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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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Reviews: 120
Hads: 533
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 6
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of GoldHorde
1.98/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have had MANY of the Shmaltz Brewing Company offerings. I have yet to have a less than stellar beer from them, I LOVE THEM ALL...well HOLD IT - that is until I had THIS ONE. The GENESIS DRY HOPPED SESSION ALE wasn't hinting at a particular category or style; a single bottle was offered to me by a friend who is a Belgian Ale Style enthusiast which should have been a 'heads up'. I am NOT a Belgian Ale (BA) fan (even though I have a Silver Medal for brewing one). This is clearly in that category - slight sour notes - musky aftertastes - malty mouthfeel. Because I am not a BA enthusiast - I usually do not bother to rate them UNLESS they are surprisingly different. I am rating this one because it said nothing about being a BA - just promising HOP (which I found non of). This one is EVERYTHING I would expect from a Belgian Ale - so for you BA connoisseurs - you oughtta LOVE this one. (892 characters)

Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
2.19/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- A bubble copper body with a 3/4" off white head

S- Sweet metallic, bread, earthy, grass, clay?

T- Just as it smells, the malts seem watered down. No sign of grapefruit from the Cascade. Simcoe and Centennial have taken over, making this brew nothing more then earthy hop water.

M- Crisp, light bodied

O- I blame myself for this one, by calling this a session beer, Shmaltz has basically warned me in the title that this beer will be watered down and nearly flavorless. It's asthe if they tasted it, realized howmy below par it is, and said "Just call ita a session, they'll buy it!" and sadly, I did... Would i take a budwieser over this? Maybe not, but there are way better brews that i can call a session beer, for myself. (780 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.31/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Another nod to my man Jonny-Cakes and his heritage (sort of). This one pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of lightly-glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-buttery biscuit, perfume-y flowers, and light pine sap. The taste brings in more of the same, but with a hefty dose of water to thin everything out into a dripping mess. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this was a pretty sad pale ale, dry-hopped or otherwise. Things just tasted too strangely watered-down and depressing for anything good to come of it. (631 characters)

Photo of Oliver_Twist
2.43/5  rDev -33.6%
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 (412 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
2.44/5  rDev -33.3%
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... (345 characters)

Photo of blacktieman
2.87/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a tumbler.

Amber/copper with white head.

Piney hop nose.

Aggressive West Coast hops, mostly pine, hint of malt beneath.

Typical APA in most respects, badly mislabeled. Neither balanced nor agreeable enough to be a session ale. If Shmaltz wanted a dry-hopped beer, there was no reason not to change the name. As an aside, this paired somewhat poorly with matzo ball soup. (388 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark caramel and almost opaque due to the amount of sediment in suspension. Frothy off-white head that's lacing well. Definitely not winning any awards for beauty.

Aroma: Woody orange and a touch of biscuit malt.

Taste: Really dank from the get-go. Lots of overripe orange mixed with munich and amber malts. Pretty sure this thing is way old but with no date on the bottle I have no way of knowing. The upside is that there actually is a lot of flavor for a 5.2% ABV beer. Pretty moderate on the bitterness and balanced well.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with average carbonation and below average drinkability due to all the sediment.

Final Thoughts: This beer is not He'Brew's finest hour. The hop character is too dank and muddled in with the flavor profile of the malt to really stand out the way it should. Would I drink it again? Maybe if it was fresh. (891 characters)

Photo of Tobes181
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz bottle, American Pale Ale, into a pint glass. This brew poured a clear amber color produced a decent white head and featured average retention and lacing. The aroma of this APA consisted of malted grain, some caramel and citric hops. Medium in body, this ale consisted of pale malts, caramel, spice and citric hops. Average APA. (346 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper amber with a smallish white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet toasted caramel malts and green apple with a little resiny hop.

The flavor is sweet biscuity caramel malts with some fruity slightly resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent pale ale. A bit to toasty/biscuity for my tastes but with nice hops. (427 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle gushes upon opening? Pours dark amber in color with a tan head. Nose is heavily malty. Lots of caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. Some floral and citrus hop notes, maybe a bit of a spicy note. The flavor is quite malt forward. Bread, toast, toffee, and caramel dominate. There is some hop flavor, but it is a bit restrained. I get more bitterness than anything else from the hops. Light spice and floral notes with hints of citrus. Wasn't a fan of this. (461 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says 5.5%

A: Pours a hazy dark copper color. The head is a two finger yellow shade. While it fades to one finger relatively rapidly, at that point the head retains itself quite well.

S: There's a decent amount of piny, weed-like dankness juxtaposing touches of grapefruit. Malts definitely come through with prevalent caramel and toffee. Not my preferred style of pale ale, but definitely acceptable.

T: At first, there are wisps of dank weed backing a sweet-ish malt backbone, while the finish is mostly mild, pleasant grapefruit. Bitterness is well restrained. It kind of lacks flavor, to be honest. But there's no one element that turns me away, either: it's fairly harmonious and balanced.

M: This is where this brew succeeds. It's light-feeling, crisp, and goes down quite easy. The low carbonation actually works because the finish has a good dryness to it.

O: Not overly interesting, but pleasant enough. I don't really see how it's a session ale at 5.5%. Not a bad beer, and not one I'd ever turn down; doubt I'd buy it for myself again, though. (1,097 characters)

Photo of Phocion
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This may be the first beer I've had from Hebrew that was not extreme in some way. I've had a lot of Coney Island lagers but this was the first of the Hebrew Ales. Not a bad pale ale but it didn't really stand out in any way.

Pours a light brown/dark pale with nice two finger head that stuck around for quite a while.

Aroma has slight toast but not very much aroma at all. I was hoping for more hops.

Flavor was also a bit unremarkable. Typical of a pale ale but a little light in the hops. (494 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2nd night of Hanukkah 2012...

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that left good lacing throughout which billowed nicely. the body was a bright amber color.
s - balanced. floral hops with some breadiness underneath.
t - citrus, some pine but more bready with a hint of fruitiness.
m - thin and slick.
o - decent APA but not up to par. (359 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy-orange with long lasting, foamy, white head. Aroma is of orange marmalade, caramel malt and citrusy hops. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is of citrusy hops, biscuit malt and hint of fruit. Finish is medium, herbal. Not very flavorful brew. I expected much more. (287 characters)

Photo of mattsdenney
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into NB Globe.

This beer pours dark orange in color w/ a finger of bubbly head. It has decent lacing and the head dissipates pretty quickly. It smells of fresh hops, lemon citrus, and honey wheat bread. Taste is grassy hop bitterness that retreats swiftly. The feel is good, light bodied and somewhat creamy. Overall this is an interesting pale ale. I like the hop choice but wish the taste lingered a little longer. (443 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (2,617 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber golden-brown, with a thicker one-finger head, a nice-looking creamy one. Laced well.
Perfume to the nose right away, maybe some citrus or lemongrass hinting in there, but boy I don't recall ever whiffing a beer that struck me as perfume as much as this one. Curious. Since there's not much else to make out I'm going to say I'm indifferent to the scent; I'll call it one-dimensional and non-descript in that regard.
Upon tasting The perfume moves tight into sour bready malts and a hop profile im not partial to for some reason. Finishes a bit better than it tastes because of some pine, but any of the dominating hops seem to take backseat to the earthy caramel and sour bread.
Eh. (695 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a massive 3" custard frothy head with quite a long life. The body is clear and a cross between golden and amber. It smells nice, moderately of hops, citrus, and malt. The taste surprisingly is milder than the smell and has the hops and malt but no citrus. The finish drops off immediately, though there's an aftertaste from the hops. Decent. (348 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Caramel color with a solid white bubbly head and a good deal of lacing. It has an incredible amount of sediment. It looks gelatinous it is so thick. Some bubbles working their way through the middle.

S. Solid hoppy scent.

T. It has a caramel sweetness. A bit of floral undertone mixed with a grape flavor. Malty with some hoppy bite.

M. More smooth than a carbonated tingle, but a mix of both.

O. It's good and crisp, but is missing that great defining flavor. Everything is solid, if unmemorable. (505 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours a murky rust color with literally no head and no lacing on the glass. Aromas are malty with caramel, toasted grain with some floral hop. Tastes are similar with toasted grain, caramel malt and brown sugar followed by a decent hop profile of grapefruit rind, herbal, and a touch spicy as well. Mouth-feel is medium bodied and finishes sharp and slightly bitter with decent carbonation on the palate although there was none in the glass. Overall, I felt this was a bit muddled, but still good to try. (517 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The thin head on a dark straw colored body.
A rich aroma that favors the malt with a little pear and apple.
The taste is mildly fruity (apple and banana) with a touch of pine bitterness. It feels a little disjointed.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Nothing special but not bad. (293 characters)

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He'Brew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.