Gachupines (901) - USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber/reddish color with a thick head. Aroma is strong, mostly piney hops. Taste is equally strong with the hops and fairly robust. Rye flavor adds an interesting quality to the typical DIPA. Some alcohol sweetness is present along with a syrupy quality, but overall dominated by hops throughout. Overall I liked this beer, but I wouldn’t rank it with the best DIPA’s that I’ve had.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle with a quote from Lenny Bruce and a blurb with info along the left side of front label, a humorous marquee in the center and quote from Dick Schaap on the neck label.
Poured a cloudy reddish orange hued copper with a foamy off-white head that had excellent retention, slowly settled into a thin sudsy lacing, small amount of sticking.
Aromas of spicy rye bread and caramel malts, and big hop scents, pine resiny, floral, grapefruit rinds with touches of orange peel and a spicy earthiness, very subtle whiffs of alcohol.
Good carbonation and a malty crisp, hop textured and slick, creamy smooth light-medium bodied mouthfeel.
Delicious tasting, rich rye malt flavor that is balanced by the hoppiness, nice rye flavors, toasted, dark rye, and spicy caraway seed rye breadiness, touches of caramel, a slight tongue numbing from the hops, grapefruity and pine, oily and resiny, sticks to the tongue, touches of orange rind, a dry herbal flavor, the alcohol is spicy and sweet, warming in palate and a dry rye bready and pine resiny finish, good DIPA drinkability.
One of the better DIPA I’ve had in while, unique, tasty and balanced, another reminder of how much I like rye malts, well worth trying.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - AUG 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A small man with a thick Scottish brogue was chattering on about something as he was unloading some stacks of beer.... then i saw it! He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.. well mostly the Hebrew then bitterswsdkfj i ran over to the guy trying to to knock him down. Whoa can this be???? I YELLED at my drinking partner in crime! Hebrew RIPA!!!!!!!
OK so i was a little excited....
So, my anticipation was a little high!
Pours a very dark brownish RED little amber. Huge HUGE head! Not nearly as dark head as others hvae mentioned, mostly dark cream, but huge... if poured right, it’s almost cask conditioned! Well, not really but nice!
[BTW the bottle was really sticky, either they had a broken bottle somewhere down the line... and since i took the bottle from the box i ripped open from the [[obscure "vendor"] Scottish guy, it was not from this batch]
Aroma: mostly malt, little hoppy very sweet.
First sip man I’m bummed, not was i was anticipating!
Second sip, well OK a little better.
3rd sip, OK hop back end blast.
This is a good DIPA! Very pleased after all! One of the better balanced DIPA’s
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is rather attractive but it’s a deep red as opposed to the orange color I expect from a DIPA. Wonderful huge head. Noticeable rye notes in the aroma along with a ton of hop bitterness. This is a pretty well balanced beer in terms of hops to malt ratio but I think they overdid it a bit with the variety of hops. It’s still good but you’re left with a muddled generic bitterness as opposed to something that’s noticeably grapefruity like I tend to like in my DIPAs. Of course, this stuff is still pretty solid and not a chore to drink.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer looked very good with a dark gleaming ruby color with a thick very creamy colored head. The hop selection for this beer is very nice with the simcoe, amarillo, centennial, cascade, and so on. But I think a lot of it gets mask by the big rye presence that I get from this beer. The beer has a very nice sweet malty presence to start with and then that is followed by a good balance of spicyness from the rye, and then the one thing that surprised me about this beer was the immensly bitter finish to this beer. It was really quite bitter, but not necessarily in a bad way. the 10% alcohol was fairly noticeable in this beer, but it was also the last one in a decent list of beers we tried that night (Black95tt and I), so it might have been everything else catching up with me. Overall a pretty good beer, and worth trying.
framebender (56) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you have ever wondered what rye tastes like in a beer this thing will let you know. Pours very amber bronze color with thin head. Very strong aroma of rye, malt, small hops and alcohol. Flavor is bitter with strong alcohol warming. Great beer but this one is a sipper as you will be breathing fire after a while from the alcohol.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/amber malty, syrupy. This beer is a malt bomb. Very thick and a little rough. Tough to get down. The fact that this beer is 10% is not disguised very well. This is a very malty beer......which is fine, but not what I expected. Good, but far from great.
3fourths (8032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 Bottle. Dark rusty orange and brown hued body, viscous and thick on the pour and up the sides of the glass. Tan toast colored head, about 1-2 fingers tall. Doughy, grassy hops and a bready, toasty yeast aroma dominate this beer. Texture is very thick, very viscous and resiny, and the taste is full of dark fruit, such as caramelized oranges, toasted plums and black cherries. Finishes with a nicely sweet and thick malt body, sugary and fruity, which reminds me of Avery Hog Heaven. Great stuff. The rye character? I don’t get much.
needs rerate. i had this a few months back and didn’t dig it at all. but is it worth my money again just to put down my thoughts? signs point to no.
Beaver (1294) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 22 oz bottle. Pours a ruby amber with a frothy off white head that laces the glass.
The aroma is acidic fruitiness, caramel and a little rye (probably because I’m looking for it) mixed with hop bitterness and some alcohol.
The flavor is a little sweet fruit with some caramel and rye maltiness and some fusel alcohol. Hop bitterness pervades the taste but is not overwhelming, leading to a long bitter finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety.
Overall, I was a bit let down. There’s a good amount of bitterness but this is not well balanced. There’s a smorgasbord of flavors but they are rather disjoint and not well blended.
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish amber with little head. Aroma of rye and piney hops. Flavor is bold and bitter, with a significant rye character along with traditional c-hops. Alcohol is there, but no more noticeable than expected for a 10% brew. This is a nice DIPA; plenty of flavor but not over the top.