Star Trek Vulcan Ale - Genesis Effect
Shmaltz Brewing Company

Star Trek Vulcan Ale - Genesis EffectStar Trek Vulcan Ale - Genesis Effect
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IPA - American
3.62 | pDev: 12.15%
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Star Trek Vulcan Ale - Genesis EffectStar Trek Vulcan Ale - Genesis Effect
Notes: Vulcan Ale pours a clear amber-red color with a light tan head. The aroma holds spice and resinous hops and gives way to fruit notes of orange, over-ripe lemon and apricot. Expect a modest bitterness that will dissipate, allowing the smooth body with soft caramel notes to please your palate as you watch the beautiful lacing lines hug your glass as you sip deeper and deeper into space.
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vince4953529 from California

2.37/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Straight up malt bomb with huge caramel flavor. First whiff upon opening made me gag with its non-existent hop smell and huge sweet malty aroma. The taste confirmed the smell, it tastes more like the maltiest red ale. To brew a pale ale/IPA that tastes like this is just inexcusable. I had good experiences with Shmaltz's stouts and strong ales, but nothing palatable in the hoppy department.

Oct 28, 2016
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iheartmyTHO from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To be fair, I only bought this beer because of the label. I fully anticipated that this beer may suck, much like that blue Romulan Ale garbage. Overall, it's a decent IPA. It's a bit more juicy / sweet that I anticipated, but still has that nice IPA bitterness / hops flavors. Though as it warmed up, this beer got a bit too malty for my liking.

Oct 23, 2016
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TequilaTom from Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a nice reddish amber with a thin khaki head that fades quickly. Smells of wonderful caramelized malts and some spicy hops. Regretably, that's the best it gets. Flavor falls short, leaving me wanting for a heavier malt character to match the aroma. Finishes well enough though. Found this on the bottom shelf at my local beer shop, may be a bit aged. Nothing really bad here, just nothing to bother seeking out another. Cool label!

Sep 12, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle to Snifter. Bottle thanks to Joe.

LOOK: Muddy Water with a hint of "not quite red"; kind of orange-brown. Very small head.
AROMA: Orange-Lemony hops, hints of grasses and mold.
TASTE: Aspartame, Blood Orange, grass, hay. Slight bitterness upfront fades to a sourness.
FEEL: Medium to Low Carbonation, minimal body. Pretty Boring on this end.

Aside from the nose, this is nothing to write home about. Enjoyable enough to quench my thirst, but not something I'd seek out in the future.

Live Long and Prosper.

Aug 29, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

2.23/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Well definitely an awesome theme. Let's Genesis this planet... er beer to life.

Pours a smaller fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades fairly quickly, a little lacing, super hazy murky amber copper brown color.

Nose is not so great, big sweet malts, candy malts, toffee, with herbal tea hops, piney grassy thing, herbal leafy vegetal, with some weird fruity pear apple like esters, lots of herbal tea with gristy raw malt , copper malts and sorghum syrup.

Taste brings more of the same, syrupy mess malts, sorghum syrup like thing, with raw unmalted barley, gristy grainy thing, copper malts, sweet caramel, into some more mild fruity esters and maybe faint phenols or something like that. Then into more herbal tea hops, earthy leafy vegetal herbal hops, dead vegetable leafy thing. Finish is sticky syrupy a bit dry, a weird seaweed like flavor lingering from the icky hops and weird malt flavors.

Mouth is med bod syrupy sticky icky but decent carb.

Overall holy crap, I didn't think Shaltz knew how to make a beer this bad... it's like they set out to take the best concept and name for a beer, and just destroy it as much as they could. Maybe some water flooded the brewery and the random malts laying in there started fermenting and then mice chewed through the hop bags and made little mouse homes in it, brought in all the rotting vegetables and grass and stuff, and it all just poured into the bottles by accident. Oh God, how could this be called anything remotely sessionable when i don't even want another sip!!!

Jul 07, 2016
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice balance of moderate sweetness and hop bitterness. Pours dark amber, a head that lasts. Smells of grapefruit and pine, tastes the same. A silky feel, overall I'm so not a hophead, but this is enjoyable.

May 31, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours - Deep amber color with off white head that lasts several minutes. Decent lacing.

Smell - Mild hop smell, little bit of pine and some citrus notes. There is also a little caramel mixed in just a hint.

Taste - Nice lemon and citrus up front, a slight bite from the hops. There is a little sweetness up front and slightly bitter at the end.

Feel - I would say it is about medium pretty smooth and a little dry on the back end.

Overall - I really was not expecting much from this but was surprised. I liked the flavor and the smell.

May 14, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium reddish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a moderate aroma of earthy, herbal, and citrus/grapefruit pith hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of earthy, herbal, and citrus/grapefruit pith hops which impart a light to moderate amount of aggressive lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and well balanced between the toasted sweetness and aggressive bitterness. Easy to drink and sessionable.

May 11, 2016
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ArrogantB from Colorado

2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up to fill a mixed sixer, haven't had a Schmaltz beer in years. Red color, no surprises there. Aroma is pretty meh, yeah its got some hop and some malt but its just not very robust. Flavor was grass, lemons, some malt, overall too light. Needs more malt, hops, and let's just drop the session IPA thing.

May 08, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops, piney hops, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight tea, hint of citrus, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, piney hops, citrus hops, hint of sugar, hint of pine, and a hint of alcohol.

Apr 18, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A toasty and earthy balanced aroma of earthy hops and caramel malt. Earthy hop hints of grass. Citrus hints of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Toasted malt with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and earthy balanced red taste of earthy and juicy hops with caramel malt. Earthy hop notes of wet grass and pine. Citrus notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Toasted barley malt with notes of caramel, toffee, grains, and biscuit with some yeast. A pretty nice earthy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat chewy with a drying finish.

Overall: A solid take on a Red Ale. Nice balance of earthy hops and red malt. Cool theme as well.

Mar 11, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, reddish-amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing. It smelled of roasted caramel malt with some piney notes and hints of citrus. Sweet citrus taste with toasted caramel and toffee. Sharp, piney bitterness.

Feb 19, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, actually called 'Vulcan Ale The Genesis Effect', and contract brewed for the Federation of Beer brand. Also produced by Garrison Brewing for the folks out east, weirdly.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with three (unsplit) fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some layered invading alien armada lace around the glass as things slowly dissolve.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, solid blood orange and Texas red grapefruit citrus flesh, a subtle hard water stoniness, and more leafy, floral, and kind of piney hop bitters. The taste is gritty doughy, and mildly pastry-like caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, some muddled citrus rind zinginess, a bit of equally indistinct dark berry sweetness, and more leafy, weedy, and kind of wet pine hop acerbity.

The bubbles are fairly peppy in their far-reaching and tingly frothiness, the body just on the light side of a typical middleweight, and generally smooth, a small hoppy intransigence trying in vain to gain traction. It finishes off-dry, the caramel, varied fruit, and sassy green bitterness setting their phasers to (low-grade) stun.

A pleasant enough 'red' IPA, with the session designation tagged on for good measure - not quite sure that I agree with anything above 5% ABV being considered so, but it is indeed on the relatively low side for this particular brewer. Easy to drink, adequately hoppy, and soon to be forgotten like the rest of its brethren from this contract operation, I'd imagine.

Oct 31, 2015
Star Trek Vulcan Ale - Genesis Effect from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 56 ratings