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

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2,003
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903
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.88%
 
 
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Photo of AgentMunky
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A half-pint served in a full pint glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: *Lots* of head with good retention. Orange-brown. Slightly translucent. Great lacing. Beautiful.

S: Double IPA, all the way. Lots of alcoholic, malty hops.

T: Big and alcoholic. Malty sweet with a huge hop presence. Vaguely astringent with a drying bitterness on the endtaste.

M: Strong, substantial, and dryingly delicious.

O: Great double IPA, but straightforward, if pleasantly so. I would have another; recommended. The ABV is quite noticeable, affecting the drinkability, but it's such a nice beer.

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Photo of JayAre46
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - deep red with amber hues and aged rust, transparent, 1 finger of thick head that shows amazing retention.

A - a sweet caramel presence, rye is there and i love the twist it brings in the nose, burnt toffee not much of a hop presence.

T - the caramel sweetness has calmed a bit, strong rye presence that is divine,get a mouthful and experience the toffee sweetness that is then taken by the grapefruit hoppiness with some pine following it up to create a balance with bitterness. not much alcohol presence hidden well.

M - medium mouthfeel that coats the palate more than i think i've ever experienced with a DIPA, carbonation is lacking i think for the better, the mouthfeel almost resembles something from a cask it is so creamy especially as it warms.

O - great beer, not many flaws at all, first from schmaltz brewery and it makes me want to try more. well done, drink it ya jew!

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Photo of plfahey
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-A deep reddish amber color with moderately high clarity. Thick, moussy head is a pale khaki-darker than I would expect for a beer of this color. The head has pretty solid retention.

Aroma-Juicy hops and candy-sweet malt, this one has an explosive aroma. Brown sugar, burnt caramel, toffee, and molasses malt aromas hide a subtler, nutty/bready/toasty rye character. Hops are citrusy and floral with an overall candied orange feel to them, though are definitely secondary to the huge malt character. The aroma reminds me a little of a barleywine, though the rye character tempers the sweeter malt aromas. Some fruity esters (apple?) are also present.

Flavor-Still reminds me of an American Barleywine in a way-big brown sugar molasses malt flavors open up to toasty rye bread and resiny hops. As the flavor slowly fades, hop bitterness coats the tongue, and swells to moderately high. Slight rye bread crusts carry on through the aftertaste along with resiny hop flavors and tongue-numbing bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Superb. Full and chewy body yet silky and smooth at the same time. Carbonation is moderate. Hop bitterness coats your tongue in the finish and leaves a numb, tingly sensation behind.

A fantastic RyeIPA, and hefty to boot. It's not super hoppy in terms of aroma and flavor, but it is large and in charge, with almost barleywine-like grace. However, the Rye is expertly used here to give characteristic toasty, nutty, bready, and rye flavors and aromas, as well as a long-lasting head and a thick, chewy body. Certainly a sipper, but a good one, and one I'll definitely be drinking again.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a medium amber with a one finger eggshell head that leaves spotty lace on the way down to a thin cap. On the nose there is smooth caramel mixed in with the spice from the rye, with a nice big boozy note underneath. It almost smells like a variation of an English barleywine with the nice addition of rye. In the mouth there comes a little bit of bitterness sitting on top of big clouds of caramel and rye. It's sweet, almost candy-like, but with a hint of bitterness. The body is medium full but a bit sticky for my tastes.

Overall, this is a really nice beer, pretty unique among things I've tried. This is more a modified barleywine to me than a DIPA, but the addition of rye is pretty genius no matter what you call it.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a La Chouffe tulip.

A- Dark copper with big head and some lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malts, citrus, and a little booze.

T- Sweet upfront with the rye bite coming through, nice citrus hop flavors in the middle. Bitter aftertaste and slight alcohol burn.

M- Medium body, fairly smooth.

O- Nice change of pace from a standard DIPA. Would go out and get this one again.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Dark rust color with an off-white head that fades to a film that lasts a while.

Smells serious and slightly scary of what's to come. Aromas of rye malt, a little dark sweet fruit, brown sugar, strong hops, spice, alcohol sharpness.

Taste is sweet at first with brown sugar, candied fruit, buttery rye grain in the middle, but the big bitter hops show up quick and take over. Finises very bitter with a kick of alcohol one would find in a brew with a higher ABV.

Above average body weight, with crisp/sharp mouthfeel.

A serious brew. Good flavors but the bitterness and alcohol kick is a bit over the top, even for a 10% ABV brew. I've had many brews with higher ABVs that didn't taste as alcoholic. Not for the faint of heart.

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

4s across the board on this one... This beer pours a clear orange amber color with two fingers of off white head that retains well and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma hazy notes of caramel malt, rye and piney hops. The taste starts with caramel malty sweetness and then moves to rye and hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced, but a little bitterness lingers. Overall a good rye IPA.

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Photo of Keffa
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review.

Poured into my Ephemere tulip.

A: Pours a dark amberish orange, very small light tan head, nice legs, but no real lacing and settles to a small ring.

S: Holy hops! Beautiful aroma, juicy tropical fruits, pine, caramel, a little spiciness. After it opens up a little, it gets to be more caramel than anything. Reminds me A LOT of fresh Bigfoot.

T: Again, hops start things out. Pine and grapefruit rind up front, then turns into caramel and alcohol. Some spiciness from the rye. Alcohol and sweetness take over with a little bitterness.

M: A little thin for such a big beer, slick and coating on the palate and finishes pretty clean.

O: Pretty good. I don't think I'd have called it a DIPA, but more or less a really hoppy Barleywine. The hops are very prominent, but the hops are muscled out of the way by the huge caramel sweetness and alcohol.

Pretty good beer. Bet it would age pretty well too.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours hazy reddish amber, gold tinted white head is a half inch thick, dissipates a bit but slowly and retains as a solid film.

Smells of rich caramel, sour apple, noticeable rye and hints of pine hop.

Tastes of potent bitter hops with a bit of caramel sweetness following. Mostly the hops.

Medium body with soft thorough carbonation.

Delicious and very bitter, a hop head's dream. I just wish the taste had a little more of the dimension that the nose hinted at, but really I can't complain. It's quite good and this coming from a reforming hop avoider.

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Photo of bayougutter
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter with a generous pour and it produced a creamy off white two inch head that settled but stayed a long time. really good lacing. This is what what a beer is supposed to look like! Smell is hoppy at first then melds to semi sweet malts with some fruit in there as well. Very aromatic with the rye coming thru as well. Taste is a hoppy maltness all at once then the rye and a little bitterness at the end. Got better as it warmed. Mouthfeel was creamy and heavy. It coated the entire mouth. Overal a very good example of a Rye DIPA. I wish I would have bought more. Worhty of a try.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Really strong Mahogany color pours into my tulip glass... thick bright head floats on top and leaves a ton of sticky lacing! Lots of carbonation!

S- Strong notes of caramel, bready yeast, and sweet malts. Subtle hints of pine and citrus. More mango and pineapple than orange and grapefruit! Smells more like a Barleywine than a IIPA!

T- Really bready, yeasty and sweet at first, then the citrus bomb hits! Nice lemon pith, orange zest and mango battle with the strong malty tones. A nice spicyness that probably comes from the rye. Unusual... but loving it!

M- Really coats the tongue with rye bread and caramel. Nice bitterness with a strong lemon peel bite. Just a fabulous blend of bitter and sweet shifting back and forth.

O- I can't wait to check this one out again with some age on it. Wish they would barrel age this one! Not one trace of alcohol... drinks really easy! This would be insane with a nice Roast Beef Sandwich on rye with Horseradish Mayo!!!

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown 12oz bottle, Anchor pint glass, and a smiley face bottle opener. After finishing out the last of this sixer, figured I know all I need to know now. Yep.

Pours an iced tea color with a glorious two finger eggshell head which hangs on forever. Seriously, the foam is some of the creamiest I've had. After sitting for nearly five minutes, it's still right at the rim of the glass. Put your ear up to it...nothing not a sound. Still an inch left on the last drink. The lace is nearly a solid wall of consistent micro bubbles with bulging tiers left with each drink.

Aromas are grapefruit peel hoppiness and baker's yeast with a sweet caramel tone and an almost nutmeg spice.

There is a rather large hop wallop from start to finish that keeps on giving. This overpowers the bready caramel malt character for me and only allows for a flash in the pan appearance of that spiciness that rye is known for. As good as it is, it might actually be better with the hop reins pulled back a bit. (There, I said it.)

Love the feel. REALLY creamy for a DIPA. The head says it all. Quite dreamy.

I was on the fence with this one at first. It either grew on me, or it improved with a few months on it. Didn't take notes with the first ones.

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Photo of korguy123
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into tulip.

A- slightly hazzy toffee/apple cider colored pour. Three finger creamy head. Carbonation shooting up the sides of the glass. Lacing is awesome.

S- Very bready and yeasty. The rye is very forward. Brown sugar, slight cherries and apples. Hops are very muted.

T- Toasted malts, brown sugar and rye bread all take over the taste. Hop bitterness lingers and kicks your tongue at the back. It almost tastes like it could be a dessert.

M- Medium bodied. Creamy and chewy, alcohol is slightly warming, carbonation tickles the tongue.

O- Excellent representation, love the sweetness and the breadiness the rye adds to this. Wish it was a little more hop forward.

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Photo of machostacos
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Amber orange, very clear with tons of bubbles screaming up from the bottom of the glass. Thick, creamy tan head shows excellent retention. Beautiful lacing. Nothing wrong here!

S: Sweet toffee and toasted caramel malts. Some brown sugar in there as well. Lots of lovely, spicy hop notes as well as spice from the rye. A little whiff of alcohol. This is definitely a malt-forward DIPA.

T: There's the hops! Great initial kick from some very spicy herbal and citrus hops with a solid bitterness, followed immediately by a full, round malt profile - caramel and toffee. Finishes smooth and nicely balanced with a lingering bitterness. This is fantastic.

M: Full, smooth, somewhat creamy and chewy. Perfect carbonation (on the medium-low side.) Very nice.

O: A very solid Rye IPA, and the first Rye DIPA I've had. Did a side-by-side with this and Founders Red's Rye, and while I admit I prefer the Red's Rye, this is right up there with my favorite Rye beers. A joy to sip!

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Photo of shaunb81
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a beautiful, copper body with a nice 1", cream head. Heavy lacing throughout the glass.

Smell - Strong spicy hops here, some sweet malts detected, and I also get a little citrus.

Taste - Sweet on the front and super, long-lasting, bitter hops. I really like this beer.

Mouthfeel - Mild carbonation and I LOVE the creamy density of the brew. Perfect IPA for me.

Overall - Can't say that I've had a better IPA, but I know I have a lot to go. I recommend this to ANY hop head.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 5/10/11
Served in Duvel tulip at 45F.

A - Medium amber colour with two fingers of bubbly off-white head. Translucent.

S - Some hop bitterness is evident up front, followed by a significant caramel sweetness and some spiciness.

T - Good bitterness up front with lots of spiciness, followed by a good caramel sweetness in the middle. The finish is bitter and dry. Some piney notes come through at times but overall, not a lot of flavour comes through from the hops.

M - Medium body with a really good chew. Light carbonation.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours five+ finger white head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Almost clear red/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose. Flavor is grapefruit with a good caramel backing. Decent DIPA. $3.79 for a 12 oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of AnPiobaire
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This R.I.P.A. was poured into a goblet and poured a nice amber gold with cream colored head and nice lacing.

Initial nosing was malty almost bread like sweetness that was slowly overtaken by the floral hop notes.

The taste starts off with a rich sweetness that blends nicely with the hoppiness of an IPA. Both combine nicely to bring about a very enjoyable palate experience, that finishes with a subtle citrus finish. Niceky balanced.

The mouthfeel is thicker then most IPA's and for me that's wonderful. It has a chewiness and richness that works well.

Overall this was a very nice brew and not being an overt hop head I found this brew to be an extremely pleasant IPA. One that I would reccomend highly. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of sweemzander
2.21/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color. Produced a light cap of off-white froth. Some lace.

(S)- A musty/malty carraway seed spice aroma. Some piney citrus.

(T)- Very bitter and malty with a carraway-seed-like spice. Some citrus, but very faint.

(M)- A decent carbonation level. Very bitter and disjointed. Malty and spicy yet even rather thin considering the style it is.

(D)- Not what I expected. Very bitter and spicy but that is pretty much what it offers. Overall, just very confusing and disjointed for a beer under this style.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - deep amber color, a little murky, with about a finger or two's wroth of off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - I can smell the sweetness of the malts and the bitter aroma of the hops, with the latter prevailing by a bit.

Taste and Mouthfeel - rather malty in the beginning, with subtle sweet hints, but mostly a warty type of taste. That fades slowly into a bitterness toward the end of the middle and well into its presence in the finish. Amazing how long the bitterness waits! Texture is very well-balanced.

Overall - Very good brew with a very interesting tasting range.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: From a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Pours a deep amber/copper and clear. Pours with ~2 fingers of tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Plenty of sticky lacing.

S- A bit of piney hops, then a surprisingly sugary sweet, caramel malt aroma takes over.

T- Spicy/peppery, grapefruit hop bitterness. Caramel maltiness, hints of dark fruits, and a solidly candy sweet finish. Slight touch of alcohol.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium full feel.

O- Very good. Easy drinking for it's heft, and an overall pleaser.

Future outlook: This one is worthy of trying again. Seems like I'm enjoying the RIPA's that I've tried...time to find some more.

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Photo of backfat
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into probably my favorite pieces of glassware: long stemmed tulip that was a gift from newrbrewr. Alabama dixieland delight blaring in the backround.

Looks great. It's a translucent copper with a frothy tannish head.Thick and luscious looking. I love rye beers so this may be an easy one.

First smell is blasting with rye and malt. I love it. Very sweet hops on the nose, like candied sugar hops. Some dark bread, a bit of metal, and caramel.

First taste is sweet. Made me say mmm. It's bitter, creamy, and filling, but a little too filling. I am glad I didn't buy the whole four pack just because it is a chewy one. A bit of alcohol on the back of the tongue. Whoa...I just found out this thing was 10%. Very "warming." Whew, I can feel this one getting to me. I will be buying this again. It's like bigfoot meets red's rye meets arrogant bastard. Nicely done.

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

12 oz bottle served in pint glass

clear dark amber with off-white head. Unusual red tint.

Hoppy aroma with a hint of fruitiness. Generous use of malt is obvious in the flavor but largely masked in the aroma. Nice, if a bit bitter, finish and aftertaste. High ABV largely hidden.

M - full bodied. Sticky (and real sticky if not in your mouth)

O - An extreme IPA; plenty of hops; plenty of malt; plenty of flavor. Perhaps too aggressive.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Nice rich creamy light-tan head, about 2 fingers. Color is a nice reddish amber with plenty of carbonation. Foam settles to a thin coating, with minimal lacing.

Nose is full of sweet malts and hops. I get plenty of dried/overripe fruit, caramel, orange zest and juicy hops. Quite a bit going on here.

Taste is very bold and flavorful. This is certainly a big beer, more than I was expecting to be honest. My first impressions are of barleywine-like malts, then the somewhat floral yet sweet hops come in but don't hold up their end of the fight until the end. More of the dried fruit and a bit of Belgian style yeast. Finish is quite hops bitter, which is a pleasant detour from the sweet malty goodness.

Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy for a "DIPA," with a slightly noticeable alcohol burn that sticks around. Carbonation is strong for the viscosity, and seems to last.

Overall - This beer is really excellent, and right up my alley. I found it to be quite similar to 90-Minute, but with a little less cloying malt and more hop bitterness. I really can't knock any facet of this one, and I will for sure buy more (soon).

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Photo of azdback
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my newly aquirred Spaten glass. A deep orange color. Head is a fat two fingers and just a hint darker than bright white. The head is also very creamy in appearance and the lace looks like it's gonna stick around, but doesn't.... at first. After the glass is empty the lace is looking a bit impressive.

Smell is of sugary malts, citrus hops and alcohol. A bit earthy.

This tastes alot better than the smell. It has the hop biterness of a pink grapefruit followed immediately by the sweet malts. There is some dark grain flavors and a bit of yeast. All followed by the suttle alcohol warminess.

The mouth is much better as it warms. At first sip I thought it was a bit watery, but it has filled out quite a bit over the last half an hour. It is rich and sweet. Almost has the sneaky mouthfeel of a barleywine. The alcohol is fairly well masked.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I have recently discovered the Rye ale (Hop Rod Rye, Rye Squared) and really like the style. I recommend you pick up a sixer of this if you get the chance.

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,003 ratings.
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