Jewish beer? Yes, memories of great Mel Brooks comedies come flooding back, don’t they? Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein, Robin Hood: Men in Tights … Oy vey, that’s shtick that any shlemiel can enjoy. So, the Schwartz was obviously with me when I spotted a six pack of He’Brew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale (well, ok, my lovely wife spotted it! Mazel tov, Michie!)
I’ve been on a dark, malty kick lately, so I really was searching for a hoppy libation to enjoy. Lo and behold, the lovely marital unit (that’s wife for you not familiar with my jargon) spotted this one on the shelf at Cannata’s, and I immediately agreed that this was divine intervention (pun intended). It’s been quite some time since I’ve tried a dry-hopped brew, and it’s an idea I’ve been thinking of trying in my Homebrewing adventures (a dry-hopped stout, anyone?)
It poured a hazy amber (which looks great in my Beazell’s *shameless plug* pint glass, eh?) with 1/2 inch off white foam that quickly settled down into a thin cap. The nose was cracker maltiness and grassy, peppery hops. The first sip was a great balance of herbal, peppery hops and a great malt, caramel sweetness. The malts are present up front, but quickly give way to the hops in the finish. There’s a lower level of carbonation here, giving this one a medium bodied mouthfeel (although a little watery) – par for the course for a good pale ale.
Overall, if you’re a hop lover, this won’t be your favorite Pale Ale, but it’s certainly worth seeking out. Shalom!