He'Brew Genesis Dry-Hopped Session Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +8.8%
Thanks to Ransackingpete for sharing this one!
Pours a clear copper color with a 1 inch off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy swaths of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some herbal and peppery hops. Taste is of malt and lots of herbal, peppery, and earthy hops. There is a medium bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pale ale that really displays the various hops used.
02-06-2012 05:33:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.65/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
02-17-2014 17:08:02 | More by BEERchitect
3.1/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
08-16-2012 07:08:08 | More by womencantsail
3.8/5 rDev +4.7%
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a fairly clear, amber-hued body with a white, foamy head that's just a bit creamyish. Bits of puffy lace on the descent.
Smell: Pale base malts, slightly bready, with just a bit of caramel overridden by zestfully spicy, citrusy hops.
Taste: Modest pale malts, lightly bready with a vague caramel trace to it and just a hint of apparent sweetness. Spice, citrus, but also a small helping of earthiness to sit with from the hops. Sufficiently bitter. Drying, thinning, zesty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: I thought the previous Genesis Ale rendition was an above average American Pale Ale, and this certainly follows suit.
03-31-2012 19:07:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.95/5 rDev +8.8%
What a cool concept a session style ale hopped with six different varieties.Poured a clear rich medium golden with a thinner but well sustained white head,aromas of citric and leafy hops over firm bready malt.Just a tad thin in the backend of the feel but not bad,citric hops are the main flavor over top of bready malt with mild caramel sweetness.This beer hits its mark with a hop forward drinkable session ale,nice job.
01-25-2012 01:41:45 | More by oberon
2.28/5 rDev -37.2%
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.
12-17-2012 00:37:05 | More by TMoney2591
3.85/5 rDev +6.1%
12oz bottle. Apparently a wee deviation from the standard Genesis ale, with a surprisingly generic and uninformative riffing this time around on the side label.
This beer pours a slightly filmy, glassy, brassy amber hue, with one solid finger of tight, puffy ecru head, which leaves a few arching swaths of lace around the glass as it evenly abates.
It smells of mild grapefruit rind, a bit of fleshy tropical fruit, biscuity caramel malt, and some softly boozy herbal tincture notes. The taste is bready, soft crackery malt, muddled, juicy citrus, and some floral, piney, and herbal hops.
The bubbles are rather sedate, but not exactly dead, the body an adequate medium weight, and smooth, with a small pithy, prickly edge. It finishes off-dry, the biscuit and faintly sour caramel facing little from the waning multi-pronged hoppiness.
An enjoyable enough APA, though given the promise of the front-and-center label ingredients, and the prowess of this brewer, the overall weightiness and sassy character seem a bit flat, but I suppose that's nit picking. A tasty sixer for a summer BBQ, even if the $18 price tag seems a bit steep.
06-25-2012 23:56:00 | More by biboergosum
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average lacing & head retention
S: Breadyness & grassyness, pears as this warms
T: Leafy hops, pears, herbal bitterness up front. More pears as this warms, some woody hoppyness & grassyness. Finishes grassy with a bit of orange rind, & little lemon
MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation, so-so balance
Drinks easy enough, but was expecting more, the hops are muted. Maybe this is old, zero dating on the bottle. Looking at the reviews, I hope this isn't 6 months old..
07-08-2012 02:03:27 | More by russpowell
3.43/5 rDev -5.5%
session ale? no. this is an English style malty filling sweet annoyingly deceptive beer. damnit. it pours a caramel hued honey color with an okay off white head and a ton of fish food yeast floaties weighing it down. the nose is English malt, sweeter and fuller bodied, not what I expected from something supposed to be hoppy and crisp, I don't smell hops at all. the flavor is almost like a copper ale, or an English pale, with all that caramel sweetness and doughy heft. nothing sessionable about this, its higher abv for the term, and drinks like a normal brew, only heavy and filling from the malt choice, and not refreshing like I expect a dry hop to be, very little bitterness in the finish. overall this full bodied malty beer might work as a session beer in October. but in the mid may context, it just doesn't work for me. skip it in favor of almost anything if you are looking for something to slam this summer.
05-12-2013 02:45:44 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +10.2%
Pours a light fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, over clear orange darker honey color.
Nose has some cascade variety hops, light spicy, little grassy, light citrus and floral, a hint of grapefruit, and an earthy grassy style hop. Light malts underneath just enough to let you know it's there.
Taste is fairly light overall, some malts but light and juicy like malts. The hops are dominant mostly but not super bitter. Again cascades but the warrior comes through as well. Spicy earthy grassy hops really come on stronger. It brings a slight herbal earthy quality which is a little surprising knowing the hops in it. Hint of citrus and grapefruit but not much. Juicy overall, and fairly sessionable. Finishes drier and a bit more bitter but never gets super bitter. A long spicy bitter hop finish, with light grassy earthy hops.
Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, decent carb.
Overall not bad, fairly sessionable, dencent hops but not quite what I expected for hop flavors. Still tasty and drinkable, would love to try this on tap.
01-29-2012 01:41:06 | More by jlindros
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has some toffee and biscuit malt in it, as well as some grass and a little bit of pine from the hops. The flavor has a decent amount of biscuit malt, with the grassy hops standing out. I also get a little bit of pine and maybe a hint of orange from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-14-2012 03:47:00 | More by Mora2000
3.53/5 rDev -2.8%
Average amber in the New Belgium snifter with a very nice sudsiness. Some hint of the Cascade hops in the nose. Crackers and a little bit of roasted malt. Pleasantly spritzy in the mouth. Light body. A little gamey with some resins and fruit skins.
I like the fact that this is more of a Mild in the hops department as well. For all the hop varieties and the dry hopping, it's quite restrained. A decent balance makes this thoroughly drinkable, if nothing special.
From the 12 oz bottle bought at Grapevine in Denver.
07-16-2012 05:18:46 | More by mactrail
3.31/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
12-11-2013 22:05:34 | More by woodychandler
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a deep caramel body with a thick lumpy head of beige that is supported by a microbubble carbonation.
S- The citrus orange and cinnamon spice aroma has some toasted malt notes with more biscuit and Munich malt aromas coming through. There is a silage quality to the finish with hops and malt blending nicely.
T- The cream and dry lightly toasted malt flavor have a soft caramel sweetness I the finish with a green herbal hop finish that lingers as a more pungent marmalade hops flavor.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a dry crisp fizz and no real alcohol heat noticed.
O- The nice complexity to the aroma doesn’t come through in the taste and all the hop depth is lost aswell. Still a nice tasting beer.
04-25-2013 20:45:18 | More by rhoadsrage
3.78/5 rDev +4.1%
Clear red colored ale with a small tan colored head.
Smells sweet and malty with a strong tea scent. Treacle and brown sugar with mint pine aromas. Some caramel and vanilla in this VERY malty for a pale ale.
Starts out malty with a tea after taste. Herbal hop flavor tastes of tobacco and leather tastes like an English beer.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall nice beer, not sure that dry hopping added much to the beer though.
08-11-2013 23:02:20 | More by Zorro
He'Brew Genesis Dry-Hopped Session Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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