He'Brew Genesis 10:10 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Genesis 10:10He'Brew Genesis 10:10

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Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A huge balance of specialty malts, pounds and pounds of American and European hops, brewed with a hint of luscious Pomegranate juice.

Added by mcallister on 06-07-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of danielharper
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange, almost brown body with a large-bubbled head that is only slightly off white. Head sticks around, leaves some lacing.

Smell: Very fruity, apples, oranges, lots of citrus. Makes me think of a weak orange juice. A bit of tart from the yeast, perhaps? Yes, definitely yeasty, a touch of hops. Invigorating, interesting, makes me want to know more...

Taste: The fruitiness is pronounced in the taste as well as the nose, but the oranges take a back seat to the apples. A touch of bite from the hops, a nicely warming sensation from the alcohol, and an overall sweet apply fruitiness that I like quite a bit, almost despite myself. Finishes dry but clean, leaves the palate wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness on the beer, chewy (presumably) due to suspended yeast in the bottle. Nice for style, enjoyable.

Drinkability: I am usually not at all a fan of fruit/vegetable beers, but this one is pretty stand out. I'd think of it more of a slightly citrusy IPA or DIPA as opposed to a regular fruit beer. Highly enjoyable, worth the trouble to seek out, although since it's not brewed anymore I guess I'll just have to content myself with this one bottle.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Riley's here in Madison.

Pour: fire-burst from red to gold, crystal clarity, with a finger of soapy, khaki foam that fades to a ring of bubbles.

Nose: intensely sweet fruity/caramel malts, metallic hops, what I assume to be pomegranate juice and a hearty, warming brandy-booze finish.

Taste: metallic bittering hops up front, sweet caramel and molasses malts folllowing, tart, fruity notes of, again, what I assume to be pomegranate and cherry skin tartness followed by a dose of warming alcohol courtesy of that 10% abv. A kind of barleywine/DIPA/Imperial Amber/Eisbock-bastard child here, with a nice, lingering 'granate twang.

Feel: Slick and dense, almost-but-not-quite syrupy, with crisp, clean carbonation. Alcohol adds a little dry to soak up the sticky.

Drinkability/Overall: A nice little (well, not-so-little) beer here. Predominantly a hop-monster, yet nicely bracketed by a metallic hops bitterness, and deep red fruits. If pressed to categorize it, I might have to say fruit-infused barleywine for the rich though it shares a lot with fresh Capital Eisphyre. Remains fairly drinkable, even at 10%, though it undoubtedly makes its mark. L'chaim, indeed.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gemstone reddish brown. Thickly set medium sized capping of dark ivory foam laps the top. Fades slowly to keep a good collar and stretched strings of lace strewn about the glass.

Heady and fruity aroma thats fairly deep and semi dark that of purple grapes, fig, cherry, melon, and a slight edge of cardamom spice.

Taste is thick and fruity with a slight fuzz of fruit skin playing within the texture. Juicy and welcome rounded tones of melon flavors, milder, sweeter molasses, and slightly cooked sugars. Deceptive finish with a complexity thats astoundingly rich, full and enticing with a load of fun, dark, fruity flavors. Tiny bit of chocolate in the mix as well. A fair warmth begins to build as ya go and has a wonderful sinking touch within the thicker finish of fruity flavors that seem to flow with the grace of a very fine and fruity cognac.

Feel is firm and semi thick with a nice bold fruity tone thats rich and fairly thick on the palate. Malts are the main play here. Somewhat of a chocolately touch begins to emerge as you find the fruits to get more complex and has a very nicely set firming smoothness to its body. Great acceptance of warming to it too.

One finely crafted brew. Remarkably easy to drink given its 10% is pretty evident once into the bomber. A nice mix of Eisbock and Belgian Dark play. Fruity, thick, and enjoyably juicy with heavy sinking smoothness.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, brewed in 2006,

From the label -

"Come my beloved, let us go to the fields. If the pomegranate trees are in flower, then I shall give you the gift of my Love." Song of Songs 7:12

A: Pours a light orange, with a full white head, long lasting, surprising for how old it is. Good lace as well.

S: Heavy on the malt, light notes of pomegranate, barleywine-esque, notes of must and soil. Great inviting smell of aged malt. The pomegranate certainly comes out as it warms.

T: Barleywine style toffee malt, the noticable earthy, rustic hop character melds beautifully with the mild pomegranate essence in the beer, giving a port-like quality. An elegant elixir, the flavours come together very well. The beer ends with a long, dry fruity hop aftertaste.

M: Smooth even with the chewy/resiny aspect of its barleywine character. Medium/full-bodied, very soft carbonation, off-dry, with a light and easy ethanol burn at the end.

D: A lovely beer at this stage, and I think it will continue to evolve though it is quite drinkable now. This is not a straight-up fruit beer where the fruit dominates. The pomegranate is really in the background, this beer is a barleywine at its core. I don't know why this lone single was sitting around by itself at Mr. Kegs, but I'm damn glad I picked it up.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into my snifter. Mahogany body, little chill haze, bone-white head stuck around a while. Some globs of lacing evident.

Smell is similar to an American Barleywine. Fruity, but not immediately recognizable as pomegranate - more the typical barleywine smells of prunes, grapes, plums. A good deal of hop in the nose, too along with a bit of alcohol. The pomegranate turns out not to reveal itself to me until it warms. Don't be in a hurry to drink this one.

This is just a superlative beer. Take a few sips when cold - doesn't seem to be much going on besides a pretty good dose of hop bitterness and alcohol. Then wait - sip every couple minutes. This beer needs time in the glass to open up. The pomegranate juice is nowhere to be found until then, locked behind an alcohol and hop silk screen. When it warms, that's when you get the full flavor profile of this excellent barleywine, tangy pomegranate included. I'd put this in the American Barleywine or American Strong Ale section rather than fruit/vegetable beer. There's way too much hop and malt character (10 each???) for a "fruit beer."

Mouthfeel is great for an extreme beer like this. Crackly carbonation, not too syrupy. Goes down pretty easily.

Drinkability - again, amazing for this kind of extreme beer. Finishing the bomber alone isn't at all problematic.

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Photo of kenito799
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured into wine glasses and shared.

Dark brown with burgundy highlights. 1 inch foamy head recedes with lacing.

Sweet and malty aroma, very pleasant. The taste is of a well crafted and well balanced strong ale, a subtle full fairly sweet fruitiness not apparent at first but in the middle of the taste; the finish is a not overly aggressive hoppy bitterness and a touch of tartness, preventing any cloying sensation. Alcohol is there but well integrated. Wouldn't drink too many at this level but you don't get tired of it, potentially dangerous.

More an ale with subtly fruity undertones than an overtly fruit beer. Well done!

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Photo of asabreed
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Lots of tiny bubbles floating up toward a very slightly (and slightly disappearing) off white head. Body's an amber with copper hues. Some circular and wet lacing around the glass and falling lower and lower like raindrops in a parked car.

Smell: What I like here are the hops (more citrus and grapefruit with a slight twinge of pine) and sweet malt that are, somehow, complimented excellently by the fruit. You can smell and absorb it without being overpowering, too sweet to the nose, or fake and additive-like. Everything comes together pretty well.

Taste: Frighteningly delicious and unassuming for 10% is the first thing that needs to be recognized here. Otherwise, the pomegranate juice is intergrated with flair. The finish is extremely complex, sour, bitter, fruity, and everything in between. Still not as good as it can be (what about some aging possibly?), but damn, this is a new take on a fruit beer, or strong ale, whichever it really is. And seriously, where is the tinge of alcohol I expected?

Mouthfeel: Very full without getting to the point of wanting to take it even slower because of that. By the end it moves toward creamy, and with some aging I'd say it'd probably get even better. I think the constantly flowing carbonation toward the top of the glass definitely helps it out.

Drinkability: This is my first of the He'Brew beers. And I think I may as well stick to this guy, because my experience has been something that I really hadn't expected at all. Is this a strong ale, a fruit beer, a combination of both? Either way, I'm sure it can have the potential to do crazy things if you treat it the way it's not supposed to be treated. For the price, however (I paid around $5 for the bomber and for some I'd imagine that may be expensive), and the quality, this is something you need to try.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this while in Edmonton at Sherbrooke Liquor. Came in a 650 ml brown bottle.

Pours out a bright, slighlty hazed garnet hue, lots of carbonation, loose spongy tan head that recedes to a thick creamy cap.Thick sticky rivulets of lacing down the glass.

The hops come out first on the nose, some citrus and white grapefruit rind, then thick chewy bready malt sitting beneath it. Very faint sweetish fruit that comes out after it warms up.

Very intense on the flavour, it all sort of rolls at you at once, but like the boulder at the beginning of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Sweet, almost Xmas cake like malt, sweet figs, caramel and toffee, very sugary at times in fact, perhaps from the pomegranates. Almost from the kicker as well the hops expose themselves in true full monty fashion, a blast of citrusy lemon, tangerine and white grapefruit, but are not overpowering, they skate across the thick surface of the malt. Sticky sweet and mildly tart on the aftertaste, I suppose this is where the pomegranate comes in to really shine through the rest of that hubbub.

The mouthfeel is thick and full and chewy, yet a bit oily and squeaky on the finish, although a smooth and seamless transition.

As in-your-face and bombastic as this is, and the whopping abv%, I'd have another if permitted (or if I had the presence of mind to buy more in one sitting). It all works, and it all works together. Cohesive, gratifying and a pleasure to imbibe. L'Chaim!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice murky amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, some small islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, some fruits, and a nice touch of caramel. The taste is malty, some nice sweetness, some hops, slightly fruity, and some caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well for a brew this high. Full body. Very drinkable, I like this one alot. This brew is not a fruit beer at all, more of a American Strong Ale, kinda like a Stone Arrogant Bastard or a Laguinitas Old Gnarlywine. Overall this is very tasty and highly recommended.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. didn't expect much but was happily surprised.

nice mix of toasty and caramel malts, a vague fruitiness, and ample alcohol. faint spicy hops. no solvent notes. Didn't even realize this had fruit in it; comes across as a 2-3 year old barleywine.

pours very clear, orange/copper, showing quite a bit of depth, some legs, and topped with low off-white head with very brief retention.

fairly rich, but surprisingly not muddled. Once again seems fresher than it is. this was left at room temperature the last 7 years; I only put it in the fridge a couple days ago. ample caramel. now that I know it has fruit I'm looking for it, and though I'm still not sure I could call it pomegranate there is a definite flavor there that doesn't quite seem hop-, yeast- or grist-derived. No real oxidation, just a smoothing of the malts. Some complexity here without being muddled. Really well in balance. Bitterness is firm, lingering slightly into the aftertaste. Medium level but not obtrusive. Finish is a bit sticky, warming, not hot, and decidedly malty.

fairly full body, some warming alcohol, medium low carbonation. again a bit sticky.

fruit is well integrated and doesn't scream fruit beer. Basically an aged English barleywine at this point, and the hops have held up amazingly well. would love a bit of a flowery/spicy fresh hop aroma on top of it.
Don't know if I had this one fresh or not, but age has treated it well. No real negative oxidation and only a faint hint of the kind of sherry I'd expect at this age. It remains clear and the flavors are distinct rather than a muddy/muddled overaged sample. Color me very pleasantly surprised. I'd have this again in a heartbeat. And since I'm sipping it a snifter at a time, I've got a ways to go.

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Photo of mcallister
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Damn nice looking beer. Deep mahagony/copper, Fine yet very thick off white head lasts a good 5 minutes. Leaves a tight, sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Retention is dead on.

Citrusy, floral hops first and foremost. Other fruits as well although I'm not sure it it's pomegranate I spy. Good amount of a sweet malt also shines through. Very well balanced aromas.

Well this is one fine beer. Balance and mouthfeel are impeccable. Richly sweet carameled malt leads way into a citrusy, flowery hop that lasts long into the finish. Pomegranate is definitely noticeable in the mouth especially on the rich creamy mid-palate. The pomegranate adds a sparkely, refreshing sense too this beer. Sllightly sweet, but the bitterness from the hops balance things nicely. Only problem I see is the slight alcohol burn in the chest but it doesn't take away from this brew.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a reddish brown with good carbonation. The head is great 2 fingers of lively tan foam that leaves good lace.

The smell is really good, very nice fruity aroma with lots of hops.

The taste is good, not bad for a fruit beer at all. lots of hops fore and aft. With mild tart red fruit and citrus. Quite enjoyable, indeed.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and great carbonation.

The drinkability is good, I really think these beers are a bit underrated and priced great for what you get.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of kinger
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I quickly opened my bible and turned to Genesis chapter 10 verse 10 and read aloud as my wife and I were curious....no relevance whatsoever, no problem as I understand the whole 10th anniversary thing. At least I am rewarded with a mighty fine barleywine, American style no doubt. Fruity sweet aroma, the mouth begins to pucker a bit as I sniff the glass. Amber pour with some dark copper and ruby red tints, minimal head that quickly vanishes and no lacing. Standard feel to this one, but the finish is very calm considering the style and high abv. Nice blended flavor, high octane with the malts starts out with a biscuit taste that leads to the sweet maltiness coupled with a fair share of hops and finally finishing with a refreshing dose of fruit flavor (from the pomegranate of course). That last part really makes this unique and very interesting in a really good way. Some yeastiness towards the end, extremely enjoyable...The chosen beer eh.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bomber purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a tulip.

Dark amber under a couple fingers of vanilla. Decent retention and thick sheets of lace as it goes down.

Lots of grapefruit hop and toasted malt aromas. The abv and pommegranate juice peeks through but it is all well integrated. Very DIPA/BW like overall.

Huge blast of malt upfront that quickly fades into an equally large blast of high alpha hops. Much like a very raw Bigfoot. The juice kicks in about midway and tempers the boldness and it also pushes the alcohol flavor back. Its like the pommegranate is the lynchpin that keeps everything in balance and steers this beer clear of chaos. Dry yet juicy finish, if that makes any sense. The abv is noticable when I exhale and as a growing warmth in my stomach.

Big mouth on this one. Dry but the complexity saves it from being one dimensional. A sipper, but there is enough going on to make me want to keep going until the 10% kicks in.

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Photo of Phatz
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my review number 1010. So I chose to review 10:10 on my 1010 review. Yeah, I think I’m clever even if it is lame. Thanks to mughugger for picking this beer up for me. A pomegranate fruit beer; I did not have high expectations but I liked the way the name line up with the review number. To my surprise this turned out to be a really good beer. Wow. Who would have thought.

Appearance: Pours a very attractive thick amber color with an off-white head that fades to a ring around the glass. When backlit more crimson red hues begin to show.

Smell: Extremely malt. This beer is loaded with variety and depth. The caramel malts lead right into a fruity bread like attribute makes me think of fruit cake and cinnamon cherries. There is certainly an alcohol presence but not a bite. More like the rum you get in a tiramisu.

Taste: Sweet and fruity to start. Rich and malty with a touch of hops but it is an dominantly sweet beer balance by the alcohol element. Pomegranate is certainly present with a massive malt body and a certain degree of spiciness. There are a lot of hops here as well but I still think the overall emphasis of the beer leans sweet and fruity and almost tropical (with mango and honeydew) until you get to the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The heavy thick mouthfeel and the hot alcohol are just right in my mind. It is truly a treat. It is not the beer I would describe as approachable though. Some people may find the flavors and feel of the booze to be a bit much.

Drinkability: I have a big sweet tooth. I also like my booze. I found this very drinkable. I would suspect that these attributes may cause many people to find this beer a bit less drinkable but it is tasty and worth a bomber.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second beer from the He'Brew guys, apparently brewed with 10 malts and 10 hops and clocks in at a hefty 10%. Wow the smell is like a bouquet, theres's a lot of stuff going on with this one. The first thing that I get a wiff of is some nice sugary malts, then possibly a bit of chocolate with either a correander or raisiny smell, maybe a bit of both and a really light smell of hops. This should be interesting here we go. Wow, yeah the bouquet carries through to the flavor as well, you can definitely tell there's all kinds of hops and all kinds of malts floating around in this one, pretty interesting, it hits the palette with a nice bitter hoppiness followed by chocolately, roasted malts a little bit of some bubblegum and a pretty strong alcohol presence. All around a pretty good beer definitely interesting that's for sure, I quite enjoyed it and will probably pick it up again at some point so I can stash a few for later tastings.... L'Chaim!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Auburn hue, high carbonation, thinnish, disappearing head...

Aroma,: mild, fruity, hoppy a bit, sweet...

Taste: hmmm, a sweet hunk of fruitiness, big malt for balance, getting bigger, yummier...an outsized hunk of melon and mango and pomegranate? I guess so...

this is big and beautiful, yums meets yummier...alcohol feels higher...10%? hoo-baba, hay, nonny!
I mean to say, righteous!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's the Jewish holidays isn't it ?

Wonderfully clear and bright orange-red body, topped by several fingers of level but dentable froth.

Enticing sweet fruity nose, from the next door orchard, with some fresh bread wafting from the bakery up the road.

Taste kicks off with a big caramelly splash. Gives way to a rising tide of fruit (is it pomegranate ? - I haven't a clue). Noteworthy hop bite at the finish. Some warming alcohol in the afterglow.

Medium-to-full mouthfeel, is solid, maybe a twinge syrupy. Good drinkability for the abv.

I've looked past these guys as a novelty act, but this is a solid brew. L'Chaim.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lack luster head with small bubbles and no lacing. good, clear, yet still deep ruddy garnet hue. The aroma was a very intriguing melange of spicey rye, flowery hops, and sweet biscuity malts. The taste was not as fruity as I expected. I was hoping for a little more pomegranate in the flavor, and that's why it didn't get a <5> for flavor. While the rye gives a spicey start, the pomgranate takes over with a little exotic fruitiness. The finish is a fight between the malt and hops. Bitter yet biscuity. Awesome.

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Photo of philbertk
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shmaltz Brewing Company--HE'BREW The Chosen Beer--Genesis 10:10--10th Anniversary Ale Brewed With Our Chosen Specialty Malts, Hops, Brewers Yeast And Pomegranate Juice--2006 22 oz. Bottle. 10.00% ABV. 50 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) ESB--Imperial? 4 @ $5.99 Each. Minimal thin light white lace head. Clear bright rich red color. Malty earthy floral toasted toffee hop front. Light sediment. Creamy mellow sweet cloying earthy doughy pomegranate toffee crusty rich smooth toasted body. Smooth mild hot hop spice end. Sampled 11/1/2008.

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Photo of whynot44
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy reddish copper color with a substantial off-white head that subsides slowly leaving lots of chunky lace.

The aroma is nice but hard to describe, fruity, biscuity, a bit of citrus and floral hops.

The flavor is also complex, starting with an undefineable fruitiness followed quickly by a piney, cirusy load of hops. Then the malt sneaks in with some biscuit and caramel notes. The fruitiness resolves a bit more to what is a subtle pomegranite flavor, nicely setting off the hoppiness. It starts mildly sweet but finishes nicely tart with a lingering fruit/pine needle aftertaste with some nice alcohol warmth for good measure. For me it all works very well. Definitely for hop lovers, but with some interesting added elements.

Medium/full bodied, easy enough to drink even with a respectable alcohol content. I can't wait to see what these guys come up with next. Definitely more of a DIPA, than a "vegetable beer".

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best beer that I have had from Shmaltz. Tastes more like a big IPA than a fruit beer. Big malt character in both the caramel sweetness, syrupy aroma, and thick, rich texture. Balanced with all sorts of hops. Earthy bitterness, citrusy flavors, and piney aromas not only balance the malts but become a dominant factor in the beer. A modest berry flavor comes through in the flavor and finish, but never really contributes enough to the beer to be considered a fruit beer. I wouldn't have guessed pommegranites without reading the lable. Nevertheless, good beer and would try again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glazed terra cotta with juicy tangelo accents. This is a gorgeous ale, from the bottom of the glass to the very top of the pastel orange, thickly creamy crown. I'm reminded of a DIPA with a healthy splash of pomegranate juice. Thick sheets of finely pocked lace confirm my initial enthusiasm. Genesis 10:10 isn't a '10' in the looks department, but it's still a looker.

The nose is reminiscent of a DIPA as well, although one that has had a partial hopectomy. It's nicely malty and gives off a considerable amount of white rum-soaked fruitiness. I'm guessing that's the pomengranate juice, although it smells quite a bit like orange to me. I'm pleased to smell that alcohol is barely evident, even at 10.0%.

Genesis 10:10 tastes like it smells and like it looks. If you like full-bodied, impressively malty, moderately hoppy, sweet and sticky, fruity, high-ABV beer, then this is the stuff of your dreams. If blinded, I would have called it an especially fruity, very well-behaved American barleywine. It'll be interesting to see what style is assigned once 'fruit/vegetable beer' is eliminated.

Of the malts in use (pale, caramel, dark crystal, Munich, black and wheat), it tastes like the emphasis was on the first three rather than the last three. Schmaltz (He'Brew) has always been a brewery that has included everything but the kitchen sink in their anniversary beers, so it's no surprise to see hop bill overkill. Try this on for size: Warrior, Centennial, Cascade, Willamette, Simcoe, Crystal and Mt. Hood.

Given the fruitiness and the oranginess of at least three of those, it's no surprise that I'm still not entirely sure what pomegranate juice tastes like. The beer isn't hugely hoppy, but it has a huge amount of flavor and enough bitterness to make a respectable attempt at taming all those malt sugars. In the end, 10:10 is balanced in a sensory overload kind of way. Mild alcohol fusels are easily managed.

Those who like heavily silky, semi-syrupy, honey-like mouthfeels will love what this beer has in store. It's so big that it keeps one sipping rather than gulping. That's fine because the flavor becomes even more bold with warming and the double-digit ABV deserves a little respect so that typing is still possible. Continuing to make sense is another matter entirely.

Genesis 10:10 is yet another big beer from a brewery that appears to love brewing big beer. I have to hand it to these guys since they've managed to corral a huge number of different ingredients into a beer that makes sense on the palate. It looks like they thought so highly of this basic recipe that they've decided to release a year-round offering called He'Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale. Where do I sign up?

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright orange amber. Quarter inch of off-white head that goes down, a ring and some globs remain. Nice chunky lacing.

Smells like citrusy hops, with some fruitiness (pomegranate?). Shortbready, biscuity malt. Pronounced cumin. Some floral, grassy white wine elements. Unusual, complex, and appetizing. The smell reminds me of ancient times; maybe it's the cumin, or just the mysteriousness.

Odd flavor. Fairly sweet and malty. The cumin is there, and some tart fruit. Some hop bitterness, and citrus and pine hop flavor. Some other bitterness that reminds me more of radicchio than hops, quite pronounced, somewhat medicinal. The finish becomes fairly dry. Some astringency. The alcohol is well hidden.

This flavor may put some off. If you like grilled radicchio, herbal bitters, etc. (I do), you may really like this. I didn't really like the first few tastes, but find myself enjoying the flavor more and more as I become acclimatized to it.

Carbonation works well, but the finish is a little watery. Quite drinkable for alcohol content and the style (whatever the style is, exactly).

Certainly worth a try when you're looking for something bizarre. I like this, but hell, I like weird stuff.

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4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz. brown bomber with no freshness date, but a ton of blurb about pomegranates in microscopic print and that this brew was conceived in San Francisco in 1996 and now ten years later is brewed in New York...pretty important stuff?!? On to their "10th. Anniversary" ale I go.

It pours a beautiful ruby-amber with a short-lasting, beige head of one finger. Just a small bit of lace clings to the glass initially and the carbonation seems fairly mild.

The smell is sweet thick malt, the chewy caramel type stuff...grainy and doughy with some citrus, followed by some pretty serious fumes of alcohol...and more so as it warms a tad. Doesn't have a large hop profile, a little citrus is about it.

The taste is much bigger than the smell, though comprised of the same flavors. Big robust malt profile that's mostly fruity and a faint bit nutty that goes from sweet to a tangy type bitter with some rather hot alcohol in the finish. I really like the taste of this stuff, very barleywine like. I can see the pomegranate qualities in this ale, but really can't taste it...it must be very subtle.

Full body, big beer with some rich chew in the characture, but finishes a bit hot in the high alcohol content. Overall it's quite easy to drink for a 10% ale and I'll drink it again...anytime.

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