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

Not Rated.
He'Brew / Cathedral Square St. Lenny'sHe'Brew / Cathedral Square St. Lenny's

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

105 Ratings

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: CloudStrife on 08-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian Style Double Rye India Pale Ale
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Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Anbrenn
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Aficionado_Shawn
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of beerbrains
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Beernoobie
3.85/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JessBrittingham
4.4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Segelstrom
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of MDHopster
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wow, clear orange with translucent head. Aroma of rye, plenty of rye, probably offputting to those who are not rye fans. Tastes heavily of rye, I like rye, thus my score for taste, others may rate well below. Reminds me of Flying Dog's Raging Bitch with a boatload of rye. I see the "Belgian Rye IPA" label as fitting. No subtlety to the mouth feel, this is setup to feel like a double IPA. Appropriate for the type.

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

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He'Brew / Cathedral Square St. Lenny's from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.