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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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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

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#2,617
Reviews:
904
Ratings:
2,009
pDev:
11.82%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
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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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16.

A: Clear dark amber body with an inch of dense, creamy tan head. Great retention and lacing. Great-looking beer.

S: Powerful, balanced aroma of grapefruit hops and sweet, spicy rye malt. Simple, strong, and quite good.

T: Sweeter than the aroma, with lots of caramel leading through citrusy hops to a sweet, sticky, moderately boozy finish. The rye doesn't assert itself too much, with straight sweetness being more prominent than rye-specific character, although a bit of nice spice does infuse the aftertaste. It's solid, but not great.

M: Slick, moderately carbonated, and soft. Very nice indeed.

O: This is an enjoyable beer, but I wish the sweetness were less dominant. The hops and rye are the beer's two best attributes, and yet when it counts they are relegated to supporting roles behind thick caramel sweetness. Still, it's quite tasty overall and I think accomplishes what the brewers were going for. Worth a shot.

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O: Good stuff, appropriately titled, good blend of malts and hops, pleasantly balanced and complex

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appearance - rich deep amber, mostly transparent, huge offwhite head, strong retention, thick lacing

smell - big aromatic caramel malts, light hop bitterness

taste - hop bitterness on the tongue, strong malt presence, tasty profile, some pine notes but mostly focused on the malt in the midst of the flavor, east coast style ipa couple with some breadiness

mouthfeel - big body, chewy, heavy carbonation, some alcohol burn on the finish, lingers, slightly sticky, medium dryness

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A: Pours a clear coppery red with a 1/2 finger of foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation and sparse lacing.

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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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