. The malt is a little mild. This beer would have been perfect if the malt had a little more say on my taste buds.

Mouthfeel- Strong resins and syrups that slowly leave the back of my thraot after each long, savoring sip. Well incorporated alcohol.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, no bottling date.

appears a deep copper color, with amber highlights. 1/2" off-white colored head. nice complex aroma, mix of caramel malt flavors and resiny hops. taste is also balanced. sweetness of sugary crystal malt and a bitter finish of piney, earthy hops. medium body, but sticky mouthfeel. good carbonation level.

overall - very tasty spin on the DIPA style.

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Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, coppery amber with a fluffy, light brown/beige head. Good head retention and clumpy rings of foam stuck to the glass. Malty aroma with lots of spicy rye, caramel, gingerbread, and citrusy hops. Moderate bitterness with a nice balance between malt (spicy, chocolatey rye) and citrusy grapefruit hoppiness. Finishes with some dryness and spice. Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation. The texture's a little oily and there's a pleasant warmth in the finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a darkish-copper color with a thick head that fades down to a one-finger head with lacing. Great presentation in my Piraat glass.

Aroma is bursting with spicy rye and floral/grassy hops in the nose. Sweet and hoppy at the same time.

Taste is sweet and spicy upfront with a good kick of grapefruit from the hops in the middle. Very delicious. There's a good balance between hops and rye here.

Rye and hops linger in the mouthfeel. Again, that balance carries over beautifully to cap off a beer that is definitely unique and refreshing.

I'm buying this again. Would love to buy it in Vermont but it's absolutely one of my favorites. Definitely. Only Hop Rod Rye comes close when it comes to beers infused with rye.

I've got to give this one a perfect 5 though. It's hard to find DIPAs that have a defined balance between malt and hops.

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

A- Amber brown with a small light tan cap that has subpar retention. Leaves a nice coat of fine lace.

S- Huge blast of caramel malt. Hops are there and are mostly earthy and grassy. Smells like an old ale. Aroma has high strength. Very slight apricot.

T- Nice caramel malt blast and hop presence. Hops lend high bitters and some earthy flavor. Dark fruit and strong malt flavor of a barleywine also comes in. I get some fruit notes as well and definite grass. Rye lends some flavor and spice.

MF- Nice and warm. Fairly thick creamy body with moderate carbonation. Bitters coat the palate along with hop flavor.

DB- Great price and very well hidden ABV. The flavor is big, like a barleywine and is very nice. The rye works well with the caramel malt. Easily worth a shot. One bottle is enough but still drinkable.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nectary dark amber body and a challah-yellow dense head that rims, laces and sheets. Thick honey, flowers, concentrated orange, some lemon oil and a bit of spice on the nose.
Peach jam, lemon curd, toffee, raw honey, a big rye spice hit in the middle, then the grapefruit and resin hops crunch.
Rye grass and aspirin finish and looong oily drying linger. Med-heavy, chewy, sticky, silky, a bit of heat.

A great, if malty, DIPA all around, even without the rye. Hops could be more forward, the rye takes over. Big in every way.

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Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a hazy orange, burnt umber, very thick and rocky light tan head forms, tons of lacing, keeps a very solid layer, great retention, looks pretty great. Smell is pretty nice, very bready, lots of caramel, some rye spiciness, floral, light bit of grapefruit, alcohol is very well hidden, biscuit, very nice. Taste is similar, very malty and bready, toffee, iron, light floral, some grapefruit sourness and rye spice, cake, lightly sour and lemony, alcohol comes through a touch but very subdued, nice malty finish, balanced. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation, very drinkable for its size, alcohol is nicely hidden. Pretty neat stuff, doesn't wow me but its pretty good.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks impressive, rich, vibrant reddish brown. Aroma, some sweet candy kinda.

Taste, I completely agree with my predecessor, the lines are blurred between DIPA and barleywine here, moreso towards the barleywine end. Sweet, understated hops, hides the alcohol decently. Drinkable for its alcohol, but price is a little prohibitive.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no apparent freshness date but the bottle is stamped 1345A4, but I'm not sure how to decipher it
A - tight, creamy, ivory colored head holds excellent retention atop a hazed copper body
S - malty nose with plenty of spicy, earthy rye, bread crust, and caramel
T - earthy and spicy with loads of rye malt, rye bread crust, and caramel. It's both bitter and sweet as the label suggests. Pine and grapefruit punish the palate on the finish
M - full bodied and looked thick and syrupy as it poured. Finishes bitter and dry
O - whether this was fresh or not, it's an excellent Rye DIPA.

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Photo of Suds
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear, deep brown and amber color with a slim but soapy head. The aroma is the first thing that elevates this brew. It's a full-force mix of malt and hops. A little more malt than I expected, but the hops are great...a little grapefruit, as well as a musty, herbal backbone. It's a great combination, and it really sets the tone for the beer. The taste is equally good. There's a nice hop flavor throughout the beer, with plenty of sweetness and a syrupy malt flavor. The brew does take on a warming quality after a while, but on the whole, it hides it's abv quite well. The body is rich and full, with a lot of substance. This is a great brew.

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. At a first a two finger beige head forms and sticks around for a minute. After the foam recedes, some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Lots of soapy piny, and citrus hops up front. Plenty of caramel sweetness. Bread and biscuit. Spicy rye. A lingering bitterness.
T: Really well balanced, and very complex. Soapy and piny hops up front. The hops and rye mingle with an excellent balance of caramel malt. Lightly toasted. There is a lingering bitterness, but it is never overbearing.
M/D: A medium to full body. Slightly syrupy. Pretty smooth with with just enough crisp carbonation. Very dry. A bit of warming alcohol. Though this is one of the easiest drinking DIPA I have tried.

I really enjoy this. An overall great beer with lots of complexities. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy copper-amber color with a tiny head of white foam. The head fades super-fast, leaving a very light level of fizzy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is bready and moderately sweet with aromas of rye bread, toffee, and caramel. Along with these smells are some hoppy aromas of pine and grapefruit bringing a very nice and robust rye IPA smell.

Taste – The taste begins a quite bready and doughy with a strong sweetness of caramel and some milder dark fruit flavors of plum and raisin. Along with the thick bready taste there is a nice showing of rye which grows slightly stronger more toward the middle and the end of the flavor. All the while as the flavor advances, so too do hop flavors begin developing. They start from the front of the taste as a lighter grapefruit hop nature which gets quite a bit stronger as the flavor advances. At the same time as the grapefruit grows in intensity, a pine and grassy hop also come to the tongue along with a moderately boozy taste. While the grassy flavors remains relatively subdued, the pine really pick up in strength to the end, surpassing the grapefruit in intensity. With a little bit of an earthy flavor, a slight lessening of the sweeter flavors,, and a bit of a peppery spice flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a nice thick and chewy, moderately boozy, hopped up rye bread flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick body is very nice for the big bready and rye flavors of the brew really allowing them to stand out. This in conjunction with the moderate carbonation make this brew a very nice sipping beer.

Overall – A quite big and tasty rye IPA. Very thick and mouth coating with a sweet and big flavor. While at times slightly unbalanced, this is a nice brew none the less, and well worth a try.

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Photo of drpimento
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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