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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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Photo of tugdriver7
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes a good beer is one that can simply be described as inoffensive. This falls into that category. Nothing special or earth shaking; but just a good solid APA with a strong malt profile. Some hops are present for balance (and those add a bit of citrus to the profile), but very much a malty brew. Pours a medium brown, but tastes less so. Very drinkable and refreshing in its simplicity. Genesis is a good name for it.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Much too dark for an APA. Dark amber, cloudy, with a finger of cream colored head that stays as a layer for the life of the beer.

S- Yeasty, bready, malty, and hints of grassy hops.

T- Caramel malt up front, followed quickly with slightly sour yeast, white bread, and some blancing hops. Mixed hops and yeast in the finish, making for a slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

M- Light body, but not in a PA way... more in a watery sort of way. Carbonation is low, and finish is slightly astringent.

D- It's ok. There are much better pale ales out there.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$1.33 / Bottle
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - Active in the pour with a 1/2 inch or so of white head that lasts a few minutes before leaving a thin white layer accross the top of the Ale. The body has a pale brown color with a distict haze. Translucent it is but transparent it is not. This is an attractive HeBrew.

Smell - The scent is faint enough that I'm almost unable to pick it up. There is a hint of hop near as I can sense.

Taste - This is an interesting brew. It offers a suble hint at being sweet and then hits the back of your tongue with a bang, full of bitter! The hop aftermath is the way most hoppy beers are arranged but this one starts out so subte, and then gives you a kick after you're already thinking there's nothing to it. I like it, and I'm not really a fan of strong hoppy tasting beers.

Mouthfeel - Very moist considering the hoppiness in this beer. I could go either way with that because I'm not used to it. What I think I'll do then is leave it alone and just say "OK."

~ If I ever get the oppourtunity to try a tap I'll give it a shot. However, I can't see myself pickin' up a sixer and enjoyin' it was my buddies.

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Photo of karengarys
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours dark amber and my slow pour leaves little in the way of a head - not even a ring.

smells citrusy and sweet.

Taste is a nice balance of sweet and lots of hops. Almost Belgian like.

Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy. Not watery at all.

Finish is clean, but it leaves a bitter aftertaste.

This is a WAY drinkable beer, give it a try.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous dark orange. Incredibly cloudy, like cider. Lots of carbonation. Big, thick, foamy head. Perfect. Seriously cloudy lace all the way down.

Outstanding ale smell with aromatic bitter hops. Biscuity malt with nutty flavor. Great hop/nut balance.

Great balance between the nutty, bitter brown and the top layer of hops. They work in perfect harmony. Vanilla finish, very nutty.

Milky and creamy. Thick. Slight bitter malt bite at the end. A very VERY good ale. Nutty but so well balanced. Very nice.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pure, dark amber with jewel-like clarity and brilliance. Light head that fades fast into only a collar. Aromas are mainly a dusting of American hops (some citrusy, floral notes) that is pretty mild compared to other ales of the style. On the palate, fruity bitterness first off, with a tea-like component. Light, smooth caramel malts and plenty of acidity that's of a manageable level. Toward the end, more bitter, floral hop flavors come out, along with a bready/grainy element at the finish. Mouthfeel is acidic with hop oils but somehow remains well balanced in spite of the lack of a big malt payload. Overall, this is a slight, mild brew, but also a very drinkable one. Not a ton of flavor, but all the flavors are pleasant, albeit not revelatory. It's simple but good.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A huge head that lingers and leaves a thick ring of lacing rests atop a clear (maybe a tiny bit of haze) auburn brew.

S - Very malty, light malt and some nuttiness with hints of chicory and cocoa. Smell is nice. This seems more like a nice brown ale than an APA.

T - The malt is the dominant flavor with a lot of amber malt and a bit of chicory. There is a touch of faint sourness - could be showing the beers age, but I am not sure (it is barely noticeable either way). The aftertaste finally allows hops to make an appearance. There is a faint herbal flavor with a mild mesh of bitter hops and to a lesser extent bitter coffee. Good, for a brown ale.

M - Smooth, thin, a little refreshing.

D - This is a good brown ale. As an APA is is missing a lot, but I really don't think that is the style here. I like it and I might ever go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of peabody
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out like weak ice tea. No suds/no lacing.
Smell is coffee and caramel with a nose-burning yeast.
Taste is somewhat dirty water but still has a hoppy flavor with the sugar and fruity pear/plum tastes.
Mouthfeel is a little two watery for my tastes but still finishes a nice sugary hoppy feel.
I didn't really like this offering but it has it's good points. I could find another beer to session before I would choose this one.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
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 treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend gave me 2 six packs of this beer. I poured the 12 ounce bottle into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a transparent brown yet pretty dark. The head was a white color with a brownish tint. The head poured about 3 fingers and it was thick. The lacing was thick in spots, but not too consistent on the way down.
Smell: The smell was a little weak, a bit of hop, a bit understated, a bit of a malt, also understated.
Taste: The taste was solid. more of a hop than the smell. There was a bit of a bite, a nice spice.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was just a normal ale, nothing to mention.
Drinkability: I would say this is a good beer to keep in the fridge for any occasion.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light reddish brown tones (the color is a dead ringer for SA lager). A cascade effect builds up a pillowy white two finger head. Lots of creamy lace is left on the glass and the head stays at a nice cap the entire time.

S - Lighty nutty with brief hints of caramel. Some roasty characteristics some out as the beer warms.

T - Balanced and a bit nutty. Really laid back and mild (IMO this is more akin to an English pale ale). Full malt backbone provides a nice nuttyness for the firm but not overly bitter hop flavors to play over. Some mineral and metallic flavors are noticable, and like I always say, those are very bad things for me. But that is the only flaw I find with this one. Again....the word that comes to mind is balance.

M - Creamy and mildly carbonated. Full bodied with a slightly dry finish and a pleasantly long aftertaste. Excellent.

D - A really nice mild and drinkable pale ale. The mouthfeel is wonderful, the flavors are mild but interesting, and it goes down easy. This one has session written all over it.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A floppy head that dissappears much too soon. Cloudy, impenetrable, & brown.

Smells like you've just held a bunch of nickels in your sweaty palms. It was difficult to get past that. A bit murky, swampy, & dank. You just rubbed a fabric softener sheet under your pits, but now you just smell like sweaty flowers. Not offensive as it seems, but more earthy in general.

Strong, intense sweetness of dried apricots & golden plums. Maybe a little dash of amaretto(almonds) in there too. Everyday treats found at your local Jewish grocer. In a flash, it's all gone though. It removes itself from memory, & your back at the beginning again.

The body of a standard ale, but a intimidating taste that I wasn't at all expecting, after reading "Light Brown Ale" on the bottle. Not much carbonation, & I suspect, a good amount of alcohol. It would be very difficult for me to have another one of these immediately after the first. It is something that is worth revisiting though. Distinctive indeed. :)

"Believe it or not the Genesis Ale is only around 6%. All that flavor makes for one warm tummy!"

- Angela [email protected]

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Photo of maddogruss
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. The body was a nice, deep, dark amber with an off-white head that was about half an inch, receding to a nice lacing after few minutes or a couple sips. A pleasant, hoppy smell led me to believe that I was about to indulge in a pleasant American Pale Ale. To my surprise, after I tasted it, while it did have a strong hoppy taste, the aftertaste was malty and quite pleasant; very interesting overall. A nice, strong mouthfeel; thick and appealing. A pretty drinkable beer overall; I was pleasantly surprised. However, I wonder if this is some kind of an APA/EPA hybrid?

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Photo of mentor
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Schmaltz Brewing for the opportunity.

Pours a one finger yellowish head over a cloudy dull rust liquid. Nice frothy head, but odd color. Smells biscuity. Dry roast, caramel and grassy hops. Butterscotch.

Taste wet malt with a noble hop finish that quite floral and aromatic. A touch tin-like, a touch grassy. Not as roasty as the aroma belied. Some nut in the flavor, though. Bit of astringency which i'm thinking may be a quality from the grassy of the hops mixed in with alcohol or edgy grains.

Md body. Fine, but sharp carbonation on the tastebuds. Quite enjooyable, a bit too coho for my preferences, but still quite a treat.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from He'Brew/Shmaltz, poured a 12 oz. bottle to a standard pint. "The Chosen Beer" according to the label.

A: Rich copper/ruby and impressively clear, showcasing a few delicate streams of carbonation. Crowned with about one-finger of ivory-colored frothy head. Good clinging lace.

S: Mostly malty, lightly sweetened. Sugar & spice.

T: Where did those hops come from? Undetectable in the smell, this APA sports a spiced hop crispness, bitter and dry. The malts are dry also and have a crackery flavor. A questionable metallic tang in the finish.

M: Carbonated, medium mouthfeel. An odd chewiness though this beer isn't particularly thick feeling. Dry herbal/bitter hop finish with hints of oxidized paper & sticky envelope flap gum.

D: An OK beer, nothing more. A little one-dimensional in the flavors with a finish that's flat. Would I have one again? Sure, why not... Worth a try. L'Chaim!

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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 TastyTaste
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good clear copper color, creamy off-whit head. Looks good for the style.

Smell: Musty with a little bit of caramel, not a whole lot of hops, just a little.

Taste: A mild, well balanced APA, a little sweet, a little bitter, a sessionable beer, to be sure. No hop bomb, but I guess not everything should be.

Drinkability: Pretty good, balanced and a little bitter. An above average APA.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body had a clear dark amber color. A half inch white head dissipated to a small slick on top quickly. Very tiny carbonation bubbles are slowly rising to the top. Thin wide lacing clumps.

Surprising malt quality for the style. A very week bitterness. Aroma of toasted bread. A subtle hint of both roasted caramel and honey butter. Hops are hiding in the back, but strong once noticed.

A malted taste. Roasted toffee taste dominated the first sip. A very faint hint of pine is hidden in the aftertaste. Sweetness of the initial flavors slowly becomes more bitter as the taste develops.

Thick body in the mouth. A minor burst of carbonation only moves the flavors moderatly.

A decent beer overall. A nice beer to go with an asian duck meal. If you see one on a local shelf, try it for yourself. Decent offering which has me looking forward to more from this brewery.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle served in a standard pint glass.
No best before date.

Clear, light copper in color. Semi-creamy, off-white head that lingers for a minute before settling to a thin sheet. Faint lacing that has trouble sticking.

Semi-sweet, toasted maltiness; airy biscuit aroma with a dallop of diacetyl. Floral hops with a faint mustiness.

Gritty, floral hops that swarm the tastebuds; all over a sweet and creamy, toasted malt character. Sweet caramel, dried nuts: almond, and a diacetyl-touched breadiness. A rough bitterness followed by a dark, floral hop, and light caramel aftertaste.

Medium in body; earthen and rough on the palate. Despite a balance in flavor, the gritty hop character surely wins out in mouthfeel.

This offering tastes more like an English Pale or an ESB than an American Pale, given how much the creamy, toasted malt character comes through. Not bad, but not an ale that blew my hair back.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep gold color, I think... holds some head.
Smell is nothing special, not memorable.
Taste is pretty darn good. Hops and malts are very well balanced, there is a fresh flavor in both. Malts are rich, solid, definately complex. The real kicker is a touch of something special, like the smell of leaves in the fall. Perhaps there's a touch of rye in here. It's not overwhelming at all. Finish is clean.
Mouthfeel is alright, not thin, feels good.
Drinkability is very good. No shortcomings here. Something intriguing in the flavor and not. Solid beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a brilliant medium copper color with moderate tannish head. Nice lacing.
Smell is lightly malty with a strong hop presence.
Initial taste is a caramel-toffee malt sweetness, but almost immediately the hops take over and cause a strong dryness.
Finish is mainly dry.
Nice and drinkable, but a think a bit more malt would have made a more balanced beer.

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Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like honey in a glass. Nice white head. Decent retention, and good lacing. Smell is of sweet honey. Body is light to medium with just a bit of carbionation. Taste is smooth,and sweet. Honey from start to finish. This is a enjoyable beer. Try it!!

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Photo of
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. Poured a light brown/dark gold color, clear. Medium size off-white head which faded fast. Aroma was hops first, with an orange scent, followed by a more subdued bread-like malt. Taste was similar, with hops prevailing over the malt. Hops were present at start and lingered into the aftertaste, but not in a good way. Aftertaste was a husky bitterness that I didn't care for. Other notes in the taste were a buttery flavor in the middle and some spice/pepper towards the finish. Mouthfeel was light + in body, with a slick texture. Carbonation was medium and it was actually quite refreshing. Overall, an OK beer but I've had better.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woah, big fella. Light tan head shoots up on the pour. It is persistant, clinging thick to both the surface of the beer and my glass. Beer is a clear orange-amber color well populated by rising bubbles. Faint caramel malt smell with some muted floral hops, almost have to get my nose foamy to find either aroma.

Taste is similarly faint. There just isn't much volume to it. But, again, it's mostly heavier, smokey malt (can it be weak and heavy?) with a flash of citrus hops and then a comfortable bitterness.

It feels substantial, not at all light in the mouth. Carbonation looks wild, but it's not intrusive.

I would not have guessed this was an APA. I would have figured it for a catch-all like red ale. It's just maltier than it is hoppy. That has me perplexed. I guess I like it.

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Photo of davidshamoon
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm sorry to report that I had to drink this beer right out of the bottle, but I gave it a swirl and the makings of a nice head started to bubble. Those same bubbles gave the Genesis Ale a pleasant, vigorous carbonation, which enhanced its mouthfeel and drinkablity both.

Flavorwise, I found the Genesis Ale to be well-conceived, but imbalanced. The bottle calls it smooth, but I wouldn't. Though it is a light brown ale, I could have mistaken one or two sips for a watery stout. I really had to swish it against my tongue to get a hint of the sweet, dried date aroma that lurks beneath its formidable hoppiness.

In the end, I wish this brew's bitterness hadn't masked its more interesting flavors. I also wish I'd been able to enjoy it with some food -- I suspect that would have improved its taste and drinkability.

[Drunk on Labor Day, 2006, under a canopy of sycamore trees outside of Riverside Church. Churchbells; moist earth; cawing of crows. It's getting colder!]

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He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version) from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 521 ratings
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