Sunday, May 20, 2012

He'Brew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale (2012)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (666) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2012
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.

Grade: 5/10

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