He'Brew Genesis 10:10 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is more of a barley wine than a fruit beer, and I think it is what the brewer has intended. There is no fruity pomegrant juice as you would find in a smoothy, more the dry taste you would get from peeling and popping pomegrant seeds. Very well hopped and malted. Great meal accompaniment.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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 brentk56
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a garnet tone; the head fails to persist but does splash a little lace from time to time

Smell: Rich caramel with an unusual cherry tone; since I have not smelled a pomegranite for a while, I think that is what I must be smelling; even after several years, I also smell some alcohol

Taste: Opens with the cherry/pomegranite flavors tangled up in caramel; a modest pithy orange bitterness joins up at mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors turn a bit harsh and lose the balance in the initial profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the harshness on the finish, it still drinks nicely and has an unusual character about it that makes it somewhat memorable

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy amber hue with a foamy, tan, two-finger head that left big sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pomegranate, grains/barley and malt. There were also sugary sweet aromas.

T - It was very malty and sweet. There was a noticeable alcohol flavor. The pomegranate tasted was understated.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was pretty good. By far the strongest fruit beer I've ever had.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pomegranite juice added to Shmaltz's copper-orange and crimson colored brew adds an interesting touch that livens it and gives it an engaging start; but also allows it to become a very nicely hoppy, seemingly "regular" beer across the middle. Some fruitiness does return in the finish, but it's also very hoppy. It's an odd combination in a way, but it works!

The head retention is good, and it leaves complete, craggy veils of lace throughout the glass. The body is medium-full, and it's gently zesty on the tongue beofre warming to become more dextrinous and soft across the palate.

The nose is citrusy, spicy, alcoholic and juicy with just a hint of maltiness.

The flavor starts with the juicy pomegranite, lightly sweet and mildly tart; and then kicks in with a splash of spicy alcohol and grassy and citrusy hops over a caramelish and biscuity maltiness. The bitterness is brash, and asserts itself to the point of pushing everything but the hop flavors and a mild hint of malt and fruit to the sides. In a way, it's a short ride, but damn if it's not intense! The alcohol is apparent, but it's not "hot"; and it finishes dry with some residual, lingering citrusy/piney hops, a touch of fruit, and alcohol. It's definitely warming beyond the first few ounces!

So what can be said of this beer? It's adventurous. It's not so much a fruit beer as a hoppy strong-ale with some fruit juice added to lend character, and perhaps soften it a bit.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Based on notes

Poured into a thistle glass with an effervescent amber with 4 fingers of rocky eggshell colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Ever-so slight sweet berry smell

T: Malty, fruittyness, a hint of warming boozeyness up front. Smokeyness, pears, & breadyness follow up as this warms. Then dryness & tinge of eldeberrys. Finishes with caramel, dryness, maple syrupp, cherry, berry & honey. A little too mixed up to rate better

MF: Medium bodied,with healthy carbonation, which brings out the fruittyness!

Drinks easy for the ABV, not over fruitty. Maybe one to age. I like this as far as fruit beers go

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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 imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, pours dark ruby amber, clear, with a dark tan head, leaving a bit of splotchy lacing. This brew has a bold alcohol infused nose. It an in your face kind of brew, hot alcohol notes, more nasty then warming. This tastes like a jagged and unbalance Belgian strong dark ale. Too much going on alcohol, fruityness, malts. Its a mess. Not my favorite kind of brew. Probably would improve with some time collecting dust. Would work as a cold winter night sipper, beyond that, stay away...

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with some rubyish hues. The thin head eventually becomes patchy.

The smell is citric - pomegranate, of course - with caramel backing and doughy yeast. Some pepper lets you know that there is an alcohol presence.

The taste of pomegranate adds to and complements the citric hoppiness. Caramelish graininess and alcohol balance the fruitiness well. The mixture results in a unique, smooth, silky bittersweet brew.

This is a nice one to sip on - interesting use of pomegranate that works well here.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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 GClarkage
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12/17/06- Purchased at Nuggett Markey in Vacaville, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness dating. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep amber in color. Foamy one inch head which keeps at a nice 1/4 inch the rest of the way. Full sheets of lace coat the inside of the glass.

Smell- Buckets full of deep caramel malt. A mild whiff of fruity hops with a pit of a tart fruit scent also.

Taste- The best way to describe this beer is as a malt liquor with added fruit concentrate. Very large caramel malty backbone with the alcohol being very evident. Then it seems like someone drops a shot of Pom into my beer. Odd flavor meld for sure.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with an alcoholic aftertaste.

Drinkability- Felt like I was a high class bum drinking this stuff. The only problem was that it wasn't a malt liquor style beer. Strange and different for sure.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Gavage
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear copper in color with a 1/2" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: fruit and candy sweetness abounds as you stick your nose into the glass.

Taste: a hearty malt backbone with caramel candy, over ripe fruit sweetness, hint of spiciness, and mild bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Very sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: I found this to be a bit too sweet which grew tiring by the time the bottle was emptied. Not one I would pick up again if I saw it on the shelves.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a fairly good head for the style and abv, but it fades quickly. The smell is sweet and fruity with an underlying tang of malt and a definite alcohol presence. At first the specific pomegranate flavor is not noticeable, but it becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Then, sweet pomegranate 1st, followed by a slightly harsh hit of alcohol, a sweet/sour fruitiness, and a long bitter tanginess on the finish. Decent body and smoothness. This beer isn't bad, but perhaps it needs a little time to mellow and integrate the flavors. At the moment its a little hot and a little sweet. I like the concept, but pomegranate is a strong flavor that should be used sparingly.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2006 Bottling; Sampled May 2008
This has been sitting at the back of my fridge for quite some time now, don't know why I never got to it but...

A vigorous pour produces a three finger thick, tan colored head that just rises above the rim of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a clear, rich amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear copper-amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is fruity with just a touch of a spice edge to it. Aromas of cherries, mahleb perhaps, berries, woody pepper and a touch of earthy spiciness. A touch of age is perhaps just noticeable, it really adds only a touch of Port-like aromas.

Smooth and creamy up front, but it quickly becomes a bit fizzy as it rolls across the tongue. It finishes with a hot alcohol note and a bit of astringency that is accentuated by the same. A berry-like fruitiness is found in towards the front and middle of this beer before the astringency and hot alcohol in the finish drown it out. A touch of toasty malt towards the finish almost seems to have a touch of roast character to it (but that might just be the alcohol influence again). This is probably more fruity than anything with flavors that remind me of cherries, currants and perhaps a touch of pomegranate (this last not nearly as distinct as one might expect). This is not super heavy bodied for a beer of this strength, but does have some heft to it.

I am surprised how present the alcohol is still, I would have figured after two years it would have mellowed out some. I am really disappointed in this beer, despite the fact that I held on to it for so long, it is worse than I expected. This could still age quite well for at least another couple years and may even improve.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
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 RBorsato
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden bronze with a full light beige head and decent slow carbonation that leaves decent lace rings. Big American Barleywine style aromas ... malty with bitter hops on the nose. Similar flavors with just a hint of fruit noticeable. Very Barleywine-ish.

Full-medium bodied with a big bitter finish.

Overall OK but would have liked the Pomegranate juice to stand out a bit more...

Per Label: "Limited Release" & "10th Anniversary Ale" & "Pomegranate Juice"


($5.49 / 22 oz.)

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice ruby-orange color with off white head that left a slight sticky lacing.

S: citrusy pine aroma, a big maltiness, dark fruit and fresh dough.

T: The flavor was smooth and very clean with some fruitiness, sweet malt backing a good hop bitterness reminding me of Chinook with some sticky pine resin texture and pungent grapefruit notes. There was a slight alcohol warming in the finish from the 10%abv.

M: sticky in nature. light carbonation.

D: Good drinkability for a fruit beer. good enjoyment.

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Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for opening this aged bottle...
Appears an orange toned amber with a tiny, off white head that quickly fades into a mild collar. Splattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of malted grains, citrus, and juicy pomegranate juice.
Taste is of citrus, malt, and cocoa infused pomegranate with berries.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with alcohol in the background, leading to a thin finish.

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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 markgugs
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 22oz. bomber into an Imperial pint glass

A: perhaps I poured this too fast, but it foamed up like a mutha on me; the beer itself forms a nice, slightly cloudy orange/copper color with, as mentioned, a ginormous, frothy off-white head that leaves an equal amount of lacing.

S: given what I've read about this beer, I was expecting a very malty, sweet aroma. That wasn't entirely the case. It is definitely malted, and sweet in a caramel-ish way, but I detect almost no pomegranate, which I was hoping for.

T: I'm immediately reminded of a big Belgian ale, almost syrupy in its sweetness. It's all malts up front, and still, not much in the way of pomegranates. As the sweetness fades, the "10" hops kick in and finish each swallow with some bitter crispness. Not too bad.

M: probably my favorite part of this beer, it's velvety and creamy, with just the right amount of subtle carbonation. I really enjoyed how the beer felt in the mouth.

D: not a beer I'd go to over & over again, it seems to be stuck on sweet and not too much else, and at 10% ABV, well, you're not really going to be drinking a lot of it anyway.

It's an okay beer, I have one more in the fridge, I'll probably pair it with a slice of cheesecake one night, not sure if I'd buy again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.61/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've never had a pomegranate beer before. My daughter wanted to try it. Nobody liked it, so I got to sample the entire 22oz bottle. I'm sorry I did. It was a reddish/brown color with a medium sized head. It did have a fruity odor, but was also kind of musty. It was unpleasantly bitter, with a strong alcohol presence. I couldn't detect any pomegranate, or any fruit for that matter. This was a harsh-tasting beer, one I had to struggle to drink.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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