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

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
556
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
27.4%
 
 
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6
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Photo of bbrown29073
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I REALLY liked this beer.

Nice Amber color...not enough head. What little there was, had a nice lacing.

Smelled like a BEER. Not fruity...a real beer.

Taste was wonderful. Refreshing, but NOT light. A little hoppy, which is good, but no "caramels" (which is also good).

Clean, bright mouthfeel.

I REALLY LIKE THIS BEER. Good job. I will buy more!

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Photo of 57md
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a golden hue. There is a thin layer of head that leaves some lacing in its wake. Light hoppiness in the nose. The taste is dry throughout with some malt in the background early.

Some light hoppiness appears on the finish and the bitterness increases as the glass empties.. It's enough of an effort to produce a good session beer (as advertised), but not sufficient to be considered a high quality craft selection.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amberb but not sparkling clear. Smallish head but maintains.
The aroma to me was mostly malts, I didn't pick up any hops really.
Taste is sweet malts and very light hops.
I wasn't much impressed with this offering, perhaps it was old. I didn't look for any best buy date.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear bubbly bronze, tall tan head retained very well with some random lacing
S - earthy and light citrus hops with a big caramel malt background
T - peppery and earthy hops balanced with a sweet nutty maltiness, a late touch of citrus
M - medium body with decently creamy carbonation, finishes with a light bitter and sweet mix
O - tasty and very well balanced, nothing outstanding but solid from start to finish and well worth a try

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Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average amber in the New Belgium snifter with a very nice sudsiness. Some hint of the Cascade hops in the nose. Crackers and a little bit of roasted malt. Pleasantly spritzy in the mouth. Light body. A little gamey with some resins and fruit skins.

I like the fact that this is more of a Mild in the hops department as well. For all the hop varieties and the dry hopping, it's quite restrained. A decent balance makes this thoroughly drinkable, if nothing special.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Grapevine in Denver.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

He'Brew Genesis Dry-Hopped Session Ale
Shmaltz Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 5.20 %

Pours an orangeish amber color with an off white head and plenty of lace. Aroma of fresh sappy pine, herbs, and sugary malts. In the taste, very nice earthy hop notes, caramel, burnt sugar, faint citrus, and some pine. Well balanced with a small hop bite. Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and easy drinking. Overall, a well made beer from Hebrew and is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the concept of this brewery: kosher, the Chosen One, all the Biblical references. It's fun, I enjoy it. Plus, I've heard they have some decent beer. They certainly have a unique marketing angle! Side poured from the bottle into a standard Boulevard pint glass.

Appearance - as stated, fun bottle, with the clever packaging and marketing. I think there is something to be said for all that, though others may not. Pours a dark amber, copper color with a one finger head that lasts for a minute or so, but leaves excellent lacing. A it of carbonation can be seen rising in the glass as well.

Smell - A nice mix of grapefruit and pine hops with a Definite crackers and biscuits malt undertone. Very well balanced nose, I was able to smell the brew as I poured it, so that is always a plus.

Taste - Smilar to the nose. A little caramel hint is added to the palate, to complement the breads and biscuits from the malts. The hops come in at the middle and end, making their bitter and fruity characters known. Hoppiness decreases somewhat as the beer warms, it seems.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation level, medium bodied. Fairly clean finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - With the low ABV I could see where this beer could be sessionable. I am not a huge fan of intentionally labeling a beer as sessionable or not, but thats why I don't own a brewery. This is a decent APA offering, nothing to get too excited about, but if it was there I would certainly drink it again. Likely won't buy it again just because several breweries much closer turn out much better pale ales. Recommended to try once.

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Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness & grassyness, pears as this warms

T: Leafy hops, pears, herbal bitterness up front. More pears as this warms, some woody hoppyness & grassyness. Finishes grassy with a bit of orange rind, & little lemon

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation, so-so balance

Drinks easy enough, but was expecting more, the hops are muted. Maybe this is old, zero dating on the bottle. Looking at the reviews, I hope this isn't 6 months old..

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Photo of codsmith
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark amber with a slight off-white head that laces the glass nicely and maintain a slight foam head throughout the beer. It might posses a slight chill haze but hard to tell due to being so dark.

S: Very nice big caramel, bready, and biscuity malty body, but not too sweet. It is accompanied by a decent amount of hops that aren't overbearing and add a nice backbone

T: A healthy dose of specialty grains that really harness a caramel, bready, and biscuit taste. A decent amount of muted hop flavors that finish in a slightly too pronounced bitterness.

M: It's a rather medium-heavy mouthfeel that sits a little heavy. Other than the low ABV, I'm not sure if would really consider this a session ale due to how filling it is.

O: I was hoping the smell would be a little more pronounced in the taste, but it didn't seem to be there. Should be lighter bodied if they are shooting for a session ale.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a reddish amber with a good finger width head, average retention, leaving behind a finely layered, semi-sticky lace.

Smell - Pungent, earthy dry hop aroma complimented by a caramel undertone.

Taste - Starts with dry hop bitterness, balanced by faint caramel sweetness. Shifts to a prominent earthy, herbal character by mid-taste, then finishes slightly wheaty as it fades into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Decently carbonated; lends itself to a lively mouthfeel. Starts dry, with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good pale ale. I'm a little thrown off by the mid flavors, but it's a quality brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Apparently a wee deviation from the standard Genesis ale, with a surprisingly generic and uninformative riffing this time around on the side label.

This beer pours a slightly filmy, glassy and brassy medium amber hue, with one solid finger of tightly puffy ecru head, which leaves a few arching swaths of lace around the glass as it evenly abates.

It smells of mild grapefruit rind, a bit of fleshy tropical fruit, biscuity caramel malt, and some softly boozy herbal tincture notes. The taste is bready, soft crackery malt, muddled juicy citrus, and some floral, piney, and herbal hoppiness.

The bubbles are rather sedate, but not exactly dead, the body an adequate middleweight, and smooth, with a small pithy and prickly edge. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity and faintly sour caramel facing little from the waning multi-pronged hop bitters.

An enjoyable enough APA, though given the promise of the front-and-center label ingredients, and the prowess of this brewer, the overall weightiness and sassy character seem a bit flat, but I suppose that's just nit picking. A tasty sixer for a summer evening's BBQ, even if the $18 price tag seems a bit steep.

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Photo of acevenom
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear copper with a tall, biege head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. There is excellent head retention. About a finger lenth of head is left atop the beer. Hops and malts dominate the aroma. The hops bring a floral and piney type of aroma to the table. The flavors of biscuit malt hit the mouth. The hops come in on the back end and provide a bitter aftertaste. The hop flavors follow the nose with the piney nature dominating the hop taste. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is high. Overall, this a very good and well balanced pale ale.

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Photo of 5thOhio
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a 1/2 inch head that quickly dissipates into a light film of foam on the top and rim. Nice delicate lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell is malty, mostly, which is surprising for a dry-hopped APA.

Taste is a nice mix of malt and hops, which creates a rich flavor and mouthfeel. The hops and strong carbonation provide a nice dry finish. Wavers between an APA and IPA, IMO.

Good session beer, especially for fans of hops.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper amber with a smallish white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet toasted caramel malts and green apple with a little resiny hop.

The flavor is sweet biscuity caramel malts with some fruity slightly resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent pale ale. A bit to toasty/biscuity for my tastes but with nice hops.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a medium tannish brown with a decent white head that has excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, caramel, floral hops.

Taste: Awesome blend of piney/floral hops. There's a sweet caramel malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: light to medium body with good carbonation.

This is an excellent and hoppy beer. This will cure what ails ya when you're cravin' the hop. This is one of the few really flavorful beers that makes a good session beer.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into NB Globe.

This beer pours dark orange in color w/ a finger of bubbly head. It has decent lacing and the head dissipates pretty quickly. It smells of fresh hops, lemon citrus, and honey wheat bread. Taste is grassy hop bitterness that retreats swiftly. The feel is good, light bodied and somewhat creamy. Overall this is an interesting pale ale. I like the hop choice but wish the taste lingered a little longer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is an orange-brown color with a bit of haze to it. It forms an off-white head that retains about a full finger all the way and leaves creamy spotting and patches of lacing well down the glass.
The aromatics are interesting, starting with a dark breads (almost like pumpernickel) malty base. On top of that are some citrus and leafy hops notes and a bit of spiciness.
There's a very nice balance in the flavor, and its low alcoholic content without the sacrifice of flavor makes this a great session beer, however one understands it. Bready malts add a bit of caramel and the spiciness remains, while a bit more strength is added to the leafy and citrus hops presence. There's even a ghost of something herbal peeking through in the finish.
The body is about medium but needs just a little more to it. There's a crispness that stops just short of spritzy and leads to a smoothness, but the crisp bite never quite backs off. It just verges on being a little too thin.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Poursa very nice dark copper/light amber color with some orange edges. Nice off-white head forms to about 0.5 inch.

Grassy hopped back aroma with some nice sweet and bready malt notes. Nice earthy grain with some midl caramel notes. Has a slightly English ale aroma which is very nice and refreshing. Good sweet

Flavor starts off bready and malty with some nice caramel notes. This is then followed by some good grainy and earthy tones followed by some flowery and slightly grassy herbal hop notes. Very refreshing drinkable and dare I say session-able. The finish carries some of the sweet malt notes and a slight hopy character to a nice refreshing and light finish.

Very drinkable brew that actually has good flavors. Very nice

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a pretty damn good beer. Pours deep amber in color and has a nice hoppy nose and finish...very drinkable. Clean smooth taste and feel...refreshing beer. Nothing bad to say about this beer at all. Enjoy on a hot summer day!!! (First He'brew beer I have enjoyed!)

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Photo of rangerred
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very slightly hazy medium brown with a one finger off-white head.

Aroma of earthy hops with a somewhat British quality about them. A little bit of rye spicyness along with come toffee.

Flavor is piny/earthy hops up front with some toffee and roasted caramel underneath. Everything seems to fall off rather quickly, however, leaving nothing but a light bitterness carrying through the finish.

Overall, a decent brew but a little too light on body. I know it is supposed to be a session brew but it is just too watery and the flavors drop off way too soon.

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Photo of Blargimus
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in pint glass. No freshness info.

Pours a nice amber with a finger of head. Lacing sticks around. Very nice.

Not much hoppiness on the nose, mostly malt and caramel. Strange for a dry-hopped brew, but I like the smell.

Taste is also malt-forward, but there's enough bitterness to balance very nicely. With how little hop flavor is here, I'm wondering how old this bottle is. Still very enjoyable.

Standard mouthfeel for a pale ale.

Yeah, this is very solid. Maybe a little strong for a true "session" ale, but I could put a few of these back, easily.

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Photo of jar2574
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown-orange color with only a little head. Decent lacing. Smells really nice though, fruity hops - apricot and citrus smells. Taste is slightly hop forward but balanced by bready maltiness mid-way through and followed by a dry finish with slightly bitter/sour aftertaste. An enjoyable beer, I could have several.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why this would be a pale ale since it's base is pretty much the Amber ale. Moving on...

A - Looks like an amber ale to me. Dark amber brown with a nice red hue, clear with a 1/4 inch of sticky head.

S - Well it's hopped in a good way with citrus and mild piney hops, touch of bread and crystal malts for balance.

T - The munich malts are pretty good in this one giving it a bready taste that gives the hops the balance it needs. I do like this more than the regular Genesis

M - Light to medium easy drinking and in line for session.

Overall despite it's good drinkability I am shafted by the fact that I had to pay 3 bucks for this beers so it looses points on availability and price. I guess it will be nice once they make the transition to having this brewed year round. Good overall beer

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Photo of JMad
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a copper color with a filmy off white head. It has a nice piney smell with a hint of fresh cut grass. The hoppy lemon peel flavor subsides quickly and there is some bready malt with a hint of pepper and grass. It's light with a lot of carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This a good beer, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep amber in color, with a frothy bone-white head of foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt
Taste-Caramel, sweet toasted malt, then the hops slowly surface:(herbal, citrussy, flowery) just in time to balance everything out. Just a touch on the malty side of things for an APA, but very flavorfull and full of character for a "sessionable" ABV of 5.2%.

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He'Brew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.
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