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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

388 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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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 nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

nickfl, May 22, 2007
Photo of rattech
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

rattech, May 22, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

geexploitation, May 15, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

AlexJ, May 08, 2007
Photo of micahgoldfus
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

micahgoldfus, May 07, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Gueuzedude, May 02, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Zorro, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of Braudog
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
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)

Braudog, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
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!

feloniousmonk, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

GClarkage, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.7/5  rDev +33.1%
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.

BigJTrucker, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

ElGordo, Mar 07, 2007
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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.