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:
2,002
Reviews:
902
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.88%
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
233
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Asics
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beerdrifter
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Clear, copper, amber pour with nice off-white head and decent lacing. Big aromatic nose with lots of dark fruit and spices, alcohol and a hint of rye bread. Taste is much the same with a nice bitter hop bite and a big sweet, malty, dark fruit backbone. Also detected a hint of candy apple, cinnamon and black pepper. The rye was conspicuously absent here which greatly disappointed. The alcohol is not well hidden in this one. It's definitely a sipper. Very thick, resiny mouthfeel and the alcohol is warming. Not the most drinkable beer for me. A little too sweet. Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye is, in my opinion, what all Rye beers should strive to emulate, and this beer wasn't even close. Perhaps I would have rated it higher if it would have had more of a rye character to it. Definitely not a bad beer, but not a good example of a RyePA.

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Photo of Techichi
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: RED with a thick tan foam; great retention and lacing

S: Typical grapefruit/citrus quality from the hops but also a touch of cinnamon and cloves; bready and spicy

T: Hoppy and spicy--grapefruit and a nice sweetness pervades as does a slightly chewy bready quality

F: Great even mouth coat

D: Quite drinkable for what it is--the alcohol and sweetness do not hinder

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Photo of ALLISON01
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of bjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark reddish color. Hold it up to the light and you see a clear red. Nice frothy one finger head. Excellent lacing starting already.
S: Big time rye with a nice background of pine and grapefruit. A good bit of maltyness in there also. Slight pepper and spicy notes also--abv rears it head here.
T/M: Bitterness right from the get go with a nice rye attribute to it. The sharp rye notes have a grassy characteristic to it. Grassyness also lends to the malt notes. Spicyness on the palate with pepper notes on the tip of the tongue. Hop notes of fruit, mostly grapefruit. Nice big maltyness with bready notes laced with caramel. Extremely bitter on the tongue stinging the palate.
D: Drinkable to a point. Extra spicy, not from the hop notes, but from the abv. A sipping brew this is--hard to get through one yourself as it's almost too big towards the finish.

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Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of GPHarris
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter that left nice lacing and sheeting until about 3/4 of the beer was gone. the body was a dark mahogany color.
s - big dark fruits and chocolate.
t - rye, pine, some underlying dark fruits and sweetness.
m - slick and medium.
o - yum. terrific beer. more like an american barleywine.

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

Slightly hazy, deep amber, with a small tan head. Plenty of lacing down the glass.

More of a sweet malty aroma than anything else, with just a touch of piney hop aroma. Would like more hop aroma - wondering if maybe this is an old bottle.

Immediately hit with pretty strong bitterness, followed by some sweet yet toasty and spicy malt. Very nice complex malt profile here. Like the nose, the hops are more in the background than I would like for the style, and don't seem all that complex. From what I could taste, though, pretty nice citrusy hop flavor. Not much of an aftertaste other than a little lingering bitterness.

Moderate body with moderate carbonation. Creamy.

Very nice, but not amazing. Would like to try it again, knowing I had a fresh batch (on tap I guess). This does taste a little like a barleywine, or a cross between a barleywine and IPA, so a little toned down, which is a plus in my book.

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Photo of Skunkdrool
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BostonHops
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a clear, deep amber; sits a borderline mahogany tone with orange highlights. yields a finger beige head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves decent lacing. nose fairly robust, offering a big dose of rye malt to accompany some muted citric hoppy notes... a bit bready... was expecting more hops, questioning the freshness here.

taste follows suit. very malty for a DIPA, now i'm *really* questioning the freshness. rye is most evident with the hoppy characters being almost secondary notes. reading the reviews of others, it appears this quality is not the norm. medium-full and creamy in the mouth with adequate carbonation

altogether, not a bad beer even with an apparently past its prime bottle. will re-review if i can get my hands on a guaranteed fresh bottle, but as it stands it's an average-DIPA.

(originally reviewed: 08-22-2011)

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Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of rsquared59
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FickleBeast
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pour is murky, with visible chunks of sediment floating around. There is two fingers of billowy foam that stands firm on top of the beer. Didn't realize this was bottle conditioned... had it on its side. I don't see anywhere on the label that mentions bottle conditioning. Sorry, loses some points on appearance for that.

Aroma is pungent, full of grassy, earthy hops and a touch of oxidation on the nose and some crystal malt sweetness. First sip is a hoppy assault on my palate. Full bodied, there is a also a lot of malt backbone to round this one out. I don't detect any spicy rye flavors. Bitterness is sharp, but not lingering.

This is certainly an extreme beer. Mixture of hop flavors is not my favorite, but there are so many other flavors going on that I can focus on something different each sip. Earthy, plum, toffee, grassy. This is a interesting DIPA - borders on Barleywine with the malt backbone.

Either way, pretty good but not great. Drinkability suffers a bit due to the high ABV and sharp bitterness.

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Photo of dcloeren
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Briken
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper with a moderate tan frothy head with great retention. Spicy sweet and rich malty bread aromas. Rich rye malt sweetness followed by a solid earthy spice hop finish with a light to moderate lingering. Thick chewy feel.

This is like a liquid piece of rye bread with strong hops playing with it. A big beautiful malty beer and I just love all the flavors in it. I would love the opportunity to try this at various stages.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of jhlosito75
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of bmurray10
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kguard
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,002 ratings.
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