He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.

September 30, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | Filed under Brewer: Shmaltz, Country: America, Grade: A-, Style: IPA.

10% ABV from a bomber

I’m not gonna lie, I bought this beer because it was cheap. I wasn’t in the mood to shell out for a Thursday night buzz and at $3.99 for a 10% bomber, well…wow. The PPAP was off the charts! We’re talking in the malt liquor/fortified wine price point. And though this beer wasn’t anywhere on my “on-deck circle” of brews I was interested in trying in the immediate future–also known as a nerdy little cheat sheet list I keep in my wallet–I have had and enjoyed Shmaltz offerings in the past. This was supposed to be their masterpiece. Also, I thought it befitting that a stereotypically cheap Jew would get a cheap Jew brew. Ha!

Named in honor of famous Hebe Lenny Bruce, this rye IPA has an “obscenely” (har har) potent smell. Me like. In fact, it’d be easy to think you were having a barley wine based on pour, smell, and taste.

Tons of hops and rye malts, hints of caramel and citrus, and a liqueur-like thickness and alcoholic heat to it. I loved this one at first, but like Shmaltz’s Rejewvenator, I liked it less and less the more I had it. It’s just so much!

Shmaltz is legitimately making a claim to be the king of “extreme” beers. And by that I mean, beers that nearly cause you to OD. It’s amusing to me that Jewish boys are often considered to be frail, nerdy, and neurotic little pussies, yet the Chosen People’s unofficial brewery is making beers that could upend Andre Rene Roussimoff. Seriously, split a bomber of this with a friend and you’ll enjoy it far more than if you attempt it onanistically. The Vice Blogger is not ashamed to admit it absolutely kicked my toosh and I was even a little off for the entirety of the next day like I was coming down from an acid trip.

Simply put:  it’s a very, very good beer in small doses.


5 Responses to “He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.”

  1. amm002 says:

    Schmaltz was at the brew fest I just went to…they had on tap their Coney Island “Freaks” Lager, Coney Island Albino Python White Lae, Coney Island Freaktoberfest Oktoberfest, Rejewvenator Fig Dubbel, Messiah Bold and Genesis Pale Ale. Didn’t try any of it.

  2. The Coney Islands are adequate enough session beers, but nothing really special. Though I didn’t realize they had an Oktoberfest, that intrigues me. The Rejewvenator, Messiah Bold, and Genesis are all pretty nice.

  3. Dave says:

    Like the new site man. Moving up in the world with your own domain name =) RIPA is good but if you’re looking for a fantastic Rye IPA look for Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye. It’s just fantastic. As for the Coney Island beer I agree with ya Aaron, they are decent lagers and nothing fantastic. I still have to review 4 of them. Sigh, to much beer, to much beer for my gut. Oh and the Rejewvenator for some reason I couldn’t get into, damn figs!

  4. Dave says:

    Oh I see you’ve had the Hop Rod, please forgive my lazyness not to check your past reviews =)

  5. Yeah, the Hop Rod Rye is nice!

    I had over-IPA’ed myself earlier in the year, but now I’ve been neglecting to have them. I need to regain some equilibrium. This weekend…

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