Shmaltz Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, New York. It's R.I.P.A. not RIPA like Kelly of Regis fame! I am on a bit of a kick with repeating big IPA's and others I've enjoyed around a year ago. This one is no exception, with my first review back in June, 2009. Last time I had a 22 ouncer, tonight only 12. Good thing for super-computers as Shmaltz had to shrink a whole Bible onto this label.
The top neck label has a head shot of Leonard Alfred Schneider, aka Lenny Bruce. If you haven't figured it out, this beer is dedicated to him. Born 10/13/1925. Died 8/3/1966. Also at the top are quotes from All About Beer and Beer Advocate saying how awesome this beer is. I'm pretty sure I'm next in line for a label quote! The main label is a bit of a marquis honoring Lenny. Kosher? Check! There is a really long story about Lenny in like 2 pt font. I think you can read it yourself with my fabulous photography below!
Rye, caramel, malty and hoppy aroma, really diverse and quite nice. Big bitter start, yet that was washed away with an immediate malty sweetness. The rye flavors are present and very distinct. Then repeat... This time some orange rind and more astringent flavors lasted a little longer before the caramel and tea flavors balanced it out. Big pine! Sappy (still not like Kelly Ripa) but not syrupy, sticky. Lots of spicy black pepper can be found after you've had a few sips. Good body, good carbonation, a definite treat! You will have a dry alcohol finish and quite a bit of warmth from the 10% content this beer offers. For me, the best part was that it's Kosher. Hahaha, just kidding and making sure you read all the way to the end. An excellent choice and I was happy to see it in a 12 ounce offering.
Warning Lenny Bruce Is OUT Again ~ Lenny Bruce -- MP3 Download
How to Talk Dirty and Influence People ~ Lenny Bruce
The Lenny Bruce Performance Film DVD ~ Lenny Bruce
Here is the label story. Hopefully if you click it, it will be readable. Otherwise get a magnifying glass!
Kelly Ripa is pretty easy on the eyes, too. That is just for the record though.