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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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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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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3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: I'm going to make an attempt to factor in ocular fatigue with my judgement here. First, however, I must address the head. Poured right down the middle of a snifter only to produce a one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly, yet leaves a thin, yet pleasant cover over what remains in the glass. If you're searching for a nice frothy amber beer, perhaps look elsewhere. The high alcohol content does not allow head retention to be the highlighting factor of this brew's appearance. Lacing, however, is wonderful for the style. As far as color goes, the amber is present, but there is a certain brownness about it. Maybe hues of yellow. Fuck, the lighting in here is weird. Every time I look at the damn thing it's a different color. I swear it's fucking with me...

S: What the hell ever even is a pomdegramite? I smell fruit, but like a dirty fruit. Like, the fruit I've seen being sold in the dirty streets of a cloudy city in South America. Yeah, I'm sure it tastes good, but it kinda looks sketchy, ya barefooted bimbo. Nah, just kidding. It's alright. Not overpowering. Just how I like my infusions. The malt aroma is the second most present schmell. Pretty yummy. Pretty standard. After all, this is an amber ale.

T: Wait, what's the ABV on this sonuvabitch? That was my first question. The initial taste reveals very little as to the strength of this beer. Then the aftertaste kicks in, reassuring you that it's there, whilst sweeping any hint of the amber ale base under the rug and off the palate. (8.00%, bee tee dubs lol) If anything can be said about this beer, it's that it's ambitious. It wants to be better, but mixing pomegranate and an imperial amber is not exactly intuitive. It's ok.

M: It's smooth and very drinkable. This beer is light on the tongue and oh my shit fuck off spotify i dont want to upgrade to premium fuck a goat and leaves with grace. Usually, I equate ambers with being somewhat thicker, but the thinning effect of the alcohol must be considered.

O: My mother always says, "Remember there will always be those greater and lesser than yourself." Certainly the case with this beer. It's just ok. Props for brewing outside intuition, though. And more props for keeping the flavors from being overwhelming.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper with a hint of red. Head was a solid finger-plus of off-white, with decent lingering and fair lacing.

S: Sweet and malty. Also fruity, but I can't clearly say it's pomegranate.

T: Heavy on the sweet malt, maybe a little too sweet as it's not well balanced. Tart fruitiness is also evident, but again I wouldn't be able to identify it as pomegranate if the label didn't tell me so. The hops are faint, and not enough to make up for the heavy sweetness.

M: Crisp and refreshing -- if it weren't for the boozy presence, I'd have marked it even higher.

O: In spite of it being heavy on the sweetness and the pomegranate not being the star, it was a remarkably drinkable beer (which could be a dangerous thing, given the 8% ABV).

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like this better than most other pomegranate beers out there, but it still has that characteristic Hebrew malt heaviness, even in a beer where it doesn't belong. all their beers seem to have this going on, even the session beer, its just a weird trademark than makes some of the beers not as good as they should be. this pours shiny copper in color like a new penny, boasting a half inch of dense white foam, although it fades out fast. the nose is sweet and tart from the fruit juice, and there is a hearty grain backing, dense like a bran muffin. the cereals and fruit work well in taste, like a bowl of granola or something, this beer has that sort of filling vibe. the fruit is subtle and complementary. alcohol is more intense and up front than it probably should be, but it is just a reminder of this brews strength. a good morning beer, and a good hangover beer. not epic, but better than the other Hebrew stuff ive had for the most part.

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3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a chalice. Purchased at Triangle Wine.

Beautiful copper color with a reddish hue and a small beige head. Aroma is a mix of sweet malt and pomegranate. The flavor though leans too heavily toward the sweet malt. The alcohol is pretty evident too. The pomegranate adds to a lingering bitterness but doesn't do much else. The mouth feel is moderate and the carbonation is as well.

Maybe it's just not my style but I found this one too malty with the pomegranate not bringing enough to the table.

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3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

General - I used to live in Latham, NY, no more than 20 minutes away from the He'Brew brewery in Clifton Park, NY. When I was there (up to around 2006) I hadn't heard of this brewery. This is the first time that I'm trying any He'Brew beer. I poured this directly from the fridge into a SA Perfect Pint Glass. It was too chilled to enjoy it properly so I'm leaving i out for a few minutes to warm up before I review it.

Appearance - SRM color is around a 9, a touch light even for a standard Amber Ale let alone an imperial amber. The head is a light tan, doesn't hold that well or put up much lacing.

Aroma - There is a definite hint of pomegranate in the aroma, I like it because as far as the scent is concerned it's not overpowering. There is also a very nice malty background to this aroma. A slight hop scent, but this is much more balanced on the malt side of the scale, as I expect in any amber ale.

Taste - So there is a touch of pomegranate but just like the aroma it's not that present. It's more of just a hint of it, if I didn't know it was pomegranate I would be searching for what fruit it is. I like that aspect, it's nice when it's not overpowering. There is a strong maltiness in the flavor that is nicely rounded out by a touch of hop bitterness on the back end. There is a lot going on in this flavor, it seems like the more it warms the more bitter it becomes. There doesn't seem to be a lot of residual sweetness left in this, just a touch of it, which explains the 8.0% ABV. I feel like my palette is going to be fried after this big 22 oz. So many flavors are being thrown around.

Mouthfeel - A little thin for me. There really isn't any category for an Imperial Amber in BJCP but if you look at the American Amber category it should still be a little thicker. There is a good amount of carbonation for an amber style but just a little disappointing.

Overall - Not bad, not great. This is one of those beers that I would open up with some friends and say "hey let's try something different". I think that may be the best way to describe it, different. It's not what I would expect from either a pomegranate ale OR an imperial amber. I don't think that I'll be picking up this one again anytime soon.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours out an auburn color with not much sticking to the surface, in the line of foam. A thick-ish ring remains. Decent clarity. Looks drinkable.

Smells like dark berry and slightly-turned malts. Insinuation of pomegranante is duly noted. Moreso, notes of raisin, fig, and caramel. Has a tropical bent to it, but it almost smells like an Old Ale with maltiness reminiscent of an English sipper.

More of that English maltiness, with perhaps a touch of Fuggle. Earthy and only mildly fruity. Again, pomegranate is a bit of a stretch, but I'll stick to their word. It's really missing a lot. A bit cardboard-y. It's either super-hard to get this beer fresh around these parts, or everytime I drink one, I'm severly disappointed by the way it's seemed to have turned. Burnt toffee in the finish. Here I go again...

Has a mild sudsiness and a bushy body. A little slick, too. It's easy enough to finish. I must say, I like how the alcohol barely creeps up (for a Strong Ale, mind you).

I repeatedly shake my head after trying to enjoy this beer. So many times now, it has failed me. Has it failed you, too?

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He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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