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.
BA SCORE
83.7%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 2,005 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:
#2,515
Reviews:
903
Ratings:
2,005
Liked:
1,679
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
11.82%
Alströms:
4.46
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
233
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 2,005 |  Reviews: 903
Photo of fscottkey
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] For an IPA this is dark. It is a medium brown color with some red hues. The beer has a minimal 1/4 finger tan cap of head. The bottle lists the ABV (10%). There is a date code but it makes no sense to me.

S: [3.50] I am getting more of a Wee Heavy scent profile. Some peat, some toffee and caramel. Nothing very hoppy. Maybe this is older?

T: [3.75] Follows the nose with caramel and toffee. It has a lot of candy like sweetness. There really is not much hop flavor to balance it out.

M: [4.00] Smooth with above medium body. There is no sense of the 10% alcohol. A tiny amount of bitter at the end.

O: [3.75] I am guessing this bottle is old. That being said this is still a tasty beer. Lots of nice malt to make the nose and the flavor pretty nice. I would like to have a fresher version to see how the profile is changed.

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Photo of ByronDBeer
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark dark copper, brown. No head.
S: Fresh hops, vanilla,
T: Malty with some hop cuts. Very strong vanilla/brown sugar, overpowering. Hint of rye but really not much, just vanilla for me.
MF: Medium, mostly forward on the tongue.

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

L: Deep red-orange, half a finger of beige head. Slightly clear.

S: Massive hoppiness. All sorts of things going on.

T: Lots of malts, lots of hops, delicious.

F: Medium-full body, moderate amount of medium-high intensity carbonation.

O: Great beer

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Photo of Drudy8
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No review needed on this one. It is everything it needs to be. Damn near perfect.

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Photo of jsf14
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BdM
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NastyNorseman
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", my review and possible re-rating comes after I Have this again.

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Photo of MykeJ
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dd43
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Increasingly, double IPAs try to jump through various hoops to either tame the bitterness, lighten up the mouthfeel, or quell the alcohol note. This beer from Schmaltz does none of those things. You had better go into this wanting a big ass resinous and bracing imperial or you will be sad you dove in.

Copper in color. Lots of carbonation supporting a pretty large light tan head. This recedes quickly and just leaves a foam ring as the beer leaves your glass. Big caramel and pine notes. BIG. Sticky, malty and bitter like you remember from the early double IPA days. The 10% alcohol is not fumey per se, but you're definitely not drinking this wondering where the booze is. Despite the big malt base the hops still manage to show up to the party and make a racket. I get some orange marmalade in the bouquet, and the first few sips when the head is still present lend a certain dreamsicle quality that I kinda dig. Pepper notes from the rye round out the earthy aspect of the malt base. This is a sipper, one you can crack right out of the fridge and spend a good half hour quaffing as it warms up. Enjoy responsibly!

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Photo of JamFuel
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rarigney
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobstockwell
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ms1072
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beergoot
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange-copper colored body; an intense amount of fine carbonation; thick, chunky head. Big malt nose; a twinge of spiciness. Big malt sweetness to the flavor, too; subdued fruitiness; toasted grain; rye spiciness; strong hop bitterness. Heavy body.

Massive, malty, spicy, and bitter, all in one well-balanced package. Yepper...no joke about the this beautiful beast. It's just plain motherfuckin' good...

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Photo of Elpadrino42069
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lcselim
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of MorganH
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of einman
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AndreRus
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love the bottle art! Great DIPA/American Strong Ale. Hops and malts work well together

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A rusty, dark brown. Pours with a finger of tan, white head. Lingers for a bit and recedes to rim of glass. Leaves plenty of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Earthy, malty. Some citrus and pine hops.

T: Very earthy and malty. Roasted barley. Rye spice on back end. Quite bitter.

F: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

I like my ipa's hoppy, but this malty ipa is one of the better ones out there.

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Photo of Bingja18
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83.7% out of 100 with 2,005 ratings
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