AWISLguy (934) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from ck1 - thanks bro! Pours a copper color with fine bubbles and a rapidly disappearing off-white head. Aroma is of dark fruits, sweet caramel, anise and some tangy,earthy spices. Taste has super sweet fruits, candied sugar, caramel, bread, grapes and some straw. Finishes sweet and grapey with some length, giving it a champagne-type end. Not a big fan.
rmussman (1587) - California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled in a small bottle. Pours bright orange and has big time malts. Just a little bit of spices that are nice on the palate.
Dixonian (1517) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright amber brew with a bit of white head. Nose of earth and grassy hops, some caramel as well. Flavors of bread and citrus with some spices.
Ernest (5922) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/bread, caramel), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a light note of diacetyl.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly astringent.
Ordinary aroma, a bit buttery. Ok flavor balance, although a bit citric. Nice lasting head, but overall a pretty bog standard pale ale.
Ughsmash (6925) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured a lovely shade of coppery-orange with a creamy cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up juicy orange, mango, and pineapple over caramel, a touch of molasses, and something earthy/fruity that I couldnít quite place. The flavor opened with bitterness and a bit of sourness.. caramel and dark bready sweetness at the core.. quite bitter on the edges, but aside from a mild citrus component, the bitterness was nondescript.. finished bitter with some fruity and caramel sweetness. Light-medium bodied and bitter as mentioned on the palate.. I enjoyed the nose, but it was downhill for me after that.
gsmitty80 (1693) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this was one of the smoothest and enjoyable Pale Ales that i have had. Nice in color and pour with a great head that laced well. Aroma was of floral hops and taste was semi sweet malt with a great hop balance.
DialSquare (2049) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from ABC. Murky orange copper pour. Aroma is bread, citrus and cereal. Tastes are vegital hops with sweet malts, caramel, bread. Eh.
Chad9976 (1025) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I tried HeíBrewís original "Genesis Ale" several years ago and hated it. I chalked it up to a bad bottle but never got around to giving it a proper re-review. This is as close as I come, although technically HeíBrew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale is a different brew. Itís definitely better than the original, but itís still an average beer at best and itís incorrectly named.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Pretty dark orange/brick red hue; clear body with visible carbonation. Forms a generous, dirty white, foamy head which laces and retains quite well.
Smell: For a beer that boasts that itís dry hopped itís surprisingly mild in the aroma department. Faint notes of citrus and some malty sweetness, but otherwise neutral and mute.
Taste: This is one of those beers that doesnít really know what it wants to be. American pale ale would probably be the best way to classify it, but HeíBrew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale wants to be something else as you can probably tell from the name. Itís got the basic composition of a pale ale, but instead of genuine hop taste itís more of a general bitterness. Mild up front with light bitterness, then a strong wave of malty/confectionary sweetness followed by a drying bitter flavor and sensation. It finishes quite clean, which I suppose is the point since it wants to be sessionable.
Still, the flavors that are here arenít particularly enjoyable. The sweetness is reminiscent of the flavors often found in a Marzen-type lager with hints of toffee and yellow lollipop. Despite the labelís indication of three types of hops used in the boil there isnít much hop taste. Itís just a dry sensation.
Drinkability: While I didnít particularly enjoy drinking this beer, at least I didnít have to struggle with it. The mouthfeel is on the lighter end with fine carbonation and it goes down very smooth with just a slightly pasty aftertaste, but thatís not what makes a beer a "session ale." Session beer is traditionally classified by ABV and should be no stronger than 4% in the UK or 4.5% in the USA. HeíBrew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale weighs in at 5.6% - far too heavy to be a session beer or even "sessionable" by most standards. Although itís not the potency that keeps this from being a session beer, itís the uninspired palate.
jmohno (968) - Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012 Hazy light amber short head,little lacing.
Aroma is malt/breadiness a little roast minimal to no hop aroma a slight bit of ripe fruit.No flurry of hop armoa here as described.
Taste is fairly toasty with dark toffe notes slight chocolate notes, a bit salty with some hop grassiness some yeastyness,some citrus a bit of fruit.Salty finish that is more noticable than the bittering almost. Its ok
rangerred (788) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.