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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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,469
Ranked #13,472
3.9 | pDev: 11.03%
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
He'Brew / Cathedral Square St. Lenny'sHe'Brew / Cathedral Square St. Lenny's
Notes: Belgian Style Double Rye India Pale Ale
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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 218
Reviews by sprucetip:
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3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looker. A solid finger of beige foam sits on top of fluid of undetermined color. It varies greatly depending on how the light hits it. It ranges from chestnut to reddish to amber to golden depending on the light.

The Belgian yeasty funk leads, and might actually be the cause of scent I usually call “grainy.” Boozy heat and esters are the next strongest element, and citrusy hops are hard to find. Not bad, but it doesn’t really gel well. Try as I might, I am not finding any caramel, though I am pretty sure it is in there.

Yeasty Belgian character is clear and so is the caramel malty flavor and sweetness I couldn’t find in the nose. Modest hop bitterness joins citrusy hop flavor through the middle, and then some piny bitterness emerges. Smooth, and reminds me of regular Lenny’s, only with a funky Belgian twist. Nice. It’s solid. Very good.

Plenty enough carbonated. Rich full body, noticeable warming, and some lingering bitterness after the finish. Dries out a wee bit in the finish.

Very good if not quite exceptional. Well, if I made it I might be inclined to think it exceptional…I am a big fan of regular Lenny’s, so I had to try this one too. As much as I appreciate the effort, and enjoy character Belgian yeast adds, I think I like regular Lenny’s better. But I don’t regret having had this one, and very well may have it again. My reluctance is that I am buying fewer bombers these days, as the price per ounce is typically so much higher than for smaller bottles. This is a good beer, and if you have bothered to read this far I suggest you try it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tilly
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Jason
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a five finger white head that fades slowly to thin layer. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium body. Pine hop nose and flavor is balanced with the pine hops and malty caramel. Higher ABV is hidden. Lingering bitter finish. $4.95 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Mitchster
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased as part of the 2013 gift pack.
Brewed with specialty 2-row, rye ale malt, torrified rye, crystal rye 75, crystal malt 80, wheat, kiln amber, and caramunich 60. Hopped with Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Crystal, Chinook and Centennial. Dry hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo and Crystal.
10% ABV.
Pours out to a slightly hazy medium amber, forming a large creamy yellow head with amazing retention and one solid thick sticky sheet of lace. Carbonation is moderate. The nose is immediately very hop fruity...I get tangerines, apricots, pineapple and grapefruit sitting on top of a subtle toast note. Reminds me a bit of a great ESB with that apricot jam on toast nose. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk with a huge sticky body. The taste is fantastic. Very hop forward up front, balanced beautifully with with the tropical notes from the yeast, all sitting on top of the toasty sticky malt body and with a well balanced spicy bitterness which lingers on the tongue long after it goes down the pipe. The yeast is well attenuated, not finishing completely dry, but not syrupy sweet, just perfect. A testament to the brewers craft here, my friends.

Highly recommend, this is fantastic stuff. Not being a big fan of Belgian IPA's, this blows all those out of the water. Yummy. Get some!

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Photo of truesolution
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of WynnO
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of allengarvin
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%

A: 4.5 - Poured into a Bernardus chalice, this is a dark copper-amber beer with a substantial head, nearly an inch thick, dense, foamy.
S: 4 - Candy sweetness with lots of spicy phenols, peppery and clove-y.
T: 3.75 - Heavy malt dominates, the last thing I look for in either a Belgian or an IPA, quite sweet, though bitterness is ramped up to offset it. Ripely fruity, with alcohol apparent.
M: 4 - Big bodied, creamy
O: 3.5 - Too heavy for me, with not enough Belgianness in the flavor.

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.92

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.81/5  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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Evilyak
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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 dhchatfield
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmbranum
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought at Central Market in Fort Worth, Texas. Transported back to Oklahoma via Amtrak.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle into a large wine glass.

Pours a clear amber-orange clear liquid with smallish head. Gloriously good aroma with some citrus and vodka notes (the latter makes sense since this is 10% ABV).

Flavor is very rich and full. Some wine and liqueur notes. Some grapefruit, dates, raisins, some different grain (maybe some spicy rye), a tiny bit of maple syrup, all followed by a heavy dose of hops.

The best thing I could compare this to would be a meeting between a Belgian Trappist ale and an West coast style Pale Ale.

I really liked this. I want more! Very sad this is a one time offering.


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Photo of zeff80
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of bubbly foam. It smelled of rye, dried dark fruits and toffee. Sweet fruitiness - like plum with spicy rye and a roasted malt backbone.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark copper with some thick tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet honey biscuit and earthy toffee, with some spicy rye and copper hops.
T: It tasted like bitter copper hops and spicy rye and Belgian yeast, with some sweet honey biscuit and earthy toffee. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice rye ale, but not as much of an IPA or Belgian. The scent and taste were enjoyable, and the body was great. The alcohol was well hidden, and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. I wish it was hoppier, but it was still a good drink.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%

I enjoyed this 12oz chilled in a teku, review from notes.

The color is ruddy amber with thick haze and 2 finger light cream with very fine bead and lace that sticks in spots. The smell has dark fruit and light floral scent mixed with toasted bready aroma and mild alcohol odor with dark berry ester and caramel with scents of dried fruit like raisin and a slight aroma of alochol. The feel is thick with sweet body and toasty strong texture with alcohol and light toasted accent with moderate bitterness and mildly sweet and boozy finish.

The taste is extremely alcohol dominant with slight fruity and dark caramel flavor with subtle stone fruit from the yeast and light pine earhty hop flavors with a subtle medicinal taste in the finish. This didn't live up to the original Lenny, I understand it is not even close to the same beer but there is too much fusel almost paint thinner quality and sweet malt and not enough hops in the taste

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Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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