He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version) | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version)He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version)

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.42/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now I was actually very excited to try this one. I have been a fan of everything I have tried that has come out of this brewery and was hoping they could continue to roll along for me with a light brown ale. This one poured a very nice hazelnut brown with about two inches or so of off white head. This gradually faded and left behind nothing more then a token bit of lace on top and some nice and delicate side glass lace. You could see some carbonation trickling up from the bottom letting you know it was alive. The smell was quite light, sharp, and surprisingly hoppy. Nice grainy and earthy base gave way to a bit of sugar and caramel and a touch of some light floral hops. The taste followed suit very nicely. Start out with a touch of caramel and then quickly rolled into a very nice sharp grapefruit like hops. Great dry finish really kept the whole package going. Great feel on this one, nice smooth, medium to light body was kept up by ample carbonation throughout. This was a good one that you could have a few of over the course of the night, as there was definitely nothing boring going on here. Overall I was very impressed with this one again. It was a nice light, sweet brown ale that had just enough of a hop kick to satisfy someone like myself. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try, it deserves it and I will be seeking out some more.

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Photo of rickyk76
4.37/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pouring from the bottle to the glass, the head poured smoothly but quickly disippated into almost nothing. Slight lacing in the glass as I drank.

The heavy malt-forward aroma was sweet on the nose and pleasant to experience as opposed to getting ram-rodded with hops. The mouthfeel was creamy but not heavy; this beer would fit in nicely with a nitro tap.

The malt taste was bready with some slight hints of mild fruit (probably esters). A sweetness pervaded every sip.

Easily sessionable, this beer was way more than expected. It's complex in its simplicity and it's brave to stand against the current hop trends. Truly a fantastic session that pays homage to Schmalz' "could give a shtick" style and to us fewer recognized malt-forward beer lovers.

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4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: Found in bottle at peculier pub in Manhattan. Apparently the beer is now retired.

A: Hazy golden amber, with a big creamy head.

S: Malt up front, with a slightly hoppy and spicy aroma

T: Big malt flavor. Caramel and bitter dark chocolate flavors poke through as the first notes. Balance of hops that have a very noticable but very faint peach and plum flavor. Dry yet sweet aftertaste

M: Medium to Heavy body, with low carbonation.

O: I really liked this beer. The balance in this ale is something that should be noted by every brewery everywhere. A good flagship beer and is an accessible place to start for anyone trying craft beer. This is what im bringing to the next party someone throws.

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4.32/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Worth buying for the bottle alone -- "Chosen Beer" indeed! The beer pours hazy orange with a very thin head. Aroma is nicely malty, slightly nutty. Flavor is malt-dominated but a significant herbal hop flavor permeates the entire sip, resulting in a rather crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. As the beer sits, however, and the carbonation dies down and the tongue becomes accustomed to the hops, the malt flavors begin to come to the foreground, and a sweet, nutty flavor stands out. Very nice beer!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into He'Brew pint glass.

Appearance: Rich and deep amber red with a decent white head that slowly fades into a white layer. Decent retention.

Smell: Sweet caramel and bready malts with citrus hops lingering in the background. Also a hint of honey.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts and bread up front followed by a citrus taste. A kick of hop bitterness in the finish. Taste has a bit of a rye like quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high level of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very tasty ale.

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4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber, clear, slightly red when held up to the light. 2 finger head

S: Malty, bready, orange peel

T: Sweet roasted malts, caramel, grape, some hop flavor

M: crisp & smoth

O: Full flavor, medium body, balanced carbonation, easy drinker

Sad to see that they are retiring this beer.

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4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber with an impressive foamy tan head that leaves solid side laceing and has superior retention. Frankly,it is hard to find an ale that looks better when poured.

Aroma is bready, toasty malts along with faint hebal hops.
Taste is of same toasted malts, and a touch of caramel. Good solid hop bitterness, crisp and clean and quite dry at the finish.
There is a reaction of NICE, if not a WOW here, just a good to a supurb brown ale (personal style favorite).
Very drinkable, a great session beer.

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4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this is a decent beer. I bought it at a local shop that lets you mix your own 6-pack and tried it the next day. The Genesis Ale pours dark brown, leaving a slight tan head which disappears shortly. It has an enticing nose, with some slight hints of citrus. Its taste is very centered on the malt, but distinctively lacking in hops. The mouthfeel is excellently smooth, and the drinkability of the beer is high. I would definitely buy another, but would not feel as though a 6-pack would be worth my dime.

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4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper amber color

Smells very sweet - smells slightly like there is some rye in it although the ingredients on their website say that there is 40L , dark crystal 2 row and wheat - surprised at the sweetness factor for a brown ale. Very nice. Good mouthfeel, possibly a bit too carbonated but very good overall. I am giving it high marks on the basis that it is different from other brown ales that I have tried and a little sweeter.

Would get it again. Only purchased a single and looking forward to the bold

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He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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