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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,001
Reviews:
902
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.88%
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
232
For Trade:
4
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Photo of alpinebryant
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber color, slight tiny head of bubbles on the top, clear complexion that you can see through the glass with.

Smell is slightly hoppy, with some bittering hops scent , with some sweet fruit and rye in the very back.

Tasted very good at first, strong and hits you with a punch , then the malts take over the hops at some point. Would probably be a little more flavorful if the hops were overpowering the hops, not sure here. Aftertaste is slightly malty afterwards, almost as if it could have possibly been too long with spent fuel. (malt dredge)

Mouthfeel is great, I would say one of the better mouthfeel beers that I have had, the 10% abv probably has something to do with this.

Drinkability is pretty good overall, Im really glad to see another beer company with a Rye IPA, and I would definitely get this one again.

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Photo of jkball01
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Miami66
1/5  rDev -75.2%

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
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 jooler
3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look is extremely dark. Smell is very malty. Initial taste is sweet with a butt load of malts, then the taste gets just more alcoholic as I drink. This might be old

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Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +15.1%
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 CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Nolen12
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of chinabeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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 jngrizzaffi
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep cloudy copper color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Has a very earthy, rye aroma. Also pick up some caramel and grassy hops. Very smooth taste. Very malty and earthy. Perhaps a little on the dank side. This is followed by a big grassy hop and a strong rye aftertaste. Hides the alcohol very well. Moderately astringent. Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of kingmaker
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of fox227
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Photo of daledeee
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of ChrisinRI
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Docer
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.5)
- Dark and filtered clear brown with a reddish hue. Fluffy and slow forming fingers of ultra light tan head settles with frothy sticky foam all over the glass and a thick pillow rests above.

Smell: (3.5)
- Smells like a barleywine. Huge thick caramel malts, bready, zesty, peppery, and sweet. Molasses, honey, grassy earthy hop. This is a sweet rich smelling barleywine for sure.

Taste: (4.0)
- Honey and sugary caramel malt. Light cocoa, pine, zesty hop, and a subtle chocolate and desert-like flavor. Brown sugars, candy, and earthy hops. Hops are rather light. Very well balanced.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This is a rather heavy brew. Thick creamy malty body which is quite chewy, and a touch sticky. Leaves the mouth a bit dry and chalky. Certainly a nice creamy feel.

Overall: (3.5)
- For me this beer is a bit off the mark for the style. It's certainly a barleywine. When I like a good double IPA, I don't want a barleywine. That doesn't mean that this beer isn't great.. it is. But I try to be subjective to style in my judging.. but it really always boils down to how good the beer is overall. That's why I like doing these live reviews step-by-step. I've never had a He'Brew beer that wasn't quality.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/13/2009 (bottle):

Pours an amber orange colored body, with a small white head. Has a strong citrusy bitter aroma. Also, a rye grainy aroma. An alcoholy taste, bitter citrus, grainy. Spicy taste. Has a creamy mouthfeel. Nice IPA taste. Carbonated. Tasty.

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Photo of bruachan
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i love hops and i love rye. the bottle says it has both inside. so i opened it

it's real dark, but with that much malt involved (enough to produce 10% alc) i guess that's inevitable. it's a deep ambery garnet. the head is nice

the aroma is more room-filling and monistically ever-present than that of any beer i've ever experienced. the beer is sitting a yard away right now and it might as well be in my damn nose. immensely malty an hoppy simultaneously¬ógreat balance. the character of the malt is so complex that it makes me think of a quad. the piney hops fit seamlessly in, and the rye is evident

BIG flavors. thick, creamy yet piercing with the hops and rye spice. deee-lish. this is my first He'brew, but count me in

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

deep reddish copper color, slight haze and creamy tan head. looks dense. caramel, resiny pine, grapefruit in the nose along with some vague spice, and a hint of some dark dried fruit. big, sweet caramel malts along with a big, somewhat harsh hop bitterness along with the spiciness from the rye to balance it out. big bitter finish lingers. very thick and viscous, full-bodied, with some prickly carbonation struggling through. sticky sugars linger on the lips. a sipper. if you like a darker, spicy dipa try it.

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Photo of cfinch2
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of rojapa
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mattcrill
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared this one with BA cmaruschak

Aroma: Peppery, spicy hops. Some alcohol warmth noted. Spicy and dry is definitely the dominant theme here.

Appearance: Brilliant ruby colored pour with a sudsy white 1-finger head.

Flavor: Bittering hops, peppery spiciness dominate the palate. Just a hint of some malty sweetness but this is followed by a bittering dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and oily. Almost overcarbonated.

Overall impression: A bit too unbalanced for me. Needed more of a malt presence to balance out the punishing hops and alcohol burn. Glad I split this one. Hard to finish for me. Normally I enjoy a highly hopped rye beer but this one missed it's mark for me.

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,001 ratings.
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