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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4.04
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Photo of GoldenChild
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: served in chalice - nice clear amber-copper body, frothy white head with sticky lacing.

S: Pine sap, sticky grapefruit, orange, amd caramel.

T: really nice and superbly balanced - bitter ruby red, sticky pine sap, citrus hops, some spice from the rye, sweet dark fruits, caramel, and alcohol follows up in the rear. Very nice.

M: slighlty sticky, not too heavy, smooth and complex.

O: Great beer love the rye pa's never tried a DRPA before. Got a great deal on it it was 5.78 and he sold it to me for 2.00.

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Photo of output01x
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A modest pour yields a 1.5-finger creamy tan-colored head. It recedes over time but keeps a nice coating over the beer. The body is an amber-copper with a strong amount of rising bubbles. The lacing is thick and covers the glass well.

Floral and citrus hops aromas mingle nicely with a warm bready malt note. A little spiciness is also detected and the overall impression is a full, well-rounded, flavorful DIPA. Very much so looking forward to the first sip.

Spicy hops strike the tongue at the beginning of the sip and slowly mellow as the roasted malt flavor takes over. Then a decent piny bitterness followed by an alcohol warmth strikes from the back of the mouth but does not overpower the other flavors that linger. The alcohol is very light and is more like an 8% (as opposed to the 10% ABV of this beer).

Full bodied and slightly creamy, this beer definitely coats your mouth well and sticks to the tongue nicely. The moderate carbonation keeps the drinkability up but does not hinder the tasting.

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

Pours a very dark & cloudy mahogany with a two finger head that lingers. Almost resembles iced tea.

Very spicy aroma with bitterness behind that, but just barely. I thought the hops would be more present but it's still pleasant.

Much sweeter than I had anticipated. The sweetness lingers for a few seconds mixed with traces of the rye spice that's followed by hints of bitterness that quickly fades with an alcohol warmth. The 10% is just faintly present but the malt sweetness is the most prominent while not being cloy. Very easy to drink. I just wish the hops were more present to lend a bit more balance.

Good carbonation and very thick, almost chewy. Really covers the tongue.

This is one of the best IIPA's I've had. There's no "freshness" date on the bottle so I'm not sure how long it was on the shelves before I got to it. That may explain the lack of hops but it's still a beer that's easy to enjoy. Think it's time for another.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Very foamy pour on this guy but once things settle down, things stabilizes into a crystal clear copper with 2 ½ thick fingers of foamy off-white head. This eventually retains with a tight finger that soaps the sides of the glass with robust foamy swathes of lacing. The aroma smells leafy and spicy, with a ripe fruity dankness. Rye sits with a dry breadiness in the back of nostrils along with some sweeter caramel tanginess.

The taste is sweet with toasted bread and caramel up front, being balanced out by the bitterness of grapefruit and pithy citrus rind. Spicy dark rye character sits along the back of the profile, where it lingers in the finish with resins and a kiss of sweet alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch heftier, with a softer feeling carbonation that is undercut by some smooth underlying slickness. That 10% ABV is mostly dealt with well here, keeping the heat under control and adding some size to the body and a little extra sweetness and spice to the profiles.

This is definitely one of the better widely available rye beers out there and I love the use of it in the DIPA style here, as those rye flavors just really matched up nicely with the aggressive of the hops and that warm spicy sweetness of the alcohol. I need to go back to this one more often.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's a clear amber color with a huge off-white head. Perfect pour, the beer + head crowned at the top of the pint.

The aroma is hoppy with pine bitterness but also sweet with caramel flavors. It has a bit of a barleywine smell to it, which is a good thing!

Great flavor to it! A beautiful combo of malt and hops that embodies the aroma. A cascade of flavor combining the piney hops with caramel malts. The high abv is hardly noticeable.

Great mouthfeel too, chewy even. Well carbonated and delicious.

Easily an A beer in my book.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a syrupy looking deep burnt copper color with ruby highlights. Half a finger of off-white head forms very slowly. Retention is okay, lacing is decent.

Smell: Spicy rye malt is prevalent immediately, along with caramel and toffee. Also some piney and herbal hops on the back end. Very interesting smell. Not something I'm a huge fan of though.

Taste: See smell. This beer has a very spicy character from the rye along with caramel and toffee, and on the back end some hop character. Pretty intense. I see this is kind of a love it or hate it beer. I don't hate it, but its not something I would drink more than one glass of at a time.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied with very low carbonation. A bit syrupy. Pretty solid in this category, but it could use a bit more carbonation. Overall, this is a unique beer but not something I would go out of my way to get again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a hazed red color with a very large, long-lasting tan head. Dense and creamy foam sticks to the glass with ease, a good looker here.

Nose is dark bready rye with burnt caramel malt and some flowery hops. Lots of balance on the nose here.

Taste shows off more of the hoppier side of the brew, with citric and herbal bitterness. Sweet malty caramel and plenty of alcohol. Pretty rich beer, I think it drinks more like a barleywine than an IIPA. The rye adds a zestiness and bready aspect that gives the beer more of a malty feel to it. Mouthfeel is plenty full and biting. Call it a rye beer, barleywine or an IIPA - it is a pretty tasty beer in any category.

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

Appearance. Nice clear amber-red with two fingers of sticky looking, off white head that leaves some chunky lacing.

Smell. Caramel malt, nectarines, red grapefruit, lemon candy. Yum.

Taste. Roasty caramel malt and a smack of grapefruit rind and a little tangerine. Huge bitterness builds quickly out of the initial sweet caramel and fruits.

Mouthfeel. Full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Oily, sticky, and little alcohol presence.

Overall. This badass demands your attention.Like others have said, more of a barleywine maybe... Good stuff.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know why it took me so long to get around to this highly rated beer, and company for that matter. Anyway, being a big DIPA fan and one with true respect and admiration for Lenny Bruce I'm really excited about trying it. Plus, it's exciting to have so many great beers left to try. And as fate would have it, this is a great beer.

The appearance is really interesting. It's a darker, and deeper orange than some of the DIPAs I've been drinking lately. The head is almost tan, just shy of the tan a porter or stout might have. The head was not huge, but attractive and it leaves lacing all the way down. A sexy looking brew, for sure.

The aroma is harder to describe. The rye is there, but so is a bread dough-like aroma that gets the salivary glands excited immediately. I smell hops, slightly on the pine-y side, but perhaps some lighter citrus notes as well. Not a hop bomb, but more an exquisitely balanced and refined brew.

The taste delivers on all the sexy looks and complex aromas. About half way down I think to myself, this is why I should never get stuck drinking 2 or 3 beers and stop taking chances with my hard-to-come-by expendable income. Sure I've had some big disappointments, but then you try something like this all the waste falls away. This is a special beer! I think it qualifies as a big beer, one that I'm glad I have 3 more left to drink and explore more deeply.

Each sip delivers something new - rye, hops, bread-y malts, spicy alcohol - and it all comes together so perfectly. Perhaps a myopic hop-head might find fault in its lack of huge bitterness, but that's missing the point, I think.

Lenny's RIPA is big, yet subtle, with a medium mouth feel and is quite drinkable despite the high ABV.

Perhaps I'm over-reacting, but I can only think of 2 beers I liked this much on my first try.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at Fireworks in Arlington, DC. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a clear dark amber color with one inch of white head and no carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, citrus hops, fruit, and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, rye, wheat, grapefruit.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy body.

d - A nice DIPA; I think I liked this more than the Lenny's R.I.P.A. on rye. This one had more citrus come out, as well as some caramel. Would have again.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.61/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very pretty red color with a ton of orange highlights and a little white head and some lacing. Smells of rye, citrusy grapefruit, and a good amount of hops. Tastes of rye, grapefruit, honey, hops, and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium with a heavy carbonation. Drinkability is okay.

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Photo of foogerd
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A dark clear copper body, with massive head that leaves an insane amount of lacing.

S- Sweet spicy rye, tabacco leaf, some herbal medicinal qualities as well.

T- A nice unique twist on the DIPA category, instead of churning out a DIPA which everyone else has done Hewbrew took it a step further with rye malt. The rye really manages to bring out the abundunce of hops and showcase them in a way I've never experienced, it manages to cloy out a spice quality and melds perfectly.

M- Nice slick oily feel.

O- I enjoyed this offering from Hebrew, pick it up if you see it around.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy amber in color, about a finger of beige head at the top the goes around the glass with every sip.

S-Smell of strong citrus, lots of grapefruit as well as honey and caramel. Great nose on this beer.

T-Tasted very pleasant, dark malts, a bit of burnt sugar as well as caramel.

M-Medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.

D-Alcohol is hidden on this beer! Great brew!

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle on the recommendation of the guys at Brewforia. Cheers.

Poured into an oversize wine glass. Wow! Pours thicker, darker and hazier that almost every other DIPA I've ever had. Its an ice-tea color, reminiscent of the Chimay Red I had this weekend, and the head is closer to khaki than white. The legs are pretty good on this beer...so far, I'm intrigued.

It has a very earthy/spicy hop aroma. It has some of those qualities that make me think dank soil, with that hop astringency in there for good measure, the kind everyone calls cat piss (Simcoe). I can smell the malts too, caramel breadiness...and some sweetness but I can't tell if its the hops or malts...

Initially the mouthfeel isn't as big as I thought it would be, but this is still not a light bodied beer...it coats your whole mouth, and has a good amount of palette cleansing carbonation. The bitterness is more in the middle of the tongue than most beers I've tried...upfront, its just malt I think? It's bready, resiny, and bitter but not the most hop-forward beer I've tried. Its got some of that dank pine/wet grass character as well. The bitterness is in the middle-towards the end, and its a good bitterness, I'll give this beer that much. Not overwhelming but still up there in 'felt' BU's, I've got to think.

I think its a really well crafted beer, just not quite my thing (and I'm a hop head, too). The more beers I try, the more I want a traditional west coast IPA.

Cheers.

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Photo of BillHaverchuck
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep hazel amber color.
Nice medium sized slightly off white head.
Smells rich and heavy. Bread and malt.
Backbone of heavy rye malt. Earthy hops and bitterness come through very nicely.
The blending and balance here is very nice, the malt gives a kick I'm not used to in a double ipa. A real tasty beer here.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy reddish orange colour with a massive size frothy dark beige coloured head. I can't really tell how much carbonation there is due to the haziness of the beer and there is some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for around 10 minutes before it began to dissipate. The appearance was almost perfect.

Smell - malts, caramel, tangerine, hops, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the beer felt somewhat creamy on the tongue. There was a lot of malt and hop taste mixed with caramel and pineapples. There were also notes of tangerine and pine. The beer finishes with a malt and hop bittersweet aftertaste.

Drink - The alcohol was well hidden and you would never know it packed a 10% punch. It might have been just a little bit too sweet, but it was still very enjoyable and I'm happy I tried it.

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Photo of gregoryfbrown
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Really nice deep red/amber color when poured into tulip glass. Initially huge head which goes down after about 1 minute.

Smell - Alcohol and Caramel mixed together. Surprisingly very little hop aroma which I was slightly disappointed by given the style.

Taste - Bitter up front. Burnt sugar on the end. Strong taste of molasses and malt. Middle of it has nice sugar taste which then fades to a very bitter, long aftertaste. I'm not entirely sure what Rye tastes like but I'm guessing this is it. Very unique in a good way. You can tell it's very alcoholic but it doesn't overpower.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy. Coats the mouth with a nice film giving a lingering taste.

Drinkability - Like it a lot. Nice burnt sugar and rye tastes. I could use a little more hop aroma to go with the bitterness though. Would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of ohfish
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a bottle into a 12 oz tulip glass, my favorite for IPA's.

A- opaque red ale, little head which quickly dissipates, low carbonation, above average lacing

S - strong citrus hops typical of DPIAs yet a bit sweeter than most

T - initially a caramel sweetness giving way to a piny hops then to a dry grapefruit bitterness aftertaste

B - Moderate thickness giving way to a grapefruit dryness

D - Difficult to sip, I want to gulp this delicious brew, no alcohol warmth or taste, delightful

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Photo of Dlish
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours Ruby red, hints of golden light coming through on the edges, good head, not white, tinted with a bit of malt very small bubbles in the foam.

S- Very sweet in malts, rye, just a hint of hops, more earthy floral hops in the background. Nothing like the barreled age RIPA, more more aroma and i'm a bit disappointed by this.

T- Lots of Rye, The hops finally come through in this double IPA, sweet malt back bone. I get like an orange jello taste with it in the background. I get a bit of bourbon, and alcohol burn, bit of cherry syrup. Its almost fruity tasting with the rye and the malt backbone and a lot of other flavors going on to.. sorry i'm enjoy drinking this, and can't focus.

M- Smooth thick and heavy, not your more refreshing pale or ipa, this is heavy and flavorful, and you better have a freind to drink this with or a fine meal.

D- This is a solid beer, however the barreled age is a couple levels above this. Still a good beer, its my only beer from He'brew and i'm gonna have to start drinking more of their beers. However the price for 4 is redoculous !

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin but dense beige head that has good retention properties.
S: There are aromas of pine resin hops and caramel malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and has lots of caramel flavors; these are well balanced by piney flavors and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is also some crispness in the initial taste and dryness in the finish along with notes of warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. I would definitely try this again because the combination of creamy and crispness on the palate is rather unique.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Wow! This beer pours with an absurdly prodigious head, this one needs to be poured gently! The head is very fluffy, and leaves nice chunks of lacing on the way down. The smell is also quite nice, I get fruits, hops, rye, a touch of alcohol, and some caramel malts. The taste is very smooth, with some nice tropical hops interacting with the rye and caramel malt flavors to make a very balanced, drinkable brew. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Not incredibly hoppy, but a nice balanced DIPA that's not too sweet or too malty.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, especially for how high ABV a brew this is! The carbonation level is moderate, and the mouthfeel is medium-heavy, it's all together pleasant on the mouth. The drinkability is honestly just about right for the ABV, it goes down fairly easily. Another great, reasonably priced brew from He'Brew, this is a great beer that, although not being a hop bomb, is a very pleasant beer that goes down nicely for the ABV.

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Photo of ebby82
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber into a tulip glass with a bit of head.

The rye is pretty evident in the aroma, along with a significant malt presence, and of course, hops. A very nice aroma indeed.

The taste is really complex. When it was cold, the hops are more evident, but when it begins to warm, the rye and malt is more evident. The taste really masks the alcohol.

Very drinkable, the high ABV is masked very well. One of the more interesting and enjoyable DIPA's I've tried recently. Certainly worth buying some more.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first review for a He'brew, a 12oz bottle.

Appearance- Dark ruddy bronze/red with an alarmingly rising head that leaves thick chunks of lace on the glass. Don't pour too aggresively or it'll end up on the floor!

Smell- Fruity sweetness hits first followed by caramel malts, cherries, some alcohol not quite hidden by the sweetness. There is quite a lot of alpha hop aroma around too. Floral and some citurs as well. I can tell I'm gonna like this one.

Taste- Creamy; thick and creamy as hell. The sweetness is predominant but perfectly balanced by the hops. The alcohol warms nicely and the hops come through with a nice taste to match the smell, floral and citrus. Caramel and cherries come through nicely too. This is one well hopped and malted brew, both very well balanced. I like it!!

Mouthfeel- I've always had trouble describing mouthfeel so have patience with me here. The carbonation is just right, not too bubbly nor too flat like some stouts. It plays nicely in your mouth. The creaminess is the main attraction to the mouthfeel, it just slides down like something much thicker.

Drinkability- Obviously I love this brew and even at 10%ABV I could drink it all night (at home). He'brew has made a bold statement in the Double IPA market and I can't think of too many I like better. If you can find this one, get it and get as many as you can. My local IGA got a 2 cases and I'm gonna buy one for the cellar.

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

Pours a rich amber color with a two finger off white head. Head has good retention and leaves cool lacing in my glass. Smell is of sweet malt, rye and some hops. Taste is not what I expected, but delicious! It's pretty dang tasty. I enjoy the rye as it helps things up from the usual "hop smash!" (say it like the incredible hulk) the taste starts with the hops and a slightly smokey flavor, then seems to transition to what I believe must be that crazy rye and sweet malt. The finish is a classic hop bitterness. I don't find it to be an aftertaste that encourages me to drink more. As I am nearing the end of my glass I see the results of the lacing, some pretty sweet concentric circles. The mouthfeel was a little on the flat side, there wasn't even that much visible carbonation after the pour, so I'm definitely not going to feel it. Thickness is about right though. Drinkability (in my opinion) is hindered by the 10%ABV.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Chimay chalice
"Satire equals tragedy plus time." - Lenny Bruce

A: - copper color; massive, dense light tan head, about 2.5 fingers thick; reduces to minimal lacing, sticking to the glass

S: rich and deep nose; strong malty sweetness, with caramel, a touch of toasty nut, and a hint of rye; the hops bring citrus and pine notes, balancing the maltiness nicely; the alcohol aroma is also noticeable

T: bold and rich for an IPA; bitter hop aroma hits the tongue up front; malty sweetness tries to come through, but the hoppiness remains true throughout the taste; the alcohol becomes more noticeable as the brew warms to room temperature

M: coats the mouth nice; a bold, rich brew; warms the tongue with a tingling, fuzzy feeling

D: way to strong to be a session brew; however, for such a strong beer, this one is smooth and pleasant

Shmaltz is still a new brewery to me. I like what I've had so far. This brew is definitely a good impression.

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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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