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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hebrew Dry Hopped Session Ale – Shmaltz Brewing Company


                When looking on the brewery page for an earlier beer, Eye of the Hawk, I found out that Mendocino Brewery contract brews for Shmaltz for the east coast and Midwest markets.  I have been meaning to try the Shmaltz beers for a couple years.  I had a bottle of their pomegranate ale a while back and was pleasantly surprised by it.  So, when it came time to find a new 6-pack I happily grabbed the dry hopped session.  Few breweries are as forward with their motos with Shmaltz referring to their beer as “The Chosen Beer,” with only Stone coming close.  Needless to say, I had high expectations for this beer and hoped they would be rewarded.
               
Unfortunately, they have no commercial description on their website, but the bottle does have a bit to say about the new 15th anniversary recipe.

They say:
                Why is this beer different from all other beers?  In the beginning, there was an idea, and it was good: A Gourmet Kosher Microbrew to celebrate the bounty of our own American land of milk and honey.  Witness, a renewed Genesis: the evolution of our first creation! A smidgen of Middle East inspiration, a dash of West Coast ingenuity and an East Coast garden of brewing delights…  Then we tasted it, and it was very good.  After 5000 years of civilization, savor the microbrew with the chutzpah to keep calling itself The Chosen Beer.  From the Golden Gate City to the City of Gold, may HE’BREW join in the blessings of your lives.  To Life! L’Chaim!

The 6-pack says:
                 Balance between a West Cost style pale and ambler ale with just enough malt sweetness to highlight a flurry of hop aroma and flavor.

So, as you can see it doesn’t really say much about the actual beer.  They do however reveal their malts and hops, which is appreciated.
                Malts: Specialty 2-Row, Munich, CaraMunich 40, Wheat, Dark Crystal
    Hops: Warrior, Centennial, Cascade 
    Dry Hop: Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe

I say:
                At 5.6% ABV this is pretty high for a session beer, but still low enough that there is little to no alcohol/solvency flavors.  It is a brilliant amber color with an gorgeous light tan head that has excellent retention with decent lacing.  Dry hopping Genesis gives it an excellent citrusy, floral hop aroma.  At 5.6% ABV this is pretty high for a session beer, but still low enough that there is little to no alcohol/solvency flavors.  Genesis does however have a nice sweet flavor with floral and citrus undertones.  Dry hopping definitely worked for this beer, as I would guess it works for many high quality beers.  

The Chosen Beer indeed!  If you can find it, pick up a 6-pack!

Have a great night and Happy Drinking!

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