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:
88
Gots:
233
For Trade:
4
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of gustogasmic
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, dark, barely clear red. Light yellowy thin head shows up quick and sticks. Oily.

S- Harsh, sweet, dark fruit. cherry. The power of the beer is palpable... the alcohol stings a bit.

T- Sweet hops all over the place, dark fruit, pomegranate, brought home by the overwhelming sweetness. Oh my god i forgot this was a RYE pa. HOW IS IT SO SMOOTH!? OH MY GOD@!!!

M- Velvety, soft, smooth, comforting, light, luscious, soft, so soft

O- How is a rye beer this unabrasive? This is candy, too smooth to be called safe. Earthy candy, strong nectar

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of hiku7
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light rust to burgundy. 1-finger cream to tan head. Not very good retention, but a foamy layer remained.

Sweet toffee and caramel dominate the aroma, followed by peppery rye, lemon citrus, some light fruity esters, and some alcohol warming. Not as hoppy as I expected considering it claims to be a DIPA.

Flavor is mostly caramel and toffee, some peppery rye, and an earthy hop finish, without a lot of hop flavor. Malt is dominant, with the alcohol hidden well.

Full bodied, big maltiness, with mild foamy carbonation. Significant residual sweetness.

Overall, this is more like a rye barley wine than a DIPA. Surprisingly malt heavy, but an enjoyable brew all the same.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of rodney45
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on Cask at The Blind Tiger NYC.

A: Dark red. Big tan colored head.

S: Massive pine and citrus.

T: First notes are of pine needles, citrus and grapefruit. Backnote of crystal malt, vanilla and lemon. Wet aftertaste with alcohol esters.

M: Heavy body, with low carbonation. Very bitter.

O: Since this beer was on cask it was experienced at room temp. This really brought forth the flavor profile that would have been hidden by the taste dampening of normal tap temperatures. Really excellent beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This had quite the foaming action. Looks like a lighter form of Guinness with more intense bubble action. Very distince red-brown that is pretty bright.

Smell: Strong pine hops, caramel, and clear notes of rye.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I gotta give perfect points of flavor. Is this a rye beer? Is this an IPA? Somehow it's both and yet...neither. It has the herbal fruitiness of a good rye without the cloying burnt bitterness that some have. It has clear earthy pine notes of an intense IPA, yet it is not too bitter or sour and does not overwhelm the malty rye notes. Mouthfeel is definitely substantial enough to hold the flavors, but is not to syrupy.

Overall Drinkability: This is not a gateway beer if you don't like anything with rye or anything bitter. It is by no means the most intense in either category, but I suggest tackling one flavor at a time first.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass at 48 degrees

Appearance: 2 inch white head with great lacing and retention. A beautiful Mahogany/Red brown color

Smell: Honey, malt, caramel, figs, butter, rye, and spice

Taste: Sweet honey, and thick caramel flavors predominate, with malty brown sugar undertones fading into a well balanced hop flavor, the hops accentuate the dark fruits in the middle taste and give way to a clean bitter hop rye finish

Mouth: A velvetty smooth and clean beer. This is light on the tongue with the perfect amount of carbonation. IT's hard to believe that this beer is 10% ABV, I don't taste any hint of it.

Overall: This is a great RIPA, I will certainly be buying this again when I see it available, hopefully it gets distributed in Texas.

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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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3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with cinnamon red highlights, with a bubbly head that leaves awesome lacing. Too dark for a DIPA.

Smells is malt, sweet and cloying, hops are in there, but let's be honest, it's almost an afterthought. Hrm, it doesn't smell like a DIPA.

Taste is the same, very roasted malt, bold, hint of hops? The rye comes out in the after taste, but, it doesn't taste like a DIPA.

Feel is thick and smooth with just the right amount of boozy warmth. Viscous with a hops bite on the end, all the while very sticky.

Overall, this doesn't have the DIPA look, smell, and taste I am looking for. Great texture makes this a great beer, but a DIPA? Heck no, and this should not be labeled as a DIPA. Doesn't make it bad, but it is not what it claims to be.

DOA

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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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