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

He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version)He'Brew Genesis Ale (Old Version)
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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 tavernjef
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy copper blonde color with a super slim, unlasting head. Keeps a thin collar and very little lacing sticks, just a few spots here and there.

Aroma is dulled and muffed in a malty sweetness thats slightly melon orangey.

Taste is more of the same, a paled, dulled malty sweetness thats doughy with a slight under carriage of orange, melon, and caramel. A brief play at the hops make an effort towards the finish with a very light, tender bitter pull of floral oils. Nothing to outstanding here, a bit bland in the flavor department. Seems well crafted though, but it just isn't pulling enough hops into the mix.

Feel is shy of medium with a low, malt soaked carbonation with a slightly textured feel in a few areas.

An OK Pale at best. A little slow and uncomplicated, yes, but carries its well crafted nature with every sip.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber copper color, clear, good head and very nice lacing. a fine looking beer.

Smell: sweet malt dominant, but with a firm backbone of hops

Taste: Interesting cross between an american amber and an american pale ale. sweet malts in the forefront, but with enough citrusy hops to stand on their own. If I had to choose between one and the other, I'd probably put it more in the American amber category than the APA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but light enough to session. fine finish and aftertaste, although the taste is on the sweeter side, it doesn't become wearing.

Drinkability: High! the brewer calls this a "craft session beer" and I think the description fits.

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Photo of maddamish
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small review here:

Smell: Slight hop presence I tried to coax an something else from this beer but was not successful .

Taste: Medium hop notes accompanied with wheat.

Ap: A wood brown ale with a medium head and thick lacing.

Notes: I had the pleasure of getting this on tap. Maybe it is better in the bottle?

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Photo of aquatonex
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had to try one from the tribe, but was expecting a little more. I'd really like to get my hands on a 10:10 though. Why don't they distribute to LI, there are so many Jews here :).

Pours an attractive orange translucent color. Moderate carbonation, a slight amount of lacing. Smell is heavy citrus, medium hops, pretty decent. Taste is nothing special, a light citrusy slightly hoppy and bitter beer. Easy drinker, I'd like to try something more unique from He'Brew.

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Photo of hanco005
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a single to review and poured it into a pint glass, no freshness markings that I could find on the bottle

A—pours slightly hazy, orange amber with a fizzy thin white sheet for a head, gone instantly and produces spotty lacing as I drink

S—holy sweetness (no pun intended), the malts are strong in here, candy, chocolate lollipop sweetness screams out here

T—now the bitterness shows up, and it balances the sweetness out very well. I like it

M—a little dry, medium bodied, medium carbonation

D—it’s pretty good and I could have another. Too many, though, and the sweetness might get to me.

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Photo of jj21
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle
Poured a light brown color with a decent head. Slight caramel on the nose along with some fruit. Very sweet with a mild hop aftertaste. Not quite enough for my taste, but very good. Smooth mouthfeel and easy to drink.Very nice session beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a good head, but with no retention, golden amber body below. A sweet pale ale, with a low-key hoppy bite. Light malt, hop and caramel flavors blend and remind me me of Schell's Pale Ale in MN. This is definately a beer for dinner and food. Nice flavor with a little something to wipe off the palate.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium Amber color with a small head that melts quickly to light lacing
Aroma lightly of sweet malt and very faint citrus
Taste is a moderate sweet malt that is followed by light citrus hops.
Mouthfeel is comfortably full...aftertaste is mostly drying hops.
Overall a nice APA...although with faint hops...balanced, but faint. I was expecting a 'light brown ale' as the label says. It's not...it's definately an APA.
Balanced and mild enough to be sessioned.

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

12 oz brown bottle. Clever packaging.

Light brown color (thought this was a brown ale) with rather poor head. Malty, sweet aroma. Flavor is also sweet, malty, slightly fruity with a hint of hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, not too much carbonation. Drinkability is good - a pleasant beer that didn't seem to strong and went down easy. Not much as much hops as I would like, though.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison. I would have called it a poor English Brown Ale before an APA.

Pours an uninspiring pale amber with a finger of rocky khaki head that fades quickly. Nose is a light mix of caramel malt and a bit of generic fruit. Taste starts off with a foul metallic bite, then bitter, tangy caramel malt and a hint of medicinal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is slick and crisp. They obviously spent more time on the kitch than they did on developing an interesting beer. Yawn.

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Photo of macpapi
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a small white head. Minimal lacing. Pretty average appearance.

Smells malty and hoppy. There is also a note of nut to complete the aroma. Little fruit presence.

Taste at first dominated by malt, followed by chocolate. The back of the swallow is filled out by bitter hop presence. Unfortunately, a bit of metallic flavor compromises this beer.

In the mouth Genesis Ale is pretty full and bitter. It is also relatively highly carbonated.

Overall this is a pretty average APA. Beyond the name and bottling gimic, there is little to make it stand out.

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Photo of Dewey0603
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear amber color with a foamy tan head. The smell has a very "bisquity" aroma to it. It's like walking into a bakery,very nice. The taste has some malt sweetness,but ends with abit of hop bitterness. The aftertaste is very metalic and unpleasant. The sweet malt carmel flavors are OK, but the mix of malt and hops makes this m/f light and not well balanced. This is a beer that I will pass on.

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Photo of Naes
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is a dark amber color with a small off-white head that does not retain all that well, but does leave a decent amount of lacing.
The aroma is a combination of caramel malt and a bit of hops.
The flavor starts out with caramel malt and is a bit grainy. The finish is somewhat bitter with piney hops, but overall it leans toward the malty side.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and mildly carbonated.

Nothing outstanding, but it remains a solid brew.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.56/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Smelled like Jujifruits. Period. My dream of finally enjoying a theater candy in liquid form has finally been achieved. I'll admit, I was intrigued to say the least. It was an average looking brown and had very little head that went away quickly.

It was thick, good hops made it bitter and ale was nice. That was the mouth end of it. It tasted like a winter warmer with a malty flavor and slight licorace flavor.

So, does liquid theater candy taste worthy enough to get it again? Nope. Just average as average can be, and no where close to the style this is listed in.

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

Twelve-oz bottle into an English glass. Pours a cloudy brown with a moderate head and good lacing along the sides of the glass. Modest, lightly nutty, malt nose with some grassy hops. Strong malt presence in the initial taste, bread-like, somewhat toasty, followed by good balancing bitterness and woody, grassy hops. Body is just a tad thin, though texture is excellent.

This is a quite good session beer.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light chestnut color with a 1 finger head an Ok lace. Smells of light roastyness with a bit of fruityness mixed in. Caramel and molasses notes. Tastes of mild roasted malts with some fruityness, mild chocolate, slightly yeasty with a decent bitterness. Nicely balanced. Almost a light strong ale if there is such a thing. Good session beer.

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Photo of wcudwight
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish brown with golden hues. Color is on par for the style. Little head or lacing with a slow pour. Fruity, sweet, and nutty in the nose. Taste is plums, grapes, backed by a harsh bitterness. Not a good hopdevil bitterness, but a harsh one. Leaves a metallic aftertaste. Feels thin and watery in the mouth. Could be a very drinkable beer except the bitterness and metallic aftertaste hurts it.
This is certainly something different, and was suprising. But, due to the harsh bitterness and the metallic aftertaste I think I will pass on this one in the future.

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

How can you NOT try a beer with this name? :P

Appearance: A lovely red-brown ale topped by a head of dense bubbles that pours thick but shrinks quickly. No lacing and minimal carbonation.

Aroma: Heavy notes of sweet malt, light hops. Caramel, bread, and some degree of spice are faint background notes.

Taste: Peppery. Light at first, slightly reminiscent of Fat Tire's nuttiness. Brassy aftertaste. I don't know. Certainly not bad, but alltogether different.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel, feels sharp and scouring on the tongue.

Drinkability: An interesting novelty beer, certainly worthy as a session sample. I'll have to try this one again.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a nice dark shade of amber. However, the head is puny. The smell is pretty nice and fragrant. The taste is a little sweet with a nice bit of hops to even it out. What i like about this beer is the mouthfeel. Not overly creamy or rich, but think enough to feel nice going down. Because of this, this beer is quite drinkable.

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

Another beer I "kind of" remember from the Brewtopia festival at Chelsea Piers last month. These guys had a pretty cool booth and weren't stingy with the free samples and corny jokes but I definitely need another chance to review the actual beers themselves so I picked up a single at a deli on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.
A nice dark rust color pours into my pint glass with adequate lacing but the head doesn't stick. The scent that is most prominent is hops (cascade?) but not the power blast I generally expect from west coast pales, more of a gentle whiff.
The taste is more bullish on the hops and provides a healthy bitter palate although some spices and smokiness are in the house as well, which is somewhat unexpected.
This is a pretty good example of the style and provides a pleasant bitterness but doesn't quite provide the elite APA experience I was hoping for. Still, these guys are worth keeping an eye out for as I "somewhat" remember their other samples being decent too.

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Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled. No freshness indication given. Pours basic clear almond amber, NOt sure why they call it a "light brown ale" Almost white head and leaves some moderate lacing. Nose is typical maltyness. This is a middle of the road amber/pale ale. Moderate malt initially and an average hop dryout. Nothing special, nothing terrible. Good brew for a Jewish holiday meal, I suppose, cuz its Kosher.

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

Clear tawny brown with a nice fairly full beige head and decent carbonation. Very light malty caramel aroma. Clean caramel malt flavors with no hops noticeable ... possibly due to slight aging but balanced well enough. Medium-light bodied with a light creaminess.

Not Kosher for Passover but good enough for me ... have you tried any of those KFP wines .. ugh!

Per bottle: "Light Brown Ale" & "Kosher Certified"

Per SBC website:
Malts: 2-row, Caramel 40L, Dark Crystal, Munich, Wheat
Hops: Warrior, Northern Brewer, Willamette

'3266' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 11/02/05

($1.61 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a copper color topped with half an inch of foam. The aroma is sweet malt, yeast, and some skunk. Starts off sweet, but quickly turns bitter. Husky grain flavors. A little fruitiness too. Finish is hoppy and bitter. Medium mouthfeel. This beer is described on the bottle as a light brown ale, but it tastes more like a pale ale. As a pale ale, this is a decent example.

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Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Huckleberry's in Spokane about a month ago. Can't remember what I paid for it for the life of me. Bought it purely for the novelty value.

Poured a cloudy, dark amber color, almost a garnet hue. Moderate sized light tan head the dropped somewhat quickly. Modest amount of lace. This is rather dark for a pale ale.

The smell is not typical of pale ales, either. Kinda, sweet, kinda musty, kinda spicy. Mostly malty, with a little bit of grapefruit hoppiness coming through. Not sure what to think of a beer with a nose like this.

Like the scent, this is dominated by maltiness. The sweet and spicy taste hits pretty much simultaneously. Mild spiciness vies with a brown sugary sweetness. The fade out consists of a mild grapefruitish hoppy dryness. The hoppiness is just enough to balance out the malty beginnings of the taste. It puts a stopper on the capers of the maltiness and is otherwise unassertive. There is also the tiniest bit of wet paper bag present, possibly due to age (without a freshness date, it's hard to tell how old this is). It's deep in the background, but I think it would get annoying after repeated pints. Weird tasting beer!

This is a thoroughly medium bodied ale. I think it might be a tad more interesting if there was just a little bit more carbonation to it.

Odd beer. What exactly were they going for here? Not bad, but strange and slightly off-putting at the same time. It's okay having a bottle of this, but I don't think I'd appreciate this as a session beer.

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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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