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

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American 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

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Ratings: 218 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by smurphy493:
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3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

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Photo of Tilly
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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 oberon
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy copper amber under qa 1.5” cream colored foam collar composed of very fine, uniform bubbles that cling to the side of the glass.
S: Spicy rye nose, dried fruit, raisins, some mustiness, trace of banana.
T: Spicy grain, dark dried fruit, alcohol, faint banana, traces of prune, citrus, tropical fruit, balancing quinine like bitterness on the finish.
F: Super creamy, very fine texture, medium to medium full body and medium to medium low carbonation.
O: A big bold American rye double IPA brewed with a Belgian texture and yeast character.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Aficionado_Shawn
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of socon67
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PretzelCity
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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