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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: 122
Hads: 536
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 27.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 48 | 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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Photo of ordybill
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Had a nice hop/citrus and yeasty malt aroma
Appearance- A murky copper color with a nice sized white head.
Taste- A real good flavor of citrus, malt, yeast and hops. Had a real good blended flavor
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- I liked this brew a lot, I will drink it again

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of davey101
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint. I was disappointed that they didn't list the ABV on the bottle...here I was thinking I discovered a sub-5% abv hoppy brew...oh well

A - Dark amber body. Super fluffy white head with tons of lacing and retention.

S - A smell that instantly reminds me off Hoptimum and 120 minute in terms of the sweetness...only this is 5.2% abv..crazy! Super sweet and piney hops with a great cracker maltiness. I can't describe the exact aroma, but its precisely what I love in an IPA, and this is a pale.

T - Falls a bit short, but still tasty. Sweet and piney hops with caramel malts. Biterness is quite low despite the large hop presence. mouth feel is watery and thin though.

O - Kind of an odd beer with lots of key words thrown in. Session beer...yes, but I was hoping it was less abv. Dry hopped? Oh hell yes! This is my first Schmaltz beer and I love it. One of the best pales I've had.

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Photo of jhartley
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Poco Grande flute glass.
Pours a hazy orange to amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Leaves a nice amount of clumpy lacing. Body is hazy with some floating sediment.
Smells of malts up front and a nice orange/citrus and some cat piss aromas as it warms up. Would like to have a bigger aroma since this was dry hopped with Simcoe, Centennial and Cascade.
Very easy to drink this one, nice earthy hoppiness followed by a nice sweetness in the middle. The finish is a nice dry bitterness.
Overall a very nice beer, super sessionable for sure. I cold very easily put several of these down on a hot summer day or chilly fall. Something I will be buying again in the near future.

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Photo of Mojo
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Samuel Adams Perfect Pint

A- medium amber, fairly clear, large foamy head, unbelievable retention and lacing.

S - mostly pine, resin, floral, and biscuit.

T - mild but tasty with a distinct rye finish.

M - nicely carbonated, some aftertaste, but not offensive.

O- pretty nice beer, better than I expected.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Samp01
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronzed amber with a medium lasting tan head and good lacing. Aroma and Taste of caramel malt, piney floral hops, some dark fruity notes , and some yeast. Palate is a medium body, good carbonation and a smooth mouth feel. Finish is caramel malt, yeast some distant dark fruity flavor, followed by some mild dry earthy piney hops ending. Overall a good solid and flavorful brew that goes down easy.

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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.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a hazy copper color with a nice 1/2 a finger of head that settles to a nice thin layer with great lacing from start to finish.

S: Great mix of sweet malt, caramel, floral hops... Very nice mix.

T: A very good mix and balance of floral hops and sweet caramel malt flavor. The malt hits upfront very quickly, then the hops really shows up in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a very light carbonation, feels a little watered down at first but a little oily in the finish as it warms up.

O: This is an excellent well balanced beer... Not to overly hoppy and not to overly sweet. Just a very good beer, well worth looking for.

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Photo of JMad
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a copper color with a filmy off white head. It has a nice piney smell with a hint of fresh cut grass. The hoppy lemon peel flavor subsides quickly and there is some bready malt with a hint of pepper and grass. It's light with a lot of carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This a good beer, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of acevenom
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear copper with a tall, biege head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. There is excellent head retention. About a finger lenth of head is left atop the beer. Hops and malts dominate the aroma. The hops bring a floral and piney type of aroma to the table. The flavors of biscuit malt hit the mouth. The hops come in on the back end and provide a bitter aftertaste. The hop flavors follow the nose with the piney nature dominating the hop taste. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is high. Overall, this a very good and well balanced pale ale.

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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.

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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...

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

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Founder's Pale Ale.

A: Clear amber with one-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops. Fruity malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and high bitterness. Citrus and orange peel. Fruity malt flavor.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Dry.

O: Too bitter and not enough malt flavor. I liked this one slightly more than the Founder's, but it was close.

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Photo of coldriver
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a medium amber with fluffy head and great lacing. Not a strong aroma here - caramel with faint floral and grassy hops. Malty caramel and toffee flavors, bitterness is detected but not particulary flavorful - pretty much an English IPA light. Smooth finish, nicely carbonated as a session beer should be. Overall it is what it is - a sessionable non-offensive pale ale - the kind of beer you'd be happy to find at a wedding reception amongst the BMC.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper with eggshell colored head. Head beads down and doesn't stick to the glass well. Slightly hazy; not sure if this is an old bottle or if that's just normal (it was from a sampler pack).

S: Lemon and orange zest. Unmistakable floral smell of cascade hops.

T: This tasted a lot like Deschutes Red Chair to me. Some nice malts balance out with a good hoppiness. Both flavors are of equal quantity, balanced, and both mild.

M: Sort of thin. Finished semi clean except for some lingering roast flavor.

O: I didn't get as much out of this as I thought I would. It tasted familiar and sort of like a dozen other beers I've had before. Aside from the lack of wow factor, it was still solid. It had a nice mix of malt and hop and was well crafted and well balanced. Balancing the hops with a healthy roast always wins points over a straight hopped beer.

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Photo of chodinheaven
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slight haze to this caramel-amber beer. A beautiful shock white head sits on top for a while, dissapating slowly to leave a thick bubbly sheet on top. Leaves a rediculous amount of thick lacing with it as it goes too. The aroma is not bad, not being overly aromatic, but what is there hints at citrusy hops backed by a significant bready, caramelly malt bill.

The flavor mimics the aroma, grainy caramel malts mixing with bready malts up front, creating a smooth, easy-drinking texture. Bit of molasses maybe, just a hint. Definitely a good amount of grain flavor in this, giving it a bit of a rawness that I like. It moves into an effervescent carbonation in the back that is not unwelcome, giving a bit of pizazz to the smoothness in the front. The hops also take grip here, giving a healthy dose of balancing and spicy earthy citrus hops that dominate the back. They aren't overbearing by any means, providing a nice balance to a malty brew. I guess that gives it it's "session" name.

Easy to drink, nice hoppy flavor to counteract a big background malt bill. Definitely a really good session ale, very enjoyable, and highly drinkable.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with gold tints. A huge cream colored head leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell is very mellow, roasted caramel malt and a light fruitiness.

Taste is a light bready malt and a flash of fruity hop on the end.

Feel is very light and drinkable. A dry crisp finish from the hops makes for a good finish.

Overall, a very easy to drink beer. Mellow, with taste and a nice dryness.


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

I like the concept of this brewery: kosher, the Chosen One, all the Biblical references. It's fun, I enjoy it. Plus, I've heard they have some decent beer. They certainly have a unique marketing angle! Side poured from the bottle into a standard Boulevard pint glass.

Appearance - as stated, fun bottle, with the clever packaging and marketing. I think there is something to be said for all that, though others may not. Pours a dark amber, copper color with a one finger head that lasts for a minute or so, but leaves excellent lacing. A it of carbonation can be seen rising in the glass as well.

Smell - A nice mix of grapefruit and pine hops with a Definite crackers and biscuits malt undertone. Very well balanced nose, I was able to smell the brew as I poured it, so that is always a plus.

Taste - Smilar to the nose. A little caramel hint is added to the palate, to complement the breads and biscuits from the malts. The hops come in at the middle and end, making their bitter and fruity characters known. Hoppiness decreases somewhat as the beer warms, it seems.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation level, medium bodied. Fairly clean finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - With the low ABV I could see where this beer could be sessionable. I am not a huge fan of intentionally labeling a beer as sessionable or not, but thats why I don't own a brewery. This is a decent APA offering, nothing to get too excited about, but if it was there I would certainly drink it again. Likely won't buy it again just because several breweries much closer turn out much better pale ales. Recommended to try once.

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Photo of jar2574
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown-orange color with only a little head. Decent lacing. Smells really nice though, fruity hops - apricot and citrus smells. Taste is slightly hop forward but balanced by bready maltiness mid-way through and followed by a dry finish with slightly bitter/sour aftertaste. An enjoyable beer, I could have several.

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He'Brew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.