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

Brewed by:
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of RacerX5k
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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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3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.4/5  rDev +12%
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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4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Dark orange-brown color. Very cloudy. Creamy tan head retains at a quarter inch. Thin wispy patches of lacing

S: Lots of spicy rye character. Toasty. Rye whiskey, barrel aromas of woody vanilla. Caramel. Whiffs of citrus rind and orange peel.

T: Aggressive rye. Potent and spicy. Heavily toasted. Lots of barrel character. Caramel and toasted oak. Warming rye whiskey. Quick hint of cocoa is swallowed up again by the rye. Pulpy orange and grapefruit rind. Oily. Grapefruit. Ample hop bitterness on the back end. Finishes with rye, grapefruit, and oak.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and airy. Very warming from the whiskey. Gentle caressing carbonation. Mild hop and wood astringencies.

O: Loads of rye character in this beer, lots of barrel character, and some complementing hops for good measure. A daring beer for sure, but Schmaltz really pulls it off. This is delicious, maybe my favorite rye beer this far.

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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 379 ratings
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