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

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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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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by John_M on 12-20-2007

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hop bomb, aged 2 years I think. The rye starts sweetish and then becomes too much. Not overally drinkable.Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Crystal, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial
Dry Hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo and Crystal.
Thick and rich looking,mouthfeel is, hoppy aromas that are indistinguishable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a clear amber and crimson body. Excellent lacing.

S: sweet caramel malts and citrus. Relatively mild on the nose.

T: very malty. Candied citrus, floral and herbal hops. A little boozy.

M: medium body ad moderate carbonation.

Overall: very malty IPA approaching barleywine status. ABV and booze hurt drinkability.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2103 edition. Aged in Willett Rye Whiskey barrels.

Batch No. 003. 975 cases. Bottled 8/15/13.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, earth, whiskey, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, spicy rye, and whiskey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting combination of the rye used in the brewing and the rye whiskey from the barrel aging.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
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 biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, a welcoming, and surprising find on the shelves of a worthy supplier of fine beers and wines to the denizens of, or in this case, visitors to, Cowtown, Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, red-tinted copper penny hue, with three fingers of puffy, thickly foamy, and rocky opal head, which leaves a seldom-broken wall of dripping tacky lace around the glass as it casually settles.

It smells of edgy, woody bourbon, doing well to top some strong, but smothered citrus and pine hops, with the underlying caramel malt still poking through, complementing the typical sweet vanilla and caramel barrel characteristics. The taste is quite heady and aggressive, with its sweet caramel and toffee malt, more woodsy, rye spice laden, and bourbon cask representin' whisky notes, some Grand Marnier orange liqueur essence, and a rather subsumed, but still worth mentioning, undercurrent of big-ass pine and floral hop bitterness.

The carbonation is indeed there, but well hidden, and softly frothy in any of its manifestations, the body hefty, full in weight, smooth, creamy, and kind of sticky. It finishes still somewhat ridiculously sweet, the bourbon barrel and base malt equally culpable - the big booze only attenuating things so much, given its plumb shy behavior up til now.

A slower drinking affair, one that I have become accustomed to with the various He'brew offerings - the astringent Kentucky barrel definitely reining things in considerably for me. Barely different from the regular RIPA to make me appreciative of the delta, and drinkable as the boozy, dense nature can allow. Neat, but still somewhat lacking in its attempt at further uniqueness compared to the 'base' beer, and losing significant points for the obfuscation of the standard big IPA hops.

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Photo of largadeer
2.43/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was shared by someone...chswimmer maybe? I can't remember. Oh well, thanks, whoever you are.

Pristine clear burnished amber, the color is beautiful but it looks oddly filtered. It's topped by a small off-white head. Very clean and refined appearance.

It has an oxidized hop aroma. Spicy rye and pine, almost cheesy, like an extra-sharp pecorino romano. This is stale-smelling. There's some whiskey aroma, but not a ton...makes me think of whiskey soaked pine needles. Strange.

Caramel malt and whiskey flavors hit the palate first, followed by strong pine that eventually turns into a firm bitterness. It has some rye spiciness and a bit of whiskey heat, but it's not overwhelming in any way. Quite muddled overall, I dislike the interplay between the barrel and the stale hop flavor. This may have turned out good with more time in the barrel, or if it simply had a more robust barrel character. As it stands, it's mediocre.

I remember enjoying this beer when I had it on tap at Toronado last year, but this bottle didn't live up to that memory at all.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I love me some rye beers,highly hopped rye beers even more,I have never had a rye beer like this in its intensity of flavor before.Poured a deep bronze color with a tight formed one finger white head,almost creamy in nature it left one ring of lace as it settled very slowly.Big fruity esters in the nose, along with some pine resin,herbal sharpness,and a big whiff of sweet alcohol.A lush mouthfeel again almost creamy in texture coats the mouth,flavors are deeply fruity with an acidic-like sharpness from the rye,its quite boozy as well,a resiny/pine note comes in the finish.Its boozy and a little hot so its not a real drinkable beer but its got great sipping quality,its massive and complex on the palate.I liked it more than most.

The rye whiskey barrels provide an assertive oakiness as the beer warms and I drink more.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/15/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, vanilla, toffee, coconut, whiskey, rye, oak, clove, toast, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, light pine, and oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with big malt and barrel presence and complexity with some light hops; and good strength. Taste of big caramel, vanilla, coconut, toffee, whiskey, oak, clove, rye, toast, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, vanilla, coconut, toffee, whiskey, oak, clove, rye, toast, grapefruit, pine, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and barrel flavors with light-moderate hop presence; with a great malt/barrel balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged DIPA. Hop presence was weak, but the malt/barrel balance and complexity of flavors were very impressive; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was excited for this when I first saw it, Lenny's RIPA is a really good beer, and I love rye whisky, so hopefully the low rating is a misunderstanding with the beer.

A: Pours a large 3 finger head in my oversized tulip/snifter glass with fluffy semi quickly fading head. It's a clear copper reddish slight wood brown color.

N: Mostly a DIPA on the nose. Lots of thick malts and hops, chewy sweet hops with some earthy tones, little citrus and bitterness, and the malts are lots of sweet pale malts with hints of a darker malt. Some rye as well with little spicy fruity quality from it. I do get some woody esthers and a little oak, touch of a whisky aroma. As it warms it starts to get more of a bourbon aroma actually, with some barrel aromas.

T: Starts heavy as well, with quite a few malts at first. Thick and pretty sweet, mostly lots of pale malts but a little darker malt like crystal. Then come hops and bitterness. Quite a bit of bittering hops, earthy and chewy hops, but no real hop distinctive flavors. Again with the rye too, lots of spicy rye and a little fruit. The beer has a creamy almost oxidized aged taste to it. WIth that comes a warming booze, touch of alcohol tingly feel, and some whisky flavors, rye whisky (I just had Sazerac Rye Whisky - aka Baby Saz - to make sure I knew the flavor). There are some woody esters, but not a lot of oak and no vanilla. A strange hoppy and malty blend, with some interesting and unique flavors. Some bourbon flavors start to come out as it warms with a little bit of a barrel flavor.

M: Med body with tons of carbonation.

F: Still pretty bitter, with lots of bittering hops, but again not much distinctive hop flavor. Some earthy, chewy, and spicy hops if anything. More sweetness as well, which it dries a bit but not that much. Lots of lingering booze and warmth, as well as a little alcohol burn. Lots of rye on the finish as well, with a slight whisky flavor, but more spicy fruity rye flavors. The finish has quite a bit of that woody ester taste too, but again no real oak. I think the whisky took most of the oak flavor from the barrels. A little sticky sweetness residual sugar as well. The rye adds a bit of bitterness as well on the finish. It has a really heavy alcohol bite, a very slow drinking beer. I think it could have benefited from dropping the abv quite a bit. The barrel aging gave it a slight oxidized and aged taste, which doesn't usually benefit a DIPA as much as say a Barleywine or RIS.

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%

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 mactrail
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brownish orange color in the wine glass. Modest foam along with a tangy, spritzy mouthfeel. Smoky and woody aroma.

This tastes like aged barrels. Hugely malty but not sugary. It tastes like it started out sweet and aged to this interesting dryer conclusion. Very strong and tasting of alcohol. A different sort of booziness than the usual sweet bourbon taste. Lots of hoppy bitterness.

A zingy, fragrant powerful brew with a dry finish. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.74/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Served up an opaque, dark, deep amber body with an inch or so of bubbly, light beige foam.

Smell: Looking forward to this one! Caramel cubes layered with a jolting, frown-inducing medicinal, band-aid-riddled phenolic scent. Some earthiness, some booze, but I'm rather done smelling it for now. Well, I WAS looking forward to it.

Taste: Toasty, caramel candy-coated malts with a modest sweetness. That zippy, spicy rye component still remains, as does the citrusy hops and bitterness. As you get into it, there's this odd, off-putting phenolic acetone flavor leaking in from the aroma. I must say, it really spoils the whole proceedings. Bitterish, sourish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not altogether pleasant. Sorry, He'Brew, but the thumb points down on this one. I'll be sticking to the standard R.I.P.A. in the future.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

"I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: what I'm going to be if I grow up."

--Lenny Bruce

Polished persimmon with an infusion of pomegranate juice. Four full fingers of foam were produced on the pour and overflowed the glass, despite my frantic attempts to corral it. Once it finally fades, the whipped marshmallow creamy cap blankets the drinking vessel with loads of lace.

Barrel-aged or not, an American DIPA needs to be more hoppy than this. Especially since this brew hasn't even reached its 4 month anniversary yet. The same problem is present in the standard Bittersweet Lenny's, but it seems even worse here. Rye whiskey is front and center, which means the brewers must have used some pretty leaky barrels.

Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye is probably best thought of as a big, bold, hoppy rye beer. In that context, it's a semi-success. The fact that a killer lineup of little green cones (Simcoe, Warrior, Cascade, Crystal, Chinook, Amarillo and Centennial) provides much more bitterness than flavor is disappointing.

If you don't enjoy the earthy spicy power of rye whiskey, then steer clear of this brew because it dominates a flavor profile that also includes sticky toffee pudding and orange peel macerated in Stolichnaya. A 10.0% ABV this soon after bottling can only be masked so well. This stuff will definitely warm your cockles.

The mouthfeel with be a treat for those of you who like full, lush, lip-sticky American big beer. Somewhat shy bubbles that still provide plenty of creaminess are just what the doctor ordered.

In the final reckoning, aging Bittersweet Lenny's in Sazerac Rye Whiskey barrels doesn't transform it into something amazing, but it does add another flavor element to a better than decent big beer. I'm still disappointed by the lack of hop flavor in both of these He'Brew brews.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours a hazy, deep ruby color with a small brown head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Very malty, but you can definitely smell the wood and vanilla from the barrels. The rye is also quite present.

T: Lots of vanilla! A nice combination of wood and the whiskey flavors.

M/D: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Get a little heat from the alcohol. Overall, very enjoyable. Really liked the intense vanilla flavor. The alcohol presence knocks the drinkability down a bit.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/02/11 notes. Brought to a local tasting by nimbleprop; thanks Mac. 22 oz. bottle.

a - Pours an amber color with high carbonation evident and frothy white head.

s - Smells of rye, oak, wheat, bourbon, caramel malts, and light fruit.

t - Tastes of rye, caramel malts, dark fruits, bourbon, and oak.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice barrel aged beer. Lots of nice oak and bourbon in the smell, I reall liked this one. Would like to have again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

Batch 001. Bottled 4/9/10. The beer pours a hazy brown-orange color with a white head. The aroma is piney hops with some rye notes. The flavor is chocolate, rye, toffee and piney hops. Medium bitterness. The alcohol is right up front and is very hot. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of John_M
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Max's during their BUnited International vs. Hebrew beers. I believe the owner/brewer were in attendance and they brought some special treats. This was one of them... the Lenny RIPA aged in rye whiskey barrels.

The beer pours a rich redish brown color with outstanding head retention and very impressive, sticky lacing. There is lots of malt and vanilla on the nose, with a hint of citrusy bitterness. On the palate the flavors are amazing. It starts with chocolate and baked apple, but then comes a huge tidal wave of hoppy bitterness on the finish. The bitterness cuts the sweetness and helps with drinkability, though the high alcohol is noticeable, making it difficult to drink too much of this. There is a huge presence in the mouth, though the beer is not the least bit heavy or syrupy. Considering all the rich sweet malt in this beer, that's no mean feat.

This huge rye beer was the most impressive beer I sampled at the Tuesday Night Social at Max's. I was able to get a growler fill from Casey at Max's, and so was able to share it with some chums at a BA X-mas party the next night, where it was quite well received. A very fine beer from Schmaltz brewing. L'Chaim!

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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 rudzud
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled back on 8/10. Generally I avoid IPA's that are that old (8 months) but I didnt notice the date at the time I purchased from Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a dark, rich deep copper colour with two rich off white fingers of head that slowly fades leaving a nice white cloud and average side lacing. Impressive for this style and ABV.

S - Big on the bourbon barrel aging qualities here. Lots of rich bourbon with big kicks of vanilla. Getting next to nothing in the line of hops or malt though.

T - Kinda like the nose here. Big bourbon qualities up front. Rich oaks and vanilla and that strong ABV. Again, not much in the way for hops or malt here.

M - Not quite low carbonation here. Considering the style, and what this beer has been through the carbonation is actually quite impressive. It manages to remain dry and not sticky at all.

O - If you're not a fan of bourbon, or barrel agign then this definately isnt for you. Its a nice example of good barrel aging but unfortunately I think it completely overwhelms this DIPA.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear dark brownish amber color with a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is a lot of malt with a very nice character from the rye whiskey barrel aging. Woody, a touch of vanilla and a lot of rye. Great aroma! 

T- The taste like the aroma is a lot of rye and malt up front. There is also a lot of wood and whiskey flavors from the barrel aging. The finish is boozy and has a good dose of bitterness from the hops. A lot of warmth in the finish from the alcohol, the 10% ABV really shows.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I love rye beers and this one really packs the rye. This one is definitely a zipper due to the high ABV. I would probably have preferred a 12oz bottle rather than the 22oz bottle it came in.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aged in 6 year rye whiskey barrels (and boy does it show). Batch 001/469 cases. Bottled on 4/9/10. Consumed 7/22/10.

A: A flat burgundy pour with sunset orange highlights produces a beige colored and whipped frothy head that was moderately lasting but left a ton of splashy deposits for a lacing. Visible carbonation was feverishly strong and dense with a fairly good clarity.

S: Strong notes of whiskey are evident on the first impression. Unfortunately it was the only thing perhaps masking any hoppiness that may have been intended or could have been there. Dry, and boozy best sums up this limited spectrum of aroma.

T: Again strong whiskey notes are evident in the flavor, dry, slightly boozy but maybe not so much for its 10.0%abv. The rye whiskey barrel aging seems to have taken over/control here hindering any of the hoppiness and individual character that I found so good in their original RIPA offering. The beer boasts hops of warrior, cascade, simcoe, crystal, chinook, amarillo and centennial while dry hopped with simcoe, amarillo, and crystal. Unfortunately as the saying goes, to many spices spoil the soup which is the case here. None of the individual character of the hops were allowed to stand out, with the exception of maybe the Chinook hops which provided some bitter grapefruit and citrus notes deep beneath the boozy nature. All the hop flavors got homogenized into one bland concoction that was overshadowed anyway by a boozy nature of whiskey. A toasty dryness on the finish is vaguely highlighted by a light peppery and dry rye spiciness but overall I feel the contribution of all these hops just muted each other out and were a waste to the beer.

M: Crisp bubbly hold with an edgy texture. Malty, dry and boozy providing for a good warmth of whiskey on the fade that lingers about.

D: Dry and boozy, not the hop bomb I was expecting, instead got a pitcher of stong ale with a shot of whiskey dropped in it. More suited perhaps for the chilly fall weather then the summertime heat wave that I originally drank this in. A little over the top drinkability wise but manageable in slow moderation.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, brought back to Sydney and cracked open with my bro @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a very thick and heavy deep reddish amber, with a yellowish white head of creamy foam. Good lacing, and the body looks incredibly heavy. Lovely static carbonation. Really quite wonderful. Head could be fuller, but otherwise, it's practically perfect.

Nose is lovely - big and rich hoppy notes, almost as though they've been compressed to a singularity and then smashed into a galaxy of flavour. But there are big sweet other notes, oak and coconut come through in abundance.

Taste is excellent as well. Big and sweet wood and coconut characters, with a huge welling of delicious fragrant hops that give a finishing bite to cleanse the palate. Slight spice on the back, with a slight alcohol heat. Mouthfeel is superb, slick and heavy without being too prickly. It's got such a weird bent on the heavy and aggressive DIPA style - masses of coconut and a really odd sweetness to balance everything.

Oh hell yes. This is what I love about American craft beer. There are such classic flavours all over this, but they are also twisted and battered into such original and unique forms. Superb.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a burgundy color with good carbonation and a nice dirty white head

S: Vanilla, bourbon rye and booze

T: Starts with booze, vanilla and rye with bourbon, caramel

M: Rather thinnner than I expected. Booze sting with vanilla and caramel on the palate, leaves a booze and alcohol feel on the throat

D: Good. Worth a try and good brew.

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 373 ratings.
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