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

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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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#2,617
Reviews:
904
Ratings:
2,009
pDev:
11.82%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
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Photo of carteravebrew
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of VashonGuy
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's back!! The 12 ounce bottles of Lenny's RIPA, that is. It's been two, maybe three years since this beer has been available in the Seattle area in the smaller size, so it's been that long since I've had one of my favorite beers. The 12 ounce bottle is perfect for this hoppy high alcohol beer.

The appearance isn't much to look at ... no head to speak of, no lacing, and kind of a blah effect. But the aroma is uplifting, and the taste is over the top. It's got caramel, it's got hops, it's got a bit of the rye spiciness (but less than some rye beers), it's got balance, and it's got a noticeable ABV punch.

I agree with those who think this is closer to a barleywine than to a DIPA. It's a fine hoppy sipper.

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Photo of HRamz3
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of erialbill
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Washuffizi98
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge huge head with excellent retention and a cloudy amber color.

Smell is of sour rye with some piney and perfumy hoppiness, with a big whiff of alcohol astringency.

The sour rye goes really well with the piney and perfumy hops. The astringency of the alcohol is a bit much though and takes away a tad from the overall enjoyment of the beer. Also, there aren't enough hops to balance the astringency.

The mouthfeel is a bit astringent, but has a nice fullness otherwise. I want to like this beer more, but it's a bit boozy.

Thie beer has an awesome rye profile, but is a bit too astringent with the alcohol to be superbly drinkable.

I want to like this beer more. There is such a great rye characteristic, but the alcohol astringency and lack of adequate hops to balance is too big of a flaw.

Thanks to La Roja for a great extra on my wants list.

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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber red with a tall and thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely as it goes. The aroma is of strong roasted malts along with a big and bold hoppy bitterness at the end. It tastes of very rich roasted malts, some fruit and then a really well balanced but still hoppy aftertaste that is extremely enticing. It has an excellent mouthfeel - very crisp and smooth at the same time which is nice for a beer this big. It has the right amount of carbonation as well. Very drinkable double IPA but not as drinkable as some due to its high abv and well worth a try.

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Photo of Miami66
1/5  rDev -75.4%

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of doucmehu
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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 kingmaker
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jkball01
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

obscene this, jewish that. gimme the f'n beer, bitches!

22oz

blood-red in a triple petrus gold-rimmed snifter. solid head that moseys on out at a moseying speed. i'm left with the creamy remnants of a head that once was- a head that never will be again. still, the morse code in co2 spheres spells out 'drink me' on lenny's surface. beer sticks to the walls like ready spaghetti.

juicy sweet hop transcends normal beer aromas.. this almost reaches the level of orange soda in its citric sweetness. more tangerine than orange, and more barleywine than soda. still, you get the picture. american alpha sting, just not tart. brown sugar comes through as lenny warms up to me. gimme some sugar, baby.

thick and smooth, creamy and dreamy, this beer slides down the throat like a champ. isn't rye usually peppery and sharply dry? not here. the hops overwhelm and it adds more of a yin to the bitterness of yang. it melts with the hop aftereffect and is comparable to putting a window fan behind a bullet to help it pick up speed. and what about the 10%? don't feel it in the least until this beer hits my belly like a lead weight. that's ok though, i'm sipping it the way i should.

that orange peel is there, along with intense malt sweetness. the bitterness in the finish is really botanical, not waxy. it's alive. my mouth is sticky on the inside after each sip and my cheeks feel dry. am i dying? nope.. it's just beer. it's like a brandy-soaked pumpkin pie.. no, wait.. it's more like a 3 floyds behemoth glazed pecan pie. describing this takes big words that i'm not capable of. after all, this is a huge beer with some bold character.

if someone made this beer to commemorate me, i'd be a damn proud dead man.

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Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep, clear amber, even almost ruby. Three fingers of pithy light tan head swell and sustain some time. Cascades of sticky lacing spill down the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings malt first and foremost, with raisins, caramel, vanilla, and a sweet, dusky earthiness. A passage of pine hops opens a bit, before alcohol splases in.

Upon tasting, there's malt, malt, and more malt, with caramel leading the march, followed by a vinous port touch and baked bread. A drier rye grain presence dips to a River Jordan of alcohol with a unique Scotch character. A hint of evergreen hops in, but is more sensed as bitter than actually tasted. The bitterness ramps up in the finish, lingering very dry and almost puckering, a marked 180 from the previous sweetness. It's muscular, with a monster malt profile.

Full bodied, it lays thick and sweet on the palate, though not truly cloying. A glow of hops dares to peek through.

It's just unique enough to be a fitting tribute to the late, great Lenny Bruce. Contrary to the label, there's nothing obscene here, but it does entail a mondo kick with all that grain and a beefy ABV. Still, it's well worth finishing the bottle. So, hey, here's to you Lenny.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to wine glass. Wasn't sure what to think of this gaudy label at first...but now I LOVE it. Must have changed my mind once I saw that this brew is "Kosher Certified & Rabbi Approved." Gets me every time...Only dates on the bottle are 10.13.25 and 8.3.66 but those are Lenny's born on/died on dates.

A: The appearance would have been a "6" if possible. The large, light khaki frothy head lasted FOR-EVER. Excellent stick to the glass. The amber/ruby body was so brilliantly clear it might have well as been a magnifying glass. There are plenty of bubbles slowly rising from the center of the glass.

S & T: Smells fantastic. Heavy malts of bread, grains (rye stands out) and caramel, borderline roasted. The hops are huge and full of pine, grapefruit and orange notes. There is a sourdough/semi musty yeast presence as well. The aroma is absolutely intense, strong and pungent. The flavor are big and last long. They follow the nose, adds some dust, spice and alcohol. But while it is great, it doesn't quite match the perfection of the nose. To no fault of it's own, though, it can't.

M: Full bodied, creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes heavily bitter and dry.

D: One thing is certain: These guys know how to brew BIG beers. And they knocked this one out of the park. This might sound outrageous to some, but this beer right here is a top 5 DIPA for me.

ISO: Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

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Photo of Nolen12
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of chinabeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. tasted in late march 09. i don't think i found a bottle date.

deep red amber. almost clear. fluffy tan head, rocky, bumpy, receding to thin layer, then wisps and ring. nice lacing, especially later on, becoming almost curtain-like.

fruity, dark caramel aroma with hint of brown sugar, along with sweet grapefruit flesh with touch of zest, and mild but fresh pine. hint of nutmeg-like spice and a flash of trace acidic whiffs in the back. wish it were a tiny bit hoppier aroma-wise.

taste: lots and lots of sweet caramelized malts, apple fruitiness, moving to big grapefruit and citrus fruitiness and fresh pine resins with bold but balancing bitterness, peaking before the finish, and lingering with more caramel maltiness and resins.

relatively smooth and lightly syrupy, with minimal resins in the finish. moderate carbonation can be prickly, but is complementary, gives lift and is even sometimes fluffy.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

good stuff here, for sure. Cream soda and white lemon cake in the nose, with a whole lot of rhy and breadiness. Ok lacing and head on a copper body.

The taste is the definition of what it says on the body, "bittersweet." Nice spicy hops, a whole lot of them with toasted malt. Then we have this undertone and aftertaste of sweet prune juice and rhy bread.

Unique beer, this one. I'd get it again. Very drinkable for the ABV as well.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of fox227
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of daledeee
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I looked this up before I bought it since I had never heard of the brewery. I expected an intense hop rye.

I this intoa sam adams glass. Very dark orange or gold. Head and lacing are white. Not a big head but a nice one.

Nose is citrus and tropical

Taste and mouth feel is where this beer shines. Creamy, creamy, creamy! A very balanced hop and malt character. This beer leans toward the tropical side but is not over loaded with hops. It is quite strong from an ABV point of view and is warming to drink but that is not distracting.

I like this beer as well as any I have had lately. Well done folks.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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