Tasting: March 7, 2014
Style: RIPA (Rye India Pale Ale)
Beer #: 522
RIPA on Rye
Kosher means that a food or drink is fit for consumption according to traditional Jewish dietary law. The typical non-craft beer is more than likely kosher but the addition of flavorings found in many of today’s craft beers like: fruit; spices and lactose (found in milk stout) present concerns for Jews that follow Kashrut. For those concerned about kosher beer – look for a kosher symbol on the label. That symbol says that the beer has been certified by an agency. In this case, you will see in the photo below that the label has a symbol that reads Kosher Certified – Rabbi Approved.
I’m not sure of the connection but the legendary comedian Lenny Bruce is featured on the neck of the bottle. Bruce, was known for his raw and cutting edge comedy and influence many stand up comics. Bruce lived until age forty and the website notes it’s been forty years since his passing. In previous releases, RIPA on Rye was known as Bittersweet Lenny’s Rye IPA.
Also from the label, this RIPA on Rye is from batch number three and was bottled on August 15, 2013. The 2013 version of RIPA on Rye was aged in Willet Rye Whiskey barrels and has a solid hop addition. The alcohol by volume is a sturdy 10%. On the plus side, this one is spicy and has some strong woodsy whiskey influence. Once it opens up, RIPA on Rye has a very nice sweet caramel backbone and really nice complimentary hop resin and dank bitterness. Alcohol heat creeps in on the finish and cuts through the caramel, bitter, woodsy flavors and it lingers on the palate. RIPA on Rye reminds me an awful lot of the Double Bastard that I had last night. Mouthfeel is medium but a nice stickiness develops. There aren’t many negatives here. If I had to nitpick, I’d say the carbonation took some time to subside. This is a really nice ale, I’ll put it at 93 points.