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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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387 Ratings

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Ratings: 387
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 maddogruss
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found some old notes on this from 10-2007.

A: Pours a dark, red amber body with a nice head and good retention. Left some decent lacing along the sides of the glass as well.

S: Not much of a smell. Hints of malt with a slightly sweet undertone, most likely being the pomegranate.

T: A little on the bland side overall. The malts were there, along with the pomegranate, but I was expecting it to have a little bit more of a bite to it because of the tartness of the fruit.

M: A smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel that was silky smooth. Overall, a good feeling beer.

D: Pretty drinkable. The mouthfeel is great, but I was hoping for more of the fruit to pervade the taste. Without out, it tasted a little bland, but the undertones of pomegranate were there, just not strong enough.

maddogruss, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy amber. Nose is ripe with pomegranate. This is what a fruit beer should taste like. I feel like I am eating a pomegranate. The sweet combined with the bitter. Add into that the beer factor. Strong ale characters come into play with a slightly hoppy profile that seems mild at first and picks up quickly after that. Robust and full. Feel has a good carbonation to it and a smooth liquid feel. Very drinkable. There is just a touch of bitter that seems to detract from the overall experience.

While at The Blind Tiger I overheard some girl/woman exclaim: "I had the Origins and it doesn't taste like pomegranate at all!" Woman. What the hell are you talking about?

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of beveritt
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass. The label has a lengthy description of both the beer and the associated religious history of pomegranates. Pretty cool. No discernible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with an immense, pillowy head, nearly half the glass at first. This lite tan foam settles very slowly,leaving behind the best lacing I have seen. The lacing on the glass is thicker than the head on some beers. The beer itself is a crystal clear amber with lots of activity.

Smell: Fruity but not sweet with an acidic backbone.

Taste: Fruity and tart up front, with a mild wheat-like middle. Finishes with a decent punch of hops that linger long after.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Decent body.

Drinkability: I tried this on the recommendation of someone at a local beer/wine store and am very impressed. This is my first He'brew brew and it is a great balance of fruity and bitter.

beveritt, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of djamieson
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed this out of a 22 0z bomber into a wide-mouthed wine glass. The aroma was a wonderful fruit, the most pleasant of the pomegranate I have experienced. The taste is yummy. You detect fruit and warmth and yeast, reminiscent of the fine Belgians. The finish is very dry and pleasant. A great anytime fruit ale. The only problem with this ale is its category. American Strong Ale it is not...I think that is what is throwing off other reviewers. This beer deserves its props, regardless of style mislabeling. Try it and you'll see.

djamieson, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Interesting color, kind of a hazy apricot with a pillowy head that leaves some rings of lacing

Smell: Very fruity, in a peach stone way or cherry pit way, with an herbacious bitterness underlying the fruit; I guess that reflects the pomegranite but it is not particularly ingratiating

Taste: Malty, sweet and fruity up front with a pomegranite flavor dominating that tastes like black cherry with a bitter, pitty quality; after the swallow, the fruity, bitter pit flavors intensify into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slight warmth

Drinkability: Really quite flavorful; kudos for trying something different that actually works

brentk56, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of aquaderek
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured for 4th day of Chanukah. I poured from the bottle into a tasting glass. It is beautiful and bright orange/amber color. The nose is fig newtons, hops, some malt in the background. I thought the nose would have more fruity characteristics based on the pomegranate, but I didn't notice them. I really like the taste of this beer initially you get the pomegranate juiciness followed by a super dry hoppy finish; I believe it works very well. The mouthfeel is juicy, the best way to describe it. It could drink a lot of these, although the alcohol content is deceiving.

aquaderek, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big bomber to my way cool Sam Adams BA glass (thanks Bro's and Thanks Jim) The liquid is a very dark redding amber with great carbonation. The head is a bit small 1 finger just off of white but leaves huge lace.

The smell is fruity, malty and very inviting.

The taste is good, the Pomegranate is all over this, other flavors include sweet figs and carrots, Yes way strange. The hops and finish are very much like that of a very good German Pils, a crazy dry and bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is also like a Pils, lots of nice carbonation yet thicker much more body.

The Drinkability is held back by the taste alone, some how the Pomegranate just does not work real well for my. Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had the Genesis Ale, got this one as a gift.

A: A pale reddish-amber, the color you would expect from a red ale. Some off-white frothy head leaving mostly film and some larger bubbles.

S: Very suble smell, some mild roastyness but very little sweetness.

T: Quite sweet with a nice hop balance. The aftertaste is pretty complex with roasted malt and pomegranate flavor. The pomegranate isn't overpowering, but makes this sweeter than most ales.

MF: Smooth and little carbonation. Nice warming but the alcohol is not overpowering.

D: I was surprised as I expected the pomegranate to really dominate the flavor. This has some doppelbock qualities for me with the mix between sweetness and roastyness. I think this is a pretty good brew because they didn't overemphasize the pomegranate.

rxdrewthejew, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of elricorico
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear ruddy copper with a cream coloured, three finger head. Head is slow to fade and leaves a lot of lacing. Couldn't look much better.

First impression of the smell was that it was a very hoppy red ale, and it immediately brought to mind Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale. As I continue to smell it, the impression becomes soapy, and loses some of its appeal. Swirling the beer brings back some of that hoppy aroma, but the soap doesn't quite go away.

An unusual juicy sweetness makes itself very apparent from start to finish in the flavour. Almost syrupy, it is too much to be considered pleasant. Hops do show up in the finish, but they are really held back to the bitter end by that sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, and the carbonation doesn't quite cut through. This, in addition to the cloying flavour, makes for a difficult beer to drink.

It all looked so good upon pouring, but this was a disappointment.

elricorico, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of dfillius
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy brownish-goldish-amber. Could it be a chill haze? 1/2 finger of head subsides to an even layer of tight fizz. Negative on the chill haze, it is still hazy after warming.

S: Sweet pomegranate smell is apparent from a foot away. A deep sniff makes it not as apparent though! Kind of like looking at a dim star in the night sky, you have to look to the side of it in order to see it at all. Overall smell is a deep caramel with fruit notes. Such a delicate sweet smell, almost like Lucky Charms cereal.

T: Sweet and highly malty. Bitter after taste in the back center of my tongue - almost metallic

M: Smooth but without much gusto at all.

D: Decent, but sweetness at the end is cloying! Bummer.

dfillius, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of emerge077
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Split this one at Handlebar in Chicago, ended up leaving the last inch in the bottle.

Pours a hazy reddish tone, plenty of irregular foam and lacing. Looks interesting, so far my curiosity is fueled by it's nice appearance.

Aroma is slightly funky yeast, grain, and later earthy hops come into play. Didn't pick up on any juicy/fruity Pomegranate, which I could identify had it been present. Flavors were primarily malty, with earthy/spicy hops lingering underneath into the finish. Odd earthy root/herb reminds me of Pomegranate juice, so it's in there somewhere. Not as tart/sour as I would anticipate either. Huge malty backbone, kind of discordant flavors make this a chore to finish. Pass.

emerge077, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a warm dark apricot colored clear body with a carbonation of tiny bubbles that support a big light beige head that last for a good bit.

S- The smell of soft toasted dry malt has a faint cherry and pomegranate smell. There is a light honey malt note that comes through as the beer warms a bit.

T- This beer has a full toasted sweet malt flavor with a soft sweet honey flavor. There is a light tart fruit finish and and a dry pomegranate note that lingers a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a clean finish and no really note of alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a nice dry pomegranate bite that replaces the hops and does a nice job of balancing the sweet malt flavors. There is a good complexity and play between the fruit and the hops.

rhoadsrage, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a thin white head that quickly diminishes to a wispy film and collar.

The aroma is pretty subdued - sweet caramel malts and pomegranate and a little spicy alcohol.

The flavor is sweet washed out fruits followed by a spicy bitter (grassy hops) alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation and pretty watery.

Overall, a decent beer but pretty subdued and bland. This seems very similar to the Genesis 10:10 especially after reviewing my notes for that.

Beaver13, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Brewtopia in New York, Ny.
Appearance: It poured a foggy amber body with an ok sized beige head, The head had poor lacing but good retention.
Smell: Not much in the way of aroma, more or less a bland maltyness.
Taste: Sweet and prickely, hints of sournesss. I didn't happen to taste much in the way of Pomegranate.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of Gusler
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a slightly hazy reddish orange with a behemothic creamy off white head that slowly settles, leaving the lace to provide a thick blanket to cover the glass. Nose is nicely malted, hops provide a dandelion like aroma, with the pomegranate providing the fruit tones, delightful this nose, start is rich in malt, sweet with the fruit and the hops providing a bit of twang at the back, top is moderate to almost full. The finish is strict in its acidity, the hops perfection in their spicy bite, sweet fruit continues to the dry sticky aftertaste, and the alcohol providing a nice warm sensation to the abdominal region, excellent drinking brew, but I expected nothing less from the “Bay Area Boys”.

Gusler, Oct 25, 2007
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light tan head shows signs of good carbonation as it builds a 2 finger head that leaves a little lace. Body is a meeting of ruby red and amber which is attractive by my standards. Nose is a kickup of sour dark fruit notes with slight hints of mineral spice. The taste is a bit shocking but very welcome. I was expecting sour and I got bold well balanced rich and bitter mix. There is a noticeable hint of the ponegranate juice on the back end of the palate. A slight soured feel does exist but is only a balancer on the front of the mouthfeel. This beer is actually very interesting and well balanced with lots of dark wheat and mineral qualities. Good stuff.

SPLITGRIN, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of UnionMade
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazed amber brown. Thick, creamy head. Great head retention. Sheets of lace cling to the glass. Smells of yeasty, brown malt. Very yeast oriented. Not sure how the pomegranate comes in, but there's a strong, dark fruitiness. The flavor opens with yeasty, fruity malt, doughy and cracker-like, with caramel malt and dark, plum-like fruitiness and caramel malt. Negligible hops, caramel driven, just a bit of floral flavor in the finish. Minimal bitterness. Red fruit and cane sugar. Not particularly sweet, just doughy and fruity. Nice that it's not fruit driven, but the fruit is nearly lost, to the point of not being there at all. A bit of booze in the end, well apparent in the swallow.
I wanted this to be a great fruit beer, but it was just a decent, fruited strong ale. Not very complex, bright, or as interesting as the label might imply. Good, but not great. Maybe worth a try of you're really down with pomegranate. I dunno.

UnionMade, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of radshoesbro
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

i tried this solely on the fact that pomegranate ale isn't something i'm about to pass up.

here's my play by play.

pour's almost no head, which was awesome cause i accidently poured the end of it to fast a bit to quick. it comes in one of those big bomber bottles, and you know when you think it's almost empty, but it's not? yeah, one of those. so, it smell it and it's nothing to interesting. i take a nice swig and UGGGGHHH!!!! what the fuck is THIS??!! it's not bad, but it's just very very strange. whereas most beers that are brewed with lemon or orange only have a hint of this flavor to 'em, this is just like fermented juice almost! totally took me by suprise. almost enough to make me say i didn't want to drink anymore, luckily though i decided to keep drinking it. after a few sips i think i've come around. it's not something that i'm going to go out of my way to ever get again, but it's definately worth trying if you can get ahold of it.

radshoesbro, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Amalak
2.35/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Out of the bottle, a very slightly opaque clayish red. Decent foamy head that leaves a decent lace.

S: Smells like candy, kind of like a jolly rancher.

T: You know, I am a big fan of Pomegranate wine, but the beer...not so much. Way to sweet and bitter for my like.

M: Really, a sour taste in the back of the throat...no jokes.

D: With the above two, I really can say it has a high drinkability level.

I think if you like a fruitier tasting beer, you will like this. Not really my taste though.

Amalak, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up in Gainesville this past Summer. Poured into a pint glass while watching the tribe play the yanks in extra inning playoff baseball.

It pours a nice transparent amber, the head started out large, but it didnt last but a few pitches. No lacing.

The pomegranate smell definitely shines through and is nice. It lends a bit of tartness to compliment a surprising amount of caramel malt aroma. I get a bit of citrus hop aroma as it warms.

Wow, a very unique beer. It has the body and the malt backbone of a Double IPA, but instead of finishing with a hop bitterness, you get pomegranate. Odd but nice. It does have a faint bitterness apparent, but I could go for a bit more. I like the taste, but it is a bit too sweet. A really big sweet, malty body, with sweet, slightly tart fruit.

I liked the beer because I have never had anything like it. But it is a bid of an oddball, and a bit to sweet.

IPAcraig, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

jwc215, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Faint haze on this cloudy amber ale with a large, short-lived head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S - Sweet light malt, fruity presence, noble hops and caramel malt.

T - A fruitiness, caramel, grapefruit hops, a bit of something else that I cannot place. Aftertaste is a noble bitterness with a lingering fruitiness.

M - Thin to medium bodied, smoot, very refreshing.

D - Easy to drink and enjoyable. Inferior to the genesis in my opinion. I'd have again if I found it on-tap.

mrasskicktastic, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bold, brassy orange that comes alive with a polished glow when backlit with bright morning sunshine. I was hoping for something pomegranate red-orange given the impressive amount of fruit sacrificed per batch. The crown of foam is equal parts ivory, pastel orange and ecru. It has an attractive texture and is beginning to lay down a fair amount of delicate lace.

I can't say that I appreciate pomegranate juice per se, but I do like what I smell. My hope is that things will expand a bit more as the beer warms (nope). My general impressions are a hint of caramel and a flowery, musky fruitiness that could be emanating from the extensive hop bill or could be coming from the pomegranates themselves.

It's been a long time since my review of this beer's forerunner (Genesis 10:10), but I'm not at all sure that like Origin as well. Without reading that review, I remember 10:10 as being more fruity, more pomegranate-like than my first few mouthfuls today. I'm sure Shmaltz didn't skimp on fruit this time around, but it sure tastes like it.

The dominant flavor is caramel mixed with atypical citrus and Earl Gray tea. I guess such general impressions are to be expected when a brewery uses six different malts and six different hops. Is that really necessary? I've seen it work, but it just seems to muddle things up in this case.

Sweetness leads bitterness at all points along the way, although the finish is pretty close to evenly balanced. Alcohol should be less prominent in this offering since the ABV is two full percentage points lower than it was in 10:10. By my best recollection, it is. Warming brings a more mellow, more enjoyable pomegranate fruitiness, but I'm not tempted to nudge the flavor score higher.

I like the mouthfeel just fine. It flavors firm, rather than lush, and delivers a smoothness and a finishing slickness that fits the style like hand in glove. A relative lack of bubbles (noticeable ones, anyway) is probably the key. That and a ton of malt sugars.

He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale, while pretty good beer, has to be called a disappointment. I was hoping to like it as much as I liked the beer that inspired it, but something seems to have been lost in the translation. Maybe 20,000 luscious pomegranates per batch is the answer.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

WesWes, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale pours a light copper color with an off white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is malty and fruity. 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.

Drew966, Sep 01, 2007
He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.