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

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On RyeHe'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye
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American Imperial IPA
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3.98 | pDev: 13.32%
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On RyeHe'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye
Notes: Imperial Rye IPA aged in a Rittenhouse 100 Rye Barrel.
The 2013 batch was aged in Willett Rye Whiskey barrels. 2016 batch aged in Jim Bean Rye Whiskey barrels.
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Photo of stortore
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. 2016 edition aged in Jim Beam barrels. Bottled 2/18/16, had 7/30/18.

Pours a medium amber, cloudy, with a half inch foamy head and spotty lacing. Aromas of rye, rye whiskey, caramel, oak, malt, dates, pine and lightly dank hops, some figs and brown sugar, light vanilla, light tobacco when warm. The flavor leads with the rye whiskey, then caramel, oak, malt, vanilla, rye, figs, dates, brown sugar, a good amount of pine. Some bitterness on the finish. Smooth, a little creamy, a very good medium body, well carbonated.

Found this bottle three days before having it, wish they had one more. The Jim Beam barrels are great, don’t think I’ve had them in a beer before. The whiskey is prominent, but the hops have held up really well for 30 months in the bottle, and the RIPA base retains it’s identity. Well developed aromas and flavors. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Neck of bottle is stamped '1048A6 09:38'. Label identifies the beer as '2016 Edition' (Aged in Jim Beam Rye Whiskey Barrels).
Cloudy, amber brown colored body. Color is close to whiskey. Off white head settles to persistent cap. Ring is fed by big bubbles. Some lines and lacing left behind with each sip.
Aroma is very much from a whiskey barrel, in this case a Jim Beam rye whiskey barrel. Lots of oak and vanilla from the barrel. There is some rye spiciness on the nose.
Taste is heavily influenced by the whiskey barrel, with its alcohol, vanilla and oak notes. Spicy rye notes and still present hop notes contribute considerably. Slightly sweet overall, with alcohol burn and slight hop bitterness.
Medium to coating mouth feel. Smooth but boozy.
A beer that has fully embraced its time in the barrel. This is a sipper, both because of the alcohol component and for the savoring of the tastes. When each sip is done, it is so close in aftertaste to a real whiskey sip. This means the beer has captured the whiskey essence but at a much lower ABV.
This is an example of when a beer can be enhanced by aging in a whiskey barrel and allowing the bottled beer to age.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is copper/ near-amber, low head. Some lacing sticks.
Smell is malts and molasses, with hints of sweet bourbon barrel. Nice here!
The taste follows the nose with sweet malts, some caramel and some tasty orange-citrus from the hops, but then pops through that barrel! Tasty Jim Beam barrel: I know this is just 10% abv., but after each sip I feel like booze-dragon-breath as if I had actually sipped whisky. Not that the alcohol ruins a BIT of it. It's just that good of a barrel effect. The malts leading up to this are tasty, almost honey-like, nearing medicinal but then the Jim Beam rounds it out with that flavored heat.
Feels smooth, medium-chewy and low-carbonated just right.
So much good flavor, so much rich barrel, I feel this remains underrated. A high-top among rye DIPA's. I recall having a version of this a couple years back, but this one strikes me as superior to it, and to many others.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on tap.

This is an excellent beer.

Good hefty old school DIPA with lots of rich malt sweetness, providing an excellent pairing with the flavors contributed by the rye whiskey barrel aging.

Much more used to having barrel aged dark beers (stouts, porters, etc.), but this style IPA surprised me by pairing so well with the strong depths of flavor from the barrel aging.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I feel like I've had very few Shmaltz beers that I'd take seriously enough to review, but R.I.P.A. on Rye is a brew that should give anyone pause... a 10% double IPA aged in rye whiskey barrels (in this case, those belonging to the Beam distillery). This is certainly nothing to mess around with!

Pours a deep brown-ish color with some copper highlights and ruby overtones if held up to light. A tight, khaki-colored head that leaves behind intense tiers of lacing that seem entirely defined by each sip I take. Damn, this is sticky. The color may not be "pale" whatsoever, but this is a rule-breaking beer and I'll give it very high marks for its beautiful pour and the intense way it sits in my glass.

Nose is heavy rye, earthy hops, pine, caramel, toffee, whiskey, oaken tannins and baking spice (nutmeg/cinnamon/vanilla). This is 100% upfront with everything it's about and for that I'm grateful... this hides nothing because it doesn't have to. Reminds me a lot of Boulevard's Rye-on-Rye in both recipe and intensity, though this is certainly hoppier.

Flavor is earthy and spicy with toffee, tobacco, rye and pine resin/pine needles headed off by a slight woody smokiness. As the nose seems to have indicated, this has a lot of stiff, woody notes and lightly-sweet milky caramel on the tongue crossed with a bitter and somewhat harsh tone of whiskey/booziness that comes out towards the finish. The forward flavor of ethanol is the thing that most hurts this for me, putting it pretty decently below Rye-on-Rye in the "American strong rye ale aged in rye barrels" category. Not a lot in that category, honestly, but this is like a less refined version of Boulevard's masterwork. It's still really good, and I like the complex flavors, but this is a bit brutal to be honest. It loses some points for its harsh and semi-acidic feel, though this could definitely improve a bit with age as far as I can tell... the hops are already buried by the barrel-aging and, although this is about 8 months old already, I feel it would only smooth out over, say, another 6 or 7. Perhaps I'll buy another one and lay it down now that I know it to be worth its salt.

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Photo of efrankmcguire
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2010 vintage. The age has definitely silenced the hops. However, that is not the case for the Rye Whiskey...smells, tastes, and warms like you were sipping on a Whiskey and water. Overall, this exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little intro, I would have loved to drink non-BA version first, so I can draw this beer off the original. Alas it's not be, so here is my review.
22oz "bomber" into libbey tulip
bottled on 2/18/16
L- pours a gorgeous coppery rust color with thin layer of foam which fizzles immediately
S- heavy rye whiskey aroma, sweet caramel malt, with hints of pine
T- the taste is a blend of sweet, rich, and bitter as it deftly says on the label with the sweet malt, the richness of the rye whiskey, and the bitterness a slight kiss of pine on the finish
F- this one is a real sipper, full-bodied with slight carbonation tingle
O- not the usual Imperial/IIPA but a very solid beer nonetheless, the one slight knock is that at times i felt i sipping rye whiskey and not beer aged in rye whiskey barrels

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Photo of Stevedore
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle, 2013 vintage. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark brown, slight reddish hue, one finger white head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smells of a big spicy rye bite up front, with a fair bit of graininess, hefty oak and tannins. Flavour is pretty heavy on the oak, like licking the barrel. Moderately bitter oak and earth, light cereal sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not syrupy but a bit on the thicker end than expected, good substance and plenty of flavour. Finish is a lightly ethanolic rye spiciness and oak. Overall, a heavily barreled rye IPA with a non-descript, slightly burnt and oaky bitterness.

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Translucent ruby/copper with an inch thick offwhite head which receded slowly to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Strong spiciness over mild caramel malt

t: Spicy, smooth textured alcohol flavor followed by a considerable hop bite. Some bitterness lingers along with alcohol and slight throat burn.

m: Silky full, great body and good carbonation tingle.

o: A powerfully flavorful brew that delivers on all anticipated cylinders.
Outstanding monster, although the whiskey flavor is a bit raw and overpowers the rye and other malt elements somewhat, especially in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stated on side of 22 oz bottle as 2014 edition.

This VERY nice strong rye IPA on bourbon barrel pours a hazy brownish orange with a fantastic head of foam that dissipates to a thick 1/4" layer and has true staying power with excellent lacing. Nose of pink grapefruit, rye whiskey, vanilla, coconut, and dates. Flavors are a shock for the style to say the least. Moderately strong caramel and brown sugar notes hit to the front with spicy rye, and then dance about a grapefruit and citrus flavor with tropical flavors of coconut, honey, and dates to the rear with a generous amount of oak, rye whiskey, and a touch of vanilla.


Smooth mouth feel is bracing with citrus and rye while the carbonation keeps it lively and up beat with a warming and strong rye whiskey finish. Astounding. One of the best rye IPA's I have ever had and worthy of several years of aging. Astonishing I enjoy it so much since I am NOT a hop head. This is a new favorite to day the least.


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Photo of retry4z
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the 8/3/2010 bottling date. I got the last bottle ($13) at a bottle shop - the bottle was holding up a shelf which is why nobody has bought it, and now I'm having it 5 years later. Apparently that year it was a silver medal winner at the GABF in the wood and barel aged strong beer category.

The 5 years haven't mellowed out the alcohol, and at 10 abv it is noticeable quite a bit. However, the hops are subdued somewhat and have a bee-pollen quality. Color is dark copperish-crimson.

Lots of fruity aroma and some nutmeg. Doesn't go down quickly, has to be sipped. Some cinnamon, crystal malt, and honey. Would be closer to a mead than an IPA, given it has been aged for so long. Some grassy flavor comes through from the dry-hoppedness (tm).

Overall a unique and worthy brew, but not as complex or drinkable as I'd hoped for a 5-year barrel aged bottle.

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%

22 oz bottle served with dinner.
Too strong and boozy to work well with food but nice as an after-meal sipper. The load of flavor from the rye barrel would overpower most beers but not this DIPA. Sweet for style, suggesting, with the strong rye flavor, that some rye whisky was left in the barrels.

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Photo of threeviews
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch #3 poured from a 22oz bottle into a Rastal, Teku 2.0 glass - Reviewed 8/6/14

A- Pours a beautifully clear, ruby red with nothing more than a single finger, off-white head which dissipates rather quickly (5.0)

S- The barrel component is ever-so-present, . Vanilla, coconut, oak, orange blossom honey, melon and some lemon/lime citrus thrown in for good measure. (4.75)

T- Malty sweetness hits first, but is quickly whisked away by a substantial white grapefruit rind bitterness. The spiciness from the rye (both from the malt and barrel) along with the oak tannin come through in the finish, creating a rather dry (yet enjoyable) finish. The malt backbone of the base beer is substantial enough to hold up against the flavors imparted by the barrel, creating a very balanced, yet extreme offering. (4.5)

M- Medium-Full bodied with high drinkability. The sturdy carbonation helps to keep this otherwise viscous brew from running amok on your palate. (4.5)

O- After nearly 1-year since being bottled, all the elements of Lenny's R.I.P.A. on Rye still hold strong, as your palate will recognize both barrel and DIPA components. The aging of Lenny's R.I.P.A. in Rye Whisky barrels elevates an otherwise good beer to outstanding. Well done! (4.5)

Since I have now reviewed both 2013 & 2014 editions, I give the nod to the 2013 vintage and hope it ages with the best of 'em! (4.75)

Batch #4 (2014) - Aged in Redemption Rye whiskey barrels - Reviewed 1/26/14

One of, if not the only 32oz growlers of this beer on this planet, is poured into a 16oz snifter.

A- It pours a crystal clear, deep mahogany color with about one finger's worth of a white, frothy head. (5.0)

S- Perhaps the most extreme barrel-aged beers I have ever experienced. Vanilla, oak and down-right whiskey are dominant on the nose. Once acclimated, you will find subliminal notes of ruby red grapefruit citrus. (4.5)

T- Like the aroma, an absolute assault on the senses courtesy from the whiskey barrels. Vanilla, oak and rye spice dominate consume the palate. (4.25)

O- Wow...simply amazing. I dare you to find a barrel-aged beer that elicits a more pronounced barrel-aged character than this. Starting with Barrel-Aged Blockhead, Funky Jewbelation and now with Lenny's R.I.P.A. on Rye, Shmaltz is releasing exceptional barrel-aged brews of which are all worth seeking out! (4.5)

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Photo of Mitchster
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased as part of the 2013 holiday pack. This being the 2013 version, duh.
Brewed with specialty 2-row, rye ale, torrified rye, rye flakes, crystal rye, crystal 80, wheat, kiln amber, and caramunich 60. Hopped with Warrior, cascade, simcoe, crystal, chinook, amarillo, centennial, Saaz, and dry hopped with simcoe, amarillo and crystal. 10% ABV.

Pours out to a hazy medium brown, forming a creamy light yellow head with fantastic retention and solid sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate, about 2.5 carbs or so. The nose is that of an american barleywine...a boatload of hops sitting on top of a sticky huge malt body with notes of molasses, soy sauce, caramel, and bourbon. Mouthfeel is sticky, syrupy, huge bodied. Taste opens with a firm blast of hops, with pine, grapefruit, and orange peel and is followed by syrupy malts with toast and grain notes. A few fruity yeast esters, then a medium firm bitterness which balances well with the overall toffee sweetness, finishing with a firm hop aftertaste and medium astringency. Earthy finish.

Don't think of this as a DIPA, but a rye barleywine. It's a very well brewed beer, and is very rich, but I don't really see myself buying it again.

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Photo of TucsonTom
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great whiskey-barrel aged beer ... for my taste.

I haven't had many whiskey-barrel aged beers. Most have come from Firestone-Walker. I can't say the style is my favorite, but this one from Shmaltz is my favorite so far. It has to be the use of rye whiskey barrels for me. I really enjoy a shot of rye with a malty beer on the side; somehow the combination of flavors is wonderful. And this beer smacks that nail straight on the head.

I'm drinking this nine months after bottling, so that aging probably helped a bit. I'll bet two years on this brew would make it incredible.

It's still luscious as is!

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I remember a past co-worker raving about this and missed my chance some time back to get my hands on one. Saw it, bought it, proceeded to try it quickly. 2014 release.

Pours out pretty oily with a small, off-white head that dissipates and leaves a wispy film and ring about the edges. It is a deep, rich copper colour. The small lacing bubbles very slowly climb through the thick beer up the sides of the glass. Very good looking.

The smell is quite nice, pretty heavy on the earth, booze, and rye whisky. There are hints of vanilla and very dry chocolate, maybe a bit of smoke and citrus. Almost a bit lemony and grapefruity. The smell isn't heavy or potent, it is pretty mellow.

The taste is huge and aggressive. Very aggressive. I get a lot of rye whisky and rye malt on this. There are no doubts as o what this beer is. It is brazen. Comes in a bit sweet with vanilla and oak tones, maybe a bit of blackberry, and the heads into the lemony citrus with herbal notes and then the rye whisky hits. It comes down like a sledge hammer with a backbone of pine and then gradually eases off into a grapefruit pith and booze. The oak holds throughout it pretty evenly and then sinks in with the booze at the tail end. I can certainly see how many reviewers are a bit blown out and away from the hops. The whisky does overshadow heavily in this beer and blends with the aggressive herbal tones and pine.

Mouthfeel is pretty well on the heavy and oily side. A definite sipping beer. This is also an extraordinarily dry beer. To the point it is a bit astringent. Being a sipping beer, you have to fight with this boozy dryness and astringency which becomes a bit unpleasant. It's harsh and for 10% or so ABV, the booze are out there like no ones business and add an almost unbelievable amount of warmth to the beer. I've had some hot beers but usually they are higher in ABV than this. This is a hot one.

Overall, I love the original Lenny's RIPA. After this I actually want to revisit it. This is a good beer, but it is extremely aggressive with the rye whisky. I like a good robust beer, but it is a bit too harsh for even myself when it comes to the astringency. Don't get me wrong though! I would drink this beer again. If it were on tap somewhere and I wanted a potent beast of a beer, I would gravitate to it to meet my needs. I guess I just have some mixed feelings on it. I will continue to buy He'Brew, they certainly never disappoint on the sides of interesting and unique. And this was definitely both of those.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A brownish red body with one finger head and lace ring. I get a strong rye presence in the aroma, and then something akin to both bourbon and wood along with a hint of vanilla, even some caramel, toffee, figs and a big ol' helping of hops. The beer is real smooth and sweet with the rye poking out everywhere and there is minor malty booziness along with touches of dark fruits like figs and plum along with moderate sweetness. The hops are plentiful and come across as oily and piney. The beer is a little thick and sticky at times and is a slow sipper but real enjoyable.

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Photo of rawfish
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Viscous, smooth pour results in a billowing parchment paper colored head rising above a dark mahogany body. Head size is maxed out at a finger but this has very good retention and leaves a solid sheet of tight lacing on the glass.

Barrel character makes this beer more rounded and provides more layered aromas than the regular version. Thick toffee malt, molasses, whisky, oak and rye malt meld together balanced by equally punchy sweet orange citrus and pine resin. Alcohol is soothed down by the barrel aging and is well integrated with the sweet, deep malt and piney, juicy hops.

Thick, layered malt, well into barelywine standards, complexities of molasses, toffee and a good rye edge. The fruity esters carried by the rye and yeast complement the hops, orange citrus, bright pine. Oak and a light whisky soothe the hops down adding a layer of vanilla and wood.

The bright hops and wood work equally to balance out the density of the body. Carbonation is low-medium but also creamier in texture. Malt is also less sticky than the body lets on and the hops create pleasant mouthcoating and the alcohol is complementary instead of abrasive.

Whiskey barrel aging has make a good beer even better. This is one instance in which aging a DIPA works, a layered barleywine type malt with oak, vanilla and deep toffee and rye with brightening hops. The barrel cuts down the less desireable flavors of fruity, grapey esters from the yeast and rye

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Photo of sprucetip
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love's me some Lenny's! Regular Lenny's has been one of my go to beers for a while now. I resisted trying (buying) this one numerous times, but I have a goblet full presently.

It's a reddish/copper good looker with excellent clarity and it hangs onto some film on top and a thick tan ring of suds around the edge long into the sample.

At first pour it struck me as a mess. A hot mess to be specific. But an hour or more later, from the 2nd goblet full, it smells much better. It's still boozy, but it doesn't dominate and the sinus clearing effect noticed earlier has dissipated almost completely. The barrel, the rye from the barrel and the rye are all part of the program, though the alcoholic and woody tones from the whiskey barrel are more prominent than the grain. I am starting to get something citrusy. Could that be hops poking through? Forgot about them. I do believe there are some hops in there, but there is a lot of oak and whiskey barrel and boozy heat to wade through to find them. I am sure there is a good bit of crystal in it, but it is virtually undetectable to me. … and now the malty sweetness finds its way to my nostrils.

The taste, long into the sample, has evolved from rough and disorganized into something lovely and sublime. The crystal malt lays down the foundation, and the other influences build upon it. There is moderately aggressive hoppy bitterness and a hoppy character to the flavor, but nothing too specific because the oak and rye whiskey flavors are much more bold. … I like it. It's bold. Some might find it harsh. I dig it. There is some synergy and balance in places, but not always. And that's okay.

Plenty of carbonation with a rich and full body. It is viscous, yet still has some lingering hoppy bitterness and gentle drying sensation in the finish.

Wow. I don't recall a beer making this much recovery from the initial opening to the finish. It sat at room temp for an hour or more after coming out of the fridge. Still, when I opened it I was struck by my lack of adoration for it. It was rough and harsh and the different influences didn't work well together. I sipped slowly, aware of the sensations, but doing other things. Gradually it melded together into one special brew, instead of a bunch of strong competing parts battling each other. ...

There is nothing nuanced or subtle about this beer. It is brash and aggressive, and probably offensive to some. …. Probably 1.5 hours into this now and the bomber is maybe half gone. It has gone through quite a transformation. It was harsh at first, but it has mellowed some and buried elements such as the caramel and hops have emerged. … and if anyone is still reading now, you should probably try this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Welp, subtlety just got thrown out of the window! The piercing bitterness of RIPA links up with exacerbated rye grain, whisky and oak for a complete assault on the taste buds. They simply have no chance with this massive brew.

As the beer pours, it stands tall with a masculine darkness that finds the line where garnet meets mahogany. As it sheds a whisping and creamy cap of foam, the bubbles eventually succumb to the beer's strength as its foam folds back into the beer- rendering its appearance to take the shape of dark whisky.

Its incredible aromatics are citrusy, piny, oaken and spicy with a husky grain scent- all that's wrapped in a cocoon of hearty malt- toasted maple, toffee, buckwheat and molasses all greet the nose as wood spices round out an earthy tinge right before the taste.

Its powerful aromas translate to an equally intimidating taste. As its decadent sweetness wraps around the tongue, it seep in deeply with toasted nutty, toffee, bready and gooey burnt caramel. Its robust candied taste seems to drip from grapefruit, orange and lemon peels as a citrusy tone meets the middle. All the while, the spicy rye grain links up with the hops seamlessly- elevating the status of both. As the ale develops its pithy and resinous bitterness, elements of oak and pine protrude and offers some semblance of balance in the beers long and bittersweet finish.

Its full body acts like barleywine as its sultry sweetness is dense but never cloying. As the sweetness slowly dissolves on the tongue it allows for the spicy pang of wood tannin and rye to snip at the mouth, paving the way for hops to offer its resinous dryness to close.

RIPA on Rye is a complex beer that is so based on its own straight forward bigness. Its a powerful ale that is meant for a slow and patient session, opening up elements of fruit marmalade and tobacco in its waning sips.

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Photo of fox227
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a Stone Old Guardian glass, sipped over the course of ninety minutes or so, R.I.P.A. on Rye looks dark ruby in hue, with a thin off white head, looking like a barley wine. The head doesn't stick around, nor does any lace. On the nose is found mostly whiskey, burnt sugar, spicy rye, and caramel. The taste follows the nose, however, after some time of warming the hops finally force their way through this vicious brew, revealing lupulins mostly of the citrus: grapefruit variety. Mouthfeel is a combination of full bodied, somewhat sweet malt and a fairly aggressive hop attack on the end of the palate.

This is my first IPA or DIPA that had undergone barrel aging, and I find it to be quite impressive. All of the flavors are well integrated into the whole - the barrel aspect isn't dominating and all the described above features play a nicely balanced role. Recommended.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Except for the gusher I wasn't expecting causing me to lose beer not cool this was killer. Reminded me of my first RIPA years ago, which had to be older since it was a rye malt bomb, which I loved since ipas with some age do not bother me at all, and are usually preferrable for my tastes.

Beautiful caramel color, big aromas of rye malt and rye whiskey. Taste follows, huge rye malt and whiskey bomb, the hops poke thru in the second pour, adding a nice bitterness. Butterscotch and very thick, sticky. Not the most drinkable but this is just a huge beer in every respect. Very strong and flavorful, and absolutely outstanding.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 08/15/2013; batch #3.

Mahogany color. A yellow/sepia head simmered at nearly a half-inch, but fell quickly and left a ring. Very cloudy looking.

Has a powerful liquery hop nose. Stocky rye presence with a tempered pungency. The whiskey notes compose of American oak, leather, and toffee; also accentuated by the malts. Some dank orange in the mix. Enjoyable.

A whole lot of whiskey! Not terribly boozy, just reminiscent of a glass of Rittenhouse. Hops are a great touch with dank citrus, pine, and earthiness. A lot of spicy rye flavors with the malty thickness of brown bread. Body is filled-out to huffy. Laid back carbonation that has a finishing afterburst. It's a massive beer, except that 10% is appropriately represented. That was one aspect that I thought I might struggle with.

It's a treat. I love regular Lenny's, and while this is not an improvement, per se; it's still a good drink.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY. 2013 vintage.

Pours a murky cola brown. No head really, with very minimal lacing.

Smells like brown sugar, earthy and spicy rye whiskey, and pine needles. Very nice.

Very similar taste, with a huge emphasis on the rye whiskey. The rye malt itself makes a welcome appearance, attempting to keep the beer dry. But the high alcohol, malt sweetness, and aged hop flavor keep this beer a little too sweet for my liking. The remaining hop flavors impart mostly bitterness, with a tiny amount of musty grapefruit. Sticky brown sugar is a big flavor in this too. Tastes almost like dry-hopped straight rye whiskey, really.

Full mouthfeel, almost flat carbonation. Very warming.

An interesting experiment here. I don't usually believe in barrel aging DIPAs, but this worked. It was far from perfect, but a worthy shot anyway.

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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a medium to dark reddish amber with a fine light tan head with great retention and thick lacing. Nice aroma of rye whisky, piney and citrus hops, vanilla, caramel malt. A barley wine aroma profile. Flavor follows with caramel malt, rich rye whisky, fresh tropical fruit, citrus, oaky vanilla. Finshes with whisky and piney hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A great, rye forward IIPA with lots of flavor variety and good balance. Lots of barrel aged but hoppy barley wine character. I really like this a lot. I originally reviewed this in 2010 from the last round, but liked this even more this time, so it gets a fresh review of the 2013.

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