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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

He’Brew Lenny’s R.I.P.A. Rye Double IPA

He’Brew Lenny’s R.I.P.A. Rye Double IPA, a Schmaltz/He’brew offering, poured a crimson clover honey into the glass with no observable carbonation and a big, sticky, sudsy, tan head.  Dark roasted sugar and stewed stone fruits led the nose, with some heat detectable. 

He’Brew Lenny’s RIPA opened with a bright, burnt sugar start that took on bitterness as it settled along with a continued darkening of the sweetness until brown sugar seemed to lead.  The ale continued to sweeten in the fade, and the bitterness went away.

He’Brew Lenny’s RIPA is awfully sweet and syrupy for a double IPA, and the alcohol was very present (although it should be, at 10% abv).  I was disappointed in the lack of rye, and on the whole found it to be a novelty worth trying but falling short of the potential.

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