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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:
#2,615
Reviews:
904
Ratings:
2,009
pDev:
11.82%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
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87
Gots:
236
Trade:
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Photo of TripelMark
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dewey0603
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear mahogony with a giant tan foamy head. A nice looking brew. The smell is a very strong "bisquity" aroma with lighter scents of malt,alcohol,and grainy,if that's a word. The taste is a creamy mixture of alcohol, malt, rye, bitter hops, and a bready flavor thats just great. Not for the faint of heart, the alcohol is VERY in your face. But if you like a real alcohol and hop bite, this may be your beer. The m/f is heavy with a creamy feel that brings the mixture of flavors together beautifully. A very good beer from a West Coast brewery that's sometimes tough to find in CT.

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Photo of Techichi
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle purchased form LaBodega in Riverside, CA. in August 2006 for $4.99. This is only my second or third Rye beer, and I guess it's an acquired taste.

Pours a deep rich reddish amber with a yellowish fluffy head.

The aroma is intense hop richness, sour oily grapefruit perfume with sweet malts underneath. The flavor is tasty, of course hops being the main theme, with a sharp kicker of additional hops at the end of the swallow. Lots of malt, but the hops are really over the top.

Mouthfeel is almost syrupy this is so thick and rich. I finished the bomber, but it was really more than I wanted. Overall, this is a well made, interesting beer, but not really something I feel strongly about wanting to try again.

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Photo of johntfox
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Firstly, I picked this out because of the label. A "chosen beer"?? Secondly, don't think I've ever seen a label that showed praise made by bA. Nevertheless, thought that trying an experimental imperial IPA would be a good idea. Can't make out the freshness date on the bottle, but it nevertheless poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

It must be the rye malts, because I don't think I've come across an imperial IPA this dark and malevolent in appearance. And I mean "malevolent," because this reminds me a lot more of strong ales like, say, Arrogant Bastard. Darkish-redish, as well as cloudy to the point of light barely making it through the glass. Alcohol leggings, as well as carbonation bubbles that glide slowly to the top of the glass. Not much of an initial huge head. However, a half-finger ring stays at the top, no matter how much it warms up. Scary.

Ahh, now this is how a hoppy rye malt based beer should be! There's an initial spiciness, as well as intense citrus zest and blasts of honey syrup. Beyond the fruity esters, there's a bit of an alcoholic drop, as well as some smells of fresh bread. Not much yeastiness. Can't make out any specific fruits, but it seems well balanced enough based on the aroma.

Cold, it starts hoppy. As it warms, it gets progressively malty, but only so much. The dry hops immediately take over, and the aftertaste is absolutely spectacular, giving me flavors of black cherries, blood oranges, raspberries, and bittered figs. On the other end, there's all kinds of spices resembling black pepper, as well as a brief rosemary flavor. This may sound that it doesn't mix well of paper, but I assure you that it all combines beautifully primarily due to the incredible feel that this beer has. This is its definite highlight, as it is thick, chewy, and bready unlike any imperial IPA I've had - and indeed, is closer to dark Belgian pale ales. A true meal in a bottle, soaked with alcohol and fruitiness.

This is fantastic. It's as exaggerated as you'd expect, or at least how it looks at a first glance, but works really well overall. I'm glad I've finally found an experimental DIPA that I would gladly pick up, for the low price, many times over. If there was a prophecy concerning this beer, I would believe it after consumption.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shmatlz Brewing Company, what a great Jewish name. I wasn't really impressed by their Genesis Ale, but I heard some pretty good things about this one so I decided to give it a shot. Well I'm sure as hell glad I did. You're telling me this beer is kosher? Wow, I may have to convert...hmmm, but Christmas is too sweet and I love pork.

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Wow, one of the best looking beers I have ever had. Pours a clear dark copper hue with an extremely generous light khaki colored head. Lacing doesn't let go of the glass at all, sticks all over the place and it ain't goin' no where. Very oily pine aroma invades the nose. There is a unique smell of smoke/pepper which I'm assuming comes from the rye. A good punch of alcohol in the nose with a slight hint of toffee from the malt. Very unique taste for a DIPA, probably due to the use of rye. Quite malty for a DIPA, coffee/caramel flavor comes to mind. A very bready/creamy flavor to it for a DIPA, I really like where this is going. Aftertaste is a bit dry with hints of grapefruit/lime. Definitely smooth and oily type of mouthfeel which I really enjoy. Alcohol takes away a bit from the drinkability, but you have to expect that for this type of beer. Those crazy Jews do a great job with this beer. Keep it up!

Mazel tov! Oi!

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Photo of ToddBeans
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of alostplot
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle - originally reviewed on paper on 8/14/06

Pours a clear amber with a thick tan head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is 100% citrusy hops and smells very nice.

Taste is slightly malty upfront which is washed quickly away by a wave of citrusy hops and a bitter bite to boot. Finishes quite dry and bitter.

Full body, mild carbonation.

An overall nice DIPA, and a nice change to have one that's on the dry side.

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Photo of u2carew
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a big head that settles slowly. Clear amber colored body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Pleasant aroma, a combination of fruit and flora. Tree fruit - ripe apple, plum mixed with hints of spruce and black pepper.
T) A well balance flavor profile. Sweet malts and bitter hops. Bready. Caramel. Bitter evergreen.
M) Alcohol warmth. Full body. Mellow carbonation.
O) A well crafted brew. Good balance between the malts and hops. I'd definitely have another.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle of this at CIty Wide here in town. i really dont think i will ever run out of new things to try at that store. This is my second He'Brew and i remember liking the first. I have a buddy who thinks Lenny Bruce was God but i don't know anything about him except that he's dead and there's a pretty good beer made in his name.

Pours out a beautiful looking beer. Reddish and clear with a massive super foamy head. tons of nice lacing. Smells of fresh hops, some pine, caramel malts. Taste is just like the bottle says...bitter and sweet...but not too much of either. Theres a heavy pine/oak flavor on the back end that mingles well with the raw hops. The rye in there is not all that obvious, but it lends a nice earhty taste that ive grown to like after having many beers from Founder's in Michigan. The mouthfeel is the real problem with this beer...its too thick and sticky. I mean, yeah, how can you get all that super hop and malt into a beer without it being thick like this, but it still makes it a bit hard to drink. Overall, though, its a real winner.

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Photo of delgotit99
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jhlosito75
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of GreenCard
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: copper, very slight haze, thick layer of spongey tan tight-beaded foam that slowly collapses, good head retention

Aroma: very seductive grapefruity/earthy hop scent over pineapple essence, syrupy malt, and a rye spiciness

Flavor: full malt sweetness that is quickly scrunched down by a firm, raspy bitterness; hints of caramel, raisins, and a yummy rye overtone; finishes semisweet with a long-lingering hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: full body, pert carbonation, alcohol warmth, slick texture

Other comments: I'm a big fan of rye beers and this is a pretty good one, even if the rye flavor is clobbered by the hops. And Lenny Bruce is a legend!

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Photo of Stigs
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10oz pour at Fat Heads, served in a mini-snifter

A - dark copper/amber beer holds up a small layer of thick and creamy light tan colored foam.

S - very sweet...citrus candies, honey, dark caramel. earthy and lightly grassy hops round out at the end.

T - strong caramel malts hoist up citrus (grapefruit, melon) hops. there seems to be a bit going on here although the flavors appear to be fighting over each other...rye isnt really noticeable at all.

M - thick body, rich and chewy from the sugary sweetness. carbonation fights its way through.

D - drinks more like a hoppy barleywine with a massive dose of sweet malts. even my girlfriend liked it. a forced sipper due to the sweetness and ABV. this one could hold up over some time.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

12oz bottle from Premier in Buffalo, no date. Pours a rich amber with a finger of off-white head.

Smells of fruitcake,raisins, muted citrus, pine and pink peppercorn spiciness.

Rich, bready malt, nice spicy sweet rye component hits you next, borders into a nice earthiness, then a deep pine bitterness with hints of muted citrus and flowers (wonder if this is a little old...) Brown sugar,whole grain toast, raisins, cocoa.

Hides the ABV extremely well, hard to believe this is actually 10%. Dry bitter finish, nice rounded sweet body, a really excellent beer.

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

Photo of BMoney575
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-8-08

Pours a crystal clear deep amber, with a hard-to-get white head that quickly settles.

Smell is all sweet, resiny hops, very sugary, with an almost fermented quality. Honey comes in later, with the perfect amount of alcohol kick.

Taste is the ultimate hoppy, bitter, and boozy. The malt is there, but can't compete. Extreme.

Mouthfeel is fantastic, super thick and syrupy, perfect for the style.

Drinkability is only as good as a badass beer can be.

Overall, a huge beer that lacks the complexity and balance to be awesome.

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Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear amber brew with a humongous head. Copious thick rings of lacing all down the sides of the glass.

S - Spicy white pepper, caramel malt, a touch of sharp lemon and pine.

T - A spicy peppercorn flavor with a bit of pine hops and grapefruit pith. A bit of warming alcohol - though not at all boozy. Afteraste is a lingering pepper over a caramel malt an strong bitterness with a mild pine/citrus finish. Gotta love that rye! This flavor is very enjoyable for some reason.

M - Smooth, thick, a little drying on the gums, but very refreshing overall.

D - Great. This is a beer to have again and again. I have heard that He'Brew mostly produces mediocrity, but have found the reality to vastly above that bar.

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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 2,009 ratings
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