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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a deep, dark brown, small head, no lace.

The barrel starts the nose, rye, pine and citrus. Very in your face, and if you like rye beer and rye Whisky, awesome!

The taste starts with rye, caramel, pine and booze. This is all softened by the oak from the barrel near the middle and a nice citrus, grass and rye finish. Very nice, moderate body. Goes down with less heat than expected.

I love Lemmy's Bittersweet RIPA, and the doubled up and barrel aged version is amazing! I'm very glad the rereleased, being this was my first try!

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4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Edition - Batch 3 - Aged in Willett Rye Whiskey Barrel

Been looking forward to this as I love the original.

Pours a semi-clear amber/dirty brown ale with a nice sized beige colored head. Doesn't appear too long and does a ring around the glass unless agitated. Nice colored ale.

Getting a lot of whiffs of the barrel here. The rye is very present as are the hops...which include seven different going by the label. Big whiffs of caramel and smaller amounts of brown sugar, vanilla and toffee. The barrel is big here but very pleasant. Enjoying the experience.

The taste is very spicy rye forward with a subtle boozy background. Big combo hop flavor going on. The rye on top of rye is big package of flavor here and if you don't like rye, this beer could be a problem. Spicy swallow but doesn't linger too much.

For all that this beer is packing, the mouthfeel is nicely full bodied and very limited on the carbonation...which helps.

Overall, for me, the combo of a rye beer and a rye barrel works amazingly well. The base beer is almost perfect and throwing it into a rye whiskey barrel just brings out all this beer can be.

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

Served in a snifter. Kosher certified.

Dark cola body with a surprising amount of carbonation for being barrel-aged, the ecru- colored cap reaches a finger in width. The smooth foam leaves behind a thick sheet of lacing.

That is nice! The fruity esters of "regular" Lenny's mingling with aromas of vanilla, wood, and subtle whiskey. Also, as the beer warms and opens up, the caramel and spicy notes become apparent.

The palate of flavors is Lenny's with a sweet boost from the whiskey barrel aging. The whiskey notes are more honeyed and dark fruit-like across the palate. The finish adds a resiny note and a slight whiskey booziness, but this beer is far from being hot. The malt is bready and slightly caramel-y as the palate adjusts. Very good.

Medium bodied and creamy, slightly dry, this beer fills the mouth and finishes easy for a barrel-aged offering.

I really enjoyed this beer! The barrel aging improved the base beer in every way. The nose had a great whiskey character. The palate was extremely complex and managed to keep from being hot, while exhibiting whiskey, woody notes. Definitely a must try.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour / Appearance: Older bottle (8/15/2013), but in theory this is probably aged most of the aroma hops out of it. Anyway it's what's being put on the shelf for the variety pack so hey. Pours with a good amount of carb, forming a voluminous head that actually sticks around. I don't believe this is bottle conditioned, and don't see any yeast floaties, so good for Shmaltz. A nice amber coloring, with ruby tinges around the edges. Very pretty, especially for the relatively new (well increasingly common perhaps) process of barreling IPAs.

Aroma: Heavy rye on the pour, with oak and vanilla increasing as the beer warms in the glass. Some distinct hops that seem odd; bit of dank and onion, but mostly grassy, earthy hops. Any sugar / caramelized notes seem to come from the barrel, although the heavy caramel malts listed on the bottle seem to suggest otherwise. Fresh barrel, perhaps? Either way good nose, but a bit confusing especially for any sort of IPA.

Taste: Very surprising! Actually a good deal of hop presence still here, both bittering and in the flavor. Amarillo and Chinook seem like the big ones here, and it's nice to have their dank presence to play with the heavy rye. Lots of vanilla to enhance the sweetness, while the rye contributes some heat notes that are wholly distinct from the very well masked 10% ABV. I'm thinking this wasn't in the barrel very long, and it's better for it. There is a good blend going on here, and anymore time in the barrel might have made it cloying.

Overall: Very nice, and a great example of what barrel aging big IPAs can do.

Bottom Line: Definitely give this one a shot. Worth it for all sorts of beer lovers, particularly those interested in barrels and experimentation.

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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 380 ratings