topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2012
Pours coppery with an off white head. Aroma is caramel and citrus hop. Flavor is much the same with the addition of grassy hop notes. BeerdedDave (1901) - Beckley, USA - JUN 25, 2015
amber color; mild floral hop aroma; very light malt with mild, citrusy, floral hops; a light, easy drinking session bee andyhwcinc (1886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2012
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a cool early spring Tuesday afternoon. Appearance a cloudy amber with a rich off white head that rims around the glass. Aroma mostly of caramel / bready malt, not really getting many hops. Taste is also more malty than hoppy, more of an amber ale than a pale ale. It’s OK. Beaver (1853) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper amber with a smallish white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass some. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2012
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.
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.
Finhead (1830) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2012
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.
A hazy, orange-gold pour with an off-white head. The aroma has a nice mixture of citrus and pine. The medium body has an oily texture with average carbonation. The taste is moderately bitter with a long, dry finish. tnkw01 (1827) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle. Copperish-amber color. Decent head. Aroma, that pleasant floral hop aroma not the nasty one. Same with the taste. Nice delish floral-citrus hops taste with slight malt undertones. Not bad. sinfull (1817) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Clear , amber color ; small , white head . Aroma of caramel , bread ,grass and citrus. Malt, bread and sharp hoppy bitterness in the end. ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. degbert (1776) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Aroma- Had a nice hop/citrus and yeasty malt aroma
Appearance- A murky copper color with a nice sized white head.
Taste- A real good flavor of citrus, malt, yeast and hops. Had a real good blended flavor
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- I liked this brew a lot, I will drink it again
Bottle. Pours a dark gold with a high, pillowy, lacy, off-white head. Nose is tangerine, red grapefruit, and honestly not much else. Some hops up front, followed by mild citrusy sweetness. Carbonation is low. Finish is, again, mild with a little hops and an interesting fresh strawberry note. There’s just not a lot to this beer -- I kept wanting a volume control so I could turn it up.