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
BA SCORE
3.93/5
379 Ratings
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On RyeHe'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,130
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
379
pDev:
13.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
30
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 379 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Chikincoop
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of GClarkage
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of Mitchster
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased as part of the 2013 holiday pack. This being the 2013 version, duh.
Brewed with specialty 2-row, rye ale, torrified rye, rye flakes, crystal rye, crystal 80, wheat, kiln amber, and caramunich 60. Hopped with Warrior, cascade, simcoe, crystal, chinook, amarillo, centennial, Saaz, and dry hopped with simcoe, amarillo and crystal. 10% ABV.

Pours out to a hazy medium brown, forming a creamy light yellow head with fantastic retention and solid sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate, about 2.5 carbs or so. The nose is that of an american barleywine...a boatload of hops sitting on top of a sticky huge malt body with notes of molasses, soy sauce, caramel, and bourbon. Mouthfeel is sticky, syrupy, huge bodied. Taste opens with a firm blast of hops, with pine, grapefruit, and orange peel and is followed by syrupy malts with toast and grain notes. A few fruity yeast esters, then a medium firm bitterness which balances well with the overall toffee sweetness, finishing with a firm hop aftertaste and medium astringency. Earthy finish.

Don't think of this as a DIPA, but a rye barleywine. It's a very well brewed beer, and is very rich, but I don't really see myself buying it again.

 1,199 characters

Photo of JDeming
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Zanico
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Phigg1102
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of kds2437
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Metaltildeath
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of skelton00
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Walshwi
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of icculus71
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of neckbracesub
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of TucsonTom
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great whiskey-barrel aged beer ... for my taste.

I haven't had many whiskey-barrel aged beers. Most have come from Firestone-Walker. I can't say the style is my favorite, but this one from Shmaltz is my favorite so far. It has to be the use of rye whiskey barrels for me. I really enjoy a shot of rye with a malty beer on the side; somehow the combination of flavors is wonderful. And this beer smacks that nail straight on the head.

I'm drinking this nine months after bottling, so that aging probably helped a bit. I'll bet two years on this brew would make it incredible.

It's still luscious as is!

 606 characters

Photo of HoppyBastard1
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of gmcsierra91
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of greyghost86
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of patrick802
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of fleurdelou
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of dubdrop
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.