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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate AleHe'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale

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388 Ratings

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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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 SurlyDuff
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Loads of Malt, Loads of hops. Loads of interesting flavors. Unfortuantly the aftertaste is kinda strange and the mouthfeel is tart and bitter like chalk or grape skins.

Pours a reddish copper, rich and thick looking. Nicee offwhite head.

Getting some rye and other malty aromas.

Taste starts sweet, almost fruity (I'm getting the pomegranate, or what I assume to be a derivitive of it). Can taste alcohol in there too, a bit of a kick, makes me think this ones a nice hot 10% or maybe 12%, exhale after my drink is of hot fusals.

Like I said at the beginning though, the mouthfeel and drinkablity are a bit off. Theres an odd sour tartness that doesn't do me well.

SurlyDuff, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has dark red colored body. It has a thick tan head and not much lace. It smells of pomegranates. It has a little bit of a pale ale like taste. It is bitter, fruity and has a strong hop bitter aftertaste. It has almost a Belgian triple like after taste. It has a full body with not a whole lot of carbonation. I liked this beer a lot.

MTNboy, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, dark gold with some light tan head. It smelled like faint honey and caramel malt, with a bit of copper hops. It tasted like rich honey and caramel malt, with copper and floral hops and pomegranate. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter pomegranate aftertaste. Overall this was a very interesting beer, with a very weak scent and a more subtle flavor than expected. But it tasted nice, and was clean and easy to drink. The pomegranate was a nice touch, and it hid the alcohol well. This is definitely a beer I could enjoy again.

Pencible, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Liquor Emporium in Lompc, CA..Poured a light copper color with an off white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is malty and fruity. The nose is skunky if you ask me. The flavor is mostly malty, there is a bit of fruit, but I can't particularly distinguish it as pomegranate. Fairly bitter in the finish, the bitterness seems to linger too. No hop flavors stand out, this one is all about the malt. Not bad, but not anything I'd go out of the way for either.

barleywinefiend, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of midaszero
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Clean amber red with 2 fingers of white head

S - Faint caramel malts and some faint pomegranate

T - a little like fruit juice with some caramel malts, piny hops but with a bad after taste

M - Medium body with medium high carbonation

D - not to impressed or enjoyable

midaszero, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nice amber brown color, with an off white head, about half an inch thick, nice sticky lacing, crystal clear, interesting.

S: caramel malts, pomegranate, a bit of a sweet factor that is hard to understand,

T: pretty tasty for everything going on here, nice sweetness from the high malt bill, nice tartness from the pom. and a nice bitterness from the hops in the end. interesting. all in all though it is a little too hoppy for what i would like, maybe i figured on a bit more sweet and tart.

M: pretty thick, and malty, nice carbonation, nice lingering bitterness.

D: this is pretty drinkable for the alcohol, i could probably drink a few more of these, but i wouldn't reach for it every time. pretty good beer all around though.

pokesbeerdude, Oct 26, 2008
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.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 24, 2008
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.

nickd717, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Shadman
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.

Shadman, Sep 19, 2008
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.

iuhophead87, Sep 14, 2008
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.

PatronWizard, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 30, 2008
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.

PittBeerGirl, Aug 29, 2008
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.

Douglas14, Aug 28, 2008
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.

OWSLEY069, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of RyanPB
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.

RyanPB, Aug 20, 2008
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.

BMoney575, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
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.

canucklehead, Aug 15, 2008
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.

scruffwhor, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
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.

cvstrickland, Jul 29, 2008
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.

Proteus93, Jul 06, 2008
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.

BeerSox, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of vtfan77
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.

vtfan77, Jun 25, 2008
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!

shadow1961, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Jun 09, 2008
He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.