Friday, September 2, 2011

Shmaltz Brewing Company - He'brew - Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into pint glass

This rye-malt IPA pours a deep and reflective mahogany with a amber glow. The massive head is smooth and creamy with large craterous bubbles with a moderately soapy film. The retention on the head is great and lacing is light. The strong hoppy nose is at once earthy and smooth. Hints of vanilla and a resinous pine play with the caramel sweetness of the malts and the added body and depth of malted rye.

The spicy rye malt up front interacts with the strong hopping and accentuates the slick molasses of the beer. The hops are dominant, but cannot fully suppress the grainy and earthy malts of the beer or the strong alcoholic character. The alcohol component is strong and the beer seems quite boozy. It weighs in at 10%, which is high for a Double IPA, but it is far from subtle.

Final Verdict: B-

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