Vulcan Ale – The Genesis Effect
Red Session IPA, 5.4% ABV
Brewed by Shmaltz Brewing Company, Clifton Park, NY
By Bill Lau
Posted January 18, 2016
I’ve been a Star Trek fan since I was a kid. I don’t recall seeing the show during its original prime time run, but I watched it when it went into syndication (if memory serves, it was shown on Saturdays in Milwaukee in the early ’70s). Although I’ve followed the different series and crews over the years, the original series and cast has always been my favorite, and I’ve always liked the Vulcans. No surprise then that this got my attention at the store.
Now, I hate to pick out products simply based on a cool name or label or attention-getting ad; so I read the details on the label, noting this was brewed by the reputable (and wonderfully named) Shmaltz Brewing Company (they of the He’Brew line of Chosen Beers), and figuring it had been a little while since I had a session IPA. So why not give it a go?
So it’s warp speed ahead into the review!
Appearance (4.5/5): Coppery-red, clear, and bright. Holds a thin layer of finely beaded beige foam.
Aroma (9/10): Plenty of fresh hoppiness wafts from the glass with pine, citrus, floral and grassy notes. Got my attention!
Palate (4/5): Decent body for a session IPA; the hopload provides a slight stickiness on the palate.
Taste (9/10): Full-on hops up front, citrusy, piney, resiny & floral, with grapefruit peel on the back side. Yet with all the hops, there is some supporting malt underneath, and it peeks through with some light toasted & caramel notes. Solid bittering with a pleasant bite. Nice, lingering finish leaves behind a veritable film of hoppy goodness in the mouth.
Overall (17.7/20): Really well-rounded and beautifully crafted session IPA. A logical choice if it beams into your sector.
Disclosure: The author has received no reimbursement or compensation for this article. All opinions and remarks are those of the author alone.