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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 | website

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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Photo of ByTor2112
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper almost reddish color. Thick two finger head forms and after I get several tastes of the foam, some nice lacing begins to form.
Pungent piney hop aroma is equally matched against a bold malt sweetness and slight whiff of alcohol, but barely.
Thick heavy mouthfeel. Resinous with a DIPA texture. Alcohol is present but is balanced by a unique malt sweetness that is almost heavy. I presume I am tasting the Rye in that sweetness. I also get some tea-like flavors. A froth on the palate heats the alcohol up a bit. The malt profile on this is huge but I like it. The hops give it some balance with citrus and pine and I can taste the Simcoe, I was hoping for a little more agressive astringency to cut some of the malt sweetness. I like this brew and Shmaltz has never disappointed. To quote R.E.M.: Lenny Bruce is NOT afraid!
Cheers, Joe

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Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thick rusty amber topped with sticky, heavy, bubbled cream. Aromas of dark citrus and other fruits over sugary toasted malts tinged with alcohol. Swirl it around and the alcohol comes more into focus, helped by the rye. First sip reveals a big creamy brew...darkly sweet hoppiness upfront with fruity alcohol and rye in the second half. There's an insane array of hops used here: Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Crystal, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial, and Amarillo...but it seems to be countered by an equal malt force. A lot of flavor en masse leaving a slick lingering, slightly sour bitterness. Rich, creamy smooth body - big and coating. A nearly sharp bitterness is smoothed out by a powdery texture.

Plenty satisfying overall. Rich, dark, and hoppy. So very big though, it might be a challenge to handle all 22 ounces alone.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woody brown color with ruby highlights and nice beige creamy looking head. Nice retention and spotty lace. Aroma has big malts, with all sorts of other smells. Dark fruits hidden in there with many yeast smells and some mystery hops. Taste is certainly intense. Big malts carry through with a huge pile of hops delivering a variety of delightful flavors and a big bitter kick in your face. The alcohol is occasionally noticeable in all the beery goodness but it is 10%. Rather thick body and heavy creamy, but carbonated mouth feel. A little resiny graininess sneeks through. Drinkablity is good for what this is.

Good to have. Better to have slowely.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a bright, almost shiny brown in color. The head was awesome. It wasn’t huge but was a cool-looking dirty dirty white and stubborn as hell.

Smell – There’s little rye to be found in the nose. You can tell there are a lot of hops in here but they don’t blossom out of the glass. There’s also a pleasing grainy base that at least offers balance to the smell.

Tasty – The super-sized hops come out huge at the taste. The citrus in particular stands out as being well done. The rye isn’t big but is well done. It’s a bit more flavorful than the Hop Rod.

Mouthfeel – This is big in the mouth, almost full-bodied, with some good bitterness and the promise of a short aging stint in a cellar.

Drinkability – This is very drinkable for a big beer, and make no mistake this is a big, big beer. Don’t try to eat anything with it.

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

Dark copper with a dark amber core. Tall, thick, sticky, bright light khaki brown head. Perfumey-Scotch tape-pine sap hop nose, backed by spicy-sweet butterscotch, whiskey burn, and melted Werther's Original candies. Sweet, sugary toffee malt up front. Very spicy, peppery, anise-y, nutmeg jolt mid-palate. Bitterness increases as candied fruits and butterscotch chime in. Strong bitterness and spice in the finish. Warming, but doesn't feel like 10%. Watch out, eh? Medium-full body that coats the mouth well. Creamy feel. Very interesting beer with an interesting combination of spiciness, sweet caramel/butterscotch, and strong DIPA bitterness. I'm not sure if I am crazy about the strong spiciness, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beer tribute to Lenny Bruce, oh my, does it get any better? Not only that but it's a DIPA, supposedly a tongue-ripper just like the man himself. Okay, so I'm impressed by the billing...

Pours out of 650 ml brown bottle a deep garnet, well carbonated hue with a massive off-white head that lingers and lingers and lingers... A thick and chunky head.

The nose is fairly faint, but hints at rich malt and a sucker punch of Cascade hops.

The flavour is candy... Rich, intense, bready malt--fruity and spicy Christmas cake profile to it almost, and yes, yes, I'm aware of the irony... Oh man are the hops and the malt duking it out to come up on top, I haven't experienced this since Stone's Arrogant Bastard. There is a tongue-ripping amount of citrusy hops that truly does want to assualt my palate, but it is being subdued by the well-rounded malt. This is utterly delightful, what an amazing high test well rounded ale! Spruce, cherry, orange peel, coriander, white pepper, how to list off the spices.

The mouthfeel is something out of Dante's Paradise, full, rich, creamy, velvety, like a concentric circle of heavenly hosts circling around my palate.

If nothing else this beer is amazing, quite the experience to behold and well worth whatever amount of clams you have to shell out for it . Seriously. I am about to put on a pair of pants and go searching for more of it, you bet yer sweet ass. Stock it, horde it, drink it when you feel blue, your life will always seem better. Lenny Bruce, I salute you like He'Brew salutes you and your potty mouth (which usually had a ripe point anyways...). Best tasted when life hands you a lemon...

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Photo of Nipitato
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Thin off white head caps a gorgeous deep red amber hue. Clear.

S: Hops, hops, and more hops. Resinous and grapefruit aromas characterize the predominantly hoppy smell of this beer. Sweet malt aromas linger in the background.

T: Crazily intense high hop flavor. Bitter aftertaste that lingers. Hop flavor is complex - resinous and piney not citrusy. As the beer warms an oak flavor begins to come through, which I really did not care for. Malt flavor is just a trace present.

MF: Medium body. Suprisingly no alcohol warming. Slick/cloying mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated.

D: An intensly hoppy lip smacking rye based DIPA. Very drinkable for such a high alcohol brew.

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

Pours a rich, deep red color with burnt orange highlights, topped by a good finger of creamy white head. A rather pretty beer. Aroma is of roasted caramel malt and a good dose of fruity hops. Notes of dark cherry and a hint of brown sugar peek through as well.
Palate is complex, making a couple of transformations from the first sip to the last. Up front the caramel malt really shines through, with the slightly sweet, fruity hops emerging mid-palate. The rye shows up after the swallow with some pretty serious bitterness that lingers on the finish. The body is substantial and a bit creamy, with the rye bill eliminating some of the syrupy character that tends to come with double IPAs. Altogether, though, the bitterness on the finish is too much for me. Probably won't be getting this one again.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark reddish color. Hold it up to the light and you see a clear red. Nice frothy one finger head. Excellent lacing starting already.
S: Big time rye with a nice background of pine and grapefruit. A good bit of maltyness in there also. Slight pepper and spicy notes also--abv rears it head here.
T/M: Bitterness right from the get go with a nice rye attribute to it. The sharp rye notes have a grassy characteristic to it. Grassyness also lends to the malt notes. Spicyness on the palate with pepper notes on the tip of the tongue. Hop notes of fruit, mostly grapefruit. Nice big maltyness with bready notes laced with caramel. Extremely bitter on the tongue stinging the palate.
D: Drinkable to a point. Extra spicy, not from the hop notes, but from the abv. A sipping brew this is--hard to get through one yourself as it's almost too big towards the finish.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - this DIPA pours a dark ruby red with a thin tan/yellowish head, surprisingly hazy with plenty of half-obscured carbonation

S - hoppy and grapefruitty of course, typical of a DIPA, with a buttery rye aroma, nice and thick smelling

T - piney bittery like any DIPA, with citrus (grapefruit) undertones, the buttery rye translates well to the flavor and lends a nice lactic sweetness and smoothness, would be a great addition, but is mostly drowned out by the IBU's

M&D - a cloying smoothness is overridden by the IBU's, i love my IBU's but that buttery rye flavor was so tempting, otherwise, nicely smooth for such a high IBU count and ABV. a great beer

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Photo of Pooba001
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours with nice head a dark woodsy brown color, just light of mahogany. Head doesn't stick around terribly long, but OK for a 10% ABV IPA. First note of aroma is they spicy rye grain, then grassy hops with floral and light citrus notes. Hints of toffee and faint alcohol are also present.

Cirtus and grassy hops contend with a rich, spicy rye malt flavor on the palate. Alcohol is expectedly perceptable. My hallmark for this style is Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, and this isn't quite the beer that HRR is, but its very good in its own right.

Mothfeel is good for what this beer intends to be, slightly astringent. Drinkability is nice for the ABV and style as well, sure its my first beer of the night, but still, it went pretty quick, and I know I could go for another.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very thick deep amber color with a small white head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma is of resinous hops, a little citrus, caramel malt, and spicy rye. Taste is loaded with a very oily hop pressence with some pine and citrus. The caramel noted in the nose is also very well represented in the taste. The high alcohol in the beer is also evident. The beer finishes with a rye bread like flavor. Mouthfeel is full, smooth, and perfectly carbonated. Pretty drinkable beer despite the high alcohol. Overall a great beer that I will purchase again.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a deep , clear copper color, with a short off white head that had little retention and left little gobs of lacing on the glass. Had a moderate amount of carbonation. Smelled of citrus fruits, piney bittering hops. Tasted of again citrus fruits, hops, faint malty rye, with a well hidden alcohol finish. Had a nice thick , oily feel in the mouth, and was a pretty drinkable double I.P.A. would definitely drink again.

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

The beer seems to pour just a little bit slower than most, and fills the glass with a deep auburn. The head was large and tan in colour, and recedes slowly, leaving sticky lacing on the glass.

The smell is dominated by grapefruit hop aroma. As I wait for the beer to warm, I keep checking for different smells, but that is all I can come up with.

The beer enters the mouth feeling thick and sticky, and there is a bit of molasses and caramel in the malt flavour. When the hops hit, they hit big, lots of pine and citrus to finish the taste. Alcohol is quite notable, though it may be the rye giving an alcohol impression. Big flavours all the way through, nothing subtle about this one.

The beer is thick feeling, a little bit sticky. Carbonation isn't very high, but it is adequate. All in all it is one worth trying if you like your beers big.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass, this is a beautiful bright copper-red with two full fingers off off-white head, good retention, and thick sheets of lacing. Nose is sweet and slightly alcoholic, nice floral hops, hint of rye bread, some stray fruity aromas. , Taste is wonderful, huge citric and grapefruit hops doing battle with sweet doughy malt, some peppery spiciness, a hint of sweet alocohol on the finish, finishes with a lingering resinous hop finish. Very solid and tasty DIPA. The rye lends this beer a bit of thickness, for a very nice full mouthfeel. This is a really solid beer, as drinkable of a DIPA you're going to find, although it still very high in hops and alcohol and not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of JasonA
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep carmel with solid 2 fingers of tan head.

Smells an floral hoppy alcohol. Malt does come through after further inspection.

Malt, hops ..., hops ..., alcohol ..., alcohol. Nic boquet on the tongue. Tastes fresh. Would be interested to see what some time did to this.

Medium bodied, good carbonation. Creamy carbonation sitting in the mouth.

Im not completely sold on DIPAs Damn are they a sipping brew. Very tasty to me as a change of pace, though Im not sure Im sold on many of then in a period of time.

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

Very deep red. easy to see through, but a nice deep, dark color. Very nice lace as the thick head subsides.

Strong, sweet hoppy smell, but with a bitter undertone. Slight pine scent.

Heavy hop flavor has a bitter, citrusy flavor. Slight sweetness, which is a good and necessary balance to the bitter. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

Medium thickness and good solid feel and texture. Sweetness in the aftertaste.

Very good IPA, excellent beer. The bitter hops may require a break between them, but delicious all night.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, deep mahogany in the middle and bright cherrywood on the outer rim, with a big, whipped-cream head that sticks very well to the sides of the glass. Wonderful nose, full of fruity, doughy goodness (must be the rye) alongside fruity and metallic hops. Very enticing. On the palate, this beer is hugely smooth without having a dextrine feel. Metallic hops, rich caramel hops and yeasty, doughy fruits vye for your attention at the mid-palate. Hop bitterness is big but not acrid or overly acidic; maltiness is substantial but not sweet. Balance is the watchword here, a rare thing in a double IPA. Overall, this beer is great, exactly what a double IPA should be. The rye adds a certain depth to the beer, and every flavor element harmonizes with the others. Excellent.

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

I had this on-tap at the 1850 Landmark Inn in Milwaukee. I had sampled this beer (more than once, actually) at the GABF, and it was the best rye beer I had there. However, I still prefer Founder's Red Rye, although this beer is very good.

It was served in a tulip glass and was a reddish brown color with two fingers of white head. Maybe it was the glass, but this beer had almost a cabernet wine sort of color to it, which was appealing.

The smell hoppy, without a lot of maltiness that you might expect from a beer made with rye.

But the rye was evident in the taste, but not to the extent that is in Red's Rye. I felt that more rye taste may have made this beer taste a bit more balanced. The hop bitterness was good, and pretty untamed due to what I perceived as a lack of malt balance.

Mouthfeel was good...not too sticky but also not watery.

Drinkability was also decent. This beer has a high enough ABV that you're well-advised to not go slugging down 16 oz at a time, but I could have multiple 8-10 oz servings of this beer. All in all, I'd recommend it.

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

Pours a nice dark amber color with a thick light tan head. Copius amount of lacing left behind. Nice.

Smells good, too. Spicy citrus hops, bready malts, alcohol, raisins, caramel and rye. ABV is 10% and it smells that way...but it's not overpowering at all.

The taste is stronger on the alcohol than the hops and it should be the other way, imho. Sweet malts are also a lot more dominant than I would have thought. But that is a good thing. It all blends together pretty decently.

Mouthfeel is a dry, medium body with a good bitter punch in the aftertaste. You start to feel the abv before you finish the whole 22oz...atleast I am. And as it warms that pesky alcohol gets stronger....and that doesn't help.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber with a label warning "brewed with an obscene amount of malt and hops." Obscene is also carried over as part of a tribute to late, great Jewish comic Lenny Bruce, whose image graces the label in several places along with a quinessential quote concering Bruce from Dick Schaap: "Finally, one last four-letter word concerning Lenny Bruce: DEAD. At 40. . . that's obscene."

The beer pour a clear copper, with ruddy and bronze undertones. The off-white three-finger head is supremely creamy and demonstrates great retention, leaving monstrous, fluffy lacing and pockets of foam as it receds.

The malts dominate the hops on the nose, very malty with loads of caramel and a candy apple characteristic. The flavor too begins with a strong thrust of toasty, yet very sweet malts, some nice spice supplied by the rye, followed by sugar and candy, all undercut by the bitterness of hops and a distinct phenolic characterstic.

The mouth is quite big and complex. The wicked strong carbonation prevents the sugars from getting too syrupy or overwhelming, and the result is a high complex juxtapostion of bitter/sweet. It gets a tad phenolic on the finish, which decreases the drinkability a bit, but it is still a gem overall.

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

Picked this up while in Spokane, WA.

Pours a dark amber with a quarter inch off-white head, that fades slowly to a nice cap considering the head wasn't that large. The lacing was very thick, completely covering the interior of m glass.

Smell; very nice hoppy aroma, with citrus and a hint of pine. The rye lends a nice spiciness to the aroma, and there's some sweet malts present as well. I'm really digging the aroma of this beer.

Taste; the hops are definitely present with citrus and the hints of pine tree, but the rye really stands out to me. I'm glad to, because that's the main reason that I purchased the bottle. I've become a big fan of rye beers, and wish other breweries would give rye a chance. There's a very good mildly sweet presence that just seems to accentuate the rye flavors in this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; the mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth, and despite the bitterness, this beer is disappearing rapidly.

I had never heard of this beer when I purchased it, so I only bought the one bottle. Now I wish I could go back just to buy a case of it. One of the better beers that I've had recently.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, part of their 10% series.

Pours deep red amber, with a big loose head, leaves serious lacing.

Aroma: sweet alcohol and moderate to heavy hops.

Taste: Bourbon cask wood, warm alcohol, moderate to moderately high hops, finishes with notes of vanilla and barrel, hops not as high as the bottle claims. Nice as it warms up, and the sweet alcohol warmth and fruitiness takes over.

Mouth is warm and moderately slick.

A great beer, just not amazing in any category. Certainly vastly better than their basic, non-big offerings.

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

A double IPA named after Lenny Bruce? That's got "buy me" written all over it. Whoa! At 10%, this ale gets in your face and deserves respect, much like Lenny.

The pour raised a good bit of creamy caramel colored head, which over time left haunting lacing all over the inside of my Budvar 1/2 liter glass. Copper-clored with a bit of haze.

The aromas are balanced between the hops and malt, perhaps too balanced for this hophead. I smell citrus, orange not grapefruit, candied fruits, raisins, hard candy, and just a hint of mustiness, enough to know that this beer's lineage goes back to Great Britain.

When the ale hits the tastebuds, there's an initial but fleeting sweetness that gets kicked in the head by a bitter whallop. Dark fuit, apricots, oranges, some tobacco, and a little leather. Then the bitter streak hit the center of the tongue. On the swallow the alcohol is very present until the puckering dryness kicks in.

With this much put into the ale, it's got Marilyn Monroe mouthfeel--very full and voluptuous. As it warms, the flavors intensify and I reach for the ice water to clear the palate before diving in again.

This is a big beer for a slow evening, perhaps while watching your favorite British mystery on PBS. Cheers Lenny.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - poured out with a deep orange/amber hue. Three fingers of creamy light-tan head, a scoop of pillowed foam in the center, a moat around it with drapy lacing, thick and sheeted all around. It came out of the bottle a little slow to bubble so I straight-dropped the last 4 to 5 ounces. Don't do that. Foam overage guarantee. Let's continue.

Aroma - a sweet malty background, split nicely with aromatic, piny hops. Sweet, juicy, piny. Recedes somewhat after a minute.

Taste - huge beer. Big rye malts. A citrusy hop flavor on the swallow goes intensely grapefruit. Warm with alcohol and very dry. I don't exactly go for the over the top bitterness but there's so much more to the flavor profile to enjoy. The malty abv side approaches a barleywine, Celebration-like flavor, and the hops keep it to style.

Mouthfeel - so smooth, it feels nitrogen-carbonated, especially if you get some bubbles from the head in with your sip. Otherwise, heavy, thick, drapy...DIPA.

Drinkability - it's a fine beer, suited for fans of the style and few others. I would not say no to another.

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 891 ratings.
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