DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle from Hebrew 2013 Holiday collection. Pours thick and turbid red colored, looking bright and hazy mahogany colored through direct light, the color of rare filet mignon, with a finger of frothy off-white head. The nose is...the nose is....Jesus Tits, Bob Griese, lemme tellya bout the nose. This nose is as intense as I’ve encountered. This nose is more complex and stiffer than a Bobby Bowden defense. A huge oaky bourbin initial aft, plus big malt, hops, rye, cacao, fruit. Tastes rich, smooth, with amazingly well hidden alcohol. The initial sip gives a big oaky and bourbon flavor, earthy malt, big hops, figgy fruit, cacao, molasses, and it smooths out after that, presenting more rye, oak, and bourbon, with the malt and hops balancing things out well. Stays oaky and spirity, never sweet, and always complex. This beer is one of the greatest of all time. I wouldn’t sacrifice my first born son for another bottle of this, but I;d sacrifice either of the Allstrom brothers. This one reminds me a lot of Hair of the Dog Fred From the Wood. thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - APR 30, 2012
Poured From bottle. Aroma is really hoppy I see where the Amarillo and Simcoe are in the aroma. Flavor is full of citrusy hops. Amazing! the Flavor also has Really nice Rye notes. I love Rye beers and this is clearly no exception. Palate is thick and oily The high alchohol is not noticed the whiskey is also quite noticeable I get the Wood Flavors well also. Overall amazing! ChadPolenz (1817) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Call me a homer, but I really think Shmaltz Brewing Company of Clifton Park, New York (about 20 miles north of my house) really is one of the best and most underrated breweries in the country. They make a lot of big beers that don’t get the acclaim they deserve. A great example of that is their He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. on Rye which is their 10% ABV rye IPA aged in rye whiskey barrels. The result is everything that’s great about an Imperial IPA combined with everything that’s great about barrel-aging.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - JUL 9, 2010
I poured a 22oz bottle into my Shmaltz snifter. It did not have a bottling date beyond “2014 Edition” and cost $10 at the brewery ($0.45 per ounce).
Appearance: Kind of an ugly muddy brown hue though there are some pretty ruby red/mahogany highlights. Pours to a fairly large, yellowish, foamy head which laces and retains pretty well.
Smell: As soon as I creased the cap I could smell huge barrel notes of wood, vanilla and whiskey. In the glass the dark malts and rye are quite prominent with just a touch of citrus and piney hops as well.
Taste: Barrel-aging is something usually associated with stouts and other dark brews, but this shows a strong IPA can be benefited from the technique just as well. Though I’m not sure you’d know this was an IIPA from the palette as the rich malty sweetness and spiciness from the rye dominate the palette. They create for a delicious blend of fruity flavors such as cherry and pomegranate but also classy spirits of brandy and sherry. There’s a significant taste of wood and vanilla in the middle which complements the malt base perfectly. The rye lingers in the background throughout to deliver subtle – yet noticeable – spicy pings on the tongue. It finishes with a fairly strong hop bite, especially of citrus and pine. The Chinook hops are the most dominate. This is what I would consider a perfect-tasting beer.
Drinkability: I was hesitant to drink at entire bottle of He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. on Rye alone consider it’s 10% ABV. And while the booze is noticeable in all aspects, the beer does not feel like a behemoth. The mouthfeel is soft with a noticeable thickness to the body. It’s extremely smooth going down with a gentle warmth. Everything lingers on the palate, though I would not consider it cloying. This should be approached with caution as it’s literally dangerously drinkable.
22 ounce bomber. Batch #1, case #469. Whoo hoo! Batch 1! I’m excited to try this one. Was in the mood for a Hop Head Rye but saw this and decided to pick it up instead. I’m using a snifter glass. Pours a deep ruby red with a full head that has great retention. Incredible aroma on this beer, with the the rye whiskey from the aging process lending to lots of alcohol in the nose. Taste is incredible, very complex. I get huge amounts of malt with a huge alcohol finish. Also yields molasses, vanilla, maybe even some roasted malt flavors somewhere. It’s called a Rye IPA but there’s no hops to speak of, and this is a relatively young beer, bottled 3 months ago to the day. It could honestly probably use a little more time to mellow out. Though the longer you drink it the more you get hops, particularly in the background. This is a pretty amazing beer, very well put together. A sipping beer. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Draught sample. Pours brown with a thin ring of tan bubbles. Smells of oak, some resiny hints, some cherry hints, boozy, sticky, caramelly. Tastes of rye, bitter, peppery, resiny, sticky, oaky, very dry. Great sipper.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 29, 2010
This is a damn fine beer. It’s totally mishugina! Dark topaz with a short lived white fizzy head. Sweet caramel, smooth whiskey, and relaxed grain aroma. Tastes of rich caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, and smooth oak with a remarkably creamy velvety palate. Outstanding! BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2010
bottle, Batch No1/469, 4/9/10 bottling date. Woah! Deep amber hue with an offwhite-tan head and stick lacing. Nose is vanilla and whiskey mostly, pure barrel-aged goodness. Flavor is sweet dark malts with a bitter rye profile on top of woodsy vanilla and whiskey, touch of caramel and molasses, big bitterness from northwest resiny-citrus american hops, finishes sweet with muted alcohol warmth. Amazingly creamy mouthfeel is a standout, modest carbonation, medium-full body. I am not surprised often by beers, but this came from out of left field, and truly unique big and complex rye DIPA with great barrel-influenced tones, this is right up there with all the goodies i had at Dr. Bill’s Corner last weekend, get some if you can find it! beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle pours a pretty red with tan head. Scent of rye. Taste is malty then hoppy dry. The rye is real nice. Creamy and wood notes. robertjm (892) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Large head with copious bubbles. Beautiful red body as befits a rye beer. Crystal clear. Toasted coconut really comes out in the aroma. Flavors of vanillas and honeys. Smooth texture to the mouthfeel. Very balanced between hops and malts. Only slight tinge of warming in throat. I love rye and this is yet another example of why. Fatehunter (2567) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Copper, almost transparent with a nice inch and a half of dirty white head.
Smell: A lot going on here: toffee, honeysuckle, brown sugar and charred maple-wood.
Tastes spicy, slight hop bitterness, wood and alcohol.
Medium body but kind of soft too. Light carbonation.
Very good. The 10% ABV is hidden very well. It is very smooth. Probably one of the best barrel aged beers I have had. It has a great balance; meaning it isn’t obscenely sweet.