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

521 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 521 |  Reviews: 314
Photo of Spikester
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a small off-white head. Good amount of lacing.
Aroma was pretty minor for an APA.
Taste is earthy bitter hops and bready toasted malts. Nice balance of bitter / sweet. Seems a bit more like a brown ale than an APA.
Mouthfeel was good and carbonation was just enough. Very tasty. (Edited 05-03-09)

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Photo of avalon07
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a light amber color and fairly clear consistency. There was an OK amount of head and lacing.

S: Malt, hops, some mild spices. Not overwhelming, but decent.

T: The flavor had some hops, malt and a piney residue. Also, maybe a bit peppery in some way. Not complex enough for my taste.

M: A solid smount of carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

D: This is one of those beers that's decidedly middle of the road. It has some nice qualities, but never really grabs a hold of you.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly cloudy, orange-amber color with a thin, creamy, white head. The smell has a sweet fruitiness about it and a touch of grain and floral/piney hops. Taste is an interesting mix of initial sweet, fruity maltiness that transitions into a balanced but light hopping and finally ends with a toasted grain finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied and undercarbonated. Overall, a drinkable beer - would try again.

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Photo of meechum
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from a beer of the month club my wife got me for Valentines day

A - Poured a light hazy amber with a nice thick head the fell steadily leaving a nice lace down the glass

S - Had a good piney smell and some roasted malts..a little bready too

T/M - The taste was a little malty up front..with a biscuit and nut taste and then had a nice piney hop finish...good carbonation

D - A very drinkable beer I think and enjoyed it very much..a good sessionable strength too

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy bronze-copper with a frothy white head and moderately good carbonation.

S: citrus scents, fresh grains and a dry malt caramel.

T: The flavor was bready, with dry malt and caramel, a nice floral hopping of pine and dried citrus that was pretty aggressive and a touch coarse and unrefined at times.

M: light, lightly carbonated with a slight caramel presence and creaminess.

D: Good drinkability and light enough for a session.

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Photo of SargeC
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy, orange-gold brew with a fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Strong malt presence, tobacco, molasses and a hint of hops.

Taste: Slight bitterness in the start that evolves to malt sweetness, then dries back out in the finish. Slightly smoky throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body.

Drinkablity: Smooth and interesting brew. Easy to consume and enjoy.

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Photo of Slynger
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light burnt-orangey amber with a slight chill haze. Slim off-white head. Aroma is quite light with some biscuit malt and grassy hops. Not much more in the flavor. Biscuity munich lager-like maltiness with some earthy hop bitterness. Light-medium in body, but somewhat watery and limp. Nothing too special going on here.

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Photo of matty
2.45/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange colored ale with aroma dominated by citrus.Taste is citrusy with a slight hint of caramel or toffee maybe??.I do not like this beer way to citrusy and even though I didn't pour it down the drain I really had to force this one down.Not recommended and I will have to think long and hard before buying anything else from this brewery.

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

Pours a hazy medium brown color, nice little fizzy white head, mostly just small islands remain. The nose is malty, grapy, slight hops, and caramel. The taste is malty, nice little hop bite, slight citrus, and caramel tones. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty little brew. Bottle sez Light Brown Ale, well, it's not a Brown Ale, more of a Pale Ale I guess.

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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 cswhitehorse
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The genesis ale pours a clear light hue of brown. It has very little foam head and no lacing. The smell is sugary caramel. It has a nice hoppiness to it when you take a gulp down. In the mouth is pretty thin and not very complex. Overall a decent brown ale on the light side.

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Photo of genog
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky orange color with a foamy white head with plenty of lacing that sticks around. Smell is grainy, with malty sweetness. Taste is way to sweet with grain, corn, and not the best aftertaste. Watery mouthfeeling with little carbonation. This one kind of tastes like a Macro ...not good.

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Photo of praufs01
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance –Hazy copper color with a frothy head and good lacing.

Aroma – Very light hop smell.

Palate – Thin with moderate carbonation.

Flavor –Light hop taste with a very light grapefruit taste in the finish.

Final thoughts – Very drinkable brew that is light and refreshing. It lack complexity that would give it better marks.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle smell is very hoppy and sweet. Colour is a translucent cherry bronze. Poured into my chalice the head is macrobubble and quickly dissipates. Upon tasting the carbonation seems very high, overpowering any flavour at the start. Contrary to the hoppy smell, the malt actually dominates the hops in this ale. Almost like the hops were added too late. Getting past the carbonation the malty taste is quickly followed by a bitterness too shallow and blunt for an ale in my opinion. Not really what I expected. Wouldn't seek out more of this brew.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Cost Plus Market for $1.49, on to the beer:

Dark amber to light red in color, this brew is topped by a puffy head that retains well and sticks all over the glass. Aroma is moderately hoppy, but not enough to keep out caramel and diacetyl. This beer has a pleasant bitter taste to it, with flavors of caramel, grapefruit, mixed fruits, butterscotch, pine, and dextrin running around the palate. Solid, smooth mouthfeel is kind of chewy.

This was a pleasant surprise to have. I drank this with pork tenderloin and BBQ beans, more of a contrast than a compliment.

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Photo of Sleestak
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light brown/burgundy in appearance with minimal soapy head. Thin film of lace all the way down. Smells mostly of malts, caramel and just a bit of fruit. In the taste I get lots of sweet malts, some definate nuttiness, dark berries and a crisp hop finish. The bottle lists this as a light brown ale, an APA on this site. A cross between the two maybe? That's more what it seems like to me after trying this. Kosher too, (not that I really care) but I'm sure there is a niche out there that would.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.52/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy red-orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into this lacing. The aroma is very light. I actually reminds me of a macro lager. There is a faint pale malt sweetness, but nothing else. The taste is grassy hops, with no malt backbone. That is not to say that this is a hoppy beer, it simple does not have much of anything. the mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, this is a mediocre APA. I cannot see myself drinking this again.

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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 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 brewdlyhooked13
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - caramel orange pour, a light tan head that looks comfortable holding at a sparse, solid cover. Thin but ample crystalline lacing.

Aroma - bready grains, just a bare trace of citrus. Too light, but gets a little better with warming.

Taste - much caramel character up front, roasted malts, yummy. Turns citrusy as it gives way to the hops. Intense without getting brash, the citrus grows in bitterness and dryness on the swallow. Ends prickly, dry with a little of the malt coming back. Flavorful with some nice back and forth between the malt and hops.

Mouthfeel - crisply carbonated, a touch oily, medium weight.

Drinkability - a fine all around ale, I could use another!

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

Into a pint glass, pours a murky amber with a small off-white head, some nice lacing, pretty decent. The aroma is a bit timid, but has some nice floral hop notes and a level caramel backbone. The taste is much more fun, zesty citrus and grassy hops, the caramel fading more into the background, some toasty malts coming forward. The mouth has some zip to it with a fine-feel carbonated, but nice and smooth, the body fairly moderate. In all, a pretty decent beer.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A. Clear copper color, creamy off-white head.

S. Malt dominant, but with a firm backbone of hops.

T. Medium hop notes accompanied with wheat.

M. Medium body with mild carbonation.

D. Interesting beer, tasty but unbalanced.

A good session beer, but not a first choice.

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

Pours a huge fluffy cap, rocky on top and taking forever to settle. Dark copper-red color, lots of bubbles. Smalls bits of lace left as the glass empties.

Aroma is clean and easy; mostly light sweet fruit, faint caramel and very faint butterscotch in the background.

Flavor is mostly bready, grainy malt with polite cirtrus-y hops propping it up; a hint of cinnamon in the finish. Mouth is light with moderate carbonation, a bit slippery and buttery despite the carbonation.

This is a good pale ale, something best suited to either start the evening with or pair with more aggressive food flavors like barbecue or Asian. I like it, I've enjoyed this bottle, but I wouldn't necessarily go far out of my way for it (as I did for their amazing 10th year anniv. Jewbelation).

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Photo of jwc215
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed light brown with a thin off-white head that lasts for a short while before completely disappearing.

The smell is of citrus with some pine. Roasted caramel weaves in and out of the aroma.

The taste is of citrus and pine. Some resiny notes mingle with caramel, brown sugar and grainy sweetness. It has an aggressive hop profile, but with plenty of support from a firm malt backbone. Balanced bittersweet finish.

Medium-to-full bodied, it is almost syrupy.

This is a lively pale ale in the West Coast style, "conceived in San Francisco, brewed in New York". A nice hop profile with a nice balance. I recommend to those who like a hoppier APA.

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

Pretty decent pale ale although hoppy enough to perhaps be an IPA. Poured with a big, foamy head and some lace. Color is a lovely coppery amber. Aroma is hoppy, spicy, resiny, and hints of malt. Flavor's the same. Long lasting hop finish. Body is medium to big. A touch of softness in there somewhere too.

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He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 521 ratings.
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