Feb 24, 2012

He’Brew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale

Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale photo

I’ve noticed that there has been a trend developing in recent months of labeling a product as “session” [insert beer style here]. Whether the beer abide by the strict, more traditional definition (4.0% ABV and under) or what seems to have become a newer, American session standard (5-ish% ABV), the term has been thrown around a good amount. Personally, I blame the marketing department.

This He’Brew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale (brewed by Shmaltz Brewing) lies within the American-ized session realm at 5.2% ABV. It’s an American Pale Ale that has a well balanced presence between malt and hops. It’s brewed and dry-hopped with Centennial, Warrior, Cascade and Simcoe varieties that give it a more pronounced hop presence and an aromatic nose. And, at it’s current alcohol weight, a few of them won’t hurt you — too badly.


The beer pours a light amber in color with a rocky, off-white head.


It has a floral nose with plenty of piney hops, citrus and hay to accompany a light malt character.


While the nose was much more hoppy, the flavor is decidedly malt-heavy, as a bready, caramel character washes over the palate first. Grassy hops come in toward the back end and linger lightly with a mild bite. The carbonation was on the soft side and the beer medium bodied which made for a smooth drinking beverage.


Regardless on how strictly you take the definition of “session,” this brew is still quite quaffable. It’s a decent American Pale Ale — not the best, but good — that is well balanced and easy drinking. I can certainly see a few of these disappearing from fridges after a long day working/playing outside.


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