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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 314 | Ratings: 521
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A unique and interesting brown beer. Recommend it as a session beer. unique bottle and nice dark glass to keep contents from volatility. Taste malt and toastiness and above carbination but I found it a touch astringent, rather than merely bitter. The recipes of this contract brewer improved dramatically in future years.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep amber color with a nice looking light tan head on top. The lacing was pretty good on the glass on this one. The beer looked to me as more of a brown ale but maybe it was the lighting I was in. The smell of the beer was lightly floral with some decent hop aromas in there and some malt sweetness as well. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it tasted a little like a Belgian Ale to me than a APA. The mouthfeel was drinkable with a good carbonation. Overall Not a bad brew, I'm surprised to see that it's been retired.

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Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some fine particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has a mixture of caramel malts and fruity yeast flavors as well as some bits of earthy hops. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied, slightly thin and a little smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink—especially given its lighter body—but nothing really stands out in the taste except for the fruity yeast.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle says "a light brown ale." but it is certainly an American Pale Ale. Looks like dark coppers on the brown side. Moderately carbonated gives an almost white head that laced well. Smells spicy and sweet malts. Nice fruity spiciness. Plumbs, pairs, and peach combined with ginger and nutmeg flavors. Medium body, firm and consistent. Aftertaste sweetness fades, the hop flavor and bitter remains and reminds you that it is an APA. Crisp and refreshing. Boldly alcoholic per style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice to see this bottle for about a buck fiddy south of the border, instead of the ~$20 six packs on this side of it...

This beer pours a hazy dark apricot colour, with one finger of creamy light beige head, which leaves a solid crest of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of sweet, fruity malt, of the raisin and fig sort, a bit of roastiness, and soft floral hops. The taste is nutty, bready malt, and earthy, musty, floral hops. The carbonation is a bit on the soft side, the body is decently weighted, and mostly smooth, and it finishes with a waning sweetness, the musty hops taking rein.

Not a bad brown ale, just a little too dry, with the uninteresting hoppiness to blame.

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Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a sturdy head that retains well and sends shards of lace up the side of the pint glass

Smell: Weak aromatics, some caramel but not picking up much else

Taste: Starts out with a bit of the biscuit and some caramel but that is quickly joined and overwhelmed by a piney flavor; after the swallow, the piney and earthy hops linger to the finish, but there is a bit of a metallic flavor at the end that is not enjoyable

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: There are a lot of better APAs out there; just OK, primarily because of the metallic elements in the finish

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a light brown color with a one-finger, off-white head. Leaves very nice lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and grasses.

T - It tasted strongly of malt and hops. Great flavors.

M - It was very crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good APA. A very good offering from Schmaltz.

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Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off-white head on top of a slightly hazy, golden-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - An aroma of toffee malt with some toasted notes and moderate hop character. Notes of pine and grapefruit with a hint of caramel.

T - Dry malt character up front with some toffee and toasted grain. Grainy malt in the middle followed by moderate bitterness leading into the finish. Citrus hop flavor and moderate bitterness in the finish with dry toasted malt flavors.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, this beer is light and drinkable with a pleasant aroma. The flavor leaves a little to be desired, mostly due to excessive dryness that flattens the malt flavors and leaves the hops seeming unbalanced even though they are fairly mild. The dryness issue doesn't create an unpleasant, burnt toast flavor the way it does in some other excessively dry beers, but it still holds this brew back. With a little residual sweetness I think the malt character could shine in the flavor the way that it does in the aroma. Worth a try, but I don't think I'll be drinking it again.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thin head that does stay pretty well,aroma is nicely balanced I pick up a dose nutty malt to go along with alot of citruisy/piney hop.Taste is on the hoppy/piney side but their is a nice firmness of malt going on I also pick up some medicinal qualities in the aftertaste.A solid beer but $9.99 a sixer, way to much!

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy almost 2 finger head that fades at a medium pace with a sticky lacing, over toasty auburn orange-red color.

Nose brings some toasty reddish malts, light crystal malts, light brown sugar, light syrupy aromas, and a mild earthy hop.

Taste has some brown malts, some toasty reddish malts, hints of brown sugar and a slight corn syrup flavor, some interesting toasty quality I can't put my finger on, a slight dried fruit, a bit of bitterness with some earthy and slightly herbal hops. FInish brings more of the hops as it dries with a slight sticky feel, and some more toasted nutty malt flavors.

Mouth is medium to a little bit lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is pretty good, drinks smoothly, some herbal earthy hop bitterness hits a bit, no real booze, but a slight sticky finish. Almost sessionable, but not quite.

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Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle with a thin layer of sediment on the bottom.

Pours a lightly hazy reddish-amber with a moderate tan head. The head is near creamy and has decent retention.

Aroma: No off-odors, but nothing particularly appealing either.

Taste: a good mix of toasted malts and spicy-piney hops, but with a fruity note.

M: medium-light body; medium carbonation.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- Fairly clear golden-amber body. Short-lived white cap. Minimal lacing.
- Lightly caramelish malt and delicately citrusy hops in the nose.
- A combination of citrusy, floral and grassy hops combine with a clean base of lightly caramelish malt and some yeasty fruitiness (apricot, apple, sweet red berry). Bold bitterness. More hops. Some yeasty fruitiness. Finishes dry with a passing moment of caramelish malt that fades to reveal citrusy hops, which then fade to reveal a long-lingering bitterness. Nice!
- Medium-bodied and zesty with a very fine-bubbled standard carbonation.
- A very nicely done APA. As this has become an extremely common style it's important that it's clean and has an excellent balance between sweet malt and bitterness; and malt flavor, hop flavor, and bitterness - and this one delivers.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus, some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is fruity and malty up front with flavors of citrus, caramel, spices and nuts. There's a fairly strong hops presence that comes in quickly and provides some balance.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several in the style that I would choose above this beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: at Philly Craft Beer Fest '07

With a name like He'Brew, I was hoping this would be a better beer. But it really wasn't.

Poured into my 6oz. sampler glass, a clear amber with a thin white head. Typical malty aroma and not much else. Basic malts in the taste, hints of light fruits, and not too much else happening. Light mouthfeel, kind of watered down feeling, but fairly drinkable and non-threatening.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle for $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber body with a foamy, frothy, whitish head. Splotchy lacing.

Smell: Aroma smelling of toast and grains and fragrant spicy hops with just a faint, faint hint of lemon zest.

Taste: Pale malts, lightly grainy, with flavors of dark caramel and toasted bread crusts. Faint fruitiness. Medium toffee-like sweetness present. Spicy, citrusy hops with a medium bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Relatively smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not bad! Though not exactly stellar, it is an above average American Pale Ale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In the beginning... ripe apricot with the finest, most delicate particulates imaginable. The head is attractive. It's bone white with a hint of orange, has admirable staying power and deposits plenty of lace in meandering, fat tendrils.

The nose is weak. In fact, it's so underpowered that it isn't easy to assess. I can appreciate mere whiffs of beerness, from which I can conclude... nothing. There are no off-aromas, but then there would have to be aromas in order for any of them to be off.

The flavor is bold in character, not in degree. It's as if there's something coming between the beer and my taste buds. Genesis is well-malted with more than a little toasted caramel and well-hopped with more bitterness than actual hop flavor. It's more English pale than American pale, even though a little bitter grapefruit pith fights through the flavor muzzle.

A minimal amount of early sweetness morphs into a moderate amount of late bitterness. The beer finishes relatively clean, with alpha acids as the only lingerer. Not really a pleasant way to wrap things up, even for a self-avowed hophead. The mouthfeel barely makes it to medium and isn't otherwise remarkable.

He'Brew Genesis Ale is an odd one. Its biggest problem is that it lacks direction and purpose. A focal point is sorely needed for the bold, yet faintly realized, flavors. It has chutzpah, but doesn't back it up with enough substance to be anything other than mid-pack.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an extremely clear amber/copper color. Nice one finger white head that last a good while nice lacing.

S: Lots of caramelized malt, some grain, a little bit of flowery hops.

T: Has a nice fruity sweetness and some caramel malt on finish. Not a whole lot other than that, rather simple.

M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation with little bubbles released from the bottom. Crisp and smooth, slightly sticky finish.

O: Kinda boring, easy drinking, but for style I have had many that I like more. Overall, not memorable.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightlty effervescent copper/brown with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Minimal lacing & no head retention

S: Slight sweet malt, where is the hops aroma? You can sure taste'em!

T: Sweet malt up front gives way to piney hops. A little nuttyness comes through as this warms as well as some caramel & biscuitty notes. Finishes with grapefruitty hops and some malt/caramel sweetness

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, nice balance

High drinkablity take this as a good APA or a west coast brown, either way, a nice session ale

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
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 smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense, yellowed head that leaves frothy lace on the glass. Slight haze to the copper-amber color.

A blend of crystal malts, mild hop pellets, and peppered caramel.

Mellow beginning of pale ale and crystal malts; it gives the beer a rich body. Peppery bitterness from the hop that is particularly strong in the aftertaste. Good blend overall, very easy to drink for a middle-of-the-road amber.

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Photo of Jason
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, sample from the brewery.

A hoppy brew to say the least, west coast style all the way. I could see pairing this with some knishes and a beef brisket sandwich on rye.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.66/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The bottle says "Conceived in San Francisco , Brewed in New York". Appearance: Pours a copper brown with a huge fluffy mountainous cream hued head leaving great big ol patches of lacing. Aroma: Contains mild nut tones and fruity undercurrents flying in the air balanced with some hop aromatics. Taste: Not overly sweet a bit harsh with grain husks aftertase not too crazy about this one some subtle notes of ale deriven fruitiness, but nothing worht my while here not feeling this beer. Mouthfeel: Labeled a light brown ale, I would say that's a bit accurate even watery light brown ale would work. Drinkability just not feeling it, so many well made craft beers in the country this one just seems like a gimmick to me.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with 1/2" an inch of dense, off white, foamy head. Great retention. Smells of caramel and biscuity malt with a hint of fruit. The taste is similar to the nose; caramel malt with just a hint of apple-like sweetness and some faint hops for balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall, this is not a bad beer, but it is a little sweet. The caramel comes across a little heavy. I think with just a little more balance and some additional hops this could be a winner.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a good sized crème head. Nose is a metallic hop kinda thing, though not very wild. Flavor is a meaty kind of pine resin. That typical hop profile on this style that you expect to see. Seems to be too much of a metallic edge on the back side. Feel is decent. A bit thicker on the liquid, but still thinner than I like. Bubble is good. Overall fairly drinkable. A good APA, but nothing wild or crazy.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very large uniform head off the loud which is off white, an easy three fingers big. A great wonderful copper glowing body of amber and fairly opaque. Some minor clumps of lacing on the glass.

Nose is sweet malts. Pretty basic but very pleasant. Nothing wrong going on here. Perhaps a little burnt almost blackened roast.

Taste is, kind of lacking. Wet bodied with mild hop lime astringency, malt punch does not come through but also has noticeable yet mild carbonation that seems the most obvious over everything else.

Overall it is an average amber.

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