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: 528
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 8
Gots: 44 | 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 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 matjack85
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber orange color with an off white foamy 1 finger head that faded slowly and left decent spotty lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, light caramel, bread, floral hops, grains, citrus hops, lemon and herbs like tea leaf; sweet and grainy overall, the aroma had nice trailing piney hops and herbal notes that while mild were still pretty enjoyable. Above average APA nose.

Flavor is very similar to the nose, with sweet malt, wheat bread, biscuit, caramel, light grains, floral hops, citrus hops, lemon, orange peel, tea leaf, faint piney hops, mild spices and herbs; if this was dry hopped then those hops were crisp as the herbal flavor is mild and almost like a lager more so than an APA – don’t get me wrong, I liked this beer and it is definitely a session beer, but the ‘dry hopped” label lead me to believe that this would have more hop flavor and punch.

Mouthfeel is light, creamy and smooth, with very mild carbonation, a light to medium body and a bready finish that has a slight bitterness to it; extremely drinkable, this is meant for drinking fast and is an excellent alternative to a macro brew is you want to pound beers all night. Another good beer by He’Brew, very much worth trying. (1,222 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear bubbly bronze, tall tan head retained very well with some random lacing
S - earthy and light citrus hops with a big caramel malt background
T - peppery and earthy hops balanced with a sweet nutty maltiness, a late touch of citrus
M - medium body with decently creamy carbonation, finishes with a light bitter and sweet mix
O - tasty and very well balanced, nothing outstanding but solid from start to finish and well worth a try (438 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer into a tulip style glass. There was about one and a half fingers of sticky foam. This led to some very nice lacing on the glass. The coloring on this one is a deep amber coloring.

The nose off the top of the Session Ale is pretty mild. I get some decent flowering hops with this one.

The flavor for this session is pretty mild as well. I get some light hops and malt on the Genesis.

This makes for some very drinkable beer. I recommend this for a warm summer afternoon. (492 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a coppery color with little head to speak of. caramel-ly flavor with some small hoppy sensations (is that what 'dry-hopped' means? i have to research that). light bodied, low alcohol, easy drinking (that's where the "session" comes from, i think), and a slight bitterness at the finish. others are writing of more hoppiness-maybe i have found that median of malts and hops i can easily drink(?). it an easily drinkable brew but a far cry from the belgians i have immersed myself in the last several months. i really should climb down from that ladder but i'm quite obstinate lately.... (591 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 gatornation
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a clear copper color with a staying 1 finger beige head a little lacing on side of glass

S floral hops and caramel malts

T- was caramel malt forward ale with a great dose of hops a nice balance with a bitter finish

M- was sweet and creamy but also had a bitter and dry hop finish, nicely carbonated

O- nice drinkable pale ale (357 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light brown and a little hazy, head and lace were pretty decent.

Aroma is nice. Reminds me kinda of their Coney Island Lager, truth be told. A good blend of hops and malts. There's a little citrus, some floral, some grasses and grains, and some nice hops. Also there's bread, biscuit, caramel, and toast. Maybe some toffee. Flavors mesh perfectly with the aroma, they're very complimentary. A well balanced beer.

Body is medium and pretty thick really for a moderate ABV beer.

Quite enjoyable, I'm quite happy that I have five of these left. (545 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep amber in color, with a frothy bone-white head of foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt
Taste-Caramel, sweet toasted malt, then the hops slowly surface:(herbal, citrussy, flowery) just in time to balance everything out. Just a touch on the malty side of things for an APA, but very flavorfull and full of character for a "sessionable" ABV of 5.2%. (399 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Poursa very nice dark copper/light amber color with some orange edges. Nice off-white head forms to about 0.5 inch.

Grassy hopped back aroma with some nice sweet and bready malt notes. Nice earthy grain with some midl caramel notes. Has a slightly English ale aroma which is very nice and refreshing. Good sweet

Flavor starts off bready and malty with some nice caramel notes. This is then followed by some good grainy and earthy tones followed by some flowery and slightly grassy herbal hop notes. Very refreshing drinkable and dare I say session-able. The finish carries some of the sweet malt notes and a slight hopy character to a nice refreshing and light finish.

Very drinkable brew that actually has good flavors. Very nice (799 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.69. No freshness date, though it is Kosher. On the label, the malts (Specialty 2-Row, Munich, CaraMunich 40, Wheat, Dark Crystal) and hops (Warrior, Centennial, Cascade) are listed, along with what was used to dry hop (Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe).

Poured a hazy amber color. Lots of floaties could be seen when held up to light. Big, creamy off-white head that hung around for quite a while, leaving lots of beer-negligee style lace.

Despite all the types of hops listed on the label, what hop aroma there is tends to be soft and grassy. There’s a mild, bready malt scent as well.

A little more hoppy in the flavor department. It’s not a hop bomb, but it’s an agreeable amount for Schmalt’s goal of creating a session beer with hop flavor.

Somewhere between light and medium in the body, with a lightly oily mouthfeel.

Not a bad session beer, but its appearance makes me wonder at its age. Yet another brewery that needs to put “bottled on” or “best by” dates on their bottles. Despite that, if I could feel confident about how long it’s been sitting around, I’d definitely buy this again, as it seemed like a tasty warm weather beer. (1,219 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $1.39
Misc.: 15th anniversary of Schmaltz Brewing Company on bottle

Poured a caramel orange hazy color with two fingers of off-white head. Below average lacing. Good retention.

Smelled a nice mix of hops and malts. Got icy Cascade hops for sure and maybe rye hops, but there were more. Malts were caramel, toffee and honey among others. Seemed to be a bit earthy. An iced tea whiff and maybe even some sour apple.

Wet Cascade hops come in first with a bitter rye hop finish. In between are grainy, earthy malts along with honey and caramel. Not quite as good as the smell.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish.

A pretty good beer. Surprised to find out it is listed as an APA. Would have though somewhere between a brown ale, amber or even an IPA. I’d definitely have it again. (966 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a golden hue. There is a thin layer of head that leaves some lacing in its wake. Light hoppiness in the nose. The taste is dry throughout with some malt in the background early.

Some light hoppiness appears on the finish and the bitterness increases as the glass empties.. It's enough of an effort to produce a good session beer (as advertised), but not sufficient to be considered a high quality craft selection. (440 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had a couple other beers from this brewery. When I first opened this I thought I was going to enjoy this at least as much as those others, but the pleasure seems to be waning with each sip.

It opens up as a nice pale, with great head. The aroma is nice and has a good balance of hops and malt smells. The taste is close to correct, with a nice hoppy flavor. The aftertaste/mouthfeel are where this goes wrong. It is creamy at first and funky for the finish, as if this bottle had gone bad. The bottle came from a reputable store, so I have to believe they meant it to be this way. (586 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper/ bronze brew with a small but good lookin' eggshell head and some nice lace made of tiny little bubbles.

S - Starfruit (yes there really is such a thing.... I worked in the produce department at our local grocery store in high school), hard-shell gumball like you get from the 25 cent glass-globe machine at the mall, and a hint of a lemon-grass wheat note. The hops show up as a subdued floral, as opposed to citrusy or piney, note. Beers always get a high "smell" score from me when they remind me of odd-ball things I haven't thought about in years.

T - More hop presence than in the nose. Biscuity malts behind a grace note of peppery and saltine cracker wheat. Flowery hops. Well balanced and thoroughly drinkable.

M - Medium bodied, but solidly built. Super creamy at first but finishing quite dry, almost sandy.

This is a well rounded and solidly brewed beer. Hoppy, but not over-done. I like the hint of wheat without a big time wheat presence that might take away from the hops. Actually, now that I'm looking at the bottle I'm surprised that the hop notes came off as floral to my palate. Centennial, cascade, warrior, and simcoe are listed on the front label. Aren't those usually citrus/pine/ American Northwest hops? Good beer whatever is in it! (1,279 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very slightly hazy medium brown with a one finger off-white head.

Aroma of earthy hops with a somewhat British quality about them. A little bit of rye spicyness along with come toffee.

Flavor is piny/earthy hops up front with some toffee and roasted caramel underneath. Everything seems to fall off rather quickly, however, leaving nothing but a light bitterness carrying through the finish.

Overall, a decent brew but a little too light on body. I know it is supposed to be a session brew but it is just too watery and the flavors drop off way too soon. (598 characters)

Photo of shand
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

I'd had the previous formula of Genesis before and remembered it being fully average, however, the lack of bottle dating and relatively low turnover kept it firmly on my list of things to try again. I found this refreshed six-pack in one of my stores today and jumped right on it. The new subtitle really spoke my name, so it had to be mine.

It pours an attractive gold-red color with a fairly large head that drops down quick. The aroma is a bit muddled, with the voluminous dry-hopping fighting with a slightly nutty malt aroma. It all comes together thought when it hits the taste buds, with a strong, up-front floral and citrus hop sting over a fairly unique slightly nutty malt base. They might not have worked very well together on the nose, but they work wonders on the tongue!

The mouthfeel is fairly brisk, with a high level of carbonation and a light, smooth body. The drinkability is very good, which I'd expect from anything with the word "session" in the name. I highly doubt this is anywhere near a real session ale though, and think the ABV is probably between 5 and 6%. It's still delicious though! It is really in between styles of an APA and an American Amber, but is wholly delicious. Recommended. (1,277 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a reddish amber with a good finger width head, average retention, leaving behind a finely layered, semi-sticky lace.

Smell - Pungent, earthy dry hop aroma complimented by a caramel undertone.

Taste - Starts with dry hop bitterness, balanced by faint caramel sweetness. Shifts to a prominent earthy, herbal character by mid-taste, then finishes slightly wheaty as it fades into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Decently carbonated; lends itself to a lively mouthfeel. Starts dry, with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good pale ale. I'm a little thrown off by the mid flavors, but it's a quality brew. (643 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark amber appearance with a thumbs width khaki head. Nice lacing. A dank and very bready aroma, some orange seems to be fused into that bready aroma. Flavor starts off identifying itself to me as an amber with its sweetness and breadinesss, as well as something else (I want to say rye but I cant find anything to ID rye as being present so maybe something grainy), but than the earthiness comes in at the close to assert it APA qualities. Only slightly bitter and that bitterness introduces itself towards the end and into the finish. Nice silky, medium body to this. While this is by no means watered down there is a wateriness/crispness to this that enables its to ultimately drink more like an APA rather than a heavy, thick amber. Decent carbonation. My first beer from He'Brew and thought it was good. I enjoyed the amber/APA fusion I got from this though I wouldn't have minded a little more hop presence, as I did think the sweet maltiness was the stronger of the flavors. Perhaps my bottle wasn't as fresh as it could have been? (1,045 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,304 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 bnes09
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light orange amber color with thick head and descent retention. Nice lacing as well. Pine and citrus aroma also some wheat character. Dense bready and toasty wheat and rye malt character. HInt of caramel sweetness. Semi-aggressive hops of herbal leaf and pine. Medium body, malty texture and lively carbonation. Highly drinkable and well balanced. (347 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of Stigs
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - thanks Kevin

served in a pint glass

A - pours with a briefly lasting, loose white film which settles to a wet soapy ring around the top. the beer is mostly clear, slight chill haze, on the slightly burnt side of orange.

S - there's an oddish sort of oxidation present, yet bright citrus and piney (Cascade?) hops make their way through. very subtle biscuity malts underneath.

T - begins with an assertive wave of pine and some juicy grapefruit hops. bitter to be sure but held nicely in check with lightly roasted caramel malts. everything falls apart just slightly at the end, with a forward lingering hop bitterness.

M - lightly bodied with just enough to hold up the hops, finishes very crisp, nice and dry. nothing tedious at all about this.

O - solid beer, reminds me of the (much welcomed) new trend of well hopped, yet mid abv APA's and IPA's. this is pretty solid all around. wouldnt mind a few of these anytime. (940 characters)

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