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:
2,001
Reviews:
902
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.88%
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
232
For Trade:
4
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Photo of HardTarget
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Obscenely thick and tight knit tan head, looks like I could float a bottle cap on it. Brown glass glows blood red when back lit and shows good clarity. Wow, what a looker!

Smell: Oh my. Rich rum raisin, plum, heady alcohol, sweet malt extract, leafy hops, complex and powerful, almost too much going on.

Taste: Kicks off like an Old Ale, leathery rich malt with a subdued hop bitter. Tastes aged, the hops aren't really there, just the bitter. Rye gives a little earthy peppery edge to the rich dark fruit compote.

Mouthfeel: Medium body feels too light for the massive taste, think the alcohol thins it out a bit. Dry finish, medium carbonation seems a bit high.

Overall: Wow. Not really an IPA, or a RIPA in my book, I'd stick with an Old Ale. No date on the bottle so I'm going to assume it's fresh and supposed to taste like this. A beast of a beer, I'll enjoy sipping on it.

Cheers to Illudium for the sample!
L'Chaim!

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Photo of DonFrap
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer stretches the genre in all sorts of directions. Poured from bottle to tulip:

Deep mahogany body with minimal clarity, swelling tan head. Nose borders a barleywine. Big fat rye, earthy hops, caramely malts. Yum. The taste is the same way. Delicious malts to back up a wide range of earthy, herbal and citrus hops. The rye makes for a satisfying aftertaste. Solid, unique beer.

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Photo of mjohann
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep ruby red color with an off-white head that fades slowly.

S: Aroma of grain, mostly rye, some caramel sweetness and malt.

T: Tatse of rye with some caramel sweetness. Bitterness comes though on the back end with a slightly sticky sweetness.

F: Medium body, quite smooth with a rich texture. Has a slightly lingering bitterness and a bit syrupy.

O: Interesting beer. Not an overly hoppy beer like some DIPA, seem to have a unique nitch. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Mumra1979
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Horbar
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

12oz bottle with no freshness date. It's sad that there are still so many quality breweries not dating their bottles.

Pours reddish-brown with a cream colored head that stands about one finger tall. Lots of carbonation bubbles racing up the sides of my tulip to join that party. When you hold it to the light, it's a deep cherry red color with a touch of haze. Head retention is pretty good.

Smells fairly sweet almost like fruit nectar of some kind. I'm also getting some caramel malts as well. The aroma was much more intense when I opened the bottle, but it's still pretty nice.

Sweet and malty flavors upfront are quickly followed up by a touch of spicy rye and a good dose of juicy hops. Earthy flavors surface about mid-palate. The malty sweetness comes back for more on the back end, and there's some lingering bitterness after the swallow.

Medium-full body with a syrup-like quality. Carbonation sits right about where it should (moderate).

A nice and somewhat unique DIPA overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: A well made beer without a doubt. Alcohol is almost undetectable. My biggest gripe is that I have no idea how old this beer is? There was no sediment in the bottle, but some beers don't develop sediment very quickly. It's tasty and full of flavor never the less.

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Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of illini4x4
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Shooter1960
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not what you would expect from a DIPA. More sweet and malt flavors than presence of Hops. Tastes like a better and cleaner version of Great Divide Hibernation Ale. Very enjoyable beer but a bit of a disappointment if you are looking for a hop bomb from your DIPA. If you are open to the experience of something different and are not fixed on a hop bomb, a very good and enjoyable alternative.

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Photo of tony223366
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: HUGE head. Way more than 3 fingers. Head is very fluffy and light tan in color. Head retention is very good. Color is actually a brown with red highlights. Like a really dark caramel. Clarity is excellent!

S: Aromas are mostly malt based. I get lots of rich caramel and some chocolate? Lots of rich dark fruits which is surprising. The hops are present, but just barely in a citrusy way. Some nice biscuity malt too.

T: Well this is certainly a malt bomb for an IPA. I get huge caramel and even some of that chocolate. Dark fruits are present. After that I get some hops finally in a citrus way. I get something akin to vanilla as well. Tons of malt depth. There's some spicy notes from the rye.

M: Smooth and medium mouth with medium carbonation.

O: DIPA isn't quite right. Majorly malty with tons of depth. Something like a hoppy American barleywine. Not particularly delicious or what I want in an IPA but it's enjoyable and rich.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of redfox405
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of donquixote
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Slikpitt
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of jlordi12
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of loupap
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of robieobie1
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Tumble
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of WrathsU
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brilliantly clear burgundy body with some red hue to it. Pours a moderate sized light khaki head which is long lasting. The beer itself appears to be a touch over-carbonated.

S - Sweet smelling upfront. Get some toffee and caramel and brown sugar. Some pepper notes add a nice spice aroma to the profile.

T - Very malty and properly bitter at the same time. A great balance in the beginning of this beer. Crystal malts and even some baked goods are distinguishable up front. The bitter is nice and clean and helps cut through the initial maltiness. I think the finish is cloyingly sweet though and wish it didn't finish as so.

M - Medium-heavy body, carbonation is fine, only slight alcohol burn.

O - A pretty good beer, reminiscent of the DFH90 minute if you can believe that. Definitely not picking up the rye in this beer which is a shame, but it's still drinkable obviously.

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

I am not sure why I never tried this before, so today I yanked a single from the Save On store. It's a real malt treat. Very complex malt blended with a bunch of hops. Definitely a true double/imperial. Not enough of the hops protrudes from under all that malt to make this like the AIPA's I prefer, but it is a unique taste worth trying. It isn't all that different from the big Dogfish Head 90 or 120 (not THAT sweet) - robust and malty. I don't think I will seek this out again.

Second tasting 2-1-2014 (I forgot about the first). Well, tastes change. I appreciate this quality brew even more. I like the dark bitter character. The one I am having is almost room temperature - barely cold - and that really makes it taste huge.

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Photo of Jammer42
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,001 ratings.
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