Name: Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA
Brewery: Shmaltz Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Clifton Park, NY
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 10%
First Brewed: 2006
A beautiful ruddy copper color with a thick tan head. The nose is a complex mix of big hops, sweet malt, and rye. Thick, creamy, and chewy. It’s an amazing array of changing flavors, from omnipresent rye to piney hops, peppery spices, sweet malt, and warming alcohol.
I’ve had this beer before, and I really enjoyed it. I love hops, and any chance I get to try a hoppy beer, I do. Grabbed another bottle of this when I realized it was on the list. When I opened this bottle, the bottle sort of broke around the cap. Hope there aren’t little pieces of glass in my glass.
We haven’t reviewed a beer in a while, and I asked Sheryl the other day if we could take the blog more serious… Write more about the beers we drink, the people we share them with, and other beer related content. We will be reviewing another beer later tonight. Cheers!
In the Glass: The color on this is great. Almost red. The head, too. I had a ping of Nitro Milk Stout earlier today, and the head on that was thick and creamy. The head on this the same. Can’t wait to smell it!
Nose: The nose is nice and balanced; not too hoppy. You can really smell the malts they used and the rye is there, but not overpowering. Hopefully I am getting a lot of rye from the flavor. Here goes nothing. Cheers!
Flavor: Oh, there is rye there. A ton of it. This is ice cold, too, and I imagine the rye really opened up as the beer warms up. I did swish it around in my mouth a bit, and the hops really come alive. This is a delicious beer. You would never know it was 10%. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy. It has a robust carbonation that I wasn’t expecting. Of course, I am just glad there aren’t tiny pieces of glass in the beer. If they are small, and I swallowed them, I might be in pain a little later. All in the name of a delicious brew.
Aftertaste: The finish is all rye. For the amount of hops used in this beer, I expected it to have a hoppier finish. But the malts they used really balance this nicely. I don’t know much about this Lenny guy, but he inspired the creation of a delicious beer. If you like a well balanced beer that has a complex flavor from start to finish, then this beer is for you. Cheers!
Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA – The bottle says: “‘Satire equals tragedy plus time.’ – Lenny Bruce Emmis, Shmuck! 40 years alive. Over 40 years dead. And shares of Lenny Bruce commodities are still long-term performers – solid! Sure there’s been books, posters, films, plays, a box set of course. But the big Four-O inspires innovation something hip, modern – unorthodox – a taste that really swings… Ladies and Gentlemen, Shmaltz Brewing Co. is proud to present Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. Brewed with the straight dope for the growing minyans of our nation’s Radical Beer junkies. Judges may not be able to define ‘Radical Beer,’ but you’ll damn well know it when you taste it. Bruce died, officially declared a pauper by the State of California, personally broken and financially bankrupt simply for challenging America’s mora hypocrisies with words. the memorial playbill read: ‘Yes, we killed him. Because he picked on the wrong god.’ – Directed by, the Courts, the Cops, the Church… and his own self-destructive super ego. Like Noah lying naked and loaded in his tend after the apocalyptic deluge: a witness, a patron saint, a gather of what was to come. Sick. Dirty. Prophetic Lenny: a scapegoat, a martyr, a supreme inspiration. From Burlesque to Broadway, Carnegie Hall to the Courtroom, Long Island to Lima, Ohio to L.A., savor the provocative spirit of Lenn’y IR.I.P.A. our HE’BREW monument to the richness, the bitterness and the sacred sweetness that is life… L’Chaim!”
Whoa… That was a lot. Dang.
So, tonight has been about finding 4 unique beers in our fridge for me to drink so that I can get the Elite badge on Untappd. I’m only 4 beers away, so we figured I could knock it out today. The problem is, I’m having trouble finding unique beers that I’ve never drank before! We were at a friend’s house for a tasting last night, and I might have gotten the badge there, but there weren’t enough of those beers that I’d never had before either. We had this as one of our four for tonight, but turns out I’ve had this one before too. Oh well. We will have to find one more to drink tonight, I guess. At least I gave this beer four stars, so it should at least be good.
The beer is kind of a dark orange color in the glass and doesn’t look too thick. It also doesn’t have a lot of head, but that could be because I’ve left mine sitting there for a few minutes while I did a few things around the house. It’s got a few tiny bubbles floating around in there, so it looks like it might be a bit carbonated. It smells… well, pretty much like I would expect a double IPA to smell like. It smells hoppy and a bit spicy, but not overly hoppy, honestly. While I’m not a huge fan of IPAs in general, I do tend to like double IPAs a bit better. And like I said, I gave this one a four last time I drank it, so maybe it will be good.
First sip… it is hoppy, but it’s a good balance. The smell was pretty accurate, because I do get some spice in the flavor as well. It definitely sits on your tongue for a while. I think I could drink this beer slowly and still taste it for quite a while. It’s not bad for an IPA. It’s spicy and flavorful, and I can taste more than just the hops. If I was in the mood for an IPA, I might choose this one again.