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Friday, September 4, 2009

Shmaltz - He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

Dead Comedian
Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.
Shmaltz Brewing
New York, USA
Est. 1996 (5757 Hebrew Metonic Cycle)

Brain Damage Quotient = 10.0 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 22.0 

Postmortem Brew Review
Rusty amber color.
Full malted barley and distinct hop aroma; definite rye taste
Double forming, three fingered head, caramel/tan in color.
Strings of lacing throughout the glass.
Medium to heavy bodied mouth feel.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
This beer made home feel good this nite from work. Okay, so that was a lame attempt at an entire sentence of four lettered words...f*@k it if you can't take a joke!

What an homage Shmaltz has done for the great Lenny Bruce. Master of the open mike, open mouth and open mind. The brew lives up to the daunting task of commemorating the 40th anniversary of the great Lenny Bruce's death.

This bottle has been keeping quietly in the home crypt cooler for nearly a month now, waiting for just the right moment to be exhumed and examined. It's been gnawing away at the back of my mind...tonight was the night! Labor Day weekend. With the work whistle in the back ground, I threw down the shovel, put the hearse in overdrive for the ride home and made sure to call Mrs. Reaper to prepare Lenny for a full 22 ounce autopsy.

I could cover more puns per square inch here, but the good guys at Shmaltz have robbed the grave of some of my best material. Well, I guess it's their material. Anyway, there's a quote on the neck label from the also late, great Dick Schaap, "Finally, one last four lettered word concerning Lenny Bruce: DEAD. At 40...that's obscene."

Well, the Bittersweet R.I.P.A. (Rest in Peace-India Pale Ale mashup) is as awesome as the man.
By the way, the "R" actually stands for the rye flavor. The label looks like a one-nighter marquee from one of his stand-ups. And like the man, it's setting the way for those that would imitate, copy or pretend to be. Posers, beware! This is a full hopped, 10% ass-whooping for your taste buds in the same way Lenny would have assaulted your ears. Great maltiness with hoppiness and not a lot of alcohol after-wash. In a true sense you are seeing a first hand original.

Like the man, be sure not to miss sure to experience it while it lasts!

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