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He'Brew Genesis Dry-Hopped Session Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Genesis Dry-Hopped Session AleHe'Brew Genesis Dry-Hopped Session Ale

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515 Ratings
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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-13-2011

Balanced between a West Coast style pale and amber ale with just enough malt sweetness to highlight a flurry of hop aroma and flavor
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Ratings: 515 | Reviews: 125
Photo of Roanpa88
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not bad but it'll fill you up quick. Carbonation way to high.

Photo of matjack85
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date or any information about the beer on the label.

The beer poured a cloudy copper color with a ½-finger of khaki colored head. The head lasted a little over a minute and left lots of lacing.

Really nice hoppy aroma that smelled like grapefruit and pine with lots of sweet caramel malt underneath.

This beer has really good balance. While bitter hops dominate, there is plenty of caramel and brown sugar sweetness to tame it. Besides the grapefruit and pine flavor of the hops, it also had a caramel apple and iced tea flavor. Kind of a weird combination but I liked it.

Light bodied and refreshing with medium carbonation.

With the low 5.5% alcohol and lower than anticipated bitterness it is absolutely a good session beer.

Photo of chasmandocharles
2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tastes worse than Bud or Lite

Photo of WellsWay
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the look & finish Of this apa

Photo of Paulieblaze
1.61/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Cool name just an average beer

Photo of MickeyTheHead
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very well rounded beer. It's got a great balance of everything, strong malt flavor, and hop aroma.

Photo of IdrinkGas
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Seems like they might be having infection issues at Shmaltz. Both of the beers I've tried from them this week were gushers and smelled bretty.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of citrus hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice amber ale. All around good complexity and balance of citrus hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Das_Reh
1/5  rDev -72.1%

Bottle was infected. Gushed upon opening, smelled stale and musty, and was sour tasting.

Photo of Tobes181
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark cloudy orange, almost a light brown. A slight white foaming head. Very slight hoppy wheat aroma with a hint of caramel, not getting much from it. Medium mouthfeel, seems very shallow upfront, then going into a hoppy bite, with a caramel malty finish.

Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, watery brown with a frothy quarter inch cream head that lingers.

Muted citrus, resin, and toasted, nutty caramel malt form the aroma. There's a hint of chocolate.

Grapefruit pith and lemon underlie a strong, nutty malt backbone, becoming a touch resiny and bitter in the dry finish.

Body is moderate to a bit thin, with moderate carbonation and a fairly stringent finish.

Hops and malt are fairly well balanced. The astringent finish is somewhat offputting. I'm not a huge lemon fan, but the malt backbone is nice.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Half Pint in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very light clear copper, with a half inch head, and a lots of lacing down the glass.

Smells like pine, grass, some light citrus, and malt.

The taste is similar. Manages to be a pretty earthy/grassy/piney hop blast, while still remaining clean and crisp. Not much noticeable flavor from the malts. Some slight citrus flavors, tastes like grapefruit and a bit of orange.

Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, very crisp mouthfeel, very drinkable.

Not the most knockout pale ale you'll ever have, but still quite tasty.

Photo of tastybeer
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Darker than expected-auburn color with a fine haze throughout. Head is yellow/brown tinted white, densely foamy/almost nitro looking in texture. Lace is semi sticky in the form of shifting sheety rings and spots. Aroma is doughy caramel-ish malt with a dusting of light floral, slightly fruity/spicy and earthy hop aromas. As it warms more tropical fruity comes through. I find myself digging for hop aromas in the syrupy malt. Taste is caramel malty, grainy, with super fine aggressive carbonation mixing with dry citrus rind bitterness. Not a bad beer....now that I'm getting further into it and more adjusted to its forward bitterness, I'm starting to like it more. I do think some additional late hop additions would benefit the aroma and flavor...however this does say its dry hopped on the label.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber, almost red with a finger width foamy head, which persists through drinking. There is a good deal amount of lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is not really all that overpowering. Can determine citrus, slightly grassy smell. You get a malty taste up front, quickly followed by a moderate hoppy taste with a stronger malt at the end. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, almost soapy. Not a bad beer, but I have definitely had stronger and better pale ales. Would drink it again, but there are others I would chose first.

Photo of cambabeer
2.44/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Nutty brown body with a mostly white head and lace that clings to the glass like crazy. Some visible floaters in this one...

Smells a little spicy, sweet, and citrusy, with a little funk.

Not a lot of flavor, a little bitter, a little too watery. A little funk, I think this one might be beyond it's date.

... I don't know about this one...

Photo of Oliver_Twist
2.43/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Dark caramel.

Aroma: Woody (more like bark)

Taste: Dank and too bitter for the amount of
malt used. Unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body with little carbonation. Too much sediment.

Final Thoughts: This beer might be He'Brew's poorest offering. Mr Cowan should develop a solid core of good beers (ie RIPA on Rye) and avoid so much "marketing shtick"...enough already.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super clean complexion in this ale it had a light amber hue and a thin trace of a wispy off white head.

The aromas are in line with the style with a soft earth tone, floral hop cone, herbal tones, lemon and a supporting caramel malt.

The flavors couldn't line up more with the nose as the earth, floral and herbal hops are gentle on the tongue. Light tea leave malt support the overall hop presence.

The feel is very light easy and sessionable, as the brewer was attempting I suppose.

This is nothing special or worth blogging about but it is exactly like described....sessionable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With a glimpse of IPA but with the body of Pale- it seems that the landscape of Session Ale is being revamped before our very palate. Shmaltz Brewing is leading the way with a hybrid taste that's as comfortable as it is curious.

Its semi-bright light honey-amber appearance springs to life with a dance of carbonation that lifts a frothy and airy head toward the rim. Genesis Dry-Hopped retains its foamy ivory column with a ton of confidence while leaving broken lace behind; easily mistaken for IPA, at least to the eye.

Bountiful aromas of hops leap out immediately. Its vivid citrus character is alive with ripe grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, a pep of pine cone and spruce, and a playful grassy notion. Its tepid malt underpinnings give just enough of a honey and thin caramel to suggest that the citrus is juicy and plump with sweetness.

Conversely, its that soft malt sweetness that greets the early palate with that same honey and caramel but with a crisp wafer-thin taste to suggest graham crackers. But all that's short-lived as the balance quickly shifts to hops across the middle. Pink grapefruit and orange peel offer a tangy fruit taste with playful acidity before turning decidedly bitter to finish. Its light resinous character seems of pine and fresh-cut grass.

Light in body, the beer goes from a snappy sweet bit to full-out dryness in a hurry. Its vast carbonation lifts the malt with ease in order to usher in a dry malt substrate with echoes of citrus in its quick and clean finish.

Its masterful taste is inquisitive enough to ponder and explore, but is effortless in drinkability to facilitate great company, food or entertainment without undue attention. I could session the hell out of Genesis... until I fall over.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice malt and hop bills, how am I not going to snag this one? I appreciate that this brewery often prints these details on the label. Pours a reddish amber color, maybe just on the orange side, with copious amounts of beige foam. Smells like fresh citrus, rock candy, and brown sugar. Some people find the hops underwhelming here, perhaps because the list evokes images of palate wrecking. Keep in mind that dry hopping increases aroma rather than bitterness, folks. I find the hops tasty enough, personally ... I get ample Centennial dank fermented citrus pulp, peach, pineapple, and papaya, along with blackberry and black tea. This latter flavor develops nicely as you sip, and a pine flavor also develops but does not reach epic proportions. Fine by me, this is not an IPA, although it does compare favorably with some of the so-called "session IPAs" I've tried. The malts are quite wonderful, with a little molasses, toasted crust, and the sweet elements from the aroma in decent balance with the hops, probably edging the latter out, truth be told. Body is on the light side, with a sparkling crisp finish that lingers with just enough tea-like bitterness to prevent this from being a true session option but who cares. Toasty yet tangy, fruity yet reasonably bitter ... Great brew all around.

Photo of Brad007
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper/brown with a huge head into my glass. Fades to reveal lacing.

Hop bouquet is a delight with Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe hops used for aroma. The malt bill is generous with variety.

The use of wheat, caramunich and dark crystal malts gives this session ale a tasty twang.
Sweet and crisp as well. Hops are more apparent in the aroma than in the taste.

Lingering caramel, brown sugar from the malts. Not much for hops. Very tasty regardless.

Well worth a try if you need something simple, yet tasty.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this in a shaker pint.

Frothy finger and a half - width on this white cap, the foamy tempest dies to poker chip width, leaving behind a pseudo-patchy sheet lace. The clear body is copper-gold with decent carbonation jets.

Herbal and estery aromas with a kiss of pine, the bready malt is discernible through the hop profile and compliments the green buds well. Some slightly tropical aromas sit in the glass as well, but take a while to coax out.

The flavors are soft, offering some herbal and estery distinction on mid-palate , a little more flowery than herbal. The finish is redolent with earthiness that plays more to the herbal qualities present. However, there is an underlying sweetness from the Munich and wheat malts present.

This Genesis has a medium heft and good creaminess, while still feeling a little watery as it runs through the mouth, with a very short finish.

Genesis is a good beer. For being dry-hopped, I was expecting the nose to be more aromatic. Even still, the hops and malt are well balanced, and the addition of Munich malts add a well received sweetness to this pale. And the flowery, herbal hop notes certainly get noticed on the palate. Genesis is solid, and I would certainly have it again, matches how I feel about Goose Island's Honker's Ale. I would never seek this one out, but would be hard pressed to turn it down at a bar if I saw the tap handle.

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into pint glasses and enjoyed over 20 minutes.

Color is a mildly hazy drab brown amber with a small cap of frothy off-white head. Falls rather quickly with little lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly malt-forward and honey-sweet. Milt tastiness is there, too, but very little in the way of hop aromas. Interesting, but unexpected.

Flavor is fairly sweet, like the nose, with nutty caramel and hop resins, but not really hop-bitter. It's not stylistically correct, though it's drinkable.

Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Briny, chewy, and even a touch sudsy. It's quirky in this regard, too.

This brew is an odd outlier as a pale ale, but I enjoy the nose and can drink it rather easily. It just doesn't meet expectations, at all, and I'm not sure I'll try to go back to it and make it fit with food or any different experience.

Photo of woodychandler
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ladies and gentlemen, once more, from the cooler of the soon-to-be-famous The Friendly Greek her in Lancaster, PA, we have another bottle deemed worthy of my consumption and review.

From the bottle: "Silver Medal World Beer Championships"; "Top 50 Brewers in the World"; "Kosher Certified Rabbi Approved"; "Why is this beer different from all other beers? In the beginning, there was an idea, and it was good: A Gourmet Kosher Microbrew to celebrate the bounty of our own American land of milk and honey. Witness, a renewed Genesis: the evolution of our first creation! A smidgen of Middle East inspiration, a dash of West Coast ingenuity and an East Coast garden of brewing delights ... Then we tasted it, and it was very good. After 5000 years of civilization, savor a microbrew with the chutzpah to keep calling itself The Chosen Beer. From the Golden Gate to the City of Gold, may HE'BREW join in the blessings of your lives. To life! L'Chaim! [undersigned] Jeremy Cowan, Proprietor"; "MALTS: Specialty 2-Row, Munich, CaraMunich 40, Wheat, Dark Crystal HOPS: Warrior, Centennial, Cascade DRY HOP: Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe".

Why do the "Notes" mention a new recipe and then not give us the specs? For those who may question why I transcribe the verbiage from bottles and CANs, it is because by doing so, I create a semi-permanent record. It eludes me as to why this is not done in the "Notes" section, but since I have the data in front of me, I feel compelled as an archivist to get it transcribed.

It used to drive my ex-Old Lady nuts, but I like utilizing an aggro pour. She claimed that it may disturb the lees, but if that were the case, I would expect the label to give me a Heads Up somewhere. I find that it creates a massive head and really releases the aromatics. Like in this case. Two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention were the initial result, followed by a strong grapefruit-citrus odor that filled my kitchen. Hallelujah! I may be personally full of chicken fat, but at least my glass is full of Shmaltz. Color was a deep, burnished copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) with a lot of floaties in evidence. Perhaps they saturated it with hops? Nose had a definitive grapefruit/grassy quality making it hard to parse out the individual pieces parts of this particular puzzle. Mouthfeel was medium and I got caramel malts on the tongue initially until the hops started battling for supremacy. It became a confused melange with one unable to tell where one ended and another began. The finish was dry, certainly hoppy, but I just felt unfulfilled when all was said and done.

Photo of Premo88
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(15/21/272/12/16:30/2 printed near bottom of bottle)

L: murky opaque with tons of debris floating in the column ... that "12" printed on the bottle has me worried; decent head in the tulip, about an inch, colors are caramel brew with a very tan head -- IPA and DIPA colors.

S: caramel, tropical fruit, mango-sweet american double IPA notes

T: follows the nose for the most part, some bitterness but much more sweetness

F: decent all around, nothing special

O: that born-on date surely must mean Sept. 29, 2012 birth ... i'm going to assume it is and: 1.) review this beer now but come back over the top of it later if I indeed have a year-old American pale ale here on my hands, 2.) not hold it against Schmaltz that a year-old beer of theirs found its way into my fridge, 3.) say that the beer actually holds up OK considering the age

it definitely has a lot of taste and aroma for a "pale ale," though these "session ales" are crossing the line between what I think of as an American pale ale and the American IPA/DIPA crowd.

Photo of Phocion
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark, hazy copper/brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly malt-forward; roasted toffee is especially evident. Biscuit and caramel accompany this, along with a pine resiny hoppiness. Considering the lineup of hops listed on the bottle, I was expecting much more.

Flavor is fairly sweet with a bit of resin in the background. Sweet caramel/toffee and a bit nutty and bready. Mild bitterness to provide a nice finish, but overall this is a touch too sweet, especially considering it's a pale ale.

Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Kind of soapy mouthfeel.

Overall, this isn't a particularly good beer. Too sweet but with a bitter aftertaste. Not much of a hoppy flavor mind you, just bitter. I originally suspected this was a bit past its prime (as the bottle isn't dated), but going back and reading some other reviews suggests this isn't the case.

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He'Brew Genesis Dry-Hopped Session Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.