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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

382 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 382
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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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a hazed cherry color with a bubbly, off-white foam. Not much retention but does show some nice lacing.

Nose is caramel, toasty malt with not as much pomegranate tartness as I was expecting. Fruitiness is there in small amounts along with a fair amount of alcohol.

Tart fruit meet caramel and burning toffee malt, interesting and quite good. Light sweetness and has only hints of pomegranate as opposed to a full on fruit explosion. Well done Schmaltz. Mouthfeel is creamy enough with a nice balance of fruity sweetness. One of the better He'brew beers I have tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 14:51:33 | More by twiggamortis420
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a promising dark amber color, with a decent bit of off-white foam. Big fruity aromas (pomegranate, dark cherries, blackberries) with some biscuity malt and caramel. On the palate, some of the same fruit, brown sugar and a lingering fruitiness. Not bad, but not worth buying again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 06:13:52 | More by emmasdad
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TheSarge

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very hazy and caramel in color. There was a little bit of off white head. I accidently left this one in the freezer too long, so that is likely the blame for the miniscule head presentation.

I can't really detect much in the aroma, but for some slight honey with a bit of fruitiness.

In the taste I get the luscious pomegranate, along with some caramel sweetness and a bitter grapefruit finish.

This is full in body with a bit of carbonation, with a slight warming feeling in the end.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 23:06:40 | More by TheSarge
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philbertk

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shmaltz Brewing Company--He'Brew "The Chosen Beer"--Origin Pomegranate Imperial Amber Ale--2007 22 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. 55 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Imperial--Pome. Mild lacy head. Slightly cloudy bright amber orange color. Mellow floral pomegranate hop front.Dry sweet crisp thin smooth caramel pomegranate fruit mild ester body. Tangy dry sweet hop fruit spicy end. Sampled 5/30/2007.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 04:32:24 | More by philbertk
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bradleyp

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a big fan of fruit beers, but I'll try not to be too judgemental on this beer. The color is a dark hazy brown. Smell of pomegranate kills the nose, but I could swear I smelled some sort of chocolate in there as well. Not a very drinkable beer. The flavor is fruity with raspberry and a boat load of pomegranate. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes fruity beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 06:44:55 | More by bradleyp
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I know this isn't a highly sought after brew, but I've been looking forward to this one for a while...

A - A fingers worth of fizzy ecru colored head that quickly fades away leaving only the slightest splotchy film of lace... Amber in color, though that simple description doesn't do this mix of brown, red, and orange any justice... Trace amounts of small bubbled carbonation can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass towards to the top of the snifter...

S - A fairly muted aroma by American Strong Ale standards... Buttered toast... Pomegranate... Not much else... Simple, yet pleasant...

T - There is a lot going on the palette, but I wouldn't necessarily deem in complex... Unfortunately is more of an odd mix of flavors that don't work together or compliment one another... Sour pomegranates... The strong astringent alcohol presence... A minor hop presence... A faint toasted malt base...

M - A sturdy medium bodied offering... Astringent... Turns exceedingly dry and chalky on the finish...

D - I would neither recommend nor drink again in the future... I was eagerly awaiting a chance to try this and was severely let down.. The appearance and aroma start out innocently enough, but this one quickly drops off from there... A little bit of a struggle to finish... He'brew makes many excellent beers, this one just isn't for me...

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 02:29:08 | More by philbe311
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Mosstrooper

California

4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium stemmed glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy reddish-brown color with a medium-sized off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a thick lace.

Smell: Some buttered toast smells with sweet pomegranate. Slight nutty aromas in the background.

Taste: Sweet and tart pomegranate in the beginning, with a toasty finish that has a fairly heavy bitterness in the back of the throat. Also has hints of bittersweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fairly sharp carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer and is deceptively drinkable for its style. The pomegranate in this is mixed in very well and doesn't overwhelm other attributes of the beer as happens all too often with flavored beers. Give this one a try!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 01:40:46 | More by Mosstrooper
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 23:00:47 | More by biboergosum
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sirdrinkwell

Florida

2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: burnt copper/amber in color, quickly fading head, looks nice and dirty with all the dark haziness...

s: i expected more of the pomegranate in the nose, but i was impressed more by yeastiness, and a bit of malt...underwhelming, not what i expected.

t: tart and bittersweet, acidic, though the pomegranate itself hardly takes recognizable shape in the front or back end. malty and yeasty, this tastes like a project still in development, not a finished product.

m: acidic, aftertaste is a thick coat of malty oil.

d: luckily, i'm thirsty...so this will work for me right now. but i seriously doubt i'll ever pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 04:21:53 | More by sirdrinkwell
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark bronze, nice off white head that leaves slowly to ring. Some cling lace.

S - Malty, ending in a sharper fruit bit right at the end.

T - Malt is right there, then there is a kind of creamy whitewash, followed by a very light, slightly tart finish.

M - Medium body, creamy center, fair balance.

D - Would tire after awhile. Nice enough offering, just not much there to applaud or boo.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 03:13:56 | More by srandycarter
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a growler purchased today from Green's at Piney Grove in Columbia!

A: Beautiful dark amber. Hazy with a nice 1-2 finger tan head that disolves slowly with nice lacing.

S: Mild citrus from that pomegranate. Mild malty and hoppy background. Not a heavy scent in any form, but I'm hoping the taste will outshine the smell.

T&M: Crisp, very tart up front with a nice mild sweet flavor from the pomegranates, obviously. Medium bodied with a pucker after-effect that is very distinct.

Come on folks. I believe the ratings are fairly harsh based on the brew. If you don't like pomegranate, you probably won't like this brew. This is QUALITY STUFF! Pomegranates are not my favorite and strong ales are definitely not my preference, but this is a great combination of a well-balanced fruit beer. I am really impressed with Shmaltz since my first 'Messiah Bold' experience. 'Lenny RIPA' is awesome and this 'Origin' is great.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2010 00:48:38 | More by cdizinno
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A poor offering with little, if anything, making it interesting, and a general range that falls short of mediocrity.

Presentation: 22 oz brow capped bottle. Red, orange, and blue label over the image of a pomegranate tree with a celebration of the founding of the brewery on the branches. Lacks any clear bottling or freshness date. Side narrative explains the history, content, and intent. Shows Alc. by Vol. (8%) and Kosher Certified emblem. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber pour with a good frothy head, medium to poor retention and lacing.

S - Nose ranges form nothing to a minimal range, rather poor, with a bit of lager skunkiness, bitter tones with the faintest of fruity hints in a very remote background.

T - Taste is one-dimensional and not all that enticing with a predominating bitter sense, rather aggressive lingering on bad lager tones, metallic touch and a faint and failing fruity touch buried under the mono-chord flatness.

M - Medium-light body with generous carbonation.

D - Nah, it hardly makes itself drinkable for a glass let alone a full bottle. Pomegranate if buried and almost non-existent and the rest is rather uninviting.

Notes: It´s not that their brews are particularly remarkable, other than from the identity and marketing standing point, but this is surely the poorest offering I have tried form this brewery, and well below a passable standard being not only a bit ugly but so unfortunately uninspiring.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 20:08:53 | More by Daniellobo
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matjack85

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this 22oz brown bottle at Sal's in Addison, IL for $4.99 thinking I found my first Israeli beer, but upon reading the label I discovered it is brewed by the Shmaltz Brewery in San Francisco. Oh well, it's still a new brewery for me, so I bought it home to try it. No freshness date to be found but plenty of information about the beer on the bottle provided you have a magnifying glass to read it (the print is that small).

The beer poured a hazy, reddish, copper-orange color and made a 2 finger white head that lasted several minutes, leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

The smell was nice but surprisingly mild. The pomegranate does not even produce the main aroma here. Caramel malt dominates, and then that malt smell that you get from those chocolate covered malt ball candies is the next malty smell that I get. If I didn't know this was made with pomegranates I would have thought this was a cherry flavored beer judging from the smell. A slight hop presence completes the aroma.

Nice malty flavor to start - more caramel than anything. Then the cherry-pomegranate flavor adds some juiciness and tartness, with the hops kicking in towards the middle and staying through to the finish. There is also some yeasty bread-like wheat flavor to this as well. It's sweet, bready, fruity, and hoppy, but still really mild. Not an overpowering beer as far as flavors go. Not too many beers out there that use 6 different malts, 5 different hops, and then add a fruit to the mix. It's a pleasant and interesting blend of flavors but I still can't say I was overwhelmed by the taste.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with rather low carbonation which I thought could have been higher.

The 8% abv is not that noticeable, so it is easy to drink, but I don't know that I would want to share more than 1 bottle at a time.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 22:19:47 | More by matjack85
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Seanibus

California

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh, Ok, I guess. It does capture some of the zingy acidic feel of a real pomegranate, but I am not sure it adds much to beer.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a very slight, late developing head (took quite a vigorous pour to get much of anything and it went down fast). The aroma is generically amber, malty, a little sweet, with a bit of unidentifiable acidic fruit. The flavor resolves better, with a clear pomegranate effect over a sweet, amber malty backbone, with some slight toffee and breadiness. But the effect is less like eating Pomegranate pips than mixing a little Campari with your Amber Ale. Not that it's a bad thing, just not quite what I had expected. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but not unpleasantly so.

Not bad, better than some others (such as the Saranac Pomegranate wheat), but still more of a gimmick than an enduring trend.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 23:54:56 | More by Seanibus
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JoePat

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this 22oz for a dollar at a local beer store so thought it might be worth a try.
Pours a copper red with a white head.
Smells like a spicy honey but the honey smell is strong.
Definately taste the pomegranante along with some spices.
Mouth feel is kind of dry/hard. Aside from that it is a drinkable beer.
I would say it is worth the dollar I spent...if not more.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 01:48:40 | More by JoePat
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Origin Pomegranate piqued my interest as I fished for sampling wares at the sterling Sun Singer. The price, as usual for He'Brew, was right--$5.29.

A fat slightly tan finger of froth caps a hazy amber-orange body. The head rapidly recedes, leaving modest lacing on the Duvel sampling tulip. The nose is unsurprisingly sweet, filled with sweet pomegranate, some caramel, and a whiff of piney hops that would be most welcome if it figured more prominently in OP.

Good taste, sweeter than most strong ales. Primarily pomegranate, some caramel, a hint of chocolate. Nice taste, and with a good strong ale kick from a strong but not overwhelming strong ale ABV (8.0%). The more I drink this, the more it reminds me of Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown Ale.

At the same time, what sets Tommyknocker's INBA apart is a deep, complex set of flavors--coffee, chocolate, and a nutty glaze--that Origin Pomegranate lacks, despite its nice flavor and accessibility. It shares the creamy smooth mouthfeel, and I like what He'Brew is going for here with the sweeter strong ale--a nod to creativity. Yet He'Brew falls short in the mouthfeel, to me, for the brief but welcome advanced notice of piney hops--for that matter, any hops--does not materialize in the taste or texture. The dense, sweet malt negates that rich, wonderful side of strong ale--the hops that could be resiny, piney, gritty, but again the HOPS--that round out the special strong ales. Recently, when I enjoyed Founders' brilliant Curmudgeon, the hop-malt tango was masterful. Here, the dense, sweet, creative, and nice malt submerges what hops reside in OP, both in taste and texture.

In all, it's an innovative brew and a unique strong ale. But while I love He'Brew's big, bold, brawny beers and overall approach, this is one case when including 10,000 pomegranates was fine in theory, but in practice lacked some of the very elements in more balanced, hopped-up strong ales that I have come to know, enjoy, and love.

A fine effort, certainly worth a go, but probably not for everyone, especially people searching for a more hoppy strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 00:53:05 | More by Gehrig
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hophead247

California

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with an obvious tone of red-purple from the pomegranate. Aroma is sweet and sugary, some sourness, and pomegranate. Flavor is tart from the fruit and has a grapefruity bitterness, but also sweet with caramel tones. Palate is nicely carbonated with medium body. Not bad, though not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 01:46:04 | More by hophead247
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, somewhat murky reddish-orange color. The off-white head is short but reasonably persistent, with a dense, creamy texture. There is a little lacing left along the glass.

S: A tangy, musky fruitiness is apparent in the nose. There are also notes of caramel and flowery hops. Some citrus and pomegranate aromas mingle well with a vaguely tart yeastiness.

T: A moderately malty caramel flavor up front. Fruity, but in a dry, tealike, hoppy sense, with citric and floral notes blending with mild juicy pomegranate flavors. Bitterness is moderately high, and sweetness is low. There's a bit of alcoholic punch toward the finish.

M: Fairly full-bodied, with low, soft carbonation. A generally smooth feel. A bit of booze in the finish, but it adds to the beer.

D: I've been waiting for this beer to open up a little as I've worked through the bomber, but it hasn't really. This is a fine beer, but it seems lightly flavored for a strong ale, and not nearly as fruity as I was expecting. I'm mildly disappointed, but this is still an interesting beer; it's not like there are dozens of imperial pomegranate amber ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 01:36:40 | More by Clydesdale
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a DFH Signature glass.

Deep reddish-amber in color with a bit of haze; this one was shaken up a bit on the ride home before being decanted, which may have contributed some to the clarity issue. Gives rise to a one-and-a-half fingered head of beige foam that shows excellent retention and sticks to the walls of the glass, leaving behind thick splotches of lacing.

In the nose, a light fruity essence is apparent, though not necessarily immediately attributable to pomegranate; its difficult to really pin down, being almost akin to raspberry in nature. Sweet malt takes the stage next to the tart fruitiness. No discernible hop aroma.

Body is medium-full, with a rather light level of carbonation in the mouthfeel. The fruit character is not nearly so noticeable as in the nose, though the sweetness is there alongside a firm body of malt. Lightly bitter, slightly resinous and herbaceous hops make themselves known in the middle, with a finish that leans on the sweet end with a light fruitiness and a lingering dryness; alcohol is well-hidden until the beer warms to room temperature, where it barely peeks through in the finish.

An interesting ale, but the pomegranate could perhaps be a bit more apparent; opponents of fruit beers may disagree, though, and so perhaps the malt-forward balance is a bit more appropriate for the masses. Still, from an ale in which pomegranate is so key a player, I'd like to see a bit more of the fruit's character.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 04:50:57 | More by superdedooperboy
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copperish, orange, hazy. Thinking I might be in hefe territory. Smells nice, the fruity essence of pomegranite and sugar isn't necessarily the most beercentric aroma, but its not offputting.

Taste, pomegranite not as noticeable, the sweet, much moreso, it almost dominates. More than a hint, but not like, lambic style. Meh.

Mouthfeel, sugar stays, big in the profile, not very drinkable, as it makes you treat it as more of a desert beer than desired.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 01:19:02 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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mrshoppy44

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the binnys in the south loop has a great selection of hebrews. i tried the 13th and the pomegranate at the same time and i just fell in love with them both but there is something about the pomegranate. i love the look, smell, taste. it just set well with the tastes i was look for!
thanks hebrew for the wonderful selection keep up the wonderful job looking foward to the 14th as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 01:03:28 | More by mrshoppy44
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PintOHops

California

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared a clouded orange/copper color, aggressive pour only produced a 1 finger head. Retention was lacking & lacing was so little it's not worth mentioning. Smelled of big fruity pomegranate & berry upfront, good amount of detectable malty notes as well, I got caramel/cracker/biscuit & a touch of molasses, very nice and balanced aroma!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted of, lots of lightly toasted malts throughout, caramel & biscuit, molasses, fruity pomegranate & berry notes are there but brighter on the finish. Very balanced flavor profile, some nice hop bitterness on the finish, as well as a bit of lingering molasses like malty flavors, there's some alcohol in there as well but nothing that makes it less drinkable. Mouthfeel was medium-full bodied but more so on the full side with some moderate carbonation that added a refreshing lite crispness, otherwise very smooth & complimenting to the flavor profile.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This beer was surprisingly drinkable, I expected it to be to fruity & overpowered with pomegranate, but I was wrong. I loved the balancing malty flavors with the nice touch of hop bitterness towards the finish, I could easily drink 2-3 pints of this before I got tired of it. I enjoyed this one & I think it's worth a try. Cheers to all!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 01:03:12 | More by PintOHops
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Patrick999

Florida

2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured into a Watou chalice. Cloudy gold, with a touch of red. Very little foam. Not much of a pour, truth be told.

S - There's something fruity in the aroma, though I wouldn't immediately peg it as the pomegranate it is. Not unpleasant, but beyond that it doesn't have much aroma.

T - I'll start with the back end, because that's the best part of this beer. Only then do I get a tangy pomegranate taste. Up front, it tastes like a too-strong pale ale. Astringent bitter hop presence and a lot of perceived alcohol. I like the pomegranate on the back end, but I can get that in a glass of POM.

F - I kinda like the slightly thin feel. If it wasn't somewhat thin, I don't think I could finish a glass.

D - OK, I lied. I'm not going to finish a glass. I thought this beer was going to taste more like this brewery's 10:10, which I very much enjoyed. The interplay of bitter, tangy and alcoholic here isn't doing it for me, with very little malt taste to help smooth things out. Probably my least favorite beer from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 21:54:07 | More by Patrick999
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Tone

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, brown with a dark golden color along the bottom. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus, yeast, sweet malt, slight hop, toffee, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, citrus, slight hops, sweet malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, a good tartness level, nice blend, and good body.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 02:16:19 | More by Tone
He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.