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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate AleHe'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale

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386 Ratings

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Celebrating our second decade of brewing, Shmaltz
Brewing presents ORIGIN Pomegranate Ale. A
renewal of our original HE'BREW Beer covenant,
brewed once again after 10 years with the juice
of over 10,000 luscious Pomegranates. ORIGIN is a
complex, rich and balanced Imperial Amber Ale
with a truly unique character. The only
Pomegranate Strong Ale in the country!

(Beer added by: ElGordo on 03-07-2007)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%

Thanks for sharing, Radek. Light orange colour with a white head. Malty and hoppy, with a creamy though far from full, and sour juicy finish. The taste is significant orangey, and metallic lagery. An odd sourness.A bit of hop. Something different for fruit fans.

02-03-2008 05:18:19 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4/5  rDev +13.3%

A - Pours a reddish copper color with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a small cap. Good ring lacing.

S - Smells of sweet fruit (pomegranate) and slightly like vinegar.

T - Tastes of sweet fruit and malt with a slightly bitter finish.

M - Good carbonation that is somewhat creamy and has a slight puckering effect.

D - This was a good beer to try since I do like both beer and pomegranates, but I wouldn't get this one again. I am glad I was able to try it though.

05-26-2010 02:57:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

04-05-2014 12:45:29 | More by djrn2
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.58/5  rDev +1.4%

Bold, brassy orange that comes alive with a polished glow when backlit with bright morning sunshine. I was hoping for something pomegranate red-orange given the impressive amount of fruit sacrificed per batch. The crown of foam is equal parts ivory, pastel orange and ecru. It has an attractive texture and is beginning to lay down a fair amount of delicate lace.

I can't say that I appreciate pomegranate juice per se, but I do like what I smell. My hope is that things will expand a bit more as the beer warms (nope). My general impressions are a hint of caramel and a flowery, musky fruitiness that could be emanating from the extensive hop bill or could be coming from the pomegranates themselves.

It's been a long time since my review of this beer's forerunner (Genesis 10:10), but I'm not at all sure that like Origin as well. Without reading that review, I remember 10:10 as being more fruity, more pomegranate-like than my first few mouthfuls today. I'm sure Shmaltz didn't skimp on fruit this time around, but it sure tastes like it.

The dominant flavor is caramel mixed with atypical citrus and Earl Gray tea. I guess such general impressions are to be expected when a brewery uses six different malts and six different hops. Is that really necessary? I've seen it work, but it just seems to muddle things up in this case.

Sweetness leads bitterness at all points along the way, although the finish is pretty close to evenly balanced. Alcohol should be less prominent in this offering since the ABV is two full percentage points lower than it was in 10:10. By my best recollection, it is. Warming brings a more mellow, more enjoyable pomegranate fruitiness, but I'm not tempted to nudge the flavor score higher.

I like the mouthfeel just fine. It flavors firm, rather than lush, and delivers a smoothness and a finishing slickness that fits the style like hand in glove. A relative lack of bubbles (noticeable ones, anyway) is probably the key. That and a ton of malt sugars.

He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale, while pretty good beer, has to be called a disappointment. I was hoping to like it as much as I liked the beer that inspired it, but something seems to have been lost in the translation. Maybe 20,000 luscious pomegranates per batch is the answer.

09-12-2007 14:35:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%

Appearance: Interesting color, kind of a hazy apricot with a pillowy head that leaves some rings of lacing

Smell: Very fruity, in a peach stone way or cherry pit way, with an herbacious bitterness underlying the fruit; I guess that reflects the pomegranite but it is not particularly ingratiating

Taste: Malty, sweet and fruity up front with a pomegranite flavor dominating that tastes like black cherry with a bitter, pitty quality; after the swallow, the fruity, bitter pit flavors intensify into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slight warmth

Drinkability: Really quite flavorful; kudos for trying something different that actually works

12-21-2007 01:12:09 | More by brentk56
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-06-2014 05:53:06 | More by zestar
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

To be a novelty-type brew company, these guys know what they are doing with beer. I figured that a fruit beer would show their certain flaws. However, none are found here. A very malty malt base provides round and balanced aromas of toasted malts, attenuated caramels and toffees, and providing a Bock-like melanoiden, mouthwatering effect. Fruity esters give a lot of decoration to the malts and round out the light citrus hop character. An underlying tart, berry sweetness also give a lot of variety to the beer (may be the pommegranite flavors). A heaviness to the malts remind me of Avery Kaiser, but with a stronger toasted malt presences, assertive fruitiness and American hops, albeit moderate. Finishes well attenuated despite the sweetness. A light berry tartness lingers beyond the crispness. Again a nice beer by a novelty brewery.

02-17-2008 04:51:37 | More by BEERchitect
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

06-16-2012 02:51:54 | More by kjkinsey
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

12-11-2012 23:07:46 | More by Texasfan549
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

07-01-2014 00:25:20 | More by GRG1313
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3.13/5  rDev -11.3%

Single finger head on a murky orangish brown body. Aroma is very fruity with pomegranate obviously dominating. Strawberry and cherry as well. Flavor follows the nose but is more tart. Otherwise this is a simple brew. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation with a semi dry finish. This isn't a great beer and you can probably pass over this one.

06-16-2012 04:02:31 | More by kylehay2004
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3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

Appearance: Opaque, orange-copper body with a small, wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts, orange citrus fruits, and, you guessed it, those pesky pomegranates.

Taste: Pale malts with a touch of grain. Orangey citrus. Sweet-n-sour pomegranate juiciness. Slight hop bitterness. Relatively tangy finish that dies down leaving a little bitterness to carry into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Texture thinned by fruit juices.

Drinkability: Decent for a beer vaguely reminiscient of that sauce you get with Sweet-n-Sour Chicken.

03-30-2008 06:56:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

01-05-2014 17:49:13 | More by jaydoc
Photo of Knapp85


3.58/5  rDev +1.4%

This beer poured out as a hazy amber color with a big foamy head on top. The lacing on this is pretty good. The smell of the beer had a little bit of the fruit on the nose but not too much. The malts were the main focal point on the nose here. The taste of the beer has a nice sweet malt base in the beginning and then it fades into the fruity tartness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good, semi-thick feeling body and a decent amount of carbonation. Overall this beer was pretty good.

01-01-2012 01:36:54 | More by Knapp85
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

Had this on tap at Rec Billiards in W-S,came from the tap in a standard pint glass a hazed mix of ruby read and brown with a thinner slight off white head.Pomegranate naturally is the most prevelant aroma along with sweet malt and a faint leafy hop presence.Flavors are a bit of sweet and sour from the pomegranate with the sour winning,its defiently malt tilted with some sweet dough with a very light detectable shot of herb in the finish.Not bad it goes down very easy but its not overly complex,glad I at least tried it.

06-08-2008 23:35:32 | More by oberon
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3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

Split this one at Handlebar in Chicago, ended up leaving the last inch in the bottle.

Pours a hazy reddish tone, plenty of irregular foam and lacing. Looks interesting, so far my curiosity is fueled by it's nice appearance.

Aroma is slightly funky yeast, grain, and later earthy hops come into play. Didn't pick up on any juicy/fruity Pomegranate, which I could identify had it been present. Flavors were primarily malty, with earthy/spicy hops lingering underneath into the finish. Odd earthy root/herb reminds me of Pomegranate juice, so it's in there somewhere. Not as tart/sour as I would anticipate either. Huge malty backbone, kind of discordant flavors make this a chore to finish. Pass.

11-08-2007 06:08:11 | More by emerge077
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3.15/5  rDev -10.8%

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger, tan, bubbly, foamy, head that left a little lace.

S - It smelled of pomegranate and caramel malt.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt with some floral notes. It had a boozy taste and an odd sharp bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a very dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D - This wasn't the best from He'Brew. The odd bitterness and odd finish just didn't work.

03-06-2009 02:27:35 | More by zeff80
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2.58/5  rDev -26.9%

Appearance - Dark amber with an off-white head that didn't retain very well.

Smell - Alcohol and pomegranate juice.

Taste - Grainy malts, pomegranate juice and mild floral hops. Surprisingly powerful alcohol in the finish - something went wrong with this one, the alcohol is entirely too noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, a tad thin for the ABV. Bitter alcohol clings to the palate.

Notes - Pretty bad stuff, thankfully this was my friend's buy.

02-02-2008 00:13:55 | More by largadeer
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

11-29-2011 04:15:47 | More by JAHMUR
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Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

650ml bottle, a sharesie at work from a like-minded co-worker (ok, drinking buddy) on a prototypical Friday afternoon. Yeah.

This beer pours a hazy medium orange-brown hue, with two fingers of puffy, mostly bubbly beige head, which falls away at a duly measured rate, leaving some sparse bits of remote islet lace around the glass.

It smells of strong, rather sweet caramel malt, some middling wet breadiness, a weird early-arriving hit of warming alcohol, and astringent stewed dark fruit - it could be pomegranate, but I'd hardly know beyond that musty juice I tried a few times more than a while ago, now. The taste is bitter, tannic black fruit (still hardly recognizable as pomegranate), yeasty, bready caramel malt, a burgeoning, slightly metallic alcohol astringency, and some dusty, earthy English-seeming hops.

The carbonation is rather low and unobtrusive, the body a pretty solid medium weight, and veritably smooth, with a touch of unrestricted creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the muddled titular dark fruitiness combating the understated hops, as a twinge of bridled booziness does well to head off any further sweetness interlopers.

A readily agreeable strong ale, one with a particularly strange fruit adjunct, which eventually helps it all go down well enough, if only due to its obfuscating effect. Tasty, even if the contribution of the pomegranate is more ethereal than actual familiar and comforting. And if there are any old (and by old, I'm referring the sort of oldness that is alluded to on each and every He'Brew bottle label) connotations involving the pips of the pomegranate, I'm leaving that to another day to investigate.

06-25-2010 23:00:47 | More by biboergosum
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4.33/5  rDev +22.7%

Pours a foggy amber. Nose is ripe with pomegranate. This is what a fruit beer should taste like. I feel like I am eating a pomegranate. The sweet combined with the bitter. Add into that the beer factor. Strong ale characters come into play with a slightly hoppy profile that seems mild at first and picks up quickly after that. Robust and full. Feel has a good carbonation to it and a smooth liquid feel. Very drinkable. There is just a touch of bitter that seems to detract from the overall experience.

While at The Blind Tiger I overheard some girl/woman exclaim: "I had the Origins and it doesn't taste like pomegranate at all!" Woman. What the hell are you talking about?

12-31-2007 10:12:04 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.15/5  rDev +17.6%

A - Reddish orage color, excellent clarity. Large, rocky head that settles down quickly but leaves a nice, thick film and good lace.

S - Fruity and hoppy. It has a pretty mild smell and I have a hard time picking out anything distinct.

T - Malty and thick with distinctly fruity notes. Good, strong hop flavor that remains smooth through the finish.

M - Thick and smooth with moderate carbonation.

D - Quite smooth and flavorfull. It reminds me of a nice barleywine; I can't detect much that is distinctly pomegranite flavored but that is no reason to complain about a beer this nice.

05-22-2007 06:30:22 | More by nickfl
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3.53/5  rDev 0%

Reviewed several months ago, review based on notes

Pours an effervescent copper with 1 finger of pearl colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Pears & blueberries in abundance

T: Fruittyness, figs, currants, plus herbal & leafy hops up front. Jammyness predominates as this warms along with dryness & more leafy hops. Finishes figgy, dry & with more leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, okay balance & some grittyness

Drinks alright, but not really in my wheelhouse

05-03-2011 03:19:04 | More by russpowell
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4.4/5  rDev +24.6%

Clear, ripe red appearance, under lacey off-white head.

Lovely aromatics! Bright fruit, lush malt, plentiful, but not prominent, hops. Malt is king, and fruit is...queen, I'd guess?

Beauty on the tastebuds, once slipped onto the tongue and into the belly! Slick, supple, sensuous, delicious! Juicy malt, tasty fruit, tantalizing hops...gorgeous! 8% abv not felt, really...yet.

"Imperial Amber Ale"...yup, that says it..."brewed with luscious promegranate juice"...nothing much else to say, but, thumbs up!

04-11-2007 06:26:49 | More by feloniousmonk
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

05-26-2013 18:21:01 | More by Slatetank
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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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