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:
2,000
Reviews:
902
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.88%
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
232
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Buebie
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a mug...yep a mug.

I like the lable tribute, very nice.
Poured a deep copper with red hues. Not much carbonation rise, misleading. The head is super thick and heavy, with a good 2 fingers of it. Its frothy, like root beer float foam. Color is egge shell white, without the bleach. Big sticky chunks of lace the the walls of the glass.

Aroma is very hoppy, with pine and citrus. A mild scent of alcahol, some spicie notes, bread, fruity sweetness, caramel.

Upfront its smooth and creamy with some carbonation. Hops dominate the front end of the taste, with grapefruit, and pine.
Then some mild alcahol warming comes into play with a bit of a peppercorn flavor.
As I swallow a spice and herbed pumpernickle/ rye flavor comes around.
A mild metalic water flavor, more hops, toffee, a wisp of chocolate and more sweet citrussy juices.
Finish is dry with a bitter hop linger.

This is one complicated, but amazing brew. Alot going on, but never over burdoning my pallet.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.66/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazed ruddy orange with a slim sudsy beige head.

Smell -- Caramel and toffee, citrus zest, bitter shrubs, pine resin, and spicy rye.

Taste -- Juicy citrus, pine, and bitter vegetation up front. Malting is cloyingly sweet but with a surprising amount of spicy rye. Lingering flavors of pith and shrubs.

Mouthfeel -- Fuller in body, a bit oily, with moderate carbonation. Not bad.

Drinkability -- Man, this one is rough. Cloyingly sweet malts and a hop profile heavy on bitter shrubs. I feel like I'm having Stone 14th flashbacks. I'll give it one thing: the rye character was great. However, even the rye spice was no match for this weird pairing.

In case I got a bad/old bottle, I'll come back to this in the future.

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Photo of halo913
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of korguy123
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into tulip.

A- slightly hazzy toffee/apple cider colored pour. Three finger creamy head. Carbonation shooting up the sides of the glass. Lacing is awesome.

S- Very bready and yeasty. The rye is very forward. Brown sugar, slight cherries and apples. Hops are very muted.

T- Toasted malts, brown sugar and rye bread all take over the taste. Hop bitterness lingers and kicks your tongue at the back. It almost tastes like it could be a dessert.

M- Medium bodied. Creamy and chewy, alcohol is slightly warming, carbonation tickles the tongue.

O- Excellent representation, love the sweetness and the breadiness the rye adds to this. Wish it was a little more hop forward.

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Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This had quite the foaming action. Looks like a lighter form of Guinness with more intense bubble action. Very distince red-brown that is pretty bright.

Smell: Strong pine hops, caramel, and clear notes of rye.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I gotta give perfect points of flavor. Is this a rye beer? Is this an IPA? Somehow it's both and yet...neither. It has the herbal fruitiness of a good rye without the cloying burnt bitterness that some have. It has clear earthy pine notes of an intense IPA, yet it is not too bitter or sour and does not overwhelm the malty rye notes. Mouthfeel is definitely substantial enough to hold the flavors, but is not to syrupy.

Overall Drinkability: This is not a gateway beer if you don't like anything with rye or anything bitter. It is by no means the most intense in either category, but I suggest tackling one flavor at a time first.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

24 from total wine.

A - Auburn in color, moderate head, and great legs with slight head retention.

S - Wow. My favorite. Pineapple and yellow grapefruit esters, with a hint of grassiness. Slight smell of maltiness. Possibly from rye grains.

T - Pineapple, yellow grapefruit, with a more moderate influx of maltiness. The rye did not stand out, just the maltiness.

M - Syrupy, lightly carbonated, with a slight bit of bitterness. Almost like a fruit soda.

D - Despite the ten, little alcohol feel. It's a great beer, but I would like to have seen more rye in the palate.

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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 robertjskelton
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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 Sanchezrox23
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of sleazo
2.62/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a medium chestnut brown with hints of red intersperced throughout. A very pillowy head leaves tons of lace and has good staying power

S_sweet caramel malt. Where are the bloody hops?

T_more one note caramel sweetness from the malt. The hops are virtually non existant. A very mild bitterness comes out in the aftertaste. Levels of alcohol heat increase as it warms. Where is the rye?

M_mildly syrupy with a very low level carbonation

D_very malty but there is no hop bitterness or defining characteristics. I had been reluctant to try a beer from such a schmaltzy brewery but figured I would give it a shot since its brewed in NY. However I was right, the whole thing is a gimmick.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose is indeed obscenely malty. Lots of chocolate, nut, and roasted sugars. Notes of alcohol. Slight fruity/floral/citric splash.

Pours a rich mahogany brown, good clarity, mildest of heads. It accompanied me back from Boston, so maybe the carbonation escaped. I won't hold that against it.

First sip displays a good hearty malt, but not as much as I expected from the nose. Still nutty with chocolate and roasted sugar. Also a good, stiff tartness - floral, fruit, citric. A little spicy, kind of reminds me of juniper or evergreen. A hint of alcohol. Some honey sweetness. Mildly pungent. Thick body, lazy and viscous. Moderately bitter, good bit of raw leafy/earthy hop oils.

Not the hoppiest of Double IPAs (or IPAs, for that matter), but definitely enjoyable. I've never heard of Lenny Bruce before. I'm glad I learned of him, for he is funny. I appreciate that he pushed the barrier of what's acceptable to joke about.

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Photo of comfortablynirm
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of NickSMpls
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jhlosito75
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Tafyob41
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mitch3114
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cbl2
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$4.99 22 oz. bottle. Brewed once in 2006.

Appearance:

Pours a beautiful crimson/orange woth over an inch of tightly packed tan head with excellent retention.

Aroma:

Roasted malts dominated by caramel and a touch of cotton candy. Just a faint hint of hops which is odd for a DIPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Some pine hops up front, but this beer is dominated by sweet malt presence that introduces itself in the form of caramel and perhaps a touch of honey. Mouthfeel is nice, slightly viscous with the appropriate amount of carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter, with hops once more asserting themselves, though not upfront enough for my taste in a DIPA. Alcohol is nicely (and dangerously masked). A good beer, but different from any other DIPA I've had, perhaps because it is a rye.

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Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer stretches the genre in all sorts of directions. Poured from bottle to tulip:

Deep mahogany body with minimal clarity, swelling tan head. Nose borders a barleywine. Big fat rye, earthy hops, caramely malts. Yum. The taste is the same way. Delicious malts to back up a wide range of earthy, herbal and citrus hops. The rye makes for a satisfying aftertaste. Solid, unique beer.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear copper amber with a slightly yellowed head on top. Average visible carbonation shooting to the surface. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Pleasant aroma on this one, starts off with a sizable hop profile that is balanced out with the slightly sweet rye malts. A bit of piny-ness as well as spiciness is in the background.

T: Malts are much more dominant in the flavor than anticipated from the aroma. Dont get me wrong there is still a solid bitterness but the rye isnt afraid to show its face. The spice of the rye compliments the hop flavors quite nicely.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. A bit sticky from the abundance of malts and hops in this brew. Certainly one that will warm you up.

Overall I really enjoy the rye flavors in this beer. They place faith in the hops to keep up with such a heavy dose of malts and the beer holds up well.

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Photo of MasterRigger
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheRuss9585
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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