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He'Brew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Genesis Dry Hopped Session AleHe'Brew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Balanced between a West Coast style pale and amber ale with just enough malt sweetness to highlight a flurry of hop aroma and flavor

Added by MasterSki on 12-13-2011

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Photo of Phocion
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark, hazy copper/brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly malt-forward; roasted toffee is especially evident. Biscuit and caramel accompany this, along with a pine resiny hoppiness. Considering the lineup of hops listed on the bottle, I was expecting much more.

Flavor is fairly sweet with a bit of resin in the background. Sweet caramel/toffee and a bit nutty and bready. Mild bitterness to provide a nice finish, but overall this is a touch too sweet, especially considering it's a pale ale.

Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Kind of soapy mouthfeel.

Overall, this isn't a particularly good beer. Too sweet but with a bitter aftertaste. Not much of a hoppy flavor mind you, just bitter. I originally suspected this was a bit past its prime (as the bottle isn't dated), but going back and reading some other reviews suggests this isn't the case.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says 5.5%

A: Pours a hazy dark copper color. The head is a two finger yellow shade. While it fades to one finger relatively rapidly, at that point the head retains itself quite well.

S: There's a decent amount of piny, weed-like dankness juxtaposing touches of grapefruit. Malts definitely come through with prevalent caramel and toffee. Not my preferred style of pale ale, but definitely acceptable.

T: At first, there are wisps of dank weed backing a sweet-ish malt backbone, while the finish is mostly mild, pleasant grapefruit. Bitterness is well restrained. It kind of lacks flavor, to be honest. But there's no one element that turns me away, either: it's fairly harmonious and balanced.

M: This is where this brew succeeds. It's light-feeling, crisp, and goes down quite easy. The low carbonation actually works because the finish has a good dryness to it.

O: Not overly interesting, but pleasant enough. I don't really see how it's a session ale at 5.5%. Not a bad beer, and not one I'd ever turn down; doubt I'd buy it for myself again, though.

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Photo of JamesMN
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark caramel and almost opaque due to the amount of sediment in suspension. Frothy off-white head that's lacing well. Definitely not winning any awards for beauty.

Aroma: Woody orange and a touch of biscuit malt.

Taste: Really dank from the get-go. Lots of overripe orange mixed with munich and amber malts. Pretty sure this thing is way old but with no date on the bottle I have no way of knowing. The upside is that there actually is a lot of flavor for a 5.2% ABV beer. Pretty moderate on the bitterness and balanced well.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with average carbonation and below average drinkability due to all the sediment.

Final Thoughts: This beer is not He'Brew's finest hour. The hop character is too dank and muddled in with the flavor profile of the malt to really stand out the way it should. Would I drink it again? Maybe if it was fresh.

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Photo of Zorro
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear red colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smells sweet and malty with a strong tea scent. Treacle and brown sugar with mint pine aromas. Some caramel and vanilla in this VERY malty for a pale ale.

Starts out malty with a tea after taste. Herbal hop flavor tastes of tobacco and leather tastes like an English beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall nice beer, not sure that dry hopping added much to the beer though.

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Photo of Mojo
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Samuel Adams Perfect Pint

A- medium amber, fairly clear, large foamy head, unbelievable retention and lacing.

S - mostly pine, resin, floral, and biscuit.

T - mild but tasty with a distinct rye finish.

M - nicely carbonated, some aftertaste, but not offensive.

O- pretty nice beer, better than I expected.

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Photo of cbutova
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Amber bodied ale out of the 12oz bottle into my tumbler. With some inspection particles can be seen floating around, maybe hops from the dry addition. A large head builds up with great retention and a foamy texture. Very nice thick lace rings coat the glass in a webbed manner.

S- Hops, malt and yeast come at me in a pretty balanced aroma. Hops bring some fresh citrus, pine and floral hints atop light caramel, toasted and cracked grain hints.

T- Like the nose, the taste is balanced out and fairly mellow (not in a bad way). Light caramel, toasted nut and biscuit malts support a clean citrus and floral forward hop profile. Slight yeast bread, spicy, fruit ester and grassy hints as well.

MF- Medium-light body with a moderately high carbonation. Smooth feel overall with a slight bitterness in the finish.

Balanced pale ale with a nice fresh citrus and floral hop feel.

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Photo of Oakenator
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a darker amber brown. Ample head at pour scales back to a film on top of this beer. Some minor bits of chunky lacing present on the glass.

S: Leaves and brown sugar aroma.

T: Nicely balanced brew - not too bitter up front but just enough to keep it interesting. This is laced with a malt sweetner throughout.

M: Nice full carbonation. Could have a couple.

O: Really nice brew.

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Photo of woemad
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.69. No freshness date, though it is Kosher. On the label, the malts (Specialty 2-Row, Munich, CaraMunich 40, Wheat, Dark Crystal) and hops (Warrior, Centennial, Cascade) are listed, along with what was used to dry hop (Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe).

Poured a hazy amber color. Lots of floaties could be seen when held up to light. Big, creamy off-white head that hung around for quite a while, leaving lots of beer-negligee style lace.

Despite all the types of hops listed on the label, what hop aroma there is tends to be soft and grassy. There’s a mild, bready malt scent as well.

A little more hoppy in the flavor department. It’s not a hop bomb, but it’s an agreeable amount for Schmalt’s goal of creating a session beer with hop flavor.

Somewhere between light and medium in the body, with a lightly oily mouthfeel.

Not a bad session beer, but its appearance makes me wonder at its age. Yet another brewery that needs to put “bottled on” or “best by” dates on their bottles. Despite that, if I could feel confident about how long it’s been sitting around, I’d definitely buy this again, as it seemed like a tasty warm weather beer.

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Photo of jhartley
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Poco Grande flute glass.
Pours a hazy orange to amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Leaves a nice amount of clumpy lacing. Body is hazy with some floating sediment.
Smells of malts up front and a nice orange/citrus and some cat piss aromas as it warms up. Would like to have a bigger aroma since this was dry hopped with Simcoe, Centennial and Cascade.
Very easy to drink this one, nice earthy hoppiness followed by a nice sweetness in the middle. The finish is a nice dry bitterness.
Overall a very nice beer, super sessionable for sure. I cold very easily put several of these down on a hot summer day or chilly fall. Something I will be buying again in the near future.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

session ale? no. this is an English style malty filling sweet annoyingly deceptive beer. damnit. it pours a caramel hued honey color with an okay off white head and a ton of fish food yeast floaties weighing it down. the nose is English malt, sweeter and fuller bodied, not what I expected from something supposed to be hoppy and crisp, I don't smell hops at all. the flavor is almost like a copper ale, or an English pale, with all that caramel sweetness and doughy heft. nothing sessionable about this, its higher abv for the term, and drinks like a normal brew, only heavy and filling from the malt choice, and not refreshing like I expect a dry hop to be, very little bitterness in the finish. overall this full bodied malty beer might work as a session beer in October. but in the mid may context, it just doesn't work for me. skip it in favor of almost anything if you are looking for something to slam this summer.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber golden-brown, with a thicker one-finger head, a nice-looking creamy one. Laced well.
Perfume to the nose right away, maybe some citrus or lemongrass hinting in there, but boy I don't recall ever whiffing a beer that struck me as perfume as much as this one. Curious. Since there's not much else to make out I'm going to say I'm indifferent to the scent; I'll call it one-dimensional and non-descript in that regard.
Upon tasting The perfume moves tight into sour bready malts and a hop profile im not partial to for some reason. Finishes a bit better than it tastes because of some pine, but any of the dominating hops seem to take backseat to the earthy caramel and sour bread.

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Photo of bnes09
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light orange amber color with thick head and descent retention. Nice lacing as well. Pine and citrus aroma also some wheat character. Dense bready and toasty wheat and rye malt character. HInt of caramel sweetness. Semi-aggressive hops of herbal leaf and pine. Medium body, malty texture and lively carbonation. Highly drinkable and well balanced.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a deep caramel body with a thick lumpy head of beige that is supported by a microbubble carbonation.

S- The citrus orange and cinnamon spice aroma has some toasted malt notes with more biscuit and Munich malt aromas coming through. There is a silage quality to the finish with hops and malt blending nicely.

T- The cream and dry lightly toasted malt flavor have a soft caramel sweetness I the finish with a green herbal hop finish that lingers as a more pungent marmalade hops flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a dry crisp fizz and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- The nice complexity to the aroma doesn’t come through in the taste and all the hop depth is lost aswell. Still a nice tasting beer.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single of this brew from my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill. Lets see how this matches up.

Appearance: pours a dark, copper, brown, hue-like color. Nice caramel coloring in addition to a slightly foam, white head. Minimum lacing is noticed. Also, I noticed bubbles floating around with other unrecognizeable sediments. Possibly to enhance appearance and/or flavor?

Smell: upon first inspection, bready hops are noticed, not so bad, but room for improvement. Light floral hops are noticed and add a somewhat nice addition. A slight hint of citrus is noticed, like an orange zest.

Taste: has a over abundance of bread-like malts. Caramel flavor and citrus hops are also very apparent. A slight hint of pine is also noticed, although very light. As the brew continues to flow and the glass empties, I begin to notice an almost vanilla ams toffee flavor, although not very strong at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a slightly above average carbonation. Doesn't finish very dry, quite refreshing.

Overall: coming into this beer, I didn't have many expectations. It looked like an interesting brew. I would have liked to have enjoyed this beer thorougly, but it honestly feels like something's missing. I would have to say a slightly more bitter taste, and possibly more hops. It was quite refreshing, and I would have to say a decent addition to the category. I probably won't have again and maybe recommend to a friend, looking to expand their horizon. Cheers!

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

He’Brew Genesis Session Ale is orange/tan in color with a slightly hazy body and a nose that combines pine, bread, and fruity hop elements. The beer produces a decent amount of foam at first, but it eventually settles down, still managing to leave a small amount of lace on the sides of the glass.

This ale is reasonably complex with flavors of caramel malt, toasted barley, pine, mixed fruits and even a touch of butterscotch, but not in the diacetyl sense- more in the candy sense. The finish of this beer has little or no hop bite, even though it is dry hopped.

Shmaltz Brewing is certainly a respectable brewery and I like every product I have sampled from it. What is nice is that most of its products are very middle of the road: Approachable and drinkable without going over the top in any direction. Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale is certainly a product that fits this description. It is moderate in most every way and, like its name says, it is a very good session beer.

Some of the craft beer geeks among us may find this product a little too tame, but it is actually a good brew overall and I appreciated it more and more with each passing sip. It’s the type of beer you could serve at your next party and satisfy most every person in attendance and it is definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shmaltz got it right when they labeled this beer a dry-hopper session ale. I really like it and it is not overtaxing with ABV. The beer pours a rich clear copper (I left a heel in the bottle to avoind the sediment) with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent includes sweet malt and fresh hops, slight piney flare. The taste is bolstered by a sweet malt and then balanced by sligth citric, pine and bittering hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium on body with smooth carbonation. Overall I am impressed with this beer and would drink it again.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper with eggshell colored head. Head beads down and doesn't stick to the glass well. Slightly hazy; not sure if this is an old bottle or if that's just normal (it was from a sampler pack).

S: Lemon and orange zest. Unmistakable floral smell of cascade hops.

T: This tasted a lot like Deschutes Red Chair to me. Some nice malts balance out with a good hoppiness. Both flavors are of equal quantity, balanced, and both mild.

M: Sort of thin. Finished semi clean except for some lingering roast flavor.

O: I didn't get as much out of this as I thought I would. It tasted familiar and sort of like a dozen other beers I've had before. Aside from the lack of wow factor, it was still solid. It had a nice mix of malt and hop and was well crafted and well balanced. Balancing the hops with a healthy roast always wins points over a straight hopped beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The thin head on a dark straw colored body.
A rich aroma that favors the malt with a little pear and apple.
The taste is mildly fruity (apple and banana) with a touch of pine bitterness. It feels a little disjointed.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Nothing special but not bad.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light brown and a little hazy, head and lace were pretty decent.

Aroma is nice. Reminds me kinda of their Coney Island Lager, truth be told. A good blend of hops and malts. There's a little citrus, some floral, some grasses and grains, and some nice hops. Also there's bread, biscuit, caramel, and toast. Maybe some toffee. Flavors mesh perfectly with the aroma, they're very complimentary. A well balanced beer.

Body is medium and pretty thick really for a moderate ABV beer.

Quite enjoyable, I'm quite happy that I have five of these left.

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Photo of blacktieman
2.87/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a tumbler.

Amber/copper with white head.

Piney hop nose.

Aggressive West Coast hops, mostly pine, hint of malt beneath.

Typical APA in most respects, badly mislabeled. Neither balanced nor agreeable enough to be a session ale. If Shmaltz wanted a dry-hopped beer, there was no reason not to change the name. As an aside, this paired somewhat poorly with matzo ball soup.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had a couple other beers from this brewery. When I first opened this I thought I was going to enjoy this at least as much as those others, but the pleasure seems to be waning with each sip.

It opens up as a nice pale, with great head. The aroma is nice and has a good balance of hops and malt smells. The taste is close to correct, with a nice hoppy flavor. The aftertaste/mouthfeel are where this goes wrong. It is creamy at first and funky for the finish, as if this bottle had gone bad. The bottle came from a reputable store, so I have to believe they meant it to be this way.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer into a tulip style glass. There was about one and a half fingers of sticky foam. This led to some very nice lacing on the glass. The coloring on this one is a deep amber coloring.

The nose off the top of the Session Ale is pretty mild. I get some decent flowering hops with this one.

The flavor for this session is pretty mild as well. I get some light hops and malt on the Genesis.

This makes for some very drinkable beer. I recommend this for a warm summer afternoon.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $1.39
Misc.: 15th anniversary of Schmaltz Brewing Company on bottle

Poured a caramel orange hazy color with two fingers of off-white head. Below average lacing. Good retention.

Smelled a nice mix of hops and malts. Got icy Cascade hops for sure and maybe rye hops, but there were more. Malts were caramel, toffee and honey among others. Seemed to be a bit earthy. An iced tea whiff and maybe even some sour apple.

Wet Cascade hops come in first with a bitter rye hop finish. In between are grainy, earthy malts along with honey and caramel. Not quite as good as the smell.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish.

A pretty good beer. Surprised to find out it is listed as an APA. Would have though somewhere between a brown ale, amber or even an IPA. I’d definitely have it again.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy-orange with long lasting, foamy, white head. Aroma is of orange marmalade, caramel malt and citrusy hops. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is of citrusy hops, biscuit malt and hint of fruit. Finish is medium, herbal. Not very flavorful brew. I expected much more.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap an opaque dark honey-golden with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale wheat head. Aroma is VERY hoppy, more woody than evergreen, with fruity and malty hints. Flavor is mainly hoppy, quite bitter and woody, with malty and fruity notes and a whisper of honey. Firm, ragged texture has plenty of life and fizz. If you like IPAs, this one is for you. Dry-hopped beers rock!

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He'Brew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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