Ernest (6142) - 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 (7086) - 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 couldn’t 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 (1752) - 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 (2497) - Columbus, Ohio, 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 (1125) - 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 He’Brew’s 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 He’Brew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale is a different brew. It’s definitely better than the original, but it’s still an average beer at best and it’s 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 it’s dry hopped it’s 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 doesn’t really know what it wants to be. American pale ale would probably be the best way to classify it, but He’Brew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale wants to be something else as you can probably tell from the name. It’s got the basic composition of a pale ale, but instead of genuine hop taste it’s 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 aren’t 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 label’s indication of three types of hops used in the boil there isn’t much hop taste. It’s just a dry sensation.
Drinkability: While I didn’t particularly enjoy drinking this beer, at least I didn’t 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 that’s 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. He’Brew 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 it’s not the potency that keeps this from being a session beer, it’s the uninspired palate.
jmohno (1045) - 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 (891) - 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.
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep tan .. medium head, awesome cloudy lacing .. . homework sucks .. . light wood, light bitter malt can, and unsweetened molasses .. nice bitterness level, short finish .. . alright stuff, was expecting much more though .. . . marriage isn’t a salad bar!
unclemattie (4116) - Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Light copper color, rocky head, light tan head. Aroma of fresh laundry, dry hopped. Toasted malt flavor, crisp hop. Finishes with a sharp bitterness. Nice dry hopped session.(3330)
TheBeerGod (5164) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Copper pour with a short, frothy tan head. Fruity aroma with caramel, citrusy hops, floral notes and sweet malt. Taste is citrus and hops up front with sweet malt, caramel notes, grains and floral notes in the back. Body is medium with a soft, creamy carbonation. Light lingering hop bitterness. Soft tropical fruit notes during the finish along with citrus, floral and spicy hops, caramel, grains and sweet malt.