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He'Brew / Cathedral Square St. Lenny's - Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew / Cathedral Square St. Lenny'sHe'Brew / Cathedral Square St. Lenny's

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61 Ratings

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian Style Double Rye India Pale Ale

(Beer added by: CloudStrife on 08-27-2013)
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Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep copper colour with two fingers of foamy beige head that falls over the glass.

Smell - Belgian yeast (clove, spices, banana), rye, tropical fruit, citrus hops.

Taste - Rye malts and citrus hops are well-balanced with the spicy flavours of the Belgian yeast and hint of tropical fruits. Belgian yeast is at just the right level and does not overpower the malt and hop flavours.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and pleasant stickiness.

Overall - A harmonious blend of flavours and ingredients. This Belgian yeast strain is complementary to the rye malts and hops in this brew, and by no means overpower.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 04:35:11 | More by leaddog
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3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, citrus zest, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt, spicy rye, and Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and rye bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of Belgian yeast and rye qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:42:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour / Appearance: 12oz variety pack bottle into a Deschutes tulip. Low carbonation on the pour, but the head stays around forever. Sorta an off-white, beige or eggshell if I chose paint samples. Ruby and slightly copper body, with carb bubbles rising up for a good period. Surprised to see this is 10% for the head and retention there. Not a bad thing, just a note.

Aroma: I can smell it from my end table to my armchair. Closer inspection yields a good bit of rye heat and character, some muted alcohols, and a lot of bittering hops. Not incredibly aromatic, but some floral hops present themselves. It's mostly rye here, with some hints of belgian yeast (pepper, bit of clove).

Taste: This a big one. Much more of a Belgian character now, with banana and bubble gum being big flavors. Sorachi Ace as well, maybe? Big alcohol heat accentuated by the rye. Peppercorn, some light tart notes. I feel like the IPA aspect is lost in here; bittering alone does not an IPA make, and this drinks more like an American barleywine than a DIPA. I'd actually be very interested to have a bottle with some age on it, particularly if (and I don't believe this is by the clarity and fullness of my pour) bottle conditioned.

Overall: A nice barleywine (rye-wine) that's kinda confused at what it's going for. Can't beat the variety pack price, but I'd only really come back to this once the alcohol heat dies down with some proper cellaring.

Bottom Line: I don't know if this comes outside the variety pack. A 12oz bottle is more than enough, and it's not going to be what you're expecting. Still, no reason to avoid the pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 05:42:58 | More by VincentFrey
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep rich honey amber colour with a massive frothy white head that just won't go away. It couches into itself with satiny billows nestled atop big soapy bubbles. Man, I'm getting excited about this.

The nose is surprisingly sweet and moscato like. Bright lemon tarts and sweet green apple are not quite what I was expecting. My excitement is mildly tempered. I can find the touch of spice that the rye brings, but the closest I get to hops is that sweet lemon candy: this is all bright light fruits and sweetness. Hrmm...

Thankfully the flavour is a little more complex, the sweet fruits slide in behind the bitter hops and bite of the rye. They are still very present, especially as I bring the glass to my lips (the aroma is quite strong), but they are merely a layer to the taste instead of being the whole show. The alcohol peeps in and out, apparent on some sips, vanished in others. There's almost a vinous characteristic to it, but whereas in previous brews I've had with that characteristic present and not enjoyed it, it seems right at home here.

This is a little different for an IIPA, but it's growing on me. The white wine similarities and sweetness stand behind a strong front of hops and rye. I didn't even realize that this was a collaboration with Schmaltz when I picked it up. Not that that has anything to do with anything, but it just is. I thought this was pretty good, but for the right demographic I could see them being head over heels for it. Well worth picking up and deciding for yourself where on the spectrum you fall.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 01:15:21 | More by kemoarps
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.

I only have access to He'Brew beers when I cross into Buffalo. I tend to try beers in singles before buying multiples. It helps to let me buy as much variety as possible and keeps the duty down. I bought ONE Lenny's R.I.P.A and fell in love with it. It would be almost a year before I could buy more.

So naturally when I returned to Buffalo this month and saw this I didn't even read the description on the bottle.

A- Crystal clear deep brown pour with a nice cherry glow. Two and a half finger, creamy, light tan head. Gobs of sticky lacing around the glass.

S- Spicy rye tickles your nostrils, candy apple, dark brown sugar, some lemon peel and a slight pepper aroma. There is some vanilla in there with some banana and raisins.

T- Rye up front followed by a sharp left turn into the Belgian aspect of the beer. Dry peppery finish with a fresh dose of lemon rind. Caramel and baking apples (not the super sweet eating ones, the slightly tart ones you throw in a pie)

M- Light to medium body, low carbonation, prickly on the tongue with a lingering aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 23:54:30 | More by korguy123
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a nearly clear amber, with fairly low visible carbonation and a half-finger's worth of off-white head.

S: Biscuit and rye malts, Belgian fruity yeast esters (apple primarily), and some caramelized brown sugar.

T: Rye and caramelized bready malts, Belgian yeasty flavors (more clove in the flavor, along with a diminished fruitiness), and some grapefruit citrus and resiny hop bitterness. Bitter (from the hops) and apple (from the yeast) and malt sweetness in the hang, with a caramelly toffee sweetness on the exhale.

M: Heavy body, good carbonation sensation and moderate alcohol presence.

O: I thought this was quite tasty. There's a lot going on here, and plenty to ruminate on. But still remains just an enjoyable beer on its own.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 22:10:42 | More by macrosmatic
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4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty and spicy Belgian IPA style aroma with a good presence of hops. Upfront hints of Belgian yeast with some funk and a mix of pepper, rye, and clove spicing. Fruity hints of banana, apple, pear, and grape. Citrus hop hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, and pineapple. Earthy hop hints of grass and pine resin. Toasted malts with hints of sweet caramel, biscuit, grains, rye, and cracker. An odd but pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a unique mix of Belgian yeast, spices, and juicy hops along with caramel malt. Upfront Belgian yeast with some barnyard funk. Spice esters of clove, peppers, and rye. Fruit taste of banana, pear, grape, and apple. Citrus hop esters of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, and lemon zest. Earthy and herbal hops with notes of wet grass and pine resin. Toasted malt with notes of sweet caramel, grains, biscuit, toast, rye, and cracker. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy, spicy, and fairly oily feel. Alcohol heat is pretty tame considering the ABV.

Overall: A very good spin on a Belgian IPA style brew. Good use of Belgian yeast and hops with a nice kick of rye spice.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 08:08:26 | More by MattyG85
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Viscous pour leaves behind a clear red colored ale with a small tannish white colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a slight sour edge from the rye. Spicy scent of cinnamon and brown sugar. Just judging by scent this is a malt bomb.

Starts out malty and sweet yet bitter. Heavy malt and slightly astringent aftertaste, like eating too many raw walnuts. Brown sugar and a little cinnamon bark, but mostly this is just bittersweet. Could be more complex but like a decent rock song it hits all the notes even though there are better songs.

Mouthfeel is THICK!

Overall, pretty tasty. Not the best in the world but I can see myself buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 02:06:35 | More by Zorro
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4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks heady; it's a deep, thick and dark but very clear orange-red. It leans more brown with less light, showing considerably more of an amber hue when the light it put to it. The head starts out at a solid finger and remains there, foamy and creamy. It never recedes beyond a thick foam that never separates and drops a likewise foamy ring of lace at the top of the glass that's followed by strong patching.
I can't say that I've come across a He'Brew beer I don't think is wildly underrated on this site. The aroma and flavor are big and complex with layers of depth and richness. Malts are sweet, earthy and bready all in one, making a strong backbone in a beer that nonetheless somehow remains completely hopcentric. The hops are raw and leafy with pine and lots of citrus rind and flesh, the bitterness balancing playing expertly against those malts which just as expertly balance. There's almost a Belgian, candi-sugar like dusty and almost sugary-sweet mingling that adds a completely new dimension and comes out up front, riding it out to the end. That's all not to mention the rye, big, earthy, and spicy, so earthy it's almost woody. There's a boozy warmth that integrates without kicking too hard or being too heavy. It's not perfect, and to smooth out some edges and add slightly cleaner character would bring it there, but it's among the best rye beers of any kind I've had, not to mention fitting in with some exemplary DIPAs.
This beer flows smooth from the get-go. It's got soft carbonation leading to an equally soft crispness in a medium body. Something may fall off very slightly at the end. There's a certain level of dryness brought in, but it all comes together with so many different elements affecting the body and dryness working in accord to make this creamy, semi-dry, and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 22:17:28 | More by Brenden
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3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper colored. Serious carbonation going on here. That's over an inch of tightly laced foam on top. It's a busy nose filled with coriander, rye, but the piney hops edge out the other aromas. The flavor is is initially coriander, piney hops rush in next, I get some spiciness from the rye, and then a piney hop fade. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and a bit chalky and sticky. There's a lot going on here, but honestly the coriander seems out of place here.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 03:12:43 | More by Franziskaner
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4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange copper color with a 2-3 finger dense light khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, clove, pepper, banana, caramel, toast, spicy rye, pine, floral, grass, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, banana, clove, pepper, pine, spicy rye, caramel, toast, floral, grass, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, banana, clove, pepper, caramel, spicy rye, toast, floral, grass, pine, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of hop, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy, slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian DIPA! All around great balance and complexity of hop, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 06:04:25 | More by superspak
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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seeing more & more bottles of rye on the shelves & it makes me slightly engorged. Plucked this one at first sight; Shmaltz is an underrated brewery to this palate. 22 oz. bottle with an amusing label, split with my wife.

The pour boasts minimal carbonation. It's orange. The nose should be a felony: 'assault with a deadly rye'. Rye like the Mississippi Flowage jumps the olfactory sense with jack boots. There's a bit of fruit & banana underneath, but no doubt the rye is on top. More rye off a smell than I've ever smelt.

St. Lenny's is a spicy rye riot; I feel I need baton-wielding bodyguard. Spiciness slaps the palate around & gets all up in my bug-splattered grill. After I pick myself up off the proverbial rye-junked ground, there's a lovely jolt of Belgian yeasts underneath, banana, clove. Hops add a nice bittering agent in the middle that grows as it warms. But this is about the rye in the end. I'm drinking it slowly only because it's so pleasing.

This hits my rye spot in the bullseye. Not only that, it's unique, tasty. I am going to have to go out & get more, because this is one excellent brew that's in the top shelf of rye beers. Underrated brewery. Did I say that already?

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 03:18:35 | More by maximum12
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: Handsome copper. Clear. Loads of tiny bubbles and a thick off-white pillow of a head with messy swaths of lacing.
smell: Mostly sweet, slightly sour...very much like a tripel. Quite rich though not complex.
taste: Drier than the nose. a bitterness blooms but held in check by the tripel like sweetness, and a mostly dry finish. A bit of spice.
overall: A Belgian Rye IPA....hmmmm. It works.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 23:00:09 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a beautiful amber red color, crystal clear, and a thick, frothy, one finer high white creamy head, he foam is very sticky and clings to the glass like glue.

S - A very interesting nose with sweet Belgian candy sugar light tropical fruit and spiciness from the rye. The spice is the very first thing that hits the nose and is quite pungent.

T - Spicy rye from start to finish and almost has a slight "smokiness" to it and a Belgian malt sweetness in the background to hold things together, another word that comes to mind is "boozy". Spicy, light tropical fruit bitterness from the hops and a Belgian bready, malty backbone.

M - Thick, full bodied, viscous, gentle velvet carbonation, and lip smacking sticky.

O - Very unique, no question about it and one that will make you scratch your head with confusion. Beers like this is what makes craft brewing so much fun...it doesn't fit into any category and blurs the lines.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 20:51:36 | More by jzeilinger
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep, bright orange color with two fingers of creamy ivory head. Good lacing left behind with this one.

The aroma was malty with bright grapefruit and orange zest notes.

Tasted as expected from the aroma. A nice maltiness with bright grapefruit and orange along with Belgian yeast and rye in the finish. The 10% abv was fairly well-hidden.

Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

An interesting take on an IIPA meets Belgian meets rye. I'll have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 03:03:08 | More by Monkeyknife
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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City as part of a meet the brewer mini tap takeover. Poured into a small Belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a ruddy dark caramel brown color with reddish soil highlights around the edges of the glass. Head is a dense and frothy two fingers with a slightly burgundy twinge to it. Retention is excellent and only a few slightly larger bubbles are smattered throughout. Lacing is pronounced but silky, leaving a rim of bubbles around the glass.

Smell - A heavy dose of the rye right off the bat, but then a healthy dose of phenolic tropical fruits and ester characteristics make themselves known as well as a sourdough like characteristic.

Taste - Again, the rye is well represented, now with a spiciness to pair with the nice bittering from the hops as well as a healthy malt backbone. The only flavor element that doesn't really play nice is the alcohol, as this is a pretty boozy DIPA. Let's just put it this way--the 10% is not concealed. Lots of good elements, but the alcohol is a little too aggressive.

Mouthfeel - A chewy medium-bodied brew, with moderate to high carbonation and a semi-dry finish, with a slight lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall, an interesting beer. I haven't had too many double IPAs with such a large rye presence, let alone rye DIPAs that are a full 10% ABV. This is definitely one you want to take your time with. I would probably have it again, especially with food.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2013 07:08:12 | More by LambicPentameter
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a small tulip glass a clear rich amber with a nice looking blooming off white head that leaves two broken rings of lace behind as it sttles into a frothy mass.Phenols and citric hops dominate the nose,it's very yeasty but with a nice American hop element.Yeasty spiced phenols hit hard up front on the palate with a big shot of citric hops coming later,the yeasty phenols dominate but I still like it,the spicy rye lingers.It's a solid brew from a good combination of breweries in many ways.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 21:51:45 | More by oberon
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Collaboration with Cathedral Square Brewery.

A: Pours a clear amber with a dense slightly yellowed head. Average amount of visible carbonation. Leaves a spot or two of visible carbonation.

S: You really get a Belgian aroma right off the bat. Loads of yeast that provide a banana like character. Hops are in there but take a backseat. Other light fruits are in there too, perhaps a grape like quality. Alcohol is present. As it warms the rye malt comes out to join the party.

T: Quite a complex beer, as with the aroma there is a strong Belgian quality. Hops are more pronounced in the flavor adding some nice bitterness. Rye comes through quite strong as well giving some spiciness which compliments the yeast. Can tell this is a strong brew. Yeast adds a good dose of banana.

M: Medium body with somewhat low carbonation. Stickiness from the hops but thats expected from such a bold DIPA. A beer thats best left to sipping.

Overall a very interesting beer, havent had a Belgian Style Double Rye India Pale Ale before but I do like it. Always been rye fan and have seen it work with IPA's. The spice from the rye adds to the Belgian quality nicely. Give it a shot, gets bonus points for breaking a style barrier.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 00:40:30 | More by CloudStrife
He'Brew / Cathedral Square St. Lenny's from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.