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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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -4.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.56/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.01/5  rDev +2%

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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of threeviews
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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