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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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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3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2 poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A - A beautiful beer. About two fingers of creamy, light tan head. Body is brown with only the slightest orange tinge.

S - A sweet bourbon smelling beer. Lots of vanilla and caramel. A little boozy on the back end. I guess there is some rye in there as well.

T - The whiskey takes a back seat here even though the booze comes out strong. More rye and bitter hops. Not as sweet as the scent. An interesting combination of whiskey, rye, and hops that seems to be well balanced, but the alcohol comes through too much and makes this a little harsh.

M - Strong mouthfeel as it is full bodied and well carbonated.

O - This is a pretty good beer that smells more like a barleywine but comes out with the DIPA flavors.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy wasn't crazy about this, but I thought it was great. No complaints with my bottle not tasting adequately hoppy at all. Rye was pretty subtle, just kind of added an interesting 'spicy' sort of finish. Not a brew for the timid by any means, but not boozy (except as concerns your bac). I really liked it! I'd buy at least a single again anyday. I'm not sure if I got a fresh one (March 2012, as you just might notice below), but it's a winner in my book.

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2.21/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark orange and relatively flat pour. Aroma was lots of alcohol, but not much in the way of rye. Didn't have the whiskey aroma, it was just pure alcohol heat for the most part, covering up any hop qualities in a significant manner.

Taste, lots of alcohol and bitterness. Where's the hops. Tastes a lot more like old coast ale instead of a dipa. I don't understand this beer in the least. Tastes like a boilermaker, at best.

The beer is a failure in the dipa department for me. It doesn't smell like hops, it doesn't have hop flavor. As for the barrel characteristics, its not pleasant, rather hot and boozy.

I've never been a big fan of this brewery, and this is probably the worst of the worst. Who thinks when buying a dipa with that list of hop additions, that they're going to end up with a subpar, undercarbonated old ale?

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3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an 8 oz snifter @ Davis Beer Shoppe

A - Pours a hazy chestnut w/ 1 finger beige head that persists, and leaves great lace

S - Smells of big malts, caramel, vanilla, oak, whiskey, spicy hops, little citrus, like a big barleywine and oak

T - Taste mirrors the nose, lots of caramel, fruits, oak, vanilla, whiskey, spicy hops, rye, light citrus, chocolate

M - Big, full body, medium carb, bitter semi sweet finish, warming.

O - Big, rich, full, deceptive, nice barley wine, oak and whiskey are not overpowering, touch of the rye, not an Imp IPA, too chewy, and the hops are not aggressive enough. Still a great beer though. Would have given this a solid 4.0 if I hadn't looked up to see the "Imp IPA" category.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78.3% out of 100 with 378 ratings
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