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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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382 Ratings

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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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Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pinkish-orange colour, with a few pockets of large-bubbled carbonation. Really hard to induce a head, even with a pretty vigorous pour. Nice colour, but it looks insipid with no head. A shame.

Nice fruity hint on the nose - a bit thin, but pleasant. Unusually, it's more of an American hop aroma than the scent of pomegranate. Bit of peach and pineapple, not a huge nose, but nice. There's probably a little input from the pomegranate as well, but I genuinely think it's a hop aroma first.

Hmm. It's quite strongly hopped on the palate. More bitter than I was expecting. Starts off tasting like a standard APA, with a sharp piquancy, but then slides off into a lightly woody, herby sweetness, which, because I've never encountered anything quite like it before, I'll have to put down to the pomegranate. There's also an underlying alcohol character at the very end, which isn't unpleasant - in fact, it gives a kick to what is otherwise a reasonably bland beer.

Mouthfeel is thin to moderate, pretty standard for a lower gravity brew, I might have expected a little more from something they describe as "Imperial".

It's not bad. Very drinkable, but unfortunately, not very exciting. Still, I'd pick it up again, and it's definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 02:31:36 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of nickd717


3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper color with a small white head. About what you'd expect for an amber ale.

S - This is where it really excels. Aroma of piney hops, caramel malt, and some fruit.

T - Starts off strong with caramel malt and pomegranate, then hops, and then...well, not much. The finish is a little disappointing.

M - Very good for an amber ale. Smooth and medium bodied.

D - Fairly drinkable. I had a 22 ouncer and definitely wouldn't have minded a little more.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 06:01:58 | More by nickd717
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

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

I like the discription of American Strong Ale...might as well have a 'Let 'Er Rip Boys!' tag at the end of the description...lol

Despite the ASA tag it does say amber ale on the bottle. This poured a very hazy dark aprocot-bordering-on-cooper hue with a cool cascading carbonation action that was very nitro-tap/can-like. Rich head with some really sticky lacing. Good work so far.

RIch, sweet caramel malt and a very floral fruitiness come to mind here

Taste is reminicent of a west coast amber, but without the overdose of citrus hop. Citrus hop and sweet malt tend to march in step. I noticed a bit of tartness, no doubt due to the pomegranite. Finish was tea-like and fairly dry & bitter. Decently full body -wise. A touch on the sweet side is the only negative I can dredge up against it taste/mouthfeel wise.

Not sure if I was expecting a lambic here, but given the bottle label description as a flavored amber ale it certainly fit the bill as a good bet.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 03:23:49 | More by Shadman
Photo of iuhophead87


3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale---

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- The beer does pour a copper orange with an ivory head. However, I was expecting something with more of a redish hue more like pomegranate juice.
S- The smell of raisins and over ripe pomegranates is very strong. You can also notice the alcohol aroma along with caramel.
T- Yes you can taste the pomegranate, but it is the pine that I taste the most. A little sweet and syrupy that leaves your tongue sticky.
MF- Very smooth and the alcohol is hidden very well.
D-Although it is a very drinkable beer I was a little disappointed in the overall quality of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 19:16:05 | More by iuhophead87
Photo of PatronWizard


2.38/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

First time trying a product from this brewery. I like the play on words and grabbed a bomber. Here goes...

Pours an amber orange haze. Looks like orange marmalade. Unimpressive head.

Smells like orange marmalade. May be connected to the appearance as a smell expectation, but that's what I smell. Sue me. And I don't really like the smell.

Taste - I don't like it. I like pomegranate, but I can't detect that flavor here. It is after all the only ale of its kind. Good. I won't be buying this again. Sticky sweet syrup.

So that's my notes, and I'm sitting here now trying to give this a chance. What can I say, I'm a fair kinda dude. Bottle's a little over half gone and I still don't like it.

Overall: I'll definitely give this brewer another chance but not this product.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 05:01:30 | More by PatronWizard
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New York

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a 4oz glass.

L - slightly hazed orange/amber color with a beige head.

S - sweet malts and a light fruitiness.

T - malty sweet with a light medicine taste, finishing with mild bitterness.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - I enjoyed what I had.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 01:16:06 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Stateline in Elkton, MD at the end of July. Cracked open the bottle last night to drink.

A- Body is a nearly transparent saturated amber hue. Pours with an off-white rusty colored foamy head that quickly subsides to a thin collar. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Nose is distinctly hoppy. Hop scents are somewhat earthy in nature but pine and citrus also make a slight presence. Also noted is a sugary sweetness.

T-Slightly sweet pomegranate upfront with a citrus hop accent and a sound malt backbone. Earthy hop and some mild pine hop flavors come through for the finish. What is left to linger is bitter hop resin of medium strength, and some piny and fruity flavors. Nice balance.

M-Medium to high stingy carbonation and a light body that is somewhat oily.

D- This is definitely a different spin on the imperial amber ale. I'm not sure how well the pomegranate fits in with this style and the residual bitterness was a little to high for me-but all in all a decent, drinkable beer. I have an imperial cherry amber in my stash to try soon and we'll see how that compares to this one. Great opportunity to try something from the Shmaltz/He'Brew lineup.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 19:54:58 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of Douglas14


3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Origin has a blood orange color with an impressive head that is off white in color and leaves incredible lace. The smell is sweet and fruity. Yup, definite pomegranate in the taste...if I hadn't known it were pomegranate, I don't think I would have been able to identify the fruit, but because I do know, it makes perfect sense. The taste has more to offer towards the end than it does at the beginning. The alcohol in this beer definitely sneaks up on you...I know 8% isn't over the top, but the Origin drinks like a pale ale. it is not that smooth/silky, but maybe it wasn't meant to be.

Overall, pretty good beer, but I was definitely expecting more from Shmaltz on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2008 01:59:20 | More by Douglas14
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean amber/ copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet fruit/ pomegranate and a nice maltiness. In the taste, big pomegranate flavor, almost tart, and a small malt. A smooth and light to medium mouthfeel, with a small dry to almost tart pomegranate aftertaste. Nice big fruit, somewhat tart and hides the alcohol. Really dig it.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 12:15:53 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of RyanPB

New York

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

At eight percent alcohol, the fruit masks the flavor exceedingly well. Now, to the rest of the review: the color is in line with what you would expect, similar to Saranac Pomegranate Wheat, nothing really spectacular. Nothing noteworthy in the nose, but in my experience, pomegranate is a fairly subtle fruit (an Ex really liked Pom). I really liked the taste. It certainly helped the drinkability. The mouthfeel was off: I would like to have it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 02:17:18 | More by RyanPB
Photo of BMoney575


4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 8-19-08

Pours a cloudy orange/amber, with a filmy head that leaves thin rings of lacing.

Smell is slightly fruity, with a sweet malt underneath and a nice citrus hoppiness in the background.

Taste is much like the smell, subtle sweet malt with a hoppy, yet balanced finish. Very IPA in flavor and execution.

Mouthfeel is nice, thickness to go with the hop flavors.

Drinkability is very good, tasty and just a little on the hoppy side.

Overall, a good, beer. I failed to pick out the pomegranate, but I don't really know what to look for.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 00:32:49 | More by BMoney575
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty interesting beer because from the nose and intial taste it seems Belgian. There is lots of hops around but the style seems like a Belgian Strong Ale. The Pom is in the background and doesn't interfer with the nice balance of the beer. There is a real malt balance to make this very drinkable. First beer I have had from these guys and I look forward to trying more.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 02:11:55 | More by canucklehead
Photo of scruffwhor


3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

ours a vey rosey, copper amber with very little head and no bubbling. Looks a little winey. The aroma has a pomegranate fruitines with some alcohol heat with a light splash of earthiness. Get lots of fruity flavors overall. Taste piecesof apples, pomegranates, figs, and maybe some rose hips. Thehops mix more with the alcohol than the toasted malt flavors. Veyr warm and fruity "feeling" beer...if that makes sense. Syrupy and sweet feeling with lots of warmth, maybe too much.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 04:49:12 | More by scruffwhor
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bottle with lots of nifty pomegranate factoids on the label, poured into a snifter yields a reddish copper-amber body capped with thick ecru foam that reduces to a ring and leaves a bit of webby lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet and fruity, with a heaping helping of succulent pomegranate dripping all over a dry malty note. A light whiff of evergreen attests to the fact that there are definitely some hops in this brew.

The taste is fruity and caramel-sweet with a dry and bitter counter-note of resinous hops right up front. Juicy notes of the featured fruit, alleged by the prophet Muhammad (according to the label) to "purge the system of envy and hatred", pervade the drink without overwhelming the drinker with sweetness, and do, indeed make me feel better and a whole lot less worried about the way things went at work today. (It sucked!)

Mellow, fruity, and flavorful. I have yet to enjoy any beer from He'brew that fails to impress (via the flavor profile) and inform (via the trippy labels). This particular offering is, at its core, a nice and toasty pale ale, but is amped up into something wonderful and marvelously drinkable by adding the Shmaltz-style twist of the unexpectedly delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 00:08:56 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of Proteus93


3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: hazy golden, much like apple juice. A white and foamy head, nice retention. A bitg of fluffy stick like eggwhites.

S: The pomegranate overtakes much of the other aromas. Smells like a pomegranate juice. Perhaps a bit of a yeasty scent?

T: A bit of a roasty malt, but again, it's pretty overpowered by the pomegranate. A bit of hoppy bitterness, but otherwise not much... not really my thing

M + D: Rather smooth, semi-creamy mouthfeel - one of the better aspects to this. Flavour is the weakness and not something I think I'd get again.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 18:05:46 | More by Proteus93
Photo of BeerSox


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

22oz bomber into snifter.

Almost crystal clear ruby hue with a one finger off white head that settles to a rim along the glass.

The aroma is rich with pomegranate with a bit of spice and hop aroma.

Somewhat of a juicy flavor with the bitterness of the hops kicking in. The alcohol adds a little spice as the beer warms. Full bodied with good carbonation. The pomegranate lasts for a while after each sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 02:58:40 | More by BeerSox
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3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice reddish orange color with a fairly decent head that dissipates rather quickly.

S- Quite fruity, with a smell that is distinctly of pomegranate. This is backed by a caramel malt sweetness.

T- The pomegranate flavor is in full force, adding a nice tartness. Backing it is a strong caramel malt flavor. The flavors are nicely balanced. The finish is dry with a light-moderate bitterness.

M- Smooth and medium-bodied with a decent carbonation level.

D- The alcohol isn't too noticeable, but it is a bit high. I don't think I'd want more than one in a sitting, but finishing a bottle isn't hard.

Another good one from He'Brew. It's an interesting beer that integrates the pomegranate flavor well without it becoming overwhelming. It's a bit of a novelty, yes, and certainly not an everyday drinker, but it's still tasty. I suggest giving it a try, especially if you like pomegranates. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 05:32:18 | More by vtfan77
Photo of shadow1961


4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale, like a lot of their other beers,
is informed by points of Judaeica- Pomegranates serving metaphorical
duties in the Torah. As cited on the label, this is an "imperial amber
ale brewed with luscious pomegranate juice."

Decanted, the brew pours a couple of loose fingers of beige foam over
a cloudy amber or peach colored brew. The nose is fresh fruit riding on
top of alcohol spicyness. The flavor is rich, malty, and juicy up front, with
some kind of bracing herbal hop off the back for balance. Mouthfeel is
round and full, finishing semi-dry. Alcohol bite is well moderated, only
really showing up as a warming effect. The fruit really contributes to the
nose, alcohol content, and dryness off the back. This is a good one, but
don't slam it on an empty stomach- it really sneaks up on you!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 00:23:59 | More by shadow1961
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2008 23:35:32 | More by oberon
Photo of PhageLab


3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Murky reddish brown coloration, nice fluffy head of froth, good retention and some very attractive lacing. Overall presentation is pretty impressive.

S- Very rich and robust malty aroma with hints of fruits, which I will assume are pomegranates, but I must admit I'm not really sure what they smell like. If these are pom notes, they are lovely.

T - Nice complexion to the body, which is zesty, spicy and sweet. The alcohol shines through a bit, but a tangy aftertaste quickly knocks it out. A nice malt backbone rounds this brew out nicely.

M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation level, decently dry yet tangy finish.

D - Very interesting brew, unlike any I've had before I must say. The important thing to remember here is that it's a beer first, then a fruit beer second. That being said I'd say it's a great strong ale and one worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 16:55:11 | More by PhageLab
Photo of MusicaleMike


3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a pint glass. There is no freshness date on the bottle.

A: The body is a deep ruby-orange color topped by a think, foamy, cream-colored head which lasts for a long time and leaves a pretty fair ammount of lace on the glass.

S: It smells strongly of pomegranate. Lots of fruit smells really, such as banana and cherry. There is a sweet malty smell

T: The sweet malty taste comes through immediately. There is the tartness of pomegranate, which is complemented nicely by the warming alcohol. It is interesting that the bitterness comes more from the tart fruit than the hops.

M: The beer is full-bodied, with smooth carbonation and an oily sort of mouthfeel.

D: Despite this beers uniqueness, I don't think that it scores very highly for "drinkability". In my opinion, it is too overwhelmingly fruity to be a good beer to have a few of in a night.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 08:44:23 | More by MusicaleMike
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a nicely deep reddish copper, well carbonated look about it. You can see the effervesence quite nicely and the head is a pretty substantial foamy white. Lots of lacing and retention as well. The smell wasn't particular or profound in any one direction. Sweet malts, some fruity notes, perhaps a bit of a liquor smell as well. This is a pretty full bodied beer with a sticky syrupy consistency with a spicey and acerbic mouthfeel. There is a throaty burn to this beer in the finish beyond the warming alcohol notes. The taste may be pomegranate but you wouldn't know it. There are bold sweet malts, there are some acerbic fruity tastes that are too vague to pin down to anyone one fruit, some stronger liquor flavors, some deep caramel too. Pomegranate was just not in the equation as far as I can detect, except in the coloring of the beer that did have a nice reddish/pomegranate tint to it. I see this one as more of a novelty beer to be drunk during Passover, but nothing I would seek out on its own.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 11:08:23 | More by albern
Photo of hops4me


3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cloudy amber with a off white head. Half a finger of head holds all the way down. Lacing is there but not huge.

S - Fruity malty. More from the grain and not from the fruit. Floral hops at the end.

T - Heavy malt flavor. I think I detect the pomegranate but not too sure. Bitter floral hops in the aftertaste. I think the advertised fruit is overwhelmed by everything else in this beer.

M - medium to heavy. Suprisingly chewy. Bitterness is all over the tongue afterwards.

D - I could have 2 or 3 of these with no problem. The pomeganate is not as pronounced as I thought it would be. A good beer but not as fruity as I thought it would be. I was expecting something like the way Aprihop has their fruit come through. If you are buying for the fruit pass it up. BUT it is a good beer like I said.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 21:45:23 | More by hops4me
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3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the pomegranate, a fruit that has staked its claim in the world's history. He'Brew joins the many that have capitalized on today's pomegranate craze to produce Origin, although it does cite the juicy red fruit's connection to Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Buddhist tradition on the label.

The beer poured a solid two-finger head, a very light yellow. The beer itself is brown, almost like an light old leather. The aroma touched my deepest olfactory memories: something vaguely fruity, but with a soft grainy tone. After thirty seconds I figured it out: Cap'n Crunch with Crunchberries. Are Crunchberries made of pomegranate?

The strongest taste sensation is the acidity of the brew. It's not hops bitterness, but the bitterness of the pomegranate as one would it expect to be manifest in beer. Odd fruit notes, not quite pomegranate, more like cherries. Nice caramel and malt body. The mouthfeel is like drinking lemon juice, not too thick but bursting with acid.

One bomber was good enough for one sitting. It's not really a great session beer, and I feel that another brewer may have perfected pomegranate ale a little better than He'Brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 13:57:42 | More by drinksandeats
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3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$4.99 for a 22oz bomber at Oryana food co-op. Brewed with 2-row, caramel 30-40, dark crystal, munich, dark munich, and wheat malts. Hopped with Warrior, Centennial, Cascade, Willamette, Crystal, and Mt.Hood. 8% ABV. 10,000 pomegranates per batch. Pours out to a muddy looking mid brown, forming a nice creamy light yellow head with very good retention and adequate lacing. Mild to medium carbonation. The aroma basically smells like a very fruity amber ale, but I honestly couldn't tell you by the nose that this was made with pomegranantes. Munich biscuity malts and crystal malt grain husky sweetness, a fresh hoppiness and clean ferment. The taste is not really all that different than the nose. In short, I couldn't tell you that this was made with pomegranates at all, but I would wonder why the beer was so harsh and acidic. There is a very harsh and bitter aftertaste that is not pleasant, and the acidity gives me instant heartburn.

Maybe an interesting idea, but it doesn't translate into a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 22:40:48 | More by Mitchster
He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.