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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by CloudStrife on 08-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
217
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
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3
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Ratings: 217 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Imperialjake
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FrancisM12
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Evilyak
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

getting to this one well past its prime.

2014 edition, knocked back in 2016. all things considered, time has been kind to this brew.

reddish in color, with some head.

whatever they might have been going for just tasted boozy.

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Photo of 2ellas
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dave2234
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of threesignificantstarfish
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shmaltz Brew Co. has become a new years eve staple to share a pint between me and my brother when the clock strikes midnight. Every different one I try knocks me on my ass. And I love it. Thank you He'Brew!

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Photo of MispeledStalion
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tilly
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Clear reddish orange, whiskey colour with lasting slight beige head. Great lacing.
A: Malt, citrus, honey, Earthy hint of rye.
T: Wow, mallt, hops, mead,, plum, biscuit, slight citrus and slight rye.
M: Well balanced medium to full body, slight bitterness.
O: Kinda confussing mixture of tastes. Belgiun? IPA? ow about St. Lenny?
Great beer. Make more!

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Photo of dradair
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbean3
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobhits
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firm pour yields about a quarter inch of head that retains (a lot more when it first poured). It did leave a nice lacing, determinately looks like it'll be sugary and rich. The body is red with orange tints, it's a nice color somewhere between a big red and a more traditional double IPA.

Brown sugar, raisens, plums, rum, pine, light citrus orange at the end. I barely get any belgian spice, a bit of rye here here. Reminds me of more the flavor profile you'll get on a less yeasty dubble.

The flavor builds on the aroma. A lot of raises, plumbs, and rum soaked brown sugars. The back end however brings out a nice bit of spice that complements the sugars and fruit, the beer then ends with a nice hoppy bitterness. Everything here is separate, broken up, but somehow all builds and plays on each other.

I have had some really poor beers from Shmaltz, but this one nailed it. Really good and highly recommended. I should take off a few notes for the religious stuff, but I won't even knock them for the horrible name. Oddly I'm thinking a bit of an arrogant bastard or a maharjie.

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Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Edition: Pours clear copper color with a massive 3 finger foamy tan head that was full of mostly tiny bubbles, fading very slowly and leaving great foamy rings as it went down

Smells of piney hops, grapefruit and rye up front, followed by lemon zest, candied sugar, Belgian yeast that's sweet not funky, fruity candy like gummy bears, brown sugar, weed or lettuce, dry floral hops and mild spices that fade and leave a sugary sweetness similar to a malty barleywine. It's a confusing nose, but it smells nice and sweet, almost fermented like the hop base of a DIPA turned and brought out more fruit.

Tastes like it smells but with more bready and fruity mixed in with the piney hops, grapefruit and rye up front. The sweetness is not cloying as the Belgian yeast kicks in right after the first wave of flavor with a slight funk, some chalky residue and grains that almost seem like granola sitting in yogurt; the grainy sweetness has brown sugar, cinnamon, rotting pear and grapes, tart green apple, bubblegum, pepper, rye and light coriander. Trailing hops release citrus and floral notes, ending with tea leaf and some toffee. Each sip is different and complex, with the spices and sweetness hiding that high ABV.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick with a buttery feel, a medium body that borders on chewy and a finish that has some of the rye and hop spices, some grainy/bready sweetness and a touch of bitterness. It ends as confusing as it tastes and smelled, to me that's what made this fun, unpredictable and enjoyable.

A Belgian Style Double Rye India Pale Ale clocking in at 10% ABV that completely hides the alcohol taste. Indeed this was an Immaculate Collaboration since this beer was much better than I expected it to be, and the strong sweetness managed to work well overall. Not sure if it was all the hops or the Belgian yeast or the rye mixed in, but this turned out quite well.

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Photo of jpd026
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of damndirtyape
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 edition. Served in a Duvel tulip glass. Seems appropriate with a name like St. Lenny's.

Appearance: Clear coppery amber. Thin ring of persistent lt. tan foam at the edge of the glass, with a small island of foam in the middle of the glass. Some small islands and an occasional strand of lacing noted.

Smell: Orange citrus, a hint of toffee, rye, a hint of woodiness. Complex and interesting.

Taste: All sorts of flavors going on here but a bit jumbled up. Hard to pull them apart in the order I tasted them, but I got candi sugar, pine, citrus zest, tea with honey, rye, a barest hint of whisky and oak. Has a lingering bitterness that builds up over drinking the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy smooth as the Lenny's RIPA, but nicely thick and definitely a bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very interesting take on a DIPA, but I think this beer is trying to do too much and so it doesn't quite work as a DIPA or even as a Belgian IPA. Maybe that's the point: a profane take on Belgian Abbey style ale that only Lenny Bruce would approve of? I had a bit of difficulty finishing off the whole bomber by myself due to the lingering buildup of bitterness that comes at the finish, but, I will give it points for being a very interesting beer. I certainly spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out all the flavors going on anyway. I wouldn't buy again, but I don't regret having it.

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4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gritz147
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mush
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle, no date:
Ok, I know this is a big mash up: Belgian India Imperial Rye, but the combination didn't work for me. This thing was too dark in color, too grainy in the nose, and too sweet on taste.

The color is more likes light brown ale or a cloudy marzen. I think the eye could be influencing that, but with a little cloudiness it looks like lightly muddy water. The good thing is that the head builds up and sustains, a yellowing brown color.

The nose smelled almost like a wort without any buttering agents initially. I get a little bit of rye more clearly as it warms, very bready. The other notes are all muted by this (raisin? cinnamon?)

The taste is brown sugar, bread in general (rye comes out later in taste), raisin, fig-like notes. It tastes like a dessert bread in a few respects. I really don't get much Belgian or bitter notes, other than maybe the fact that the sweetness and notes are somewhat quad-like.
Edit: with considerable warmth, a piney bitterness finally started coming out in the end taste. But so does a hint of alcohol.

If we make an assumption for a second this is a bit old, I can say it doesn't seem to age well. If it's fresher, it misses on the IPA side as it is very malty. I won't try again to find out if I see it again.

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Photo of Wrigfen
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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He'Brew / Cathedral Square St. Lenny's from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 217 ratings.
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