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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BA SCORE
81
good

246 Reviews
THE BROS
73
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Reviews: 246
Hads: 408
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: ElGordo on 03-07-2007

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!
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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (262 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (468 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (350 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 (672 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like this better than most other pomegranate beers out there, but it still has that characteristic Hebrew malt heaviness, even in a beer where it doesn't belong. all their beers seem to have this going on, even the session beer, its just a weird trademark than makes some of the beers not as good as they should be. this pours shiny copper in color like a new penny, boasting a half inch of dense white foam, although it fades out fast. the nose is sweet and tart from the fruit juice, and there is a hearty grain backing, dense like a bran muffin. the cereals and fruit work well in taste, like a bowl of granola or something, this beer has that sort of filling vibe. the fruit is subtle and complementary. alcohol is more intense and up front than it probably should be, but it is just a reminder of this brews strength. a good morning beer, and a good hangover beer. not epic, but better than the other Hebrew stuff ive had for the most part. (947 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (842 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (505 characters)

Photo of largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (454 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (2,270 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,658 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (698 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (454 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (524 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (566 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (596 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice fruity nose with hard-to-identify aromas. Rich winey flavor with woody flavors, some sugar, and plenty of malt. Attractive amber with plenty of lacing down the wine glass. Tastes like there is some pomegranate pith in with the juice. Gets more bitter as you sip, and eventually becomes quite unpleasant as the malt and fruit fade away.

I haven't seen this lately, but it showed up as a 12 oz in the current sampler pack. I thought this was an old bottle at first, as the flavors seemed murky, but apparently not. Maybe the least successful of the usually good Shmaltz offerings. (584 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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? (677 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 (503 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: at Philly Craft Beer Fest '07

Somewhat better than the Genesis Ale, but only because pomegranates make everything better.

Poured a reddish amber with a bit of haze, and a small white head. Caramel malts of an amber ale in the nose, with some fruit coming through. Mostly malts in the taste at first, followed by some harsh bitterness, and a pomegranate sensation that reminded me of the fruit you get in a witbier. Light-medium body a little thin, and sort of a bitter aftertaste. Decent, but disappointing. (520 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.54/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottle label identifies it as an "imperial amber ale" so I'm reviewing as such. 8% ABV confirmed. Brown glass bomber with flashy uninteresting label art and branded pry-off pressure cap purchased at Whole Foods HQ and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live Expectations are average given the brewery, which has yet to impress me and has put out some messy brews in the past.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of pale light khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a good luscious consistency and a fairly soft complexion. Head retention is average - about two minutes. Uneven inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dark auburn/some sort of pomegranate red. Nontransparent and non-translucent. No yeast particless are visible. Not particularly vibrant.

Overall, it looks pretty decent, but isn't amazing for an imperial amber. Not unique or special. I'd prefer it brighter. No egregious flaws here. I'm optimistic.

Sm: Ripe juicy pomegranate fruit. Surprisingly devoid of esters. Has a bizarrely powerful almost barleywine-like malty sweetness. Maybe even a tinge of oxidation? I do pick up a hint of cardboard. Yeah, it's way too malt-reliant for an imperial amber, with hardly any hop profile. I do get floral hops and fruity hops, but the hop character here lacks depth. Caramel. A bit on the sweeter side, with inadequate hop bitterness to balance it. Yeast attenuation seems way too low based on the sheer amount of sugars evident in the aroma.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. It's quite clean. I'm pretty unimpressed with the build; it's not quite right for an amber and not quite right for a fruit ale.

An inoffensive aroma of below average strength. I'm a bit suspicious of this.

T: Cardboard up front. Caramel. Toffee. Bready malts. Is this sounding more like a bad barleywine than an imperial amber? That's because it tastes like it.

Yes, there's a bit of pomegranate fruit, but it gets buried. Not juicy, luscious, or really even that fruity. It may as well be pomegranate flavour/extract.

Too sugary and sweet, and above all too malty. A poor build for an imperial amber. There's hardly any hop presence; all we get is some generic uninteresting floral and fruity character. I can't guess the hop strain, but it's obvious the choice of hops here is subpar - and downright wrong for an imperial amber. It really needs some hop bitterness to curb the sloppy maltiness.

A messy schizophrenic brew that doesn't really fit into imperial amber or fruit beer style conventions. I can see why it's currently classified as a strong ale, but let's be fair - there just isn't any focus or direction here. Not a gestalt or even cohesive build. Imbalanced and underwhelming. Poor depth of flavour. Below average duration and intensity of flavour. Complicates what should be a simple easily executed concept. Lacks subtlety, intricacy, and nuance.

No yeast character comes through. I do pick up some alcohol presence.

I'm not a big fan of this one. Hot damn, those hop notes are timid.

Mf: Smooth and wet up front, but the cardboard-y notes render it a bit coarser and dryer on the climax, which is unwelcome. Bad body. A bit too thick. A biteen overcarbonated. Not juicy or luscious or creamy. Unrefreshing. Weak. Poor presence on the palate. Badly executed texture. It doesn't suit the flavour profile well at all. A bit gushed.

Not astringent, oily, crisp, hot, or boozy.

Dr: I like the idea of a pomegranate imperial amber, but the execution just isn't good. For starters, even the base is badly done and just isn't hoppy enough or balanced enough to satisfy imperial amber conventions. Overall, it has an unbecoming artificial feel and taste to it that suggest artificial flavours/extracts were used. This is yet another disappointing beer from Shmaltz that I wouldn't recommend to friends.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive copper-amber color, slightly hazy. Two-finger head that settles in a rocky fashion

Caramel malt provides a slight sweet smell along with a mild hop background.

The taste is very similar to the smell. It has a brandy-like richness and alcohol burn on the tongue. The aftertaste is more of the same. I can detect light hop. I cannot detect any pomegranate. Oily palate. Basically a near Barley Wine. (410 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.39/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (514 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed copper with a thin head that soon becomes a slowly disappearing patch.

The smell is of citrus (I'll take that to be the pomegranate, though the hops may have an input there, too) and caramel.

The taste is of pomegranate - Citric in a sweet way. Brown sugar with caramel adds to the sweetness, though there is a balancing bitterness that struggles to keep up and balances it out fairly well. Overall, it has a balanced sweet character.

Medium-bodied and smooth, the alcohol is well-hidden until the aftertaste sets in.

When I was drinking this, I assumed that it would be classified as a fruit beer, but am pleased to see it in the strong ale category. I did not change my score as it is still fitting - well-above the typical fruit beer, but just "good" as a strong ale/imp. amber. It is interesting and tasty enough to check out, for sure! (865 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, roasted scent along with a mild pomegranate aroma. It's roasted with a warming aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a warm, crystal malt flavor along with a slightly acidic pomegranate flavor. The fruit doesn't seem to blend well with the boldness of the beer. It has a roasted quality as well as a burnt toffee finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but nothing I would buy again. The two sides just don't fit together. Dump the pomegranate. (651 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the pomegranate with some toffee. I also get a little bit of cherry and some red grapes. The flavor is more of the same with a ton of pomegranate as well as some grapes and cherries. The fruit really stands out, but the toffee and some alcohol are also present. Overall, the beer is very sweet, which makes it hard to drink too much of. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (459 characters)

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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.