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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)
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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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Ratings: 521 |  Reviews: 314
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour from the bottle gives us an attractive copper colored ale.

Smell is spicy and highly hopped with a pleasant herbal scent. Light sweet malt scent but what really grabs your nose is the spicy scent.

Taste is quite malty at first with a pleasant bitterness. Mellow and slightly spicy after a while, the carbonation level is low and very much like a British ale. Pleasant herbal hops that make this seem much more like an English beer than a West Coast pale ale. The bitterness build as you finish your like an ESB tends to do.

Mouthfeel is good.

A pleasant easy to drink beer. This somewhat combines the spicy scent of a west coast APA with the mellow malts and bitter finish of a British pale ale. I thought about knock of 1/2 of a point in the taste department for he scent and flavor not matching, but I didn't. Worth a try.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.94/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: No date or abv on this standard brown 12oz. bottle

Aroma: Mostly malty with a light noble hop. A clean smell.

Appearance: Very light and very clear brown glass with a very thin cover of larger bubbles (that’s a lot of very).

Flavor: Hops really pop in the taste, kind of piney, and they bury the malt leading to a good Pale Ale flavor with some mild metallic notes.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, heavy finish with the carbonation being a bit too high.

Overall Impression: Bitter hops, thin body, and some off flavors.
Sampled in Memphis, TN

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Photo of battlekow
2.59/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber, big fluffy head, nice lacing. I really think APAs tend to look simplisticly beautiful. Smells musty and malty, and a little toasty and hoppily spicy. Taste is malty at first, then straight-up bitter and little else. At the least the mouthfeel is, typical of APAs, nice and creamy. Genesis Ale isn't nearly as good as Anchor Liberty or Tyranena Stone Tepee.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
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 RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This (he)brew poured a straight orange in color with a modest off-white head.

Smell – The grain here dominated the nose and was fairly unpleasant. It was musty and moldy and all but killed the light East Coast hopping.

Taste – Ah, this was much better at the taste. The grain was smoothed out by some really nice sugars. It still wasn’t “Grade A”, but much better than bad. Even the light leafy hopping comes out to play.

Mouthfeel – This is well short of medium-bodied but fuller than light. There’s some refreshing carbonation and, along with the almost chewy sugars and grain, made for a pleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkability – You wouldn’t want to sit around and smell this all day, but it’s not a bad drinker if a bit off-style.

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Photo of freed
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent labeling and on special. Gotta try this one. Pours a near-copper with almost no head. Excellent clarity and mild carbonation.

Smell is largely of malt - largely of pale but with hints of something that was roasted a little longer giving it a near toffee hint.

Taste is once again largely of malt - but is clean and hints at a little bit of toffee and crystal malts. Light bitterness simply frames the beer but nothing significant about the hop contributions. Slightly sweet but balanced with a lighter body and hints of sour amber malts. Very easily drinkable and quite good with thai food.

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Photo of brewQ
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, they got me with the novelty.

I'd describe the color as deep gold meets royal brown, looks good.
The head is is thin and beige- matzoh cracker like.

Not much on the aroma just a malty sweetness.

Taste has some complexity, nutty and woody. More flavor than I expected.

Ends with a little hoppy twang and strikes me as very drinkable.

Amongst gimmick name beers this one ranks high.

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

A fairly drinkable West Cost Pale ale. A rusty water color with a small white head that gives some lacing. The smell of hops is understated and this cold use some dry hoping t ogive it a good nose. The cramel malt are a good conveyence for the deep bittering in this beer. It also has a milder hop juice flavor that is kind of citurs rind. A little out of balance but that is to be expected. Good for a session but it would be a lot better if they would dry hop this beer to give it a fuller nose and a better hop finish flavor.

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Photo of mrgrandefromage
2.87/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the reddest ale I've ever seen... like rich stained antique cherry. Nice head, persistent foam. This beer has almost no aroma at all. Strange, as it is very rich and malty. Hop finish comes up like a bottle rocket to the palate, jarring and not well balanced. Overall a decent beer, but too bitter to be a session ale. At least now we have a bris-suitable beer.

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Photo of Viggo
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber/orange, creamy looking white head, takes a while to subside. I can barely smell anything in this maybe a little bit of malt? Taste is pretty full, malty and rich, quite pleasant actually. Hint of bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is nice, creamy and fullbodied, and drinkability is high, I would definately call this a session beer. Thanks for the trade northyorksammy.

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Photo of ADR
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium amber appearance, pale head of light-textured bubbles that struggles to 1/4 of an inch but has decent duration. Simple lacing patterns on the glass. Slight bit of aroma hop to the nose. Body is light, too light to properly feature the maltiness, the hops seem to skew it toward a drink somewhat like lemon-infused designer water. Malt is somewhat grainy and sucrose-like and gone by the end without a backbone character. Actually, after a while rolling this one around, its decently drinkable.

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Photo of whynot44
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium bodied, slightly hazy copper/amber color with a moderate ivory head.

Aroma is malty with just a touch of hops that comes across somewhat medicinal.

The taste starts with sweet maltiness, caramel, then nutty with a bit of fruitiness. Hops kick in at the finish for a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

It actually seems to be somewhere between a brown and a pale ale.

Decently drinkable and kosher too.

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

I can’t help thinking of this one as another “gimmick” beer. It’s a tasty, well-made, and exceedingly drinkable gimmick beer, but it is what it is nonetheless. Pours a somewhat cloudy, copper color with an ordinary, but fairly sticky head. Aroma is of moderate intensity, with a decidedly hoppy slant. It’s got a little yeast and toasted malt undertone as well. The flavor is relatively bitter, nutty, and woody. It got a resin-like character in the mid-taste, and finishes with a nice lingering bitterness. Medium body and slightly above average carbonation. This would be a fine session beer, and I could see myself having a few of these with a nice meal.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a craft beer 10 pack given to me for Christmas...free beer...woo hoo!!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a wispy white head. Head retention is pretty poor.

Smell: Not much going on in this department. A light sweet syrupy smell rolls out of the glass.

Taste: Prickly hop bitterness up front with some strong wheat and bread-like notes that follow up the hops and give this beer a little chutzpah. A light lemony finish rounds out the beer.

Mouthfeel: medium and crispy. Pretty one-dimensional but for what it is, it's well done.

Drinkability: Easily a session. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Not sure this qualifies as an American Pale Ale. Seems almost like an American Brown Ale. Well done but nothing out of the ordinary.

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

The bottle is a bit different than the one in the picture now. Poured a nice, chesnut brown color with a modest off-white head that faded about like the Messiah Bold did, to leave a bit of foam across the top of the beer. A bit of sweet maltiness to the aroma at first, followed by a decent hop presence.

There is almost a nutty taste to the malts at first, with a bit of a spice to the hops that follow it. The taste is a little sweet, and while it's a little crisp, it's also a little watery feeling.

Probably a decent session beer. Not a bad APA, I think but there are better examples out there. Still, definitely worth drinking.

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

Light brown body, off-white head, pretty good lace and decent retention, small to medium bubbled. Little carbonation.
Sweet malty smell with a grainy caramel touch, some earth. pumpkin and wet hay.
Pumpkin and spice maltiness, hops are somewhat weak up front but comes through in the aftertaste. A little burnt coffee bean and grain in the taste as well.
Dry finish and a decent mouthfeel. Not much coating but a prickling sensation is strong.
Decent drinkability but not as divine as the label would have you believe.


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Photo of bashiba
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy copper/orange color with lots of carbonation and a thick creamy head.
There is almost no scent to speak of except for a light amount of bitterness.
The taste is of slight caramel malt with just a hint of sweetness up front with a greater amount of hoppiness following resulting in a nice lingering bitterness.
Has a nice creamy and carbonated mouthfeel which lends a nice drinkability of this beer.

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Photo of Brent
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murkey walnut/amber, nothing really to speak of in the aroma. Malty up front, with a bit of caramel. Hops moves in quickly to lend some somewhat tart counterpoint. Hopping is of the "stealth" variety - not a lot of fanfare during the end, but then really kicks in for some lingering bitterness at the back of the tongue. Verges on overcarbonation, but it does lighten the malt profile. The bottle calls this a light brown ale, but this has no brown ale attributes at all - certainly a pale ale. This beer really grew on me - on the first few sips I was pretty underwhelmed, but it took a while for the hops to develop character, and I was liking the beer pretty well by the bottom of the glass.

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

Short of the Willamette hop tang on top, this is the closest I've come to finding a match to replace "Sam Adams Stock Ale" in my market. Maltier than Anchor Liberty. More linear than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. And more freshly hopped than any number of UK Pale Ales.
Very bright, resiny, green floral aromatics rise from this red/gold liquid and overlay notes of crust and honey and red berry-flavored malt. On the palate it is racy and fresh with a pleasant layering of piney, citric hops and scorched sugar.

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Photo of pootz
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Poured a slightly clouded deep amber. 2 finger off white cap that goes to a full 1cm lace....well carbonated....well pronounced nutty sweet malt aromas with some grassy-pine hop notes.... medium bodied sandy mouth feel. Rich caramel malts are out balanced by the pine like hop mix. Finish lingers with the hop astringency displacing any bready malt aftertaste. Not a bad well hopped amber ale but a tad too carbonated for me and not enough emphasis on the rich malt mixture...they have a nice malt blend here with detectable Caramel, Dark Crystal, some Munich and some Wheat but as this starts to build on the palate it gets totally eclipsed by a hop potpourri that comes off too enunciated with the over carbonation. Too bad.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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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2.26/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first kosher beer. I never knew such a thing existed.

POurs a light brown amber color. There was a bit of lacing with the white, nondescript head.
The flavor was pretty lackluster in my book. Kind of metallic, slightly skunked, with a little bit of an initial snappy bitter bite. Little else presents itself.
The mouthfeel of this beer was a bit strange. To me it seemed dry initially and then wet and watery in the finish.
Now that i've had this, it's time to move on. Glad I didn't buy a sixer...

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Photo of jdhilt
2.59/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a three-finger head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Light-medium carbonation. Clear, light amber color doesn't really look like a brown. Nose is slightly hoppy. Starts and finishes hoppy. Slightly bitter aftertaste. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle. Brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY and label has changed.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle looks different than the one in the picture, slightly. It also says that it was "conceived in San Francisco, brewed in New York." So maybe Shmaltz has moved?

The Jewish culture is rampant on the label of this beer, which I find to be very interesting. "He'Brew: The Chosen Beer" and "chutzpah never tasted so good." Pretty amusing, now on to the beer. Pours a somewhat chill-hazed orangey color, and the very thin head does actually retain its form. Toasty, malty nose...these characterisitcs increase at least twofold in the flavor. This is a creamy malt bomb, starting off sweet, exploding with toasted bread and dry fruit in the middle. Finishes on the bitter side, while still retaining its full, buttery maltiness that lingers in the mouth. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. Would make a great session beer for the malt addict.

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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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