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

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

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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%

Brewed by:
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:
Brand new recipe that replaces the older Genesis Amber Ale.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-13-2011)
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Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 03:07:12 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 04:24:19 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of gtermi


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a copper color with a very thick, 3 finger head. It leaves a lot of lace on the glass as the beer fades.

S: Tons of malt in this beer! There is a tiny bit of hops mixed in there too, but its not very evident.

T: Again, a lot of malt. It has a nice caramel sweetness that lingers on the tongue for a long time. It also has a nice bread and biscuit taste.

M: This is a very smooth beer. It goes down easy and only has a bit of crispness on the back of the tongue and throat. Perfect for a session beer.

O: This makes a very nice session beer. Low in alcohol, good taste and easy to drink. A very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:20:38 | More by gtermi
Photo of Oakenator


3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a darker amber brown. Ample head at pour scales back to a film on top of this beer. Some minor bits of chunky lacing present on the glass.

S: Leaves and brown sugar aroma.

T: Nicely balanced brew - not too bitter up front but just enough to keep it interesting. This is laced with a malt sweetner throughout.

M: Nice full carbonation. Could have a couple.

O: Really nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 21:13:41 | More by Oakenator
Photo of JamesMN


2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 23:28:22 | More by JamesMN
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 20:56:25 | More by Samp01
Photo of chodinheaven


3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:28:54 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of Mojo


3.76/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 02:50:36 | More by Mojo
Photo of Drinkerofales


4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.


Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 09:58:54 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of jar2574


3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 02:02:23 | More by jar2574
Photo of BryanCarey


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

He’Brew Genesis Session Ale is orange/tan in color with a slightly hazy body and a nose that combines pine, bread, and fruity hop elements. The beer produces a decent amount of foam at first, but it eventually settles down, still managing to leave a small amount of lace on the sides of the glass.

This ale is reasonably complex with flavors of caramel malt, toasted barley, pine, mixed fruits and even a touch of butterscotch, but not in the diacetyl sense- more in the candy sense. The finish of this beer has little or no hop bite, even though it is dry hopped.

Shmaltz Brewing is certainly a respectable brewery and I like every product I have sampled from it. What is nice is that most of its products are very middle of the road: Approachable and drinkable without going over the top in any direction. Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale is certainly a product that fits this description. It is moderate in most every way and, like its name says, it is a very good session beer.

Some of the craft beer geeks among us may find this product a little too tame, but it is actually a good brew overall and I appreciated it more and more with each passing sip. It’s the type of beer you could serve at your next party and satisfy most every person in attendance and it is definitely worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 05:47:29 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of Phocion


3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 00:54:33 | More by Phocion
Photo of enfield249


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper red in color, with a thick off white head that fades to a thin film. It's clear, with tiny chunks of hoppiness(?) floating in it.

S - Very mild hop aroma, slightly fresh citrus, slightly herbal. It's there, but not over the top.

T - I get a decent amount of malt sweetness up front, that fades quickly to hops with citrus flavors in the lead. Very tasty.

M - Medium, with just enough bitterness to know that it's a hoppy beer, but not over the top.

O - Very nice APA, with some great flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 01:10:50 | More by enfield249
Photo of TheCondor


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 02:52:49 | More by TheCondor
Photo of donmonkey1


4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a medium tannish brown with a decent white head that has excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, caramel, floral hops.

Taste: Awesome blend of piney/floral hops. There's a sweet caramel malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: light to medium body with good carbonation.

This is an excellent and hoppy beer. This will cure what ails ya when you're cravin' the hop. This is one of the few really flavorful beers that makes a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 16:31:37 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of coldriver


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 23:03:10 | More by coldriver
Photo of Premo88


3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 08:42:43 | More by Premo88
Photo of dickroop


4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Informative label says hopping is done with Warrior, Centennial and Cascade, and dry hopping uses Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascade. That's a promising line-up! No dating info on the bottle, and no indication of the ABV.

The color was deep bronze, dark reddish tint. This brew poured with a big, long-lasting head, fragrant with pine and floral hoppiness. The taste was substantial malt of a traditional, unobtrusive sort, the canvas for a hoppy painting with hops strewn wet and dry to create a complex, fully textured portrait of the ingredients. It started with a good hoppy blast and finished with briefly sour and grainy notes, but in the end solidly, delicously, persistently bitter.

For mouthfeel, there was great texture from the foam, hop oiliness, and chewey ale. It seemed like low alcohol and heavy malting. These combined to make nice carbo-hydrated satisfaction. Carbonation and balance were excellent.

Overall, I thought this brew was highly drinkable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 21:46:16 | More by dickroop
Photo of TBoneJones


3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 23:11:38 | More by TBoneJones
Photo of codsmith


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark amber with a slight off-white head that laces the glass nicely and maintain a slight foam head throughout the beer. It might posses a slight chill haze but hard to tell due to being so dark.

S: Very nice big caramel, bready, and biscuity malty body, but not too sweet. It is accompanied by a decent amount of hops that aren't overbearing and add a nice backbone

T: A healthy dose of specialty grains that really harness a caramel, bready, and biscuit taste. A decent amount of muted hop flavors that finish in a slightly too pronounced bitterness.

M: It's a rather medium-heavy mouthfeel that sits a little heavy. Other than the low ABV, I'm not sure if would really consider this a session ale due to how filling it is.

O: I was hoping the smell would be a little more pronounced in the taste, but it didn't seem to be there. Should be lighter bodied if they are shooting for a session ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 01:04:29 | More by codsmith
Photo of Merkur


4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice amber color with a good amount of tan head.

Beer smells sweetly of caramel as well as a good amount of hoppy aroma.

Beer tastes very hoppy. A very nice caramel and bready taste, followed by some sweet, floral and citrus hoppyness on the backend. Very pleasant.

Beer is fairly light in body and very drinkable.

Very nice pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 15:45:27 | More by Merkur
Photo of 4thelvofbeer


4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a pretty damn good beer. Pours deep amber in color and has a nice hoppy nose and finish...very drinkable. Clean smooth taste and feel...refreshing beer. Nothing bad to say about this beer at all. Enjoy on a hot summer day!!! (First He'brew beer I have enjoyed!)

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 17:32:19 | More by 4thelvofbeer
Photo of mattsdenney


3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 02:52:00 | More by mattsdenney
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 23:37:06 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of DMXLOX22


3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single of this brew from my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill. Lets see how this matches up.

Appearance: pours a dark, copper, brown, hue-like color. Nice caramel coloring in addition to a slightly foam, white head. Minimum lacing is noticed. Also, I noticed bubbles floating around with other unrecognizeable sediments. Possibly to enhance appearance and/or flavor?

Smell: upon first inspection, bready hops are noticed, not so bad, but room for improvement. Light floral hops are noticed and add a somewhat nice addition. A slight hint of citrus is noticed, like an orange zest.

Taste: has a over abundance of bread-like malts. Caramel flavor and citrus hops are also very apparent. A slight hint of pine is also noticed, although very light. As the brew continues to flow and the glass empties, I begin to notice an almost vanilla ams toffee flavor, although not very strong at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a slightly above average carbonation. Doesn't finish very dry, quite refreshing.

Overall: coming into this beer, I didn't have many expectations. It looked like an interesting brew. I would have liked to have enjoyed this beer thorougly, but it honestly feels like something's missing. I would have to say a slightly more bitter taste, and possibly more hops. It was quite refreshing, and I would have to say a decent addition to the category. I probably won't have again and maybe recommend to a friend, looking to expand their horizon. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 02:05:56 | More by DMXLOX22
He'Brew Genesis Dry-Hopped Session Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.