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

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.
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4.06/5
2,007 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,541
Reviews:
903
Ratings:
2,007
pDev:
11.82%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
233
Trade:
4
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Givemebeer
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into snifter. Love the tribute to Lenny Bruce

A: mohagany and clear nice looking beer great lacing

S: smell is reminiscent of 120 minute. The label says brewed with an obscene amount of hops and malts and this proves they are not lying.

T: wow this has a ton of flavor. Starts with citrusy pine hops then the rye comes through with a nice touch then finishes with the malts. Flavor is extreme

M: one of the chewiest thickest ipas I've ever had, and I like it. Finishes off dry

O: a poor mans 120 minute. I liked it but had a tough time really reviewin this one. Try it if you want an explosion of flavor.

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Photo of FrankHammer
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Archimetez
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color, clear, good head
-- label design is a little cluttered but has an old school broadway marquis look which I like. With their current accomplishments, they are either being very modest as it does not stand out on the packaging or their awards need to be more prominent

S: Deep malt smell with a sweetness and hops smell

T: Rich malty rye taste initially finished with hops on the back end but it is not so hoppy, as in some beers, that can turn off some drinkers

M: Clean

O: Great Rye IPA. It would interesting to see how it would age over time. Being an IPA says it wouldn't do well, but with a 10% alcohol content, it might mellow out quiet nicely

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of BrewedEgo
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had at a local burger pub. Poured from tap to chalice.

A- Dark caramel with red tints more reminiscent of a black IPA or porter. Slight head, leaves bubbly lacing.

S- Strong malt-caramel smell, detect faint fruit and floral notes from hops

T- As promised by smell appearance, malt complexity comes first with slightly sour flavor as promised by the rye. Hop bitterness never comes in strongly, resulting in easily drinkable, balanced rye IPA.

Overall, this is a great example of a rye-based IPA. Approachable and tasty especially for those who don't like extremely-hopped IPAs.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of fourstringer
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderately aggressive hand. No obvious date on the bottle. Hey, it's Kosher!

A: Very dark amber with a very slight haze. 1/2 finger off white head. Fades to thin film by 2 minutes. Impressive lacing.

S: Sweet and spicy rye, malt. A round hoppiness takes second seat to the sweetness I'd say. Dark fruit. Brown sugar. Maybe I'm missing some of the subtlety, but I'm getting a just dominating "sweetness".

T: Formidable hop bitterness upfront and throughout, but slowly transitions into a bittersweet (go figure) finish that really stretches out. Some toasted notes and dark chocolate undertones pop up as it goes. The rye meshes nicely with fairly powerful bitterness. Pine/resin heavy on the hop character, but there is some lesser grapefruit mixed in. Great.

M: Moderately full with a nice mouth-coating happening. Moderate carbonation, but comes off fairly creamy. Really contributes well.

O: This is good. I'm not impressed with the scents coming off this beer, but the flavor is solid and it does feel nice in the mouth. I would say this certainly leans on the bitter side of "bittersweet" with regards to the taste and the opposite with regards to the smell. Does that make it a balanced beer? I dunno. I could do with a bit more complexity, but not a bad beer by any means. Quite the opposite.

Prost!

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Photo of Wukk
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of The_GrassHOPper
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Stum-pub
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of tgoldian
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of slavall
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TSpartan4
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mquartuccio87
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew poured a deep copper color with the faint hint of hops and sweet malt. The taste was more along the lines of a Barleywine than a true IIPA with loads of the sweet malts on the front end that gave way to the bitter hops on the finish. It had a very clean and balanced profile with a heavy, sticky body that stayed true to the bittersweet moniker. For the high ABV this beer was surprisingly smooth and dry. Another great beer from He’Brew.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of PieOhMy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Dark ruby. No transparency. Thick creamy head. Lacing remains.

S Rye. Burnt Sugar. Malts. Cut grass. Very potent. Awesome.

T Very unique. Hops are very forward. Malty. Caramel. Weedy. A little sweetness. The Rye is everywhere. Roasty bitterness lingers.

M Nice and rich. Foamy. Clean finish.

O Super awesome brew! Hops and Rye! Hell yes! Both are are very forward. Sweet and bitter. Malty and hoppy. Check this out if you get the chance.

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Photo of don1481
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap here at the Yard House in Virginia Beach.

Appearance: reddish dark amber. Head retains very nicely.

Smell: definitely has the classic IPA pine smell. With a hint of rye.

Taste: The rye comes through here but its not like most rye beers, which I liken to drinking rye bread. The hops balance it very nicely here.

Mouthfeel: not overpowering, but the hops linger more than the rye. Which I'm quite fine with.

Overall: Have now gotten this two nights in a row. I hope I can find this back in WI...

Update: unable to find this back home, so I got another pint at the Yardhouse. Perhaps its because of the Rogue swill I had tonight, but I think I underrated this. Spectacular. I've kept the review to reflect my initial tasting.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,007 ratings
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