St. Lenny's - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
22oz bottle. A nice play on words for the name, given the Lenny's RIPA base beer, and the Belgian aspirations of this offering. This must be one of the most involved, cross-pollinated beer 'styles' that I've ever encountered. Weird soccer-ball imagery frames the nascent St. Lenny on the label.
This beer pours a somewhat hazy, yet bright medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually creamy ecru head, which leaves some decent pock-marked mesa formation lace around the glass as it slowly and surely bleeds off.
It smells of muddled creamy citrus, gritty rye and caramel malt, sharp, acrid Belgian yeast, and further leafy, earthy hops. The taste is rather pungent and edgy yeast right up front, aided and abetted by a hollow, indistinct dry citrus and orchard drupe fruit pithiness, biscuity caramel malt, wet, and lightly spicy rye bread, acerbic pine resin, white pepper, and somewhat extraneous, put-upon leafy, earthy hops.
The carbonation is rather soft, a touch fluffy, and generally just low-key frothy, the body an adequate medium weight, and hard to justify as smooth, with all the yeast and hop astringency wafting about. It finishes barely off-dry, the spicy rye malt, yeast, pine needles, and denatured citrus doing well enough to ward off any of the expected encroaching booze notes.
As if the rye malt wasn't enough of a subtle palate and mindfuck when originally dealing with this big-ass He'Brew DIPA, now I 'have' to see this otherwise heady brew taken through its paces by a sassy, somewhat unwelcome Belgian yeastiness. Like the drawn-out name foretold, there's just too much going on here, so much so that I'm starting to lose my enthusiasm for such things. Or maybe I'm still grouchy that this newfound 'contract-free' brewery's sales group saw fit to send us this, and not the Jewbelation 17. Booo-urns.
02-12-2014 00:57:19 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
A - Amber to brown pour. Opaque look with a clingy tan foam head. Slight carbonation is noted.
S - Scents of malt, cherries, Belgian yeast, toffee, and candy sugar. By far one of the oddest and most interesting combinations I've come across.
T - This is a rye beer? The fresh rye taste is there but is dwarfed by a strong sweet malt flavor. Cherry cordial is there which ends in a slight boozy finish.
M - Slick feel and has a raspy bite. Light feel. The richness of flavors did not make me feel like I'd have more than one.
O - Interesting beer and one I'd go back to. A nice example of what's possible when a brewer goes beyond conventional boundaries.
03-02-2014 00:33:23 | More by socon67
3.48/5 rDev -9.4%
Picked this up in Wichita
Pours copper colored with a sliver of cream colored head. Good head retention & average lacing
S: Pears, treacle, white grapes
T: Pears, leafy hops, treacle sweetness & orange peel up front. Some peppery rye shows as this warms, a bit of marmalade as well. Hints of grapefruit in the finish, along with leafy hops, a touch of booze & orange peel
MF: Firm carbonation, medium bodied, skews a little bitter to me
This was drinkable enough, but not something I'd buy again
12-15-2013 05:32:10 | More by russpowell
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
This is "The Immaculate Collaboration" per the label, between Shmaltz Brewing and Cathedral Square, and identified on the label as a "Belgian Style Double Rye India Pale Ale."
Appearance is outstanding in that it pours a dark orange amber with a thick light khaki head. Crystal clear and very inviting. Head fades but still a nice looking beer.
Smell is full of what I call "carnuba wax." These are those big, bold and assertive fruity Belgian esters. This smells about as Belgian as it gets. Personally, I'd like a bit of assertive rye in the nose but I can't complain when the nose is this fruity and assertive.
Taste is big, bold and also most assertive. There is an almost sweet bitter front but when it hits your mid palate it pounds you with big rye flavor and tones. There is fruit, rye, toast, and a bit of green banana. It is the finish that makes this beer. Finish is giant bitter grapefruit and pine that is long lasting and complex. Overall, the taste is complex with layers of flavors and subtle undertones.
Mouthfeel is rich and lush. Bold and mouth filling with perfect carbonation and a richness that is inviting.
Good effort. The complexity and levels of flavor makes this an especially nice drink with a big and rich meal. If you like rye, this one is especially for you!
11-08-2013 09:47:53 | More by GRG1313
4.39/5 rDev +14.3%
Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a reddish bronze amber with a half finger fine off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Nice aroma of tropical fruit, rye, grassy, mildly piney hops, Belgian yeast and hints of citrus. Flavor is hop forward with good citrus and piney hops, rye with light rye sourness, stone and tropical fruit, finishing with surprising clove and earth spices, and piney hop bitterness. Medium bodied with mild creaminess. A glorious semi-sweet hop forward imperial rye beer, bordering on barleywine territory. Very enjoyable. Got this in the 2013 Chanukah Pack, but wish I could have purchased a few bottles to cellar, I think this would keep improving with age. I did not see this in individual bottles in my area, but will be searching it out now. I'm becoming more and more a fan of strong rye beers and this is one of the better ones.
02-15-2014 04:25:20 | More by LiquidAmber
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
Appearance- dark red color, thick foamy head
Smell- malt, hops, rye
Taste- hops, rye
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- I thought this was very good. I would definitely drink it again. I really like those rye beers. The rye and hops goes together nicely.
01-21-2014 05:53:15 | More by jeffjeff1
3.79/5 rDev -1.3%
Swig from the bottle and it's like a cold steel barrel between your lips. This is a big mouthful of fighting flavors. Beautiful copper-tinged golden color with a nice head in the Morte Subite globe. Sudsy light mouthfeel with a hint of menace in the sweet hot alcohol. Fruity and vanilla aromas.
This needs a scorecard to check off all the flavors. It's a little boozy, very sweet, grainy, hot, bitter, and woody. Rather astringent after some sipping. Deep tongue-numbing barrel woodiness. Burnt sugar with a whiskey chaser. Or maybe a barley wine Depth Charge with a jigger of orange bitters. Actually this grows more likeable, I have to keep upping my score, but it's a challenging brew.
The grainy taste seems intensified by the heat. Moderately bitter as you sip, but the aftertaste bites back. I'd call it more of an IPA than a Belgian, though it is rather sweet followed by the dry tongue-wringing experience.
Aftertaste is bitter as Lenny Bruce. However, for the hop fiend, this has much to offer. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.
02-18-2014 06:51:41 | More by mactrail
St. Lenny's from Shmaltz Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.