Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Getting My Beer On With Shmaltz Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

Lenny Bruce a prolific comedian of days past and one definitely deserving of a beer such as Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing out of New York. Anytime something is dedicated in the name of an icon, there is a hope that it pulls it off and Shmaltz has pretty much done that with this beer. Coming in at 10% ABV, 86 IBU, this beer is defined as having an obscene amount of malts, and hops and what better than this beer to represent Lenny. For me, this beer packed in many good things from its appearance to the aroma to the taste and flavor, there was just a lot of good things happening.

Starting with that appearance, the color is just a nice brilliant caramel tone with a head capping it in a nice tannish color. The rye is easy to pick up in the aroma and taste and for a 10% beer; it is smooth in texture and flavor making it slightly dangerous to those that may rush through it. A good caramel or toffee type tone comes through in the flavor that is well balanced between the malts used, and speaking of malts. Shmaltz pulls off a nice balance of the malt backbone versus the number of hops also used; this does not play like a high IBU beer. It is full bodied for sure, and the mouthcoating left was impressive. Overall, this beer is just damn solid and worth a go in my opinion. Check out the video to see and hear more on this one, and if you have had it then let me know what you thought of it by dropping a comment as well. Cheers!

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