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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Origin Pomegranate AleHe'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

367 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%


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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jakon

Oregon

3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle purchased for $4.99 on 7-1-7 at Tanasbourne Haggen.

Not much carbonation in this one, as evidenced by the feeble hiss let out by the cracked crown. An aggressive pour yields about an inch and a half of beaten egg-white textured foam perched atop a copper colored beer. The aroma is similar to many amber ales, but with a hint of pomegranate in the mix. The taste is very subtle. Good balance between the malt, hops, and pomegranate. Although, I had anticipated and hoped for a bit more pomegranate character. I think I was looking for a little more of a wow factor, considering the strength and novelty of this brew. Overall, it's good, but just doesn't quite sizzle my grease.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 04:09:07 | More by jakon
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, no freshness/brewed on info to be seen, but plenty of other info about the brewery and beer on the label. Pours dark/blood orange amber, fairly clear, light tan head, that initially showed moderate retention, receedes and then leaves some fine and blotchy lacing. Fruity nose. Fruity, malty, easy drinking/tasty brew. Grapey fruit present in the background. 8% no where to be scene. Well worth trying this nicely crafted brew

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 01:03:47 | More by Billolick
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phisig137

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber, burnt orange color, with a one finger head. Little retention leaves nothing but a thin layer of bubbles on top of the glass.

Aroma is filled with grain and fruit. Slightly toasted grain yields some biscuit like aromas, and a bit of caramel hints as well. Fruit is present, but well integrated. If I didn't know, I wouldn't have picked pomegranates as the fruit.

Flavor is well balanced and smooth. Not sweet at all, like many non-lambic fruit beers tend to be.... this has more of a slightly tart pomegranate flavor (much akin to a watered down POM juice). Great pomegranate flavor, considering how mild that fruit typicaly is. Well integrated into the beer, and finishes surprisingly hoppy. Mouthfeel is Creamy and smooth, with fairly low carbonation. Drinkability is great, this hides its 8% quite well.

Overall, a pretty tasty, and definitely different beer. He'brew is one of those beers that I always avoided, thinking them to be gimmick-y. The more I drink of their beers, the more I like them. He'brew really does produce a solid product. While this may not be as good as some of their others (think Lenny Bruce), it is still a very good offering. I'd buy it again, especially at the fantastic $4.29 a bomber. Recommended and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 00:39:00 | More by phisig137
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rkuhnel

California

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was from a 22 oz bomber and poured a slightly cloudy amber color, with a big white head, that slowly faded leaving good lacing. Great nose on this beer with lots of fruits and pomegranate aromas, along with citrus hops. But basically you can detect the pomegranate in this beer and it is not overwhelming at all. Good clean mouthfeel Flavor is again pomegranate nicely balanced with the hops, and is nice and subtle, and the finish is a nice bitter that is long and enjoyable. Overall this beer is unique and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 05:51:17 | More by rkuhnel
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nickss

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, deep orange with a sizeable 2" cream-colored head. Quite nice looking.

Quite a bit more hop in the nose than I was expecting. Smells quite a bit like Arrogant Bastard, honestly, and that's not a bad thing... the malt rises up to do battle with the hops, and while the hops certainly win out in the beginning, the warmth of the beer scores a sure victory for the maltiness in this brew. Surprisingly, no pomegranate aroma is to be found. Not sure yet if that's a good thing.

Ahhh... there's the pomegranate... a rich sweetness hits the front of the tongue, but is certainly not overwhelming by any means. It's more of a sidenote really. In my opinion, this is how fruit beers SHOULD be. It still tastes like a very solid beer, just with a touch of something new to it. Exceptionally well done for a fruit beer.

A medium bodied mouthfeel with a load of carbonation. If I had my druthers, the carbonation would be toned down a notch. Still, nothing to complain about.

Extremely drinkable and even refreshing for a strong ale. Another very solid offering from this NY brewery. L'Chaim!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 23:20:07 | More by nickss
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bradybeer

California

4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper brown-with a thin head and medium carbonation. Tasting this beer at a brewfest in San Francisco didn't do it justice. Taste is lightly sweet with bitter finish-i can't tell if the bitterness comes from h hops or the Pomegrante. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkabliy is high-I love this beer. When I first heard of the He'Brew beers I thought what a marketing move and didn't think much of them-until I tried them-I am hooked!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 22:22:57 | More by bradybeer
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jettjon

Florida

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bomber with no date evident, into a cervoise. My first kosher beer! An attractive amber-brown color with good clarity and light bubbles. Thick brown-tan cap, moderate fade to a thin cap and solid ring with plenty of scattered, sticky lacing. My expectations weren’t high, but I’m already impressed. Good nose as well, sharp sweet malt with hints of hops and sweet fruit (no doubt pomegranate, but I’m not familiar with that fruit). Hints of alcohol. In the mouth, it’s again a good balance between sweet malt, subtle fruity sweetness, hops, and traces of warming alcohol. Ends on a biting bitter note, but not overwhelming. Good flavor all around. Mouth is another pleasant surprise, nicely viscous with gentle carbonation, slick and pleasing on the palate. Drinkability is good; it’s tasty and easy-going, and the 8% ABV is well integrated.

Overall: Wow, my first Kosher beer, and a pomegranate beer at that; this one is a solid pleaser. Good looking, good tasting, easy drinking. If you spot one, pick it up. Not anything I’d stock up on, but I wouldn’t pass it up if given the chance again.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 22:57:15 | More by jettjon
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arguemaniac

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A superb amber ale, lighted toastly and well-hopped, with just the right amount of pomegranate fruit character thrown in there to perfectly accentuate the grainy malt sweetness.

Honestly one of the best fruit beers I’ve had in a while: no sugary fruitiness sweetness, and it’s just a great amber ale to begin with. On top of that, the 8% abv is well-hidden.

Recommended…

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 22:29:45 | More by arguemaniac
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into 25mL Heineken glass

A - Pours a sort of orange/ruby transparency with minimal 1/4inch head. Lacing proves to be minimal as well.

S - Sweet fruity malt with surprisingly subdued, but still apparent, hints of pomegranate. Maybe a touch of caramel in the sugary malt. Overall its rather inviting, especially for an imperial amber ale.

T - Very similar to the taste, with sugary malt and pomegranate fruit esters combining to form a tasty brew. Very little hop activity, resulting in a finish that hardly dries at all. Woody, earthy malt flavors add to the slight complexity of this beer.

M - Minimal carbonation that is smooth and slightly cloying in the middle and finish.

D - Tasty and enjoyable with an alcohol content that is hardly noticeable. An easy drinking beer that is definitely worth a try and probably worth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 17:11:06 | More by gmcfarre
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BurnsTau

Alabama

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber, good small head.

Smells immediately are a bit fruity, I'm not a big pomegranate fan but I suppose that is what comes through good malt and earthy aromas as well. Taste isn't as fruity as a beer with pomagranate in the name as you think it would. Great earthy flavors, mostly malty with a bit of sweetness. Hops are pretty tame in this beer, as they should be. Great strong flavors all around, recommended at least to try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2007 21:20:18 | More by BurnsTau
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nickfl

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 06:30:22 | More by nickfl
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rattech

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish brown with a nice two inch head. This appears to more red (as opposed to brown or orange) then most beers. Looks tasty.

Smell: Sweet, but I don't detect a strong pomegranate smell. I'm not sure if I am glad there isn't an overpowering smell of pomegranate or not....

Taste: Fairly sweet, I can detect the pomegranate but it isn't very pronounced. The beer is slightly bitter, but nothing overpowering. The alcohol is only a little detectable. This is a solid albeit mild fruit beer, great for a summer day.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin for a high alcohol beer, a little better then average.

Drinkability: One bomber is probably enough for dinner and after dinner. I would consider buying this again, and it was pretty reasonable (5 dollars) for the bomber. The 8% alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 23:30:48 | More by rattech
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very clear and bright... it's a base of medium amber with pinkish orange highlights. The head is pretty thin. The aroma has some tea-like sweetness to it, along with a plummy fruitiness. On the palate, some metallic twang first off before things sweeten a bit with caramel malts and fruit juice, then dry out with a couple different hop sensations -- some English earthyness and a bit of American pine-infused hops, both of which form some substantial bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, with plenty of hop resins and some sharp hop after-flavors. Overall, this is a good fruit beer, but it doesn't come close to the Genesis pomegranate ale from He'Brew. Each part of this beer is decent, but the hop flavors never really gel with the pomegranate notes.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 00:27:15 | More by geexploitation
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear garnet in color with a nice looking head of off-white that has minimal retention and some sticky lace.

Aroma is sweet and fruity, with red berry, apple, caramel, and toast.

Flavor is similar, although I was expecting a stronger pomegranet flavor. It has soft undertones of berries and rhubarb with caramel malt and minimal hop flavors.

Body is medium to big, slick, slippery, and creamy textured. Average drinkability. I was a bit underwhelmed by this one, although it's rather unique.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 23:11:52 | More by AlexJ
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micahgoldfus

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber, with a 1 finger head. Looked tasty! Smelled of sweet caramel malts, with some fruit hints, but not necessarily pomegranate. I could sense some berry flavor in there as well. The taste was solid, malty with fruit undertones, and well complimented with hops to give it a crisp, lightly bitter, dry finish. No trace of alochol. Many fruit beers get it wrong: the taste is dominated by fruit and has malt compliments. This beer gets it right: malt taste with fruit compliments.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 15:25:30 | More by micahgoldfus
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled April 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, frothy, lightly ambered, tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, cranberry-amber colored brew. Initially the aroma smells quite malty with notes of biscuits, toasted grain and some light caramel. It soon starts to pick up a fruitiness to it that once noticed cannot be dismissed. The fruit aromatics smell berry like, perhaps a touch like a fruit focused wine, or maybe even like a water downed wine-cooler.

The taste has a light sweetness to it, but that is not what one really notices after the first sip. There is a strong flavor of spice; something that is almost hot (though not from higher alcohols), and a finish that is like a dry, spicy wine (though this beer is not dry, though not really sweet either). Notes of berries, pithy raspberry notes, a touch of tannic cranberry skin (without the fleshy cranberry flavor itself) and some definite fruity acidity are all noticeable here. There is some malt flavors here as well, just not enough; notes of toasted grain, biscuits and crackers are all noticeable at times.

I'll give these guys props for making some really interesting beers lately, but unfortunately they have not really been all that good. They are not bad either, but that isn't quite what I am looking for in a beer. This is drinkable, but just doesn't quite seem to work.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 21:41:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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Zorro

California

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite nice looking in the glass, Slightly chill hazed orange colored beer with a nice tall tan colored head.

The smell is sweet and spicy and a bit fruity. Probably has a pomegranate smell but I don't really remember what one smells like. The spice in the scent reminds me of oak and cinnamon.

The taste begins sweet and woody with a bit of cinnamon bark stick taste and a decent bitterness in the finish. As I drink this it becomes a little sweet and fruity with a decent malty ale underneath. Hop bitterness is proportional to the malt and is about right.

The mouthfeel is good.

An easy to drink ale that completely hides the alcohol content. This could put a hurting on the unsuspecting beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 23:39:47 | More by Zorro
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Braudog

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 22oz bottle: Poure with a substantial amount of airy head over a highly sheened light-reddish amber glossy brew. I can’t say that I can discern any special aroma here, if any at all. As I sip, it’s also difficult to differentiate any distinguishable flavor ... I get a smooth malty beer ... but as it warms there is this unidentifiable earthy warmth. I’d initially identify it as a big dark honey, but this must be the pomegranate at work. I can honestly say I have no idea what a pomegranate tastes like, let alone pre-judge whether it belongs in beer. This is a strong lightly colored ale with the body and flavor of a darker, richer brew, warm and heartening. Decent. (#2797, 4/14/2007)

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 23:24:49 | More by Braudog
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2007 06:26:49 | More by feloniousmonk
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GClarkage

California

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/08/07- Purchased at Piazza's Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Amber-brown in color. Maybe a 1/2 inch head which erodes fairly quickly. Leaves behind some decent lace trails though.

Smell- IPA-esque in the nose. Some toasted malt followed by some mild pine and lemony fruited hops. Seems more malty in the smell.

Taste- The nose knows. Pretty nice mid range toasted malt flavor carries the brew. The hops are pine and light grapefruit bittered followed by a oh so light touch of pomegrante. Kinda like someone dropped an ounce of Pom into the beer.

Mouthfeel- Crisp mid range carbonation, seems a tad lighter mouthfeel for a 8% brew.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine, if not pretty tasty brew from He'Brew. Almost can say sessionable. Wish it had a touch more pomegrante flavor though.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 02:03:37 | More by GClarkage
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a small white head that thins. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is piney hops with a slight sweet caramel malt background. No detectable pomegranate in the aroma, no matter how much I let it warm.

Sweet upfront with a piney hop taste. Drops into a mild caramel malt flavor with just a touch of fruity pomegranate. A medium bitterness sets in, but is not enough to prevent it from finishing sweet with a lingering hop flavor.

Medium body, solid carbonation.

Overall decent and drinkable, but nothing special. I had hoped to taste some pomegranate, but it's really more of an afterthought. Worth a try, but don't expect too much.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 03:08:09 | More by MaltyGoodness
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm surprised to be only the 2nd person to review this beer. It'a absolutley amazing! Purchased a 22oz bomber from Market of Choice, Coburg Rd, Eugene, OR.

Pours an absolutely beautiful deep amber color. White foamy head settles to a minimal level and remains for a while. Not overly carbonated, as a small amount of bubbles rise fairly steadily. Smells only faintly like pomegranates, which is surprising. Taste is a bit like a good ipa, very hoppy but very well balanced. Very smooth, slightly drying moutfeel. Quite possibly one of the best beers i've ever had. I've had a few, and don't give that praise easily.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 00:18:10 | More by BigJTrucker
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This showed up on the store's order today and I figured I'd give it a try. Billed as an "imperial amber ale brewed with luscious pomegranate juice". Cool background label artwork of pomegranate trees, and a rabbi holding a beer around the neck.
The body is a deep orange color with bright orange highlights, topped by a small white head that promptly disappears. Understated aroma of sweet caramel malt, some dark fruit, and a touch of lightly spicy pomegranate juice. Palate is a blend of caramel malt and some light, fruity hops. The pomegranate flavor emerges mid-palate and imparts a significant dry bitterness towards the finish. The malt profile becomes a bit more agreeable as the beer warms, taking on a mildly sweet, biscuity character. Body is substantial, but the low level of carbonation makes it seem a little thin for such a strong beer. A decent offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 06:41:52 | More by ElGordo
He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.