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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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397 Ratings

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: ElGordo on 03-07-2007

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!
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3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of UnionMade
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of radshoesbro
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Amalak
2.45/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Photo of IPAcraig
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Drew966
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of BradBLR
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish Brown with a slightly yellow head that last the entire beer with a medium amount of lacing.

Smell: Sweetish fruity smell with a tart malt smell.

Taste: An dry sweet taste with a slight bitterness. Hints of pomegranate and cherries. A very dry malt and some hints of hops.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin for a beer that was 8% alcohol, CO2 a little too strong.

Overall not a bad beer, very interesting and worth a try. Would buy it again.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a bomber of this at Willow Park.

It pours out a bright clear copper, with a tall creamy off-white head, which even continues to peak long after the pour, and maintain excellent retention.

Rich caramel malt on the nose, along with sweet, tart fruit, which would be coming from the pomegranates.

The malt is thick and chewy, carmelized, figs and dates in there as well, finishing with the sweetness of the pomegranate juice. The whole flavour profile is that of Near East sweets. The alcohol content is not wholly masked however, and is apparent in the flavour.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the thick side, but also possesses a stickiness that makes this a sipping beer, whether you like it or not.

A big beer and a big malty amber ale, and although the pomegranate helps accentuate it, it is not a major player in the flavour profile.

Photo of xav33
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

HeBrew Origin Pomegranate Ale
22 oz bomber
Moderate pour in a shaker

Poured a clear orange amber, with a peculiar slight red brightness to it, with a medium white fizzy mostly diminishing head.

Smelt of strong caramel and pomegranate.

Taste was upfront sweet caramel malt and pomegranate with a moderate bitter grassy hops and toasted grain followed by a strong bitter pomegranate flesh and toasted grain on an average to long bitter pomegranate finish.

Palate was medium bodied, creamy, lively carbonated and strongly astringent.

Overall, this beer captures the pomegranate taste very well, but it still somehow doesn't work. Sometimes it feels too sweet from the strong caramel malt backbone, and sometimes it feels too bitter and a bit tart from the pomegranate. It just doesn't work for me.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No best by date.

A. A golden amber pink with a fluffy head that quickly settels with minimal lacing.

S. Fruity pomegranate aroma with a hint of malt and piny hops.

T. The pomegranate is present, but not overwhelming. There is a nice following of a balance of malt/hops. The pomegranate afterteaste is a bit tart though.

M. A wee bit thin with a afterburn of alcohol warmness.

D. Not a bad beer overall, but a bit heavy for regular consumption.

Photo of cbl2
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/2/2007 $4.99 22 oz. 8.00% No best by date.


Hailed as an imperical amber ale, this pours a crystal clear amber that is highlighted by a pink/purple aura that suffuses the body of the beer. Lightly carbonated with only a wisp of white lining the edge of my chalice.


A huge whiff of fruity pomegranate with brown sugar and something distinctly earthy underlying it all.


Mouthfeel is smooth, though somewhat thin. Flavors are overwhelmingly fruity, with the pomegranate dominating throughout, and leaving a harsh bitter taste in the finish. Alcohol is nicely masked, though apparent towards the end of my first glass. This is enjoyable if you like fruit beers, but I wouldn't consider it an imperial amber ale, or the american strong ale, as it is labled on BA.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Origin pours a great pint. The orangish brown hue provides good color with a quick dissipating sea foam head.

The smell is a little malty with a berry aroma emanating from the glass.

The taste is smooth and has a soft pomegranate flavor. Malty with a hoppiness.

The hint of pomegranate lasts at the top back of the mouth.

I have not been a huge fan of the strong ales but this beer will make me a repeat buyer and will make go after more strong ales.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.61/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice woody brown with orange throughout. Tan head is on the small side.
Smell is hops with hints of apple and citrus.
Taste is little more involved with just hops, citrus and pine notes.
Aftertaste is all hop bitterness. Dry finish with a medium body and light effervescence. A decent beer but more IPA-like to my palate than an amber or strong ale. No pomegranate found either. Too bad.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok...pomegranate? I love pomegranates...let's see....
Pours a very pretty clear amber with a nice white head that melts to very sticky lacing.

Aroma is mostly all sweet amber malts to me...but very fresh sweet malt with just a hint of fresh fruits.

Taste is blended so well it becomes hard to identify anything individually....sweet amber malts then the pomegranates show their head and sort of overpower everything else.
I think this might be more of a pomegranate wine than a beer in flavors.

Aftertaste is clean and fresh and again, pomegranates.
I really think this should be classified as a fruit beer rather than an American Strong Ale and I think that was the brewers intention as well.

Photo of BucBasil
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This caught my eye at a local store here in Tallahassee. Pomegranate Ale? Never seen anything like it... bit it sounds interesting... here goes:

Appearance: Great looking beer. Poured into a pint glass from a large bottle. Head is about one inch thick and sticks around for a while and clings to the side of the glass for what seemed like forever. Coloration is deep red, introducing the pomegrantate element to the senses.

Smell: Slight hints of pomegrantate... not as strong as I was expecting. There's some caramel in there too somehwere. Otherwise I detected some hoppy notes, as well as some roasted malt. Nothing too special here, save for the oh so slight hint of pomegranate.

Taste: Again, the pomegranate seems to be a smaller part of this brew than I expected. The beer has tasting notes similar to a pale ale - hoppy up front and refreshing on the way down. The pomegranate shows up in the form of a certain sweetness on the midpalate and lingers a bit in the finish. Interesting, but not what I expected at all. Not your typical fruit beer...

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation for a few seconds, leaving a slightly sticky/syrupy feel after the carbonation dies off. Not my favorite.

Drinkability and Notes: This thing is 8%, but I'll finish off the bottle. It was interesting to try, but I don't think I'll ever pick it up again. If offered, I'll drink it, but this seemed more like a novelty thing to me. Good beer, but I won't bother with it again.

Photo of taez555
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a medium dark amber body with a small but firm off-white head.

Nose was dominated by a fresh cut caramel malt punch with touches of alcohol and very faint citrus fruit peel background. As it warms a dull cranberry/pomegranate fruit juice character starts to sneak out.

The overall taste has this strong dry hop-leaf taste that is combined with an extremely deceptive pomegranate flavor. BY deceptive I mean you don't notice it except in the dry sour mildly tart back of mouth feel. There really isn't any direct pomegranate flavor. Sort of like hop bitterness vs taste. This sourness is combined with a strong hop bitterness and EXTREMELY DRY leafy hop. There's a nice round caramel amber malt flavor, kicked up a notch big time. Alcohol is present but not really overpowering. Ends with a long lingering muted hop/pomegranate bitterness.

What an interesting beer. Double Amber with a natural cranberry/pomegranate juice background only. I like hebrew beers quite a bit, but this beer just seems like a nice idea that doesn't fully work.

Photo of bruachan
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thick head that falls slowly. some nice lacing, too. copper color

very pungent, which must be the pomegranate. some hops in there, too, but it's mostly an odor i don't really have any familiarity with. some sweetness from the malt, though too

ooohh. that must be pomegranate flavor. it's juicy there are some pacific NW hops flavors in there, too, but they stay out of the fruit's way for the most part.

Photo of theopholis
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a very clear, amber/burnt orange with a one finger off-white head. Very little head retention and practically no lacing.

Aroma- Nice, complex malt sweetnesswith a lot of grain notes and over-ripe fruit. Lots of citrisy hops. Maybe just a hint of caramel. Smells very fresh and inviting. No pomogranite aroma at all however.

Taste- Not nearly as inviting as the aroma, but not bad.. Decent blend of slight malt sweetness, tartness (probably from the pomegranates, and a nice blend of flavoring and bittering hops. The pomegranate flavor is very subdued. You definatly knw it's got something in it, but I would never guess pomagranites if it wasn't written on the label.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Good CO2 level. Very dry, puckering finish. Not real refreshing.

Drinkability- Failry drinkable, Not great.

Photo of JayTheFinn
4.29/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I really liked this one! He'Brew's on to something here with this mix of pomegranate with amber ale. It blends quite nicely.

A - Looks awesome! Beautiful orange brown body with a foamy medium thick head. Some good staying power and lacing.
S - Not very strong. Slight citrusy sweet malty scents. A sense the scent of pomegranate only just a little.
T - I love amber ales and this has a great style base to start with, but then they mixed in just the right amount of sweet pomegranate flavor to give it just that extra added tasty boost. Fantastic!
M - Malty flavors and a small amount of carbonation spread about the tongue fairly fully.
D - I could drink this sucker all day...although its sweetness would make it more suited to an after-meal, dessert type of ale. And some may find the sweetness too much, but not me!

Photo of BDTyre
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An okay beer that perhaps could have been better executed.

Strange red-copperish look with a thin head. Sweet malty smell with a slight fruit hint. Pomengranate is there, but not in any great quantity -enough to be noticeable but not enough to make a huge impact on the nose.

Sour-malty taste. Malt, hints of toffee, and a decent flavour of pomengranate. Odd, somewhat unpleasant. The pomengranate doesn't really work in this one. It lends a certain pungent, almost off sourness to the malt sweetness. Maybe more, or maybe less would have worked better.

Carbonation is alright, and this beer isn't hard to drink, but it could be more enjoyable. Noticeable alcohol kicks the drinkability down a notch or two.

Photo of jakon
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.